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To The Point

by Caren Cowan

Polar Bears Are Running For Their Lives!

Gosh I wish I was clever… or at least a better liar. Maybe if I was … or some of us were, we would have the funding we need to win the battles we are in.

This email popped up in my spam box … and I just couldn’t resist reading it:

Polar bears are literally running for their lives — evading melting sea ice in search of remaining habitat for their hunt. With melting sea ice such a huge threat to the polar bear population, we must do everything we can to protect polar bear habitat.Read the rest

 

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by Caren Cowan

A New Year …

As we embark on a new year, there is much to be positive about. Cattle prices are reaching new highs on an almost weekly basis. With the promise of moisture in the weeks and months to come, many are retaining heifers so the rebuild of the cow herd may be beginning.

A growing cow herd will begin to bring prices down but it will be years before cow numbers are back to pre-drought levels. But that is assuming that the drought is over.… Read the rest

 

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by Caren Cowan

The Flop Test

Well maybe that is a little harsh, but the following quote from the Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Proposed Regulations for the Nonessential Experimental Population of the Mexican Wolf — a rule that expands minimum wolf numbers from 100 to 325, and expands recovery acreage from seven million acres to 98 million acres — pretty well confirms that science or even logic are not the driving factors.… Read the rest

 

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by Caren Cowan

The Flop Test

Dealing with government comes with a unique set of rules and regulations. We have learned that the U.S. Post Office is no different. One of the regulations that must be followed is the “Flop Test.”

A single issue of a newspaper or magazine must be able to be pushed five inches (or some other equally arbitrary number) over the edge of a flat surface. If the publication doesn’t fall off the surface, it has passed the Flop Test.… Read the rest

 

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by Caren Cowan

You cannot sit this one out

The political season is rapidly coming to a close. In New Mexico absentee voting began on October 7. Early voting begins on October 18. The national General Election is on November 4. As the disclaimer, the New Mexico Cattle Growers’ Association (NMCGA) does not endorse candidates or make campaign donations. However, the Association does encourage their members to do both.… Read the rest

 

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by Caren Cowan

How significant are YOU?

According to the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (FWS) Draft Environment Impact Statement (DEIS) on Mexican wolves, not at all.

Unless you have been living in a cave – and where we sit today – we may want to move into that cave with you, it is well known that the FWS has been working to expand the Mexican wolf recovery program… despite the fact that in the 16 years wolves have been being released, the Service has been unable to come up with a viable plan for these zoo raised predators.… Read the rest

 

To The Point

by Caren Cowan

Language, Fowl & Otherwise

I was blessed with a Grandmother that read to me often and once I learned to read, she had me read to her. No doubt that had a big impact on my vocabulary. I have been helped along with folks like Bill Humphries who every now and then throws out a word that I have to look up.

One of my favorite pastimes is to think up news ways of stating things that are inappropriate in most cases or have an ugly connotation in ways that are more palatable in polite society.… Read the rest