• Tom Bechman

    Computer Geniuses, Simple Math Idiots

    Hoosier Perspectives

     by Tom Bechman
     on September 26, 2011

    Education is in the eye of the beholder. What are taxpayers getting for dollars invested in public education, and what are parents getting for dollars invested in higher educations? From experiences with my own kids and from volunteering to work with kids though youth groups and judging teams, it appears we've raised a generation which can text, run Facebook, pull up answers to weather questions or almost any trivia on their 'smart phones' in a matter of seconds. What they can't do is figure…

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    Rains Still Fickle in Dry Areas

    Hoosier Perspectives

     by Tom Bechman
     on September 20, 2011

    If you don't live in the epicenter of the Indiana drought, anywhere in central Indiana, especially in Morgan, Johnson and Shelby Counties, this may seem a little strange. But to one who lives there, not even the darkest of clouds and best of chances of rain have produced more than a quarter of an inch in quite some time. My friend on the phone was all excited last Wednesday evening. He was sure it would rain all night. "It's the best chance in terms of looks for Trafalgar for quite some time…

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    Any Day Can Be Mother's Day

    Hoosier Perspectives

     by Tom Bechman
     on September 13, 2011

    It's great to have one day a year when mothers get special recognition. But the reality is that mothers ought to be thanked for all they do every day, by each of their offspring and by their spouse. They do lots of physical work behind the scenes that most children, especially boys, take for granted. But they do much more than that- they provide the glue that cements the family together. My mother passed away one week ago. That's why mothers are on my mind. She lived a long life, of 90 plus…

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    OK, Enough with the Heat Already!

    Hoosier Perspectives

     by Tom Bechman
     on September 6, 2011

    For someone who physically can't stand heat, this has been a brutal summer. I've been too hot by clinical standards twice in my life, and I've pushed the limit on more than one occasion this summer. For someone who loves summer that only has a few days of 90 degrees or above, this has been a nightmare. Within this nightmare came the county fair. It was so hot that anyone who sponsored fairs the third week of July should probably be accused of adult human abuse. The animals were much better…

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