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k-289
Esteemed Advisor

Platte Valley vs. SW Panhandles

E  Plant  at  Platte  Valley  bid  Sept  Corn  $7.80  = = =

Guymon  Okla   feed  mill  bid  Sept  Corn  $8.80 ,  Oct $8.18  - with eyeball  on  the  train labor  negotiations - - -

365  miles  separate  the  2  bids  &  I'm  guessing  the  Rail Road  will  drop  their  '''1  occupant  in  the  cab '''  as  it  will  be  in  the  rear  view  mirror  for  now  = = =

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clayton58
Veteran Advisor

Re: Platte Valley vs. SW Panhandles

If the trains stop running, that dollar difference in bids will more than double.  365 miles time $6 per loaded mile is$2190 to haul 1000 bushels   $2.19 per bushel. Where does it end?

k-289
Esteemed Advisor

Re: Platte Valley vs. SW Panhandles

Clayton ,  maybe  there  is  a  secret  feed  conversion  recipe ( A D G )  in  the  panhandle , unknown  to  others - ? 

Does  $6   apply  to  '''''  Back  Haul  ''''  rates  out  of  say ,   Freedom  Okla  salt  loads -  ?  ?  ?  

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sw363535
Honored Advisor

Re: Platte Valley vs. SW Panhandles

It will all be history as soon as the election is over.....  None of those unions has the power to stop anything.

I could loose employees to a railroad job at current pay..... Truck drivers would love those jobs ..... so fire strikers and hire real workers.. 

Same with nurses, overpaid already.

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k-289
Esteemed Advisor

Re: Platte Valley vs. SW Panhandles

OR   pay  the  t -drivers  more , is  what  your  saying  -  ?   Maybe  a  Pullman  Palace  Coach  behind  each  locomotive set ,  and  those  engineers  &  conductors  could  stay  out  for  weeks ,   like  truck  drivers  =  =  =

Mother  said ,  Walk  a  mile  in  their  shoes  - first  ,  and  if  nurses  are  over-paid ,  why  do  I  hear  nursing  shortage  from  even  my  conservative  elected   officials  ?  

 

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BA Deere
Honored Advisor

Re: Platte Valley vs. SW Panhandles

There`s many issues with healthcare these days.  The demographic shift, Baby Boomers going on Medicare and Millennial healthcare workers thinking they need a trophy & a raise for just doing the job every other generation just put their head down and did. 

The Medicare doesn`t reimburse the total real expense, so doctors and hospitals end up eating a lot of their costs.  These rural clinics are money losers, they`d rather that the old goats drive 40 miles to the hospital rather than provide that expensive "service"  right in their hometown.   I see the hospital`s point, they have to make tough decisions or the hospital closes and no one gets care.   Then you add on that, people have become rude, demanding jerks these days, they abuse their damned bodies for 65 years and the expect doctors to give them a miracle drug that takes away all their aches & pains with zero responsibility from their end. 

My advice is take care of your bodies and stay out of the doctor`s exam rooms as much as possible, it`ll be cheaper in the long run. 

Does anyone have any questions on how I really feel?  😀

rsbs
Senior Advisor

Re: Platte Valley vs. SW Panhandles

BA, amen to all of that. I have been living pretty much like a mormon since age 40 or so (well, just one wife)...no smoking, no drinking, keeping at my playing weight of 210 lbs, and eating lots of vegetables and fruits (thanks to my wifey). Lately I have started the day with a long walk with my dog, and alternate days pushups and/or situps.

The "olden days" I would have been, and was, rewarded for all of that with low priced health insurance. Then came "Obama". But that's a whole nuther topic....

I remember my five years working at a hospital doing Medicare cost reimbursement reports, and seeing what Medicare really paid, and the transition to DRG's and even less reimbursements. Anyone that thinks a local clinic or hospital gets rich or even pays its bills with the Medicare crowd needs to educate themselves. I remember Shifty arguing that the clinic must make money off of him cause the Dr. always was nice to him.

Just thinking about those hospital days makes me really happy to just be balancing the farming books. Pretty easy gig, just don't buy $20,000 an acre land and then wonder why you go broke.

BA Deere
Honored Advisor

Re: Platte Valley vs. SW Panhandles

Hey Red, I have a friend who is always at the doctor with hernia ops, rare bacterial infections, you name it.  He has what`s considered good insurance that pays 80/20 .. however a $100,000 bill still means you have to come up with $20,000 out of pocket, well he let`s it ride and one day the hospital calls him and says "If you pay it off by the end of the month, we`ll knock 30% off", he only then puts a check in the mailbox.   I suppose hospitals can`t tack on 1.5% every month like businesses and the county property tax do or people would be taking bankruptcy all over the place.

If nothing else a guy needs health insurance, if nothing else the insurance company uses it`s clout to jew your bill down.  Medicare is kind of like a mechanic shop also doing oil changes and tire rotation just to keep all employees wall to wall busy. 

When you buy a new car, you can exactly know what you`ll write the check for.  With even a planned operation, the hospital can`t quote you a price and most people don`t care as long as insurance covers it, that`s all they have to worry about.  Obamacare didn`t address that and until someone does, healthcare will out strip inflation.   You can go to Britt hospital or Mankato United Healthcare, Mayo in Austin, Mercy in Mason, Gunderson in Decorah, Sanford in Sioux Falls, not any others in between.   Kind of like John Deere superstores.

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rsbs
Senior Advisor

Re: Platte Valley vs. SW Panhandles

When I was 32 years old I lifted a gravity box and wagon in a shed and moved it over three feet (hey, don't ask how I was strong enough to do that....adrenaline does strange things) and as I did it I felt my tummy tear....a day or two later I had a bulge where my naval was. The local doc told me that I was at that age where something like that was to be expected and just to leave it.....*****? I shopped around for a surgeon and asked for surgery quotes and operating room charges etc cause with my high deductible policy I was going to be the one paying. They told me that no one ever asks those questions. The good surgeon finally says $1500 for day surgery plus about $500 to use the facility, and all told it was under $2500. If I had not gotten a quote, what would it have been?

That is what needs to be done, and HSA accounts is the republican plan to do it....it is YOUR money until you spend it, and if you don't spend it , it stays YOUR money.

How hard is that to understand, folks? Shop around, and pay $2500 or have insurance and somebody pays $10000 to $25000 or more. Or somebody doesn't.......how the H do we know what is paid without price transparency?

Thanks Obama....you really came up with a great plan, though. Sarcasm on.

k-289
Esteemed Advisor

Re: Platte Valley vs. SW Panhandles

Like  best  price  shopping deal ,  for  the Fed Crop In$  taxpayer  deal  - maybe ? 

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