Columns & Opinions

A timely reminder to look on the light side

My favorite line in this year’s SonofaGunn isn’t particularly funny. It’s more poignant, and it’s delivered by our community’s chief prognosticator, George Sibley.

Operating in today’s media environment

Approximately 60 percent of all adults have Facebook accounts, and a majority of users obtain some of their news from Facebook. Approximately 84 percent of 18-29-year-olds get news from social media and “digitally native sites.”

Solutions are all around us

What if I told you that I was given a glimpse into the future this week?

There was no time machine. No crystal ball. Just a group of community-minded journalists from across Colorado’s Western Slope gathered in Gunnison to compare notes and swap stories about affordable housing.

A story written with, or without, you

As a literary scholar and teacher of literature, I like to remind the students in my classroom that we are storytelling beings, for it is this facet of human consciousness that distinguishes us from other animals.

A celebration of intellectual bravery

Feb. 12 is well known as the birthday of our 16th president, Abraham Lincoln. Few are aware, however, that Lincoln shared his birthday (both the day and year, 1809) with another famous figure, the father of evolutionary biology, Charles Darwin.

Just another ordinary drive home

A long-held criticism of us crusty journalists is that we dwell on doom and gloom and that not enough stories are covered about things that actually go well.

The old joke states this is a headline you’ll never see: “Plane lands safely.”

Sci-fi illuminates ‘other ways of being’

The first book I ever read by Ursula K. Le Guin was “The Left Hand of Darkness.” Genly Ai, an ambassador from earth, visits the planet of Gethen, where its alien inhabitants are neither male nor female, except once a month for their reproduction phase called “kemmer.”

Signal Peak plan worthy of support

A clear sign of compromise just might be a lack of complete satisfaction on either side of a controversial issue. We see as much in the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) “preferred alternative” for Signal Peak-area trails.

What’s influencing our decision-making?

State historian, and occasional Gunnison speaker, Patty Limerick likes to use history to get young people today to think about the future. Specifically, she told us in a recent Denver