Steve Hansen: A collection of random thoughts…

By Steve Hansen QCS Managing Editor •  If a driverless car gets stopped for speeding, who gets the ticket? •  Does “feckless” mean “devoid of feck?”  “What is feck, anyway?”  “What would it mean to be feckful?” • People don’t “believe in” science.  People believe science.  Believing in something requires faith.  Science requires evidence.  Why […]

Hansen: Education works best in fight against drugs

Your brain on drugs or alcohol over the long haul looks more like a deflated raisin than a fried egg. It gets smaller, Charles Stines,  a Mesalands Community College student, explained, and easier to injure. Fatty tissue between the skull and the brain provides a cushion for the soft mass of nerve cells that does […]

Arrowsmith: Best way to fight bullies is to stand up

Wikipedia defines bullying as “the use of force, threat, or coercion to abuse, intimidate, or aggressively dominate others. The behavior is often repeated and habitual.” One essential prerequisite is the perception, by the bully or by others, of an imbalance of social or physical power. Behaviors used to assert such domination can include verbal harassment […]

Prevention still best medicine during flu season

It’s officially spring, but one of winter’s unpleasant features remains with us: It’s still flu season. The New Mexico Department of Health advises that influenza B is still making the rounds, but that influenza A, the predominant form, is still actively circulating, too. Strains don’t matter to the sufferer.  Flu is flu. It’s miserable and […]

California: Place to call home, no place to live

My wife and I went to California last week. Between us, we wanted to accomplish three things, and we got to them all. The first, for me, was a visit with two former coworkers, both of whom are now retired. We remembered the good and bad old days in the maze of corporate cubicles. We […]

Tourism key to bringing in the money

By Robert Arrowsmith CMI Publisher Lately, in an attempt to clear the mind for the night, I have been playing different games on my iPad. Getting involved in enough things and having enough debates, believe it or not, can be tiring. I know I can be strong willed, and I know I can be vocal […]

View Point—Proposed law would help protect rights

While New Mexico legislators wasted tax funds on pointless bickering for 60 days instead of legislating for the most part, they did pass one bill unanimously that actually enhances personal rights and liberties. That was a bill that stops police from taking a person’s property or other assets before that person has been convicted of […]

View Point—Even regents’ seats are now contentious

Even learning is political these days. Remember when members of a university’s board of regents were supposed to approve budgets, hire (and fire) university presidents and lobby lawmakers and private donors for money? Remember when the people appointed to those jobs were supposed to maybe know a little something about education, or know about managing […]

Cupola helps artists, disappoints viewers

By Steve Hansen QCS Managing Editor Peachy Keen represented new technology for the 17th Annual Mesalands Community College Iron Pour last week. Peachy Keen, a 9-foot-tall cupola, or melting furnace, came to Tucumcari with its owner Donnie Keen, from Houston. This apparatus, Keen said, can melt a small engine block in one piece and produce […]

Active tourists could influence others

By Steve Hansen QCS Managing Editor Tourism in Tucumcari has been on the minds of many these days. I attended a meeting of the tourism-minded in Tucumcari City Commission chambers Monday evening and heard many ideas on how Tucumcari can parlay its heritage and surroundings to lure more drivers off Interstate 40 and U.S. 54 […]