Commentary: Focus on the Vision, not the Vindictive

first_imgHome Commentary Commentary: Focus on the Vision, not the Vindictive SHARE Commentary: Focus on the Vision, not the Vindictive SHARE By Gary TruittWell, here we are in the heart of election season. The conventions are over, the campaign commercials have begun in earnest, and the name calling has declined to the level of a junior high playground. Over the next few months, we in the ag media will be reporting on where different candidates stand on various farm issues. The truth is, however, that their positions, proposals, and promises don’t add up to a bag of beans and should be ignored. What is important is vision — how they see the future.This realization occurred to me as I was sitting in the recent Lt. Governor’s Debate on Agriculture held in Boone County, Indiana. For 50 minutes, the three candidates for the Lt. Governor position in Indiana dutifully answered questions from three other ag journalists and me about a variety of farm issues from broadband to trade to hemp. The GOP incumbent came well-prepared and had polished answers with lots of facts and figures and very little substance. The Democratic challenger was candid and passionate but admitted she knew nothing about agriculture and had only been studying the issues for the past few weeks. The Libertarian never really answered the questions just restated what the issues were and how they were a problem that needed to be solved.By the luck of the draw, I got to ask the final question. Trying to get something a little deeper than I had heard so far, I asked each of them for their vision of the future of agriculture. This took them off their prepared scripts and talking points and gave us a glimpse of what was under the hood. On one hand we saw a well-tuned engine with considerable millage on it but running well and ready to continue to perform at the same level. We also saw a new engine with lots of horsepower but having never been started. The third engine was a hybrid of experimental design and questionable engineering. I will let my fellow Hoosiers figure all that out.On the national scene, in what journalist H.l. Mencken called “A Carnival of Buncombe,” the same approach can be used. Mencken astutely observed that what candidates for the White House really want is “the job.” Thus, they will say anything and promise anything to anybody at any time if it will help them get the job. This may seem cynical, and it is; but it is also reality, and to think otherwise is delusional. Thus, don’t be distracted by what Donald Trump or Joe Biden say or promise on any specific ag issue. Try, as best you can, to discern their vision for the future of agriculture and for our country. Then, decide if that approach is going to help your family and farm grow and prosper in the years ahead.With so much uncertainty in our economy and our world, it is impossible to say with any degree of confidence what is going to work or not work in the years ahead. The vision and approach our leaders take into that future will determine how they react and adapt, not the promises made or the things said in the closing days of the campaign. Facebook Twitter Facebook Twitter By Gary Truitt – Aug 30, 2020 Previous articleCorn Prices Still Lag Because of DemandNext articleCorn Prices Still Lag Because of Demand and Dry Weather Continues on the HAT Monday Podcast Gary Truittlast_img read more

Limerick rapist released on bail

first_imgWhatsApp TAGSCentral Criminal CourtDPPfeaturedlimerickMr Justice Paul CarneyrapeRape Crisis Centre Print Advertisement RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter Vanishing Ireland podcast documenting interviews with people over 70’s, looking for volunteers to share their stories Facebook Mr Justice Paul CarneyA Limerick rapist has been released on bail with the warning that the Director of Public Prosecutions must bear responsibility if the man breaches the conditions of his release.The man, who cannot be named at this stage for legal reasons, pleaded guilty at the Central Criminal Court today to raping a female victim in a Limerick home on August 28, 2012.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Mr Justice Paul Carney ordered that the man be registered as a sex offender and that a victim impact report be prepared for the sentencing hearing on December 1.The judge initially remanded the man in custody until that date but agreed to release him on bail after hearing there was no objection from the prosecution.Mr Justice Carney warned the DPP’s office that it will have to take responsibility if the man fails to comply with his bail conditions.“The Rape Crisis Centre and the tabloids can go after the Director of Public Prosecutions and not me,” the judge commented. Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival center_img Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Previous articlePutting Mungret on the Tourist TrailNext articleThe Ultimate Quiz Night at Thomond Park Editor Email Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live NewsLimerick rapist released on bailBy Editor – October 13, 2014 818 Linkedin WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads last_img read more

