• Tom Bechman

    Exciting Times Continue at County Fairs

    Hoosier Perspectives

     by Tom Bechman
     on July 26, 2009

    My opinion of county fairs expressed last week hasn't changed. I just endured mine. It was a long week, but the kids had fun. There were highs, like a grand champion with foods, and plenty of lows, like lots of green ribbons with sheep. All in all, it was what county fairs are - a training ground for kids.   Reports from various county fairs produced three stories I've just got to share. The imagination in these three instances is incredible, and can show what happens when rural people get…

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    County Fairs Still Hold Special Magic

    Hoosier Perspectives

     by Tom Bechman
     on July 19, 2009

    No two are exactly the same. If they were, it would spoil the uniqueness that is a county fair. Whether your county fair last four days or fourteen, brings in 10,000 people a night or just a couple hundred, it's an annual happening that many people, especially country people, frame their summers around.   Some folks who read this piece might think I've been in the sun too long. My family considers me just one step short of the "Grinch that Stole Christmas," only I would be the "Grinch that…

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    Set Seven Extra Plates for Dinner

    Hoosier Perspectives

     by Tom Bechman
     on July 13, 2009

    If you're the parent of an Indiana FFA state officer and you want to see him or her, the best way to do it is invite them to dinner. These fine young people are suckers for food, almost any kind, but especially home-cooked food.   It's a pleasure to have my son, Daniel, serving as Indiana FFA state treasurer this year. In Indiana that means a year away from college, living at the FFA Center near Trafalgar, and devoting his entire time to doing projects and being a goodwill ambassador for…

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    Saving 'Private Sow?'

    Hoosier Perspectives

     by Tom Bechman
     on July 2, 2009

    Many of you have no doubt seen the movie 'Saving Private Ryan,' where a small band of soldiers are detailed to find and bring back Private Ryan, the last remaining family member after his brothers, unbeknownst to him, have already been killed in battle fighting in World War II. The mission was to send Ryan home to safety so that his parents wouldn't lose all their sons to war. Along the way, the search party encountered incredible obstacles, and suffered casualties of their own.   So what's…

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