Publicity of any kind for animal rights group

By Baxter Black: QCS columnist The animal rights group PETA has based its advertising on outrageous things. They attract the media attention posing as a news item, and thus spend very little on advertising. Past examples include comparing serial killer/cannibal Jeffery Dahmer to slaughtering pigs, equating butchering chickens to the Jewish holocaust and parading nude […]

Those were the (school) days

By Lynn Moncus: QCS columnist As you are well aware, all this woman from Ima has to do is to hear some conversations about the present and then to head into the past to recall the times that were and to feel ever more privileged to have grown up when and where I did. Recently, […]

Beware of the sheep who’s all wolf underneath

By Ryn Gargulinski: QCS Managing Editor It started with a teddy bear and ended in a pair of handcuffs. The teddy bear was plush and fuzzy with a heart-shaped orange nose. The handcuffs were probably silver. Maybe I should start at the start. I met a guy who, at first glance, did not seem my […]

Fond friends make for fond life

By Lynn Moncus: QCS columnist Before writing today’s column, I had drawn a complete blank for a subject matter and asked for suggestions from Jo Priddy, Shirley Hancock, and Judy Powell while we were visiting in Del’s. As we talked about various subjects, we soon realized that most things we mentioned should not be written […]

Cowboy has one of those days

By Baxter Black: QCS columnist It’s the kind of day every cowboy dreams of. Almost makes you wish they weren’t numbered. When the desert is green, it’s like Wyoming when the wind’s not blowing, or a sunny winter day in Ohio. It’s early fall. Still supposed to be hot today but we’ve got morning cloud […]

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 […]