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The ballad of Pabst Duchess

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We’ll admit: it slipped by us at the time. But here’s Mount Pearl North MHA Jim Lester on June 20, speaking about the provincial budget and explaining why things have to change.

“We’ll go back some 35 years ago. I was not even in my teens and, as I often did, I went to the barn with my grandfather, and today was the black book day, this particular day. Black book day was when my grandfather went up and down the aisles of cows in the barn and looked at his paper and saw how much milk the cow gave and decided whether, yeah, OK, she’s paying her way; we’ll keep her around.

“If you didn’t make the grade, then you went to a higher purpose if you were that cow. Finally, we were moving along the barn and we came to this one cow and everybody knew which........

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