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 By Steve Hansen    Opinion    February 13, 2019 

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...

 

Media probably shouldn't be crowing

President Donald Trump may have come to his senses about government shutdowns and his coveted wall. Last month, the mainstream media, however, called Trump’s conciliatory statements on the matter a...

 
 By Steve Hansen    News    January 30, 2019

City appoints volunteer leader for municipal judge

The Tucumcari City Commission on Thursday appointed Noreen Hendrickson, a longtime community volunteer leader, to be the city’s municipal judge. Hendrickson was appointed on a 4-1 vote, with...

 
 By Steve Hansen    News    January 30, 2019

MainStreet board fires its director

The board of Tucumcari MainStreet fired the downtown improvement organization’s executive director Gail Houser, board members and Houser confirmed Thursday. Houser was informed of his firing Jan....

 

World has lost a quality writer

Russell Baker, who died on Jan. 21 at age 93, has joined the likes of Mike Royko, Jimmy Breslin and Art Buchwald in the special part of heaven reserved for those who could make millions laugh on...

 

Wish new lawmakers best of luck

As the New Mexico Legislature ends its first week in session, I am a little disappointed to say I know only one of the legislators for either Quay or Guadalupe counties personally now. I’ve been...

 
 By Steve Hansen    News    January 16, 2019

Two judge candidates to undergo interviews

Two candidates for Tucumcari municipal judge will undergo interviews with the Tucumcari City Commission on Jan. 24, the commission decided in a public work session before Thursday's regular meeting....

 

Wall should end before it begins

I have been thinking about walls lately, because I’ve been reading the news. President Trump is demanding a $5.7-billion wall between the U.S. and Mexico. That’s a $5.7-billion slap in the face...

 

Wall money better spent elsewhere

As I write this column, President Donald Trump has not yet carried out his threat — he says he doesn’t make threats, but I don’t know what else to call it — to declare a national emergency in...

 

Don't feel need to make resolutions

I am writing this on Dec. 28. A new year, 2019, is fast approaching. Outside, it’s snowing, and since I don’t have to go anywhere today, I am joyfully watching the white blanket grow as it covers...

 
 By Steve Hansen    News    December 26, 2018

Officials approve billboard contracts

Billboards will continue to inform eastbound and westbound drivers on Interstate 40 about the attractions of Tucumcari, after the city commission approved three-year contracts with the respective...

 

Syria withdrawal gift to Russia

Merry Christmas, Vladimir! As much as I’d like my column this week to reflect the holiday spirit, events of last week, the week before Christmas, I think demand some urgent attention Last week,...

 
 By Steve Hansen    News    December 19, 2018

Officials discuss rental bill issues

Owners of rental property in Tucumcari apparently are tired of being held responsible when tenants skip out on water bills when they leave town, according to an attorney and Tucumcari City Commission...

 

Rural US still has a lot it can give

The New York Times ran an “op-ed” piece, an opinion not that of the newspaper, this week by an economist named Eduardo Porter. It’s about the declining state of rural America and what to do...

 

Political incivility started somewhere

The death of former President George H.W. Bush has been met with as much mourning for the gentlemanly politics he practiced as for the man himself. Bush saved incivility for America’s enemies,...

 
 By Steve Hansen    News    December 5, 2018

Cemetery shrine issue not resolved

Policies related to shrines at the Tucumcari Memorial Cemetery remained unresolved Thursday as the city commission gave final approval to other changes in the ordinance that governs administration of...

 

Better off with political correctness

Fox News pundits use “political correctness” as a blanket to cover any opinion they dislike. Progressives are enamored with political correctness, however, and despite my distaste for Fox News...

 

Holidays good time to stay home

I’m writing this on Black Friday and I’m not going anywhere. Black Friday, New Year’s Eve, Labor Day and Memorial Day have become my favorite times to stay home. Just to be ornery, I don’t...

 

Hold off on celebrating Acosta order

Happy Thanksgiving, Quay County and all of New Mexico. To my media colleagues, however, I issue a warning. The media corps seems to think they have reason to gloat over their turkey dinners as...

 
 By Steve Hansen    News    November 14, 2018

City officials agree they should appoint new judge

The Tucumcari City Commission Thursday agreed without taking action the commission should appoint a new municipal judge in the wake of Municipal Judge Joe I. Dominguez's resignation Oct. 29....

 

Extend a hand, not a hammer

First, let me congratulate Democrats for taking the U.S. House of Representatives from the Republicans. Whether that is good news, however, depends on what the party whose standard bearer is not a...

 
 By Steve Hansen    News    November 14, 2018

Meeting focuses on health, safety actions

Health and safety actions dominated the agenda Thursday at a regular meeting of the Tucumcari City Commission. Tucumcari Fire Chief Doug Hogan got the go-ahead from the commission Thursday to apply...

 
 By Steve Hansen    News    November 7, 2018

City liability insurance jumps

The city of Tucumcari’s liability insurance rates jumped 20 percent this year, City Manager Britt Lusk told the Tucumcari City Commission on Oct. 30, and the budget-stressed city will cover the...

 

A lot happened between WWII and me

Between the end of World War II and my birth date in 1950 lies a period of which I know little. My birth year marked the start of the Korean conflict and another new era. I was able last week to get...

 

Getting a movie is writer's dream

The Public Broadcasting Company last week announced America’s 100 favorite books of all time, at least among readers of today, according to an extensive survey they engineered. I was a little...

 

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