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 […]

Steve Hansen: Fired Up! lives up to namesake

By Steve Hansen Former QCS Managing Editor Saturday’s Fired Up! event marked the fifth anniversary of an extraordinary family oriented grass-roots effort conceived, organized and implemented within Tucumcari. I serve on Tucumcari MainStreet’s promotions committee, which organizes the event, but other committee members have done way more than I have to make this event draw […]

Steve Hansen: Efforts to train workforce necessary

By Steve Hansen Former QCS Managing Editor Quay County’s unemployment rate of 7.5 percent for August 2015, compared to New Mexico’s rate of 6.7 percent, is within the 6 percent to 8 percent range that both state and county have reported lately. But a little digging shows Quay County’s employment picture is far more worrisome. […]

Steve Hansen: Standardized testing disliked internationally

By Steve Hansen QCS Former Managing Editor On Labor Day, my granddaughter donned a red cardigan and a navy skirt and leotards to spend her first day as an English schoolgirl. She entered the fourth year at an English school near the Air Force base at which her dad is stationed. That’s the equivalent of […]

Steve Hansen: In praise of flip-floppers

By Steve Hansen Former QCS Managing Editor F. Scott Fitzgerald famously observed, “The rich are different.” If the Super PACs to which the wealthy donate millions of dollars are any indication, they differ greatly from most of us, who find ourselves inching ever downward on the economic scale. The rich, it seems, like to pour […]