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Governor needs to reconsider business closings

These are extraordinary times. They call for extraordinary measures. But let’s not give up our liberty — especially when government’s “help” in trying to save us from ourselves doesn’t mak...

 
 By Steve Hansen    Opinion    April 15, 2020

COVID-19 freeze will change things

Some day soon, we hope, we’ll wake up to learn that the COVID-19 viruses have gone to that place in the cosmos where the nanometer-size undead go when they can’t cause diseases any more....

 

Debate on reopening a false choice

Right now, America faces greater economic pain than at any time since the Great Depression. Tens of millions of people have applied for unemployment — including tens of thousands here in New Mexico...

 
 By Gordan Runyan    Opinion    April 8, 2020

Big storms reveal our foundations

When the weather is nice, you can live in a house founded on sand. It’s when the rain falls, and the ground trembles, that you are forced to...

 

Information key to overcoming the coronavirus

We can probably all agree hand washing and social distancing are key to preventing the spread of COVID-19. But there’s another safety component some officials around the state seem to not...

 
 By Steve Hansen    Opinion    April 8, 2020

Too many won't admit they're wrong

Some people just can’t admit they were wrong. Too many of these, unfortunately, turn out to be the staunchest backers of President Donald Trump. They are so unable to admit they were wrong that...

 

Trump not at fault for shortages

It’s lucky I’m being such a good American and sheltering at home. Every day I’ve been able to watch President Trump’s coronavirus White House press briefings and the press conferences of New...

 

We will come out stronger for coronavirus

On March 4, 1933, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt uttered these famous words: “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.” This was the president’s attempt to reassure Americans they...

 
 By Steve Hansen    Opinion    April 1, 2020

Virus wrong issue to politicize

COVID-19 has us all living through a great story. We’re in the middle of the excitement now and all waiting to see how it comes out. COVID-19 has a lot of heroes and villains, too. The disease...

 

Trump not to blame for COVID-19

Every 4-year-old knows the official coronavirus drill by now. Wash your hands often, cover your coughs and sneezes and don’t touch your face. And also practice “social distancing,” stay away...

 

A look at faith, hope and fear

My April Fool’s Day article will wait another year in light of the current COVID-19 pandemic. Our preacher’s sermon March 22, titled “Fear, Faith, and Hope” (the basis for this article), was...

 
 By Steve Hansen    Opinion    March 25, 2020

Hansen: Help limit spread however you can

Here are some first-person accounts of what it’s like to go through COVID-19. Bottom line: You should stay home or do whatever you can to prevent its spread. A Korean man told Vice.com that three...

 

Process legal, but short on ethics and transparency

We celebrated Sunshine Week (March 15-21) by looking at the disgraceful manner in which our state’s budget is produced. The process by which the state’s budget is finally formed is a complicated...

 
 By Rich Lowry    Opinion    March 25, 2020

Lowy: Profit least of coronavirus concerns

A specter haunts progressive America — the possibility that a company might make too much money solving the world’s coronavirus problem. At the last Democratic debate Bernie Sanders called the...

 

Runyan: Fearful days bring opportunities

Years ago, there was a popular bumper sticker that you were likely to see on pickup trucks driven by young men. It simply said, “No Fear!” One pastor responded with this: “Stick around, kid. We...

 

Take time to learn how to spot fake news

If it’s on Facebook, it must be true. Right? Wrong. Even though the social media giant has said it’s taking steps to monitor fake news stories, the proliferation of such stories makes it unlikely...

 
 By Steve Hansen    Opinion    March 18, 2020

Be conscientious about coronavirus

The impact of coronavirus has struck locally, even in isolated, rural Quay County, New Mexico. To my knowledge, as of this writing, Quay County has not recorded a case of COVID-19, the disease caused...

 

Real virus threat the political left

There’s a virus threatening the health of America, all right. But it’s not new, not from a foreign country and it’s not the coronavirus. The virus Americans need to fear the most today is the po...

 

Considering east and west

When driving away from home, we generally travel a couple of car lengths east, then make a gentle U-turn westward. Recently as I was pulling away, I noticed two lines of information on my truck’s...

 

Changes need to be made to primary system

Being a voter in New Mexico during the presidential primary election is a little like being a Cleveland Browns fan during the Super Bowl. It’s interesting to watch, but it would be a lot more fun...

 
 By Steve Hansen    Opinion    March 11, 2020

Libel standard should stay in place

In 1964, the U.S. Supreme Court delivered a gift to the idea of freedom of expression with its ruling in the New York Times v. Sullivan case. It is important to point out that the case could just...

 

Establishment still holds power

Everyone talks about the power of the Republican and Democrat party establishments. It’s real — just ask Bernie. He quickly found out how powerful the Democrat establishment is last week when...

 

Jesus has eyes like flame of fire

In his letter to the pastor and people in the church at Thyatira, Jesus describes himself as, “the Son of God, who has eyes like a flame of...

 

Tech companies aren't part of government

The U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals made an important and necessary point again last week when it threw out a lawsuit that claimed YouTube violated the Constitution’s free-speech protections by...

 
 By Steve Hansen    Opinion    March 4, 2020

Credit where it's due, even to Trump

Well, President Trump’s first reaction to the Center for Disease Control’s announcement two weeks ago that a coronavirus epidemic was nearly inevitable was his usual stamping of feet. He denied...

 

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