• T.J. Burnham

    Repetitive TV Commercials, Snowbells & Little Sounds

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     by T.J. Burnham
     on February 28, 2014

    I tried so danged hard to watch the Olympics to the awards ceremonies each night, but by 10:30 or so, the incessantly repeated commercials – doubled up as the end of the show approached – put me to sleep in my recliner. I would think advertisers might be embarrassed at the barrage of unchanging spots they produce each night. By the time I have watched one of them a half dozen times, I actually cringe when it comes back again. Is that good advertising, or do some people promise…

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    Olympic Games Bring Cheers, Tears

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     by T.J. Burnham
     on February 20, 2014

    Forget about the latest episode of “Hawaii 50,” I am no longer in control of my clicker! The family only wants to watch the Olympics. Sure, I love the games as much as anyone, but the commercials usually dull my brain and quell the excitement about 9:30 each night, and I am ready to go to bed. All those new Super Bowl ads are repeated with incessant punishment, and they take the fun out of watching the Olympic sports. We're cheering with each gold, silver and bronze, and even…

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    Real Winter Visits the North Pacific Coast

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     by T.J. Burnham
     on February 11, 2014

    I am looking at a foot of snow on the ground outside the window of the vast Western Farmer-Stockman campus. What's unusual about it is that we don't get snow here in the northern Pacific much. But it hit with a vengeance on Feb. 6. School administrators screamed "Snow Day," and thousands of students responded with "Yes!" Funny thing is that when I was growing up in Michigan, this kind of a day would be a mild event. People around here don't know ice storms and…

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    Hemp or Marijuana, the Similarities Bring Questions

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     by T.J. Burnham
     on February 6, 2014

    In the January issue of Western Farmer-Stockman I included an editorial asking readers how they felt about the marijuana issue since two of the states we cover – Washington and Colorado – have legalized recreational use and production. What happened was somewhat of a surprise, since only two responses came in from all of our readers asked whether we should cover production and research of the crop, should those matter become interesting to agriculture. You can view these letters in…

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