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State lawmakers need to embrace ethics commission

New Mexicans voted Nov. 6 overwhelmingly (75 percent) in favor of Constitutional Amendment 2, establishing an ethics commission to oversee the foxes in the hen house, aka the Roundhouse. That message...

 
 By Steve Hansen    Opinion    December 12, 2018 

Political incivility started somewhere

The death of former President George H.W. Bush has been met with as much mourning for the gentlemanly politics he practiced as for the man himself. Bush saved incivility for America’s enemies,...

 
 By Tom McDonald    Opinion    December 12, 2018 

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...

 

Keep following God's perfect plan

Excellent article last week, Gordon! Recently, my three devotional books had a complementary theme one day despite being written by different authors. Written by inspiration from God over about 1,500...

 

Better off with political correctness

Fox News pundits use “political correctness” as a blanket to cover any opinion they dislike. Progressives are enamored with political correctness, however, and despite my distaste for Fox News...

 

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...

 

We could use a president like George H.W. Bush

It’s fitting that former President George H.W. Bush, whose diplomacy helped end the short Gulf War and the long Cold War, is being remembered in death for words he uttered in his 1988 nomination...

 

It's not always wrong to judge

It has been said, sarcastically, the first words of Matthew 7 form the only text of Scripture that every unbeliever has memorized. “Judge not, lest...

 

Practice year round acceptable worship through thanksgiving

That time of year is upon us again when we think about how much we’ve been blessed (Thanksgiving) as well as how much more we’ll be blessed (Christmas and New Year's). It doesn’t matter which...

 

Unsigned editorials going away, just like our editorial board

For decades, our newspaper has published unsigned local editorials. That ends today, but not without one final defense of the way we used to do things. Our unsigned editorials — under the Viewpoint...

 

Holidays good time to stay home

I’m writing this on Black Friday and I’m not going anywhere. Black Friday, New Year’s Eve, Labor Day and Memorial Day have become my favorite times to stay home. Just to be ornery, I don’t...

 

Free market means individual choice

I love the free market. The market, liberated from government rules, subject only to the choices of individuals. One of my choices is to not shop on major holidays. If I knew for certain the store...

 

Jesus did not teach socialism

I’ve run into some avowed socialists online who claim Jesus was a socialist or at least taught doctrines compatible with socialism. Jesus healed...

 

Thanks for the pickin', grinnin' and 'Yesterday'

For those of us old enough to remember when television brought families together — in the same room at the same time, with commercial interruption because that was the only choice back then — Thur...

 

Hold off on celebrating Acosta order

Happy Thanksgiving, Quay County and all of New Mexico. To my media colleagues, however, I issue a warning. The media corps seems to think they have reason to gloat over their turkey dinners as...

 

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...

 

Honor vets by maintaining peace

Last Sunday was Nov. 11. A century ago, on Nov. 11, 1918, at 11 a.m., the armistice to cease the hostilities of World War I took effect. The Treaty of Versailles, signed in 1919, actually formalized...

 

Extend a hand, not a hammer

First, let me congratulate Democrats for taking the U.S. House of Representatives from the Republicans. Whether that is good news, however, depends on what the party whose standard bearer is not a...

 

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...

 

Time to work on fix for partisan judiciary election

Toxic politics have been around forever, and there certainly is no shortage today. But for the last two decades, the New Mexico judiciary has been mostly free of this scourge, thanks to a...

 

Love for God more than a feeling

Jesus was once asked what the greatest commandment was, from the whole law of God. He answered that the first and great command (primo and mega in...

 

Century later, first Great War not forgotten

Historians estimate more than 115,000 Americans died in the first modern-day Great War we’ve come to call World War I. That casualty list included about 500 in New Mexico; dozens from our part of th...

 

A lot happened between WWII and me

Between the end of World War II and my birth date in 1950 lies a period of which I know little. My birth year marked the start of the Korean conflict and another new era. I was able last week to get...

 

Today our eyes focus on a hero

When the United States entered the Great War against Germany in April 1917, Tucumcari’s Isaac Kirkpatrick was attending law school at Valparaiso, Indiana. He withdrew from school immediately and...

 

It's scary night; be careful out this Halloween

Some special interest groups would have us believe crime increases on Halloween night. This might be true, or not, depending on many factors: the weather, the night of the week, whether communities...

 

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