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Cubs and cattlemen: Paying to lose

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Chicago Cubs baseball fans and American cow-calf ranchers have two things in common. First, they can’t win for losing and, second, they pay heavily for the right to do just that. For example, on April 15, Tom Ricketts, chairman of the Cubs, announced plans to update the 99-year-old home of the team, Wrigley Field. The […]

Congress needs less old-boy cronyism

Thursday, April 18, 2013

While Max Baucus and Jon Tester are both Democrats, both U.S. senators and both Montana country boys, last month’s hurried vote to fund nearly $1 trillion of current federal spending shows just how different these Big Sky legislators really are. Baucus, a ranch kid with two degrees from Stanford University, has spent nearly 50 years […]

Springing backward, like the economy

Thursday, April 11, 2013

That lion-in/lamb-out thing about March didn’t offer much lamb this year, but it did deliver several platters of snow. Oh, spring arrived on time; winter just didn’t leave on time. The struggle between seasons finally sorted out during Holy Week. Palm Sunday brought eight inches of snow, howling winds and drifted roads to nowhere. Easter […]

Land bulls, bears and squirrels

Thursday, April 4, 2013

The neighborhood farmer grapevine, fiber optic for years now, was set abuzz two weeks ago with news that a 237-acre piece of the township for sale at $12,500 per acre. Whoa, right? Promising land Well, the land sports five-year averages of 199 bu. for corn and 60 bu. for soybeans and is home to a […]

Congress can no longer fiddle around

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Contrary to rumor, Nero did not fiddle while Rome burned. He couldn’t have; fiddles did not exist in first century Rome. Far more likely, however, is that Nero lit the fire that burned nearly one-third of the city in 64 A.D. because he wanted to clear the 200 or so acres to build a new […]

I say neigh … I mean, nay, I say!

Thursday, March 21, 2013

The coincidence was positively delicious. Shortly after Swedish furniture seller Ikea found itself, shall we say, saddle-deep in a saucy mess that featured racier red meat in its Swedish meatballs than you’d normally get from the average European cow, the USDA announced changes to its controversial Country of Origin Labeling, or COOL, law for American […]

Your program caused these problems

Thursday, March 7, 2013

In the run-up to the Great Budget Sequester of 2013, a deeply indebted America once again learned what every American knows from birth: your government program got us into this mess, not mine. As evidence, look at the red-hot reaction by ag forces to the rumor — not fact, but rumor — that the White […]

Health care is about care, not politics

Thursday, February 28, 2013

When you’re sick, nothing—not money, politics or even religion—matters more than getting well. And, yet, when you’re healthy, those items matter more in any health care policy debate than the goal of the policy being debated: healing you when you’re sick. This disconnect isn’t just personal, it’s national, regional and local and it continues to […]

U.S. Supreme Court to decide seed case

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

The stakes are high in the dispute over rights to genetically modified seeds. The U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments today (Feb. 19, 2013).

It’s all talk: No trust in antitrust

Thursday, February 14, 2013

A recent New York Times headline whetted the proverbial whistle: “Justice Dept.’s Fight Against Modelo Brings in Familiar Face.”Modelo, the name of a lovely Mexican beer, drew me into a brief story that related how the company’s outside counsel, Christine Varney, is “squarely at odds” with the U.S. Department of Justice in its lawsuit to […]

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