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 By Steve Hansen    Voices    March 10, 2019

Democrats struggle with discrimination, too

When is it offensive? Congressional Democrats stumbled all over themselves and each other last week trying to answer that question. Then they scrambled to cover any culpability that might result from...

 

Confrontation was human nature at play

I’ve never cared much for puritanism. While the Pilgrims came to America to avoid religious persecution, they mostly wanted to exchange the rigidly enforced rules against their brand of Christianity...

 

Media probably shouldn't be crowing

President Donald Trump may have come to his senses about government shutdowns and his coveted wall. Last month, the mainstream media, however, called Trump’s conciliatory statements on the matter a...

 

World has lost a quality writer

Russell Baker, who died on Jan. 21 at age 93, has joined the likes of Mike Royko, Jimmy Breslin and Art Buchwald in the special part of heaven reserved for those who could make millions laugh on...

 

Trump's wall project should end before it begins

I have been thinking about walls lately, because I’ve been reading the news. President Trump is demanding a $5.7-billion wall between the U.S. and Mexico. That’s a $5.7-billion slap in the face...

 
 By Steve Hansen    Voices    January 9, 2019

Money for wall better spent elsewhere

As I write this column, President Donald Trump has not yet carried out his threat — he says he doesn’t make threats, but I don’t know what else to call it — to declare a national emergency in...

 
 By Steve Hansen    Voices    January 2, 2019

Don't feel the need to make New Year's resolutions

I am writing this on Dec. 28. A new year, 2019, is fast approaching. Outside, it’s snowing, and since I don’t have to go anywhere today, I am joyfully watching the white blanket grow as it covers...

 

Opinion: US withdrawal from Syria gift to Russia

Merry Christmas, Vladimir! As much as I’d like my column this week to reflect the holiday spirit, events of last week, the week before Christmas, I think demand some urgent attention Last week,...

 

Opinion: Rural US still has a lot to offer nation

The New York Times ran an “op-ed” piece, an opinion not that of the newspaper, this week by an economist named Eduardo Porter. It’s about the declining state of rural America and what to do...

 

Opinion: Political incivility started somewhere

The death of former President George H.W. Bush has been met with as much mourning for the gentlemanly politics he practiced as for the man himself. Bush saved incivility for America’s enemies,...

 

Opinion: Holidays good time to stay home

I’m writing this on Black Friday and I’m not going anywhere. Black Friday, New Year’s Eve, Labor Day and Memorial Day have become my favorite times to stay home. Just to be ornery, I don’t...

 

Opinion: Extend a hand, not a hammer

First, let me congratulate Democrats for taking the U.S. House of Representatives from the Republicans. Whether that is good news, however, depends on what the party whose standard bearer is not a...

 

Opinion: A lot happened between WWII and me

Between the end of World War II and my birth date in 1950 lies a period of which I know little. My birth year marked the start of the Korean conflict and another new era. I was able last week to get...

 

Opinion: Getting a movie is writer's dream

The Public Broadcasting Company last week announced America’s 100 favorite books of all time, at least among readers of today, according to an extensive survey they engineered. I was a little...

 

Opinion: Journalists in for fight of our lives

In public relations, our job was to make the company look good, to cast the company in a good light. When I worked for “house organs” — or employee publications — I learned they gave the...

 
 By Steve Hansen    News    October 3, 2018

Community pitches in for safety day

SANTA ROSA — About 160 third-graders from Guadalupe, Quay and De Baca counties descended on the Guadalupe County Fairgrounds on Sept. 26 to learn how to stay safe in their homes, in the yard and...

 
 By Steve Hansen    Voices    July 22, 2018

Robert Lumpkin was dedicated public servant

TUCUMCARI — Robert Lumpkin’s persistent Oklahoma drawl echoed in Tucumcari City Council chambers for a dozen years and in the halls of public service for many more. That voice has been silenced....

 
 By Steve Hansen    News    May 30, 2018

Census estimates show population drops

Curry and Roosevelt counties experienced slight decreases in population between 2016 and 2017, according to U.S. Census estimates released last week. Clovis’ and Portales’ populations also...

 

Names we should know belong to heroes, victims

There were 17 victims and six heroes, three of whom were also victims, in last week’s shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High in Parkland, Florida. Theirs are the names we should know, so I’m...

 

Lottery tickets better bet than bitcoins

Holiday season financial news has been dominated by the Republicans’ tax plan and rush to bitcoins. Both leave me scratching my head. The Atlantic Monthly and Fox News agree the tax plan will mean...

 

Real Americans don't use that kind of language

The federal Centers for Disease Control denied it over the weekend, but for a while, the country thought there were seven words that the CDC was prohibited from using in reports to Congress. There...

 

Limited access best for landscape

President Donald Trump recently reduced the size of a couple of national monuments in Utah. This has the environmental community up in arms. The environmentalists apparently think that opening this la...

 
 By Steve Hansen    News    November 23, 2017

Time to end this 'work and spend'

Wal-Mart recently bought Lord & Taylor. That has renewed predictions of the end for America’s middle class. Wal-Mart caters to the growing ranks of the underpaid poor, while Lord & Taylor offers...

 

Liberal, conservative differences many

A website called Quora allows users to ask questions and have them answered by their peers. Usually the questions are undergraduate queries like, “If Darth Vader were your father, how would you get...

 
 By Steve Hansen    News    October 11, 2017

Former Tucumcari fire chief facing eight felony counts

TUCUMCARI — Former Tucumcari Fire Chief Shane Warner, 41, is facing eight felony counts, including allegations of sexual penetration in commission of a felony, Quay County magistrate court records...

 

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