View from the Hill
Written by Paul Penner Tuesday, 26 October 2010 16:36As the upcoming national and local Election Day approaches, an old saying bears repeating: “Be careful what you ask for, for you may not like what you get.”
Mid-term elections are not kind to the current party in power. According to polling information, Democrats appear to be losing popularity and Republican candidates are gaining popularity.
However, this does not necessarily suggest that voters are falling in love with Republican candidates or everything their platform represents. In fact, neither party gains confidence with the voter.
This sentiment is even evident among a traditionally conservative group of farmers last weekend at the fall meetings of the National Association of Wheat Growers in Minneapolis, Minn.
Written by Paul Penner Tuesday, 21 September 2010 17:45Character building, for better or worse, is all about making choices. These choices ultimately lead us down a path in life that reveals who we really are.
Experiences with other people also affect our perception of reality. We may make choices based on these experiences, perhaps without serious thought about the outcome. In time, we may regret those irrational choices and hopefully make changes for the better.
The good news is, it is better to have recognized the error of a choice made and make a change for the better than to remain as we are.
In this life, God gives us the grace to begin again, to make things right if only we will make the effort to believe in God’s unfailing love and mercy and ask for his help and wisdom in making...
Written by Paul Penner Tuesday, 24 August 2010 16:12The minds of young children are like a blank slate. As they interact with parents, relatives, peers and siblings, their minds are like sponges soaking up everything that comes along and repeating what they hear in the most awkward of moments.
While working for a company producing tutorial software, daughter Jessica came across a phrase that could be interpreted more than one way. One interpretation of a sentence translated into English is, “Children talk when chickens urinate.”
Who knows, perhaps that was the original meaning, especially since children and animals are part of the equation.
It’s not difficult to imagine. A child observes an unusual event and instantly reacts to what he or she sees. A simpler description might...
Written by Paul Penner Tuesday, 27 July 2010 15:41Mid-term election campaign rhetoric is at a fevered pitch these days, even when compared to past campaigns. Mud-slinging via negative ads on television run without interruption and will not let up until the last poll closes on election day.
Congressional candidate Wink Hartman, even though he declares in an ad that he has signed a pledge to stop running negative ads against his opponent, promptly launches into a diatribe denouncing Michael Pompeo’s business activity and moral character.
Apparently, Hartman’s pledge wasn’t worth the paper it was written on.
Closer to home, it doesn’t get any better. Consider the latest rhetoric from a candidate for Congress. Without naming names or party affiliation, I don’t doubt readers...
Written by Paul Penner Tuesday, 29 June 2010 17:02Wheat harvest in central Kansas is coming to an end while in far western Kansas, they are going strong.
For producers in our area, yields have ranged from disappointing to surprising, from 25 bushels per acre to more than 50. In short, this year is nothing spectacular, nothing special. As for the price of wheat, one would have to say the same thing as well.
Personally, this year was one of firsts, however. Son Ben was unable to make the annual trek to our farm, thanks in part to the anticipated, yet early arrival of twin girls. As I write this, daughter-in-law Anna is still awaiting the day when she can carry one or both in her arms.
Lacking a combine driver with necessary skills to match, someone was needed to fill the gap. As luck...
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