Mad Jack Hanks: Tales from the O-NO Ranch 1-16-12 |

Mad Jack Hanks: Tales from the O-NO Ranch 1-16-12

Gentle readers there has been much discussion in the past few years concerning our border with Mexico and what should be done about it.

Some say build a fence from Texas to California. Nope, not in my opinion. Too costly and the terrain in many places would make it all but impossible. Not only that, our neighbors from the south would find a way to get across. We tried the virtual border with cameras and what not in places in Arizona and some of that helped to a certain degree. Now these folks runnin’ for President of the U.S. all say they would close that border! Yessirree, that’s what they say but I don’t think it will happen.

Why? I’m not real sure but I would bet ya that it’s because of the large Hispanic population of Texas. Not only that, but most of those folks work cheaper than the average worker in our country. I can understand why the Mexicans want to leave their own country and come here. Life is better here. We treat them better here than they get treated at home. I have been on the Mexican border and have worked down there with Mexican cowboys and I have to tell ya that their lives are pretty tough. I can’t blame them for trying to get across any way they can. I can blame our government for giving them welfare, free health care and free schooling for their kids.

What about the Mexicans that followed the requirements for gaining citizenship and did it the right and legal way? How are they supposed to feel if those that are here illegally get a free ride and get some sort of amnesty? It’s a tough and difficult situation. It puts you and me in a bind when we are taxed to support those that are living for the most part off our hard work. It brings me to this – they are here and I don’t think they are going anywhere. We are going to have to deal with it the best way we can. Speaking Spanish is difficult for me. Difficult? Heck, I don’t speak much at all.

I have a book to offer you. It’s called “Farm and Ranch Spanish” by two brothers George and Rex Kelly who live on the Texas Mexico border. I came across this book years ago, lost my copy and found a copy at the Denver Stock Show a number of years back. This book is the easiest way to understand border Spanish. It’s Tex Mex  Spanish. If you live on a farm or a ranch or have dealings with folks from across the border that don’t speak much English, you can order this book from Kelly Brothers Book Co. HCO-1 Box 174 Vanderpool, Texas, 78885.

I have a listing for their telephone number as (210) 966-3430. I hope that it is still available as I believe that if you have as much trouble with Spanish as I’ve had over the years, this book will be a tremendous help to you.

This column reflects my opinion and mine only.

Take some time and go to the National Western Stock Show that’s going on in Denver at present and remember to stay tuned, check yer cinch on occasion and I’ll c. y’all, all y’all!

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