• P.J. Griekspoor

    Memories Come Pouring In When You Unpack the Christmas Decorations

    Kansas Viewpoint

     by P.J. Griekspoor
     on November 27, 2010

    Like many of you, I'm sure, the weekend of Thanksgiving is the time to check the Christmas lights, unpack the decorations and start putting everything that makes the holiday in its place. Over the years, my family and I have moved a number of times and lived in assortment of houses. Maybe that's what makes the collection of decorations so special -- no matter where in the new house we decide to put them, they are still the familiar pieces of the past. Never mind that baby Jesus is now…

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    The Budget Numbers Tell Story of Their Own

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     by P.J. Griekspoor
     on November 19, 2010

    There's a lot of talk out there about what needs to be done to fix the federal budget problem. Routinely, farm subsidies are a part of that conversation. I found some Cato Institute numbers on just who gets what of the federal budget broken down in an interesting way and I thought I would share some of them. The biggest share of your dollars goes to Health and Human Services -- $869 billion a year -- or around $7,400 per household on average: That's $617 a month, per…

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    It's Amazing How Fast False News Spreads

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     by P.J. Griekspoor
     on November 13, 2010

    There's an axiom in journalism that says a reporter will believe the worst take on news and routinely ignore anything that refutes it. Well, it sure is true when it comes to reporting about food and the systems that produce it. You'd think the people who don't grow food would be grateful they still get to eat. That wouldn't be the case if Capt. John Smith still ran things. But instead, they spend an amazing amount of time running down the people who provide them three squares and two…

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    Summer Is Officially Over; That WAS Frost . . .Or Was It?

    Kansas Viewpoint

     by P.J. Griekspoor
     on November 13, 2010

    Summer, or late summer, isn't really ready to let fall move in. Wichita is still waiting for a frost that flattens the garden and officially marks the end of growing season. Yesterday was rainy and cold, but was that a REAL frost that dusted parts of the lawn? I thought so until I looked at my garden this afternoon. It pretty much looks like everything is still growing and nothing was flattened and the geraniums have never looked healthier. So I'm thinking, maybe that wasn't frost…

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    It's A Banner Year for Kansas Cotton

    Kansas Viewpoint

     by P.J. Griekspoor
     on November 7, 2010

    Kansas cotton harvest is getting into full swing and Southern Kansas Cotton Growers gin manager Gary Feist says this may be the best year ever. Yields are good, quality is outstanding and prices are the best they have been since the Civil War. Better yet, market watchers say good prices for cotton are likely to be around for at least another year, because use is still outstripping production and cutting into stocks. Promoters of cotton as a Kansas crop say the combination of factors…

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