• Tom Bechman

    Best Advice: Keep Your Head Up and Keep Going

    Hoosier Perspectives

     by Tom Bechman
     on February 28, 2011

    To see protestors storming the capitol in a far off, openly liberal place like Madison, Wisconsin is one thing. To see it happening in your own backyard here in what's always been conservative Indiana is another. It's hard to think the sky isn't falling when nearly half the legislature heads off for Illinois. No offense, Illini readers, but who would want to hole up in a hotel in Illinois anyway? Dire news and predictions dominate national stories. First Egypt erupts in riots. Then Libya is up…

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    Find Out Who Your Friends Are

    Hoosier Perspectives

     by Tom Bechman
     on February 21, 2011

    Lots of people use the term 'friend' pretty loosely these days. As in 'thanks friend' to someone who might hold the door open for you. True friends are hard to come by. It's just like the country song goes, "When the chips are down, then you'll find out who your friends are. They'll be the ones that drop everything and come running to help." Well, this past week I put that song to the test. It was fourth down and long, with the clock running out, and I needed someone who knew more about sheep…

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    Indiana's Future at Stake in Education Debate

    Hoosier Perspectives

     by Tom Bechman
     on February 14, 2011

    When the first of what could be more-to-come education bills passed the Indiana House of the Indiana General Assembly last week, some Hoosiers were likely happy, but many weren't. Being an old ag teacher myself, I still have contacts in those circles, and I stopped by where half a dozen or so were gathered to score FFA proficiency forms based on students' outside-the-classroom programs last week. The homemade sandwiches and chips were good, and they let me eat for free. They went about their…

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    No Retractions About Cold Weather Coming From Me!

    Hoosier Perspectives

     by Tom Bechman
     on February 7, 2011

    I got so hot last summer, literally clinically overheated, that I promised that no matter how cold it got this winter or how bad, I wouldn't complain. After all, when your area  averages 18 days of 90 degrees F or above and you get nearly 40 during the summer, and you're allergic to heat, summer was a miserable experience. I'm sticking to the guns about the cold. I've yet to complain about being too cold. I've joked that I'm just cooling down from last summer. So if you're tired of the…

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