Category: View from the Hill

Who owns farmers’ airspace?

Who owns your data? Who owns the airspace above your property and who has the right to enter that air space? The unrelated questions garner a wide range of responses from “I do!” to “Who cares who owns my data and my airspace?” Let’s address each question separately. Who owns your data? Data mining by credit card companies and major […]

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Agriculture under false attack

Agriculture, farming, ranching and family are synonymous with all things that are good in life. I cannot think of a better way, a better place to raise a family. In the movie trailer, “Farmland,” one farmer sums it up in a simple way. “Some days, when the kids are with me in the tractor, I’m still at my job. I’m […]

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Do actions match our faith?

“Washington is done for the year…it is off to its earliest start…at doing nothing.” —Bob Schieffer, “Face the Nation,” Feb. 23. As I watched last Sunday’s news program, I realized the recent passage of the Farm Bill was a fluke amid a sea of political charges and countercharges. Though the bill had its flaws, the good news was agriculture has […]

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Many people don’t know what gluten intolerance is

“I’m gluten intolerant.” “Every time I eat wheat products, I get sick.” “I went online and read about the symptoms of gluten sensitivity. I concluded I had it, so our family no longer eats anything that has gluten in it.” “I watched Dr. Oz on television, and he had the author of the ‘Wheat Belly’ book, and they are very […]

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Even snowflakes speak of God

As I write this, snow is on the ground and the sun is shining bright. The ground is pretty much covered, though it did not snow as much as the weather station had predicted. As Deborah and I drove around the countryside, we could see sunlight reflecting from individual snowflakes. The temperature at ground level had not yet risen enough […]

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Be grateful, even for Congress

“On Thanksgiving Day, all over America, families sit down to dinner at the same moment: halftime.” —Author unknown Surely, this is not the only memorable moment, nor the reason why Americans appreciate Thanksgiving, is it? Nor should any other lighthearted declaration—at halftime or any other time of day—be taken seriously. An expression of gratitude for owning an Xbox 360, or […]

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Volunteer wheat needs action

The year is winding down and farmers are finishing up with the last acres of soybeans and milo. The recent rain and light snow brought field work to a standstill. Some farmers used this occasion to meet in the local coffee shops and catch up on the latest gossip that makes the rounds. One farmer friend approached me, noting his […]

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Family dynamics can be ugly

“He who robs his father or his mother, and says, ‘It is not a transgression,’ is the companion of a man who destroys.” Prov. 28:24 The book of Pro­verbs is an interesting collection of sayings compiled by Solomon during his reign as king of Israel. Whatever the topic, chances are this book will bring relevance to the subject, whether it […]

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These days, ‘do nothing’ is a goal

Random thoughts about the political situation in D.C. and at home…. A week ago last Friday, we passed a small crowd of demonstrators standing above an interstate overpass near Salina. They were holding signs, encouraging people to honk if they agreed with them to push for impeachment of President Obama. This was a clear example of our constitutional right to […]

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Rain arrives, but questions remain

Yea! It rained! Finally! Time to celebrate with singing and dancing in the rain! Yes, it does rain on occasion. We were long overdue. However, as “they” say, the rain falls on the just and the unjust-—and judging by the rainfall patterns of the past two weeks—it appears the “just” lives where I do not. Never mind the dubious fact […]

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