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t PAGE 4 PRESS PERSPECTIVES JANUARY Z3, 201 3 EDITOR'S DESl BY ALLISON OLIMB EDITOR, WALSH COUNTY PRESS you in the military? Okay. Are you at war'/No? Hnunm There is a time and a place for these things. The second amendment was de- signed as a protection of in indi- vidual's right to bear arTns in a time where the option of inciting a mass shooting was limited to yotu reload speed. Today, we could fix all of Unless you've been living under chasing assault weapons simply America's problems by taxing the a rock, m a cave, on Mars you because they've been told Oba- hell out of bullets for ammunition know that the topic ofthe hour has ma's taking eir rights away. not used in a warzone. been circling around the Second. Hohestl ,what do you intend to Times change and with them Amendment for months. - use said gun for? You aren't going should be the way usage regulations The president oftheNational Ri- hunting with it. You would decimate change. fie Association has been foaming at a perfectly good piece of meat. Is it There are more regulations sur- the mouth on television progratn.to going to help you protect your rounding smoking than there are re- television program all while dis- : home in a way that apistol or rifle garding high-capacity firearms. cussmg the topic ofassault weapon wouldn't?Probablyonlyifyouare You can say shootings are a usage by straight up nut jobs to kill being attackedby ahoard of zorn- mental health issue, but how do you babies and movie-goers, bies, but even then you need enough know that someone is capable of I've heard people go as far as pur- .accuracy to aim for the head. Are mass murder until they do it? And background checks aren't the only answer when in the case of Sandy Hook the guns were his mother's not his. You can say put more guns in schools, but is more really better? I can't imagine an armed kinder- garten teacher and anned guards in every school sounds excessive. You can say guns don't kill peo- ple, but they sure do help. There is always another way to do something awful whether it is through explo- sives or using airplanes, but why make it easy to get the instruments of destruction into the hands of those who will do ill will? You may have the right to own it, but does it make it right? Like "' the Wa&h CounO, Press on Face- book and cl eek out our ])log at http:,%valsh- countypress, wordpress.com Hello, One below and no wind! Shirley says she didn't even need to put on her Carharts this morning. That woman is tough. Well. the blizzard that wasn't came through here Friday and Sat- urday. The forecast was for a foot of snow and strong winds. The snow amounted to an inch or two. The winds blew a little, but not enough to create blizzard condi- tions that the weathemlan was hop- ing for. At least around here. But I tell you what: it is starting Someone posted a headline fi'om deal like that. I remember one tough winter during the oil boom of the eighties. Pipe was being ihauled up from Houston as it is now. Workers were of the hands over the winter. One old boy made the best hot sauce I ever tasted, tte was an old hand that was dry watching the rig after the hole came up dry. Think to look like winter. At least after the flockin.g here from southern states his name was Char!!e. He had,done last two winters. Those old boys much hke today. Winterizing on a little time in the big house . He from Louisiana working on the rigs rigs wasn't near as good as it is would never really say what he had arc going to start losing their ears now, and those boys spent a lot of done. but rumor had it he'd got in like a newborn calf pretty soon. Cold days and nights tripping pipe a fight over a Cajun queen. Or in terrible conditions. maybe that's a song I heard. You be the judge. But he was a fine friend. One day a tracker came in to use the phone. Being a southern lad. he hadn't heard of number one an old paper a few days ago. I think There was a rig drilling not far it was 1996. Wind chills for a solid from the ranch and we were doing week were from -40 to -90! You snow removal on the location. So want to cover your garden for a we became acquainted with some fuel and his truck had jelled up near the ranch. Mechanics came out to heat it up and get it going. He wanted to call his boss and tell him what the problem was. I listened from the other room as he exclaimed to his boss (in a southern drawl), "It's so damn cold in this Godforsaken land that the fuel freezes. They are digging it out of the lines with a screwdriver!" Another story that came from the rig one particularly windy day was a guy came down off the rig and met his driller coming up. The driller asked where he was going. Again in a southern drawl, "I'm just going to get my jacket". The driller asked, "Where's your jacket?" "Texas!" the old boy drawled. So, as I explain to Shirley as she thaws her frozen hands, it could be worse. Later, Dean It was more than cold as the plaster wall," Jimmy replied; town's 13 electors gathered in the rr I[.nl" ' [tow do you know