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A new, lesser way to connect

A new, lesser way to connect

A conversation with visiting friends last week began with reminiscences concerning letters written by ancestors a century or more ago. The things those letters had in common are striking, and…

Creative capital, cultural destination

Creative capital, cultural destination

Going to the “morgue” at The SUN is an informative experience. A morgue book is the bound volume of a year’s newspapers. It is one of the only enduring records…

Clean up the corridor, now

Clean up  the corridor, now

Clean it up. The Denver Post is bringing its Ride the Rockies bike tour through Pagosa Country, with thousands of cyclists and a great many support personnel set to roll…

Money for public education

Money for public education

Colorado voters will be asked in November to approve a ballot measure designed to provide funding for Senate Bill 13-213, which would update Colorado’s school financing formula for the first…

A right long overdue

A right long overdue

We hear and read many comments about freedom, but seldom do they include note of the addition of an overdue right. Usually, the chatter involves a perceived loss of freedom…

All fluff and no muscle

All fluff and no muscle

There are times when the game must be called. Such is the case with our county commissioners. The trio has become increasingly chippy in their personal relations, the dysfunction more…

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…