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Rural Housing Help

We note the call for assistance with refugees from Afghanistan. It tears at our heart strings that the situation deteriorated so quickly to what it has become.  Many of us will be in a position to assist with donations of material goods, but if we cannot even house our own struggling employees on our properties, […]

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Englitch

Reading or listening to the media can sometimes give cold shivers like a fingernail scratching on a blackboard.  Why are we compelled to render simple English into complicated words and redundant phrases?  “Arrearages”, “return back”? What was wrong with “arrears” and “return”, respectively?  Then there is the commonly misconstrued use of the possessive “your” for […]

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Medical Marvels

It is scary out there in the world of surgery.  Scary for those on the table, if only routine for the experts wielding the scalpels. Recently, two close acquaintances underwent major procedures only to be sent home the same day. Each was as groggy as a mortally wounded soldier but managed the stairs and came […]

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Service in a Service-based Economy

The service industry now makes up 70% of the US economy.  Why, then, are some of the services so poor when some are so good? In the latter category I would include the likes of Chewy.com and Amazon. In the abysmal class, a recent Saturday morning experience illustrates a problem common to the mega-conglomerates that […]

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No Vacilating with Vaccinations

Covid is a year old now. The treatment regime was: shutdown, mask up and social distance until the vaccines arrived. Rollout was perhaps a little tardy, but the old US of A is leading the field. At first we were all at sea— nowhere to book and no vaccines in evidence. Well last week this […]

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Serving Civilly

Many of us recall the days of loyal, traditional governmental service. My mother worked as a civil servant for a decade: ceaselessly, loyally, reliably, and relentlessly. Now here we are in the 21st Century in Boulder County. We citizens own the land, pay taxes to provide for the acquisition thereof and are then restricted from […]

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Beware: Workers Ahead

Rather: work is ahead. February is all but past and soon farmers will be coming out of the proverbial woodwork—burning ditches, fertilizing, and spraying, as necessary. But will there be water? The heaviest snowfall month is ahead but the mountains are looking bare from below. Sitting on water rights is of no use if there […]

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Caught with our Pants Down

I speak for myself and Texas here, but both parties were ill prepared for the Artic blast we have just experienced. In my case it was on account of pure slothfulness that had a pipe freeze, but fortunately we caught it before anything burst. Our sympathies go out to other souls who were less fortunate. […]

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Valuation of Rural Properties

First-time rural-property buyers are often unaware of the complexities that determine a property’s value. There are three basic methods. The Broker Opinion. This is an opinion of value under current market conditions developed by the broker using all the tools available, not least being experience in the field.  It is not intended for lending purposes. […]

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After the Storm

Mid January already and while the weather storms have been passing us by and leaving us dry, the political equivalent has dumped on us.  Rural activity in the real estate market stalled around the time of the vote counting shenanigans but true to form, people bounce back quickly.  Buyers are like bees in a honey […]

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