Bill to modernize dental regulations passes Senate

first_imgStatehouse—A bill sponsored by State Sen. Jean Leising (R-Oldenburg) that would modernize dental regulations recently passed the Senate unanimously.House Bill 1067 would allow a dental hygienist to administer topical, local dental anesthetics and nitrous oxide without supervision. HB 1067 would also update code to reflect requirements a dental hygienist or dental assistant must follow when administering nitrous oxide, among other certification requirements for different areas of dental practice.“HB 1067 updates code to reflect current practice,” Leising said. “As modern medicine continues to advance, it is important that we give industry professionals the skillsets and authority they need to treat us effectively. This bill updates state law to support dental professionals as they work to meet the needs of their patients.”HB 1067 was amended in the Senate and will now move back to the House of Representatives for further consideration. Sen.  Leising met with third-year students from Indiana University School of Dentistry and Dr. John Roberts, a dentist from Connersville, at the Statehouse last Monday.last_img read more

Hy-Vee going away from staying open 24 hours

first_imgWEST DES MOINES — Iowans who get a hankering for a midnight snack will soon have to head for a convenience store and not the nearest HyVee.Starting next Monday, the West Des Moines-based grocery chain will stop keeping its stores open around the clock. Hy-Vee spokeswoman Tina Potthoff says few customers do their shopping between midnight and 6 a.m., so all current 24-hour stores will be scaling back their hours.“We’re encouraging customers to check with their local Hy-Vee stores to get the exact times for their specific locations,” Potthoff says. “We have always had stores that were not 24 hours so this is just moving the rest of our stores to that scheduling model.”Some stores will close from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m., for others, it may be midnight to 5 a.m. Despite the downsizing of store hours, Potthoff says there will be no downsizing of staff. “We’ve been receiving some questions about whether or not people will be losing their jobs during this transition,” Potthoff says. “That is not the case. Everyone who works overnight hours, even though we’ll still need staffing overnight, those individuals that would typically be working or serving customers overnight will be moved to a busier shift during the day.”The chain has about 83,000 employees and is Iowa’s largest grocer. Potthoff says plenty of other types of businesses are dumping ’round-the-clock hours. “The trend is — really, we’re seeing many retailers not go 24-7,” Potthoff says. “There are others that are out there that are moving to more of the early morning to midday to nighttime feel for their customers and aren’t necessarily keeping their doors open for all hours of the day.”Hy-Vee has 265 stores. About half of them are in Iowa. The rest are in seven other Midwestern states.last_img read more

PBSO Deputies Rescue Driver from Car in Boca Canal

first_imgA Boca Raton woman is safe, after her car ended up in a canal following a crash with another car over the weekend.The unidentified driver was trapped in her car when it went into the water Saturday afternoon, according to the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office.Courtesy: Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office/FacebookThe incident happened near East Village Drive and Century Village Boulevard in unincorporated Boca Raton.Two deputies got in the water and were able to save the woman before the car became fully submerged.There is no word on her condition.last_img

Sojitz Becomes Shareholder in Spanish LNG Terminal

first_imgzoom Japanese Sojitz Corporation has acquired Spanish First State Regasificadora (FSR), changing the company’s name to Sojitz Regasificadora (SR).SR owns a 15% stake in Regasificadora del Noroeste (Reganosa), whose assets include the LNG terminal located in Mugardos in the northwest of Spain. With this move, Sojitz is making its entry into the LNG terminal business in Europe.Reganosa commenced operations at the Mugardos LNG Terminal in 2007. LNG delivered to the Mugardos LNG Terminal is not only supplied to the domestic market in Spain but also reloaded and delivered to Asia as well as other parts of the world. Reganosa also has plans to use the terminal as an LNG bunkering station for ships using LNG as marine fuel, Sojitz explained.“Sojitz will contribute its LNG expertise and other businesses experience … to support the further development of the Mugardos LNG Terminal,” the company said in a statement.Involved in LNG business in Japan, Sojitz also has investments in Indonesia and Qatar.“Sojitz will continue to develop its global LNG business with a focus on LNG receiving and liquefaction terminals, and will look at expanding its LNG receiving terminal business into ASEAN and other countries in South Asia, and to also develop its LNG liquefaction business to help create a stable energy supply for Japan,” the company added.last_img read more