• T.J. Burnham

    Jingling Bells For The Holidays A Good Sound For Ag

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     by T.J. Burnham
     on December 24, 2012

    We'll have prime rib for Christmas dinner on a table trimmed with big baker potatoes, fresh salads, a choice of vegetables, and a couple of marionberry pies for dessert. Of course, the common denominator is that this was all thanks to our farmers and ranchers, and I hope they enjoyed a big season for sales this year. I noted in an earlier blog that the holidays, from Halloween through New Year's Day, is a farm feast, and that unless we had a  safe, high quality and…

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    A Squeaky Brush With An Attempted Presidential Assassin

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     by T.J. Burnham
     on December 18, 2012

    News Note: "Squeaky " Fromme was sentenced to life in prison by a Sacramento, Calif.,  federal jury during this week in 1975 for attempting to shoot President Gerald Ford in Sacramento. I bring this up because just a few weeks earlier, I met Lynette Alice Fromme when I was working as a reporter for The Sacramento Bee.  I was near the entrance to the second floor from a staircase when the door opened and his nice young woman asked me how to get to the newsroom. Being…

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    Christmas Has Come To The Western Farmer-Stockman Office

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     by T.J. Burnham
     on December 11, 2012

    I am one of those fortunate workers who have an office at home. Usually, that's comfy as far as the short commute and occasional option to work in my pajamas. But they've taken it over, those Christmas elves. With my daughter and two grandchildren residing with us as she seeks to find work, the house is at high mess of cram-ness. That was OK until we decided there was no place to wrap presents out of the eyes of the youngsters. In a moment of mental lapse, I…

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    On The Verge Of Wining $550 Million

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     by T.J. Burnham
     on December 3, 2012

    Sitting here imagining what it would be like to win the $550 million Powerball tonight, my mind boggles. By now, of course, the draw is over and some may win, perhaps none will. Nevertheless, when I think of all that money, it is fun to dream about what I would do with it. The only real way to riches, and avoid falling off the financial cliff, is to work hard and make your own millions. I figure I could have done that if it were my priority, but money has never meant success or…

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