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Climate change action not a spectator sport

Climate change is a stress-multiplier. For example, though drought is common in our region, climate change has made the current drought the longest and deepest in at least 1,200 years. Clima...

Red Flag laws must be used to work

When Colorado passed its Red Flag law, called “Extreme Risk Protection Orders,” in 2019, El Paso County Sheriff Bill Elder announced his opposition. “I am exploring all legal options and am ...

What we learned from CD-3 midterm elections

The recent elections in our 3rd Congressional District may be a turning point. But where it is leading us is far from settled. Nevertheless, there are four lessons from the recent election w...

Irony in crypto lender filing for Chapter 11 protection

Within the bankruptcies of crypto lenders, there is a genuine irony: The centralized governmental authority cryptocurrency denounces is its savior. Earlier this month, FTX filed for Chapter ...

Religious doctrine on sterilization in way of good medical care

“Shapeshifter” I have to make you sick to make you well, The oncologist says, five months we’ll scour each cell of your abdomen clean. – from “Refugee” by Pamela Uschuk When I...

Never too late to save a river

An old river-running motto says, “Old boaters never die, they just get a little dinghy.” And some never lose their passion for keeping rivers wild. Consider California’s Stanislaus River. In...

Re-envisioning Thanksgiving with ‘redemptive possibilities’

With Thanksgiving around the corner, it’s worth revisiting some of the holiday’s most cherished expressions. In such a revisiting, we can discover not only the gaps between aspirations and l...

Proposed solar project not right solution

Developing renewable energy such as solar is a good idea. Besides the environmental issues from using fossil fuels, it would be wise to get this country free of importing oil and gas from a ...

Desperately seeking relevance on Alzheimer’s journey

Oct. 12, 2022: Awful. This is what it feels like to have Alzheimer’s. I want to cry. I want to give up in frustration. I’m scared. I don’t know who I am. I played pickleball with people I’ve...

College includes all educational opportunities

The Durango Herald article on Sept. 19, “As Labor Market Struggles, Are More Students Foregoing College?” raises a question I hear many students and families wondering about. Does colleg...

‘I didn’t know’

I didn’t know. Mother had Alzheimer’s. I worked with people in the nursing home with ALZ. I helped people placing their loved ones. I thought I knew but I didn’t. I didn’t know each journey ...

La Plata commissioners share plans for ARPA funds

Far too many in La Plata County are still feeling the impacts from COVID-19 that will last far beyond the actual public health emergency. To address those impacts, in 2020, Congress allocate...
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