Steve Hansen: The recent ‘Brexit’ warrants closer attention

By Steve Hansen Former QCS Managing Editor The news was dominated last week by the “Brexit,” a shortening of “British exit,” which has nothing to do with leaving the road while driving on the right side of the car in the left lane. This was Britain’s vote to exit the European Union, or EU, which […]

Steve Hansen: Full moon is shining on summer’s first day

By Steve Hansen Former QCS Managing Editor Monday marked the summer solstice, the day of the year when the sun stays up the longest. We are supposed to be cheering because it was the first time in 70 years there was a full moon on the summer solstice. To me this sounds a little like […]

Steve Hansen: Campaigns will get sillier, if that’s possible

By Steve Hansen Former QCS Managing Editor Well, the primaries are done, but this campaign will probably get even sillier. Here are our choices: 1. The world’s worst blow-dry combover that camouflages a proven business prodigy now hidden in a self-generated fog of schoolyard posturing. 2. A smug heir apparent with a high-level track record, […]

Steve Hansen: Yard sale issue should be settled by the people

Federal overreach occurs when the federal government tries to regulate areas that should be controlled by state and local governments. These days, however, people tend to think of even local ordinances that they disagree with as part of a Big Government conspiracy to control our lives. They feel that even on a local issue they […]

Steve Hansen:Hiroshima observance brings insight

By Steve Hansen Former QCS Managing Editor I was born about four years after the bombing of Hiroshima marked the start of the nuclear age. The bombing was a ghastly horror, shocking even the flight crew that dropped the weapon, but it shortened the war. Like most people, I have spent my life in its […]

Steve Hansen: Navigating traffic is ‘knot’ enjoyable

By Steve Hansen Former QCS Managing Editor Before I moved to Tucumcari from the Los Angeles suburbs about eight years ago, I dreaded driving in Los Angeles proper. Downtown Los Angeles was a maze of one-way streets and narrow lanes lined with parked cars that never moved. Parking in a lot usually cost more than […]

Steve Hansen: ‘Smear’ letter is, belongs, in the garbage

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By Steve Hansen Former QCS Managing Editor Even in an age of negative campaigning, there should still be a level below which you do not sink. An anonymous letter I received last week that does not even name a funding source — as obscure and hard to pin down as these usually are — sinks […]

Letter to the Editor— May 18

Don’t be quick to judge Scooter and Jeanette Mitchell have been friends of Myrna’s and mine for over a decade. We watched their two daughters grow into the fine young ladies that we see today. We campaigned for him when he ran for district judge in 2008 when he won and we have campaigned for […]

Steve Hansen: Much to gain as a Work Ready Community

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By Steve Hansen Former QCS Managing Editor Quay County doesn’t find itself in the forefront on too many new ideas, but it is one of only two New Mexico counties that has decided to become a Work Ready Community. ACT, the non-profit company known mainly for its namesake college readiness test, is succeeding in widening […]

Steve Hansen: Good things are yet to come for Quay County

By Steve Hansen Fromer QCS Managing Editor Harold Morgan, who heads an entity called New Mexico Progress, recently published a column that says Quay County, among other rural New Mexico counties, had more people move in than move out from 2014 to 2015. U.S. Census Bureau figures back him up, and despite the county’s continuing […]