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ranchers, by the tax laws that favor wealthy ranchers, by the unrelenting push of Colorado’s real estate developers. But it would not be
entirely wrong. Hank was under enormous pressure at the time of his death. He was trying to find a way of gaining conservation easements
that would protect his land but not sacrifice the financial security of his family. Cattle prices had fallen to their lowest point in more than a
decade. And El Paso County was planning to build a new highway right through the heart of his ranch. The stress of these things and others
led to sleepless nights, then to a depression that spiraled downward fast, and before long he was gone.
The suicide rate among ranchers and farmers in the United States is now about three times higher than the national average. The issue
briefly received attention during the 1980s farm crisis, but has been pretty much ignored ever since. Meanwhile, across rural America, a slow
and steady death toll mounts. As the rancher’s traditional way of life is destroyed, so are many...
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This note was uploaded on 02/25/2014 for the course MGMT 120 taught by Professor Litt during the Spring '08 term at UCLA.
- Spring '08