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Flynn Fiasco shows better vetting in order

Just 24 days into his presidency, President Donald Trump’s embattled national security adviser was forced to resign — a glaring misstep by the fledgling administration. White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer says retired Army Lt. Gen. Michael...

 
 By Steve Hansen    Opinion    February 22, 2017 

Nuclear waste notions unfounded

Based on opposition from Nara Visa residents, the Quay County Commission has withdrawn support for a proposed borehole to be drilled through three miles of granite near Nara Visa. The companies bidding for the borehole contract, however, have...

 
 By Rube Render    Opinion    February 22, 2017 

Trump objections to media valid

The conflict between President Trump and the media once again came into public view during a press conference last week. Whether you agree with the president or not, you have to admit he has a valid...

 

Trump needs to stop tantrums, start leading

Last week, President Donald J. Trump channeled former President Harry S. Truman — and not in a good way. Trump tweeted “My daughter Ivanka has been treated so unfairly by @Nordstrom. She is a great person — always pushing me to do the right...

 

Borholes may have other uses

Two companies want to combine forces to drill one or two boreholes three miles deep near Nara Visa to test whether boreholes might be part of the solution to the nation’s high-level nuclear waste problem. The ultra-deep Nara Visa test holes would...

 

Pelosi should rethink Trump probe

Democratic Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi was on “Meet the Press” recently and demanded once again that the FBI investigate any links that President Trump may have with Russia and Vladimir Putin....

 

Obamacare not 'deeply flawed'

Steve Hansen’s Jan. 18 column — “Caution vital for Obamacare fix” — was off in several areas. There was no Republican participation in designing the plan. Their agenda was to deny Obama any success, despite what the country needed. There...

 

Country could use more of the Gorsuch approach

Another day, another administration and Senate, another partisan fight that catches a highly qualified Supreme Court candidate in the crosshairs. Democrats complain with some justification that Republicans should have taken up the nomination of...

 

Session visit instructvie, chaotic

If you’re looking for an instructive experience that is also a lesson in balancing control and chaos, I would suggest a visit to New Mexico’s State Capitol while the Legislature is in session. The Roundhouse, as the building is known because it...

 

Federal swamp needs draining now

In 1951, President Harry Truman fired Gen. Douglas MacArthur for insubordination. Thirty years later, when 11,000 air traffic controllers ignored his order to return to work, President Ronald Reagan...

 

Taxpayers pay for better than Capulin offers

When you have hundreds of thousands of people living near the base of a ski area, and it snows, it is inevitable that a bunch of those people are going to pick up a sled, or an inner tube, or a sheet of cardboard, and drive up the mountain just so...

 

If it sounds farfetched, it likely is

The phrase “alternative facts” has caused a huge uproar between the new Trump administration and the media, whose livelihood depends on facts. When a Trump administration representative said the administration had presented “alternative...

 

Our town needs MainStreet, LEDA

The last few years have been good to Tucumcari — in large part due to the fact that we’ve had the tools and opportunity to grow and develop our economy. Looking back at the last six or so years, it’s hard to deny that we’ve seen some great...

 

Secrecy of job applicants not a good practice

It’s a brand new year, with a brand new 60-day state legislative session. Yet as some talk about trying to move the state forward, one powerful New Mexico lawmaker would take it back, quite literally, to the dark ages of government accountability...

 

Speech had polish of pro writer

President Trump’s inaugural address has been received alternately with adulation and shock and dismay from the predictable sources. The question remains, however, who wrote it? Having done limited work as a speech writer, I can tell you that...

 

Inauguration covered by has-beens

On inauguration day, MSNBC put together a panel led by Rachel Maddow that included Chris Matthews, Brian Williams and Steve Schmidt to provide live coverage of the occasion. The network would have...

 

King's wisdom shines beyond 'I Have a Dream'

Some important figures in American culture, even though they produced a great body of work, are most recognized for a single outstanding accomplishment. For instance, Duke Ellington’s “Take the ‘A’ Train,” or Maya Angelou’s “I Know Why...

 

Caution vital for Obamacare fix

I have two words of advice for the Republican Congress as it gets ready to perform major surgery on Obamacare: Go slow. Obamacare itself was passed so quickly that even its Democrat sponsors weren’t able to tell you exactly what was in it. The...

 

In the end, federal law trumps state

“No man shall be deprived of the free enjoyment of his life, liberty, or property, unless declared to be forfeited by the judgment of his peers, or the law of the land.” — The Magna Carta,...

 

Local educators know what's best for local students

A report released last week said public schools in New Mexico don’t fare well when compared to others across the nation. For the third year in a row, Education Week magazine looked at college and career outcomes and K-12 achievement and other...

 

Sports, government bad combination

No “world-class” city can afford to be without a professional sports franchise. The franchise of choice appears to be a National Football League team. If you don’t believe the above statements,...

 

England much more like us now

British author George Bernard Shaw observed that England and America were “two nations divided by a common language.” After visiting England recently, I have concluded that phrase is less true now than ever. Even though the English still have...

 

Mourn, then continue Mihm's work

I was visiting England last week when I learned that John Mihm had died. His sudden and untimely passing leaves me with a sense of loss. I was not one of John’s close friends, but I was well acquainted with John and admired him and his...

 
 By Rube Render    Opinion    January 4, 2017

Sometimes, the 'news' is just lies

On Nov. 9, the New York Times reported, “Donald John Trump was elected the 45th president of the United States on Tuesday in a stunning culmination of an explosive, populist and polarizing campaign...

 

Pages past - Jan. 4

January 1974 • A Fort Worth, Texas, man by the name of William Harvey Baker led the Tucumcari police on a vehicle chase that ended tragically. Baker was stopped on West Tucumcari Boulevard, because the car he was driving had Texas dealership...

 

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