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Time to act as stewards

Time to act  as stewards

Last week’s Town Council meeting provided another example of how out of touch many in that group are with the public and with the obligations of representative government. Last week,…

Vote local, it matters

Vote local,  it matters

A conversation with a friend this week took a familiar turn: there is nothing you can do to make an impact on government and on government processes that you believe…

Have your say, put a name on it

Have your say,  put a name on it

Put your name on it. Nearly every week, The SUN receives letters to the editor —unsigned, signed with false names, or emblazoned with clever pseudonyms. The letters are not printed.…

Make it easy, in the open

Make it easy,  in the open

Every spring, folks in the journalism business assess how local government uses or, in some cases, misuses open meetings and records laws. The conclusion each year: Keep records open whenever…

Try a moderate approach, for a change

Try a moderate approach, for a change

Despite the fact Colorado and Archuleta County voters approved a constitutional amendment legalizing limited recreational use and commercial sale of marijuana, the controversy over what to do with weed continues.…

Give them the right to vote

Give them  the right to vote

With a special election in the town of Pagosa Springs set for April 23, and a Monday registration deadline looming for unregistered town residents who want to vote, the topic…

A time to differ, a time for thanks

A time to differ,  a time for thanks

A glance at monthly sales tax reports for Archuleta County reveals a couple of things quite clearly, and directs us to a moment of recognition and appreciation. The December 2012…

A busy season begins in Pagosa

A busy season begins in Pagosa

Strap on your seat belts, stock up on provisions — it’s on the way. Spring break. Not only will nothing stop it, nothing should. Given relatively flat sales tax revenues…

Poverty is too real in Pagosa

Poverty is too real in Pagosa

An article in this week’s SUN announces a “poverty simulation” scheduled for Friday, March 15, and solicits participants and facilitators. According to Pastor Don Ford of Community United Methodist Church,…

It takes time to see it

It takes time to see it

We hear it often: “Nothing ever gets done in Pagosa.” Our response is: “Have you asked someone over 40 who was born and raised here if nothing ever gets done?”…