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Opinion: Climate emergency is very real

In case you haven’t noticed, we’re in a climate emergency. If you haven’t been impacted by extreme weather conditions yet, you will be. Stick your head into the sand if you want, but the evidence is overwhelming: • The West is burning like ne...

 

Opinion: Thank God for laughter in dark times

Last time, as a great escape from the troubles of our times, I started out writing a funny column about comedy, but it turned out to be about comics instead. This time, I'm just going to make you laugh. In googling around the internet in search of...

 

Opinion: We're going to need a good laugh

We need some comic relief. It’s hard to find humor in the year we’re in. Hardly anyone’s laughing, except inside their own little political and cultural echo chambers. I guess you have to turn to the Disney channel or Nickelodeon to find...

 
 By Tom McDonald    Voices    August 26, 2020

Opinion: Biden's DNC speech well-delivered

When Joe Biden began to lay out, in his Democratic remote convention acceptance speech, the “four historic crises” America is now facing, my first thought was that “Donald Trump” would be one of the four. But he wasn’t. Instead, Biden named...

 
 By Tom McDonald    Voices    August 19, 2020

Opinion: Census deadline coming up sooner

If you haven’t filled out your census yet, please do it sooner rather than later. Same with voting this fall. I suggest you vote early or in-person, despite the pandemic. The deadline to fill out your census form, so you and your family can be...

 
 By Tom McDonald    Voices    August 12, 2020

Opinion: Life's meaning summed up with love

As you get older, you get more used to death. You become familiar with seeing your elders pass on. Death can be painful, especially, for the ones left behind. It’s a tragedy when a loved one’s life is cut short; and for parents, the loss of a...

 
 By Tom McDonald    Voices    August 5, 2020

Opinion: If virus goes, it will be by science

Past behavior predicts future behavior. We’re creatures of habit but we’re also capable of learning from our mistakes and improving our behavior. Right now, with this pandemic, we could go either way. We could learn from our missteps and do a bet...

 
 By Tom McDonald    Voices    July 29, 2020

Opinion: Mandate frustration understandable

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham made it official: New Mexico’s public schools will not physically open until after Labor Day. That’s in line with what a lot of school districts, faced with COVID-19 outbreaks in the communities they serve, were...

 
 By Tom McDonald    Voices    July 15, 2020

Opinion: Flaws need recognition, not honor

Change is in the air. So is resistance to change. And in the tug-o-war between these two opposing forces, I’m hanging my hopes on change. The idea that we will return to the normalcy in place before the COVID-19 pandemic and George Floyd’s death...

 
 By Tom McDonald    Voices    July 8, 2020

Opinion: Not your right to infect others

Stop signs are an infringement on my freedom as an American. There are four of them between my house and my work, along a half-mile stretch of neighborhood streets through this little town of Santa Rosa. It’s almost always safe enough to coast...

 
 By Tom McDonald    Voices    July 1, 2020

Opinion: New Mexico has patriotic heritage

Independence Day is a time for celebrating the birth of these United States. Here in the state of New Mexico, we have the history, heritage and diversity to do it up right. At first, Native American tribes shared this harsh and enchanting landscape,...

 
 By Tom McDonald    Voices    June 24, 2020

Opinion: Taking a look down the road at 2020

While hindsight is 2020, this year is moving so fast it’s a blur. It’s hard to keep up — and yet, if we focus on the bigger issues that have enveloped us, we can get a pretty good glimpse of what’s coming. So here I am, looking down the...

 
 By Tom McDonald    Voices    June 17, 2020

Alinsky's methods still working

A lot of people are comparing 2020 to 1968 these days, and for good reason. This year is at least as tumultuous as ’68, and we’re only halfway through it. Generationally, 1968 was beset with Baby Boomers who opposed the Vietnam War and sympathize...

 
 By Tom McDonald    Voices    June 10, 2020

Opinion: Time to turn back toward civility

For my pro-Trump friends and acquaintances, this column is for you. I want to appeal to your better nature. I know some intelligent people who support Trump. They like what he’s accomplished, even if they sometimes cringe at his boorish behavior....

 
 By Tom McDonald    Voices    June 3, 2020

Opinion: Change needs to begin with police

The outrage is growing, and for good reason. It was a week straight out of hell. When the national death toll from the coronavirus topped 100,000, you’d think that would have captured our undivided attention. Instead, one death in Minneapolis took...

 
 By Tom McDonald    Voices    May 27, 2020

McDonald: 202 seniors looking to future

The defining national/international event for the infamous baby boomer generation was the Vietnam War. It was America’s longest war at the time, with combat fueled by soldier boys ages 18 and up. About 58,000 Americans died over our eight-year...

 
 By Tom McDonald    Voices    May 20, 2020

Opinion: Opportunities exist in this moment

It’s been said that if you want to make God laugh, tell him your plans. The future is always an uncertainty, but it’s especially acute for this year’s graduating classes. Not only did the pomp and ceremony surrounding their milestone...

 
 By Tom McDonald    Voices    May 13, 2020

Opinion: Anti-socialism won't win election

Chris Mathys is basically a fringe candidate in the Second Congressional District of New Mexico, as if there’s such a thing as a fringe candidate in Donald Trump’s Republican Party. It’s almost laughable how Mathys and his party opposition ...

 
 By Tom McDonald    Voices    May 6, 2020

Opinion: New Deals important to country

When the economy started to retract from the onslaught of the coronavirus, pundits compared it to the Great Recession of 2008. Now they’re drawing a line to the Great Depression, which started with a stock market crash in the fall of 1929 and...

 
 By Tom McDonald    Voices    April 29, 2020

Opinion: How are you adapting to new abnormal?

So, how are you doing, really? I ask with the concern of a therapist. OK, I’ll leave the therapy to the professionals, but it doesn’t take a shrink to see how this pandemic is having an emotional impact on people with vastly different...

 
 By Tom McDonald    Voices    April 22, 2020

Opinion: Pandemic may show us who we are

History doesn’t repeat itself, someone once said, but it often rhymes. There have been plenty of comparisons lately between our modern-day predicament and the Spanish flu of 1918-1920, and for good reason. If we can learn from that historic...

 
 By Tom McDonald    Voices    April 8, 2020

Maybe it's time to look beyond luxuries

If you’re at home listening to the national hyperbole, you might think the nation is closed down. It isn’t. Just take a look at the list of “essential” services here in New Mexico, the ones allowed to remain open during these “stay at...

 
 By Tom McDonald    Voices    April 1, 2020

Opinion: Remember, we're in this together

As we attempt to face this coronavirus crisis collectively, we're handicapped by a loss of trust in our institutions. Many if not most Americans no longer believe in our government, our leaders, the media, our churches, science and even our charitabl...

 
 By Tom McDonald    Voices    March 25, 2020

Are we borrowing against future?

By the time President Trump declared a national emergency on March 13, nearly half the nation’s governors had already declared health emergencies of their own. The states, not the federal government, have been leading the battle against COVID-19....

 
 By Tom McDonald    Voices    March 18, 2020

Last week one for history books

Last week was one for the history books. On March 10, Joe Biden became the Democratic Party’s heir apparent with his big win in Michigan. The textbooks haven’t been written yet, but I think it’s safe to say it will go down in history as the...

 

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