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 By Leonard Pitts    Voices 

Opinion: Will of the people matters most

There is nothing sacred about nine. The number was not carried down from a mountain on stone tablets, nor did it appear in a burning bush. In fact, before the Supreme Court... — Updated 4/17/2021

 By Christine Flowers    Voices 

Opinion: Elizabeth and Philip: Example of true love

The first person I thought about when I heard that Prince Philip had died was Elizabeth, a queen in the greater world but only and always a wife to the man who’d been by her side... — Updated 4/17/2021

 By Paul Gessing    Voices 

Opinion: NM Dems walking fine energy line

If there were an overall theme for New Mexico’s political situation it would be the ongoing attempts by Democrats to placate their environmentalist base, which opposes... — Updated 4/17/2021

 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 Rich Lowry    Voices 

Opinion: DeSantis: what post-Trump GOP should be

If Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis ever sets up a presidential exploratory committee, it should have to disclose an enormous in-kind contribution from CBS News. The recent “60... — Updated 4/17/2021

 By Melanie Majors    Voices 

Opinion: Capital outlay bill step toward transparency

Gov. Michelle Lujan-Grisham took the state in a new direction this month by signing House Bill 55, publication of capital outlay allocations, making New Mexico’s public infrastructure funding process transparent. House Bill 55... — Updated 4/17/2021


Shelburne: Running out of time sounds OK

Won't it be nice to be out of time? Say what? I'm serious, and I repeat: Won't it be nice to be out of time? I don't wonder that you're confused. You're probably thinking: Whaddaya... — Updated 4/13/2021


McManigal: Gun control based on lies

If you have a better idea, share it and convince people it’s a good idea. If you can’t convince them with the truth, that should be the end of it. If you can’t let it go, and decide to force everyone to go along with you, you... — Updated 4/13/2021


McDonald: Older white men losing culture wars

Older white men are losing the culture wars. Major League Baseball, Coca-Cola and Delta Airlines have turned against them. And since their supreme leader, Donald Trump, is out of office, they’re losing power as well. Or perhaps... — Updated 4/13/2021


Pandemic policy response must be broader

The International Monetary Fund’s new economic forecast offers encouragement to the world’s rich countries. They’re on track to recover strongly from the pandemic. For many poorer countries, the opposite is true: The end is... — Updated 4/13/2021

 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 Leonard Pitts    Voices

Opinion: Verdict already in on America

America is on trial. Or at least, that is the conviction of many observers as Derek Chauvin, a white former Minneapolis police officer, faces judge and jury in the death of George F... — Updated 4/10/2021

 By Michael Reagan    Voices

Opinion: Georgia voting laws no 'Jim Crow'

Will someone please lend President Biden a history book? He thinks Georgia’s new voting integrity law is “Jim Crow on steroids.” And Georgia’s pretend ex-governor Stacey Abr... — Updated 4/10/2021


Criticisms of Georgia's voting law ring hollow

I am so glad the whole white supremacy and gun nut narrative is over, so we can get back to the one about voter suppression. Those horrific shootings late last month diverted our... — Updated 4/10/2021

 By Rich Lowry    Voices

Opinion: Russians amateurs at disinformation

Why do the Russians need to bother spreading disinformation when our own domestic sources do a much better job at it? We just went through a four-year national obsession with... — Updated 4/10/2021

 By David Stevens    Voices

Opinion: Let's play ball, and keep game free from politics

Major League Baseball has decided it won’t play its annual all-star game in Atlanta this summer. That’s because, it alleges, Georgia lawmakers are engaged in voter suppression.... — Updated 4/10/2021


Thursday good day for barbecue, donations

High Plains forecast for Thursday: Sunny, 80 degrees, and a 100 percent chance of smoked meats, accompanied by macrobursts of generosity and torrential warm fuzzies. In other... — Updated 4/6/2021

 By Patti Dobson    Voices

Faith: Garden's magic lies in scattering seeds of love

As much as the time change messes with me, I love the extra daylight. My first thought, always, is that it’s time to plant, followed by “if you plant before Easter, you’ll... — Updated 4/6/2021


Faith: Even a tomb becomes an incubator for glory

“He is risen!” “He is risen indeed!” Such power is difficult to imagine. We read the Gospel accounts and try to view the scenes in our mind's eye. Mind-boggling. Pick any... — Updated 4/6/2021

 By Tom McDonald    Voices

Opinion: Sports hold stories of inclusion

Watching my long-lost Arkansas Razorbacks fall to Baylor in an Elite Eight showdown on television reminded me of the intersection between sports and our American culture. Despite the defeat, the game brought back memories of the... — Updated 4/6/2021

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Opinion: Act would restore check on corruption

Last year, while a global pandemic and the accompanying economic uncertainty ravaged the country, political corruption was ranked the second-most important issue among voters. This wasn’t an anomaly; the American public has... — Updated 4/6/2021

 By Kent McManigal    Voices

Opinion: NM fumbled on legal marijuana

Leave it to government to fumble a chance to do the right thing. New Mexico has finally decided to legalize cannabis. This could have been a win for liberty, but they did it wrong.... — Updated 4/6/2021

 By Michael Reagan    Voices

Opinion: Shorter season benefits baseball

The pandemic of 2020 was a tragedy for the whole world. But our all-out war against the coronavirus taught Americans a bunch of important lessons. It proved that our political... — Updated 4/3/2021

 By David Stevens    Voices

Opinion: Let's hope cannabis legislation gateway to more freedom

By this time next year, pot will be legal and openly for sale across New Mexico. The Legislature approved cannabis legislation in a special session last week and the governor is... — Updated 4/3/2021

 By Rich Lowry    Voices

Opinion: Word 'trillion' defining Biden era

So far, the defining word of the Biden era is “trillion.” The Joe Biden who portrayed himself as a moderate, old school, bipartisan dealmaker during the presidential campaign... — Updated 4/3/2021


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