The Station

December 28 2004

The New Year is upon us. Perhaps you made some New Year's resolutions. "I'll get more exercise. Lose weight. Be more neighborly." All good ideas! Beyond that -just how we live life, how we look at life can have an unbelievable influence on the joy of living. Think about this piece written by Robert Hastings entitled "The Station".

The Station

By Robert J. Hastings

Tucked away in our subconscious is an idyllic vision. We see ourselves on a long trip that spans the continent. We are…

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New Secretary of Agriculture

December 14 2004

Mike Johanns, from an Iowa dairy farm, out of the heartland -- our Secretary of Ag is waiting. His confirmation should not be difficult since he comes to town with all of the right qualifications. I talked with him last week. He's excited. I met him last spring in Nebraska, where we both appeared on an ag program. Farm people of Nebraska like him. He comes from the soil and is one of us. With a strong national farm economy, he should be off to a good start.

Of course, it won't be all smooth…

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Boy Scouts

December 7 2004

For a long time the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has been trying to drive the Boy Scouts of America out of business. In response to a lawsuit filed by the ACLU the Defense Department agreed to a policy that forbids military bases the right to sponsor the Boy Scouts.

Now, I was not a Boy Scout in my youth, but my father was and he was proud to say that he was just one merit badge short of making Eagle Scout. That's the top honor!

I know they are not the same, but I equate the Boy Scouts…

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