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 By Steve Hansen    Opinion    June 12, 2019 

Need more intellectual humility

There’s a lot of talk these days about “intellectual humility,” which most consider a virtue. It means you will occasionally admit when you’re wrong. It also means you’re open to new ideas,...

 By Steve Hansen    Opinion    June 5, 2019

Here's a quick Mueller scorecard

Here’s my scorecard on questions related to Robert Mueller’s investigation into whether the campaign of President Donald Trump conspired with Russia: Did President Donald Trump or his campaign...

 By Steve Hansen    Opinion    May 29, 2019

Lots of potential for innovation

Where there’s art, there’s innovation, especially in rural communities. So says Richard Florida, who is described by Wikipedia as an American urban studies theorist focusing on social and...

 By Steve Hansen    News    May 29, 2019

House superintendent contract renewed

House Schools Superintendent Bonnie Lightfoot received a two-year renewal on her contract and a 6% raise on May 20 after the House Municipal School Board held an executive session. The contract was re...

 By Steve Hansen    Opinion    May 22, 2019

Series over, but Game of Thrones lives

It’s over. The “Game of Thrones” television series, which has treated viewers to epic-movie-quality episodes for eight years, aired its final cliff-hanging installment on Sunday. I didn’t...

 By Steve Hansen    News    May 15, 2019

City approves preliminary budget

The Tucumcari City Commission on Thursday approved a preliminary budget for the next fiscal year that begins July 1 that leaves a $622,000 deficit in the general fund but a positive balance of about...

 By Steve Hansen    Opinion    May 15, 2019

In Nixon vs. Trump, Nixon wins

The investigation into Russian involvement in President Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign has inevitably been compared to the Watergate scandal that brought down President Richard Nixon in 1974. The...

 By Steve Hansen    Opinion    May 8, 2019

Trump's Constitution doesn't match

The Constitution according to President Donald Trump: The Pre-Ramble Me, the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect Union (the MOST PERFECT EVER), establish Justice against...

 By Steve Hansen    Opinion    May 1, 2019

Think Tank Row logic doesn't follow

The title of a New York Times op-ed for April 23 looked ridiculous on its face: “The Best Way to Rejuvenate Rural America? Invest in Cities.” The report by Nathan Arnosti and Amy Liu did not...

 By Steve Hansen    News    May 1, 2019

Events, organizations get lodgers' tax funding

Nine events and organizations received final approval for lodgers’ tax funding Thursday from the Tucumcari City Commission, all at the levels recommended by city staff after review of the city’s...

 By Steve Hansen    News    May 1, 2019

Tucumcari recognizes senior citizen volunteers

The Tucumcari City Commission took these actions at its regular meeting Thursday in city council chambers at Tucumcari City Hall: • Terminated a federal grant administered through the New Mexico...

 By Steve Hansen    Opinion    April 24, 2019

Looking for explanation for loyalty

I should read the Mueller report but I have not. It is plain, however, that it makes President Donald Trump look too desperate in his efforts to stop Robert Mueller’s investigation, whether or not...

 By Steve Hansen    News    April 24, 2019

Public speaks on matter of House superintendent

HOUSE — The fate of House Schools Superintendent Bonnie Lightfoot’s contract was not on the House school board agenda April 15, but it was on the minds of teachers, parents and students who spoke...

 By Steve Hansen    News    April 17, 2019

Officials discuss code of conduct

A discussion of whether the Tucumcari City Commission should adopt a code of conduct according to guidelines of new state legislation Thursday turned on whether parts of the code would stifle...

 By Steve Hansen    Opinion    April 17, 2019

Despite Assange, censorship a danger

From what I’ve seen, I really don’t like Julian Assange. He is reputedly as narcissistic as they come and apparently lived somewhat piggishly as a citizen of Ecuador in London to escape sexual...

 By Steve Hansen    Opinion    April 10, 2019

Your rainy day may be on its way

Another decade, another bubble, and then another recession, beginning either this year or next. At least that’s what some Wall Street wizards are saying. One, Robert Kessler, recently appeared on a...

 By Steve Hansen    Opinion    March 27, 2019

Better not to wait with bated breath

The report from Robert Mueller’s apparently meticulous, exhaustive investigation of who may have committed what campaign no-nos in the 2016 campaign has had the nation holding its breath for weeks... Full story

 By Steve Hansen    News    March 20, 2019

City reaches shrine consensus

The Tucumcari City Commission reached a consensus in a public work session Thursday that shrines should not be allowed in the future at the Tucumcari Memorial Park cemetery, but existing shrines will...

 By Steve Hansen    Opinion    March 20, 2019

Sometimes I question full objectivity

We who work in literary forms, even journalism, often become enamored with scientific principles that we systematically misapply to our own work. Two of these are the Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle...

 By Steve Hansen    Opinion    March 13, 2019

Both parties have discrimination issues

When is it offensive? Congressional Democrats stumbled all over themselves and each other last week trying to answer that question. Then they scrambled to cover any culpability that might result from...

 By Steve Hansen    News    March 6, 2019

Commission approves funding for street

The downtown Second Street resurfacing project in Tucumcari accumulated more funding Thursday as the city commission approved $313,892.08 in New Mexico Department of Transportation and local funding...

 By Steve Hansen    Opinion    March 6, 2019

Reactionaries dangerous to everyone

I would like to know why so many modern conservatives treat every minor exception to their rigid code of convictions and beliefs as a threat to the nation. Yes, liberals are getting more inflexible,...


Short thoughts for a short month

Here are some brief thoughts for the end of a short month: Victim or survivor? Why is it if you are mugged, you’re called a “victim,” but if you have undergone sexual abuse you are a...

 By Steve Hansen    News    February 20, 2019

Officials bank on racino

The Tucumcari City Commission on Thursday passed a resolution that would commit $240,000 in funds raised through existing gross-receipts taxes to street, water line and sewer line improvements to...


Confrontation was human nature at play

I’ve never cared much for puritanism. While the Pilgrims came to America to avoid religious persecution, they mostly wanted to exchange the rigidly enforced rules against their brand of Christianity...


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