• Tom Bechman

    They're Still Kids Inside the Blue Jackets

    Hoosier Perspectives

     by Tom Bechman
     on October 26, 2009

    The streets in Indianapolis will return to normal for the week beginning October 26. Some 50,000 FFA members and their advisors just left town. Their visit not only lifts the local economy, it boosts spirits of those who think there aren't any good kids left in the world anymore.   I helped judge the sales presentation contest, and sat across the table from six young students, one at a time, trying to sell me everything from a trip package for students (I was supposed to be an FFA advisor) to…

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    Imagine a 4-H Livestock Show with no Rules

    Hoosier Perspectives

     by Tom Bechman
     on October 19, 2009

    My boss wants more response to my comments. This ought to do it!   At a lively discussion of county livestock breeders, a divide as wide as the Grand Canyon developed between those who thought more rules should be added for the livestock show, and those who thought there were so many rules it wasn't fun for kids anymore.   Those who thought there are too many rules felt it was the parents who worried about rules, not kids. Left alone, kids would do the right thing. In fact, shouldn't kids…

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    Would You Try The Soil Pit Crawl?

    Hoosier Perspectives

     by Tom Bechman
     on October 13, 2009

    Remember the cereal commercials where the older brother says, Let Mikey, try it - he'll eat anything! And he does! Well, teenagers, especially freshmen high school students may be too young to have ever seen the commercial, but they certainly can act like Mikey.   This is soil judging season. People dig pits with backhoes and students all over Indiana evaluate the soil. You might be surprised what they find sometimes- from old lakebeds to sandboxes, all in Indiana.   To evaluate a soil…

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    Hey, Mr. Dean, Can I Get a Jump!

    Hoosier Perspectives

     by Tom Bechman
     on October 5, 2009

    The first time my truck wouldn't start a few weeks ago because I left the lights on and forgot to shut them off was embarrassing enough. The second time was one of those 'crawl under the desk and disappear' moments.   Two weeks ago my daughter Ashley's boyfriend and I stayed home to work on a small building project. It was Sunday morning, and my rule is go to Church. But I sometimes apply the ox is in the pit scripture from the Bible, and with Ashley's boyfriend available to help before going…

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