Rodeo head marshal comes with fun, work

By Baxter Black The Tucson Rodeo Parade committee, numbering in the thousands as far as I could see, chose me to be their grand marshal. I was humbled and excited! It was like being nominated Secretary of Commerce or having Reggie Jackson ask for my autograph. In the interest of public disclosure, they informed me […]

Terri Schaivo case and coverage brought out best and worst of us

4/2 Editorial Terri Schiavo’s case was one that received a tremendous amount of judicial and media attention and forced America, and perhaps the world, to ponder life and death and the complexities of relationships. Schiavo died on Thursday morning. Her burial will not end the debates. Some people called it a killing, a murder. Others […]

Baseball season brings back memories

By Tova Fruchtman: Tova’s Take I’ve never been the most athletic person. I took dance when I was younger, but I just wasn’t very good at other sports. So, I wasn’t that interested in sports either. Except the Braves. I grew up in Atlanta during the “Brave Fever” era, before the Major League Baseball strike, […]

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, […]