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Don't be such a Boromir

In the movie “The Fellowship of the Ring,” a fascinating scenario plays out in multiple scenes. The titular ring is a magic item that gives its...

 

Things can be done to prevent abuse of children

Is it just easier for us to create bogeymen than face harsh realities? In the 1980s, it was the Satanic Panic, as if roving devil worshipers were terrorizing small towns and kidnapping children....

 

Bidding Tucumcari fond farewell

As of last weekend, one of the words that up until recently identified me for this column is a lie. That word is “Tucumcari.” I have moved to Clovis with my wife for personal and professional...

 
 By Rube Render    Opinion    September 22, 2021 

Afghani students are hardly stranded

I was reading news on the internet, when the following caught my eye: Dozens of students from the San Juan Unified School District in Sacramento...

 

When misery loves company

Most people likely know the phrase, “misery loves company,” because it’s been used in various forms since at least 400 B.C. I’ve always understood the term meant that when someone is...

 

Pandemic politics is putting freedom on the front lines

You know government is out of control when different entities start talking about suing each other over the best way to control people. Freedom lovers are outraged, for example, over the latest...

 

Best to follow your doctor's advice

Everybody knows that ivermectin, a horse de-worming medicine, should not be used by humans to fight COVID-19. That’s what everybody in the media has been saying. Even a shallow dive into the...

 

Biden doesn't much resemble LBJ

Not too long ago, supporters imagined Joe Biden might be the next LBJ, and perhaps they were right — just not how they thought. Biden bears no resemblance to the Lyndon B. Johnson who entered office...

 

Conscience should not be coerced

As you’re reading your Bible, note the instances in which people try to coerce, bribe, or threaten others into complying with their will. I think...

 

Answer muddled on America's safety after war

Is America safer after its 20-year war on terrorism in Afghanistan has resulted in the Taliban’s victory? The answer, like the war itself, is muddled. The lack of resolution should cause...

 

Divisions weakening democracy

In three days, we will mark the 20th anniversary of the attack on the World Trade Center that killed more than 3,000 Americans who were peacefully going about their business. As the nation watched in...

 

Scheller an example of leadership

By now, most readers will have heard the name of Marine Lt Col. Stuart Scheller. He is the infantry battalion commander who went on Facebook to...

 

Labor Day reminder of accomplishments

Next Monday will be Labor Day, the national holiday celebrated each first Monday in September since the late 1800s to commemorate the social and economic achievements by American workers that led to...

 

Odds in favor of getting the COVID-19 shot

Doctors and nurses have cajoled and pleaded, talking about how they are watching patients struggle to breathe before they ultimately go on a ventilator and die. The governor has offered cash...

 

May be time to reconsider job design

Henry David Thoreau, one of America’s literary giants, once proposed that people should work one day a week and rest on the other six, instead of the work-six, rest-one arrangement commanded in the...

 

Afghanistan withdrawal a disaster

Those who know me well will tell you that I have defended to a fault, the leadership of the United States military. I have always maintained that,...

 

Wrestle with hard questions

I hope I’m proven wrong, but I think the chances of another lock-down coming in the fall are right around 118%. I sincerely hope we’ve had all...

 

Fixing drawdown debacle will require effort

President Joe Biden’s defense of the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan was callous, self-serving and deeply unconvincing. Above all, it was beside the point. The question is no longer whether U.S....

 

No correct decision in Afghanistan

It seems to be the consensus of Monday morning quarterbacks, whether Republicans or Democrats, that President Joe Biden’s decision early this year to pull out of Afghanistan before autumn was a...

 

Left dumbing down education

The left is truly dumbing down America’s kids. It’s nothing new. But based on the insane education policy recently implemented by the state of Oregon, it looks like the future of America’s alrea...

 

Data collection, sharing need to improve

The past 18 months have shown that accurately counting the dead is vital for protecting the living. At the outset of the pandemic, many countries lacked adequate registration systems, and others saw...

 

Trump failed heir to Ronald Reagan

It was supposed to happen Friday the 13th, but Donald Trump is still not back in the White House. Joseph Biden is still the president without the immediate threat of being toppled, and Trump is still...

 
 By Rich Lowry    Opinion    August 18, 2021

Spending ballooning under Biden

A trillion dollars used to be a lot of money, even in Washington. Now, a trillion-dollar spending bill is a trifle barely worth arguing over and the stuff of bipartisan consensus. Oscar Wilde famously...

 

God still loves you, even when he says 'no'

In James 5:13-18, we see Elijah was a person just like us or like we can be. Elijah was powerful and effective in prayer because of his righteousness, but he wasn’t the source of the righteousness,...

 

Scientism: Another false religious belief

On the whole, I’m a science guy. I’m not afraid of science, nor do I perceive any threat from it. As a Christian man, I have no worries that...

 

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