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 By Walt Rubel    Voices 

Opinion: New state money not enough for Aggies, Lobos

When the New Mexico Legislature put additional money in the budget last year to wipe out the debts of the athletic programs at New Mexico State University and the University of New Mexico, it was hoped that the schools would no... — Updated 9/25/2021

 
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Opinion: Many Afghans start their new lives here

Thousands of Afghan refugees whisked to safety during the massive evacuation that concluded recently experienced their first taste of freedom in New Mexico’s Doña Ana County. The Doña Ana Range Complex, a part of the Fort... — Updated 9/11/2021

 
 By Walt Rubel    Voices

Opinion: War on terror no longer on foreign soils

This month, the United States joined a long list of nations that have tried and failed to rule Afghanistan. The Soviet Union came immediately before us. Their adventures in Afghanistan left them vulnerable to the collapse of the... — Updated 8/28/2021

 
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Opinion: We should take steps to prevent spread of virus

When President Joe Biden announced a plan to send local public health workers door-to-door on a mission to increase COVID-19 vaccinations, conservative pundits warned that those foolish enough to open their doors would be forcibly... — Updated 8/21/2021

 
 By Walt Rubel    News

Opinion: Government shouldn't be trying to restrict speech

One of the few things Republicans and Democrats seem to agree on in our divided nation is a desire to restrict speech on the internet. Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act of 1996 has become a favorite target for... — Updated 8/14/2021

 
 By Walt Rubel    Voices

Opinion: Lawmakers serve state before church

In 2019, the New Mexico Senate rejected a bill that would have removed an old, invalid abortion law from the books. One year later, voters had their say. Six Democratic senators who had voted against the bill were removed from... — Updated 8/7/2021

 
 By Walt Rubel    Voices

Opinion: Message of debate needs to change

A few years ago I was scammed by callers claiming to offer a great deal on my satellite TV service. I felt bad about losing the money, but felt worse about being duped. It’s a human reaction. All of us like to think we’re too... — Updated 7/31/2021

 
 By Walt Rubel    Voices

Opinion: Money for nothing isn't 'doing better'

There are no free lunches. If you don’t work, you don’t eat. Everybody has to pitch in and carry their weight. These aphorisms from my youth, passed on by my parents and others from their generation who survived the Great... — Updated 7/24/2021

 
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Opinion: Olympics glimpse of NCAA's future

When the New Mexico Legislature passed Senate Bill 94 earlier this year, allowing college athletes to profit from the use of their name, image or likeness, some lawmakers feared we were picking a fight with the mighty NCAA. If... — Updated 7/17/2021

 
 By Walt Rubel    Voices

Opinion: Police aren't a force that can mend society

Frank and I were home after our first year of college and Bruce had just graduated from high school in the summer of 1977 when we decided it would be safe to smoke pot in an abandoned field off a quiet road. We were in an... — Updated 7/10/2021

 
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Opinion: 'Cowboy' has become an embarrassment

I wish Couy Griffin would do us all a favor the next time he goes on national television. Tell them you’re from Texas. Griffin was one of a handful of Jan. 6 insurrectionists featured June 20 on a two-hour CNN special about the... — Updated 7/3/2021

 
 By Walt Rubel    Voices

Opinion: Leakers essential to honest government

I rise today in support of leakers. Here’s to Daniel Ellsberg, a former Marine who was working as a private-sector military analyst in 1971 when he leaked the Pentagon Papers, a top-secret study on U.S. activities in Vietnam... — Updated 6/26/2021

 
 By Walt Rubel    Voices

Opinion: Public speaking learned skill, takes practice

There’s a great scene in the movie “Bull Durham” where “Crash” Davis, the veteran catcher, teaches hotshot pitching prospect “Nuke” LaLoosh how to talk to the media: “We’ve got to play ‘em one game at a... — Updated 6/19/2021

 
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Opinion: Clear opinion needed on records destruction

Thanks to solid investigative reporting by Searchlight New Mexico, the state Children, Youth and Families Department is no longer using a secure messaging system designed to circumvent open records laws by automatically deleting re... — Updated 6/12/2021

 
 By Walt Rubel    Voices

Opinion: We need a more honest retelling of our history

I graduated from both high school and college thinking that the Underground Railroad was an actual train, with Harriet Tubman at the controls. When I read recently about the controversy regarding plans by the Las Cruces school... — Updated 6/5/2021

 
 By Walt Rubel    Voices

Opinion: Symbolism, not security, reason for border wall

For the past four years, our nation’s immigration policy was the equivalent of a “Keep Out” sign on the front yard. That didn’t stop desperate migrants from seeking refuge. The border wall was the physical embodiment of... — Updated 5/15/2021

 
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Opinion: Checkpoints just add to federal-state conflicts

I realize there are other issues higher on his priority list, but I hope President Joe Biden clarifies the federal government’s position on the enforcement of marijuana laws before legal sales begin here next year. New Mexico... — Updated 5/8/2021

 
 By Walt Rubel    Voices

Opinion: Afghanistan war should have ended 20 years ago

In his 2007 book, former CIA Director George Tenet boasts that the first U.S. covert teams were in Afghanistan 16 days after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. “Less than two and a half months later, a core group of 90 CIA... — Updated 5/1/2021

 
 By Walt Rubel    Voices

Opinion: Celebrating small, personal pandemic victory

I will be fully vaccinated in a couple of weeks. The pandemic, for me, is almost over, and I’m incredibly grateful to the brilliant men and women who developed these safe and effective vaccines. But this doesn’t feel like... — Updated 4/24/2021

 
 By Walt Rubel    Voices

Opinion: Pot law needs regular revisiting

The government has no right to tell me what I can eat, drink, smoke, snort or inject. It can prevent me from doing those things in public. And it can hold me responsible for any crimes I commit after having done those things,... — Updated 4/17/2021

 
 By Walt Rubel    Voices

NCAA athletics knee-deep in hypocrisy

Rodeo may be the only college sport that isn’t knee-deep in hypocrisy. That’s because rodeo is not part of the NCAA, and has never held romanticized notions about the purity of amateur athletics. The sport has always been... — Updated 4/10/2021

 
 By Walt Rubel    Voices

Opinion: Legislature will be subservient until it changes rules

The New Mexico Legislature is not a co-equal branch of government, and that’s by design. The New Mexico Governor’s Office is modern and up-to-date; and operates much like other governor’s offices throughout the country. The... — Updated 4/3/2021

 
 By Walt Rubel    Voices

Opinion: A rule broken with passage of every bill

Every bill passed by the New Mexico Legislature begins with a conspiracy to break the rules and then cover it up. And every member is in on it. Before the start of floor debate on any bill, the sponsor has to read the following... — Updated 3/27/2021

 
 By Walt Rubel    Voices

Opinion: Old books needing change should not inspire rage

I did not like “Green Eggs and Ham.” I thought the book to be a scam. I knew that it could not be right for all the eggs I'd seen were white. I was then too young to see the humor in absurdity. The notion of an egg gone green... — Updated 3/20/2021

 
 By Walt Rubel    Voices

Opinion: CPAC shows GOP has lost its common vision

“If you don’t know where you’re going, any road will take you there.” The above quote is attributed to Lewis Carroll’s Cheshire Cat, but the first time I heard it was in a George Harrison song, and it stuck with me. I... — Updated 3/13/2021

 

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