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Unformatted text preview: in financial trouble today are the ones who live the life and embody the values supposedly at the
heart of the American West. They are independent and self-sufficient, cherish their freedom, believe in hard work — and as a result are now
paying the price. a broken link
HANK DIED IN 1998. He took his own life the week before Christmas. He was forty-three. When I heard the news, it made no sense to me, none at all. The man that I knew was full of fire and ready to go, the kind of person who
seemed always to be throwing himself into the middle of things. He did not hide away. He got involved in the community, served on
countless boards and committees. He had a fine sense of humor. He loved his family. The way he died seemed to contradict everything else
about his life.
It would be wrong to say that Hank’s death was caused by the consolidating and homogenizing influence of the fast food chains, by
monopoly power in the meatpacking industry, by depressed prices in the cattle market, by th...
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- Spring '08