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Wednesday, March 19th, 2014

Lamar Hankins: Both Democrats and Republicans have it wrong

Freethought San Marcos: A column by LAMAR W. HANKINS In the age of Obama and right-wing politics, people who share many of my political interests often ask me why I’m so hard on the Democratic Party. I am also criticized frequently for my views toward the Republican Party, but most people seem to understand why

Thursday, March 6th, 2014

Lamar Hankins: The plan to destroy women‘s constitutional rights

Freethought San Marcos: A column by LAMAR HANKINS Human beings are constantly trying to change reality. I don’t object to this characteristic. In fact, I’ve spent a good deal of my life opposing some of the worst...

Sunday, February 23rd, 2014

Lamar Hankins: America’s drone killings in striking context

Thanks to Edward Snowden and other whistleblowers, whose disclosures have been reported by Jeremy Scahill and Glenn Greenwald, we have learned some of the truth about America’s use of drones to kill our perceived enemies, even when...

Thursday, February 6th, 2014

Lamar Hankins: How Pete Seeger’s life enriched ‘you and me’

LAMAR HANKINS writes, “Among the handful of public figures in America during my lifetime that I consider heroes, Pete Seeger is prominent.”

Tuesday, February 4th, 2014

Lamar Hankins: A silver lining in attacks on Affordable Care Act

Freethought San Marcos: A column by LAMAR HANKINS The legal cases filed against the Affordable Care Act requirements that health insurance include contraceptive coverage have opened, potentially, a Pandora’s Box. The Catholic order of nuns – Little...

Tuesday, December 31st, 2013

Freethought San Marcos: How Narvaiz can beat Doggett

In this column, Lamar Hankins — no fan of former San Marcos Mayor Susan Narvaiz — offers tongue-and-cheek advice for her second campaign for U.S. Congress.

Friday, October 11th, 2013

Freethought San Marcos: Eliminating conflicts of interest in city government

Freethought San Marcos: A column by LAMAR W. HANKINS For at least the last two decades many appointees to public office and some city council members in San Marcos have had conflicts of interest that are ignored...

Thursday, September 26th, 2013

Freethought San Marcos: A case study in DWI and the citizen accused

Freethought San Marcos: A column by LAMAR W. HANKINS On Aug. 30, San Marcos attorney Kyle Maysel was arrested on a driving while intoxicated charge after a minor traffic accident in which he backed into a stopped...

Wednesday, January 16th, 2013

Freethought San Marcos: Obama embraces five immoral Bush policies

— Freethought San Marcos: A column by LAMAR W. HANKINS Looking back over the last four years, it has become clear that President Barack Obama has enthusiastically continued (and expanded in at least one case) five troubling...

Wednesday, January 9th, 2013

Freethought San Marcos: The failure of religion-based public grief

— Freethought San Marcos: A column by LAMAR W. HANKINS When President Obama spoke at the memorial service for the children, teachers, and administrators murdered in Newtown, Connecticut, I was overwhelmed by dissonance.  His remarks assumed that...

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