Memorial Day

May 28 2002

We just celebrated Memorial Day. To me Memorial Day is a time to be thankful for our blessings, a time to reflect on the past and look to the future, a time to evaluate how we measure up in God's eyes.

I think we are all grateful to live in the United States of America and for the goodness that our country stands for. That gratitude is only magnified in the wake of last year's terrorist attack.

When I reflect on the past, I think of my mother and father and the sacrifices they made and the value…

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Down on the Farm

May 15 2002

I just love it! It makes me feels so good. No, I'm not talking about the farm bill -- although I want to review that next week. I am talking about the exciting, inspiring, beautiful experience of being down on the farm when the seed goes in the ground. I just returned from smelling the fresh spring air, the newly worked soil. It has a special smell to it. Watch the planter go back and forth, back and forth across the blanket of black land.

Maybe someone that doesn't appreciate the whole…

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Farm Bill 2002

May 7 2002

After weeks, in fact months, when it seemed as if nothing would get done in the Halls of Government that would help agriculture -- suddenly the logjam is broken. We have a farm bill that I'm sure the President will sign. The Senate passed an energy bill that must be conferenced with the House. The differences are big, but in a lunch with Nebraska Senator Chuck Hagel, he is optimistic that the differences can be bridged.

Senator Daschle had said earlier "only over my dead body will I allow the…

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