• John Vogel

    Yes, I'm Opinionated!

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     by John Vogel
     on October 25, 2010

      My editorial column in October's issue, "Dear Uncle Sam: Wake up – now!" drew a strong reaction from a gentleman in Michigan. And I admit, I'm pleased that my opinion aroused his sentiments and spurred him to write his opinion of my opinion. Yes, there was a bias in my comments. Whenever there is opinion, there is a bias – mine, yours, everyone's. That's the nature of opinion. We must be thankful we can still express it. Biased as they were, my thoughts reflect the…

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    Throw Out The 'Bad Actors'!

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     by John Vogel
     on October 20, 2010

    Bad actors are people who look the part, but fail to deliver in the role they play. Government has them too, lots of them. While America is blessed with a multitude of highly dedicated public servants, we’re also cursed with an ample crop of self-serving rascals. Our role as citizens is to sort them out and throw them out via the voting booth. If we don’t, we get all the bad government we deserve. Fiscal irresponsibility is something we simply can’t afford…

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    Bring On The Clones?

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     by John Vogel
     on October 12, 2010

    Several years ago, I challenged a learned livestock friend with: “How long will it be before we successfully clone a grand champion steer?” He replied that it’ll probably never happen because there are too many variables beyond DNA. Being an unreformed steer jockey, I was mesmerized by the possibility. And, well, “never happen” happened at this summer’s Iowa State Fair. “Doc”, the 1,320-pound crossbred grand champion market steer, was more…

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    What Happens When The Checks Stop?

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     by John Vogel
     on October 3, 2010

     Just got off a phone call from a nice man from New York, who asked if he could send my October magazine editorial, “Dear Uncle Sam: Wake up – now!”, to his least favorite politicians. “Yes!,” I exclaimed, “And send to your favorite ones, too, if you have any such political creatures!” Then we talked briefly about why politicians are so resistant to rocking the boat of status quo. (It’s not just any boat. It’s a cruise…

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