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PAGE 4 PRESS PERSPECTIVES FEBRUARY 2, 2011 F ROM TH E EDITOR'S DESK... BY ALLISON OLIMB EDITOR, WALSH COUNTY PRESS My sister was complaining via Facebook status updates the other day about how she was upset that the president was on... he was on every channel.., she was going to miss "The Biggest Loser." Her exact words? "Nee! State of the union you just ruined the biggest loser." Not to be a Debbie Downer or get too political -- but my initial reaction to that statement was: "In this economy? America is the biggest loser." I know, cue the world's smallest violin playing the world's saddest song just for America. On the flip side, I hear things are looking up. A story in the Herald just the other day states that the economy is heading toward a rebound. According to the Associated Press, "employers will hire more workers this year, and the economy will grow faster Hello, I'm starting to catch it again. I thought I was over it. And then this morning, I can feel it rising up inside me. No, it's notthe flu. It's the need to have a team of horses! Shirley says it happens every few years. But, at least I seem to be cured of buying her a milk cow every couple years. I am going to blame my latest malady on Facebook. A friend posted a picture of himself driving a three-horse hitch. And looking out the window at the depth of the snow again this morning, I'm getting the itch to hitch. Isn't that cute? I made that up. When we were first manhed, I took my lovely bride to a sale over in Sidney. For some, still unknown reason I bought a milk cow. 1 never have milked much. And the little I did, I hated. But, I bought a milk cow. She was a little wild, hence didn't cost that much. But, as a cowboy who detested milk cows, I was now the owner of a wild milk cow. I choked her down and drug her into the milk stanchion. Oh, she hated that. Neighbor Pete informed me that that is not how you train a cow to come in the stanchion. He was right. I tied her tail up to keep her from switching me in the face. I tied one leg to a post after she stuck a foot in my bucket. I tied another leg up to a rafter so she was balancing on Hat three legs. She could still kick a little, but wasn't as accurate. Oh, and then I kpt a pitchfork handy as a defensive weapon. Pete informed me that he had never seen anyone geritle a cow with a pitchfork. She never did get gentle, but she did learn to blink when I reached for that fork! I milked her every day till she dried up. Took about a week. My team deals weren't a lot better. The Coors brothers, Coors and Coors Lite, were purchased at the Miles City Bucking Horse Sale. Oh, they drove pretty well. Truth be told, they knew more about driving than I did. But, we bucked them in the summer. That really didn't tend to make them trustful of human beings. Dad eventually took them to a big draft horse sale in Iowa, where one of them threw a fit and ran through a thousand Amish people, filling every nearby ambulance and emergency ward, causing the Meyer name to banned forever in Amish circles of horse trading. Then there was Ben and Buck, the mules. Never buy a mule that comes out of the trailer with the harness on. There is a reason they I | lb Walsh County Health District I P""""''I""'_I ............ __ ................. Short Shots The schedule for childhood immunizations is as follows: 2 months 4 months 6 months 12 months 18 months 4-6 years of age 7th grade If your child is behind in schedule, or never started for whatever reason--it is not too late to get the immunizations done. Call your health care provider or public health nurse and get scheduled. Vaccinating children protects in two ways: 1. The child responds to the vaccine and develops protection 2. If the majority of children are vaccinated the incidence of the disease is greatly decreased, thus reducing all children's chances of getting the disease. This means that when you vaccinate your child, you are protecting them and other children around them. By Extension Agentlln-Training Theresa Jeske Your source for Happy Happeninl00s. Walsh County Press Call: 284-6333 or gmail, wcpress@polarcomm.com Now you can call for help with ANY of your Polar services ANY time, day or night, with our new Help Desk support! It's 3am, you're trying to tune in to your favorite program and the remote isn't cooperating with you? 1.888.700.7652 24 Hours A DAY DAYS A WEEK 36 DAYS A YEAR CALL US! You're having problems with your computer and can't get online? CALL US! Our new 24/7/365 help desk goes live February I, 2011 ! 