Author: rogerringer

"I'M LOOKING FORWARD TO THE FUTURE, AND FEELING GRATEFUL FOR THE PAST." Mike Rowe   For many the future is dismal and something to be wary of. Yet time waits for no man. Sometimes to advance into the future you can look to the past. Amazing how things that...

"SIMPLE SOLUTIONS SELDOM ARE. IT TAKES A VERY UNUSUAL MIND TO UNDERTAKE ANALYSIS OF THE OBVIOUS. Alfred North Whitehead   I like to propose solutions when I point out problems. But there are many things that get so complicated that just knowing something needs to be done is not...

"LEADERSHIP IS PRACTICED NOT SO MUCH IN WORDS AS IN ATTITUDE AND IN ACTIONS." Harold S. Geneen   As the saying goes "if it is too good to be true, it probably is." And when it is about your community sometimes it is hard to look at something that...

"GOVERNMENT'S FIRST DUTY IS TO PROTECT THE PEOPLE, NOT RUN THEIR LIVES." Ronald Reagan   The old saying that "I'm from the Government and I am here to help you" is a classic saying about the fact that the government very seldom actually helps you. However, you have to...

"REAPING POLITICAL DIVIDENDS OUT OF TRAGEDIES IS  DEEPLY INGRAINED IN THE CONGRESS' DNA." Piyush Goyal   I did not grow up with the shootings in schools and most in my generation did not. Yet in the last 30 years it seems to be a common occurrence. When it does...

"GIVING MONEY AND POWER TO GOVERNMENT IS LIKE GIVING WHISKEY AND CAR KEYS TO TEENAGE BOYS." P.J. O'Rourke   Open up the Wichita Eagle and the story jumps out at me that the new Governor and others are suddenly conscious about the diversion of KDOT Highway monies to fund...

"THERE IS ONLY ONE WAY TO AVOID CRITICISM: DO NOTHING, SAY NOTHING, AND BE NOTHING." Unknown   No matter how much we want to see our government actually be good stewards of our tax dollars, there are always vast bureaucracies and politicians who have to do something that makes...

"IF OPPORTUNITY DOESN'T KNOCK, BUILD A DOOR." Milton Berle   I have been talking a lot about the rural economy and how it is up to our rural towns and counties to look outside the box and create opportunities for themselves. So here is a challenge that I am...

"SOMETIMES ONE HAS TO TAKE ON RESPONSIBILITIES THAT WEREN'T THOSE ONE IMAGINED." Carlos Puigdemont   Do you own land? Is there an old homestead on it? Are you aware of any old abandoned wells on it? There is a serious responsibility that you have if you do. You must...

"SOMETIMES BIG PROBLEMS ARE BEST SOLVED WITH LOTS OF SMALL AND CREATIVE SOLUTIONS." Ricardo Salinas Pliego   Do you really care about the loss of population and opportunities in your rural communities? Are you better at setting and bemoaning the drain of people and resources than seeking answers to...