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Today's Opinions

  • Now’s a good time for an analysis

    Most cattle producers happily waved good-bye to 2008, while crossing their fingers that 2009 will be much better. Many are wrestling with challenging management decisions as a result of the profitability challenges they are facing.

    Production costs were extremely high in 2008 and feeder cattle prices fell dramatically from summer to winter.  However, it is difficult to make clear recommendations about strategies without good knowledge of the cost structure of the farm.

  • Time to re-examine Sunday alcohol sales

    Boy, it’s a good thing county law prevents Brody’s from serving alcohol on Sundays.

    Otherwise there might have been a big crowd of people out there to watch the Super Bowl, watching the game and (gasp!) drinking alcohol.

    Thankfully, calmer, more rational people have saved those sinners from their own weaknesses by maintaining a county law that forbids businesses outside city limits from serving alcohol on Sundays.

  • Get with the program or get out of the way

    We drink potentially contaminated water during boil water advisories.

    We’re at the mercy of a handful of tornado sirens to warn us when a twister is on its way.

    Rail cars loaded with God-knows-what rumble each day through the heart of our city mere yards from schools and homes, not to mention police and fire departments.

    The common thread with each of these risks is that when or if they occur, our city and county governments have no effective means with which to warn us.

    Isn’t that special?

  • Obtaining agricultural credit in troubled times

    Much has been said about the availability of credit in today’s world of troubled markets, failing businesses and loan losses.

    Credit is certainly still available, but in seeking a loan you need to visit your prospective lender armed with a proposal that is reasonable and easily understood by the loan officer.

    You need to address, in a written business plan, what are referred to as the “Five Cs of Credit,” namely character, capacity, conditions, capital and collateral.

    Character

  • Spring’s only seven Wednesdays away

    Are you getting the itch? Join the crowd.

    February is almost here and seeds will soon hit the dirt. It doesn’t matter that the dirt is in pots.

    Whether you want to be the first on the block to harvest or you just want to lower your grocery bill ASAP, you can get a head start by starting from seeds or cuttings.

    If you brought some plants inside to overwinter then you can start some cuttings now in pots. Good potting soil and sharp scissors are a good start. A rooting compound is helpful but not essential.

  • Here’s to an open government

    Last week I wrote about the reasons I got into journalism and the reasons why I stay. In that column, I also stated that I believe people have a right to be informed and, at the very least, you deserve to know what’s going on around you.

    Well, praise God, we finally have a president who agrees with me — at least to a certain extent.

    One of President Barack Obama’s first duties in office was to issue a memo encouraging government agencies to better comply with the Freedom of Information Act.

  • COLUMN - Everything I do, I do for you

    One of the questions people — everyone from third-graders to those holding doctorate degrees — most often ask me is “How did you get into this? How did you end up in journalism?”

    I always answer them honestly, but it occurred to me as I was placing subscriptions to Cosmopolitan, Marie Claire and Glamour that I might never have answered that question for you, my wonderful, faithful readers. (You’ll see why that magazine part was important in just a second.)

  • COLUMN - Meet my buddy, Jack

    Times being what they are, it’s a fair bet that most of us (if we are willing to be honest) would be quick to pocket a lottery ticket we found on the floor — and the cash it produced were it a winner.

    After all, what are you going to do with a found lottery ticket? Go around asking people if it belongs to them?

    Not everyone thinks that way, especially Jack Patel, a man I’m proud to say is a friend who is as honest as the day is long.