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 By Tom McDonald    Voices

Opinion: A look at legislative halfway mark

Halfway through this year’s legislative session and we’re close to another pandemic relief package for New Mexicans. Senate Bill 1 (SB1) passed its original chamber Feb. 15 with unanimous support. It’s on to the House side no... — Updated 2/23/2021

 
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Opinion: Biden is laying out his priorities

Maybe you heard him saying it on his virtual campaign trail, or maybe you heard the media chatter during his flurry of first-week executive orders: President Biden is focusing his efforts on “four converging crises” — the... — Updated 2/16/2021 Full story

 
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Opinion: Upbringing outweighs TV violence

Understand first that I did not grow up around violence. My father was basically a pacifist, a Methodist minister all his adult life, though he did have a temper, and six sons. We never got beatings, but we did get our share of... — Updated 2/9/2021

 
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Opinion: NM has opportunity to shift gears

If you’re wondering how the new Biden administration is going to impact New Mexico, you don’t need to look very far. Already, President Joe Biden has put the brakes on Donald Trump’s border wall, put Space Command’s... — Updated 2/2/2021

 
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Opinion: A few memes for every faction

One of the offshoots of social media times is the meme, that clever little snippet of wit and/or wisdom that unknown creatures create and agreeable people share. These little “attention hackers” can be pearls of wisdom or... — Updated 1/26/2021

 
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Opinion: Good moment to reflect on King

If there was ever a moment to reflect on the life and times of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., this is that moment. There’s a good reason why we created a federal holiday to honor this fallen civil rights leader. He led us to our... — Updated 1/19/2021

 
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Opinion: Herrell helped enable insurrection

Yvette Herrell got more votes than Xochitl Torres Small in the 2nd Congressional District, but since I voted for Torres Small I don’t think I’ll accept the results. That may sound anti-democratic, but hey, I’m just following... — Updated 1/12/2021

 
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Opinion: Still waiting for the year to end

I’m writing this on the first day of 2021 but it doesn’t feel that way. It feels more like 2020 because, well, I keep watching the news. It’s not going to feel like a fresh new year until Donald Trump is out of the White... — Updated 1/5/2021

 
 By Tom McDonald    Voices

Opinion: 2020 a year of great disruptions

For New Mexicans, COVID-19 hit in March. It may be named after the previous year, when it first turned up, but the first confirmed case in the U.S. hit the West Coast in January, and in New Mexico it hit less than two months... — Updated 12/29/2020

 
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Opinion: Time for a good Christmas story

With a pandemic bearing down, Christmas is a bit subdued this year. That makes it a good year to curl up in bed with a Christmas book or plop down on your couch for a magical Christmas movie. I must admit I’ve read very few Chris... — Updated 12/22/2020

 
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Opinion: Hope state not star-struck by film industry

COVID demands the occasional distraction, for the sake of our sanity. I thought Virgin Galactic’s touristee launch into space from New Mexico’s Spaceport America would be a welcome diversion, but the first attempt was an... — Updated 12/15/2020

 
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Opinion: Electoral college a relic of past

Bill Clinton didn’t even come close to winning a majority vote in his first run for president. He got only 43% of the vote in a three-man race — but he won with a heavily lopsided 370 electoral votes. His successor, George W. B... — Updated 12/8/2020

 
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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... — Updated 11/24/2020

 
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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... — Updated 11/17/2020

 
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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... — Updated 11/3/2020

 
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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... — Updated 10/27/2020

 
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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.... — Updated 10/20/2020

 
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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... — Updated 10/13/2020

 
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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... — Updated 10/6/2020

 
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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... — Updated 9/29/2020

 
 By Tom McDonald    Voices

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... — Updated 9/22/2020

 
 By Tom McDonald    Voices

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... — Updated 9/15/2020

 
 By Tom McDonald    Voices

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... — Updated 9/8/2020

 
 By Tom McDonald    Voices

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... — Updated 9/1/2020

 
 By Tom McDonald    Voices

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. I... — Updated 8/25/2020

 

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