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 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...

 
 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...

 

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...

 

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