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Florida school shooting demonstrates NRA hypocrisy

The Parkland, Fla. school shooting on Valentines Day has ramped up the debate over gun laws or lack thereof, and motivated young soon-to-be voters to demand more than legislators' sanctimonious...

DATE: March 2, 2018 | CATEGORY: Opinion

Bayfield trustees should say no to retail pot sales

Matt Salka, Mayor of Bayfield, expressed his weary thoughts on the many meetings held regarding lifting the ban on marijuana sales in Bayfield. With a show of hands at the last meeting out of the...

DATE: March 2, 2018 | CATEGORY: Opinion

Colorado students deserve opportunities, good teachers

Not much is as fulfilling as a classroom of first graders giggling as they tell you how they want to change the world: Be nice. Listen to others. Lots of ice cream. More recess. It's hard to argue...

DATE: March 2, 2018 | CATEGORY: Opinion

Recall is a waste of county money

I admire some petitioning to recall Commissioner Lachelt. They're willing to be involved in politics. I question the accuracy of their claims. The recall charges Commissioner Lachelt went to D.C....

DATE: Feb. 22, 2018 | CATEGORY: Opinion

Keep outsiders out of county affairs

Some local landowners, concerned about proposed changes in the Land Use Code draft, are signing on to a recall campaign against Commissioner Gwen Lachelt. It looks homegrown, it feels homegrown, it...

DATE: Feb. 22, 2018 | CATEGORY: Opinion

LPEA should examine all source options

There is ongoing contention at the LPEA board meetings over the proposed "long-range planning" committee. A flyer circulated at the County Commissioners' Land Use Code meeting the night before the...

DATE: Feb. 22, 2018 | CATEGORY: Opinion

Bayfield residents need to give input on marijuana dispensaries

By Jackie Morlan Community engagement is the foundation of a free nation. The public hearing in Bayfield held on Jan. 30 about lifting the ban on the establishment of marijuana dispensaries,...

DATE: Feb. 15, 2018 | CATEGORY: Opinion

Lifting ban on pot cultivation a bad idea

In regards to Matt Hoffer's letter in the Feb. 8 edition of the Times: How much revenue would the town reap from lifting the ban on cultivation? Would it consume more of the budget for law...

DATE: Feb. 15, 2018 | CATEGORY: Opinion

Commissioner Lachelt recall is unfair

The majority of La Plata county voters did not vote for our current president. And we hear constantly from his supporters that we should deal with it and get over it. Yet it is these same people...

DATE: Feb. 15, 2018 | CATEGORY: Opinion

Rep. McLachlan: Colorado welcomes the Outdoor Retailer show

Gunnison and other mountain towns consistently run into a mutual problem: guests leave early because they can't acclimate to breathing in the high altitude. When resident Roanne Houck graduated...

DATE: Feb. 15, 2018 | CATEGORY: Opinion

Commissioner Gwen Lachelt serves La Plata County well, Koch Brothers don't

I'd laugh at the irony if not for the disturbing national trend that is visiting our special corner of the west. The Koch Brothers- of Koch Industries fracking wealth and fame- through their front...

DATE: Feb. 15, 2018 | CATEGORY: Opinion

Bayfield should lift ban on marijuana cultivation outside town limits

By Matt Hoffer Good politics involves compromise. Freedom is not free; it requires tolerance. The recent marijuana policy conversation puts two sides with valid arguments against each other. There...

DATE: Feb. 9, 2018 | CATEGORY: Opinion