The Station

December 31 2001

It's a new year. Here is some advice on how to live in the new year.

The Station

By Robert J Hastings

Tucked away in our subconscious is an idyllic vision. on a long trip that spans the continent, We are traveling by train. Out the windows we drink in the passing scene of cars on nearby highways, of children at a crossing, of cattle grazing on a distant hillside, of smoke pouring from a power plant, of row upon row of corn and wheat, of flatlands and valleys, of mountains and rolling…

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Christmas 2001

December 25 2001

It's hard to believe another Christmas has come and gone. This is a time of year that brings back memories. I remember Christmas as a boy on our farm in Illinois. My sisters and I were up early to get downstairs to check under the tree and see what presents were there. I'll never forget one year when we found three shining new sleds. We were so excited. There was plenty of snow on the ground and it would be perfect for sledding.

Chores had to be done first. That meant milking cows, feeding the…

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Cabinet Secretaries Club Luncheon 2001

December 18 2001

I have served as a host for the annual Cabinet Secretaries Holiday luncheon for 15 years. Last week more than 40 former and current members of the Presidents' Cabinet came together for lunch at the historic Madison Hotel here in Washington. The Cabinet post with the most attendees was Agriculture -including Ann Veneman, Dan Glickman, Mike Espy, Clayton Yeutter and yours truly. Department of Transportation came in second with four former secretaries. As is always the case, a delicious luncheon…

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Food Terrorism

December 4 2001

Yes, we have the terrorists on the defensive. The Taliban surrounded.

Anthrax on the decline. But how safe are we?

Out here, the Congress -- and across the country private companies and private institutions -- are looking for ways to improve security. On the food front, we are vulnerable. I don't even like to talk about it for fear of giving some nutcase an idea.

I think the biggest risk is to the ag economy -- even more so than to individuals. Let's look at Britain. The recent foot and mouth…

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