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Written by Sen. Jerry Sonnenberg   

Bertrand Russell, a British philosopher born in the 1800s once said, “With the introduction of agriculture, mankind entered upon a long period of meanness, misery and madness, from which they are only now being freed by the beneficent operation of the machine.”

He was talking about the evolution of farm machinery and how agriculture was being reformed by technology at the turn of the 20th century.

The 70th General Assembly convened on Jan. 7, and with the swearing in of new members, the legislature is now split with the Democrats retaining control of the House and Republicans taking the reins on the Senate.

Although the only machine involved was the voting machine, I trust rural Colorado will be freed from the meanness, misery and madness of politics we have seen over the last two years.

I plan to help lead this effort in the State Senate by actually governing. I was humbled when leadership chose to appoint this farm boy from the Colorado plains as chairman of the Senate Agriculture, Natural Resources and Energy Committee. As the only farmer in the legislature, I look forward to being the statesmen who defends our rural way of life.

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Holyoke Enterprise January 29, 2015

 
Extension Corner PDF Print E-mail
Written by Kindra Plumb   

4-H promotes community pride activities

4-H members have various requirements they need to achieve in order to have a complete project. Each project has its own project completion requirements. Each 4-H club has its own set of guidelines for club completion. Additionally, county, state and national 4-H has a short list of requirements for project completion.

One of these expectations is for each member to participate in a 4-H sponsored community service activity. These activities encourage 4-H members to give back to their community, with the hope that members will continue to serve and help others throughout their whole life.

According to the “4-H Study of Positive Youth Development” completed by Tufts University, 4-H members are more likely to participate in community service type activities. The Tufts study revealed that 4-H members are four times more likely to make contributions to their communities and two times more likely to be civically active when compared to their peers who were not involved in 4-H.

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Holyoke Enterprise January 29, 2015

 
It's the Pitts PDF Print E-mail
Written by Lee Pitts   

Cattle barons

Being a son of a proud member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, it pains me to say this, but the British played a big role in the founding of the range cattle industry in this country.

Because the No. 1 son in England inherited everything, the “other” sons occasionally got shipped here. I think it was kinda like being the middle child, of which I am one.

The Brits wasted no time in trying to take back America by running their animals on free public rangelands. Being without money of their own, they were often subsidized by an allowance or a remittance from home, thus the name “remittance men.” Soon they were selling stock in cattle companies to stupid first-born sons back in England.

As one Brit said, “Americans sent us all their worthless securities and we sent them all our high class criminals.”

So much British money flowed into the U.S. cattle business that, on a per person basis, Cheyenne was one of the wealthiest cities in the world!

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Holyoke Enterprise January 29, 2015