Category: View from the Hill

Even snowflakes speak of God

As I write this, snow is on the ground and the sun is shining bright. The ground is pretty much covered, though it did not snow as much as the weather station had predicted. As Deborah and I drove around the countryside, we could see sunlight reflecting from individual snowflakes. The temperature at ground level had not yet risen enough […]

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Be grateful, even for Congress

?On Thanksgiving Day, all over America, families sit down to dinner at the same moment: halftime.? ?Author unknown Surely, this is not the only memorable moment, nor the reason why Americans appreciate Thanksgiving, is it? Nor should any other lighthearted declaration?at halftime or any other time of day?be taken seriously. An expression of gratitude for owning an Xbox 360, or […]

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Volunteer wheat needs action

The year is winding down and farmers are finishing up with the last acres of soybeans and milo. The recent rain and light snow brought field work to a standstill. Some farmers used this occasion to meet in the local coffee shops and catch up on the latest gossip that makes the rounds. One farmer friend approached me, noting his […]

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Family dynamics can be ugly

?He who robs his father or his mother, and says, ?It is not a transgression,? is the companion of a man who destroys.? Prov. 28:24 The book of Pro?verbs is an interesting collection of sayings compiled by Solomon during his reign as king of Israel. Whatever the topic, chances are this book will bring relevance to the subject, whether it […]

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These days, ?do nothing? is a goal

Random thoughts about the political situation in D.C. and at home…. A week ago last Friday, we passed a small crowd of demonstrators standing above an interstate overpass near Salina. They were holding signs, encouraging people to honk if they agreed with them to push for impeachment of President Obama. This was a clear example of our constitutional right to […]

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Rain arrives, but questions remain

Yea! It rained! Finally! Time to celebrate with singing and dancing in the rain! Yes, it does rain on occasion. We were long overdue. However, as ?they? say, the rain falls on the just and the unjust-?and judging by the rainfall patterns of the past two weeks?it appears the ?just? lives where I do not. Never mind the dubious fact […]

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Politics dooms latest farm bill again

nother farm bill goes down in flames. For the readers who follow agricultural issues, this statement is already old news. It is extremely disappointing and frustrating to see all the time and money expended on behalf of America?s farmers to be wasted?again. We do have a smoking gun this time, however. Actually, we have more than one. Three, if anyone […]

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Farm bill stuck in political limbo

Oh, what a difference a year makes! About this time last year, farmers were gearing up for a record breaking, early harvest. Contrast that with the current reality: Some wheat is still heading out. Looking ahead?about six weeks, give or take?and harvest may have begun in June, but it may not be finished before the month?s end. For this area, […]

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It?s been an interesting spring so far

Spring 2013 is off to an interesting start. Though it may not be one for the record books, it has been a period of incredible contrasts, of good experiences and not so good ones, memories I may not soon forget, and some that I would like to forget. ? First, who knew that after experiencing one of the driest summers […]

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Is there a way out of our impasse?

It?s early Monday morning. The day?s news is all about the coming snowstorm. According to The Weather Channel, this is winter storm ?Rocky.? Let?s hope it lives up to its name and delivers a knock-out blow to the drought. Since when did someone decide to name all weather events, including snowstorms? I guess it shows how much attention I pay […]

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