The Culbertson Letter

March 2, 2020

When I was a boy a movie came out about a ranch family, on their own while the father was away on a long cattle drive, and a stray dog that arrived and laid claim, giving entertainment, loyalty, and protection.  “Old Yeller” was one of my favorites of the time, but I w...

February 15, 2020

Coming Home

It was May 26th, 1971, time to step onto the “freedom bird” and go home.  Like every other guy in the war-zone back then, I had no illusions about what to expect.  We all read the Stars and Stripes newspaper and knew what the news was from the States.  The o...

June 2, 2019

The Power of the States

In 1979, I was one of a couple dozen young cattlemen from across the country meeting in Washington DC with the Secretary of Agriculture and his senior staff.  That morning, they made it clear that the interest of America’s agricultural producers...

May 4, 2019

We live in tumultuous political times.  The divides between ideologies and political principles appear to be widening at astonishing rates while many of the fundamentals vital to this nation’s future are obscured by the political cacophony of the day.

Meanwhile the...

June 8, 2017

In the run-up to the Organ Mountains–Desert Peaks declaration under the Antiquities Act, a number of critical questions were ignored and otherwise deflected by proponents, politicians, and government officials, ostensibly to be dealt with after the fact.  It is no surp...

January 3, 2017

Written for American Cowboy Magazine

It was February 19th, 1945.  In the distance a non-descript mountain stuck out above one end of an unappealing land mass - Sulfur Island, or as the Japanese called it, Iwo Jima.  In the hundreds of landing craft making their way to t...

December 19, 2016

Back in the mid ‘60s several of us had entered the rodeo at Las Vegas, New Mexico, my hometown.  The Las Vegas “Roughriders” arena was a classic big post, plank , & bullwire structure with the bucking chutes along one side and a large, wooden, covered grandstand on the...

November 30, 2016

The New Mexico Farm and Livestock Bureau, representing the values, economic principles, and way of life of the state’s agricultural families, recently held their annual meeting in Albuquerque.  It was a characteristically optimistic, forward looking, get-down-to-busine...

October 12, 2016

Maybe a little honesty is in order. Civil society has devolved in pretty much direct proportion to a leftist movement that launched in the 1970s and, today, entertainers make millions and receive awards rapping out lewd and vulgar lyrics; otherwise reasonable movies ma...

September 27, 2016

I guess it’s just human nature for people to want to elbow their way to a microphone and declare failure, especially when it comes to wars and military actions.  Over the years we have observed notables including such opposites as Bill O’Reilly and Harry Reid, Donald T...

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