Easter brings back memories of a simpler life, times

Thomas Garcia

Thomas Garcia QCS Columnsist I was thinking the other day about the last time I got an Easter basket. You know, the brightly colored plastic basket filled with green tinsel and packed full of candy and toys scattered around your living room floors this past weekend. That of course got me thinking about my childhood […]

Sheb Wooley recalled as good neighbor, songwriter

By David Stevens Editor You know his song: “Well I saw the thing comin’ out of the sky “It had one long horn, one big eye “I commenced to shakin’ and I said ‘ooh-iee’ “Looks like a purple people eater to me.” Turns out, it was a one-eyed, one-horned, flyin’ purple people eater with aspirations […]

Talking can help, if there’s listener

By Karl Terry CMI Columnist Some people just don’t know when to shut up. Frequently I am guilty myself. The case that stirred this thought occurred, as I was captive in a service establishment recently and had to listen while a guy related a whole lot more about his personal life than yours truly or […]

Young murder suspect’s motives, fate remain mysteries

By David Stevens Editor He was 8 or 9 years old when he left a grandmother’s house in Missouri and came to live with foster parents in Tucumcari. A year or so after he moved in, Mike and Sue Day adopted the boy. “He was well behaved,” Mike Day said. “He was just like our […]

Prescription drug ads lull consumers to high costs

I think I’m supposed to feel left out. To my knowledge, I don’t have OAB, ED, RA, Low “T,” IBS or any of the initialed disorders that elevate my status in the world, or so TV advertising for prescription medications would have me believe. So I can’t further elevate my status by taking any of […]

The lengths we go through to make loved ones happy

By Thomas Garcia QCS Columnist While I had a great time this weekend with family and friends, the one accomplishment I am really happy about is that I finally found a supply of the canned cat food that my stray cat enjoys. Now, I know that some, if not most, of you might be thinking, […]

World Wide Web has been a life changer for billions

By Steve Hansen QCS Managing Editor The World Wide Web turned 25 years old last week. When I say this was a life-changing event for me, it’s a sentiment I know I share with six billion people, more or less, worldwide. Without the World Wide Web, the Internet was a secret shared by a few […]

Daylight Saving (no ‘s’) Time causes inconvenience

By Steve Hansen QCS Managing Editor Daylight Saving Time arrived on Sunday with its usual confusions: If it’s an hour later than it was at the same time yesterday, that means it looks like it’s actually an hour earlier. Or maybe it’s the other way around? So it’s darker longer in the morning, which means […]

Although it’s not morally right, being bad can feel good

By Thomas Garcia QCS Columnist There are times when the actions of others make you angry and you have a desire to get revenge, but then calmer thoughts prevail and you choose to be a better person and not sink to the other person’s level. This column is not about one of those times. A […]

Memories as crisp as the Iowa air

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I always figured it would be a cold day in Des Moines before I ventured to Iowa in February. It didn’t work out so well for Buddy Holly. Fate intervened with the death of my mother-in-law and with the high temperature for the week forecast for 31 degrees in Central Iowa. I found myself strapped […]