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 By Tom McDonald    Opinion    June 29, 2022 

Truth out there, but harder to find

Our institutions are taking a beating in the world of public opinion, and I think I know why. By institutions I mean those organizations that provide a measure of stability and security in our lives...

 
 By Tom McDonald    Opinion    June 22, 2022

Title IX giant step in opportunity

Credit the Albuquerque Journal for launching a series on Title IX and its impact on sports, as this culture-shifting law turns 50 this year. The series is just getting started, and the Journal says it...

 
 By Tom McDonald    Opinion    June 15, 2022

Fight inflation with green energy

We’ve been living with inflation all our lives. That’s why old folks can remember when a gallon of gas cost under a buck and bread cost about a quarter a loaf. But now it’s getting out of hand....

 
 By Tom McDonald    Opinion    June 8, 2022

Found classics among cassettes

We Americans like to accumulate stuff through most of our lives, then somewhere around old age we start trying to get rid of it. At least that’s true for me. I’ve been working to downsize my...

 
 By Tom McDonald    Opinion    June 1, 2022

Look for common ground on guns

Fatigue seems to have set in over Americans following the latest mass shootings, and for good reason. The numbers are staggering. So far this year, we’ve had 27 school shootings, according to...

 
 By Tom McDonald    Opinion    May 25, 2022

Big Tech is the new Big Tobacco

If you want to understand the impact that technology is having on us, consider the history of tobacco. Perhaps you know that Native Americans first introduced tobacco to Europeans, who turned it into...

 
 By Tom McDonald    Opinion    May 11, 2022

Graduates: Be bold, but be safe

It’s that time of year, when just about every newspaper in the state gives front-page attention to at least one local graduation. They’re always a big deal, especially to those who walk across...

 
 By Tom McDonald    Opinion    May 4, 2022

Musk unlikely to mend political divide

If Elon Musk is going to take over Twitter, I hope he reads a recent article in The Atlantic magazine by Jonathan Haidt, about the impact social media is having on our democracy and what we can do abo...

 
 By Tom McDonald    Opinion    April 27, 2022

Climate change getting personal

If you’re like me, you’ve gone through a range of emotional reactions to the pressing issue of climate change. For me, now that wildfires are raging throughout this Land of Enchantment, it’s...

 
 By Tom McDonald    Opinion    April 20, 2022

Mentoring uplifting and rewarding

One of the most uplifting things to receive, and rewarding things to give, is mentoring. It’s certainly been an important part of my career. I was in my 30s when I met my first journalism mentor....

 
 By Tom McDonald    Opinion    April 13, 2022

Jackson part of line of great Black women

Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson’s appointment to the U.S. Supreme Court got me to thinking about other African-American women who have made their mark on American history. There are many, including...

 
 By Tom McDonald    Opinion    April 6, 2022

Mills Canyon hidden treasure of state

It’s starting to feel more and more like summer, a time that’s ripe for weekend getaways. And if you’re like me and enjoy the “hidden treasures” of our state, here’s one you might enjoy:...

 
 By Tom McDonald    Opinion    March 30, 2022

Remembering a lower court judge

All this national news about Supreme Court judges has me thinking about the judges who make day-to-day differences in our lives, namely, the lower court judges who live and die among us. As a...

 
 By Tom McDonald    Opinion    March 23, 2022

Reading great education contribution

I firmly believe that the greatest contribution to my daughters’ education wasn’t in helping them get through high school or even college. It was in teaching them a love for reading. Often it...

 
 By Tom McDonald    Opinion    March 16, 2022

Billy the Kid may live on in descendant

Recently, I read an obscure little book I think is worth writing about. It suggests Billy the  Kid lives on — genealogically. The book is titled “Billy the Kid’s Kid — The Hispanic Connection...

 
 By Tom McDonald    Opinion    March 9, 2022

Learn the complexities of issues

Back in the 1950s, in the thick of the Cold War, Nikita Khrushchev, the leader of the Soviet Union at that time, famously said, “We will take America without firing a shot. We do not have to invade...

 
 By Tom McDonald    Opinion    March 2, 2022

Invasion disturbing for democracy

Who would’ve thought that the Soviet Union would rise from the ashes and re-establish itself in Eastern Europe once again? It’s now clear that is exactly what Russia President Vladimir Putin...

 

Some big wins, some losses in session

Last week ended with big New Mexico news, several times over. The governor surprised the state by lifting the mask mandate. The speaker of the House announced he is voluntarily stepping down. And the...

 

Optimism found in talk about methane

It’s hard to be optimistic about the world these days, but I still try. A rise in nationalism is not only ripping into the fabric of democracies, it’s making a global effort to save our earth...

 

Professor of history one of the greats

As a professor of history at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, Dr. L.T. Williams had a way of making history multidimensional. He gave history meaning for the present-day world. As a student...

 

GOP needs to stick to legal process

To steal a quote from former GOP President George H.W. Bush, the Republican Party of New Mexico is in “deep do-do” these days, and it doesn’t look like it’s going to get any better anytime...

 

Seems some of us don't value honesty

This nation has been divided over the “facts” for some time now, but does that mean we’re divided over telling the truth, too? Used to be, Americans valued honesty, even if we didn’t always pr...

 

Governor's agenda ambitious

Sometimes politicians govern. Sometimes they campaign. Most of the time, it’s hard to tell the difference. Take, for example, Democratic Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s legislative agenda for this...

 

Expanding voting good for NM

New Mexico’s 30-day session begins Jan. 18, and while its emphasis will be on the state budget, the governor can add to the legislative “call” and already has. On the first anniversary of last...

 

Posturing contaminates resolve

Seems to me, 2021 began on Jan. 20. That’s when Joe Biden was sworn in as president. Because of Donald Trump’s refusal to accept the 2020 election results, opposition to Biden’s election turned...

 

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