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    Vicky Hartzler’s View from the Capitol

    Congress has returned to Washington for the “lame duck” session of Congress, which provides current members a chance to finish work on important legislation and other bills that must be completed by the end of the year.

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    Early bird

    There is story being floated around that Russia’s Vladimir Putin was late to a meeting with Germany’s Angela Merkel. With the typical German precision, engineering-like mindset, Chancellor Merkel could not tolerate the tardiness, and she left the meeting without waiting on Putin. I...

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    Let’s enjoy November (Part 2)

    So, last week I failed to note another reason that I enjoy November. You all know that I did so on purpose, in order to have something to write about this week, right? Linda and I were married on a beautiful day in November 43 years ago.

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    Ebola: The outcry epidemic

    Ebola is the disease for which everyone becomes a expert after reading Wikipedia for five to 10 minutes. The truth, like most things, remains somewhere between the two extremes of thought.

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    Let’s enjoy November

    I absolutely enjoy this time of year. I like hay rides, bonfires, hot dog roasts and football. The cool evenings and changing of the leaves are something I look forward to every year.

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    The day had its day

    Forget fossil fuels, nuclear power or alternative energy sources. The scientific community needs to figure out a way to harness the power of human stubbornness.

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    Family

    Several years ago, I attended a seminar concerning the ill effects of drug and alcohol abuse upon families. The speaker informed us that there is no opposite of dysfunctional as it relates to family.

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    Freedom from health hazards

    One of the most profitable, marketing savvy and politically powerful organizations has quite a hold here in what some would consider small-town America.

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    What I miss the most

    I used to have a great memory. I could recall dates, places, names and faces. I can tell you about real estate transactions that I was involved in 25 years ago, but have trouble remembering what I had for breakfast.

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    A wonderful weekend

    How many people does it take to pull off a really successful fall festival? I don’t know the answer to that one, and it is impossible to know how many people were involved in last weekend’s Burnt District Festival. Despite the cool, windy weather, it was fantastic!

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