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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 better as a time to...

 

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 running everything....

 

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 from our own...

 

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 amounts so great...

 

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. Hopefully, we’re...

 

Opinion: Green initiatives are no-brainer

Joe Biden says we’re in a “battle for the soul of our nation.” I think he’s right. Never in my lifetime have the differences been so stark and threatening. But what about New Mexico? Is this an epic election year or just another round of...

 
 By Tom McDonald    Voices    October 7, 2020

Opinion: October surprises have already happened

No need to worry about an October surprise this time around. It’s already happened. You guessed it, I’m talking about President Trump contracting COVID-19. It’s the barn-burner that changes everything. Or, nothing. There’s so much...

 

Opinion: ACA helps 'free enterprise' economy

For years, I had an editorial cartoon posted in my work area that showed a panhandler on a street corner with a sign that read, “Will work for health insurance.” Our healthcare system stifles American ingenuity. It’s the reason some would-be...

 

Opinion: 2020 has been year of terrible losses

This is a terrible year for deaths. We might just hit a quarter million American losses to COVID-19 by the end of the year and, somewhere, someone is mourning every one of those losses. My family has been fortunate not to have suffered a...

 

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...

 

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