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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…

Dealing with the nation’s, and Colorado’s, fiscal future

Dealing with the nation’s, and Colorado’s, fiscal future

By Sen. Roberts Just when we thought that election season was over, December threatens to be a slog through more of the same. November’s results were disappointing from my side…

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…

We need problem solvers to make difficult decisions

We need problem solvers to make difficult decisions

Sen. Roberts’ Report I’ve just spent a week in Denver as a member of two legislative committees, one focused on Colorado wildfires and the other on our water resources, followed by…

Democracy in the balance

Democracy in the balance

This space has been used many times to exhort Pagosans, particularly young residents, to register to vote and to exercise the right. We continue to do so, with an Oct.…