For the past year I have served on the state board of directors for the Oregon Farm Bureau. This endeavor requires a quarterly trip to Salem for a couple of days of meetings. The drive is a bit long at times, but tolerable (it certainly beats walking or riding a horse), especially since on my most recent trip I was able to listen to most of the final game of this year’s World Series match-up between the Red Sox and Dodgers — who, incidentally, last faced off the year my maternal grandfather was born: 1916.

While listening to a baseball game en route to a meeting, I was reminded of conservative commentator George F. Will’s explanation of why he preferred to watch baseball over football. Football, he said embodied two of the most objectionable things about modern America — violence punctuated by a committee meeting (the huddle). Fortunately I’ve never been tackled at any meeting thus far.

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