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Legislature put in good work this session

The legislative session is over, and if there’s one thing it showcased it’s that our citizen Legislature can set aside political differences and come together to do what’s best for...

 
 By Steve Hansen    Opinion    February 21, 2018 

Let these names be remembered

There were 17 victims and six heroes, three of whom were also victims, in last week’s shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High in Parkland, Florida. Theirs are the names we should know, so I’m...

 

Poland clearly trying to rewrite Holocaust past

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson pronounced himself “disappointed” when Poland’s president signed legislation that criminalizes any reference to the country’s role in the Holocaust....

 

Brown was life of health council

Alida Brown’s retirement as coordinator of the Quay County Health Council after 25 years of improving local health may pass unnoticed by too many people. Brown worked quietly, persistently and...

 

Sanctions against Russia only acceptable move

On March 18, Russia will hold a presidential election. It will not be a cliffhanger. Rather, Vladimir Putin will be re-elected to his fourth presidential term (with a break after his first two terms...

 

Jesus' return great day for those prepared

We try to recognize birthdays and anniversaries at church in advance and we occasionally see a look of relief on the face of someone who was rescued by the reminder. Otherwise, sometimes we get a seco...

 

Lawmakers pulling heist that rivals state lore

“The Great Taos Bank Robbery” is a gem of an essay by the late Tony Hillerman, who captured the essence of New Mexico in that and many other essays and novels. Sadly, he could have had a field...

 

Russia business bears watching

I’ve been trying to get a handle on what’s going on with Trump and Russia, Hillary and Russia and all the dossiers, secret meetings and bipartisan obfuscation. I did a little research and came up...

 

Look to scripture for government purpose, your rights

Here are two questions I wish Christian citizens would learn to ask their public servants and political candidates. Then, listen to the answers. A new...

 

CYFD has to do better job caring for its charges

In large bureaucracies, things can slip through the cracks. But that absolutely cannot include 11-month-old babies. And yet it does. It is once again glaringly apparent that in New Mexico some...

 

Remote work brings good benefits

Solowork, which has been presented to the Tucumcari City Commission and the Quay County Commission, is part of a revolution in the way Americans think about work. The idea of Solowork is that if...

 

God's messages sometimes need explaining

After ordering at a local fast food restaurant recently, the counter person asked for a name to associate with my order. She asked me how to spell my name, and I responded with, “I-T”. She took...

 

Legislature has work cut out figuring budget

New Mexico lawmakers reconvened in Santa Fe on Tuesday for a 30-day session in which their primary task is to adopt a balanced budget for the coming fiscal year. But this year they will have some...

 

Rural papers keep on keeping on

As a journalist working for a rural local newspaper, I am heartened by what I’ve been reading about rural newspapers lately. Over the past 20 years or so, the New York Times and Wall Street Journal... Full story

 

President tattler broke confidence

Two issues involving our current president seem to be taking all the air out of the room at this time. One of these is the long-running charge of...

 

Letter to the Editor - Jan. 17

Everyone plays part to attract business to town There has been a lot of talk lately around town and on social media about the Kmart store closing. The theme seems to be: “Let’s place the...

 

Morality, law can't be separated

You can’t legislate morality. Maybe you’ve heard that said, or said it yourself, when a conversation turned toward a prominent moral / political /...

 

2017 flight safety record impressive; took years to get it

Everyone gripes about air travel. The complaints are universal: bare-it-all security checks; shoving matches over cabin bin space; economy seats increasingly reminiscent of a miniature medieval...

 

'Big box' shutdowns blow to city

Tucumcari’s Kmart store, which survived numerous announcements of Sears and Kmart store shutdowns over the past several years, finally got its death notice last week. It will shut down in early...

 

Country much better under Trump

Much has been written about President Trump’s first year. Allow me to add my critique. For starters, we should remember that calls to impeach...

 

First sighting a rare treat for bird watchers

There are a lot of reasons bird enthusiasts brave the December cold to count birds every year - to contribute to national understanding of species and...

 

New wold plan good for both sides of fence

It’s doubtful that people with extreme views on either side of the Mexican gray wolf recovery plan will be satisfied, but a recent decision by the state Game Commission to approve the new federal...

 

Some change good for economy

As I write this column, I have just finished assembling the Quay County Sun’s “year in review” stories. The two major, long-term stories were about protests. Both were underdog stories. One...

 
 By Rube Render    Opinion    January 3, 2018

Nation once again in sexual hysteria

Let me stipulate that I believe if someone is found guilty of rape or pedophilia they should spend a substantial amount of time in prison. We are a...

 

New year goal: Live consistently

Back in my Navy days, my chaplain used to say that Matthew 7:22-23 was the scariest passage in the whole Bible. I have tried, without success, to...

 

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