Antitrust laws hamstring development

On antitrust, the U.S. government seems stuck in the Model T era. It just doesn’t understand that, in this age of Apple, Google, Facebook and thousands of lightning-fast digital companies, it’s practically impossible to build a monopoly. That’s why the Justice Department was so wrong in thwarting AT&T’s attempted $39 billion purchase of cellphone competitor [...]

Hog diseases decline

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Russell Anglin New Mexico Wildlife Specialist Ron Jones told Quay County Commissioners Monday that the area feral hog population is under close monitoring and the disease rate for the wild animals seems to have declined dramatically. “In the last year and a half our positives on the diseases with the pigs have really went to [...]

Real cowboys have horse sense

Baxter Black Branding season. Spring time west of the Mississippi. Long days in the saddle. Sitting on a horse miles from nowhere, it seems, trying to spot cows on the gather, silence except for the thud of your horses’ hooves. You might as well be on a fishing boat in the middle of nowhere watching [...]

Columnist craves readers’ attention

By Karl Terry: FNM columnist It could be time to apply a little market research to these weekly missives I jokingly refer to as a column. I need to zero in on my audience a bit it seems. For some 22 years I’ve written this column with one target audience in mind. Will my mother [...]

Stay faithful during marriage

By Chris Schmaedeke: QCS managing editor One of the biggest news stories of late has been the circus that has followed golfer Tiger Woods getting in a car accident in the early hours of the day after Thanksgiving. But that was only the beginning of it. Since the car crash, a lot of stories have [...]

Being frugal not working out so well

By Karl Terry: FNM columnist Cheap never seems to work out for me. I should know better than to try and save on eyewear. A little bit of personal history is in order here I think. I’ve been wearing glasses about 38 years now. I first learned my eyesight wasn’t so great after an exam [...]

Pick out the best of times and remember them well

By Lynn Moncus As we rapidly approach 2009, some of us are wondering what happened to 2008 as we seem to have changed to that calendar only recently. Although time seems to pass faster when we have less of it, we know that it moves just as it always has. It hasn’t changed it stride [...]

Time for serious talk about race

By Kevin Wilson Complaints are kind of like fruitcake. Everybody seems to give them, but I’ve never met anybody who likes to receive them. I especially hated the complaint I saw from the NAACP online this morning, because I see no chance of it eliciting any change. Cue the “Barbie Bandits,” who became a media [...]

Head for the hills, or we’ll be howling at the moon

By Aggie Moncus At long last, I, Aggie, am going to visit with you this week. Actually this is our first visit in the New Year, and I am excited to be looking at a new calendar and wondering just what it is. All I can see is a bunch of funny markings, but the [...]

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 [...]