Category: View from the Hill

Babies? arrival trumps wheat harvest

Wheat 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 […]

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Accepting responsibility is difficult

On the lighter side of finger pointing…. While making my weekly appointment at a meeting of the Lehigh Double Circle Day Care, a charter member expressed concern over Cooperative Grain & Supply?s policy of closing on Saturdays. ?It?s costing me extra to go to Hillsboro to get my coffee one day a week,? he says, grinning. ?I?m thinking of sending […]

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U.S. Schools need to rethink strategy

Of all the nations in the world, what do the United States and the Russian Federation have in common? Other than both countries being major nuclear powers and ethnic groups in both countries sharing ancestral ties, they have little in common. One similarity, however, is their average test scores for math and science literacy among 15-year-olds. According to the latest […]

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Politics creates stark contradictions

We live in a world of stark contradictions. In politics, conservatives rally around a pro-life agenda. They are dedicated to protecting the unborn, the weakest of the human species and unable to defend themselves from the destructive behavior of their own mothers. The pro-life position is a noble, outspoken cause against the law of the land that gives the mother […]

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Trouble is brewing in Washington

In the classic musical, ?Music Man,? con man Harold Hill tells naive townsfolk: ?There?s trouble in River city!? Today, experienced observers, tea party supporters and even well respected, veteran politicians are saying, ?There?s trouble in Washington, D.C..? The level of trust in our federal government continues to decline. Democrats discover they have squandered their momentum following President Barak Obama?s election […]

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Haiti: Responding to chaos, tragedy

The tiny nation of Haiti and its people are suffering unimaginable hardships resulting from the earthquake and numerous aftershocks. In the most literal sense, Haiti has been brought to its knees. I cannot imagine what it would be like to have experienced the destruction firsthand. Nearly all of the buildings have been severely damaged or destroyed. The infrastructure that provides […]

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Was God?s plan all that logical?

What?s the best way to approach a stranger and how do you greet him or her? As you walk toward the stranger, are you worried that you may be robbed, abused or worse? This is the final week of the Christmas season. At first glance, these questions seem to be a bit out of place when discussing the meaning of […]

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Look to the future, respect the past

The pilgrims made seven times more graves than huts? nevertheless, set aside a day of thanksgiving. ?H.W. Westermayer As a student of history, my late father explored the connection between past and current events. In my father?s history and Bible classes, on more than one occasion Dad emphasized the old saying, ?Those who forget the lessons of history are doomed […]

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It?s possible to find humor in misery

The cold and flu bug hit home with a vengeance in recent days. Not that it?s a surprise to anyone, as everybody seems to be battling the same thing. I had been hoping the virus would stay away this year. Alas, t?was not to be. The usual list of symptoms indicating the presence of a cold or flu bug is […]

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Time is now to address carbon issue

The rush is on to regulate greenhouse gas emissions. As I write this column, the Environ?mental Protection Agency is proceeding with its intention to establish regulations controlling carbon emissions. As I?ve noted here previously, the only viable option is to seek a legislative fix to counter the 2007 Supreme Court ruling (Massachusetts vs. EPA), which affirmed the EPA has authority […]

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