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Baxter Black

Baxter Black tackles ag issues with a strong funny bone. Black is an American cowboy, poet, philosopher and former veterinarian.

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The Washington (D.C.) Redskins have raised the ire of part of the collective descendants of East Asian migrants who crossed the Bering Strait thousands of years ago.

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“In the land of the geldings, the cryptorchid is king.”

That seems to be the best way to describe American politics since Reagan or Truman. But we get what we deserve.

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“Rattlesnakes on the Border.” Some of you might think this is another grim tale about the cartels and gunfights in the Mexican border states. It’s not.Most all of roads coming north to connect with the freeway have a manned border-patrol checkpoint. The object is to deter illegal immigrants and drug smuggling.

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What do horses, centipedes, geese, dogs and zippers have in common with Mike Tyson? They bite.

As a veterinarian, I routinely find myself sticking my hand into some animal’s mouth, giving pills, floating teeth, removing foreign objects or tickling their uvula.

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JB and Deb are one of those couples that form the backbone of agriculture. They have a diversified operation that includes livestock, loans, machinery and kids. There are times when it seems they can read each other’s minds.

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The Mountain West, as pictured by the European immigrants in the days of Lewis and Clark, was covered with immense healthy forests that had recycled themselves naturally for centuries.

They grew from seeds, matured, reproduced, died, burned and prepared the land for a fresh seeding. Fire was not the enemy.

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