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Pets can literally save our lives

I have a dog in the house. He doesn’t live here, he just came to visit. And I have a family of feral cats living in my back yard. The momma cat claimed squatters rights, having lived here before I...

 

El Paso shooting hits close to home

Back when you could do it with little or no hassle, I remember casually walking across the bridge (and therefore the border) between downtown El Paso and Ciudad Juarez. As I left the U.S. side,...

 
 By Tom McDonald    Opinion    August 7, 2019

No overnight fix for NM education

Up until recently, it’s been pretty much a seamless takeover. Worn out by Susana Martinez’s can’t-do/won’t do policies as governor toward issues like clean energy, full marijuana legalization...

 
 By Tom McDonald    Opinion    July 31, 2019

America can still do great things

Like a lot of Americans, I got caught up in the 50th anniversary of our first moon landing. My moment was on CSpan3, where I channel-surfed into Reel America’s Moonwalk One, a dated NASA documentary...

 
 By Tom McDonald    Opinion    July 24, 2019

Legal pot is capitalism at its best

We are about a year away from legalizing recreational marijuana in New Mexico. Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham has already set the wheels in motion for its passage at the Roundhouse next year, and if the...

 
 By Tom McDonald    Opinion    July 17, 2019

Can't save world one person at a time

Recycling has always been a feel-good issue for the casual environmentalist, but it’s turning out to be even less than that. It’s becoming less practical and affordable. Silver City and Taos are...

 
 By Tom McDonald    Opinion    July 10, 2019

Continental Divide beautiful drive

I took advantage of a long holiday weekend to travel up to the Continental Divide, where I camped and explored some of the highest points in Colorado. “Civilization” came to me through the radio,...

 
 By Tom McDonald    Opinion    July 3, 2019

Most vulnerable deserve care

Healthcare is a right. Raise your hand if you agree. The reality is, America is divided on this question. We’re not talking about emergency care here. I think most people with an ounce of...

 
 By Tom McDonald    Opinion    June 26, 2019

Republicans seek race they can win

Just when you think the Trumpettes have been banished from the Land of Enchantment come candidates who are already tugging on the president’s coattails, hoping to find redemption down south for the...

 
 By Tom McDonald    Opinion    June 12, 2019

Latest Anaya offering defies genre

If I had to assign a genre to Rudolfo Anaya’s latest book, “Chupacabra Meets Billy The Kid,” I’d say it’s of the Western / science fiction / fantasy / Chicano literature / historical...

 
 By Tom McDonald    Opinion    June 5, 2019

Take time to learn a language

One of my great regrets is not learning another language. I took Spanish in high school for a couple of years, but didn’t practice it enough over the years to go beyond the few words I’ve...

 
 By Tom McDonald    Opinion    May 29, 2019

Investments set to pay off in NM

New Mexico is building itself up with some new, cutting-edge infrastructure. First, there’s Facebook and its $1 billion data center at Los Lunas. It’s creating a need for some expensive...

 
 By Tom McDonald    Opinion    May 22, 2019

Adapting only way to handle change

Today’s topic is change. It makes the world go round, but a lot of people hate it anyway. Change is inevitable, and yet the older we get, the more we’re inclined to resist it. It can be...

 
 By Tom McDonald    Opinion    May 15, 2019

There's hope for future after all

I just finished doing a final read of high school seniors’ summaries. That’s something my newspaper compiles from surveys we pass out to the soon-to-be graduates and then publish on the eve of...

 
 By Tom McDonald    Opinion    May 8, 2019

Try not to lose your way back home

About this time every year, parents all over New Mexico swell with pride as their daughters and sons walk across the graduation stage — and wave goodbye. The walk is ceremonial; the wave, at least...

 
 By Tom McDonald    Opinion    May 1, 2019

Professional bettor changing game

You may not be aware, but our pre-primetime way of life is undergoing a big change. Jeopardy! is being transformed. Like many Americans, I’m a fan of this game show, which I like for brain teasing...

 
 By Tom McDonald    Opinion    April 24, 2019

Read report; draw own conclusions

If Donald Trump wants to convince the public that the Mueller report vindicates him, he needs to keep us from reading the report ourselves. Or even part of it. Just a couple of hours of reading its...

 
 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...

 

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