Comments from the Canyon 2-12-05

Lynn Moncus Although I’ve been away from campus for many years, I still miss the classroom and the excitement of watching students learn. Fortunately, a few young college students take the time to talk to me a little about their classes and let me know they are still excited about learning. Those visits are most […]

Hands-on learning

Baxter Black There are some things you can only learn by hand. Imagine reading a book with instructions on how to milk a cow: 1) Secure the beast 2) Grasp the teat 3) Squeeze and pull The same instructions (with slight alterations) could apply to picking an orange, lancing a boil, cracking a safe or […]

Sunday strolls bring back memories

By Lynn Moncus As you are aware, Aggie and I take a ride every Sunday afternoon in order to enjoy the many vistas in Quay County and to recall some of the history of the area which we mosey around while enjoying the open air. Walking keeps us in touch with the past as we […]

Notes from the Church Lady 1-29-05

By Debra Whittington When Mom handed me the phone after finishing her conversation, the voice on the other end didn’t sound familiar to me. Fortunately, that person didn’t seem to notice my hesitation and went on to say it was 30 years since we last spoke or saw each other. I was starting to get […]

Israel, Palestine have opportunity for some peace

Freedom Newspapers Recently we have been skeptical of the prospect — trumpeted in some quarters — that the death of Yasser Arafat and the election of his longtime aide Mahmoud Abbas was likely to create a significant opportunity for a useful Palestinian-Israeli “peace process” to begin. Well, when it comes to this issue skepticism is […]

Fears: Stupid is as stupid does

By Leslie Radford: Quay County Sun I love meeting new people and learning about who they are and where they come from. That could be the very reason I chose this profession. I’m always up for a chat about me, as well. I grew up as redneck as a person can get. But I can’t […]

Johnny Carson treated me with respect

By Baxter Black People sometimes compare me or some of my cowboy poet friends to Will Rogers. I remind them that in the 1930s Will Rogers was the biggest movie star in the world. He was an international celebrity, a man of exorbitant wealth who was loved by the workin’ man. That description also fits […]

‘Ownership’ means taking responsibility

Freedom Newspapers The “Ownership Society” seems poised to make a comeback, just in time for the president’s second term. Some might remember the Ownership Society: It made a brief appearance during last fall’s campaign, as the president and his handlers took a half-hearted stab at what the elder George Bush once called “the vision thing,” […]

Quay Sun introduces interim editor

By Leslie Radford: QCS interim managing editor My name is Leslie Radford. I’m a redneck country girl from Muleshoe, Texas. Most of my family is there, including my mom the truck driver and my two younger brothers: Cody, 21, runs our family farming business and Randall,17, works at a feedyard down the road from our […]

Buffalo make a tough tradition

By Baxter Black The lure to own something of historical significance is strong — Benjamin Franklin’s signature, an arrowhead, Dale Evans’ Chapstick. This connection to tradition is part of the popularity of raising buffalo, I think. However, putting bison on display on your farm is more complicated than parking an antique tractor in your shed. […]