Category: View from the Hill

Plenty of perils for pets that pollute

This is a tale of two kitties, plus four. One might also say it?s a cautionary tail, pun intended. Neighbors Mike and Mollie?not their real names?live across the street from each other and are good friends. Mike owns two female cats, Tomasita and Jeri, orphaned when their mother fell victim to a predator while searching for food in the countryside. […]

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Be careful what you ask for Nov. 2

As 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 […]

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Our choices define our character

Character 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 […]

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Trouble out of the mouth of babes…

The minds of young child?ren 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 […]

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Negative ads create a disgusting tone

Mid-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 […]

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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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