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Recent Stories by Mad Jack Hanks, Columnist

Hanks: Black Friday

November 30, 2018 — I decided to just up and get myself involved in a Black Friday for once in my life. Who knows? I might not have another opportunity, right? I found the courage and off I went this morning, the Friday after Thanksgiving. I went to the

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Hanks: Howdy and Nugget

November 23, 2018 — Howdy and Nugget: My two ponies, my buddies and sometimes my entertainment. I have written that in my full-time past as a cowboy and ranch manager, I considered my horses nothing more than a tool. Objects to complete the task with livestock whatever that might

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Hanks: The value of weapons

November 16, 2018 — If we are going to discuss weapons, what exactly is a weapon? Hmmmm, to my thinking, gentle readers, a weapon is anything you can harm someone or something with. A rock, your fist, a stick, a spear, knife or gun. Words can be a weapon

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Hanks: What’s in your wallet?

November 11, 2018 — Gentle readers I would betcha' that most, if not all of you, have seen the TV commercial by a leading credit card company wanting to know "What's in your wallet?" And to that I would say, "well now pilgrim, that would be absolutely none of

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Hanks: Road/corral rage

November 5, 2018 — Gentle readers, it's almost daily that we can hear about or read about road rage someplace, sometime and I gotta' tell ya, it scares the dickens out of me. I drive Interstate 20 almost daily as I make a run into Wellington to the post

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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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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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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: 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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