that? Gar- cavernous unheated communi mmmee t't'tect(Shall for an emergency meeting o}" l-l melajl/l l vey,BecauseaSked, lhave a 3-inch hole in the Homeland Security Commit- 1 ' " ' ny kitchen wall, Jimmy re- tee. called pttrsuant to orders is- sponded without flinching. sued by the mayor -. Conamittee Chair Ork Dorken "-" *:' Wl ~ :| I have this 22 cahber single shot," Old Sievert declared. "My open the meeting by pounding a,dad bought it fi'om the Sears cata- coke bottle on his table as the last don t have guns. I'm just a de- stead of the revolver." logue in 1932. The sighting is off so stragglers fuund themselves ad- fenseless pacifist living the Chris- Just then Josh Dvorchek strutted it s kind of dangerous." justing to the cold steel folding tian life" u P" "What happened?" Garvey chmrs As soon as they, were "Chief Security Officer Garvey "What is that thing.9 Drain asked. seated, he read the mayor s decla- Erfald is going to make up the list," pipe?" queried Garvey. "Well, I was aiming at this rab- ration. Ork continued. "So step right up. "No, it's a bazooka an anti- . . bit in the garden and killed my ereas, SecondAmen, tar@ l n my cousm -,ght neighbor's cat Stalking a gopher ment or.the ;the war as a " vides that a el egulated militia is Maaeleine Morgan as She. Saun- Josia' e lii ed .;; nearby,' Sievert 6;xplained. necessaryforafreestate,fheCom- teCedd*erx0" ey's tablebran- "The only problem is that'am- "Anybody else have any munity Homeland Security Corn- dishing a pistol. My Ex took the munition is hard to come by. weapons'?' Garvey asked. mittee shall assess the status of our guns but I got this revolver and he Maybe I could get some on Area- "Looks to me like we have militia and inventory the ordi- knows I have this revolver. I'm zon. It sure would be handy ifter- enough stufffbr our militia to pro- nance." glad he knows I have this revolver, rorists come in tanks. tect us from outsiders," Josh snick- "1 hope you all brought your In fact, I don't mind if everybody "l've got something worthwhile ered. anns and defensive weapons so we knows I have this revolver. " - a 20-gauge shotgun," Little "But who's going to protect us q" / ), can do this inventory quickly," Ork "Have you ever fired this Jimmy announced, from the m 'mers, added Orville added, thing?'! Garvey asked as he looked Jimmy was majoring in petro- Jordan, the retired depot agent. "'Does this mean that we have to the weapon over. "It has only four leum engineering online but was "Enough already," chided Chair- register guns?" Einar Danske asked bullets." using January for a two-credit person Ork. "The inventory is com- impetuously. "Well, last winter, a skunk came practicum in wildlife management, plete and the Second Amendment "No. we're going to make a list prowling around so I whipped out He shot 16 rabbits so l ar.is safe. Meeting is adjourned." of all of our defensive weapons," the revolver and fired twice and "'Does that little shotgun have Tugging at scarves, the electors Ork replied. "Do you have a prob- the skunk fired once." she ex- any power," Garvey asked dubi- headed out into the cold northwest lem with that?" plained. "Consequently; 1 think ously, wind, another great meeting behind "No! No!" replied Einar. "I you should register the skunk in- "It'll make a 3-inch hole in a them. NDSU Agriculture Communication Something for everyone: From salaries to athletic injury sanctions "'Something for Everybody" was the 13th album recorded by super- star Elvis Presley, but the vinyl LP, which came out in 1961, didn't include any of his many mega hits; it did have lots of good music, but nothing spectacular. Those who follow the 63rd North Dakota Legislative Assembly will likely find something they like and most are hoping the record produced between now and May will turn out to be Sweet music. Monday, Jan. 14, was the fifth day of the session and the first dead- line for bill submission. No more than five bills can be introduced by each representative after that date. A reviewofwhat had been filed by 3 p.m Friday, Jan 11, showed 164 House bills had been filed, 146 Senate bills and six combined resolutions. All are a potpourri of this and that and just about everything in between. As an example, they include a "roll-your-own cigarette-making ma- chine" bill, the duty to report and POssible penalty for not reporting a miss- ing child or death of a child, and carrying a fire arm at a public gather- ing. Legislators will also debate opiate treatment programs, wine sales, prison rules, child care, water skiing and how to tow, increased speeding fees. National Guard pay increases, citizen tax relief and even athletic con- cussions. And. of course, the all-encompassing issues and concerns that have been driving the state to prosperity but not without some pain- energy, infrastructure, agriculture, education and the overall economy. In one way, state progress is measured through the legislative process where bills are created and laws are amended or repealed. Laws are not laws until bills, introduced by the Assembly, a