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 By Gordan Runyan    Opinion    August 14, 2019 

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...

 
 By Steve Hansen    Opinion    August 14, 2019 

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....

 
 By Tom McDonald    Opinion    August 14, 2019 

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...

 
 By Tom McDonald    Opinion    July 31, 2019

America can still do great things

Like a lot of Americans, I got caught up in the 50th anniversary of our first moon landing. My moment was on CSpan3, where I channel-surfed into Reel America’s Moonwalk One, a dated NASA documentary...

 
 By Karl Terry    Opinion    July 31, 2019

Timmy's tell-all ruined more than 'Lassie'

Turns out Timmy is not stuck in a well and, furthermore, he never has been stuck in a well. What deception! I caught a Fox News interview with Jon Provost, better known as Timmy Martin, where he...

 

Wicked wiles and clean hands

I often quote sayings from Disney’s “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs,” such as the dwarfs’ response to Snow White’s question about when they last had washed their hands, which was,...

 

America better than negative voices pretend

We want to join the many voices rightly celebrating one of the greatest moments in our history. How hard it must have been to even imagine that journey 50 years ago that saw America reach out and...

 
 By Steve Hansen    Opinion    July 24, 2019

Parties should seek next rising tide

A July 16 column by the New York Times’ Thomas L. Friedman favors some moderate ideas he thinks the Democratic party should adopt even as it lists leftward. I agree. Friedman and I share a belief...

 
 By Tom McDonald    Opinion    July 24, 2019

Legal pot is capitalism at its best

We are about a year away from legalizing recreational marijuana in New Mexico. Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham has already set the wheels in motion for its passage at the Roundhouse next year, and if the...

 
 By Gordan Runyan    Opinion    July 17, 2019

The king must stay in his lane

One unfamiliar biblical doctrine is called, “The regulative principle of government.” To boil the idea down, it means that civil governments are n...

 

Violent offenders leave clues we should look for

A cliche about violent offenders is that someone often will say what a nice, quiet neighbor the person was before the eruption. A new study of mass attacks in America suggests quite the opposite ...

 
 By Steve Hansen    Opinion    July 17, 2019

Confrontation needs context, balance

There were two sides to a confrontation that nearly got physical in the White House Rose Garden on Thursday. Big media almost ignored one side. The reporting of this incident, to me, is more evidence...

 
 By Tom McDonald    Opinion    July 17, 2019

Can't save world one person at a time

Recycling has always been a feel-good issue for the casual environmentalist, but it’s turning out to be even less than that. It’s becoming less practical and affordable. Silver City and Taos are...

 

Even tough or sad times can provide inspiration

Here’s one for ya: How many aircraft technicians does it take to change a light bulb? I don’t know, but here’s what actually happened recently. We had flights booked since March to send our...

 

Lawmakers need to get busy fixing taxes

It’s been a bumper crop of sorts in recent years for New Mexico as far as tax revenue goes. State coffers have swelled to epic proportions — revenues are expected to reach $7.5 billion for fiscal...

 
 By Steve Hansen    Opinion    July 10, 2019

Quake shook loose some memories

The July 4 temblor that rattled Southern California and even Las Vegas, Nevada, shook up some memories for me. The last time Southern California had a quake that measured as high as 6.4 on the...

 

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