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 By Gary Hodgson    Opinion    May 11, 2022 

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I can’t believe I did it but I forgot about winter. I’ll admit that seems pretty silly but it happened. It must have been all those pretty pictures I’ve been looking at. My eyes have gazed...

 
 By Gary Hodgson    Opinion    May 4, 2022

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This column is written for ladies, specifically wives and girlfriends. Men, however, should follow along. You’ll see why later. One thing most men have in common is a hobby that once in a while gets...

 
 By Gary Hodgson    Opinion    April 27, 2022

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The old ranch house television set was abuzz awhile back over the tragic crash of two airplanes that may have had similar malfunctions leading to their crashes. While most “Under The Wire...

 
 By Gary Hodgson    Opinion    April 20, 2022

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Dear Federal Reserve Folks, I am writing on a suggestion I received from a guy I met at the sale barn yesterday. He was nice to visit with and seemed to know a lot about what I am going to ask you....

 
 By Gary Hodgson    Opinion    April 13, 2022

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"In the Spring time a young man's thoughts turn to thoughts of ... " I know how this often quoted saying is supposed to end. I also know that Spring has different meaning for different people. I'll be...

 
 By Gary Hodgson    Opinion    April 6, 2022

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I have operated a commercial cow/calf operation nearly all of my adult life. That follows having grown up, depending on who you talk to, on cow/calf ranches operated by my parents, all my aunts and...

 
 By Gary Hodgson    Opinion    March 30, 2022

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Big corporations always publish a year-end report containing both financial information and overall performance of the company. I think the purpose is to keep stockholders in the dark while shining a...

 
 By Gary Hodgson    Opinion    March 23, 2022

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To most of the world the cowboy symbolizes unspoiled freedom. Whether a ranch cowboy trotting across the hills on his horse or a rodeo cowboy “going down the road”, he represents to most what they...

 
 By Gary Hodgson    Opinion    March 16, 2022

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Sooner or later every fad gets me. I can't help it. I resist longer than most but eventually I succumb. Over the years I've been talked into purchasing polyester leisure suits, tennis shoes with...

 
 By Gary Hodgson    Opinion    March 9, 2022

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There is one thing almost every man will lie about. He will give you a straight answer to just about any question you ask except for the one “magical” question. What is it that will turn normally...

 
 By Gary Hodgson    Opinion    March 2, 2022

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For me, it all started when I was in the sixth grade. You would think I had finally outgrown it but that hasn’t happened. What hasn’t happened? My ability to wind up at the end of any and all...

 

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Well, I did it again! New Year’s Day, widely celebrated throughout the land by nearly everyone, came and went more or less unnoticed by yours truly. How does anyone manage to miss such an obvious...

 

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It goes without saying there is nothing funny about Covid-19. My sincere sympathies go out to those who have lost loved ones to the virus. That said, I have often heard the phrase, “Even in the dark...

 

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As near as I can tell, my forefathers raised cattle in Hawaii, Florida or some other very warm climate. That is the only possible explanation I can come up with for a problem I now have. As many of...

 

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Today’s column deals with the fun-packed, exciting life of living on a ranch. Other ranchers reading this are at this moment thinking, “This is going to be a very short story.” Fact of the...

 

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Over the years I have written about several jobs I once worked at, and usually got fired from, and businesses I once tried to operate. If the business involved livestock of any kind, is usually made...

 

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You can find one on just about any ranch, farm or horse place. They vary in color and age but otherwise there are striking similarities. Chances are you’ve got one, too. I’m talking about the...

 

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I have lived my entire life near small towns. I’ve never had an address connected to a big town for very long. If the little town I lived near became a big one, or heaven forbid, began calling...

 

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It is traditional for a columnist to write a Christmas column. I need the job so I had better crank one out. My problem is, these need to be written a month or so before the paper needs them. The day...

 

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I have lived my entire life near small towns. I’ve never had an address connected to a big town for very long. If the little town I lived near became a big one, or heaven forbid, began calling...

 

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Well, Thanksgiving is barely over and everyone is talking about Christmas. Guess “Under The Wire” might as well jump on the band wagon. A couple of days ago, Sue handed me her Christmas gift...

 

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I’m the father of three girls. Two I held at birth, a third I didn’t meet until the age of 10 (her, not me). I mention this to establish my qualifications to talk about what’s to follow. A fathe...

 

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Well, it soon will be upon us again. With covid, drought, high hay costs and low cattle prices, “What” you may ask, is about to hit us again? While not nearly as oppressive as the above list,...

 

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“Old Jim didn’t have any enemies, just a lot of friends who didn’t like him.” I caught that line from an old movie on TV the other night. You know, the kind of movie that’s on at two in the...

 

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Writers occasionally develop something called writers block. In cowboy terms that means you can’t think of nuthin’ to say. Different writers do different things to get rid of it. Some go to a...

 

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