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Tales from the O-NO Ranch 12-13-10

Mad Jack Hanks
Wellington, Colo.

I recently watched an interview on the “telly” with Ted Turner, Warren Buffett and Bill Gates, all super rich by any man’s standards. They all had one goal in mind and that was to help others.

Warren Buffett wanted to give more of his money to the government so they could distribute it in their own way. Oooooppps, gentle readers, I am not the wisest man on the earth and by reason no way as smart as Mr. Buffett, but please, give millions and millions more to a government that does not have the best record for handling our hard-earned tax money. However, with all of that said, at least he wants to help others.

Mr. Turner and Mr. Gates have also given millions if not billions to all sorts of charities and to places like Rawanda where the need is so great because of much human suffering. Kudos to those fellows, my hat’s off to you for your charitable and sometimes humble expressions of goodwill.

To me, Christmas is the greatest expression of goodwill. There will be some who are not Christian that still participate in the spirit of giving because it makes them, as it does me, feel good to have given. “It is better to give than it is to receive!”

I was taught at an early age that we should do unto others as we would have them do unto us. I have not always done unto others as I would have them do unto me. Sometimes I did and it seemed to me at the time as if “my doing good unto others” was not received in the manner of which I expected. Hard times, many times make for better times if we are able to get through our struggles and still have enough left over to give to others.

Recently in my column I offered to send out free “Hoots” cowboy cartoon calendars that I do to anyone who was havin’ a hard time this holiday season. A “hard candy Christmas,” if you will. I have been flooded with request for calendars. Many of you wanted to buy a calendar and you sent extra money to help me pay for the postage on the calendars that I was giving away. You folks know who you are and let me say THANK YOU! Thanks so much for having the giving spirit that enabled me to send out more calendars than I had set aside. Here, I felt good about maybe being able to give a small little gift to someone who would really appreciate it and you guys come along and bless me with more than I was entitled to. It always lifts me up to see that the folks that read my column are such caring and thoughtful individuals. I am a better man today because of you, trust me. Your comments and your giving spirit really touched me and I want to wish all of my readers, recent and long time, the best holiday season EVER!

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