12/24 Editorial

The continuing debate over limited oil drilling in the enormous and remote Arctic National Wildlife Refuge spotlights the degree to which the Democratic Party and environmental groups have become obstructionists when it comes to oil and gas development. Democrats and two liberal Republicans in the Senate succeeded Wednesday in stopping a provision that would have […]

Holiday recollections in days of yore

By Lynn Moncus: QCS columnist At this time of year, those of us in the over-the-hill-gang tend to cause the climbers to roll their eyes as we recall our memories of Christmas during our childhood. We merely smile because we feel sure they will do likewise as they age and begin to share their memories. […]

Christmas spirit deserves revival

By Ryn Gargulinski: QCS Managing Editor A blood-splattered, life-size Santa stands in a front yard wielding a knife. Wait, it gets better. He’s next to a tree full of decapitated Barbie dolls. Wait, it still gets better. Beside the tree is an evil elf clutching one of the decapitated doll heads that has fake blood […]

Pistol Pete should keep his arms

By Baxter Black: QCS columnist New Mexico State, one of my alma maters, called the Aggies, uses the symbol of Pistol Pete as a mascot. He’s also the same character used by Oklahoma State and University of Wyoming. As the mincing tip-toe of political correctness creeps across college campuses it leaves in its Gerber baby […]

12/17 Editorial

The witnesses to the execution of Stanley “Tookie” Williams were appropriately somber. Ending the life of a human being is not something to be undertaken lightly. The way the state handles such deaths reflects a certain consciousness of how somber the responsibility is. In earlier times, the executioner was hooded, thus retaining some degree of […]

How a lone cedar tree helps make holidays beautiful

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By Lynn Moncus: QCS columnist Mrs. Roberta Waterman, a special friend, has struck again and has decorated a lone cedar on Highway 209 so all passersby can see a beautiful Christmas tree against the background of the distant mesas. Although “Bert” doesn’t want a whole lot of recognition for her efforts, she explains she receives […]

Don’t get mad — get constructive

By Ryn Gargulinski: QCS Managing Editor My water bottle froze on the nightstand. One of our goats was dancing on the trough that holds their water — iced water, that is. I etched “this stinks” into the frost patch that formed on the inside of our kitchen window. Yes, it’s cold. And it makes me […]

It’s best to leave sleeping cows lie

By Baxter Black: QCS columist If ya hang around a sale barn long enough you are bound to see some strange, some would say supernatural or even extraterrestrial happenings — like a cattle buyer actually bidding a penny over the market, or a waiter in a tuxedo at the sale barn café, or what happened […]

12/10 Editorial

Phil Marquez is the grandson of Tucumcari residents Alfonso and Dorothy Marquez. His parents are Charles and Delia Marquez of Santa Fe. Phil Marquez is a sergeant first class in the Arizona National Guard and is stationed in Ramadi, Iraq, according to his grandmother. His letter was sent to St. Rose of Lima Church in […]

Holidays as hard for dogs as for humans

By Lynn Moncus: QCS columnist I, Aggie am writing this column because the slave claims to have frost bitten hands and says her cold fingers won’t work on this computer. Well, I think her mind is iced over also as she has been trying to tell me that Santa Claus won’t be coming this year. […]