Differentiated beings bellyache

Baxter Black Common language on fauna betrays an anthropocentric bias… “Words such as ‘pets’, ‘wildlife’, and ‘vermin’ are derogatory…” says the director of the Oxford Center for Animal Ethics. I imagine there are people in England who take the director seriously. But, as we watch this once-powerful nation disintegrate before our eyes, it may be […]

Jesus’ sacrifice cleansed us of sins

By Leonard Lauriault: Religion columnist Most people get the heebie jeebies whenever lice are mentioned, especially if they have children in school. Lousiness is common in cattle, particularly during winter and this past winter, I got to help treat some cattle for lice. During the process, a lice-control product was applied down the center of […]

Ranchers dangerous when cornered

By Baxter Black: On the edge of common sense How do you put your mind around oppression for the common good and eminent domain? The explanation most times is “follow the money.” I lived in Colorado for many years. I have watched it grow from 2.9 million people to 5.1 million people, most of it […]

Common ground keeps friendship alive, lively

By Lynn Moncus Through the many years, we have visited much about teaching and the joys thereof. You have learned a little about how much I love and respect former students and how pleased I am to see them whenever possible. Recently, while Shirley Hancock and I were visiting over afternoon coffee, I asked if […]

Tucumcari burning

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By Ryn Gargulinski: QCS Another fire burned through Quay County on Saturday, but this one was started on purpose. Tucumcari Fire Chief Mike Cherry said a prescribed burn was ignited by the fire department in the field just east of Tucumcari Memorial Cemetery around 10 a.m. Smoke was still billowing around 2 p.m. “I could […]

Dispelling common myths about the cold

By Ryn Gargulinski: QCS Making a funny face won’t freeze it that way, canker sores don’t mean one’s a liar and going outside without a jacket does not insure one will come home with a cold. These are just some of the myths found online at ezinearticles.com and local10.com/health that dispel fiction for fact, the […]

We have common bond despite different experiences

By Debra Whittington: QCS columnist “Seek the LORD and his strength, seek his face continually. Remember his marvelous works that he hath done, his wonders, and the judgments of his mouth.” 1 Chronicles 16:11-12. The host class for this year’s Rattler Reunion was the class of 1975, which also happens to be the same year […]

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 […]

Baxter Black

Only in America. Two summers ago Mexican smugglers abandoned a group of illegal immigrants in the Arizona desert. Fourteen died and the survivors were rescued and cared for at our expense. Then they were deported. Now the families and friends and lawyers of the fourteen who died are sueing..guess who? The smugglers? The Mexican government? […]