Winter memories dog former New Yorker

By Ryn Gargulinski: QCS Managing Editor The hazards of winter have already hit our humble abode. Sure, they are not like New York winter hazards — slushy subways, frozen taxi seats, yellow snow — but they are hazardous all the same. Actually, I was lucky enough to avoid the foremost hazard which would have occurred […]

11/19 Editorial

We’ve frequently lamented the stubborn unwillingness of many major environmental groups to acknowledge good news on the environmental front, lest a retreat from the relentlessly apocalyptic script stop the donations from flowing and cause the media spotlight to turn away. So it’s only fair that we take note when a green group bucks those expectations […]

Some student humorous writing not funny

By Lynn Moncus: QCS columnist Not long ago, I had the opportunity to read a set of essays written by college freshmen and was a bit taken aback by the differences between what professors accept today and what we accepted last century. Standards have most definitely changed. The assignment had been to write a humorous […]

The slave slithers back home

By Lynn Moncus: QCS columnist While the slave was down south becoming an Ancient Aggie from NM A & MA, I, Dame Agatha Christie, aka Aggie, was suffering in jail for a few days and am still more than a little miffed about being left. Believe me, she has suffered for that kind of mistreatment […]

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 […]