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 By Tom McDonald    Opinion    July 10, 2019

Continental Divide beautiful drive

I took advantage of a long holiday weekend to travel up to the Continental Divide, where I camped and explored some of the highest points in Colorado. “Civilization” came to me through the radio,...

 

UNM should be held accountable on transparency

“Access to public records is one of the fundamental rights afforded to people in a democracy.” This is the first sentence found within the introductory paragraph of the Inspection of Public...

 
 By Steve Hansen    Opinion    July 3, 2019

Gerrymandering fault of both

I did not watch the Democratic debates last week. I had more interesting things to do, like play with the Linux operating system on my computer, which for me might replace Windows 7 as Microsoft...

 
 By Tom McDonald    Opinion    July 3, 2019

Most vulnerable deserve care

Healthcare is a right. Raise your hand if you agree. The reality is, America is divided on this question. We’re not talking about emergency care here. I think most people with an ounce of...

 

Walking away can often be the best option

Our central, national celebration is upon us. I am thankful to God for the stout-hearted Americans who signed their own death warrants by affixing their names to the Declaration of Independence. In...

 

Freedoms being abused

The movie “Braveheart” ends with William Wallace, a leader in the First War of Scottish Independence (against English rule), portrayed as proclaiming, “Freedom!” while being executed in 1305....

 

Proud of Texas volunteers who fight trafficking

For some pastors, caring for the flock can mean taping and floating drywall in Juarez. Churches across Texas regularly help people rescued from human trafficking, often lending their own time and...

 
 By Steve Hansen    Opinion    June 26, 2019

Non-delegation very slippery slope

The Supreme Court last week made a decision whose minority opinions matter more to the future of federal, state and local government than the majority opinion that prevailed. That’s because one of...

 
 By Tom McDonald    Opinion    June 26, 2019

Republicans seek race they can win

Just when you think the Trumpettes have been banished from the Land of Enchantment come candidates who are already tugging on the president’s coattails, hoping to find redemption down south for the...

 
 By Gordan Runyan    Opinion    June 19, 2019

Civil government isn't our highest authority

One sticking point I encounter when seeking to apply Christian principles outside the walls of the church building is a prominent confusion over...

 
 By David Stevens    Opinion    June 19, 2019

Hatch Act remains spiritual path for our public officials

The U.S. Office of Special Counsel last week recommended President Trump fire an aide for “persistent, notorious and deliberate Hatch Act violations.” Trump said no, he would not fire Kellyanne...

 
 By Steve Hansen    Opinion    June 19, 2019

Code of conduct delicate balance

The Tucumcari City Commission faces a delicate balance as it considers whether to adopt a code of conduct for the commission and city government employees. While the rest of the commissioners and...

 

We could all use more heroes

“My heroes have always been cowboys, still are, it seems. Sadly, in search of, and one step in back of, themselves and their slow movin’ dreams.” — Sharon Vaughn, songwriter SANTA ROSA — Her...

 
 By Kevin Wilson    Opinion    June 12, 2019

Hope Sixth and Hines stays forever

I don't get out to Tucumcari as much as I would like. Nearly every time I've been there, it was for a work related reason, and we have staff in...

 

Unfair to yoke compassion to legal wrangling

For Teresa Todd, kindness was a crime. Todd, the Jeff Davis County attorney and mother of four, was driving one February evening in West Texas when three young migrants flagged her down. Seeing that o...

 
 By Steve Hansen    Opinion    June 12, 2019

Need more intellectual humility

There’s a lot of talk these days about “intellectual humility,” which most consider a virtue. It means you will occasionally admit when you’re wrong. It also means you’re open to new ideas,...

 
 By Tom McDonald    Opinion    June 12, 2019

Latest Anaya offering defies genre

If I had to assign a genre to Rudolfo Anaya’s latest book, “Chupacabra Meets Billy The Kid,” I’d say it’s of the Western / science fiction / fantasy / Chicano literature / historical...

 

Pray for America to be united again

This Friday, June 14, is National Flag Day (usflag.org/history/flagday.html). The American flag is a symbol of unity with reminders for the present (a star for each of the current 50 states) and our...

 

Moment of bipartisanship needs support

When Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz and New York Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez agree on something maybe it is time to declare victory. Or the Apocalypse. It all started when Ocasio-Cortez...

 
 By Steve Hansen    Opinion    June 5, 2019

Here's a quick Mueller scorecard

Here’s my scorecard on questions related to Robert Mueller’s investigation into whether the campaign of President Donald Trump conspired with Russia: Did President Donald Trump or his campaign...

 
 By Tom McDonald    Opinion    June 5, 2019

Take time to learn a language

One of my great regrets is not learning another language. I took Spanish in high school for a couple of years, but didn’t practice it enough over the years to go beyond the few words I’ve...

 
 By Gordan Runyan    Opinion    June 5, 2019

He has many rivals, but no equals

The deity of Jesus of Nazareth is a central theme of the Bible. The historic Christian teaching is Jesus Christ is the Son of God, fully divine and...

 

Trump has options if heat is too much

After storming out of a scheduled White House meeting about infrastructure with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, President Trump declared all legislative...

 
 By Steve Hansen    Opinion    May 29, 2019

Lots of potential for innovation

Where there’s art, there’s innovation, especially in rural communities. So says Richard Florida, who is described by Wikipedia as an American urban studies theorist focusing on social and...

 
 By Tom McDonald    Opinion    May 29, 2019

Investments set to pay off in NM

New Mexico is building itself up with some new, cutting-edge infrastructure. First, there’s Facebook and its $1 billion data center at Los Lunas. It’s creating a need for some expensive...

 

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