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Sun Nov 10, 2019, 07:48 AM

'I'm gonna lose everything'

PLATTE, S.D. — Amber Dykshorn stood at her kitchen window and watched the storm come in.

It was a very dark Saturday night in the middle of the summer in the middle of a year that is on track to be the wettest in more than a century. The wind blew over the farm, the rain came down and she heard the ominous pings on her roof — pea-sized hail, striking the still-fragile stalks of the only corn her husband, Chris Dykshorn, was able to plant before he took his own life in June.

Did their crop insurance cover hail damage? She had no idea. That was something Chris would have taken care of, if he were here. Instead she was alone, with nearly $300,000 in farm debt, three kids ages 5 to 13 and a host of grief-fueled questions. Why hadn’t she been able to save him? What would happen to them now?

She scrolled through his final texts, rereading his words, leaning on the kitchen counter next to a whiteboard with the kids’ chore list — Kahne: dishwasher, Kalee: dust living room — and a book someone gave her titled “Through a Season of Grief: Devotions for Your Journey from Mourning to Joy.”

https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2019/11/09/im-gonna-lose-everything/

Suicides in the Farm Belt are increasing, with many sources contributing to this epidemic (climate change and trade wars are just two factors). This is a sad but eye-opening article about the condition of a growing segment of the farming community.

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Response to Zorro (Original post)

Sun Nov 10, 2019, 07:57 AM

1. Heart breaking.

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Response to Zorro (Original post)

Sun Nov 10, 2019, 08:39 AM

2. Stories of heart-break are becoming the story of America today.

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Response to Zorro (Original post)

Sun Nov 10, 2019, 08:49 AM

3. How do

the MAGAts defend this what is happening to our farmers?

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Response to Ohiogal (Reply #3)

Sun Nov 10, 2019, 09:50 AM

4. What percentage of farmers are themselves MAGAts?

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Response to ret5hd (Reply #4)

Sun Nov 10, 2019, 10:38 AM

8. That is, alas, my first thought when I read stories like this

And my second thought is "how will his survivors, friends, and neighbors vote in 2020?"

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Response to Orrex (Reply #8)

Sun Nov 10, 2019, 10:49 AM

10. My empathy reserves are at a lifetime low regarding anything associated with MAGATS.

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Response to ret5hd (Reply #4)

Sun Nov 10, 2019, 10:42 AM

9. Not sure, but here in middle, west central and southern Illinois it's fairly high

Our great new dem gov Pritzker was able to secure. 2.2 billion dollar trade deal with Taiwan for corn and soy here in the state. But I doubt it will change their politics in spite of!!

NUTS!!!!

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Response to ret5hd (Reply #4)

Sun Nov 10, 2019, 10:50 AM

11. Quite a few...

judging from their steadfast support for their dear leader, perhaps suicide is the only way they can deal with the realization that they've been had... if they figure it out that is. They can't live with the fact that they followed a charlatan into an abyss from which there is no escape and they can't live with trying to find a way out so they kill themselves.

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Response to Zorro (Original post)

Sun Nov 10, 2019, 10:27 AM

5. the extent to which cambridge, et al, used the grief and frustration in their lives

to sneak into their heads and poisoned their minds is gonna prove to be astounding when all is said and done.

in an economy that was squeezing whole sectors to the point of tears, it was just a crime.

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Response to Zorro (Original post)

Sun Nov 10, 2019, 10:34 AM

6. So very sorry to hear this.

Her husband was very selfish, leaving his family to face this alone. Do any of the farm families take time out to sympathize with the tRump family and all the "sacrifices" they have made to put orange ass into the WH? Tragic, really as Don Jr. recounts it. Maybe some of the multi millionaire members of government who received lots of aid during the farm bailout, might send some of their ill gotten gains to help this family? They really should take time out from supporting the disgrace in the WH, and connect with REAL people for once.

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Response to Scarsdale (Reply #6)

Sun Nov 10, 2019, 04:15 PM

13. depression is not selfishness

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Response to Skittles (Reply #13)

Sun Nov 10, 2019, 11:34 PM

16. 100% depression is not

Weakness , selfish or thing one can get over just like that.

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Response to I_UndergroundPanther (Reply #16)

Mon Nov 11, 2019, 05:15 PM

17. so, he should have been able to get over it just like that

done here

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Response to Zorro (Original post)

Sun Nov 10, 2019, 10:36 AM

7. Who is her representative?

They should be made aware of this situation.

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Response to Zorro (Original post)

Sun Nov 10, 2019, 04:15 PM

12. people who say, "God never gives you more than you can handle"

are sanctimonious pricks

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Response to Zorro (Original post)

Sun Nov 10, 2019, 05:52 PM

14. Suicides are up across the board in the US.

It has effected every age, gender, health condition, etc. There are many reasons for this.

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Response to BigmanPigman (Reply #14)

Thu Nov 14, 2019, 06:08 AM

19. Many Reasons

 

But money, as usual, is Number One.

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Response to Zorro (Original post)

Sun Nov 10, 2019, 08:13 PM

15. Incredibly sad.

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Response to Zorro (Original post)

Wed Nov 13, 2019, 08:30 AM

18. His wife won't be able to collect on the

Life insurance if he had any.

This is so so sad.

Maybe there will be a “gofundme” for her.

Too bad the 99% is stuck taking care of each other while the 1% keeps the bulk of the money to themselves.

JUST DISGUSTING on so many levels.

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