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Still believe we can change course

I’m always hoping things will turn out better than they appear to be headed. Take our future as a species as an example. Climate change and the polluting of our air, soil and water suggests that catastrophe is bearing down on us, and it doesn’t...

 
 By Tom McDonald    Voices    January 9, 2019

Good or bad, change is coming

Suit up, New Mexicans. Big changes are about to take place. That’s what a commanding majority of New Mexicans voted for — but that doesn’t mean we’re all going to like it. Take gun control as an example. In a rural western state such as...

 
 By Tom McDonald    Voices    January 2, 2019

Reasons for optimism in coming year

The new year is a time for hope. We want to believe in a better year ahead, so we celebrate the possibilities. Here in New Mexico, there are a number of reasons to be optimistic about 2019, especially if you’re a Democrat, the party that now...

 

Opinion: Heroes stand tall in 'war on truth'

SANTA ROSA — Could it be that Time magazine is abandoning the “great man” perspective on history, one in which larger-than-life individuals shape world events, for a “people’s history” narrative in which common people have the greater...

 

Opinion: Memories much better than gifts

In terms of pure economics, our biggest national holiday is, of course, Christmas. I read somewhere that Halloween comes in as a strong second, but I’d be surprised if it’s anywhere close to the money we Americans spend for the yuletide. Perhaps...

 

Opinion: Dog park worth consideration

Geraldine Barber came by the Santa Rosa newspaper office recently to register a grievance — too many people are letting their dogs “do their business,” as they say, in other people’s yards. She was particularly disturbed by a big pile of dog...

 

Opinion: Technology changing work, world

“Now the captain, he said to John Henry, ‘I’m gonna bring that steam drill around. I’m gonna bring that steam drill out on these tracks, I’m gonna knock that steel on down, God, God. I’m gonna knock that steel on down.’ “John Henry...

 

Opinion: Still looking for reasons to believe

SANTA ROSA — I’m an optimist by nature, but lately I’ve been having a hard time. Like most Americans, I’m none too pleased with our political leadership. We have an amoral and narcissistic president who says he doesn’t even believe in one...

 

Opinion: Wishing you blessings of family, too

Picture this: An Arkansas preacher and teacher have six sons who grow up, get married and have children of their own. Then those children grow up and have their own kids. Even the cousins have cousins, and our extended families grow and grow … and...

 

Opinion: Dems now control NM politics

SANTA ROSA — There may have been mixed results nationally, with the Democrats winning the House and the Republicans increasing their majority in the Senate, but here in New Mexico, an indisputably blue tidal wave overtook the midterm elections. I k...

 

Opinion: Boomers did rock and roll right

SANTA ROSA — If there’s anything the baby boomers did well, it’s music. We rocked. Of course, rock and roll wasn’t born entirely out of our generation. It was the byproduct of all sorts of musical genres, including and especially rhythm and...

 

Opinion: Older but not necessarily wiser

SANTA ROSA — Getting old sucks. At least that’s what I’ve heard. OK, I’ll admit it. I’m getting there myself. I’m 62 years old — but I’ve always been about 10 years younger, in maturity, than my actual age. In my teens, I rebelled aga...

 

Opinion: Do your homework before voting

Here we are, on the verge of one of the most important mid-term elections in American history, and Russian meddling is being charged. Guess it never really stopped. Last week, Elena Alekseevna Khusyaynova was charged with trying to influence the 2018...

 

Opinion: Self-interest isn't best way to choose

SANTA ROSA — The other day I overheard an argument between friends over two particular candidates for the same office. One is the incumbent, so the question was posed, “What’s he done for us?” I’ll leave out the particulars — which...

 

Political 'culture war' never stronger

The way I figure it, the Republicans are getting the Supreme Court judge they want but they’re going to pay for it by losing big in the mid-term elections. If Democrats don’t at least take the U.S. House this time around, I’ll be both stunned a...

 

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