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 By Tom McDonald    Voices

Opinion: Cannabis, green energy fuel growth

In my little corner of the world, and probably in yours too, a different kind of economy is emerging. For one thing, we’re in the midst of a renewal energy boom, with solar arrays and wind farms being built by small armies of... — Updated 5/4/2021

 
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Opinion: We have duty to tell fact from fiction

As I was driving the other day, I heard some troubling rants as I surfed the AM dial for a little talk. One was from some preacher who was comparing people who don’t pay their rent to demons who occupy free space in our souls. Hi... — Updated 4/27/2021

 
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Opinion: Climate plans necessary in crisis

This year, Earth Day might actually mean something. For the previous four years, we had a president who denied the climate emergency facing us, but now we have a leader who not only believes the science but is treating the looming... — Updated 4/20/2021

 
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Opinion: Sports hold stories of inclusion

Watching my long-lost Arkansas Razorbacks fall to Baylor in an Elite Eight showdown on television reminded me of the intersection between sports and our American culture. Despite the defeat, the game brought back memories of the... — Updated 4/6/2021

 
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Opinion: Hold big government accountable

Another era of big government has arrived. Arguably, it never ended. During the Great Depression of the 1930s, President Franklin D. Roosevelt initiated all sorts of programs to create jobs while expanding and investing in the... — Updated 3/23/2021

 
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Opinion: Misinformation stifles understanding

We’re facing an epidemic of misinformation. The election was stolen; the pandemic is a hoax; and a secret society of Satan-worshipping cannibalistic pedophiles are running a child sex-trafficking ring and trying to take over our... — Updated 3/16/2021

 
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Opinion: A look back at COVID-19 in NM

It’s been a year since the first confirmed case of COVID-19 hit New Mexico. Let’s recall a few of the details. This state took a liberal approach to the pandemic — our governor liberally applied health and safety restrictions... — Updated 3/9/2021

 
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Opinion: Regional papers worth reading

It was right about eight years ago when I first started working on an idea for a news service for the state’s independently owned newspapers, especially the small-town papers whose local owners must work without a net. After the... — Updated 3/2/2021

 
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Opinion: A look at legislative halfway mark

Halfway through this year’s legislative session and we’re close to another pandemic relief package for New Mexicans. Senate Bill 1 (SB1) passed its original chamber Feb. 15 with unanimous support. It’s on to the House side no... — Updated 2/23/2021

 
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Opinion: Biden is laying out his priorities

Maybe you heard him saying it on his virtual campaign trail, or maybe you heard the media chatter during his flurry of first-week executive orders: President Biden is focusing his efforts on “four converging crises” — the... — Updated 2/16/2021 Full story

 
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Opinion: Upbringing outweighs TV violence

Understand first that I did not grow up around violence. My father was basically a pacifist, a Methodist minister all his adult life, though he did have a temper, and six sons. We never got beatings, but we did get our share of... — Updated 2/9/2021

 
 By Tom McDonald    Voices

Opinion: NM has opportunity to shift gears

If you’re wondering how the new Biden administration is going to impact New Mexico, you don’t need to look very far. Already, President Joe Biden has put the brakes on Donald Trump’s border wall, put Space Command’s... — Updated 2/2/2021

 
 By Tom McDonald    Voices

Opinion: A few memes for every faction

One of the offshoots of social media times is the meme, that clever little snippet of wit and/or wisdom that unknown creatures create and agreeable people share. These little “attention hackers” can be pearls of wisdom or... — Updated 1/26/2021

 
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Opinion: Good moment to reflect on King

If there was ever a moment to reflect on the life and times of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., this is that moment. There’s a good reason why we created a federal holiday to honor this fallen civil rights leader. He led us to our... — Updated 1/19/2021

 
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Opinion: Herrell helped enable insurrection

Yvette Herrell got more votes than Xochitl Torres Small in the 2nd Congressional District, but since I voted for Torres Small I don’t think I’ll accept the results. That may sound anti-democratic, but hey, I’m just following... — Updated 1/12/2021

 
 By Tom McDonald    Voices

Opinion: Still waiting for the year to end

I’m writing this on the first day of 2021 but it doesn’t feel that way. It feels more like 2020 because, well, I keep watching the news. It’s not going to feel like a fresh new year until Donald Trump is out of the White... — Updated 1/5/2021

 
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Opinion: 2020 a year of great disruptions

For New Mexicans, COVID-19 hit in March. It may be named after the previous year, when it first turned up, but the first confirmed case in the U.S. hit the West Coast in January, and in New Mexico it hit less than two months... — Updated 12/29/2020

 
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Opinion: Time for a good Christmas story

With a pandemic bearing down, Christmas is a bit subdued this year. That makes it a good year to curl up in bed with a Christmas book or plop down on your couch for a magical Christmas movie. I must admit I’ve read very few Chris... — Updated 12/22/2020

 
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Opinion: Hope state not star-struck by film industry

COVID demands the occasional distraction, for the sake of our sanity. I thought Virgin Galactic’s touristee launch into space from New Mexico’s Spaceport America would be a welcome diversion, but the first attempt was an... — Updated 12/15/2020

 
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Opinion: Electoral college a relic of past

Bill Clinton didn’t even come close to winning a majority vote in his first run for president. He got only 43% of the vote in a three-man race — but he won with a heavily lopsided 370 electoral votes. His successor, George W. B... — Updated 12/8/2020

 
 By Tom McDonald    Voices

Opinion: Let's be safe, hopeful and thankful

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. It’s a shame it’s being canceled this year. But of course, it isn’t. Sure, the big family gatherings are being called off, but that’s not altogether the reason for the season. It’s... — Updated 11/24/2020

 
 By Tom McDonald    Voices

Opinion: New Mexico leading the nation

As goes New Mexico, so goes the nation. You might even say we’re leading the way, on a number of fronts. We’re what the rest of the country is slowly becoming — multicultural to the point at which white folks are no longer... — Updated 11/17/2020

 
 By Tom McDonald    Voices

Opinion: Let's catch up on space exploration

Let’s catch up on New Mexico’s space exploration. Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic is getting close to its first bona fide commercial tour of space — probably early next year by the looks of it all. It’ll be launched... — Updated 11/3/2020

 
 By Tom McDonald    Voices

Opinion: Hope power of vote will rule day

Some final notes as we pass this election through our systems. Two things I don’t quite get: Why are money and yard signs so important in an election? This year, the money has been rolling in. Biden has been out-raising Trump in... — Updated 10/27/2020

 
 By Tom McDonald    Voices

McDonald: Wearing masks common courtesy

So here we are, entering another wave of COVID-19 infections. Dramatic increases are returning to most states, including New Mexico, where the number of daily infections has been setting records. It’s going to be a long winter.... — Updated 10/20/2020

 

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