Today's Opinions

  • An independents' year

    SANTA FE Might this be a year when independents determine the outcome of some of our top federal races? It could happen.

    Whenever there are open federal seats, independent and third-party candidates come out of the woodwork. This year, in addition to having four congressional vacancies in New Mexico, there also is no incumbent president.

    At the presidential level , expect to see more than two candidates on your ballot next November. Along with the usual selection of anonymous lightweights will be a couple of candidates approaching the middleweight class.

  • Keep debate on the war

    Since World War II, most of our major party presidential candidates have served in the military. That changed when Bill Clinton won the presidency in 1992. He was able to avoid serving during the height of the Vietnam War by getting college deferments.

  • Quit verbing my nouns

    The waiter at a Santa Fe restaurant greeted us with the usual spiel: “My name is Brian, and I’ll be your waiter for the evening.”

    There are only two ways to respond to this kind of greeting: “That’s nice!” and “My name is Art, and I’ll be your customer for the evening.” But rather than poke fun at a formality which at least shows, well, formality, I was struck with the non-sequitur that followed.

  • A dad that raised dads

    Many of you remember my father, Charles McDonald, since he lived here for a while serving as interim pastor of First United Methodist Church in Las Vegas. He’s back in Arkansas now, where he spent nearly all his life, but I know he made an impression on some people here because people ask me about him, and my mother, on a regular basis.

  • The flag represens freedom

    Last year, Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama quit wearing his flag lapel pin on a regular basis. He said he thought the pin was a substitute for true patriotism.

    This may actually become an issue in this year’s presidential campaign — a distraction from the more important matters at hand, but an issue nonetheless.

    Never mind that both Republican presidential candidate John McCain and Obama’s former Democratic rival, Hillary Clinton, don’t wear such pins. Some on the far right are whispering that Obama doesn’t love his country.

  • Leger, Lucero for commission

    San Miguel County’s government is arguably the best-run in the area. That’s to the credit of the county manager, his staff and the current County Commission.

    With two competitive races for commission in Tuesday’s Democratic primary, it’s important voters look at which candidates are best able to continue the progress and find ways to improve those areas of county government that are lagging.

  • A hardworking, visionary governor

    Regardless of what some negative people think, our political system, and in general our wellbeing as citizens from New Mexico is good. Our hardworking Gov. Richardson works 24 hours a day for New Mexico, even when he was campaigning for president. Although some backward thinking people seemed to think senators, governors, etc. should campaign from within their state!

    Many of Gov. Richardson’s economic initiatives were formulated while out of state. Initiatives included small and large business enterprises, tourism, health care, education, and security measures.

  • Real property not being undervalued

    A recent article in the Mora Communicator dated May 16-30 attempts to portray me and my deputy as intentionally undervaluing our personal property. Please note, the property is not personal, it is real property. The Mora Communicator’s staff of one didn’t have the courtesy of talking with me. In any case, it has been previously reported that practically all properties are undervalued because of the grazing status with practically none overvalued. It is also common knowledge that further studies/reappraisals will be forthcoming.