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BARBWIRE BOB 4-11-24

HORSIN’ AROUND Many residents of Arapahoe and Douglas Counties love horses. Among one of the most ardent horse fans is former school art teacher Vicki Dow who has had a love affair with horses from childhood. Most recently Dow was reading The Villager newspaper and came upon Barb Wire Bob’s epic tale of riding a …

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BANKNOTE – The Tree of Freedom and Responsibility

The Federal Reserve’s latest comments on interest rates are encouraging.  Chairman Powell continues his statements about reducing rates.  This action reduces the cost of borrowing, and allows businesses to expand, resulting in job growth, economic expansion, and prosperity for the greatest number of people.   However, the Fed still hasn’t addressed the reason behind inflation, …

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BARBWIRE BOB – 4-4-24

Newspaper Shop Talk We’ve received some kind compliments about last week’s edition of The Villager highlighting news stories and photos for our first quarter of 2024.  The edition captured the incredible hard work and dedication of The Villager staff and family members.  We publish this newspaper because we feel it is important, and if we …

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BARBWIRE BOB 3-28-24

I’ve been intrigued recently with the wonderful cast of The Villager newspaper columnists.  Of course loyal subscribers to this newspaper remember the dean of columnists, Mort Marks.  I first met Mort at an Arapahoe Republican Men’s breakfast. I was new in Denver, moving here from Craig.  Mort was his usual self and was agitating the …

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BANKNOTE – The Ethics of Capitalism as an Economic System

The deepest principles of capitalism are found in the definition of free trade: “A willing buyer and a willing seller deciding on a transaction without outside coercion.”   Two individuals arrive at an agreement.  This point is critical.  Capitalism only exists in individual freedom to choose.  True capitalism doesn’t spring from any law or any …

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BARBWIRE BOB – 3-21-24

The name of this column came from a hardware store friend, Dave Samuelson, owner of the business, who gave me this title of “Barbwire Bob”.  The name seems to have stuck. Barbwire covers the west and protects private ownership of property. Newspapers protect public interests so there is some connection to journalism and the west. …

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BARBWIRE BOB – 3-14-24

March Madness has arrived, basketball for many fans (see our new columnist, Ryan Boublik on pages 14-15 on this subject), and politics for those interested in the future of America.  Politics, like it or not, is the sole mandate to enjoy all the privileges, benefits, and freedoms  of living in this great country. Basketballs, through …

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