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AG jumped the gun suing Presbyterian before audit's done

In a classic New Mexico case of “Ready, Fire, Aim,” New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas has filed a lawsuit accusing Presbyterian Healthcare Services of defrauding the state and possibly...

 
 By Steve Hansen    Opinion    July 26, 2017 

Presidents don't sway economy

The Republicans are still running against Obama, even though the GOP has dropped the ball for the second time on repealing and replacing Obamacare. Meanwhile, the country waits with bated breath to...

 

God has no silent partners

Albeit with good intentions, parents sometimes cause their children problems. My daughter has chastised me several times about one such instance: We hyphenated her first name with both components...

 

State's budget can't support excess colleges

Too many colleges. Not enough money. Not enough students. Not sustainable. To a pessimist, this is a good, if Hemingway-esque, description of New Mexico’s system of higher education. To an...

 
 By Steve Hansen    Opinion    July 19, 2017

Today's writers travel hard road

I have been reading two works of literature lately, one of which is considered serious literature and the other pure, addicting entertainment. A few months ago I completed “Infinite Jest,” by...

 
 By Rube Render    Opinion    July 19, 2017

Funny how history repeats itself

It would do well for us to remember what happened the last time a special counsel was appointed to serve for the United States Department of Justice....

 
 By Gordan Runyan    Opinion    July 19, 2017

Use your quiet time wisely

The daily quiet time is a staple of Bible-believing Christianity. It’s so prevalent that we don’t give much critical thought to it. It is...

 

Trump's good moves lost in his behavior

Americans have always been proud we live in a country where anybody can grow up to become president. Barack Obama is an excellent example: A biracial kid raised by his white grandparents of modest...

 
 By Steve Hansen    Opinion    July 12, 2017

True silence found in eastern NM

I have recently visited parts of New Mexico that have evaded me in the nine years I have lived here. For the most part, I have concluded most of New Mexico is gloriously diverse in climate and...

 
 By Rube Render    Opinion    July 12, 2017

One of these things is not like the others

According to Wikipedia, “A conflict of interest exists if the circumstances are reasonably believed (on the basis of past experience and objective...

 
 By Thomas Garcia    Opinion    July 5, 2017

Yes, John, you deserved the attention

Recently while attending a friend’s memorial service, I had the chance to visit with people I have not seen since I was a child. No one likes a funeral, but they always bring people together. At...

 
 By Gordan Runyan    Opinion    July 5, 2017

Two moves can deal with skeptics

Christian apologist Sye Ten Bruggencate has a quick, memorable way to deal with skeptics. Whether they are atheists, agnostics, or merely sour...

 

State tax rates 'absolutely matter' to biz interests

It would be easy to take the simplistic view that lowering New Mexico’s top corporate income rate from 7.6 percent to 5.9 percent over a five-year period as part of a 2013 business tax overhaul is...

 
 By Steve Hansen    Opinion    June 28, 2017

Look forward to make U.S. better

It will never be 1962 again, but there are some highly placed people who want it to return or have never left that year. Our current president, Donald Trump, wants to return manufacturing jobs to the...

 
 By Rube Render    Opinion    June 28, 2017

Clinton only one with useful secrets

When Sally Yates testified before a Senate judiciary sub-committee, her bombshell was not that National Security Advisor Michael Flynn had lied to...

 

Freedome in America, heaven carries responsibilities

‘My country ‘tis of thee, Sweet land of liberty, of thee I sing; Land where my fathers died, Land of the pilgrim’s pride. From every mountainside, let freedom ring.” The year is nearly half...

 

Neither side blameless for political fire

The partisan rancor and toxic incivility that have gripped the nation since last year’s presidential campaign spilled over into bloodshed last Wednesday. James T. Hodgkinson, 66, opened fire on a...

 
 By Steve Hansen    Opinion    June 21, 2017

Need drives urban, rural motives

Much has been made in the news lately about the division between urban and rural citizens, and what motivates them to do things like vote for Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump in an election of bad or...

 
 By Rube Render    Opinion    June 21, 2017

Failure to perform got Comey fired

Much has been made in the news lately about the division between urban and rural citizens, and what motivates them to do things like vote for Hillary...

 

Letter to the Editor - Republican ticket back to 'good old days' with Trump

A couple of weeks ago, Rube Render had a column explaining how much power the president had. The purpose of the article was to justify firing the head of the FBI. It had me wondering if we were...

 

Partisan games keep state from moving forward

Once again, perceived vagaries in New Mexico law — and animosity between Gov. Susana Martinez and the Democrat-majority Legislature — have led to district court. This time, the Legislative...

 
 By Rube Render    Opinion    June 14, 2017

Comey a shifty political operative

Whatever else James Comey may be, the one thing that has become evident after all the testimony he provided various congressional committees is that...

 
 By Steve Hansen    Opinion    June 14, 2017

Walking good way to better health

From April 8 to May 20, Quay County residents took more than 6 million steps toward improving their health. They participated in the Quay County Health Council’s Step into Spring, an informal...

 

Flag symbol of unity, respect

Today is National Flag Day, celebrating acceptance of the American flag’s design on this date in 1777. Although celebrated since at least 1885, Flag Day wasn’t a holiday until 1916, and it...

 

Gross receipts study must not collect dust

Although legislators decided against overhauling our exemption-ridden gross receipts tax system during the recent regular and special sessions, they did earmark $400,000 to study it. “The people of...

 

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