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State grieves with Cannon for lost airmen

The New Mexico Department of Tourism is on the move, not just promoting the state’s natural beauty and many attractions, but also highlighting the potential for entrepreneurs to consider the state as a great place to locate a business. In...

 
 By Steve Hansen    Opinion    March 29, 2017 

Mandate may be cheapest option

Ordinarily, free markets based on choice are the best test of whether a product or service is sustainable. Healthcare may be an exception to this rule. The Republicans fumbled the ball last week to enact healthcare reform, but the pause gives us...

 

State grieves with Cannon for lost airmen

In New Mexico we celebrate — and often take for granted — our U.S. military forces. We turn out en masse for parades and fireworks displays. We jealously guard the budgets of our national labs, Air Force bases and Army missile range. We glance...

 
 By Steve Hansen    Opinion    March 22, 2017

Apperances matter for economy

I have to admit I’m a little hacked by recent developments in Tucumcari, but I’m more puzzled than angered by the situation. Einstein is credited with saying the definition of insanity is doing the same thing the same way over and over again and...

 

All comes down to 'basic freedom'

TUCUMCARI - Keith Hayes just wants to be left alone. After all, he's not bothering anybody. He understands some people view his property as unkempt and unsightly, but when you're in the concrete and...

 

Any secrets in government a bad idea

Recognizing that a representative government is dependent upon an informed electorate, the intent of the legislature in enacting the Inspection of Public Records Act is to ensure, and it is declared to be the public policy of this state, that all...

 
 By Steve Hansen    Opinion    March 15, 2017

Rich guy might be miserable, too

I’ve got a cold. My lower back is sending red alerts and I might have to see the doctor about a possibly infected sore. This is the wrong frame of mind for viewing the Mansion section of the Wall Street Journal, which seems to be there to remind me...

 

Letters to the Editor: Gullible people buying borehole story

I want to voice my opinion on the borehole project and to remind Tucumcari that we have been through this before. I attended a meeting held by an Enercon representative for business owners on March 9. I had a little trouble following him. What he...

 

Senate bill would hurt victims, kill public oversight

In a troubling case of “we’re from the government and we’re here to help,” Sen. Jacob Candelaria, D-Albuquerque, wants to shield significant portions of police reports for six serious crimes from public view. Considering how too many of New M...

 
 By Rube Render    Opinion    March 1, 2017

Democrats don't learn from history

Last Saturday, the Democratic National Committee’s 447 members gathered in Atlanta to elect a new national chairman from a field of seven candidates. It was the first time since 1985 that there was...

 
 By Steve Hansen    Opinion    March 1, 2017

Danger lurks for First Amendment

On Feb. 17, I was declared an enemy of the American people. That used to be a favorite Communist epithet, substitute “Russian” or “Chinese.” On Feb. 17, however, it was the president of the United States who gave me this title. I earned my...

 

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...

 

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...

 

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...

 

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....

 

Boreholes 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...

 

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...

 

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