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 By Tom McDonald    Opinion    November 23, 2022 

Thanksgiving feast for body, soul

If you ask me, Thanksgiving is better than Christmas, for a whole host of practical, spiritual and personal reasons. For one thing, it hasn’t been commercialized the way the Yuletide has. Black...

 

Election proves democracy strong

Did America’s fever just break? Last week’s general election provided strong evidence that democracy remains strong in our nation, as just about all those who lost their respective elections...

 

Searching for reason for optimism

Sometimes I feel like an optimist in search of a reason to still feel that way. I want to believe in what’s good about this world, but writing about the issues of our time can be depressing. I’m...

 

Election season has me in a funk

All year long, I’ve had a hard time getting excited about this election year. I’m just not into it this time around. This isn’t normal for me. For decades, I’ve told people that “politics...

 

Need to work toward restoring balance

As an observer of human nature and the body politick, I’ve reached the conclusion that the meanspirited attacks on both sides are largely due to the extremes. But there’s a more moderate middle...

 

Climate change takes color from season

This is altogether anecdotal, so I won’t pretend it’s based on scientific observation, but I’ve noticed something in my annual trips to Arkansas for a Thanksgiving get-together in the Ozark... Full story

 

We should laugh about differences more

Maybe you’ve read my brother Don’s column, something I run weekly in my Guadalupe County News because, well, he loaned me money. That’s why we call his weekly column “The One Percenter,...

 

Ranked-choice better vote method

If you ask me, a big reason why democracy in America is in trouble is because of the way we’ve set it up. First, there’s our Electoral College for electing presidents. By using state electors for...

 

Our differences make us stronger

The other day, I heard a pundit call New Mexico “purple,” as in a balanced mix of “blue” Democrats and “red” Republicans. If that’s the case, we must have some closeted Republicans...

 

No use losing sleep over nuclear energy

In case you haven’t noticed, nuclear power is back in the headlines these days. Even here in New Mexico, where there are no nuclear power plants, it’s an issue. Not only do we have the Waste...

 

NM Democrats still running strong

The governor is leading in her bid for re-election, as are other Democrats running statewide races. New Mexicans see crime and inflation as the biggest issues facing the state, and they want judges...

 

Battle between religion, science fought

In the Great American Culture Wars of our time, two different worldviews, science and religion, continue to do battle, even though it doesn’t have to be that way. Science has reshaped our world in...

 

Heroes push us to better ourselves

Heroes are easy to find but hard to keep. Especially when we’re young, we need our heroes, or positive role models if you prefer, as examples of what courage, sacrifice and success are all about....

 

Found inspiration in trees still standing

I found inspiration at a burn scar recently. It was in California, which has been burning for years now as Exhibit A for the onset of climate change. I had driven into the state to pick up my...

 
 By Tom McDonald    Opinion    August 3, 2022

Hoping we'll survive beyond 2100

Downsizing for an old-school media junkie involves lots of newspapers and magazines, the hardcopy kind, where the first draft of history was laid out for all the world to consume through linear...

 
 By Tom McDonald    Opinion    July 27, 2022

Not much downside to film industry

The Governor’s Office recently boasted of record-setting in-state spending from the filmmaking industry. And while a good chunk of that is going into the Rio Grande Corridor, where Netflix and other...

 
 By Tom McDonald    Opinion    July 20, 2022

Only more horror stories coming

Now that a 27-year-old man’s confession has substantiated a doctor’s story that a 10-year-old girl was raped, got pregnant and had to go out of state to get an abortion, you’d have a heart of st...

 
 By Tom McDonald    Opinion    July 13, 2022

NM could use a little less attention

New Mexico’s been making the national news a lot lately, and not the good kind. First came the wildfires. The Hermits Peak Fire was making national headlines even before it merged with the Calf...

 
 By Tom McDonald    Opinion    July 6, 2022

Need more inclusive Christianity

It’s being declared often these days. There’s even a book pushing the notion in its title: “America is a Christian nation.” To which I ask: Which Christian? Which version of Christianity are...

 
 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...

 

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