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Hanks: The rest of the story

October 19, 2018 — Gentle readers, I was pondering lately what it would be like to have another Paul Harvey. I don't think there is another Paul Harvey as he was one of a kind, just like you and I are one of a kind. I really miss that

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Hanks: Fill in the blanks

October 16, 2018 — Gentle readers this column is one of those where we just sort of fill in the blanks. As hard as I tried I could not come up with a suitable subject for this week's column. I thought I would just fill in some blanks and

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Hanks: Going to the dogs

October 5, 2018 — Gentle readers, I think we have already gone to the dogs. Yep, I really do. I believe today's dogs are more human than we ever thought they might become. I mean they have gone from that Irish Setter from yesteryear laying in front of the

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Hanks: If ya ain’t hurt, it’s funny

September 28, 2018 — Gentle readers, I'm sure most of you have watched America's Funniest Videos at one time or another. I have often wondered how many of those folks captured doing, "hey y'all, watch this!" actually came out of their little production unscathed? I know there have been

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Hanks: Imitation, a cowboy’s gift of flattery

September 21, 2018 — It won't be that long, gentle readers, until we start to see all of the political ads again, over and over and over. Many of those ads will feature some hombre in a denim shirt with the sleeves rolled up to the elbows leaning up

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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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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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Hanks: Has it got too easy to kill?

August 24, 2018 — With the recent discovery of the young man here in Northern Colorado who confessed to killing his pregnant wife and his 3- and 4-year-old daughters, I ask myself, "WHY"? This fella didn't look like a monster, but many times they never do. There was a

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Hanks: The optimistic cowboy

July 27, 2018 — Being optimistic, gentle readers, has always been a healthy virtue in my scope of things. Now ol' Jake, who is riding pastures in the great beyond, was one of the most optimistic fellers I reckon I ever met. Jake was in his late 50s when

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Hanks: When you’re hot, you’re hot

July 6, 2018 — Good morning out there in America land. Well, gentle readers, the weather girl says maybe 104 for Denver today. I'm a good 85 miles from Denver and a little higher where I live so I don't expect it to get that hot. I can already

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Hanks: This land is my land

June 29, 2018 — As I make the drive into our little burg of Wellington, Colo., by way of county roads I see a lot of folks that display "Old Glory" and it makes me happy. It makes me proud to live where many of my neighbors are proud

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Hanks: How tough do cowboys have to be?

June 22, 2018 — How tough do cowboys have to be gentle readers? Well, Baxter Black says the toughest man he ever met was a cowboy who was bucked off and came down on a "bob" wire fence. It slit him from his crotch right up to his chin.

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Hanks: Good men

June 15, 2018 — By the time you gentle readers receive this column Father's Day will have passed. I've reflected recently on what I consider a "good man" to be and who they are. Of course, I must start with my dad. Raised in a large family of "wild

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Hanks: The first day of summer

June 8, 2018 — Yes ma'am, it is the first day of summer, June 1, 2018. I've been lookin' for this day for a good while as I expect many of you gentle readers have. The month of June provides a lot of action for farmers and ranchers. Lots

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Hanks: It’s a matter of respect

June 1, 2018 — Well, now gentle readers, I can guarantee you this old cowboy has been shown a lack of respect by any number of folks over the years. I would almost bet you might feel the same way on occasion. I've had young cowboys that worked for

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Hanks: A visit to Pete’s ranch

May 25, 2018 — My Uncle Pete was one of my dad's half brothers. He was considered to be the black sheep, if you will, from all my dad's brothers and sisters and there were eight of them. Pete left home at an early age if memory serves me

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Hanks: This thing about prairie dogs

May 18, 2018 — Gentle readers, please note the "MAD" in Mad Jack Hanks in this column. As a general rule I am a "live, let live" sort of feller. Not so when it comes to prairie dogs on my place. I reckon I am really gettin' to be

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Hanks: Knowing when the time is right

May 11, 2018 — Well, gentle readers, I've always considered myself to be a felller blessed with common sense and the ability to know when to hold'em and when to fold'em. I folded them last week when I sold my Harley. Yep, sure did. I squeezed all of the

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Hanks: The girls of South America

May 4, 2018 — Gentle readers, I decided to check out a new dental hygiene person that had come to our little village. My, my what a tiny little petite lady, she was not much bigger than her shadow but very cute with a personality that lacked nothing as

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Hanks: The right hat

April 27, 2018 — For most cowboys, their hat is as important as their boots, saddle, bridal and spurs. I read once where a west Texas cowboy of some reputation was quoted as saying, "when a cowboy (cowgirl) is satisfied with the shape of their hat, they will always

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