Opinion

National park fees: Americans shouldn’t be priced out of visiting

The National Park Service has extended the deadline for commenting on a proposal to drastically raise admission fees. Take advantage of the opportunity. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has announced...

DATE: Dec. 7, 2017 | CATEGORY: Editorials

SALT reform: Deduction loss may cause real pain for rural Colorado, state and local governments

There is a lot to take issue with the GOP’s rush to pass tax reform legislation. Foremost among our concerns is why, with an almost $20 trillion federal debt, are we even discussing tax cuts?...

DATE: Dec. 5, 2017 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Sexual misconduct: Outside the spotlight, harassed and assaulted victims still wield little power

Besides sexual assault, the ever-growing list of media reports about that offense has another common element: prominent men. That’s not because ordinary people from all walks of life don’t face and...

DATE: Nov. 30, 2017 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Tax reform: It’s necessary, but must be fair, equitable and not further bankrupt our country

What the tax-reform package – if any – that Congress eventually sends to the president will include is anyone’s guess. The possible components of this $1.5 trillion dollar “cut,” though, are lined...

DATE: Nov. 27, 2017 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Leasing plan: DOI is ‘streamlining’ regulations, straight past local input

Late last month, the Department of the Interior released a report titled “Review of the Department of the Interior Actions that Potentially Burden Domestic Energy.” That’s a fair topic to review,...

DATE: Nov. 23, 2017 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Open enrollment: Though embattled, the ACA stands and residents should access it starting today

It’s complicated. In his late February comments describing the complexity of health care, President Donald Trump got it right. But that’s about the only time. Prior to being sworn in as president,...

DATE: Nov. 20, 2017 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Cortez schools: after election, board and administrators face cuts

School District Re-1 voters said “no” last week to a mill levy increase that would have raised about $2.7 million in its first year to fund teachers’ salaries, technology additions and upgrades,...

DATE: Nov. 16, 2017 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Arctic refuge: With no good reason to drill, Gardner should oppose oil lease sales in ANWR

President Donald Trump and many of his colleagues in Washington seem to have no affinity for landscapes any wilder than the rough on a golf course. Sen. Cory Gardner, R-Colo., knows better, and he...

DATE: Nov. 13, 2017 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Honoring veterans: Repaying our debt with quality care, not mere words

With malice toward none, with charity for all, with firmness in the right as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in, to bind up the nation’s wounds, to care...

DATE: Nov. 10, 2017 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Offline October: Student-led social media blackout tells teens ‘Don’t post a story, live one’

What started as an inspired response to tragedy by some Littleton middle and high school students – after two student suicides in just two days at the beginning of the school year – has grown into...

DATE: Nov. 6, 2017 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Be sure to vote: Area schools counting on your ballots for improvements and guidance

Reiterating the Journal editorial board recommendations for the 2017 Coordinated Election: Montezuma-Cortez RE-1 – The school district is seeking a mill levy override of 4.96 mills for funds to...

DATE: Nov. 2, 2017 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Election integrity: Above all, the Presidential Advisory Commission must protect the right to vote

Among the benefits of U.S. citizenship, the right to vote is one of the least tangible, but arguably the most precious. Colorado’s Sen. Michael Bennet is concerned that the new Presidential...

DATE: Oct. 30, 2017 | CATEGORY: Editorials