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Let’s get the pumpkin pickin’ record straight

September 14, 2018 — First, I love Greeley Tribune's Mike Peter's articles about "living, looking at, loving, and laughing at life." I am not sure how or what he would write about "getting the record straight." But I think he might start by explaining the old game of "gossip."

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Please, get help

September 14, 2018 — This column is about you, particularly if you are considering suicide. Please stop. Please read this from my heart. The family will not be 'better off without you.' In fact it would make their lives a great deal more difficult. I know. When I was

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Trying new things

September 14, 2018 — Never pass up a chance to enjoy a new experience — especially as you age. Recently I developed a rotator cuff issue after leading a horse from a far corner of the pasture back to the corral. Peaches, the old mare, is as gentle as

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Farm boy golf

September 14, 2018 — Hallelujah! The drought is finally over at Damphewmore Acres and through most of the Flint Hills. It took more than 10 months to get the needed runoff to fill our four-acre pond, but when it happened, it happened quickly. We've had a bunch of small

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It’s a matter of respect

September 14, 2018 — Gentle readers, it is a matter of respect. Or maybe respect like the Reverend, Al Sharpton, recently quoted. Regardless of how you spell it, it all comes down to respect. I watched a documentary on prison life in one of California's toughest prisons recently. The

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Black: That time again

September 14, 2018 — It's fall on the cow outfit. Time to get out the WD 40 and grease up the handles on the squeeze chute. Maybe find the three or four syringes that work, buy some new gaskets and barrels along with a box of needles. Time to

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Pitts: Name your poison

September 14, 2018 — Today's lesson is about poisonous plants, dangerous delectables and fatal feedstuffs. I'm talking nightshade, lupine, milkweed and the poison used to kill Socrates: hemlock. Water hemlock is said to look a lot like parsnips and a human can die in half an hour just by

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Radke: Drugs in your meat? Not a chance

September 8, 2018 — The target on beef's back is bigger than ever, and nothing will prove this point more than an article that was published last week titled "Report: Banned drugs from antibiotics to antidepressants have been found in your meat." Published by Consumer Reports, the article claims

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Charolais Charlie and Limousin Larry

September 7, 2018 — Mark Twain was a notable commentator, humorist and an honest man. His take on government, policy-making and legislation applies as solidly today as it did back then. Some of his quotable remarks: "We have the best government money can buy." "It's easier to fool people,

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Yield: The odds and ends of Milo Yield

September 7, 2018 — Over time, my messy desk gets messier becuz of all the stuff that kindly readers send me or email me or just seems to fall out of the sky and hit my desk. So, this week I'll bill as the odds and ends week. There

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Hanks: The Hazards of aging

September 7, 2018 — Last night at the dance hall I met a nice lady who happened to be a dermatologist. You know, a skin doc. Very sweet and interesting lady. In conversation she told me that all of the folks involved in dermatology in northern Colorado are familiar

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Black: Lawn clippings

September 7, 2018 — The first week of August I was haulin' a load of cows to the sale. We hadn't had rain for five weeks and my pasture was pretty sorry. I'd been feedin' hay for two weeks. Along the highway I could see houses on either side.

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Pitts: Slow-moving traffic

September 7, 2018 — If all the cars in the world were placed end to end … they'd probably be behind a slow-moving cattle truck. Everyone is in such a hurry these days they don't have time to waste behind a Gooseneck filled with cattle. So they pass with

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Grizzly bears are not always good neighbors

September 7, 2018 — I farm grain in Montana on the Rocky Mountain Front. Sixty miles to the west are mountains with gorgeous rolling hills, but the rest of our landscape is flat — not exactly prime grizzly bear habitat. However, someone forgot to tell the bears. The Endangered

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In praise of pre-cut chicken

September 7, 2018 — I was preparing another rant today but decided to keep it light this week because there is just too much to rant about and I only have one page. I received a packet of very old recipes from Lola Nussbaum, a reader from Grover, Colo.,

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Labor shortage, wage inflation compound agriculture industry struggles

August 31, 2018 — DENVER — As the U.S. economy continues to grow and unemployment dwindles, labor scarcity and wage inflation threaten the rural economy and put additional stress on profitability of the agriculture industry at a time of depressed commodity prices. Manual laborers are chasing higher wages offered

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Hanks: Takin’ care of business

August 31, 2018 — Gentle readers, I think that it's a given that most men will just ignore what they consider to be minor health problems. It's a man thing! Well, I reckon I will have to admit that I fall into that category and have for a good

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Black: Labor Day on the farm

August 31, 2018 — Labor Day was created by Unions to recognize the American Worker. It did not include ranching and farming; if they did it would destroy the ability of a farmer to get a loan. If a farmer included the cost of his daily labor on a

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Pitts: Don’t eat the bait

August 31, 2018 — The Cigarette Act of 1965 required labels on packages to warn consumers about the dangers of smoking. Although, if people who inhaled all that smoke didn't realize it was unhealthy I doubt they were smart enough to read the labels to begin with. That being

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Yield: Paris and Athens

August 31, 2018 — The Giant Clawsway race horse saga has taken another step forward. Last week, ol' Nick Mairz, the horse owner, and ol' Avery Ware, one of the racing interest stakeholders, loaded the colt up and delivered him to Twin Oaks Training Center just east of Murchison,

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