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 By Gordon Runyan    Opinion    August 10, 2022 

Brittney Griner case basically unjust

WNBA player Brittney Griner has been sentenced to nine years in prison in Russia on drug charges, including the possession of marijuana. From the standpoint of biblical principles, this is an unjust...

 

Reversal spotlights GOP's indefensible partisan payback

How angry are some Republicans at what they see as betrayal by a centrist Democrat? Angry enough to betray sick military veterans, apparently. That’s the only rational explanation for the sudden abo...

 
 By Kent McManigal    Opinion    August 10, 2022 

Cannabis not an excuse to kidnap

An American basketball player was recently arrested and imprisoned in Russia for possession of cannabis. Some people are outraged over this; others claim she deserved to be arrested because she broke...

 
 By Tom McDonald    Opinion    August 10, 2022 

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...

 

A tale of two camps

Our grandson spent a week at two church camps this summer — one in northern New Mexico and one in southern New Mexico, both in the mountains. When we dropped him off at the second camp, I mentioned...

 
 By Patti Dobson    Opinion    August 3, 2022

August means double helping of memories

I’ve been thinking about my dad more so than usual. Probably because it’s August, his birth month. August has always been a time of celebration because of my dad’s birthday. I’d start practi-b...

 

Basketball legend a prolific winner and societal leader

Celtics legend Bill Russell, on the Mount Rushmore of Boston sports with a whopping 11 titles as a player and two championships as the first Black head coach in North American pro sports, died on...

 

Needs should be met by the people

People see me say I don’t want government doing something and often jump to the conclusion I don’t want that thing done at all. Sometimes they are right, as in the case of legislation...

 
 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 Gordon Runyan    Opinion    July 27, 2022

No shortcuts to kingdom greatness

Simon the sorceror in Acts 8 has the distinction of having a particular sin named after him, “simony.” Note to self: There are things you don’t want to be remembered for. One of them would be me...

 

Downplaying cooperation erodes trust

Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador wants to take full credit for the recent capture of notorious drug lord Rafael Caro Quintero. But the signs point to some degree of cooperation between...

 

Hoping future has more liberty wins

It feels like the future is being pulled in two directions at once. Things are getting better, while things also feel like they are getting worse. Both are probably true. I’m not so naive as to...

 
 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...

 

The bigger role of doorkeeping

My last article earlier this month ended with a statement that being a doorkeeper in the Lord’s house was a great area of service for new Christians of almost any age because anyone can do the...

 

Hard to reach education goal without roadmap

A 50% increase in K-12 English language arts and math achievement by the 2025-26 school year might seem aspirational, until you realize where New Mexico is starting from. At last count, prepandemic,...

 

Libertarians aren't on right or left

No one really understands anyone else, so it’s no surprise that non-libertarians don’t understand libertarians. When I first started writing on the topic of libertarianism, I ran across a blog pos...

 
 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 Gordon Runyan    Opinion    July 13, 2022

No conspiracy threat to God's plan

One popular saying about wealth is that he is a rich man who has a dollar more than I do. Similarly, among conspiracy theorists, the maxim seems to be that a nutty conspiracy theorist is one who...

 

Basing political movement on lies unsustainable

In the end, it wasn’t one scandal that brought down Boris Johnson. It was a series. While each transgression was unique, they shared this truth: The British prime minister is a liar. The weight of...

 

Politics depends on blind spots

Everyone has blind spots. Especially when it comes to politics. In fact, I’d say politics is made up of blind spots knitted together with wishful thinking, expressed through legislation designed to...

 
 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...

 

Learning to serve through 4-H

Quay County 4-H was well-represented at the Eastern District Contests in Alamogordo recently. Contests included a broad range of topics; see aces.nmsu.edu/4h/contests/sedistrict/index.html for more...

 
 By Patti Dobson    Opinion    July 6, 2022

Ailing dog keeps living in the present

Patchie, a beautiful white and black heeler, is our resident grouch. We’ve had her almost 10 years and she was probably about 2, give or take, when we found each other. Like so many past and...

 

Inequity in state system for elk license allocation

Before she was elected governor, Michelle Lujan Grisham acknowledged the state’s system of allocating elk licenses was unfair to N.M.’s resident hunters. But instead of empowering the New Mexico...

 
 By Kent McManigal    Opinion    July 6, 2022

Preparation can ease your anxiety

If you are worried about the next few years, I can relate. Supply chain problems, inflation, the ongoing drought, and the possibility of political violence seem like they are closing in on us. An...

 

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