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 By Ken Frantz    Opinion    September 28, 2022 

Fearless Faith

It’s been a trying summer for gardening. Between the drought, a thriving crop of tomato worms, the dogs playing in the raised beds and a few hungry bunnies, things still turned out rather well in...

 

Under the Wire

A few weeks ago I wrote an “Under The Wire” in which I complained about my on going battle with weeds here on the Hodgson Rancho. It included descriptions of moving, spraying, chopping with a...

 

Under the Wire

Fall is a wonderful time of the year. Trees turn wonderful colors, night begin to become longer and cooler, days are shortened a few seconds every day and best of all the frosts that accompany fall...

 

Fearless Faith

There are lots of ways to hide behind faith when it suits our purpose. The reasons are varied and broad, but the bottom line is that whipping out the Christian label sometimes becomes a way to...

 

Capitol Review

My late father often reprimanded my loquacious tendencies by quoting Proverbs 10:19: “In the multitude of words, sin is not lacking, but he who restrains his lips is wise.” The passing of Queen Elizabeth II reminds me of that wisdom because her...

 

Under the Wire

Some things in this world don’t require much explanation for them to make sense to just about anyone. On the other side of the coin, there are certain situations that are difficult to explain to...

 

Fearless Faith

Eighty-seven cents of taillight bulb, six dollars of waiting. Anyone who frequents auto parts counters knows that that is part of the price for a truly remarkable capitalist system in which one can...

 

Extension Spotlight

The time to begin preconditioning calves is here. The fall sale run will begin in a few short weeks. Still many producers do not prepare their cattle for sale time or at least do not prepare early enough. At our recent Pasture to Profit program in...

 

Fearless Faith

A seldom visited but sturdy hymn, “Jesus, the Light of the World,” has as part of its refrain a reference to dewdrops of mercy that ‘shine all around us by day and by night.’ The mercy within...

 

Under the Wire

One of life’s great mysteries is how a father and mother can produce two children and have them be so different. I also wonder how some couples had a particular child and even wanted to chance havin...

 

Under the Wire

How often have you asked someone “How are you doing?” and received a reply of, “I’m doing OK but I wish someone would shut off this wind!” I find this notable because rarely does anyone want...

 
 By Ken Frantz    Opinion    August 31, 2022

Fearless Faith

It’s hard not to be defensive when someone challenges you by declaring, “Well, that’s not very Christian!” If fruits of the Spirit bolster one’s faith, then perhaps a more appropriate...

 

Colorado Preps Weekly

The calendar may still say that it's summer (and the weather agrees), the fall sports season is in full swing. Several sports are closing in on an entire month of competitions, including boys golf....

 

Extension Spotlight

There are many variety options to choose from for fall 2022 wheat planting. The best variety to plant depends on your specific situation and planting more than one variety is highly recommended. The top picks discussed below were chosen based on thei...

 

Under the Wire

I have often said everything I know about people I learned from a cow. Today, however, I am writing about something I doubt even a cow could understand. We all have heard about “Test Tube Meat,"...

 
 By Ken Frantz    Opinion    August 24, 2022

Fearless Faith

Many of us feel shackled when pondering what to do with hundreds, even thousands, of photos and slides accumulated over decades. It only takes a few minutes of perusing old images for nostalgia to...

 

Colorado Preps Weekly

This week sees everyone joining the party, as the final fall sports get their seasons underway. Football champions will be looking to get their title defenses off on the right foot, while volleyball r...

 

Capital Review

Not long ago, Colorado was one of the safest, most prosperous states in the nation. Today, Colorado is a mess. Crime is soaring. The economy is faltering. Energy prices are rising. Schools are struggling. Many of today’s problems are the predictabl...

 

Letter to the Editor

Letter to the Editor, Muriel Brown’s wishes will not be forgotten. The last few years of her life was a struggle but she endured to make sure her beloved town would be taken care of. It was an emotional roller coaster of love, mistrust, hurt...

 
 By Ken Frantz    Opinion    August 17, 2022

Fearless Faith

It’s our nature to pay attention to the latest interesting news or fad. If it is something out of the ordinary, something beyond our everyday activity, we are naturally drawn toward it. Such is the...

 

Son Up to Son Down

I can’t believe it’s time for school already. I love being home with my kids in the summer, but at this point I am tired of running my dishwasher twice a day, I’ve become a snack vendor and my h...

 

Under the Wire

Long time “Under the Wire” readers are by now aware of my propensity towards accidents and injuries. The truth of the matter is, new readers won’t have to read very many of these columns to...

 
 By Ken Frantz    Opinion    August 10, 2022

Fearless Faith

Some of the best pollinators in the world include hummingbirds and bees and insects of various kinds. Without pollinators, the earth would be hard set to produce the amount of food that is required...

 

Under the Wire

A recent, rare, Hodgson family vacation via automobile, drew me from the familiar flatlands of Eastern Colorado to an area so starkly different, it could have been the moon as far as I knew. In fact,...

 
 By Gary Hodgson    Opinion    August 3, 2022

Under the Wire

Folks like us who make a big part of their living off the land develop an appreciation not only for how it serves us but also for those who took care of it before we came along. As a student, I will...

 

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