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 By Tom McDonald    Voices 

Opinion: Hope lies in taking up challenge

The other day I heard a program on NPR discussing how children and youth are taking in the threat of climate change. One teenager spoke of how he became keenly aware of the threat when he had to leave his home as he viewed an... — Updated 11/29/2022

 By Tom McDonald    Voices

Opinion: Thanksgiving feast for body, soul

If you ask me, Thanksgiving is better than Christmas, for a whole host of practical, spiritual and personal reasons. For one thing, it hasn’t been commercialized the way the Yuletide has. Black Friday and Cyber Monday may fall... — Updated 11/22/2022

 By Tom McDonald    Voices

Opinion: Election proves democracy strong

Did America’s fever just break? Last week’s general election provided strong evidence that democracy remains strong in our nation, as just about all those who lost their respective elections admitted defeat, with some even... — Updated 11/15/2022

 By Tom McDonald    Voices

Opinion: Searching for reason for optimism

Sometimes I feel like an optimist in search of a reason to still feel that way. I want to believe in what’s good about this world, but writing about the issues of our time can be depressing. I’m penning this column in advance... — Updated 11/8/2022

 By Tom McDonald    Voices

Opinion: Election season has me in a funk

All year long, I’ve had a hard time getting excited about this election year. I’m just not into it this time around. This isn’t normal for me. For decades, I’ve told people that “politics is my favorite sport.” I liked... — Updated 11/1/2022

 By Tom McDonald    Voices

Opinion: Need to work toward restoring balance

As an observer of human nature and the body politick, I’ve reached the conclusion that the meanspirited attacks on both sides are largely due to the extremes. But there’s a more moderate middle that sees a third way, one... — Updated 10/18/2022

 By Tom McDonald    Voices

Opinion: Climate change takes color from season

This is altogether anecdotal, so I won’t pretend it’s based on scientific observation, but I’ve noticed something in my annual trips to Arkansas for a Thanksgiving get-together in the Ozark Mountains. The autumn leaves seem... — Updated 10/11/2022

 By Tom McDonald    Voices

Opinion: We should laugh about differences more

Maybe you’ve read my brother Don’s column, something I run weekly in my Guadalupe County News because, well, he loaned me money. That’s why we call his weekly column “The One Percenter,” because that’s about how much... — Updated 10/4/2022

 By Tom McDonald    Voices

Opinion: Ranked-choice better vote method

If you ask me, a big reason why democracy in America is in trouble is because of the way we’ve set it up. First, there’s our Electoral College for electing presidents. By using state electors for selecting the overall winner... — Updated 9/27/2022

 By Tom McDonald    Voices

Opinion: Our differences make us stronger

The other day, I heard a pundit call New Mexico “purple,” as in a balanced mix of “blue” Democrats and “red” Republicans. If that’s the case, we must have some closeted Republicans holding office, because these days... — Updated 9/20/2022

 By Tom McDonald    Voices

Opinion: No use losing sleep over nuclear energy

In case you haven’t noticed, nuclear power is back in the headlines these days. Even here in New Mexico, where there are no nuclear power plants, it’s an issue. Not only do we have the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP), where... — Updated 9/13/2022

 By Tom McDonald    Voices

Opinion: NM Democrats still running strong

The governor is leading in her bid for re-election, as are other Democrats running statewide races. New Mexicans see crime and inflation as the biggest issues facing the state, and they want judges to have more authority to keep... — Updated 9/6/2022

 By Tom McDonald    Voices

Opinion: Battle between religion, science fought

In the Great American Culture Wars of our time, two different worldviews, science and religion, continue to do battle, even though it doesn’t have to be that way. Science has reshaped our world in incredible ways. Digital... — Updated 8/30/2022

 By Tom McDonald    Voices

Opinion: 'They' say the darnedest things

Editor’s note: Tom McDonald is taking some time off. This column was first published in December 2015. You know what they say: What goes around comes around. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. And I’ll be a monkey’s uncle i... — Updated 8/23/2022

 By Tom McDonald    Voices

Opinion: Heroes push us to better ourselves

Heroes are easy to find but hard to keep. Especially when we’re young, we need our heroes, or positive role models if you prefer, as examples of what courage, sacrifice and success are all about. We typically start with our... — Updated 8/16/2022

 By Tom McDonald    Voices

Opinion: Found inspiration in trees still standing

I found inspiration at a burn scar recently. It was in California, which has been burning for years now as Exhibit A for the onset of climate change. I had driven into the state to pick up my daughter Maya at LAX, after she had... — Updated 8/9/2022

 By Tom McDonald    News

Opinion: Hoping we'll survive beyond 2100

Downsizing for an old-school media junkie involves lots of newspapers and magazines, the hardcopy kind, where the first draft of history was laid out for all the world to consume through linear reading. I’ve got an intimidating... — Updated 8/2/2022

 By Tom McDonald    Voices

Opinion: Not much downside to film industry

The Governor’s Office recently boasted of record-setting in-state spending from the filmmaking industry. And while a good chunk of that is going into the Rio Grande Corridor, where Netflix and other filmmakers have set up shop, s... — Updated 7/26/2022

 By Tom McDonald    Voices

Opinion: Only more horror stories coming

Now that a 27-year-old man’s confession has substantiated a doctor’s story that a 10-year-old girl was raped, got pregnant and had to go out of state to get an abortion, you’d have a heart of stone not to feel for the girl. A... — Updated 7/19/2022

 By Tom McDonald    Voices

Opinion: NM could use a little less attention

New Mexico’s been making the national news a lot lately, and not the good kind. First came the wildfires. The Hermits Peak Fire was making national headlines even before it merged with the Calf Canyon Fire and became the biggest... — Updated 7/12/2022

 By Tom McDonald    Voices

Opinion: Need more inclusive Christianity

It’s being declared often these days. There’s even a book pushing the notion in its title: “America is a Christian nation.” To which I ask: Which Christian? Which version of Christianity are we talking about, the... — Updated 7/5/2022

 By Tom McDonald    Voices

Opinion: Truth out there, but harder to find

Our institutions are taking a beating in the world of public opinion, and I think I know why. By institutions I mean those organizations that provide a measure of stability and security in our lives — our governing bodies,... — Updated 6/28/2022

 By Tom McDonald    Voices

Opinion: Title IX giant step in opportunity

Credit the Albuquerque Journal for launching a series on Title IX and its impact on sports, as this culture-shifting law turns 50 this year. The series is just getting started, and the Journal says it’ll be running for weeks to c... — Updated 6/21/2022

 By Tom McDonald    Voices

Opinion: Fight inflation with green energy

We’ve been living with inflation all our lives. That’s why old folks can remember when a gallon of gas cost under a buck and bread cost about a quarter a loaf. But now it’s getting out of hand. The most recent Consumer Price... — Updated 6/14/2022

 By Tom McDonald    Voices

Opinion: Found classics among cassettes

We Americans like to accumulate stuff through most of our lives, then somewhere around old age we start trying to get rid of it. At least that’s true for me. I’ve been working to downsize my stuff since around my... — Updated 6/7/2022


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