Steve Hansen: If curious about Santa, ask a child

By Steve Hansen Former QCS Managing Editor How does Santa do it? Here’s this guy who was born old and overweight, oversees a band of elves and drives a reindeer-driven sleigh.  And he’s technologically challenged — or is he? Santa is actually the greatest scientist since Einstein and there’s a rumor going around in the […]

Steve Hansen: Remembering ‘Ol’Blue Eyes’ music

Steve Hansen Former QCS Managing Editor The world is battling ISIS, the Republicans are battling Donald Trump, and Washington is playing brinksmanship with the federal budget again. Nothing new there and it’s all too negative for the holidays. So, I tell myself, why don’t I write about Frank Sinatra? His 100th birthday was celebrated last […]

Steve Hansen: Shooting hardens attitudes toward ISIS

By Steve Hansen Former QCS Managing Editor I commuted about 20 miles one way to a job in San Bernardino, California, for about a year. That was nine years ago, but I’m sure not much has changed. San Bernardino has long been in decline. Its government buildings are sometimes the only signs of life amid […]

Steve Hansen: Focus more on the joy of giving

By Steve Hansen Former QCS Managing Editor Monday was Cyber Monday. This came after Small Business Saturday, which followed Black Friday (the real one). Oh, by the way, the day before that was Thanksgiving. To watch American media, including the Internet, you would think our only thoughts between Halloween and Christmas were about merchandise, that […]

Thomas Garcia: Giving thanks for family, friends

By Thomas Garcia Staff Columnist This Thanksgiving there was plenty of friends, food, football and of course snow. There are many that are still recovering from the turkey hangover, myself and three particular cats included. My cats, Toby and Brownie, were all too happy to enjoy portions of the delectable bird. Toby rejoiced by jumping […]

Letter to the Editor

A recent Quay County Sun editorial was headlined, “Lawmakers must find system to meet budget needs.” It stated the state needs $85.2 million next year to meet the cost of extending Medicaid to the poor. Let’s put a little sunshine on this claim. The federal government covers 100 percent of the cost of extending Medicaid […]

Steve Hansen: Thankful for things both big, small

By Steve Hansen Former QCS Managing Editor I’d like to mention some small things I’m thankful for as I prepare for tomorrow’s holiday. Many others will talk about the big ones, like being thankful not to be a Syrian refugee, which applies to everyone I know. I am thankful that yard work is over for […]

Steve Hansen: Response to Paris attack must be strong

By Steve Hansen Former QCS Managing Editor What should we in Quay County take away from the ISIS attacks in Paris? First, I think it’s a good idea to layer the translucent Tricoleur, the French flag, over your Facebook portrait. It shows you support the French and know that the friendship between our nations goes […]

Letters to the Editor

Point of view Regarding Steve Hansen’s Nov. 4 column headlined “Someone has to ask the hard questions:” Hansen and I must have been watching a different GOP debate on CNBC. Hansen spoke of the “tough questions” the moderators asked the candidates and the problems the candidates had with the questions. He insinuated that the candidates […]

Steve Hansen: Hiking the price of good health

By Steve Hansen Former QCS Managing Editor Conservatives say that American business is hampered by too much regulation. They’re probably right. Sometimes, however, we are reminded that regulations often derive from bad behavior. Even if Republicans win next year and pare back regulations, I would not be surprised to see new rules come down on […]