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    Be Thankful For What You Don't Have!

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     by John Vogel
     on November 24, 2010

      Thanksgiving will be an extremely difficult one for a certain young couple in Illinois. Last Saturday, Josh Flint, one of my counterparts in Farm Progress, and wife Tiffany laid to rest their two-year-old son. Lucas passed in his mother's arms after a grueling six-month battle with leukemia. If you've lost a child, especially a young one, you know the grief coming with that loss. That heart-breaking pain ebbs so slowly, and never completely heals until you come together again in…

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    I Agree With Obama and Buffett

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     by John Vogel
     on November 19, 2010

    Some of you probably are reading this in disbelief: Vogel actually agrees with President Obama on something!? Politicians in our nation's capitol are pandering to the well-heeled by accepting their lame excuse of why people who make high incomes shouldn't be taxed at a higher rate. Their claim – that these high incomes create jobs – is as lame as the current session of Congress. Think about it. Most businessmen, farmers included, separate personal income from business…

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    An Honoring That Must Never Cease

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     by John Vogel
     on November 15, 2010

      Yesterday, a long line of war veterans – men and women – walked to the front of our church as we honored them. Some wore uniforms they could still squeeze into. Some proudly wore red, white and blue. Some came in t-shirts. Several slowly climbed the steps with canes and a little assist from fellow veterans. Most were old and graying, but amidst them stood two young men – one just recently returned from Afghanistan. All were proud to have served in the U.S. Armed…

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    Be On High Alert!

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     by John Vogel
     on November 8, 2010

    Yes, it's that time of year. No, I'm not talking about fattening a turkey (a real one, not a political one) – although a little extra grain might make good gobbling. And no, I'm not "pushing" Christmas shopping – although stores are already selling the Santa Claus spirit. So what am I talking about? Mother Nature has cocked her hammer with the onset of buck "rut" and the hormonal rush that speeds Whitetail deer herds onto roadways. This is the season when we all need to be…

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    A Good Turn-out?

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     by John Vogel
     on November 1, 2010

    Sunday's newspaper headline read: "Good Turn-out Expected." The story was about voters turning out at the polls – no, not about "turning out" incumbent politicians. The article reported that 40% of eligible voters are expected at tomorrow's polling sites. I certainly hope you are one those 40 in 100 persons. That means you'll have more say in the future direction of American and even local government than the other 60 persons. My barber, a youngish man, has never voted. "I don't mess…

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