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Letter to the editor - Sept. 4

Vote with your faith, conscience NBA legend Bob Cousy got the Medal of Freedom Award from President Trump. Now, Cousy offers an “assist” to Trump by saying he will vote for him in 2020 because he...

 

Take care in throwing things out

We pick up trash along U.S. 54 about twice a year and, every once in a while, we find something of potential value and put into a separate bucket with recyclable plastics, cans, bottles, etc., for fur...

 

Release of video about truth, transparency

When interim Fort Worth Police Chief Ed Kraus released video from cameras worn by officers involved in yet another fatal shooting last month, he made clear how unusual it was that the video was...

 

The less info classified the better

Former FBI Director James Comey was the subject last week of yet another Washington dust-devil involving what he might have said in some emails that he shouldn’t have said in emails. Once again,...

 

Time for Joe Biden to get off stage

We got used to his serial gaffes long ago. “That’s just Joe,” his friends and supporters say about his latest gaffes today. I’m not one to make fun of him by calling him “Sleepy Joe” or...

 

Democratic solutions are outright fantasy

Harry Reid is starting to make sense. I was afraid this day would come. Perhaps it’s an indication of the Apocalypse or, at the very least, that multiple blows to the head, received during my...

 

HUD works in mysterious ways

The federal government sometimes giveth and sometimes taketh away. Like a prime Biblical figure, it can also work in mysterious ways. Witness the events in recent weeks that could essentially end...

 

Shooting down California's ammo law

Dove season opens in California and across the U.S. on Sept. 1. For as long as I can remember, all I had to do when dove season rolled around each year was oil my 1970s-vintage shotgun, buy a case or...

 

Bible's Gospel: The kingdom is here

We are plagued with preaching that narrows the message of Christ’s Gospel, until it is only about getting your little soul to heaven when you die....

 

Campaign finance changes may polarize

For years, transparency advocates have been raising hue and cry for campaign finance reform that generally accomplishes two goals: First, reform should create an environment where the person or group...

 

Trump falling back on old triumphs

President Donald Trump announced out of the blue last week that he wants to buy Greenland, which has the whole world going, “What the rhymes-with-small-waterfowl?” Well, there are some unsettling...

 

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...

 

Some advice open to interpretation, some not

We found a paperback book at our house about a year ago that does not belong to anyone living here. So, we’ve been asking those who visit whether it’s theirs. Recently, we asked a mid-30s, single...

 

Preaching must confront our idols

In the 8th Century, a Christian missionary ventured into a pagan community in what is now Germany. History knows him as St. Boniface. His mission, to...

 

Tax returns shouldn't be tied to ballot

Among the early front-runners for the dumbest California law of 2019 is the first-in-the-nation legislation requiring presidential candidates to release their tax returns to be eligible for the...

 

Quay needs economic shot in arm

As Quay County reels from the state’s decision not to grant a sixth racetrack-casino license, my inner wonk is motivated to see where the county stands as we figure out where we can go from here....

 

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 Ron Warnick    Opinion    August 7, 2019

One year later, a look back

The past year revealed what it's like to land a dream job in the worst way possible. Before I moved to Tucumcari, I'd subscribed to the Quay County...

 

Ratcliffe not fit or qualified for intelligence post

The impending departure of Dan Coats as director of national intelligence is unfortunate. Whether the topic was Russia, Syria, North Korea or Iran, Coats consistently presented fact-based assessments...

 
 By Steve Hansen    Opinion    August 7, 2019

Appreciating leisure since I have it

OK, the Republicans are excusing the most excessive acts of Donald Trump, our most excessive president, and the Democrats might come up with such a toxic stew of unpopular policies that even...

 
 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...

 

Running a hands-free operation

I read signs and often find some rather interesting, if not outright funny. I saw one once on the back of a tractor-trailer saying something like, “We drive with lights on, hands-free and...

 
 By Gordan Runyan    Opinion    July 31, 2019

Preaching should move us to maturity

The preaching you imbibe is either moving you toward Christian maturity, or it is not. You are either being stretched to grow, or you are being kept i...

 

Prime minister big figure in UK relations

Looking at the United Kingdom from this side of the Atlantic, it’s fair to say that who becomes prime minister isn’t always a crucial development. The “special relationship” is solid — so...

 
 By Steve Hansen    Opinion    July 31, 2019

Hearing narrative work of fiction

The GOP narrative that came out of the Mueller hearings on July 23 could have been written by Clive Cussler, John Le Carre or Ian Fleming. It was compelling fiction and, like much good fiction, it...

 

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