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 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...

 
 By Tom McDonald    Voices    March 11, 2020

Law could damage public access

The governor gives and the governor takes away. For transparency advocates at least, that’s what it felt like last week when Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham signed into law two bills related to government transparency. Let’s start with Senate Bill 64...

 
 By Tom McDonald    Voices    March 4, 2020

NM doesn't fit rural stereotype

This nation has been urbanizing since its beginnings, ever since the first industrial revolution started creating jobs in the cities. For centuries now, country folk have been moving to the city in search of something better than the subsistence...

 

Legal marijuana healthier choice

Seems like everybody else saw it coming, but not me. Since Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham had appointed a big-deal of a task force to consider all the angles, and since a super-majority of the state’s citizenry favors it, and since there’s so much...

 

New Mexico good place for space

Last week’s arrival of SpaceShipTwo at New Mexico’s Spaceport America signaled a big step forward in the “Space Valley” the governor is touting and the “Space Trail” we’ve had all along. With the spacecraft’s move from the Mojave...

 

Music sound of human experience

“There is geometry in the humming of the strings. There is music in the spacing of the spheres.” — Pythagoras Between the impeachment in D.C., and the debacle in Iowa and the gun-toting protesters in Santa Fe, politics is on overkill. I don’t...

 

Some good, easy-to-miss reporting

I’m mostly busy running my own newspaper these days, but I still have a weekly news service on the side. More than six years ago, I named it the Community News Exchange (CNEx) and have been running it ever since. These days, I mostly leave it in...

 

Watching political generation gap

In 1970, President Richard Nixon invited Johnny Cash to the White House. Nixon asked the country music star to sing “Welfare Cadillac,” a parody about a shiftless man who took his government checks to buy a luxurious car, and “Okie from...

 

Census more than simple headcount

Buried beneath the hyper-political year we’re about to have is something else that will shape our future. It’s time once again for a U.S. Census count. The U.S. Constitution requires a count every 10 years. More than a simple headcount, all...

 

A lot on plate for legislative session

Here we are again, about to enter into the abyss of a 30-day legislative session. It’ll be one of the fun ones, when lawmakers will get to spend-spend-spend. It must be refreshing for legislators who, not so long ago, had to cut-cut-cut their way...

 

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