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Lodgers tax isn’t funding sustainability

Initiative 1A, the increased lodgers tax, was pitched as a move toward sustainable tourism. In fact, it is anything but. The new law doubles the budget to $2 million for Visit Durango to at...

Durango’s “dirty little secret”

I read with immense sadness the article in the Herald about the 17-year-old boy who died from a fentanyl overdose one week shy of his 18th birthday. I think I can speak on behalf of all of ...

Don Coram: The race to wind up the legislative session

With three weeks left in the session, the Senate exercise seems to be gaining momentum – that is, flying off the handle and jumping to conclusions. We have had three highly debated bills si...

Who knew the Supreme Court would address abortion so soon?

Few expected it to happen quite so quickly. Most thought this version of the Roberts court, with the recent additions of Gorsuch, Kavanaugh and Barrett, might tread softly before making the...

Colorado can lead in making outdoors accessible to all

There are many lessons to be learned from the pandemic, a relentless virus that in its wake exposed stark inequalities in our nation. Neighborhoods in Colorado with the worst pollution, poor...

Area youth vape, smoke at alarming rates

In 2017, Colorado reported higher youth vape use than any other state in the country. In 2019, one in four Colorado youths reported vaping, and in Montezuma County, the numbers were even hig...

Tri-State needs to be held accountable

State leaders need to take action to protect the places in Southwest Colorado that we know, love and call home from the pollution that threatens our air, water and climate. I live in and re...

Legislative plan for transportation needs improvement

As county commissioners representing three very different parts of Colorado, we face a wide range of transportation challenges. Rural La Plata County sits on the New Mexico border and is hom...

Housing prices are over the moon

One hundred and fifteen thousand dollars. That’s what it takes for a down payment to buy an average-priced home in Durango. Then an aspiring homeowner must fork out another $2,900 each month...

Polis is failing to deliver on campaign promises on renewables and climate change

Gov. Jared Polis last week told the Colorado Springs Gazette that he would veto Senate Bill 200 — a major bill to fight climate change and help Colorado’s Indigenous, Black, and communities ...

Don Coram: Let’s better fund public schools

When I wrote my last column, we had concluded the budget in the Senate and the House had concurred on several amendments. The Joint Budget Committee kept some of those amendments but change...

Mike Littwin: If you missed Biden, you missed something important

According to the folks at Nielsen, Joe Biden’s big speech Wednesday night – his first, if unofficial, State of the Union – was a ratings flop. But if those who skipped the speech ...
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