Phrases don’t have to change with time

Baxter Black “These are javalina,” pointed out the zoo tour guide. “Tayassu tajacu, the collared peccary.” “Pig family,” I commented, in an effort to dazzle the sixth-graders on the tour. “No,” stated the guide. “A common mistake made by the ill-informed unknowledgeable ranger groupies who cover up their ignorance of the species with self-important and […]

Newspapers offer young people place to gain insight into their communities

It’s hard to think of any ingredient to success as important as a good education. Unique talents, be they athletic, artistic or scholastic, certainly play their roles. Hard work always has its place. Even dumb luck leads some to success. Whatever other factors help a person find success, none has played a leading role for […]

Cattle damage car, raise insurance

Some cows you can walk right up to. Others are like department-store employees: You see one at the end of the aisle and by the time you get there, they’re gone! This particular cow was pretty skittish, so Keeler knew something was wrong when she wouldn’t get out of the way of his pickup. He […]

Being teary-eyed has become natural for me

I found myself teary-eyed as Dan Roberts sang “Beaches of Cheyenne,” on Thursday night at the Chamber banquet. So I figure it’s time to come clean, and give readers perhaps the most true glimpse into who I am. That was not the first time I cried because of a song, or for that matter even […]

Zero-tolerance policy is not common sense

We understand the need for rules. We understand the need for discipline and consequences. Having established these things, however, there is a need for common sense to intervene when someone breaks a rule without causing any harm. Zero-tolerance rules seem to block such a common sense approach. In Wapakoneta, Ohio, a zero-tolerance approach to guns […]

Visiting with good friends is great gift

By Lynn Moncus: Local columnist Recently Janice Howard a high school classmate, ambled in this direction from her home near Texico to spend the day just visiting and sharing ideas. She always surprises me by showing up at the table in Del’s before I arrive so she can be ignored because I rarely recognize her […]

Pets teach lesson about new friendships

By Tova Fruchtman I’ve learned a lot about making friends while moving from place to place of late. I’ve learned about meeting people who are quite different from you and people who are almost the same and how either can end up as your friend. Perhaps I learned the lesson first from my pets — […]

2/26 Editorial

After two years of rough going with our friends in Europe, President Bush’s trip there this week has begun smoothing things over. He doesn’t have the mischievous charm of former President Clinton, but Bush still has impressed Europeans with his own Texas quasi-cowboy persona. These things are not trivial in international relations. On Iraq, events […]

Sunday drive brings back fond childhood memories

Lynn Moncus When almost any of us who have called Quay County home drive around in our county, we recall many memories from the past and often pause toe reflect on the times that were and one our great good fortunes to have grown up in this area. Last Sunday afternoon Aggie and I decided […]

No one can make renegaed horses good

By Baxter Black Sometimes a cowboy will ride a good lookin’ bad horse for longer than it makes sense. This flawed thinking may have a more universal application; i.e., hangin’ on to a pickup, dog or girlfriend long after they’ve bit you or conked out. It’s even worse when the injured party thinks he can […]