• Tom Bechman

    Who Will Teach Vocational Agriculture To Our Kids?

    Hoosier Perspectives

     by Tom Bechman
     on May 30, 2012

    Key individuals in local communities have done such a good job selling the benefits of ag education and FFA that there could be more jobs than teachers to go around as early as this year in Indiana. At least two new programs are opening up, wanting multiple teachers. Other programs want to restart or expand, if they can find someone to fill the slot. Why the interest in vocational agriculture, especially only a couple of years after Governor Daniels sweeping education reforms didn't seem to…

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    Year Without A Winter Turns Into Summer

    Hoosier Perspectives

     by Tom Bechman
     on May 21, 2012

    Unless you lived in the Snow Belt, you might have thought you slept form fall until spring. And even then, if you lived near the late around South Bend, you only shoveled about half as much as normal. When you woke from your Rip Van Winkle nap, the calendar said mid-March, but it was mid-80's, setting records nearly every day. Some sanity returned but it remained above normal in April, just not so crazily above normal. Bu the die was cast. Plants and insects that rely on heat units for…

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    Detours In The Middle Of Nowhere Prove Frustrating

    Hoosier Perspectives

     by Tom Bechman
     on May 14, 2012

    I followed the directions to Gen Schmidt's house to a 'T'. It's about a three-hour drive form my place, so I don't drive in that country every day. But I was on the county road I knew I was supposed to be on. Suddenly I see this 'road closed ahead ' sign. That's never a good indication that things are going to turn out well. Not knowing exactly how far up the road he lives, I kept going. Sure enough, a few feet before a railroad track, with nowhere to run left or right, were two road closed…

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    The Cost of Technology Today

    Hoosier Perspectives

     by Tom Bechman
     on May 7, 2012

    My wife, Carla, opened the cellphone bill a few days ago and couldn't believe her eyes. It was $200 higher than it had ever been before, and it's already high enough that I gripe about it every month. That's because mom and dad are still supporting cell phones for four grown kids on the plan. Once they get jobs, that stops. In fact, the oldest has been told that once she gets a job, she can start paying all her bills plus a monthly stipend to us, just because. She's starting to think I'm not…

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