committee or legislative management, receive a majority vote by the members of both chambers (the House and Senate). Generally, if pasSed, they will take effect Aug. I after filing with the Secretary of State, or July 1 (certain appropriations and tax measures). The legislative session can be along, laborious process, sometimes even ugly. And the beginning weeks can irritate those with little patience since cleanup issues from past sessions are addressed- along with raises for elected officials. Salary raises are imminent; the bills have been filed and call for two increases in the biennium. Here is a quick lo0k. Gov. Jack Dalynnple will likely go from a Salary of$113,500 to an an- nual pay of $121,600 and then $126,549. He isn't the highest paid in gov- ernment, however. Another bill calls f0rAttomey General Wayne Stene- hjem's salary to first be raised to $143,685 and later to $149,432. He currently makes $134, ! 35. Secretary of State A1 Jaeger could eventually in tiffs biennium make $100,666. He is now at $90,360. Lt. Gov. Drew Wrigley is slated to go from $88,183 to $94.462 and then $98,240. New Superintendent of Public Instruction Kirsten Baesler could ad- vance to $114,600. Other top salmies during the biennium would be $109,253 (Tax Commissioner Cory Fong), $103,412 lAg Commissioner Doug Goehring and Public Service Commissioners Randy Christmann, Julie Fedorchak and Brian Kalk), $100,666 (Auditor Robert Peterson and Insurance Commissioner Adam Harem) and $95,062 (Treasurer Kelly Schmidt). Legislators will also vote on raises for themselves as well as Supreme Court and District judges. Other early bills that seem interesting include ones on coal combus- tion residues, pipeline violation l%es and hunting fees, as well as a pilot grant program proposal for at-risk American hldian students. Management studies of interest currently include healthcare, group housing and crew camps, and autism spectmln disorder service and sup- port for a registry, training and voucher system. Committee hearings will begin Thursday, Jan. 17 to review a sliding scale fee proposal increase (HB 1048) for speeding, ranging from $20 plus $2 per mile for 1-5 miles over the limit to $20 plus $10 per mile for 46- plus miles over the limit. HB1028 calls for closer scrutiny when it comes to athletic injuries (specifically concussions). It would apply to public and nonpublic schools sanctioning athletic programs, requiring them to adhere to the terms of a concussion management program When National Guard members are called to active service a new pay scale is proposed in HB1056. Daily pay for six grades would increase from 10 percent/E-8) to 55 percent (E-3). HBI030 appears to be a reaction to federal environmental concerns: " the legislative assembly deems the present use and disposal of coal combustion residues to be acceptable and that present regulation allows for the beneficial use of coal combustion residues in concrete and other construction applications and for safe disposal without coal combustion residues being regulated as a hazardous waste." A reduction of $3,375 of taxable valuation of an individual's primary residence is provided for in HB1044 and HB 1045 is also a tax relief credit bill. A maximum penalty of $10,000 a day for violation of pipeline safety standards is increased to $200,000 a day in HB 1064, with a cap of $2 mil- lion rather than $500.000. Another bill (HB 1130) calls for an increase in small game hunting fees from $6 to $10 (16 and over. resident) and $85 to $94 (non-resident). OVERHEARD: Two men were washing their hands in the bathroom near the information desk on the ground floor of the Capitol. One said: "You know what I can't figure out." "What?" responded the second. The first man said: "Why does the sign across the hall read 'Women's Rest- room" and sign for the room we are in reads 'Men's lone, . .lotto lrby de~'Med 1o retire early in late 21) II (zs" editor qf the B&marck Tribune tie L~ now a free- lance write~; private invextigator and management consultant. He can be reached at.johm~ber- tirb.v(qJ~otmail.com NDSU Extension Service a "Mom, I'm going to have an or- ange," my teenage daughter noted as she passed by me on her way to the kitchen sink. "That's good. There's a plastic or- ange peeler in the drawer," I said. I was pleased that she knew she should wash her hands and then rinse the whole fruit under rtmning water before peeling it. I had prepared a simple lunch consisting of vegetable soup, crack- ers, Cheese, dell meat and milk. She added the missing food group, fruit. "My hands are going to smell like an orange. This white stuff is hard to remove," she said as she scored the rind with the peeler. "The white part is called the albe- do or pith. It's a good source of fiber such as pectin," ! added. "Albedo is a strange word," she said as she divided the orange into segments. She was humoring me with her interest during my im- promptu fruit lesson. She popped a segment in her mouth and deemed it "delicious" and "juicy." Navel and Valencia oranges are the most commonly available