Category: View from the Hill

Responses to column have increased recently

“The quiet words of the wise are more to be heeded than the shouts of a ruler of fools.” — Ecclesiastes 9:17 Gratitude, civility, recognition, appreciation, respect, loyalty, friendship, humility, knowledge. These traits are vital in any solid relationship, don’t you think? In the previous twelve months preceding this October, an increasing number of folks have been communicating with me, […]

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Just be straight when campaigning

“Wisdom is better than weapons of war, but one sinner destroys much good.” Ecclesiastes 9:18 As we are approaching the time of our national elections, this verse came up in my brief moment of reading. I have been collecting a fair amount of campaign mailing material, mostly coming from far-right PACs supporting the leading GOP candidate for Senate, but also […]

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Vote for democracy in November

“Those who don’t know history are doomed to repeat it.” – Edmund Burke. Along with Edmund Burke, George Santayana and Winston Churchill have been associated with similar sayings, which may have been altered or paraphrased differently to suit their individual taste. Another version was, “those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” An avid student and teacher […]

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Recent developments can be seen in history

“I don’t know what to believe anymore. I give up!” That response is pretty much the norm nowadays. We can rightfully say, we are not alone in this thinking. It is not easy to distinguish truth from lies, when so many sources of information are available at the touch of a button. German-born Author, philosopher and political theorist, Johanna Cohn […]

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Leadership lacking in America

America has a crisis in leadership. That sentence has to be the greatest understatement of this century. But not only do we have a leadership crisis on the national level, we have a crisis in leadership on other levels; in our elected representatives in the state legislature and in business and civic groups who are responsible for strategic planning for […]

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Partisanship has no place in government

The countdown to the November 2020 election has begun. Candidates for local, state and national positions in government have been hard at work soliciting your vote. Some of these candidates have a clear agenda from which the voter can see. Other candidates have questionable agendas and their own reasons why they are running. With this in mind, here is a […]

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How valuable is a human life?

What is the price of a life? One million dollars? Ten million? What do you think? Today, we are faced with the incredible reality which forces us to decide just how valuable our lives are in comparison to the lives of other people living in our community, in our state, in our nation and around the world. A pandemic has […]

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Penner: Thoughts on change

“When good men and women can’t speak the truth, when facts are inconvenient, when integrity and character no longer matter, when presidential ego and self-preservation are more important than national security – then there is nothing left to stop the triumph of evil.” These are the words of Retired Navy Admiral William McRaven, in an op-ed for the Washington Post. […]

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A message to the commissioners of the county

Marion County Commissioners, get your house in order. Yes, those words seem harsh. The harsh truth is, if change is not forthcoming in the way you handle internal differences and cannot learn to get along for the good of the taxpayers of this county, then the taxpayers must implement change at the ballot box. In the interest of fairness, two […]

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Snow and getting into the Christmas spirit of the season

Christmas time is here! As I write this, snow is melting on the ground and the sun is shining bright. The ground is pretty much bare, but that is pretty much the way it is around this time of year. One cannot normally expect a white Christmas, and it is a delight when it does arrive. The thought of a […]

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