Editorials

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District 51 justified 
in challenging testing

By The Daily Sentinel

Mesa County Valley School District 51 has joined a growing movement against an over-abundance of state testing. This isn’t some out-of-left-field development. Many parents and teachers turned out for a Nov. 6 meeting of the Standards ...


De Beque provides a learning opportunity

By The Daily Sentinel

Our thoughts on the impact of recreational marijuana have been largely theoretical up to this point because they’re hasn’t been a retail operation in Mesa County. That’s about to change. Kush Gardens, located just off the ...


Hanging Lake hiking fee may be inevitable

By The Daily Sentinel

Garfield County Commissioner Tom Jankovsy hit the nail on the head when he called Hanging Lake “an important asset.” It draws 130,000 visitors a year, mostly in the summer. So many people want to hike the trail leading up to the ...


District 51’s higher rating is good news

By The Daily Sentinel

If you’re a parent of a District 51 student in middle school or high school, you know that grades aren’t based on just test scores. Depending on the subject matter, students earn credit for homework, pop quizzes, keeping a ...


The Keystone pipeline

By The Daily Sentinel

The Keystone XL pipeline is neither the job-creating behemoth nor the climate-change monstrosity that backers and opponents are claiming. It’s a political football in a scrum between Republicans and Democrats to stake out energy policy ...


Close vote on pot raises questions

By The Daily Sentinel

If you knew that your vote would break a tie on an important ballot issue — let’s say, for example, whether to authorize recreational pot sales in Palisade — would you feel compelled to cast a ballot? After election ...


State should appeal sage-grouse listing

By The Daily Sentinel

Veterans Day evolved from Armistice Day, which popularized the term “the 11th hour.” World War I ended on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month. Word leaked on Veterans Day that federal officials planned to list the ...


Here’s to winter

By The Daily Sentinel

Tuesday’s temperatures in the low 50s made Grand Junction seem like a balmy garden spot compared to Denver, where the overnight low was expected to reach zero amid continued snow showers. The moderate weather is yet another reminder of ...


A voice silenced

By The Daily Sentinel

Ralph D’Andrea, a robust voice from Orchard Mesa and a frequent critic of this space, died over the weekend, leaving a void of sharp, sometimes caustic commentary from the left side of the Grand Valley’s political ...


Keep public notices where they belong

By The Daily Sentinel

When was the last time you visited a local government website? Is it something you do consistently? Probably not. By contrast, newspapers are read daily. People are accustomed to turning to them for news, including the legal notices that ...


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