Each week, I am startled, heartened, thrilled by the intelligent, articulate reports I read in the Country Times. Last week’s edition was no exception, but yet another prime example.

The recent launch of a new school of engineering and computer science and the adoption of a simplified name are but the latest bold moves by Western Colorado University aimed at setting the Gunnison institution apart from competitive peers.

By Leslie Nichols

As your superintendent responsible for administering the affairs of our public school district, I feel compelled to ensure that accurate information is available on Amendment 73.

As I clambered my way up the trail recently, I passed two languishing young women. One of them regarded her sandwich with distaste. “I am going to toss this,” she said. “I know there is a squirrel who will appreciate it.”

Amendment 73 would increase annual income taxes in Colorado by $1.6 billion. Th ose tax dollars would go into a separate fund and be exempt from all limits under the Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights — and they would not be available for any purpose other than PreK-12 education.

Democratic candidate for governor Jared Polis has a knack for making history. If he wins, he’ll be the first openly gay person elected to the highest state office anywhere in the country.

The sky has been bluer the past few days than it has been all summer. Must be that fall is in the air.