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Prohibition has opposite effect

Isn’t it better to not create a problem in the first place than to try to fix it after it happens? I appreciate those organizing a trash pick-up day, and those who took time out of their week to...

 

Need to work toward restoring balance

As an observer of human nature and the body politick, I’ve reached the conclusion that the meanspirited attacks on both sides are largely due to the extremes. But there’s a more moderate middle...

 

Find unity in the blood of Christ

My pocket calendar says today (Oct. 12) is a Mexican holiday called, “Day of the Race.” Having no clue what it was, I looked it up on the internet and found it’s called by various names in...

 
 By Tom Lopach    Opinion    October 12, 2022

Most important thing is helping voters to vote

With midterm elections fast approaching, we should be doing everything we can to help the people of New Mexico participate in our democracy and have their voices heard at the ballot box. That’s why...

 

Don't care about fake laws, crimes

Being political leads to unfortunate outcomes. Politics never makes people act smart. I don’t think federal agents -- FBI or anyone else -- have any business digging for things over which to...

 

Climate change takes color from season

This is altogether anecdotal, so I won’t pretend it’s based on scientific observation, but I’ve noticed something in my annual trips to Arkansas for a Thanksgiving get-together in the Ozark...

 

Sink into the riches of the Lord

Psalm 37:4 says, “Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desire of your heart.” The word “delight” puzzled me, as I dug into the original Hebrew of the text. When it’s used...

 

Smart watches may be smarter than me

I need to hire a kid. STAT! I had the bright idea to get smart watches for us after seeing a news story about a woman whose watch alerted her to a dangerous medical condition. The watch detected an...

 

Register to vote - and watch out for mailers

Brace yourself. Election season is picking up momentum, and citizens can expect at least another month’s worth of robocalls from campaign phone banks and blaring TV ads. You may have also found...

 

Be glad about what's not going wrong

It’s easy to focus on our problems; on what’s going wrong. It’s harder to notice what’s not going wrong right now. It’s good to find a balance between the two. I’m thankful we didn’t...

 

We should laugh about differences more

Maybe you’ve read my brother Don’s column, something I run weekly in my Guadalupe County News because, well, he loaned me money. That’s why we call his weekly column “The One Percenter,...

 

Stay seasoned with the salt of Christ

My wife and I discussed reducing sodium in our diets. While humans need sodium for good health, we usually get more than we need, and too much of even any good thing is not good, except when it comes...

 

Take Putin nuclear threat seriously, but maybe not too seriously

Russian President Vladimir Putin has raised anew the possibility he might use nuclear weapons against Ukraine to prevail in a conflict going sideways. The smart money says he won’t, because doing...

 

Don't make enemies over politics

Politics divides. If you distrust your neighbor because of political differences, it’s not your neighbor -- or you -- who’s at fault. It’s politics. Some would have you believe we are at war...

 

Ranked-choice better vote method

If you ask me, a big reason why democracy in America is in trouble is because of the way we’ve set it up. First, there’s our Electoral College for electing presidents. By using state electors for...

 

You have a right to a clean conscience

Who is the master of your conscience? Or, who gets to define for you what is right and what is wrong? Who has the authority to tell you what you must believe to be true? If you could answer those...

 

Justice right to defend Supreme Court legitimacy

The best way for the U.S. Supreme Court to preserve its legitimacy is to ignore public opinion. This month, Chief Justice John Roberts made remarks defending the institution of the Supreme Court. It...

 

Politicians aren't better than you

It seems it should be obvious to everyone by now: those who seek positions of political power can’t even run their own lives; they certainly shouldn’t be allowed to run yours. No one is less...

 

Our differences make us stronger

The other day, I heard a pundit call New Mexico “purple,” as in a balanced mix of “blue” Democrats and “red” Republicans. If that’s the case, we must have some closeted Republicans...

 

Facts of history support the truth

While I have many ideas for my articles, sometimes I check the internet to see what happened on the expected date of publication in the Quay County Sun. I did so this year for Sept. 14, and here’s...

 

Legislator's policies likely to result in frivolous lawsuits

In a functioning Florida Legislature, state Rep. Randy Fine, R-Palm Bay, would be an outlier. In this Florida Legislature, he’s dangerously mainstream. Like Republicans in other states, Florida...

 

Liberty trumps rule of the majority

According to a recent poll, a majority of New Mexico voters approve of stiffer anti-gun legislation. This is why the U.S. Constitution exists, and why America was established as a republic, not a...

 

No use losing sleep over nuclear energy

In case you haven’t noticed, nuclear power is back in the headlines these days. Even here in New Mexico, where there are no nuclear power plants, it’s an issue. Not only do we have the Waste...

 

Church discipline is up to you

When God established his own nation, Israel, the system of government he installed, had no legislature (since it already had the law of God) and no executive branch (someone authorized to use force...

 

Hoping to keep walking in echo of father's footsteps

Growing up, we were taught to always do the right thing, no matter how difficult. We were taught that if we succeeded in something but did so by being dishonest or causing harm to another person or...

 

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