Mad Jack Hanks
Wellington, Colo.

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April 22, 2014
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Mad JackHanks: Tales From The O-NO Ranch 4-21-14

Gentle readers, this is one of those potluck sort of columns where I bounce around a little with subject matter and get some issues off my chest. WARNING! There may be parts of this column that you don’t agree with and my name may be called in vain. So be it.

I went out to feed the ponies this morning winding around 3-foot snow drifts. Are we serious here? This cotton pickin’ global warming is gonna’ ’cause me to pull what’s left of my hair out. Climate change it is called now. Regardless, the lefties would have us prevayers of common sense believe that global warming is causing all of these terrible snow storms, tornados, hurricanes and you name it, it’s caused by “climate change” which in turn is caused by our cows passing gas and so on and on. I’m really weary of that “crap,” excuse my French. Of course, it’s only Americans that are the real culprits, no one is China, Russia, India or anywhere else is as bad as we Americans are!!

This one is a little touchy. The Rancher in Nevada, I believe his name is Bundy is in hot water. In my opinion Mr. Bundy placed himself and his family’s livlihood in such a terrible situation. Here are the facts as I understand them. Mr. Bundy’s family had an agreement with the state of Nevada to graze his livestock on public lands without any fees being charged. He, of course, had to maintain fences, water systems, and any supplements that might be necessary during his use of the land. Apparently the Federal Government took over ownership or responsibility of said lands in 1993 and started charging grazing fees for Mr. Bundy’s cattle. Mr. Bundy refused to pay any grazing fees whatsoever. Grazing fees on public lands are about 10 percent of what they are for private lands. Mr. Bundy, in my humble opinion, should have placed some monies in escrow for future debate if he was not going to pay what all the other ranchers were paying for their use of government lands. It makes my blood boil to see the feds show up with dogs, guns, tazers and “big, bad boy attitudes” to gather and sell livestock that belong to a private citizen. I was glad to see that folks showed up, armed by the way, to protest on behalf of big government running roughshod over Mr. Bundy. On the flip side, I believe Mr. Bundy brought this on himself. I don’t like to see folks that are on welfare when they don’t need to be. Was Mr. Bundy a welfare rancher by refusing to do what was required of all ranchers on public lands? I was glad to see the feds back down, even if just for now, and no one was shot or seriously injured. I don’t think that it’s over by any stretch of the imagination. I do hope it can be worked out to the satisfaction of everyone. If any good came from it at all, I do believe that the “Feds” discovered rather quickly that “America” is a little sick and tired of “Big Government” flexing it’s muscle!

Stay tuned, check yer cinch on occasion and remember, we the people are the government!! I’ll c y’all, all y’all. ❖

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