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 By Virgil Vaupel    Opinion    February 3, 2016 

Quality Time? I Think Not

Do you want to spend more quality time with your family? Are you sick to death with all those pharmaceutical commercials on TV? Do you scramble for the mute button every time a gorgeous female starts spouting the virtues of a certain bedroom enhancem...

 
 By Virgil Vaupel    Opinion    January 27, 2016

A General MacArthur Moment

For those of you concerned over where I have been the past couple months I must explain. To put it very simply … I was abducted by aliens from the planet Liberal 3. It is a planet 47 billion light years from Earth and is populated almost entirely...

 
 By Virgil Vaupel    Opinion    December 2, 2015

Save Your Town … Buy Local

Let’s see now … Is that person you sit beside at a high school basketball game a local business owner? Are you friends with that person? If you answered those questions with a yes then answer this one. Are you doing some of your shopping on the...

 
 By Virgil Vaupel    Opinion    November 25, 2015

Reverse Equal Opportunity

In her lame attempt to discredit me on my view on equal opportunity in hiring in America, Tess Fahlgren has missed the mark by a mile. I’m saying equal opportunity is an oxymoron. How can something be equal when it favors a certain population? In t...

 
 By Virgil Vaupel    Opinion    November 11, 2015

The Equal Opportunity Employment Act Revisited

An apt description of the Equal Opportunity Employment Act would be “a policy or program providing 'advantages' for people of a minority group with the aim of creating a racially equal society through preferential access to employment, education, h...

 
 By Virgil Vaupel    Opinion    October 28, 2015

Think Before You Donate: Part II

This is part two about an email I have received several times over the past seven or so years. It’s been circling the Internet since 2005 and just won’t go down the drain. Until now, I have simply deleted it. This time I didn’t and this...

 
 By Virgil Vaupel    Opinion    October 21, 2015

Think Before You Donate

Folks, it’s that time of year again when charities from all over the world will be pulling on your heart strings to send them money. Some of these charities are legitimate and worthy of your donation. Some are not. For the past few years I have...

 
 By Virgil Vaupel    Opinion    October 7, 2015

The New Progressive Liberal American Way

Imagine you are a twenty-something single male (I’ll call you Ken) with two children and a girlfriend. You make enough money to enable you to purchase a house. The American Dream, right? Well, follow along and this is where it gets real good. A...

 
 By Virgil Vaupel    Sports    October 7, 2015

Mavs Maul Malta M-Ettes

Well, maybe “maul” isn’t the politically correct word there but at times that is just what itseemed. A mauling. The North Country Mavericks, led by Jada Sudbrack and Mickayla Johnson, whupped up on the M-Ettes 25-16 in the first game of the...

 
 By Virgil Vaupel    Sports    September 30, 2015

Jada Sudbrack Leads Lady Mavs

Although fighting a bout with what she thought was stomach flu, North Country Mavericks sophomore Jada Sudbrack had a stellar game which started off with her hitting two KWAs, a normal point and a BWA in the first minute and a half of play. Yikes,...

 
 By Virgil Vaupel    Opinion    September 23, 2015

Facial Piercings and Four-Day School Weeks

I have two subjects this week for your reading and or listening enjoyment. Controversial both but not too bad. One is this facial piercing craze and the other is the infamous four day school week. I’ll start right off with the facial piercing...

 
 By Virgil Vaupel    Sports    September 23, 2015

Lady Mavs Split Weekend

The new North Country Lady Mavericks traveled to Nashua to test the mettle of the Lady Porcupines and came away with the knowledge that the Porkie's "Mettle" was too much for the Lady Mavs to handle....

 
 By Virgil Vaupel    Opinion    September 16, 2015

Yes, OK, but...Why?

That’s the question I have asked the folks at the American Prairie Reserve but have as yet failed to receive an answer I could swallow. Yeah, I know. “Why” is a question a three-year-old would ask. Again and again. And the tot will usually get...

 
 By Virgil Vaupel    Sports    September 16, 2015

Junior High Football Promises Bright Future

Seems to me the rules were very simple. Each team gets 15 plays on offense and 15 plays on defense against each of their opponents throughout the day. They play from about the 30 yard line to the goal posts. That way two games can be played at the...

 
 By Virgil Vaupel    Opinion    September 9, 2015

The Thanks for Listening Bailout Plan

I was sitting here listening to the PBS World News while foundering myself on hot chocolate, with real milk and eating a pound and a half of stale, moldy Christmas cookies when a plan started whirling around in my previously empty head. My computer...

 
 By Virgil Vaupel    Sports    September 9, 2015

North Country Mavericks Open Conference Play

The newly-established North Country Lady Mavericks traveled to Poplar Sept. 3 to test their mettle against the Lady Indians. It was an exciting match but the end result wasn't what us NC'ers wanted...

 
 By Virgil Vaupel    Opinion    September 2, 2015

Less is More, More or Less

Thanks for listening is being brought to you this evening via wireless radio. I remember my grandmother actually using fire to cook meals. She used a wood stove and made some of the tastiest meals known to man (except when she served mutton of...

 
 By Virgil Vaupel    Opinion    August 19, 2015

Read What I Write, Not What You Think I Write

I caught crabs while in Washington. (Oh stop that!) We went out to the Straits of Juan De Fuca in a small boat that I heartily wished was a much larger boat. I didn't have a license to catch crabs. My shipmates actually caught the crabs. About a...

 
 By Virgil Vaupel    Opinion    August 5, 2015

For Me or Agin Me

I’m surprised, James, that out of the whole story, you and Ms. Honrud would nit-pick numbers as your main retort! I could have said that out of the 600 NHL players there are only 31 players listed as African-American or biracial. Let’s see...

 
 By Virgil Vaupel    Opinion    July 29, 2015

The Opening of Pandora's Box

This subject has been ever on my mind for 30 or so years. I just haven’t had the opportunity to voice in on the issue until now when a feller named Glenn Nelson had a story in the New York Times titled “Why Are Our Parks So White?” thus...

 
 By Virgil Vaupel    Opinion    July 22, 2015

Do Cows Have Midol Days?

I was visiting with Bernie today as he combed loose hair off three or five of his 10 dogs. See, Bernie rescues dogs from the pound and people bring him old dogs to take care of. Mostly black labs. I have to drive (slowly) through his yard in order to...

 
 By Virgil Vaupel    Opinion    July 15, 2015

This and That While On Vacation

I decided to take a vacation to visit my granddaughters Lily (11) and Maggie (9) out in Washington and to get out of the smoke from all the fires up in Canada that have inundated Hinsdale recently. Most of my 12.783 faithful know the problems I have...

 
 By Virgil Vaupel    Opinion    July 1, 2015

Troubled Trucker

Most of my 12.438 readers know that I have been a trucker in a past life. Up until my retirement in February 2000 I had set a tire on every foot of United States Interstate save I-4 which diagonals across Florida, and assorted bypass routes. In my...

 
 By Virgil Vaupel    Opinion    June 24, 2015

Death Has Occurred

This column originally ran Jan. 1, 2014. We are reprinting it due to its author's recent Second-Place honor for Best Column Writing at the 2015 Montana Newspaper Association's Better Newspaper Contest. I thought I’d better get this off my chest whi...

 
 By Virgil Vaupel    Opinion    June 10, 2015

Equal Opportunity Act Explained In Plain English

The place was Kingman, Arizona, U.S.A. I was coming out of the Petro Truck Stop about five miles east of Kingman one evening when a moth dive-bombed directly into my ear. Now, Grannie always said, “You’ll go crazy if a moth flies into your...

 

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