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Harvest is in full swing

The farmers are hitting the fields pretty hard and heavy. Both corn and soybeans are starting to flow into the elevators. The number of tractors and trucks on the road is pretty great. The warm, breezy and dry weather should make the harvest go pretty fast.

We’re lucky we didn’t get any of that snow that dumped 23 inches on Rapid City, S.D., last weekend. That wouldn’t have been good. I’m sure the farmers are hoping the prices sneak up a little bit over the next month or two. I wouldn’t be surprised if some folks are done harvesting by the first of November.

Dark

It sure is dark in the mornings right now. Daylight saving time will end Nov. 3. That is when you can turn your clock back an hour. We could use a little more light in the morning.

Geese

I’ve talked to a few goose hunters, and they seem to be having a good start to the season. The birds seem plentiful this year.

The duck season is just about to start and there seems to be a lot of those birds hanging around, too. I just wish we could get the pheasant population back up around the area. I miss seeing all the blaze orange out in the fields.

Gas

I went to the Husker game last weekend and gas at the Council Bluffs exit was $2.99 a gallon for unleaded. I hope that trend gets to Creston and surrounding area pretty soon. We could use some good news.

YMCA

The annual YMCA fundraiser is Saturday night with a wine tasting and auction to help the cause. The YMCA looks to be a busy place this fall. It’s good to see people getting out and taking advantage of the facility. Even the swimming pool is getting more and more people taking advantage of it. Come out Saturday night and take advantage of the auction. They have a lot of nice things you may want!

Government

The current mess going on in Washington sure is not impressing anyone as to the abilities of our elected officials. It’s time to clean house and get rid of all of them. The thing I can’t figure out is that the government is shut down, but they voted to pay everybody! How much sense does that make. So all the government employees get a paid vacation and don’t have to go to work?

Somebody figure that one out. If they are going to get paid...they just as well be working. As usual they take care of their own and to heck with the rest of us. If that wasn’t bad enough, next week our country runs out of money (only technically) and the debt ceiling needs to be raised.

That little drama is starting to build up momentum and could make for a bigger mess. “As usual” they will come up with some 11th-hour deal and kick the can a little farther down the road. Not solving the problem, but just delaying it for another day. At the current rate, our kids and grandkids will have so much debt to try and pay off, they will never get to retire.

The worst thing about it, though, I don’t think most of the people in Washington, D.C., even care about the next generation. As one of my Democratic friends told me...”they’ll figure it out.” Referring to the next generation. “May the force be with them!”

Thought for the week: “Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of Congress. But I repeat myself.” — Mark Twain.

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