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Enforcement major issue with gun law

An informed observer could have spotted this showdown a mile away. Democrats took the New Mexico House of Representatives and the Governor’s Office, bolstering the majority they already had in the s...

 
 By Steve Hansen    Opinion    April 17, 2019 

Despite Assange, censorship a danger

From what I’ve seen, I really don’t like Julian Assange. He is reputedly as narcissistic as they come and apparently lived somewhat piggishly as a citizen of Ecuador in London to escape sexual...

 
 By Tom McDonald    Opinion    April 17, 2019 

Udall announcement brought out politics

Tom Udall’s announcement that he won’t seek another term as U.S. senator really brought out the politics in New Mexico. Already, two Democrats have announced they’ll seek to replace Udall, and...

 

March weather

This was to be my April 3 article, but I didn’t have all the necessary information to submit it before that issue’s deadline. So here it is now. March 1 was a sunny 77 degrees at Tucumcari, and...

 

Air safety needs to be larger bipartisan issue

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz has called for an investigation into why the Federal Aviation Administration certified the Boeing 737 Max and whether the agency is getting too close to the corporations it...

 
 By Steve Hansen    Opinion    April 10, 2019

Your rainy day may be on its way

Another decade, another bubble, and then another recession, beginning either this year or next. At least that’s what some Wall Street wizards are saying. One, Robert Kessler, recently appeared on a...

 
 By Tom McDonald    Opinion    April 10, 2019

Nothing like a good family outing

There’s nothing like a good outing to bring a family together. If you want to go on a leisurely drive to somewhere for a daytime adventure, with some wide-eyed young’uns in tow, you certainly...

 

Christians losing sight of biblical doctrine

Lord John Acton (1834-1902) famously wrote, “Power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely.” We’ve come to accept it as an axiom...

 

Udall's presence in delegation will be missed

It’s hard to imagine New Mexico without Tom Udall in elected office. Nearly 30 years have passed since the now-70-year-old was first voted in as New Mexico’s attorney general. He went on to win a...

 
 By Steven Hansen    Opinion    April 3, 2019

Still too early to make conclusions

No one except William Barr and Robert Mueller, to our knowledge, has seen the Mueller report. We have seen Barr’s ultra–brief summary. Why, then, is everybody making stupendous leaps to...

 
 By Tom McDonald    Opinion    April 3, 2019

NM leading environmental movement

When America’s youth began to rebel against the Vietnam War, it was because young men were being drafted. They were on the cutting edge of the issue, so they rose up in defiance. Something similar...

 

Trump, allies may celebrate a little too much

President Donald Trump and his defenders are understandably exulting now that the Justice Department has released a summary of special counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s principal conclusions about...

 
 By Steve Hansen    Opinion    March 27, 2019

Better not to wait with bated breath

The report from Robert Mueller’s apparently meticulous, exhaustive investigation of who may have committed what campaign no-nos in the 2016 campaign has had the nation holding its breath for weeks...

 
 By Tom McDonald    Opinion    March 27, 2019

Good or bad, Legislature was busy

Depending on your political persuasion, this was either the best or the worst state legislative session in a long, long time. According to nmlegis.gov, the New Mexico Legislature’s website, there...

 

Local pastor answers objections to God's law

When I suggest that Christians should consider the moral law of God as higher than any human law, as I did in my last column here, I routinely meet...

 

Time to applaud those oft-forgotten first responders

“I am a lineman for the county “And I drive the main road “Searchin’ in the sun for another overload …” — Jimmy Webb’s “Wichita Lineman” They gather annually to compete for fun,...

 
 By Steve Hansen    Opinion    March 20, 2019

Sometimes I question full objectivity

We who work in literary forms, even journalism, often become enamored with scientific principles that we systematically misapply to our own work. Two of these are the Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle...

 
 By Tom McDonald    Opinion    March 20, 2019

No point in legislating morality

Today’s topic is sin. I’ll try not to get preachy about it. There’s a long list of habit-forming vices that Americans have enjoyed, condemned, regulated and even outlawed over time, but today...

 

Answer God for bright future

As for every month on the Roman calendar, March 15, was called the Ides of March, which was last Friday. On the Ides of March in 44 B.C., Julius Caesar was assassinated by as many as 60 conspirators,...

 
 By Steve Hansen    Opinion    March 13, 2019

Both parties have discrimination issues

When is it offensive? Congressional Democrats stumbled all over themselves and each other last week trying to answer that question. Then they scrambled to cover any culpability that might result from...

 
 By Tom McDonald    Opinion    March 13, 2019

Good laugh may be medicine for anger

Trump. Climate change. Liberals. Conservatives. Socialists. Capitalists. Bet you don’t think any of these charged-up words are funny, but maybe you should. Recently I heard a segment on NPR’s...

 

Daylight saving change may cause more confusion

The biannual shifting of the clocks took place Sunday morning, and you may be a little discombobulated. The transition to daylight saving time each March means losing the extra hour of night we enjoye...

 

Righteous lesser magistrates still needed

Some counties in New Mexico have stirred the pot, declaring themselves “sanctuary counties” in defiance of anticipated gun-control laws coming...

 

With March 5, the party's over

Yesterday ended Mardi Gras (Fat Tuesday), and now we're into Lent. I don't celebrate those myself, so I got information about them at Wikipedia.com. Tradition says Mardi Gras begins Jan. 6 (when the...

 
 By David Stevens    Opinion    March 6, 2019

Left, Right ... wrong; Time to reduce size, impact of government

Many New Mexicans are outraged because the state’s Democrats are about to pass the largest tax increase in the state’s history. A news release from House Republicans reads: “Democrats passed Hou...

 

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