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Domenici was a true servant of state, country

P ete Domenici was relaxed and waxing philosophical about another time.A time when the United States had won the Cold War, and the old Soviet Union was in dissolution and disarray. But that victory,...

 

It's time for rethinking, new ideas

The United States has become more like the rest of the world these days. More Americans are marching, demonstrating, and too often threatening or using violence to make their point. It used to be...

 
 By Rube Render    Opinion    September 20, 2017 

Bernie still peddling socialist ideas

The latest Hillary Clinton 500-page study in denial, “What Happened” is out, and according to reviews she once again takes full responsibility...

 

Don't bite off more than you can chew

I was eating a half-wrapped hamburger once and felt something I couldn’t chew up. So, I picked it off the tip of my tongue, finding what turned out to be a bit of the wrapper. My very first thought...

 

Trump correct to end DACA, force solution

As expected, the Trump administration announced Tuesday it will phase out the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, program. It protected from deportation nearly 800,000 young...

 

Aspersions cast on media harmful

As I write this, the latest example of “fake news” was slamming into Naples, Florida, on its way to Tampa-St. Petersburg, Florida, where its mythical high winds and over-hyped storm surges were...

 

Thankfully, Trump's no politician

When you ask a political operative a question, the politico will pause and run that question through some sort of filter in his head prior to...

 

Time to think rightly about disaster

There are few things more human than our tendency to ask, “Why me?” in response to suffering, tragedy, or calamity. We see it asked and answered s...

 

Lauriault: God's requests will never surpass your ability

School has started so watch out for the young’uns as they walk to school or wait for the bus. As we’re getting back into the swing of things, particularly, trying to be ready when the bus comes,...

 

Wilson: Great deeds don't need PR campaign

“The purest form of giving is anonymous to anonymous. We gon’ make it there, I promise this.” — Shawn “Jay-Z” Carter, “Nickels and Dimes” I wasn’t sure what to say about Monday,...

 

Holding budget hostage for wall makes no sense

Last week, President Trump raised the possibility of shutting down the federal government unless Congress agrees to fund his “big, beautiful border wall” along the 1,989-mile U.S.-Mexico border...

 

Hansen: It's always good to be home

By the time this column is published, I will be back from California. As I write, I haven’t left yet. You can make the drive to where I’m going, a few miles short of Los Angeles proper, in one...

 

Render: Press still doesn't understand Trump's draw

Whenever you see footage of our vaunted prime-time news reporters visiting a combat zone, take careful note of what they wear. For some reason they seem to believe that one item of clothing that is re...

 

Bible shows how to handle theft

Here’s a single-question Bible quiz for all the scholars. What is the biblical penalty for theft? If you guessed chopping off a hand, you’re thinking of the wrong religion. So what is it? Prison?...

 

Actually, being green seems easy

In some recent summers, it seemed that Tucumcari was surrounded by a dome that allowed us to see storms developing all around us but kept the water away from our city. This summer, however, I think...

 

Pearce's dollars for 2018 need judge's ruling

We thought a federal court settled it in 1996. Or that the N.M. Secretary of State’s Office did last year. So why is it taking so long to get an answer in 2017? U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce, a...

 
 By Rube Render    Opinion    August 30, 2017

Hopefully, 71 genders are enough

I’m told that it’s possible to select any one of 71 different gender options for use on Facebook. These include asexual, polygender and two-spirit...

 

Permanent funds not meant for 'rainy day' raids

A bullish stock market and improved oil revenues boosted New Mexico’s largest permanent funds by $2.1 billion last fiscal year, meaning an extra $61 million will go into state coffers this fiscal ye...

 

Our history should not be denied

If I were African-American, I would think slavery was the only significant issue of the Civil War, because everyday experience would demonstrate that the racism that began with slavery is alive and...

 
 By Rube Render    Opinion    August 23, 2017

Rally security a miserable failure

Forty years ago, the American Civil Liberties Union went to court to defend the right of Nazis to march through Skokie, Illinois. The ACLU defended...

 

VA system fails again with Gulf War veterans

They have yet to define it and haven’t trained enough people to diagnose it. So it’s little wonder the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs finds itself ill-equipped to deal with Gulf War Illness...

 

Campbell's voice made him a star

I was never as much a Glen Campbell fan as I was a devotee of some of the people he was associated with. Glen Campbell’s death on Aug. 8 was significant to me, though. I followed his hits during my...

 
 By Rube Render    Opinion    August 16, 2017

Russia 'disturbance' was no hack

When the Obama administration CIA Director John Brennan testified before congressional committees over the last few months he informed them that he...

 

Watchful eye needed to avoid interest conflicts

The smaller the town, the more difficult it can be to avoid potential conflicts of interest. Sometimes the sheriff is related to the prosecutor and the judge. Sometimes the city manager is a...

 
 By Steve Hansen    Opinion    August 9, 2017

Conservatives reaping their sowing

I don’t know what it is with these U.S. senators from Arizona. They keep turning out to be mavericks. First, Sen. John McCain, a Republican, cast one of the deciding votes that wrecked the GOP’s...

 

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