Category archives for: Opinion

U.S. society must adapt to changing world or face consequences

The world is flat: Or so goes the argument by Thomas Friedman in his 2005 book of the same title. Twelve years later, however, Friedman’s argument takes on additional meaning as geopolitical unrest sets the stage for a new global reality. It’s widely recognized globalization and technology are leveling economies onto the same playing field. Still, […]

Initiative offers help in preventing suicide

Each of our wonderful cities, towns and rural areas on the Western Slope has its own unique flavor and vibe, but shares a deadly similarity. In spite of the many suicide prevention programs and initiatives in place, suicide rates remain distressingly higher than in most other places in the country. Each one of us has […]

Once a year, I find myself here

And that would be in a place with either little or no energy to write and zero interest in much of anything in the news. Or perhaps with all that’s gone on in my life over the past six months and finding myself between two trips with only two days to work these past two […]

And the survey says … less regulation, please

The results of a national survey confirm what small business owners think about government regulations. What most owners think is there are an increasing number of regulations that are costly and difficult with which to comply and, in the end, offer little or no value to consumers. Here’s the bottom line, so to speak: Nearly […]

Local governments need watching, too

When it comes to the topic of governments overstepping their bounds, much of our attention is directed towards the federal and state levels — and with good reason. The last century has seen the size, scope and purview of the federal government gestate far beyond anything envisioned by the framers. Even as most of their […]

Upon further review of the left … it’s all about Trump

Let’s just break this down to brass tacks. This whole election brouhaha isn’t about rights. Rights of any kind. Not LGBT rights, immigrant rights or women’s rights. This isn’t about free speech. It’s not about executive orders gone wild. The fact is, this whole uproar over Trump is about simply one thing: Trump. And no, […]

Business going well? Hug a tourist

According to the latest results of an economic analysis, Grand Valley business owners and managers can thank tourists for at least a portion of their sales. The exact portion depends, of course, on the business. Hotels and motels, for example, rely nearly entirely on tourists. But restaurants and retailers also can attribute revenue to tourism […]

It’s time to right wrongs of Durbin Amendment

On a cold January day in 1973, a ribbon-cutting ceremony occurred in Carbondale. The ribbon, made from 50 silver dollars attached to a string of tape later donated to Mt. Sopris Park, marked the beginning of Alpine Bank’s tradition of involvement in the community. More than 40 years later, Alpine Bank remains committed to the […]

State of agriculture Colorado producers provide many benefits

Most Coloradans didn’t grow up in a rural area and have never been on a farm or ranch. Still, the people of Colorado support the contributions of the agriculture industry to the quality of life in our state. In a recent survey conducted for the Colorado Department of Agriculture by Colorado State University, 90 percent […]

In replacing Obamacare, restore hospital payments

With the inauguration of President Donald Trump, the discussion about how to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has intensified. Hopefully, lawmakers on both sides of the aisle will see the debate as an opportunity as much as a challenge. Even the most fervent proponents of the law acknowledge it’s far from perfect. […]


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