Category: View from the Hill

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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Health-care reform is a moral issue

??whoever has the world?s goods and beholds his brother in need and closes his heart against him, how does the love of God abide in him?? ( John 3:17)   I begin this discussion about health-care reform by making an appeal to those who believe in the Word of God and in the Lord Jesus Christ. As believers, we recognize […]

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Farmers missed climate-change input

The subject of climate change and what America should do about it is a topic dearly loved by liberals these days. It?s equally hated by most conservatives, or perhaps even more so. As for agriculture, I don?t know of any farmer who likes to discuss the topic?that is, unless it comes up as a response to the usual question, ?How?s […]

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Harvent is a celebration of teamwork

The much-anticipated annual wheat harvest has arrived and is progressing toward completion. So far, yields have ranged from the generally expected ?average? to surprisingly good.

Last Saturday?s rain may have reduced the yields somewhat as test weights generally trend downward after the rain.

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New center good for wheat farmers

Kansas wheat producers have a great reason to celebrate this year. According to a news release from the Kansas Wheat office, last week the Kansas Bioscience Authority announced it will fund the Kansas Innovation Center for Advanced Plant Design in the amount of $4 million for fiscal year 2010. The Innovation Center is a public and private collaboration between Kansas […]

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Beware of those convincing statistics

??statistics will always lie.? ?David Simon, producer of ?The Wire? on HBO. Perhaps that quote isn?t shocking news to anyone these days, even though we may disagree with it, because we pretend to be idealists at heart. Whether the topic is about student test scores or how many wealthy millionaire farmers are receiving farm subsidies, the statistics can be interpreted, […]

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The skies generally are friendly to fly

Traveling over long distances by air comes at a price. The greatest sacrifice is time spent on the road in a vehicle or shuttling through city streets to airports, standing in line, passing through security checkpoints, waiting for flights to come in or sleeping in waiting rooms, thanks to rescheduled or cancelled flights. Did you ever notice that sitting in […]

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