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‘Tax the daylights’ out of some ammunition

Had you been caught, said the Border Patrol officer, your behavior would have been treated as an armed invasion of the Republic of Mexico. He was addressing me and some friends after finding...

‘Vigorous standards’ needed to govern pipelines

An estimated 3 million miles of gas pipelines crisscross the U.S. When these pipelines leak, harmful pollutants are released that threaten our communities’ safety, exacerbate the climate cri...

America’s export of gun violence is a bipartisan outrage

President Joe Biden’s administration is inadvertently worsening the very problem it is trying to solve – the migrant crisis at the southern border – by facilitating a surge in gun-fueled vio...

Tough market for puppies, Rolexes since pandemic

What's a better bet? A puppy or a Patek Philippe watch? With central bankers still trying to wrestle with inflation, there is one category where prices have been plummeting – pets. Demand fo...

‘Reducing trees by logging won’t preclude wildfire spread’

The Lahaina fire on the Hawaiian island of Maui offers some insights into why the current U.S. Forest Service policy of focusing on fuel reduction is misguided. The wildfire began in grassla...

Need conservative voices at climate solution table

Discussion about climate change from conservative voices has been all over the map. On one edge of the conversation, we have former President Donald Trump saying: “I think global warming is...

Sad lawsuit of ‘The Blind Side’ NFL player Michael Oher

There’s something ineffably sad about the petition filed by former NFL star Michael Oher against Sean and Leigh Anne Tuohy. The story of how the white family took the Black teenager into the...

When loved one becomes ‘someone I never knew’

Kim Martin and Chuck Carson described their experiences as caregiver and patient living with Alzheimer’s or related dementias on Aug. 13 in The Durango Herald. Every one of the 6 million Ame...

‘Oppenheimer’ and an eel man with an emu

J. Robert Oppenheimer’s creation led to the Duck and Cover era. We who grew up during the Cuban missile crisis and the Cold War had our own childhood worries. Thank goodness, we didn’t have ...

‘Protect entire Dolores River Canyon Country as national monument’

As our rivers begin to recede, it is time to look back on the incredible spring runoff season. An above-average snowpack ushered in high flows with ample opportunities for river recreation a...

Call on Boebert: ‘Do better for seniors, protect Medicare’

Signed into law 58 years ago, Medicare revolutionized health care for America’s seniors. It cut the number of uninsured older Americans to near zero. It lowered costs, improved the quality o...

Celebrating Colorado Day

On Aug. 1, 1876, Colorado became a state. As a territory, we had tried to get Congress to agree before, but President Andrew Johnson vetoed the legislation. A hard man to get along with, Joh...
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