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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.

Wednesday, March 6th, 2013

Letter: Sen. Ted Cruz is mad at the Mercury

— — EDITOR: Columnist Lamar Hankins recently made a number of  false claims against U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (“Questions that Rafael Edward ‘Ted’ Cruz won’t answer.“) The San Marcos Mercury has a responsibility not to distribute false...

Monday, January 24th, 2011

Freethought San Marcos: America’s gun problem

Freethought San Marcos: A column by LAMAR W. HANKINS When Rep. Gabrielle Giffords was shot, a federal judge killed along with five others, and fifteen other people wounded in a shooting spree in Tucson just over two...

Monday, January 17th, 2011

The bowdlerizing of Huckleberry Finn

Freethought San Marcos: A column by LAMAR W. HANKINS A recent commentary by Leonard Pitts in the Miami Herald explained a significant problem with publication of a new edition of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark...

Wednesday, January 5th, 2011

Freethought San Marcos: A new attack on end-of-life counseling

Charles Krauthammer, the right-wing political columnist, ended 2010 with an old, noxious story-line dressed up in new clothing.

Monday, December 13th, 2010

Freethought San Marcos: A ‘reasonable man’ shows his petulant side

Barack Obama has always projected the persona of the most reasonable person in the room, a person above name-calling. Until this past week, at least. In response to criticism of the deal his minions brokered with the...

Tuesday, November 30th, 2010

Freethought San Marcos: The TSA and travelers’ rights

Voices from the right, the left, the middle, and everywhere else on the political spectrum have been explaining, sometimes passionately, their opposition to the new search procedures for passengers on commercial aircraft, which started just before Thanksgiving...

Monday, November 9th, 2009

Freethought San Marcos: Paying for prayer and other nonsense

There may be many reasons that making laws has been compared to making sausage, but the one that comes to mind with respect to the health insurance bills wending their way through Congress is this: They include...

Thursday, October 1st, 2009

Solving graffiti problems requires comprehensive approach

Columnist LAMAR W. HANKINS writes, "It is unclear that many people in San Marcos see graffiti as a problem that needs a solution. If they do support action to eliminate graffiti, the new, minimalist legislation under consideration...

Monday, May 4th, 2009

Freethought San Marcos: Maybe we need a Community Bill of Rights

In this guest commentary, LAMAR W. HANKINS suggests citizens formulate a Community Bill of Rights that might seek to guarantee affordable housing, a living wage or preventative health care.

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