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 By Leonard Lauriault    Opinion    July 8, 2020 

Be careful what kind of friends you make

That “politics makes strange bedfellows” is certainly true right now in our country with all the turmoil. The problem with strange bedfellows is when they see each other in the morning, they’ll...

 

Ruling a step back on church, state separation

The Supreme Court last week needlessly poked a hole in Thomas Jefferson’s “wall of separation between church and state.” By a 5-4 vote, the court ruled in a case from Montana that if a state...

 
 By Steve Hansen    Opinion    July 8, 2020 

Need more thoughtful conservatives

New Mexico’s Democratic Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham gave a scolding to residents Thursday as she announced the state would extend current COVID-19 restrictions instead of relaxing them more. New...

 
 By Michael Shannon    Opinion    July 8, 2020 

National leaders need to go on record

I’ve been watching anarchy and lawlessness take control of our streets in major cities. I don’t imagine I’m alone, either. Viewers are exposed everywhere to scenes of mindless chaos. Meanwhile,...

 
 By Gordan Runyan    Opinion    July 1, 2020

Real hope needed in a hurting world

One thing preachers are good at is stating the obvious, about five weeks after everyone has already realized it. Here’s my contribution: If we are...

 

Election may hinge on votes of independents

A defining feature of the Trump presidency has been the seemingly rock-solid support of his partisan base. When Donald Trump declared at a January 2016 campaign event in Iowa that “I could stand in...

 
 By Steve Hansen    Opinion    July 1, 2020

On lookout for centipede advice

My introduction to the New Mexico version of centipede occurred a few years ago, while I was working in an office in Tucumcari. A sweet young thing who worked in an office nearby appeared in my doorwa...

 

Anti-cop vow is step backward

The New York Times has a story that’s entertaining reading for conservatives. It concerns a mostly white, solidly leftist neighborhood so inspired by the death of George Floyd at the hands of a...

 

More important issues at hand than statues

It’s finally over. The bronze of Don Juan de Oñate astride his horse is gone. Native Americans, antifa, Black Lives Matter and everyone associated with the various and sundry movements can...

 
 By Steve Hansen    Opinion    June 24, 2020

Bolton's caution isn't cowardice

You hear it often: “Discretion is the better part of valor.” It’s a distortion of a Shakespeare quote. The Bard actually scripted Jack Falstaff to say, “the better part of valor is discretion,...

 

Suspect deaths not that common

Everyone everywhere is demanding that we reform the police. Everyone everywhere is demanding that we have to root out the “systemic racism” in our police forces because it results in innocent...

 

Avoid the unbearable heat of hell

May was hot; the fourth-hottest May in the past 100 years for the average daily high temperature and the fifth-hottest for the average daily temperature. We came within a degree of tying the record...

 
 By Steve Hansen    Opinion    June 17, 2020

Hansen: Pandemic a perfect protest storm

Since recent current protests, rioting and sometimes extreme police responses affect just about everyone, they should be viewed more as phenomena of human behavior than of politics. And psychologists...

 

Reagan: Ending police won't solve anything

Getting rid of the police. Now there’s a brilliant, progressive way to improve the criminal justice system. There’s no question there are systemic problems with the way we police our cities that...

 

We need cops, plus a review of procedures

As protests sparked by the killing of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer continue across the country, police procedures and budgets everywhere are being scrutinized. Our advice is focus on...

 

Runyan: Question remains for who you believe and why

I avoid big words. They draw attention to themselves, like politicians. However, like politicians, they are a necessary evil. Today’s needed big word is “epistemology.” It means the study of kno...

 

Sowing the seed of the kingdom

Spring usually is considered planting time, and we’re almost finished with spring planting. But in this area, planting takes place somewhere almost year-round. Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 states there’s a...

 

US strengthens China through WHO defunding

“Hide our strength, bide our time,” said Deng Xiaoping, China’s former leader. Xi Jinping, China’s current president, seems to believe the opposite. Shaking off his failures that let an...

 
 By Steve Hansen    Opinion    June 10, 2020

Police work still difficult, dangerous

Four Minneapolis police officers are justifiably facing murder or aiding and abetting charges in the death of George Floyd, an African-American man who died after enduring nearly nine minutes of Offic...

 

Dems have failed to police the police

OK, protesters, we get it. You were angry, sickened and sad about the cold-blooded killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin. Who do you know who wasn’t? Tens of thousands...

 
 By Gordan Runyan    Opinion    June 3, 2020

Forgiveness not an easy topic

If God is so kind and patient, why does he need to have some innocent man die naked on a cross to forgive our sins? If God is really as loving as you...

 

Declaration will redefine China relationship

The last time we flew out of Shanghai, China, it was 2015 and we stumbled across a sign hanging from the airport ceiling that seemed like an historical relic even then. It gave instructions — in...

 
 By Steve Hansen    Opinion    June 3, 2020

Flynn's case only getting muddier

The case of Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn now has the clarity of a mud bath. First, his court case. Flynn pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI. Then, Attorney General William Barr, his ultimate prosecutor,...

 
 By Michael Reagan    Opinion    June 3, 2020

Feeling sorry for small business

I feel terribly sorry for the hundred thousand Americans who’ve lost their lives to the coronavirus. I also feel sorry for all the small business owners in the country who have become innocent...

 

Connected in the body and to the head

During homeschooling due to COVID-19, I recalled “The Skeleton Song” used for teaching children the parts of the body. Here’s how it goes: “The foot bone’s connected to the leg bone. The...

 

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