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 By Steve Hansen    Opinion    June 23, 2021

Break from masks worth the risk

I don’t want to discuss the Biden-Putin talks of last week or critical race theory. I know only enough about Biden-Putin to venture that their chess game will continue, that it won’t be friendly...

 
 By Steve Hansen    News    June 16, 2021

Officials discuss cannabis issues

Water issues, building and zoning codes and distance from churches and schools were among complications involved with establishing a legalized recreational cannabis industry in Tucumcari that were...

 
 By Steve Hansen    Opinion    June 16, 2021

Still need guidance of scientists

Scientists start with the unknown. Then they apply the known to the unknown, thoroughly. Then, armed with that knowledge, they propose hypotheses, which form the basis of experiments to gain new...

 
 By Steve Hansen    Opinion    June 9, 2021

NRA just isn't what it used to be

I got some mail last week from the National Rifle Association. They wanted money. I would have been inclined to donate years ago, when I remembered the NRA as the sponsor of my gun safety classes...

 
 By Steve Hansen    News    June 2, 2021

Construction raising concerns

Owners of property next to the troubled Second Street construction project in downtown Tucumcari told the city commission Thursday their properties...

 
 By Steve Hansen    Opinion    June 2, 2021

Democracy may not make it to 250

It occurred to me recently that in five years, our country will be 250 years old. Our successful experiment in representative democracy without rule by birthright seems to have weathered wars with...

 
 By Steve Hansen    Opinion    May 26, 2021

Events need separate investigations

Yes, a special commission should be to set up to probe what happened before and during the Jan. 6 attempt by rioters supporting former President Donald Trump to usurp the proper functioning of the...

 
 By Steve Hansen    News    May 19, 2021

Commission cuts allowance for salary in half

On a 3-2 vote, the Tucumcari City Commission on Thursday cut the city's allowance for the salary of Patrick Vanderpool, executive director of the...

 

GDP should be the main focus

Between headlines about back-and-forth name-calling and arguments over which party is engaging in “cancel culture” or “conspiracy mongering,” there has been little attention paid to...

 
 By Steve Hansen    Opinion    May 12, 2021

Sen. Scott's view deserves respect

U.S. Sen. Tim Scott, R-South Carolina, declared on April 29 that “America is not a racist country.” Scott is a conservative, so it would normally not register as much as a raised eyebrow, but he...

 
 By Steve Hansen    Opinion    May 5, 2021

Taking a few cues from Hemingway

I need to write a column and nothing is grabbing me. So, I have now completed Ernest Hemingway’s first advice on writing when you’re not sure about what to write. “Write one true sentence,...

 
 By Steve Hansen    News    April 28, 2021

City to set up cannabis task force

The Tucumcari City Commission likely will set up a task force to get ahead of the state’s developing legalized recreational cannabis regulatory structure as it prepares to capitalize on the recent...

 
 By Steve Hansen    Opinion    April 28, 2021

Officials make smart choice on weed

Tucumcari city commissioners are acting wisely by preparing to keep up with, and as much as possible, ahead of developments as New Mexico sets up its framework for a new recreational marijuana...

 
 By Steve Hansen    Opinion    April 21, 2021

Removing cost devalues college

Beyond basic skills and exposure to the required amount of shared knowledge in history and citizenship, education should be something worked for and prized. Making it free, I think, reduces its...

 
 By Steve Hansen    News    April 14, 2021

Cannabis could work in Tucumcari's favor

Tucumcari could be poised to prosper from newly legalized marijuana, at least one city commissioner and City Manager Mark Martinez agree. Two factors work in Tucumcari’s favor, District 1...

 
 By Steve Hansen    Opinion    April 14, 2021

Hope wiser heads lead GOP again

Ex-president Donald Trump’s influence over the disturbing 70-plus million people who voted for him is still powerful. It is disturbing because the party Trump hijacked, the Republicans, now...

 
 By Steve Hansen    News    April 7, 2021

City continues contract

The city of Tucumcari will continue its contract with Monarch Properties of Albuquerque for the management of the Chaparral Apartments for another...

 
 By Steve Hansen    Opinion    April 7, 2021

Some reservations about marijuana

Yay. That’s about as much enthusiasm as I can drum up for New Mexico’s legalization of marijuana for recreational use by adults. If the Legislature had rejected the proposal so important to Gov....

 
 By Steve Hansen    News    March 31, 2021

Organizers present plan for Five Mile Park

Organizers of efforts to revitalize Tucumcari’s Five Mile Park introduced a plan that has been more than three years in the making Thursday to the City Commission in a public work session before...

 
 By Steve Hansen    Opinion    March 31, 2021

Qualified immunity should stay

It is a valid question whether the civil rights bill the New Mexico Legislature passed in the usual flurry of legislation before its March 20 close protects individual rights or serves as a full-emplo...

 
 By Steve Hansen    Opinion    March 24, 2021

Flat wage increase won't work

I was opposed to attaching a national $15 minimum wage to the COVID-19 bill that President Joe Biden signed into law on March 11. I am still opposed to a national $15 minimum wage. I am in favor of...

 
 By Steve Hansen    News    March 17, 2021

Police chief: Most review recommendations implemented

Tucumcari police have implemented most of the recommendations from a 2017 review of the city police department’s policies and procedures, Police Chief David Lathrom told the city commission...

 
 By Steve Hansen    Opinion    March 17, 2021

Appreciating my sense of smell more

I still haven’t recovered much of my sense of smell since having COVID-19, but I find I can live with limits on the sniffer, even if I can’t fully enjoy corned beef and cabbage on St. Patrick’s...

 
 By Steve Hansen    News    March 14, 2021

Cannabis could work in Tucumcari's favor

Tucumcari could be poised to prosper from newly legalized marijuana, at least one city commissioner and City Manager Mark Martinez agree. Two factors work in Tucumcari’s favor, District 1...

 
 By Steve Hansen    News    March 3, 2021

Commissioners consider zoning law changes

Tucumcari city commissioners considering changes to the city's zoning laws and their enforcement wrestled with issues that included poor landowners,...

 

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