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Good Morning Middle America, your King of Simple News is on the air.

Delta Country Colorado: In my home county here in Western Colorado, neighbors of a ranch near the small town of Crawford became suspicious when the owners built a tall privacy fence; certainly a crime worth pursuing.

The neighbors described the fence as blocking the fence owners views of “beautiful mountains.” The crime of blocking ones own view of “beautiful mountains” is inexcusable and will not be tolerated

One of the neighbors called news station KUSA channel 9 who features the popular program, “9 Wants to Know.” In this case the neighbors wanted to know. The real issue, of course, was that the neighbors couldn’t see what it was that the land owners were doing. After all, building a privacy fence on your own property is more than distrustful behavior.


Our local sheriff was pressured to call on the residents who showed him around the ranch where he found no evidence of wrong doing, except the fence which carries a penalty of death. The residents did in fact reveal that they are members of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (FLDS). Now we’re getting down to the real nitty-gritty.

Another FLDS compound is located near Mancos, Colorado in Montezuma County. Montezuma County Sheriff Gerald Wallace says he is watching the compound to see if there is any criminal activity there. Watching our state legislature could prove more fruitful.

Mind you, the sheriff admitted that he has never gone and out and talked to the people, but did say, “We just decided to get a closer look from the air and we were able to get some good photographs as part of our reference material.”

Ya see, this is all a connection to the same FLDS who operated the compound in West Texas where authorities recently seized more than 401 children and 133 women in a raid. The people living there were believed to be polygamists. The men are not allowed to leave the ranch.


The raid was conducted due to a supposed 16 year old calling in a complaint of abuse, but thus far has not been located. I suppose the raid went something like this, “Have you found the girl Ralph?” “Not yet Earl, why don’t we just haul ‘em all off to be sure we got her?”

The cost for housing those removed is now reported as $25,000 to $35,000 per day! Marleigh Meisner, spokeswoman for the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, said that every child will be provided their own lawyer. The Texas Bar Association will be holding a celebration gala later this week. Oh yeah, the children have now been taken away from their mothers.


Wow, can you imagine what might have happened should these folks have been known to be guilty of something? They could have been sentenced to death, or even worse, forced to live in Washington D.C.


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Mike Folkerth is the author of "The Biggest Lie Ever Believed" and is not your run-of-the-mill author of finance and economics. The former real estate broker, developer, private real estate fund manager, auctioneer, Alaskan bush pilot, (more...)
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