Jon Angell

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Jon Angell

Up front this month, we have a feature on Baxter Black and his career. It mentions several things I knew about Baxter, but had forgotten, as well as a few things I had no idea.

Although he was a longtime columnist with us and we sure appreciated a lot of that work, in my humble opinion Baxter shined as an entertainer. He was a regular speaker for cattleman’s and farming groups.

His Public Broadcast System (PBS) radio interviews were classic! Best wishes to Baxter as he transitions into retirement.

Among our pages you will find many of our regular opinion editorials and once again, I found particularly interesting Bill Bullards column. It gives a few useful details and color on the “Product of USA” label and a “call to action” by calling your legislators on mCOOL, as well as several news items and market reports.

Trent Loos’ column was really interesting as well, as giving me an American agricultural history lesson I had never heard.

A bumper crop in 1942, along with a machinery and labor shortage, was the catalyst that really established the migrating custom harvest industry of North America. Interesting.

Toward the back on page 21 is another Imprimis reprinting that should come with an explanation.

On the news the other day, I heard that the new Mayor of New York City was consulting with the Mayor of Chicago on what they were doing to curb the urban violence problem.

I laughed.

Then I thought that is really sad, not funny at all. Why ask Chicago? It’s obvious they aren’t getting the job done. In fact, why would a mayor ask almost any large city mayor? The majority of them are Democrat and failing their citizens and frankly the nation.

Imprimis devoted an issue talking on the violence in Chicago.

After years of calls for defunding the police, BLM and Antifa violent protests, no cash bonds, refusal of district attorneys to prosecute, a federal government that opened borders to illegal migration, drugs and trafficking. and on and on –– tell me why in the world would crime and violence not be spiraling out of control in large urban centers? Crime and violence is being incentivized by elected progressive Democrat leadership.

Their words will deny this, but the actions and policies that they are doubling down on I don’t know how even the simplest of honest observers couldn’t help but predict the tragic results.

Oops. I hear the calls now; Jon is being too political and decisive. I don’t think so. If you can read Matt Rosenburg’s article on 21 and prove me wrong in my disgust of Democrat leadership (not to say the GOP doesn’t have its own problems, but not even close to the same), then great, let me know.

My friend and longtime favorite progressive wrote a note last month. He is over 100 years old still active and reading our paper.

He writes to me that it’s fine for me to promote opinions, even the ones he disagrees with, but he regularly writes and implores me to keep it civil. I try really hard to keep my opinions toned down and civil. But David, I want you to know the struggle is real.

One last thing before I go. We have several part-time workers at the livestock market in Bowling Green. A few will be taking off to farm, or some work other jobs that hours change in spring or summer.

“We are looking for a few good men,” women, boys or girls 16 years old or older. Are you interested in some part-time livestock market work — good for grocery and pocket money!

Download a job application online or ask for one in the office.

Thanks for reading and your continued support to our newspaper!