1.888.700.7652 www.thinkpolar.com than envisioned three months ago." Unemployment still will be an issue for the next five years or so, but analysts are sticking with the phrase "growing optimism." So, is the economy getting better or do people just take the word of analysts and start spending? Do we just do what we were going to do anyway and say to heck with what the media says? Unemployment is up? Send them a copy of the Press. I've got a handful of job opportunities waiting on the classified page. Not good enough for you? Now the economy is just being picky. I believe that is the current State of the Union. Tell people to be scared and some will save, tell people it is going to be okay some will spend, but if you ask me, most people are still going to make those decisions for themselves. I'm probably still going to eat Taco Bell even though reportedly there is a lawsuit saying that their meat isn't 100% meat. I'm probably still going to cheer for Sioux Hockey even if their name isn't the Fighting Sioux. And unless the President hires the folks who do "The Biggest Loser" or "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" to direct his State of the Union Address, I'm probably going to go with my sister's opinion and say that their reality TV is way more entertaining than the government's. "Like" the Walsh County Press on Facebook and check out our new blog at http : //walshcounOpress. wordpress.com Tips put the harness on at home. And it is not because it was "handy". We had a pole barn at the ranch. It was probably about a hundred and twenty feet by forty. Maybe smaller. And we had an old chariot from Dad and Grandpa's chariot racing days. The tires were fiat, but then I wasn't going to be racing Ben Hur, so I figured that didn't matter a lot. Shirley (under some gentle persuasion) helped me hook up. Then she quickly stepped out of the barn and watched through a crack in the door. I, being of sound mind and body, urged the mules forward. And oh, did they respond! We went forward with much haste! Around and around that building! I was wishing that small building was a little smaller. But they could go nowhere. Just around and around. I could hear Shirley screaming and the dogs barking outside the door. The dust was boiling up and all in all, it was a grand old time. Finally, they got a little winded. I was glad the tires were fiat. That slowed the pace a little. In an hour I was trotting figure eights and' having no trouble stopping the mules when they came to a wall. I hollered at Shirley to, "Open the door." "Are you nuts?" she replied. "Dammit, woman, open the door!" The door flew open. I tell you what. When Ben and Buck saw that daylight, they forgot their hour of training and headed down the hill to the yard as fast as two twelve hundred pound mules, dragging a racing chariot with flat tires can run. Which is, at least it seemed to me, is fast. I was pulling on the lines and hanging onto that chariot for dear life. Luckily, the corral gate was closed. Not that that mattered to the mules. They hit that gate going nine-o, which in mule speed is really fast. Lumber, leather, and mule hair flew every direction. The chariot kind of launched itself into the air and catapulted me onto the mules. Luckily, I am a quick and agile person, and the mules were kind of in shock. I got out of the way. Shirley came running down the hill. The dogs were still barking. I looked at Shirley and said, "Why the hell did you open that door?" I don't remember much after that! Oh, it turned out alright. And if I think of it next week, I'll tell you about the Prancer that Lee didn't trust. Oh, and maybe Theima and Louise. Later, Dean Confederation? Been There, Done That As a long-time admirer of the U.S. Constitution, I was more than pleased to hear that the House of Representatives was taking the time to read the document at the opening session of Congress. In my academic work, I have spent more time studying the Constitution, the Federalist Papers and the historic circumstances of the founding era than any other period of American history. The reading of the Constitution, however, to protest the size of government was paradoxical, to say the least. While Congress hoped that the reading would place a new emphasis on limited government, the U. S. Constitution was not the fight document to read because the adoption of the Constitution in 1787 was the most significant centralization of power in our history. To put the Constitution in perspective, Congress should also have read the Articles of Confederation, the document that provided a "league of friendship" in which states retained all sovereignty and cooperated on the national level only when it suited their fancy. Decentralized government under the Articles did not work very well. Under the Articles, the central government could not raise revenue, regulate interstate commerce, negotiate binding treaties, coin uniform money, run a postal system, maintain a military, or solve any number of problems emanating from a dysfunctional system of independent states. So power had to be centralized to solve those problems and new ones as they arose. Things are the way they are today because of the problems we had to solve yesterday. But this incremental expansion of authority has now resulted