Please be patient around farm equipment on roads

One of the reasons that we all love to live in Western Colorado is because of the rural character of the area. Part of that rural character is the remaining production agriculture in the area. As farmers and ranchers, we work day in and day out to provide affordable, safe, and nutritious food for the folks in Mesa County, Colorado, our nation, and globally.

There are numerous trials and obstacles to our goals as agriculturalists, the same as in any other business. There is an opportunity for the community to help us with one of those challenges on a daily basis, especially in the spring and summer. Moving equipment from field to field can be a true test. We need your help.

By nature, the equipment can be difficult to move. It is BIG, it is odd shaped, you cannot always see around it. Please be patient and safe when you see a piece of farm equipment. We may need a few extra moments to make a turn or to move through a stop sign. We talk about safety around the equipment on a regular basis on the farm and ranch. What we do is inherently dangerous.

You may wonder why we are on the road at particular times of the day. Agriculture is very weather dependent. We move from one field to another in response to the wind, amount of dew, timing of the harvest, etc. Please remember that we live in rural Colorado. Be patient when you come up behind a 16-foot disc (or bigger) behind a tractor or a herd of livestock. We will move out of the way as soon as it is safe to do so.

This is true from the fields of the lower valley when we are on the county roads to the remote ranches of the county like the Plateau Valley and the Unaweep Canyon. On East Orchard Mesa and the Palisade area, farm equipment and trailers are critical to the production of our valley’s beloved fruit. Just recently, one of our family members had a close call on 29 and D Roads. Someone passed on the wrong side of a tractor pulling a hay rake. This could have had tragic consequences.

It might be my son, husband, or my life that you save by just waiting a few moments. Or, it could be a member of your family.

JANIE VANWINKLE

Fruita


Trump’s toughest foes are the framers of the Constitution

Donald Trump at root is an addict, but not just for money and power. He has neither programs nor policies because he just triggers the default on his hip — ANGER. It’s his constant fix and his “base” weapon. He’ll shoot out whenever (3 a.m.), wherever (the golf course), at whoever, for example: at home against Hilary, the Dems, women, Mueller, minorities, immigrants; or overseas against China, North Korea, Iran (God forbid not the Russkies). Or he’ll just FIRE a bunch of bureaucrats.

But now his addiction will cripple him because in his hubris he’s flailing out, not at imaginary witches but against the toughest guys of all — the Founding Fathers. Knowing all there was about kings and oligarchs, they designed a brilliant political system of checks and balances guarding against any chief riding rough-shod over lawmakers.

They gave the legislature the final power to investigate the executive, to subpoena evidence, and if deemed guilty, to throw him out. So what we have now is both a perfect storm and a perfect cartoon — tiny Donald dressed in his comic ANGERBOY costume standing at the foot of, and blasting away at, a huge WALL, plastered not with the word “IMMIGRANTS”, but inscribed instead with the words “U.S. CONSTITUTION.”

DEKE HUYLER

Palisade


Supporting local shelters is the best way to help cats or dogs

From the cute whiskers to the gentle licks, cats are the “purrfect” pet. In June, anyone can show some love to felines during Adopt-a-Cat Month. The event encourages people to adopt one of the millions of cats across the country sitting in shelters hoping to find a home.

Even if you’re a dog person or can’t currently adopt a cat, you can still help them out. The best way is supporting your local shelter or rescue. Despite what most believe, local shelters and rescues aren’t affiliated with national groups such as the Humane Society of the United States or ASPCA, notwithstanding the similar “SPCA” or “humane society” names. In fact, according to recent tax returns, national groups spend lavishly on executive salaries and even keep millions in offshore accounts—money that shelter animals don’t see.

Adopting, fostering, or donating to your local shelter or rescue directly are the best way to help cats or dogs. Why not start today?

WILL COGGIN

Managing director, Center for Consumer Freedom

Washington, D.C.

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