The many meanings of a boisterous bark

By Ryn Gargulinski: QCS Managing Editor There’s nothing as pleasing to the ear as a baby’s first words (unless, of course, it’s the sound of coffee being brewed). Some children murmur “mama.” Others puff plosives with “papa.” My first word was “hotdog.” Our eight-week old puppy Lulu found the joy of her voice just this […]

Baxter Black peeks into future news

By Baxter Black: QCS columnist Future headline: “Governor calls for mandatory evacuation.” California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, in response to the tragedy of Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans and Gulf Coast, has declared the San Andreas Fault line and its tributaries an eminent disaster area of enormous proportions. He is exercising executive privilege and ordering the evacuation […]

10/8 Editorial

It’s not exactly news that President George W. Bush has pursued policies that are far from the ideals of limited, constitutional government that we endorse on the editorial pages. But the president’s performance at his Rose Garden news conference Tuesday was unimpressive even by our rather low expectations. Asked about the potential avian flu pandemic, […]

Death has many flavors, promises

By Ryn Gargulinski: QCS Managing Editor Dead things surround us: The mosquito squished on the windshield. The tomato that rots in the fridge. This morning’s mouse stuck fast on a glue trap. OK, the mouse was only half-dead and still squirmy. But you get the gist. The dead thing that haunted my boyfriend and I […]

Business man known for humor, generosity

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By Ryn Gargulinski: QCS James Robert “Jim Bob” Hendrickson, 65, died Saturday, but his family said some memories will always stick around to keep them laughing. “He was the biggest little kid I ever met,” said son Todd Hendrickson, who said his father’s antics were on par with his big heart. Todd Hendrickson said travelers […]

Aggie speaks on parks and photos

By Lynn Moncus I, Aggie, am writing the column this week even though the slave won’t let me use my own byline anymore because she thinks it causes too much confusion and probably because she knows people would rather read what I have to say than to look at her ramblings. She told me she […]

Cowboy hats were made for…everything

By Baxter Black: QCS columnist When I’m in the airport, I always wave at a cowboy hat — a real cowboy hat. Somehow you can spot ’em. They inevitably turn out to be some bull rider on the way to a rodeo, a state cattlemen’s association representative on the way to Washington, D.C., or a […]

10/1 Editorial

What would you do if government agents showed up at your door and demanded highly personal information about you and your housemates, and threatened you with up to $5,000 in fines if you didn’t answer or provided incorrect information? It’s an interesting dilemma, and one that American citizens should not have to face if they […]

Air travel is for the birds

By Ryn Gargulinski: QCS Managing Editor The pilots in the air show had it easy — they merely strapped on their helmets, buckled the hatch and off they zoomed into the cloudy gray yonder. We folks who have to rely on commercial airlines for our trips to Guatemala or France (two of the more popular […]

If outnumbered, join other team

By Ryn Gargulinski: QCS Managing Editor Kids are wonderful. They rollick, they frolic, they spit up on your chest. I’m in the category of those who think children are giggly and grand – as long as they are somebody else’s. Now don’t get me wrong, I’ll be the first one in the supermarket line to […]