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 By Tom McDonald    Opinion    April 17, 2019 

Udall announcement brought out politics

Tom Udall’s announcement that he won’t seek another term as U.S. senator really brought out the politics in New Mexico. Already, two Democrats have announced they’ll seek to replace Udall, and...

 
 By Tom McDonald    Opinion    April 10, 2019

Nothing like a good family outing

There’s nothing like a good outing to bring a family together. If you want to go on a leisurely drive to somewhere for a daytime adventure, with some wide-eyed young’uns in tow, you certainly...

 
 By Tom McDonald    Opinion    April 3, 2019

NM leading environmental movement

When America’s youth began to rebel against the Vietnam War, it was because young men were being drafted. They were on the cutting edge of the issue, so they rose up in defiance. Something similar...

 
 By Tom McDonald    Opinion    March 27, 2019

Good or bad, Legislature was busy

Depending on your political persuasion, this was either the best or the worst state legislative session in a long, long time. According to nmlegis.gov, the New Mexico Legislature’s website, there...

 
 By Tom McDonald    Opinion    March 20, 2019

No point in legislating morality

Today’s topic is sin. I’ll try not to get preachy about it. There’s a long list of habit-forming vices that Americans have enjoyed, condemned, regulated and even outlawed over time, but today...

 
 By Tom McDonald    Opinion    March 13, 2019

Good laugh may be medicine for anger

Trump. Climate change. Liberals. Conservatives. Socialists. Capitalists. Bet you don’t think any of these charged-up words are funny, but maybe you should. Recently I heard a segment on NPR’s...

 
 By Tom McDonald    Opinion    March 6, 2019

I think Dad would still love all

News item: The United Methodist Church voted on Feb. 26 to reinforce its ban on openly gay clergy and same-sex marriages, leaving in place a longstanding policy that states, “The practice of...

 

Hemp legalized, but not for gardens

Move over marijuana. Your straight cousin is about to become the latest cash cow for agriculture in America. In case you missed it, the biggest news to come out of the 2018 Farm Bill is the federal...

 

On verge of constitutional emergency

Sound the alarm! We’ve got a national emergency on our hands! Well, it’s really more of a constitutional emergency, as President Trump has opened the door for all future emergency declarations to...

 

Governor stands in defiance of president

Let’s start with this reality-based premise: The “national security crisis” we face is mostly internal. The violence and crime in our schools and on our streets doesn’t have anything to do wit...

 

Wage hike should be tied to inflation

This will be the year in which New Mexico’s minimum wage will go up, probably dramatically. The Democrats will make sure of that. Moreover, this year’s legislative session is an opportunity to...

 

NFL one more big business entity

I’m done with the NFL. At least for this season. If I were a man of higher principles, I’d be done with it for good. The New Orleans loss to the Rams was the straw that broke my back. To...

 

Time to keep an eye on the Dems

The last time New Mexico was in this situation, Bill Richardson had just been elected governor. It was 2003 and Richardson, a former congressman and high-ranking official in the Clinton...

 

Still believe we can change course

I’m always hoping things will turn out better than they appear to be headed. Take our future as a species as an example. Climate change and the polluting of our air, soil and water suggests that...

 

Good or bad, change is coming

Suit up, New Mexicans. Big changes are about to take place. That’s what a commanding majority of New Mexicans voted for — but that doesn’t mean we’re all going to like it. Take gun control as...

 

Reasons for optimism in coming year

The new year is a time for hope. We want to believe in a better year ahead, so we celebrate the possibilities. Here in New Mexico, there are a number of reasons to be optimistic about 2019,...

 

Heroes stand tall in 'war on truth'

SANTA ROSA — Could it be that Time magazine is abandoning the “great man” perspective on history, one in which larger-than-life individuals shape world events, for a “people’s history...

 

Memories much better than gifts

In terms of pure economics, our biggest national holiday is, of course, Christmas. I read somewhere that Halloween comes in as a strong second, but I’d be surprised if it’s anywhere close to the...

 

Technology changing work, world

“Now the captain, he said to John Henry, ‘I’m gonna bring that steam drill around. I’m gonna bring that steam drill out on these tracks, I’m gonna knock that steel on down, God, God. I’m...

 

Still looking for reasons to believe

SANTA ROSA — I’m an optimist by nature, but lately I’ve been having a hard time. Like most Americans, I’m none too pleased with our political leadership. We have an amoral and narcissistic...

 

Wishing you blessings of family, too

Picture this: An Arkansas preacher and teacher have six sons who grow up, get married and have children of their own. Then those children grow up and have their own kids. Even the cousins have...

 

Dems now control NM politics

SANTA ROSA — There may have been mixed results nationally, with the Democrats winning the House and the Republicans increasing their majority in the Senate, but here in New Mexico, an indisputably b...

 

Older but not necessarily wiser

SANTA ROSA — Getting old sucks. At least that’s what I’ve heard. OK, I’ll admit it. I’m getting there myself. I’m 62 years old — but I’ve always been about 10 years younger, in maturit...

 

Do your homework before voting

Here we are, on the verge of one of the most important mid-term elections in American history, and Russian meddling is being charged. Guess it never really stopped. Last week, Elena Alekseevna Khusyay...

 

Self-interest isn't best way to choose

SANTA ROSA — The other day I overheard an argument between friends over two particular candidates for the same office. One is the incumbent, so the question was posed, “What’s he done for...

 

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