Articles written by Virgil Vaupel

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 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...

 By Virgil Vaupel    Opinion    June 3, 2015

The Most Endangered Species

What do you consider to be the most endangered species in America? Could it be the number one topic of the day: the American Bison? Or, could it possibly be the Gray Wolf, the Sage Hen, Whooping Crane, Black-Footed Ferret, Pallid Sturgeon or the Spra...

 By Virgil Vaupel    Opinion    May 27, 2015

Thanks For Listening

In today’s society it seems language skills have gone out the window with the baby's bathwater. TV and the movies are teaching the young certain words and phrases they shouldn't be hearing at their age. Mom and dad are using words that would make...

 By Virgil Vaupel    Opinion    May 20, 2015

Who Should Be Allowed In

This column is in response to Lih-An Yang's op-ed piece in last week's Glasgow Courier. My point is this: Had Ms. Yang researched some of my columns on immigration reform she would have seen I fully favor immediate citizenship for those folks who...

 By Virgil Vaupel    Opinion    May 13, 2015

I've Been Diggin' Up Stones

Here’s a little story about farming. First, though I have to tell you... I am not a farmer. I’m just someone who drives a large tractor pulling some very large equipment around some very big parcels of farm ground. I got this job with the help...

 By Virgil Vaupel    Opinion    April 15, 2015

Get Paid For Commuting Time?

I see where workers in New York City, Boston, Los Angeles, Seattle and other major cities around the country are asking their employers to pay for their time commuting to and from work. Some as much as 10 hours per week. They say it's a financial...

 By Virgil Vaupel    Opinion    April 1, 2015

The Good, The Bad, The Walmart

It distressed me greatly the other day when I heard on the news that Walmart intends to import a cheaper laundry detergent from Great Britain in an attempt to lessen the strong market share Tide has in the laundry detergent market in the U.S. and... Full story

 By Virgil Vaupel    Sports    March 11, 2015

Lady Panthers Roar

The 2015 Class C Girls State Basketball Tournament is in the books. Eight teams from the four corners of this very large state converged at the Adams Center, Dahlberg Arena on the campus of the... Full story

 By Virgil Vaupel    Opinion    March 4, 2015

'Outlaw Country': Another How-To Reality Show?

It's called “Outlaw Country.” It's filmed in and around Independence, Missouri, in an area that includes a town called Buckner. The main characters are the “Outlaws,” the Monk brothers who each have long records and have been in the slammer...

 By Virgil Vaupel    Sports    March 4, 2015

That's The Season, That's An Era, For Hinsdale

The Hinsdale Raiders shut down the Savage Warriors in the first game of the 2015 Eastern C Divisional Tournament last Thursday in Wolf Point. The Raiders jumped out to a 7 to 2 lead after one period...

 By Virgil Vaupel    Sports    March 4, 2015

Lady Panthers Advance To State; Opener With Belt

The first game of the girls 2015 Eastern C Tournament got underway in the Wolf Point High School gymnasium last Wednesday with the Lady Panthers of Saco/Whitewater/Hinsdale meeting the Lady Warriors...

 By Virgil Vaupel    Opinion    February 11, 2015

Hinsdale, Saco, Whitewater Should Merge Sports

Three schools in our area are in a battle over whether or not to merge their sports programs. This scenario is being played out all over the West. Shrinking school enrollments is not a problem for Montana alone, folks. It's happening to rural...

 By Virgil Vaupel    Opinion    February 4, 2015

Freedom Of Speech...Unless

As I sit here reading through the amendments to the U.S. Constitution one thing jumps out at me in the First Amendment. Here's how it reads: Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof;...

 By Virgil Vaupel    Sports    January 21, 2015

Hinsdale Beats Scobey, Frazer, Stays On Top In 3C

Their perfect conference record on the line, the Hinsdale Raider boys took to the court to maintain their perfecto against the Scobey Spartans. Must have been a slow night for the Scobey girls because I saw Erin Wahl and several of the Spartan girls...

 By Virgil Vaupel    Opinion    January 14, 2015

Gay Marriage & The Media

One of Montana's major daily newspapers scored yet another hit with the gay and lesbian community with another article about gay marriage in Montana. What is that now? The fourth or fifth time since Montana made gay marriage legal that that...

 By Virgil Vaupel    Sports    January 14, 2015

Raiders Beat Poplar, Dodson, Tied For First In 3C

The Hinsdale Raider boys hosted the Poplar Indians last Friday and came away with another win They then beat Dodson, 71-33, to improve to 4-0 and 8-1 in District 3C. They are tied with Frazer for firs... Full story

 By Virgil Vaupel    Opinion    January 7, 2015

Illegal Immigrants With Legal Driver's Licenses

Does anyone see the hypocrisy in that headline? Is it oxymoronically incorrect? Wouldn't that be sorta like giving a convicted burglar a set of burglar tools upon his release from the joint? Or an arsonist a box of matches? Or how about issuing a...


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