Columns & Opinions

No shortage of points to ponder

A few weeks ago longtime local resident and dreamer Edwin Foster expressed an opinion in these pages that many people likely brushed off as laughably impossible. He thinks the valley needs a tram running up Crested Butte Mountain.

Housing fix calls for fewer impediments

In the Gunnison Valley the affordable housing controversy over the Brush Creek project rages on, with tempers rising, insults flying, up-valley/down valley divisions reappearing, and the absence of any semblance of common sense.

Investment in education paying off

In November of 2014 the citizens of Gunnison County gave our local public education system a shot in the arm. We agreed to pump up to an additional $2.5 million of property tax dollars annually into local K-12 schools, through a funding mechanism called a Mill Levy Override (MLOR).

Protecting public lands takes work

There is a place, far up a mountain trail in the West Elk Wilderness that most people pass by without a thought. To reach it takes hours on foot or horseback. Most days start before dawn — hours of catching, saddling and loading horses, just to get us to the trailhead.

The quiet before a tech-like storm?

You may have heard this saying before, and if not you’re likely to hear it — probably with increasing frequency — in the near future: “Rural is the new urban.”

Settling in as a U.S. citizen

I came to the United States as a young child when my dad got a temporary faculty position at the University of Michigan. The original plan was to live there for a couple of years and then move back to Australia, where my parents grew up.

Early learning sets stage for success

Let’s face it, child care and preschool in the Gunnison Valley are expensive, and for some families, that cost isn’t feasible.

An example set by hippies and hillbillies

I’m not a religious man, but I’ve long considered the woods my church. It’s where I go to worship nature, contemplate troubles, remember those lost and work on becoming a better person.

Down, but not out, in Boston

Everything was in place for the ending you are supposed to dream of. Except dreams don’t always come true.