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Why can’t people just leave the poor rocks alone?

Hikers are flooding our public lands, so I ask the question: Why can’t people just leave the poor rocks alone? They stack them into monoliths, paint them, write rude words on them. Who looks...

Facing up to hard truths about Native Amercian boarding schools

The national and global spotlight shines briefly on our region through a New York Times article published July 19, dateline Durango, Colorado: “Lost Lives, Lost Culture: The Forgotten Histor...

As the press weakens, so does Democracy

I came to The New York Times in 1992, 29 years ago this summer, as the first intern in its graphics department. I arrived in Manhattan, a little Black boy from a hick town in Louisiana, and ...

Hard lessons from the southern border

The wall between the United States and Mexico has come to stand for desperation and suffering for many people. For most of us who live within 20 miles of this 452-mile wall, it’s also seen a...

Peace in Korea should be a priority for Biden

President Joe Biden deserves credit for successfully re-engaging in international diplomacy. Extending the New START nuclear arms control agreement with Russia, rejoining the Paris Climate A...

Juvenile injustice: Writer befriends man who’s served 32 years

On June 30, Jimmy Shane Click was denied parole by the Alabama Board of Paroles and Pardons. The reason this means something to me is that I first learned about Shane when I was having my h...

Kudos to 9-R for diversity resolution

In a letter to the Herald, Marilyn Metz recently asked: “Will diversity resolution take precedence over academic achievement in 9-R district?” The answer to this is quite apparent if one ha...

Voter restrictions hurt Americans with disabilities most

Republican state lawmakers have introduced an onslaught of bills limiting voting access, which do next to nothing to increase “election integrity” but make it harder for all Americans to vot...

As Lake Powell dwindles, wonders open up for visitors

On May 9, protected by neoprene, I bobbed around in a flooded canyon in Utah’s Lake Powell. The reservoir had fallen below 35% full, which gave me the unique opportunity to free-dive through...

Systemic racism is real and must be addressed

In response to Melanie Sturm’s question, “Is ‘systemic racism’ the right diagnosis?” (July 3), overwhelming evidence leads to a definitive “yes.” In her column, Sturm expresses alarm that an...

The forecast for Fort Lewis College: Sunny and focused on students, community

When I arrived at Fort Lewis College as its president in August 2018, I knew the faculty and staff had tremendous potential to face any challenge. However, I knew there was serious work to ...

Public lands from Colorado to Alaska deserve protection

Like most Coloradans, and as owners of a Colorado outdoor business, we are deeply connected with and passionate about the outdoors and public lands. These lands are where we create memories...
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