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McDonald: Price watchers won't lose hobby

Sound the alarm! Gas prices are going up! Throughout my life, I’ve noticed a certain obsession Americans have with gas prices. I used to tease my father for driving out of his way just to save a couple of cents on a gallon of... — Updated 12/7/2021

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Opinion: Life more complex for kids these days

Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. I grew up on them. They were the first thing I learned to make in the kitchen. That and a glass of milk. Microwaves hadn’t been invented yet. Playing basketball on a dirt patch in our back... — Updated 11/30/2021

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Opinion: Infrastructure bill big for NM

By now you have surely heard about the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act that passed Congress and was signed into law by President Biden. Its trickle-down impact is going to be significant for New Mexico. Gov. Michelle Lujan G... — Updated 11/27/2021

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Opinion: Gratitudes too political this year

Every year I write about Thanksgiving with a hope that I can avoid, or at least minimize, my political commentary, opting instead to make an annual kumbaya column, writing about what’s close to my heart in advance of my favorite... — Updated 11/23/2021

 By Tom McDonald    Voices

Opinion: Dems still have issues to contain

Forget what the polls say. President Biden is getting things done. Some on the left say his accomplishments are too little too late, while others on the right cry socialism and foul play. But let the record show that, so far,... — Updated 11/16/2021

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Opinion: Good, bad exist in all facets of US

The divisions in our nation mostly lie along urban and rural lines. Why is that? Recently I spent a week in Memphis. It’s famous for Beale Street and the Blues, Elvis’s Graceland and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination... — Updated 11/2/2021

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Opinion: Being productive noble thing to do

Since this pandemic has upset the economic applecart and challenged the actual value of work, maybe we should consider some radical new ideas about how to compensate people. So, after being influenced by a week of workaday... — Updated 10/26/2021

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Opinion: NM celebrates multiculturalism

In 2020, the frontline in “the battle for the soul of America” was the election between Joe Biden, who spoke of that battle many times, and Donald Trump, who spoke about how it was all rigged. Now, that battle seems best... — Updated 10/19/2021

 By Tom McDonald    Voices

Opinion: Progress should be for greater good

“Progress” is a word liberals grabbed to avoid the “liberal” label that those on the right have soiled so effectively. Feel free to call me either; better that than to embrace the stagnation of conservative thinking. The... — Updated 10/12/2021

 By Tom McDonald    Voices

Opinion: Helps to put human face on crime issue

The other day I attended a special meeting on crime. I came away thinking that we’re actually making progress. I say that despite reports that show a sharp increase in violent crime these days. FBI data show a 25% increase in hom... — Updated 10/5/2021

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Opinion: Facebook having unhealthy effects

The Wall Street Journal should be lauded for putting Facebook on trial in the court of public opinion. The newspaper is exposing one of the biggest issues facing America today — our ability to discern hard truths from the... — Updated 9/21/2021

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Opinion: Historical record should show all sides

Perhaps you’ve noticed that old people like to remember the “good old days” even when they weren’t so good. It’s a nostalgic tendency to think that, as tough as things were, we got through them so it must have been good f... — Updated 9/14/2021

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Opinion: Bush's declaration didn't strengthen resolve

It’s been 20 years since the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, and what have we learned? We learned that then-President George W. Bush was right when he told us it would be a long war against the terrorists who... — Updated 9/7/2021

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Opinion: Good time to be looking for work

If you’re an American worker, there’s cause for a real celebration this Labor Day. The economy is flush with jobs, wages are going up and employers are so desperate to find workers they’re offering benefits for what used to... — Updated 8/31/2021

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McDonald: For many, war not worth fighting

The Afghanistan pullout may be the most nonpartisan issue in years. Not that it’s without its partisan pundits and politicians. When it comes to America’s failure to win this war, it seems that Trump is blaming Biden, Biden... — Updated 8/24/2021

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Opinion: Climate change needs bigger response

Last week I wrote fondly about one of my favorite infrastructures, Interstate 40, reflecting on my life and travels back and forth across this long-running superhighway. It’s proof that I’m part of the problem. I have burned a... — Updated 8/17/2021

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Opinion: Infrastructure investment win-win

All this talk about infrastructure has me thinking about one of my favorites: Interstate 40. Sure, it’s not as nostalgic as old Route 66, which it mostly follows out West, or as homespun as highways 64 and 70 as they cross the... — Updated 8/10/2021

 By Tom McDonald    Voices

Opinion: Outbreak pandemic of unvaccinated

We’re now entering crisis territory with the Delta variant, and collectively, it’s our own damn fault. Maybe we should call this latest variant “COVID-21” because it’s more contagious, and therefore more dangerous, than... — Updated 8/3/2021

 By Tom McDonald    Voices

Opinion: Olympics making mark on history

The torch has been lit, albeit for an empty stadium, and the Olympics are underway anyway. History is being made in so many ways. If you’ve been keeping up, you know it’s the 2020 Summer Olympics taking place in the summer of... — Updated 7/27/2021

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Opinion: Science, tech can offset damage

Richard Branson’s “live-streamed” coverage of his voyage to the edge of space was, well, little more than an infomercial — in partnership, of course, with New Mexico True. Guess I should have expected it to be what it was:... — Updated 7/20/2021

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Opinion: Pays to look at familiar surroundings

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Graceland is an amazing place, or so I hear. As the former home of legendary entertainer Elvis Presley, it’s a must-see destination for his millions of fans. Located on the outskirts of this amazing Southern ci... — Updated 7/17/2021

 By Tom McDonald    News

Opinion: Cannabis will be big business in NM

New Mexico has become the 18th state to legalize recreational cannabis. It’s been a long time coming. Not counting a failed half-century drug war that grossly distorted the damage marijuana does to body and mind, New Mexicans... — Updated 7/13/2021

 By Tom McDonald    Voices

Opinion: Legislating morality doesn't work

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 we’ll consider four in... — Updated 7/6/2021

 By Tom McDonald    Voices

Opinion: Masks still needed for virus safety

Soon after health officials waved a magic wand over the state COVID map and turned us all turquoise, it was announced that New Mexico is fully reopening July 1. It’s so close I can taste it. In fact, just the other day I went to... — Updated 6/29/2021

 By Tom McDonald    Voices

Opinion: Going green better business model

Ford's announcement that it's about to unveil an all-electric F-150 to eventually replace its gas- and diesel-powered pickups is a big pop-culture deal. This is America's most popular vehicle we're talking about. You'll find it on... — Updated 6/22/2021


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