vari- eties in our region. My daughter was eating a navel orange, which has a you when you slice them. Blood or Morn oranges have burgundy-col- ored flesh. The dark red comes from the anthocyanin pigments they contain. Anthocyanins act as antioxidant compounds that may help fight cancer and other diseases. Oranges are rich in nutrients, in- cluding vitamin C and potassium. Some researchers have rated or- anges higher than apples in their power to "keep the doctor away." Researche have shown that or- anges and other citrus fruits may play a role in preventing heart dis- ease and cancer At only 80 calories per medium- sized fruit, oranges are a nutrition- al bargain mad portable snack. One orange provides a full day's supply of vitamin C, which our body uses to build collagen to keep our skin healthy, anaong its many functions. Vitamin C is known as ascorbic acid, which means "no scurvy." Scurvy is a now- rare disease that re- sults from a vitamin C deficiency. During long voyages, early sailors experienced aching joints, skin breakdown and bleeding gums. When they ate citrus fruits on their 'q elly button" on one end. Navel or- voyages, they no longer suffered anges appear as though another from the disease. Therefore, they be- tiny orange is beginning to grow on came known as "limeys." the end opposite the stem. Navel or- Are you eating about 2 cups of anges are seedless, easily peeled and fruit per day? Eating more whole in good supply from January fruit is one of the nutrition recoln- through March. mendations from http://www.choose Valencia oranges have seeds and myplate.gov. While drinking j uice abundant j nice. While they usually are associated with the summer may seem easier, whole fruits and months, you often can buy them vegetables offer the fiber advantage. from February through October. As a result of their fiber content, we Most oranges get their charac- may tbel full more readily when we teristic color from carotenoid pig- eat whole fruit, compared with ments. The orange peel or rind is drinking juice. called the flavedo, and contains Here's a colorful salad recipe that flavorful, essential oils. Some is rich in vitamins Aand C. Youcan recipes, such as those tbr mar- add your favorite dressing or trythe malades, call for the orange zest provided dressing recipe. For more (grated peel) The zest adds flavor . ,irfformation and recipes, check out torecipes, the Prairie Fare .blog at If you aren't expecting it, the col- http://www.prairie/hre.areavoic- or of some oranges may surprise es.com Editor's Note I The Extension Exchange columnn was not available this week. It will re- turn as soon as possible. aro the state Farmers can use a new Farm on the same number of acres. Fuel Budget cellphone app to "This feature is intended to plan their fhrm fuel budget and use help crop producers quickl'y see for the next year or more. the difference in fuel consumption John Nowatzki, North Dakotaon their farm by changing the State University Extension Serv- number of acres allocated to each ice agricultural machine systems specialist, developed the Android crop," Nowatzki says. "Because cellphone app for crop producers field operations vary significantly to compare projected fuel costs for each type of crop, changing the and use for their fanning operation number of acres of each crop based on alternate crop acreages, grown impacts the total fuel cost tillage systems and crop rota- for the farm." tions. By choosing the field opera- The app can be downloaded tions on each crop, users can use from the Google Play Store, which the Farm Fuel Budget app to eval- is accessible from the market app uate the effects of various tillage on Android cellphones, systems on fuel use. Because each Users select the number of acres they intend to plant each year field operation requires a different amount of fuel per acre, users and acreage for each crop, then se- lect the field operations they will quickly can see the impact on fuel use for each crop. The app esti- costs by eliminating or adding spe- mates the fuel cost by year. cific field operations fbr each The amount of fuel budgetedcrop. for each field operation is based on The last user input for the app the machinery cost estimates pub- is to enter the projected fuel cost lished annually by the University per gallon. Crop producers can use of Minnesota Extension. These this feature to see the effect of pro- fuel consumption estimates are jected fuel prices on their total fuel based on the assumption of 0.044 gallon of diesel fuel per power budget. takeoff horsepower-hour, on av- Users are encouraged to eval- erage, for each implement type. uate the Farm Fuel Budget app on Users can select the number of the Google Play website at acres allocated to each crop to https://play.google.com and search compare total farm fuel use based for Farm Fuel Budget. 1-24 Dates to Remember: [ Walsh County Livestock Improvement Meeting, I Alexander House Park River Noon Editor's Note The Around the County columnn was not available this week. It will return as soon as possible.