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Public money, public ownership

Public money, public ownership

Issues arise that cause us to consider the appropriate use of local taxpayer dollars. In general, we believe public dollars are best spent on projects created by, and supervised by,…

Hopes for a new year ahead

Hopes for a  new year ahead

As a new year begins, we hold out hope regarding a number of situations in Pagosa Country. We hope for continued improvement in local economic conditions, and we note that,…

The voters can figure it out

The voters can figure it out

Who convinced you this was a good idea? How does this make you look? A plan surfaced last week in which a petition would be circulated in Pagosa Springs, countering…

Do something for them

Do something for them

Last week’s tragedy in Connecticut brings in its wake widespread sorrow and compassion, and deep concern on the part of sensible people about a situation that seems out of control,…

Helping others, a holiday tradition

Helping others,  a holiday tradition

It’s a season when attention turns to charity, to the needs of friends and neighbors. It’s the season when the injunction to treat others as you would be treated, to…

Bring everything into the light

Bring everything into the light

Elected officials need a reminder now and then: Public business must be conducted in public. It is the law. Doing business in public is not a magnanimous gesture made by…

Strange bedfellows on a bridge

Strange bedfellows  on a bridge

Politics — and pot — make for strange bedfellows. The American political landscape is divided along partisan lines, with ideological opponents locked in battle and no quarter given. Partisanship poisons…

What did you expect to happen?

What did you expect to happen?

News in The SUN last week highlights a problem that has been growing for several years in Pagosa Springs. Government by committee. Last week, we learned the future of a…

The wrong kind of promise

The wrong kind of promise

You can’t buy votes. It’s against the law in Colorado to promise payment or contributions to an elector. No matter how subtle the offer. “1-13-720.  Unlawfully giving or promising money…

It’s time to stay in the cave

It’s time to stay in the cave

It’s that time of the year. School is back in session, the kids are in class and a familiar beast is sure to rear its ugly head. The parent beast…