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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...


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....


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,...


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...


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...


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...


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....


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...