To sleep, perchance to eat Twinkies

By Ryn Gargulinski: QCS Managing Editor What do we all want, need and cannot live without? No, it’s not the $84 fuzzy shearling slippers from the latest Cabelas catalog. It’s our dear friend sleep. Studies have shown normal adults need at least eight hours of sleep per day. When we say “normal” we mean those […]

It’s not a hunt without the elk urine

By Baxter Black: QCS columnist Brent epitomizes the typical Montana outdoorsman — a hunter, a cowboy, a conservationist and an independent critter. Hunting season, he and his equally capable wife Kathy had hauled their horses to a camp at the end of the road and prepared to begin the morning bow hunt. Brent had prepared […]

11/12 Editorial

Far too much is being made about allegedly “obscene” oil company profits, most often by demagogues trying to whip up the mob with allegations of “price gouging,” industry collusion and “profiteering.” We expect this from politicians and pundits of the anti-capitalist stripe, and from greens reluctant to point the finger at a U.S. regulatory climate […]

House guests can really get one’s goat

By Ryn Gargulinski: QCS We all know those pesky things — those things notorious for using all our hair conditioner, eating all our garlic-flavored Triscuits and leaving toenail clippings in the bathroom sink. Yes, the infamous house guest. Perhaps Mark Twain said it best: “Fish and house guests smell after three days.” My boyfriend and […]

Cowboy principals down to essentials

By Baxter Black: QCS columnist Last year, Turner Classic Movies invited me to be part of a month of shows featuring old western movies. First I declined, explaining that although I enjoyed them I was not an authority on the subject. I suggested they try some of the veteran western actors who were still around like Buck […]

11/5 Editorial

Well, you certainly can’t say that Judge Samuel Alito, with 15 years experience on the federal appellate bench and stints as a U.S. attorney and an assistant solicitor general, is not qualified to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court. If he seems to be reasonable and likable during Senate hearings — and by all accounts […]

Aggie reunion brings back 50 years

By Lynn Moncus: QCS columnist For a few weeks, we have been visiting about the past in order to lead into just one more special event in the aging process — that of becoming a Golden Aggie from New Mexico State University. Being inducted into that society takes nothing more than longevity, but to many […]

Football provides bonding opportunities

By Ryn Gargulinski: QCS Managing Editor My first encounter with football was getting hit in the head with one. No, it really wasn’t but it sounds funny. And it brings back fond memories of that Brady Bunch episode in which a football smashes into and breaks Marsha’s nose. Ah, the joy of the game. Actually, […]

Despite advances, there’s more to do

By Baxter Black: QCS columnist One common expression many of us use — “the greatest thing since sliced bread” — represents a milestone in convenience. In the late 1920s and early 1930s, sliced and wrapped bread became widely available. I’m not a cook, so it is difficult for me to imagine the mechanics of how […]

10/29 Editorial

When is tax reform not a good idea? When it makes the current labyrinthine system even worse. Unfortunately, that’s just what would happen if the President’s Advisory Panel on Federal Tax Reform has its way. What else should one expect from a nine-member panel that includes a former IRS commissioner, Charles O. Rossotti? Appointed in […]