Letter to the Editor

A recent Quay County Sun editorial was headlined, “Lawmakers must find system to meet budget needs.” It stated the state needs $85.2 million next year to meet the cost of extending Medicaid to the poor. Let’s put a little sunshine on this claim. The federal government covers 100 percent of the cost of extending Medicaid […]

Steve Hansen: Thankful for things both big, small

By Steve Hansen Former QCS Managing Editor I’d like to mention some small things I’m thankful for as I prepare for tomorrow’s holiday. Many others will talk about the big ones, like being thankful not to be a Syrian refugee, which applies to everyone I know. I am thankful that yard work is over for […]

Steve Hansen: Response to Paris attack must be strong

By Steve Hansen Former QCS Managing Editor What should we in Quay County take away from the ISIS attacks in Paris? First, I think it’s a good idea to layer the translucent Tricoleur, the French flag, over your Facebook portrait. It shows you support the French and know that the friendship between our nations goes […]

Letters to the Editor

Point of view Regarding Steve Hansen’s Nov. 4 column headlined “Someone has to ask the hard questions:” Hansen and I must have been watching a different GOP debate on CNBC. Hansen spoke of the “tough questions” the moderators asked the candidates and the problems the candidates had with the questions. He insinuated that the candidates […]

Steve Hansen: Hiking the price of good health

By Steve Hansen Former QCS Managing Editor Conservatives say that American business is hampered by too much regulation. They’re probably right. Sometimes, however, we are reminded that regulations often derive from bad behavior. Even if Republicans win next year and pare back regulations, I would not be surprised to see new rules come down on […]

Steve Hansen: Someone has to ask the hard questions

By Steve Hansen Former QCS Managing Editor I don’t know why the Republicans are slamming the CNBC journalists who moderated the GOP debate last Thursday. Instead of protesting they should be expressing gratitude. The reporters asked tough questions. I guess journalists are not supposed to do that to Republicans any more. What the Republicans seem […]

Plea agreement for Duran soft, disappointing

Secretary of State Dianna Duran, leaving office in shame, did not go gently — despite resigning in the middle of the night on Thursday. Her news conference on Friday, after a plea deal was discussed before Judge T. Glenn Ellington, has further tainted her reputation. Rather than express sincere remorse and apologize for being caught […]

We’re in for brutal, extreme winter

We’re still a couple of months away from the first official day of winter (Dec. 22), but forecasters are already saying it’ll be colder and wetter than normal in New Mexico, so be prepared to bundle up. It’s another El Niño year, which means the ocean-to-atmosphere interaction of temperatures, especially in the Pacific Ocean near […]

Language takes on new meaning with time

As we traditionalists watch in despair, language often loses meaning, and sometimes meanings change. This apparently is how language evolves. The sound-bite world of television news sometimes leaves a sense of loss as the power of some phrases becomes watered down and some words and phrases acquire unintended meanings. “Reaching out” used to mean making […]

Steve Hansen: Ready for a rowdy rodeo weekend

By Steve Hansen Former QCS Managing Editor To this transplanted Los Angeles suburbanite, the Eighth Annual Mesalands Fall Rodeo will look like competition in acts of insanity. Do sane people throw a rope at up to 280 pounds of panicked calf while hanging on to a half-ton of horse at full gallop? Would anyone but […]