Walt, I'm a new member. I came upon the requirement to join because I was impressed with the photography sumbitted by another member, and I couldn't comment to her about her work unless I joined. We own and operate a dairy farm in west central WI; we look forward to each issue of Progressive Dairyman. We work hard, we depend on our local infrastructure through these rather difficult economic times, and we live doing what we love.
Hey Walt, I found this through Emily Yeiser at the PA Center for Dairy Excellence, and through Emily Caldwell with Progressive Dairyman. I'm a huge advocate for the dairy industry and have an interest in all things related. Thanks for the welcome! - Cody
Hi, Walt! I was reading a great blog called Dairy Innovation at http://dairyinnovation.wordpress.com/ and one of her links was to an old blog called Plows and Cows. Progressive Dairy was mentioned there. One click, and the rest is history! I joined up. I submitted a copy of one of my blog postings from a few months ago, and now I'm hoping I'll win a hat!
In the article in the recent issue of Progressive Dairymen. My husband and I along with our two small children milk 180 cows in Central MN. We also blog over at meyerdairy.wordpress.com. We'd love to get the Proud to Dairy hats.
Walt,Thank you for the message I enjoy reading your magazine .Always interesting articles.All the people Ive talked to at progressive dairy have been very been very helpful and friendly Thanks again Richard Clark
Hello Walt! It's good to hear from you! School is going well...can't complain too much when it's 70 degrees in February! I'm looking forward to learning about how to be a better for dairy and agriculture with this forum ( and hopefully practicing it too!) How are things on your end?
NOPE! Like seven out of eight voting age Republicans in Iowa, I stayed home because I deliberately chose NOT to participate. I almost never go out in public any more for anything ... especially not for things like caucuses. I have a temper and I'm an old man so I no longer go to places where I will be get into a fight. These days, I'm too angry and cynical ... maybe just old and cranky ... so I focus my efforts on trying to understand how the government is going to screw things up and then act and invest accordingly.
The caucuses are kind of a touchy topic for me ... although the results from the caucuses were in line with what I was hoping to see ... I was happy to see Santorum and Romney do well, effectively co-winning ... both are acceptable candidates to me; I don't expect that much from a President -- I think too many people place too much emphasis on the cult of the imperial Presidency, but I'm not one of them ... there's a limit to how much damage a President can do -- even a nutcase like Ron Paul couldn't destroy the government, but Paul is the voice of a constituency that should be listened to -- so it was good to see him get a significant number of votes.
Most of the people who serve in government are outstanding examples ... I applaud their sacrifice and service, but I don't worship them ... there are dangerous people in politics like Newt AND the crowd from Chicago that is currently in the Administration ... I don't think we've elected too many good Presidents after Lincoln, but the country has done well because of its entrepreneurs and small business people ... but yet, each year, I am less and less optimistic about the future of the United States because how we've let federal government run away from us.
[When I was a kid] 30 years ago I was active enough in politics that I chose to resign from an engineering internship [because of the Hatch Act] ... when my different political activities became known, the choice other than resignation to publicly ask a Senator and Congressman to stop using my photos or comments in their newsletters ... I was active in student government at ISU, active in lobbying the legislature and different state campaigns, I was serving on an Ames city agency and, at the time, I was preparing to run for Iowa legislature.
Over the years, I have tried to make a difference in process by organizing precincts, leading fundraising efforts for candidates, convincing good candidates to run at the local level and contributing to the campaigns of friends of mine. There are a lot of people who serve in government who I've helped get started and they still consider me to be one of their friends [especially when they are looking for contributions] ... I wish I could be more optimistic about government, but NOBODY is working hard enough to shrink and simplify government ... although I applaud people for their service, NO ONE is aggressive enough at reducing the scope, depth, breadth of government involvement in lives of people.
I guess I would have participated in the caucuses if I could have cast a NEGATIVE vote for Newt; my participation at the caucuses would have been publicly; it would have upset the idiots who believe that Newt's campaign is anything but another of his grandiose ploys ... I can understand why Newt can sell books or get paid for speaking; he should focus on earning money and making his wive's and daughter's lives more comfortable [to repay them for the damage he's done to them]; I cannot understand why anyone would vote for Newt ... ultimately, he's not electable.
God will judge Newt, but politics are about our choice. I simply cannot understand why anyone would support someone like for POTUS ... we've all sinned ... but Newt's public record of adultery and wife swapping, corruption/bribery [for which he should have been charged/tried] and failed leadership [as judged by his Republican Congressional colleagues] disqualify him for a somewhat important job like President of the United States. If I had participated in the caucas, I probably still be fighting with the Newt supporters.