24 Jun NO GOOD INTENTION GOES UNPUNISHED
“IT,S DISCOURAGING TO THINK HOW MANY
PEOPLE ARE SHOCKED BY HONESTY AND
HOW FEW BY DECEIT.”
On Saturday mornings for the last few decades I watch Orion Samuelson and Max Armstrong (tractor boy), on THIS WEEK IN AGRI-BUSINESS. Going back many years ago the broadcasters from Chicago’s WSM farm department the show was called the U.S. FARM REPORT. Well with businesses as they are another company bought the original show and it is still on but I never quite forgave them for messing up a great show. But I will not go into that here.
I have watched the two clear back when Finckle was the weatherman. It is a show that even when you have never met them you feel like you are watching friends. The show has always been honest and looking for news and interest stories that both the farmer and city folks can understand.
Orion has given us some health scares in the past few years but like the old farm boy he just keeps coming back. There are two segments that are my favorites during the show and that is ORION SAYS his opinion piece, and MAX’S TRACTOR SHED a story of an old tractor.
Orion is very articulate and there is no deceit in his opinions and when he asks a question he really means it. And although he recognizes that when asking a question there will be some that will read in a political motive. But he will ask the question regardless.
This morning on his show Orion asked about the fact that Congress does not use the same retirement plan (social security) or the same health care coverage (Obama Care). He wants his listeners honest answers and opinions. Since I deal in my opinion, and have many who will not read what I say and just jump to argue, I understand and appreciate what this veteran Journalist has done.
Growing up my family never left much to guess about. If it was on their mind they said it. Not always with good results, but they did not hold back. And as I grow older I not only understand but agree with most of what they said.
It is a sad state of affairs when questions cannot be asked without flack and derision. Having communicated with both Orion and Max several times by e-mail I find them to be just as genuine as they seem on the TV. I applaud them both for staying honest and asking the tough questions while listening to the answers.
I hope Orion does not have the flack come back that he expects to happen. I will continue to get up on Saturday mornings and enjoy both of them.