Kids today do not know meaning of work

By Baxter Black: On the Edge of Common Sense Yes, Virginia, things have changed. A 20-something couple I know has occasionally sought my counsel. They are married, both animal science graduates and still seeking direction.  He is a typical ag boy: strong, honest, with a good work ethic and background in purebred cattle. And he can […]

‘ Publish or perish’ game brings out the ‘country’ in me

By Lynn Moncus: Comments From the Canyon While playing the game of “publish or perish” for all too many years, guess who was always on the cutting edge of vanishing? Well, this woman from Ima had been hired to teach and had no spare time to research some esoteric, uninteresting subject to try to have […]

In the city: notes from City Hall

Keep Tucumcari Beautiful Campaign — April 18 – 23 has been designated as “Keep Tucumcari Beautiful Week”. Free landfill dumping will be available for City of Tucumcari residential customers, with proof of residence. The City of Tucumcari is responsible for the collection and disposal of household trash only. It is the responsibility of the homeowner […]

TV news should broaden its horizons

Tova Fruchtman:Quay County Sun What is news worthy? It’s a question we discussed often in my journalism classes at the University of Georgia. There is not a clear answer, but a spectrum influenced by public opinion and editorial discretion. Recently, we got cable turned on in our office so that we could stay up to […]

Smiles battle prominence of bad news

Lynn Moncus No doubt, many of you remember the commentator who used to begin his radio broadcast with “There’s good news tonight.” He would probably be fired today because good news is rarely reported as most members of the media seem to have the notion that listeners want to hear and see bad news only, […]

Killing horses debate has middle ground

Baxter Black There is nothing pretty about killing a horse. Nobody knows that more than those of us who have done it. There are people actively attempting to get a federal bill passed that will “prevent the slaughter of horses in and from the U.S. for human consumption and other purposes.” Those supporting this bill […]

Easter a day to reflect on story of resurection’s effect on our daily lives

Sunday is Easter, the day Christians celebrate the apex of their faith, the resurrection of Jesus Christ. The Apostle Paul concisely summarized Easter’s message when he said in I Corinthians 15:3-5: “I delivered to you as of first importance … that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that he was buried, […]

Sunshine Week time to trumpet open government

In small ways and more sweeping assaults, government officials have been closing their windows to public scrutiny. It is a troubling and ironic trend. Coming as the president speaks eloquently of developing democratic institutions across the world, Americans cannot be complacent about our own. It is time to seek more openness from federal, state and […]

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Tova Fruchtman:Quay County Sun When I was first learning how to drive, I wasn’t very good. My parents helped me. My dad taught me to relax. He said that when other drivers or I make mistakes on the road, remaining calm is the most important way to stay safe. I took his advice, and I […]

Man becomes familiar with emergency room

Baxter Black It has not been a good year when the nurses in the emergency room call you by your first name. As in, “Roll on in here, Lee, what did ya do this time?” Judy was talking to her grown daughter on the phone Sunday morning.  “Yep, I’ve finally talked your father into going to […]