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Remembrances – Mother's Day

This past Sunday was Mother’s Day. That should’ve been no surprise to anyone who watches TV or looks at the ads that come by email and snail mail, including the inserts in your Quay County Sun....

 

Court's leaked draft still just that - a draft

The leak of a draft United States Supreme Court ruling written by Justice Samuel Alito in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, which would overturn past court precedents in favor of leaving...

 
 By Kent McManigal    Opinion    May 11, 2022

Neither side correct on court leak

The recent Supreme Court leak is all over the media. People on both sides feel compelled to speak out loudly and passionately for whichever side they support. There is no debate; just a fight. For...

 
 By Tom McDonald    Opinion    May 11, 2022

Graduates: Be bold, but be safe

It’s that time of year, when just about every newspaper in the state gives front-page attention to at least one local graduation. They’re always a big deal, especially to those who walk across...

 
 By Gordon Runyan    Opinion    May 4, 2022

Socialism absent from book of Acts

“Now the full number of those who believed were of one heart and soul, and no one said that any of the things that belonged to him was his own, but they had everything in common.” — Acts 4:32...

 

Best to face bad economic news, not ignore it

U.S. gross domestic product shrank 1.4% in the first quarter at the same time inflation continued to soar. For older Americans, that combination conjures memories of 1970s stagflation, a nightmarish c...

 
 By Kent McManigal    Opinion    May 4, 2022

Musk may help end liberal narrative

My Twitter account was shut down during the dark days of censorship, but I made a new account a month or so ago. Just in time to see all the fun and drama over Elon Musk’s buyout of the platform....

 
 By Tom McDonald    Opinion    May 4, 2022

Musk unlikely to mend political divide

If Elon Musk is going to take over Twitter, I hope he reads a recent article in The Atlantic magazine by Jonathan Haidt, about the impact social media is having on our democracy and what we can do abo...

 

The light finally came on

I’ve written a lot about light lately because the Bible says a lot about light in relation to God that cannot be covered in a single article. John 1:1-5 states of Jesus, “In him was life and that...

 

Clovis district judge makes wise decision on congressional maps

Despite the best efforts of the New Mexico Citizens Redistricting Committee to draw nonpartisan, fair districts for key state elections, the Legislature couldn’t dodge a lawsuit over redistricting....

 

Be cure to government's disease

Joe Biden has done us a favor. One he didn’t intend to do and one his supporters probably haven’t noticed and wouldn’t like if they did. If America can survive Biden, in his mentally degraded...

 
 By Tom McDonald    Opinion    April 27, 2022

Climate change getting personal

If you’re like me, you’ve gone through a range of emotional reactions to the pressing issue of climate change. For me, now that wildfires are raging throughout this Land of Enchantment, it’s...

 

Authority and law: Religious concepts

Issues of power and authority are inescapably religious. Why do you get to boss me around? What if I don’t comply? How far does your authority extend? What if you command something immoral? How...

 

US should shore up its mineral supply chains

There may have been a time when lawmakers could look at the source of a shipment of imported uranium and ignore it.  But that’s ancient history now. Nearly 50 percent of the uranium used at...

 

Tolerance pushers most intolerant

Tolerance has a proper time and place, but this time and place isn’t all the time nor is it everywhere. Nor does everything have to be tolerated. Even the most tolerant person won’t tolerate every...

 
 By Tom McDonald    Opinion    April 20, 2022

Mentoring uplifting and rewarding

One of the most uplifting things to receive, and rewarding things to give, is mentoring. It’s certainly been an important part of my career. I was in my 30s when I met my first journalism mentor....

 

Light at the end of the tunnel

Two weeks ago, I wrote about waking up in the dark due to the time change. The Bible says a lot about light, especially pertaining to God being the light at the beginning and end of this dark world...

 

Countless families face struggles with loss from cognitive impairment

Many families struggle with a loved one facing encroaching cognitive impairments – and the decision points serve as heartbreaking reminders of life’s fragility. More than simply taking the keys...

 

Liberty remains essential principle

Liberty, as a principle, will always prove true. Respecting liberty always works, violating it always hurts. The truth doesn’t care whether you like this or not. Government’s very existence violat...

 
 By Tom McDonald    Opinion    April 13, 2022

Jackson part of line of great Black women

Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson’s appointment to the U.S. Supreme Court got me to thinking about other African-American women who have made their mark on American history. There are many, including...

 
 By Gordon Runyan    Opinion    April 6, 2022

Trust puts skin in the game

In Christian circles, we have a tendency to develop “jargon,” a technical short-hand way of speaking. We use words, and we just assume everybody knows what we mean. They don’t, however, and the...

 
 By Las Vegas Sun    Opinion    April 6, 2022

Political figures don't deserve public harassment

Just weeks after two right-wing extremists verbally assaulted and appeared to threaten violence against Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak and his wife at a restaurant in Las Vegas, a left-wing radical...

 

Texas marijuana laws are failure

An excellent measure of whether a “law” is good or bad is to see if it prohibits something that isn’t prohibited elsewhere -- especially, right next door. If something is clearly bad enough for...

 
 By Tom McDonald    Opinion    April 6, 2022

Mills Canyon hidden treasure of state

It’s starting to feel more and more like summer, a time that’s ripe for weekend getaways. And if you’re like me and enjoy the “hidden treasures” of our state, here’s one you might enjoy:...

 

Take God seriously on April Fool's

This Friday is April Fool’s Day; I hope everyone survives. The origin of this holiday has been widely disputed, and it’s considered an official holiday only in Odessa, Ukraine. I wonder if they...

 

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