• John Vogel

    Raise Gun Controls Or The Spirit Within Us?

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     by John Vogel
     on December 19, 2012

    The Sandy Hook, Ct., school massacre pierced most of our hearts. It's also likely to shatter America's gun control shield when it should force us to face a far more pervasive crisis – our broken foundation impacted by America's moral decline. Sometimes, these tragedies help turn our minds to far greater issues than the day-to-day ones we wrestle with. Why wrestle with it here? Two reasons: We have a number of farm family readers in the Newtown area. And, huge…

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    Finally, A Fiscal Cliff Solution!

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     by John Vogel
     on December 13, 2012

    My meek and mild-mannered wife came up with a sure-fire solution for America’s "fiscal cliff". Her common sense answer would likely work even though our nation’s leaders still seem a few bricks short of a remedy. Back when she was a kid, she got into fights with her brothers. Most of us have been there, done that. Well, in her parents' home, she and her brothers were sent to their rooms, and couldn’t get out of their detention to play again until they…

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    Help! Farmer Or Not, We Are Being Smartphone-ized!

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     by John Vogel
     on December 10, 2012

    I confess. I bought my own Christmas presents early this year – a 10-inch tablet plus a smartphone. So now I struggle to straddle the digital divide between computers and smartphones. And, that gap is far wider than I thought. Becoming smartphone-ized takes time and a lot of patience. Used to be, thumbs were calloused by hard physical work. Now, even eight-year-olds have them from thumb-typing itty-bitty keyboards made only for pint-sized "pokers". Everywhere you go…

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