Articles written by Virgil Vaupel

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 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...

 
 By Virgil Vaupel    Opinion    December 17, 2014

High Oil Prices Cured With High Prices

There’s a saying in the commodity pits in Chicago that goes something like this: “The cure for high prices is high prices.” The price of a barrel (44 gallons) of “Texas Tea” these days is hovering around the $67 bll mark and declining. Why...

 
 By Virgil Vaupel    Opinion    December 10, 2014

If You're Not Here Legally, Get Out

With a president whose credibility and ability has been questioned by nearly 60 percent of the population and a Congress that's in the dumper with an 18 percent for and 82 percent against approval rating, I believe it's time to take a closer look at...

 
 By Virgil Vaupel    Sports    December 3, 2014

Just Passing Through

For those of us who pay attention, there is a lot of bicycle traffic along the Hi-Line and this past summer has been no exception. Most folks travel west to east because of the prevailing winds, but... Full story

 
 By Virgil Vaupel    Opinion    November 26, 2014

Yellow Snow In The Wild West

I had to remove the alternator from the Versatile tractor last week in near cold weather (9 below one day and 3 below the next.) The tractor was outside and no windbreak in sight. It took six and a half hours in two days to perform a task that...

 
 By Virgil Vaupel    Sports    November 26, 2014

Junior High Players Showcased at Year-End Nashua Tourney

The boys junior high basketball season came to an end last Friday with the year-end tourney held in Nashua. Five teams – Nashua (7-0), Saco/Hinsdale (4-4), Frazer (4-6), Dodson (2-3) and Lustre...

 
 By Virgil Vaupel    Opinion    November 12, 2014

And The Wheels Keep On Turning

After being confined in a closed space for the first nine months of our lives, when we finally find the exit our first action involve movement of arms and legs a-flailing wildly as the doctor slaps our bottom. Our first wobbling steps into mobile...

 

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