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 By Tom McDonald    Voices    November 20, 2019 

Never underestimate the extremes

A trio of op-ed pieces in Santa Fe’s New Mexican on Nov. 10 captured my attention. One was from the governor, another from an activist, and the third from a naysayer. Let’s start with Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s column. Headlined, “Our...

 

Impeachment won't quell divisions

You don’t have to go back 50 years to have lived through three of the four impeachment inquiries that have taken place in all of America’s history. Richard Milhous Nixon was facing three articles of impeachment when he resigned in 1974, then 25 y...

 

Need more nonpartisan problem-solvers

If you’re on the mailing list, you got that old familiar yellow manila folder in the mail last week, from Think New Mexico. I’ve lost track of how many of these reports I’ve received over the years, nor can I remember ever having felt it was a...

 

Law, not politics, should guide leaders

In all the noise over impeachment, has anyone pointed out the relationship between the law and majority rule? I think it’s central to the question about whether an impeachment is warranted so close to an election. It seems that some people equate...

 
 By Tom McDonald    Voices    October 9, 2019

Going green good for capitalists

One of the things bothering conservative Americans these days is the “socialism” behind the Green New Deal being proposed by U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and others. But I think they’re ignoring a key point: Converting to clean and...

 
 By Tom McDonald    Voices    October 2, 2019

Country series carried me back

I made it a point to watch Ken Burns’ eight-part documentary series titled “Country Music.” I wanted to reconnect with a time in which I transcended rock and folk into the sounds coming out of Nashville, Tenn. In the 1970s, I became what you...

 

Trump symptom of bigger problem

So the president came to New Mexico. What’s the big deal? He’s so predictably unpredictable these days that it’s starting to get boring. For the casual critic who takes no solace in The Traveling Trump Show, he’s not nearly as outlandish as...

 

Climate alarm needs sounding

First it was the scientists, issuing dire warnings that the world is warming up because of human activity. But the media watered down their warnings; some media outlets questioned the validity of their claims, others simply downplayed it. And the...

 

Healthcare may be winning issue

From 1981 through 2018, the Republican Party controlled the 2nd Congressional District seat in southern New Mexico, with one brief exception. In 2008, when Rep. Steve Pearce opted not to seek a fifth term (running unsuccessfully for the Senate...

 

NM lost out on leader in Patrón

Firearms and alcohol have always been a dangerous mix. Nowhere is that more evident than in the life and death of Don Juan Patrón. He was widely considered to be one of New Mexico’s most educated and popular Hispanics of his time. I had never...

 
 By Tom McDonald    Voices    August 28, 2019

Need to seek real cause of 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 spankings. At school,...

 
 By Tom McDonald    Voices    August 21, 2019

Pets can literally save our lives

I have a dog in the house. He doesn’t live here, he just came to visit. And I have a family of feral cats living in my back yard. The momma cat claimed squatters rights, having lived here before I moved in. She’s always around, living her feral...

 
 By Tom McDonald    Voices    August 14, 2019

El Paso shooting hits close to home

Back when you could do it with little or no hassle, I remember casually walking across the bridge (and therefore the border) between downtown El Paso and Ciudad Juarez. As I left the U.S. side, lively Spanish music filled the air, slowly fading into...

 
 By Tom McDonald    Voices    August 7, 2019

No overnight fix for NM education

Up until recently, it’s been pretty much a seamless takeover. Worn out by Susana Martinez’s can’t-do/won’t do policies as governor toward issues like clean energy, full marijuana legalization and public education, voters made their voices...

 
 By Tom McDonald    Voices    July 31, 2019

America can still do great things

Like a lot of Americans, I got caught up in the 50th anniversary of our first moon landing. My moment was on CSpan3, where I channel-surfed into Reel America’s Moonwalk One, a dated NASA documentary that tells the story of the first U.S. mission to...

 
 By Tom McDonald    Voices    July 24, 2019

Legal pot is capitalism at its best

We are about a year away from legalizing recreational marijuana in New Mexico. Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham has already set the wheels in motion for its passage at the Roundhouse next year, and if the state is ready with the regulations, it could...

 
 By Tom McDonald    Voices    July 17, 2019

Can't save world one person at a time

Recycling has always been a feel-good issue for the casual environmentalist, but it’s turning out to be even less than that. It’s becoming less practical and affordable. Silver City and Taos are just two New Mexico examples of how solid waste...

 
 By Tom McDonald    Voices    July 10, 2019

Continental Divide beautiful drive

I took advantage of a long holiday weekend to travel up to the Continental Divide, where I camped and explored some of the highest points in Colorado. “Civilization” came to me through the radio, particularly National Public Radio. Like New...

 
 By Tom McDonald    Voices    July 7, 2019

Time for deniers to swallow pride

SANTA ROSA — There’s trouble on the horizon, and I’m not talking about city hall across the street. No matter how much I get into my hometown news-gathering operation, I’m still plugged in to the bigger national and international issues out...

 
 By Tom McDonald    Voices    July 3, 2019

Most vulnerable deserve care

Healthcare is a right. Raise your hand if you agree. The reality is, America is divided on this question. We’re not talking about emergency care here. I think most people with an ounce of compassion would agree that if someone’s life is in...

 
 By Tom McDonald    Voices    June 26, 2019

Republicans seek race they can win

Just when you think the Trumpettes have been banished from the Land of Enchantment come candidates who are already tugging on the president’s coattails, hoping to find redemption down south for the state’s beleaguered Republican Party. After the...

 
 By Tom McDonald    Voices    June 19, 2019

We could all use more heroes

“My heroes have always been cowboys, still are, it seems. Sadly, in search of, and one step in back of, themselves and their slow movin’ dreams.” — Sharon Vaughn, songwriter SANTA ROSA — Heroes are easy to find but hard to keep. Especially...

 
 By Tom McDonald    Voices    June 12, 2019

Latest Anaya offering defies genre

If I had to assign a genre to Rudolfo Anaya’s latest book, “Chupacabra Meets Billy The Kid,” I’d say it’s of the Western / science fiction / fantasy / Chicano literature / historical fiction genre, as if there’s such a thing. Maybe...

 
 By Tom McDonald    Voices    June 5, 2019

Take time to learn a language

One of my great regrets is not learning another language. I took Spanish in high school for a couple of years, but didn’t practice it enough over the years to go beyond the few words I’ve recalled since moving out here to New Mexico. And when I...

 
 By Tom McDonald    Voices    May 29, 2019

Investments set to pay off in NM

New Mexico is building itself up with some new, cutting-edge infrastructure. First, there’s Facebook and its $1 billion data center at Los Lunas. It’s creating a need for some expensive improvements to New Mexico’s energy infrastructure. The...

 

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