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Dig down and find commonalities that keep us united

Eighty years ago, on Dec. 7, 1941, our parents and grandparents were shaken out of the humdrum of daily living — and the trajectory of their lives forever changed — by news that Pearl Harbor in...

 

Best to let people make own choices

I love people. I also know that humans are deeply flawed. This combination explains why I’m a libertarian. Every other position insists that no one is smart enough to run their own life while also...

 

Price watchers won't lose hobby

Sound the alarm! Gas prices are going up! Throughout my life, I’ve noticed a certain obsession Americans have with gas prices. I used to tease my father for driving out of his way just to save a...

 

Bible: Earth is still the Lord's

I am not a science denier. You may hear otherwise, but I think that’s unfair. To be anti-science is to be anti God, who created and owns everything...

 

Arbery verdict a win for racial, criminal justice

Ahmaud Arbery’s killing in February 2020 sounded at first like a horrific flashback to an earlier era in which white men killed Black men for appearing in places they were neither expected nor...

 

Life more complex for kids these days

Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. I grew up on them. They were the first thing I learned to make in the kitchen. That and a glass of milk. Microwaves hadn’t been invented yet. Playing basketball...

 
 By Rich Lowry    Opinion    December 1, 2021

Law means open season for shoplifting

It ought to be possible to operate a retail store in one of America’s largest and most iconic cities, but this most basic commercial proposition is in doubt in San Francisco. The erstwhile Golden Ci...

 

Burning sends worse message than any book

Two school board members in Virginia this month called for the burning — yes, burning — of books in the school’s library that they deem sexually offensive. This is, of course, the logical...

 

Good jury makes the right choice

The Kyle Rittenhouse trial may have served as a canary in the coal mine. That’s how I saw it. Government doesn’t respect your right of self-defense and would prefer you die at the hands of...

 

Gratitudes too political this year

Every year I write about Thanksgiving with a hope that I can avoid, or at least minimize, my political commentary, opting instead to make an annual kumbaya column, writing about what’s close to my h...

 

Stay thankful no matter what's going on

We’ll celebrate Thanksgiving in America this week, but the times seem pretty bleak right now with all that’s happening in our nation and around the world. I’m not just talking about political...

 

The Lord is my dinner host

If you’ve watched a movie that depicted a funeral in the last 40 years or so, I’d place my bet on two things. One, it was probably raining; and,...

 

'Peaceful persuation' best way to change hearts and minds

Whether you call it the “Capitol protest,” the “insurrection” or the “riot,” it seems those who entered the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 are deservedly and appropriately being punished for...

 

'Green dream' an economic nightmare

While Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham was in Scotland touting the need to address climate change, President Joe Biden, at the recent G-20, pleaded with other nations to increase their oil production to...

 

Dems still have issues to contain

Forget what the polls say. President Biden is getting things done. Some on the left say his accomplishments are too little too late, while others on the right cry socialism and foul play. But let the...

 

Raising minimum wage won't solve worker shortage

There are more than 10 million job openings in America right now. The worker shortage is contributing to goods shortages, rising prices and supply network problems. One solution often proposed now is...

 

Social studies standards an improvement

Our state is on the verge of a long overdue update to our schools’ social studies standards, and it has some New Mexicans needlessly worried. The proposed new standards are posted on the Public...

 

NM major attraction to investors

The port city of Glasgow in southern Scotland is a happening place right now. So much so that even the governor of a small state feels she must be there. Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham went to Glasgow...

 

Hoping to be nation at peace

I occasionally reuse themes or phrases from my previous articles without reusing articles in their entirety. To commemorate Veterans Day over the past three years, I’ve written about the increasing...

 

Major vaccine objection explained

As a pastor, I have helped people write their requests for religious exemptions to the COVID vaccines. (And I am happy to do so for anyone who needs...

 

Banning books will only raise interest in them

We’d like to thank Texas Republican state Rep. Matt Krause of Fort Worth for launching an inquiry into the books lining the shelves of public schools across Texas. No, really. Thank you. Sometimes...

 
 By Walt Rubel    Opinion    November 3, 2021

Standards about critical thinking

A great nation is able to teach its history honestly, celebrating its triumphs and correcting its mistakes. That’s what the New Mexico Public Education Department is trying to accomplish with its...

 

Good, bad exist in all facets of US

The divisions in our nation mostly lie along urban and rural lines. Why is that? Recently I spent a week in Memphis. It’s famous for Beale Street and the Blues, Elvis’s Graceland and Dr. Martin Lu...

 

Looking at Samhain vs. Halloween

Samhain was an important ancient Celtic religious festival because it was believed the pagan gods became visible to humans that day and played many tricks on their worshipers who were fearful and...

 

Vaccine mandate interferes with employers' decisions

Weeks after President Joe Biden announced his decree that roughly 80 million workers would need to get the COVID-19 vaccine or weekly testing, many details of that order are still unknown. Business gr...

 

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