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By Jerry Nine

(Oct. 31)--It is time again for you to make a decision. It is election time. You can either choose to vote or not. You can say that it doesn't matter who is president or that your vote doesn't count. To me this is a very important election. It seems more important than most seem to me. It is not about Democrats and Republicans but it seems there are a lot of things at stake. I challenge every one of you to evaluate who they are and what they stand for and who you think would be best for our country. I challenge you to put aside what party you are associated with but vote for who you think would be best for America. There is a lot at stake. If you believe in God, please pray that the right one for America will win. We all want America to do well. There are a lot of other things and people to vote for. Please vote.

We still need a rain in our area. One rancher said in his pasture there are a lot of cactus coming. He had heard his dad talk about the drought in the 30s and how a lot of unwanted things showed up where grass once was.

My dad said in the 50s the government had a program where they paid 10 cents per acre for you to clean up unwanted soap weeds and cactus. But they did not have a Bobcat to help make that chore easier. It was simply a shovel digging each one up individually. He said he remembered his dad and brothers cleaning up a half section or 320 acres that way. Those shovels used to fit the hand of every rancher--in other words, one size fits all. But my generation and younger, a shovel just does not fit our hands.

About 20 years ago a friend of mine was cutting wheat. At that time before the government came up with CRP the elevators were very busy. This friend had his grandpa haul a lot of wheat to the elevator and like a lot of times in harvest there was a truck line to unload wheat, which was often 100 yards long and sometimes longer. His grandpa was a very good guy but had a very short fuse as far as his temper. This friend's truck was very old and the brakes did not work very well. His grandpa was in this line of loaded trucks with wheat and his truck died. So he tried to start it but could not get it started, so the truck rolled back. This made the driver of the truck behind him nervous, as he thought he was going to roll into his truck. So he honked. This happened twice, and the third time that the farmer honked his horn, this friend's grandpa flung open his truck door and ran back toward the guy behind him and hollered, "If you will come up here and try to start this truck, I'll come back there and get in your truck and honk your horn." There may have been a cuss word in there I missed. I think I can use this at that sale barn.

Editor's note: Jerry Nine, Woodward, Okla., is a lifetime cattleman who grew up on his family's ranch near Laverne, Okla.

Date: 11/5/2012


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