• T.J. Burnham

    A Time For A Magnificent Candidate

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     by T.J. Burnham
     on July 31, 2013

    The reason for so much frustration among voters about elections is the lack of candidates they feel they can trust to work for us. There was a time, I remember, when I had about three good people in mind to lead the nation (I am not going to name names to avoid any politics), but today I cannot come up with one, and that frightens me. Most potential candidates are "party choices" who their support feels will do the best job degrading the opposite party. That's not…

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    Western Drought Takes Toll As Some Get Too Much H2O

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     by T.J. Burnham
     on July 16, 2013

    Consider this part 2 of the great western drought/water diversity blog. Last week I lamented on the fact that although places like eastern Colorado were suffering from crop-killing drought, others in the Northwest had too much rain. A new Northwest Farm Credit Services report just crossing my desk underscored the weather diversity in the west, triggering me to write a little more about the topic. May and June rains helped some, hurt others, according to Northwest's report…

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    After The Fireworks, Settling Into Summer

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     by T.J. Burnham
     on July 9, 2013

    I hope that your Independence Day was as perfect as mine. My wife swept me off to the Oregon coast where we spent the holiday walking a local park filled with crafts tents where we ate Boy Scout burgers and watched swans in the pond. The rest of the day was spent cruising the Oregon Dunes in a scooter driven by an insane, funny driver. That evening, fireworks filled the sky, we ate pie and I went to sleep with a smile. It was, in my estimation, the perfect day, with accommodating blue…

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    Here Come The Fireworks! Hard To Keep Your Head Down When Looking UP

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     by T.J. Burnham
     on July 3, 2013

    I have always liked fireworks, to a point. I was one of those smiling kids who loved watching my brothers light rockets and throw cherry bombs. It was something I looked ahead to, and remembered fondly. But, over the years, my fireworks fascination has dwindled. I love going to public displays which I consider safe and sound, but when the neighborhood resounds with endless blasts and fills with the smell of gunpowder, I get a little annoyed. Particularly when it goes on for days…

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