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7/8/2013 11:09:00 AM Nancy receives letters from everywhere at her request
Letters from here, there and everywhere. It has been an interesting couple of weeks for the letter writers and first I thank them for their kind words about the column, it is always nice to hear “good stuff.” One of the first letters was from Mr. C. in Geneseo. “The Farmer” and I laughed at the first part of his letter: “I find your Nancy’s Notes kind of quirky ... sometimes annoying and very often the best part of the paper.” Thank you Mr. C. and now you have given “The Farmer” a new nickname of me —“quirky” ...love it. The issue Mr. C. was concerned with was the column on “The Farmer’s” colonoscopy and why his doctor didn’t order one before the farmer turned 80. Reason: We are of the old school, don’t go to a doctor until you have to and it had been probably six years since the old guy had seen a doctor. The driving factor for him to get one was “me” because I had been listening to Cousin Leo and the talk a doctor gave about the issue. Mr. C. also talked about a EGD which is just about the same type of test except it involves the esophagus and the upper stomach. He suggested I research the issue and write about it. Here is the problem, I’m not capable to write extensive columns on health. In fact, before I did the colonoscopy column, I checked with my editor, asking if it was alright to write. I told him I didn’t want to turn my column into a medical column. I had written earlier about my own health issues and such, but I have no medical education and I thank Mr. C. and ask him if his local paper has a medical section that the EGD issue could be addressed. Hmm! I wonder if someone of authority and educated in medicine could fill the spot. Again thanks to Mr. C. for his concerns. Another letter comes from Mrs. S. who lives in Emmett. Idaho. Mrs. S. refers to the column about the strangers in church who were asking for help, but ended up to appear as a scam. Mrs. S. said the column reminded her of years ago when a couple with three kids came to their farm looking for work. They were offered dinner with the family but declined and instead were given a tank of gas. “They sure looked suspicious!” Mrs. S. originally is from Illinois and now lives in Idaho and hates to leave the place because of the conditions today. Also thanks for your note. Sorry to hear of Harold’s death but impressed that you have taken Agri-News with you to Idaho for the past 32 years and years before that in Illinois. The next is about the “freemartin” column that referenced “twins” in cattle. Ninety-some-year-old George called from Texas. He and Dorothy just moved into an assisted living place. He says it is alright but doesn’t like the food. His granddaughter is sending him a little George Foreman grill so they can cook their own meat. I need to tell George that we buy those roasted chickens at the market and really like them. At any rate, George was a long time farrow-to-finish hog farmer and he called to correct me about “freemartin” (twinning) in other livestock. I reminded him that I quoted the Internet for that information and allegedly you can’t always trust things on the internet. I told him that our Alicia, who deals with hogs and cattle and has those mules, or donkeys or jackass or whatever they are, told me the same thing as George did, but I tossed it in to the column so George would call, because I knew he would. George calls a couple times a year and we always have a really good conversation. Speaking of twins: Susan writes from Thompson that they noticed an increase of multiple births in their cattle herd last year. In a herd of 50 cows, they had three sets of twins and one set of triplets. This year, they have 60 cows and five sets of twins. Susan says they buy their bulls and maybe they are striving for some sort of record. “It is better to have one healthy calf,” she said. Their son farms with them and takes care of the herd and records and does a good job. She also tells how our Alicia was their son’s teacher at Platteville University. Alicia teaches some of the animal science classes besides doing a million other things. Next week will be the answers to why my radishes don’t grow and the many different ways people eat and grow radishes. “The Farmer” and I laughed when the letters continued to come in concerning the lowly radish. I mean here Paula Dean is getting batted around. The Illinois pension plan is not being solved. Illinois is broke. Chicago schools are being closed by the numbers. We’ve had more rain than we can handle and by the way, did the farm bill get passed yet? But have you heard that a peanut butter and radish sandwich is really good? Ciao!
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