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Cotton ruling is blow to exports

Thursday, March 31, 2005

You don’t own any cattle, so the court-clouded Canadian beef import rule doesn’t affect you, right?
Likewise, you don’t make fructose, raise sugar beets or grow cotton so all that mumbo-jumbo about NAFTA, CAFTA, TRIPS and the WTO is better left to those smart trade-talkers in Washington, Brussels and Geneva.

Social Security apathy big problem

Thursday, March 31, 2005

The whole Social Security reform issue is:
a) confusing, so I tune it out
b) political, so I tune it out
c) someone else’s problem
d) all of the above
e) there’s a problem?
At times, I’m afraid, we all feel like selecting any one of these options.

Point-by-point look at those EPA air quality compliance agreements

Thursday, March 31, 2005

On Jan. 21, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the air quality compliance agreement.

Getting hard-boiled

Thursday, March 31, 2005

I make hard-boiled eggs just a few times a year – usually to make deviled eggs; now that my kids are growing up, we haven’t taken time to color them for Easter.

Lessons change over the years

Thursday, March 31, 2005

As time marches on, the changing of seasons remains the same, but little else has been untouched by the progression of time.

Free trade won’t feed the world

Thursday, March 24, 2005

The first hint of spring brings big iron and big irony to the winter-rested Illinois prairie.

Will good farms pass the baton?

Thursday, March 24, 2005

Last week, a busload of Pennsylvania farmers visited three dairy farms in eastern Ohio as part of a dairy profitability tour.

Workers’ comp: The questions you don’t ask could have costly answers

Thursday, March 24, 2005

I am the first to admit that sometimes I make a mess of things. I try to teach my kids that the best reaction is to ‘fess up, take responsibility, fix what I can, learn from my mistakes and move on.

My Special Easter Spot

Thursday, March 24, 2005

Familiar moments float to the surface of my memory pool at Easter time. I can’t imagine anyone not enjoying leisure time with the Sunday comics, but I believe my fondness for the funnies traces back to the Easter mornings I spent with Dallas Clapsadle.

The best trick pony: Horse-on-a-stick

Thursday, March 24, 2005

I remember as a child being obsessed with horses and the cowboy life. It consumed our play, it invaded our dreams.

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