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 By Steve Hansen    Voices    June 14, 2020

Opinion: Police work still difficult, dangerous

Four Minneapolis police officers are justifiably facing murder or aiding and abetting charges in the death of George Floyd, an African-American man who died after enduring nearly nine minutes of Offic...

 
 By Steve Hansen    Voices    March 15, 2020

Libel standard should stay in place

In 1964, the U.S. Supreme Court delivered a gift to the idea of freedom of expression with its ruling in the New York Times v. Sullivan case. It is important to point out that the case could just...

 
 By Steve Hansen    Voices    March 1, 2020

Any Democrat better than Trump

Michael Bloomberg may not be my first choice for president, but I very much object to some of the objections that have been raised against him. Let me take those one at a time: 1. He’s rich: Yes. He...

 

Dems' best bet to vote moderate

Some observations on the presidential campaign so far: • Making predictions on the outcome of the Democratic nomination race based on results from two small, non-representative states is like...

 

Democrats finally ready to fight

Last week marked a turning point in the already strained (an understatement) relations between Democrats and Republicans. After the Republicans in the Senate ignored the Democrats’ thorough...

 

Celebrating best of human nature

Today is Christmas, the date on the calendar when we celebrate the earthly birth of Jesus Christ and the best of human nature. Exactly two months ago, on Oct. 25, an Amarillo couple experienced sort...

 

Dark humor won't encourage violence

My introduction to “black humor” was a book called “Catch-22” by Joseph Heller. I fell in love with it and enjoy this guilt-inducing brand of humor even now, a half-century later. In “Catch-...

 

Glad to have some classic fall weather

I recently learned from a meteorologist at the Albuquerque National Weather Service office that we’re expecting a dry October and possibly a wet November. The meteorologist also told me that New...

 
 By Steve Hansen    Voices    July 28, 2019

Parties should seek next rising tide

A July 16 column by the New York Times’ Thomas L. Friedman favors some moderate ideas he thinks the Democratic party should adopt even as it lists leftward. I agree. Friedman and I share a belief...

 
 By Steve Hansen    News    July 10, 2019

Hemp operation growing in PDL

SANTA ROSA — Vince Cordova is preparing to take his plans to enter the hemp-oil market to the next level, despite federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) cautionary advice about cannabidiol (CBD)...

 
 By Steve Hansen    Voices    July 7, 2019

July 4 quake shook up some memories

The July 4 temblor that rattled Southern California and even Las Vegas, Nevada, shook up some memories for me. The last time Southern California had a quake that measured as high as 6.4 on the...

 
 By Steve Hansen    Voices    June 30, 2019

Non-delegation is a very slippery slope

The Supreme Court last week made a decision whose minority opinions matter more to the future of federal, state and local government than the majority opinion that prevailed. That’s because one of...

 
 By Steve Hansen    Voices    June 9, 2019

We could all use more intellectual humility

There’s a lot of talk these days about “intellectual humility,” which most consider a virtue. It means you will occasionally admit when you’re wrong. It also means you’re open to new ideas,...

 
 By Steve Hansen    Voices    May 26, 2019

Plenty of potential for art, innovation in Quay

Where there’s art, there’s innovation, especially in rural communities. So says Richard Florida, who is described by Wikipedia as an American urban studies theorist focusing on social and...

 
 By Steve Hansen    Voices    May 5, 2019

Think Tank Row logic doesn't follow in New Mexico

The title of a New York Times op-ed for April 23 looked ridiculous on its face: “The Best Way to Rejuvenate Rural America? Invest in Cities.” The report by Nathan Arnosti and Amy Liu did not...

 
 By Steve Hansen    Voices    March 31, 2019

Still too early to make conclusions

No one except William Barr and Robert Mueller, to our knowledge, has seen the Mueller report. We have seen Barr’s ultra–brief summary. Why, then, is everybody making stupendous leaps to...

 
 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...

 

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