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Ken Poland is a life-long resident of northwest Kansas and, now, a semi-retired farmer. Although he doesn't like actual physical traveling, he has traveled the world via magazines and books. Ken explains that he doesn't like to get so far from home that he can't return by bedtime.
Most of Ken's working years have been in the same community that he grew up in and lived on the family farm. He just barely missed serving in the Korean action and was too old for Vietnam, so Ken's military career involved a brief stint in the Army Reserves. Although his formal education ended when he complete high school, Ken believes (and we agree) that a person's education never really ends, especially when someone cares deeply about the world, the nation and his own community.
Ken has been involved in civic, political, and community affairs all of his life. He has served on the Kansas Ground Water Management District 4 Board, the Colby Community College Board, the County Fair Board, the Coop Board, the Township Board, and has held various offices in all of these organizations. He's been active in his church and various civic service organizations. Ken believes that if you take a position, you should fulfill all the responsibilities that go with that position. Ken has never failed to vote in any election since he attained voting age. Though he doesn't really like labels like liberal or conservative, he says that he can count the number of Republicans he has voted for on just one hand.Ken believes in the importance of both individualism and socialism. He's quick to point out that he's not talking about "communism" or "communal socialism."
Ken strongly believes that social responsibility and individual responsibility go together. He thinks that combining individualism with individual responsibility for the welfare of all is not an impossible goal. He explains that the Christian gospel indicates that we all are, indeed, our brothers' keepers.
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