in unhappiness over the extent to which the country has gone in solving problems. We yeam for the days of the Confederation and Congress is looking at two proposed constitutional amendments to move us in that direction. One proposed amendment would require approval of a majority of state legislatures to raise the national debt limit. State legislatures are now attempting to force the calling of a constitutional convention to submit such an amendment to the states for ratification. In North Dakota, this is being considered as SCR 4007 in the current legislative session. A second proposed constitutional amendment would permit two-thirds of the state legislatures to repeal any federal law or regulation they didn't like. Neither of these measures will get to the implementation stage. Getting state legislatures in 33 states to force the calling of a constitutional convention to propose an amendment and then getting 38 states to ratify the proposal is a pipedream. So is getting a two-thirds vote in Congress to propose an amendment that would restrict Congressional jurisdiction of federal statutes. If implemented, these amendments would put the future of the United States in the hands of 50 discordant entities, each marching to its own parochial drum. The very existence of the present Constitution attests to the fact that matters of national interest cannot be left in the hands of individual states. We've been there, done that. If it is the consensus of the country that the federal system needs a greater tilt toward the states, then the way to accomplish that is not through constitutional amendments but through the political process, just as it has been for the past 200 years. The election of 2010 is accomplishing that and a new tilting has begun. Extension Exchange Walsh County Nutrition, Food Safety and Health Agent Julie Zikmund, MPH, RD, LRD 4-H Makes Youth Better: Focus Walsh County Ambassadors It is my pleasure and honor to work with a very special group of Walsh County 4-H youth who represent themselves, their clubs, and our county at a state and national level. This group of young people have been chosen by their peers to work as North Dakota 4-H Ambassadors. Ambassadors are a group of young' adults ages 16 to 22 who work to help North Dakota 4-H Program. The Ambassadors do many things. Here is a sample of the duties of the Ambassadors: o Enhance and promote the North Dakota 4-H Youth program with state and county Extension staff and 4-H volunteers. o Assist in the planning of statewide 4-H youth program. o Improve the 4-H youth program through promoting leadership. o Act as an advisor for 4- H youth program through promoting leadership. o Create awareness of opportunities for older youth in 4-H. o Promote 4-H and 4-H Ambassadors to all people. o Assist in the organization and operation of county youth - adult councils. o Inform older 4-H youth of current leadership methods. o Plan and "carry out" workshops for older youth in accordance with interest and needs. o Assist in the planning and organizing of State Extension Youth Conference, and other state functions. o Provide 4-H Ambassadors as resource people throughout the state by county or individual request I am one of the most fortunate 4-H Youth Extension Staff in North Dakota working with 13 Walsh County Ambassadors. Walsh County has the most Ambassadors from one county in the whole state. This speaks volumes for the quality of our young people, their parents, our leaders and our 4-H program. If you have ever attended any of the 4-H events you will notice them at the forefront of our county programs. They lead by duty, commitment and personal, example. They lift each other up from the "ranks" of 4-H and provide younger youth with positive role modeling. They are a great bunch to work with, and for that I am thankful. If you are interested in making a difference and would like participate or donate to the Walsh County 4-H program, please give me a call at 284- 6624. We would love to have you involved in any way. 4-H changing one child, one family, one community, our world...a great investment. More next week... All my best to you and your family, Julie lam one of the most fortunate 4  H Youth Extension Staff in North Dakota working with 13 Walsh County Ambassadors. Walsh County has the most Ambassadors from one county in the whole state." Around the County Walsh County Extension Office Park River - 284-6624 Prepare for the upcoming calving season Before the spring calving season gets started, now is the time to take the time and make the necessary preparations for when the calves start hitting the ground. You need to make sure that all your equipment is clean, dry, safe and functioning correctly. Have all your calving tools readily available and in one spot. Important equipment to have available when a cow has dystocia problems includes sterile gloves, non-irritant antiseptic, lubricant, obstetrical chains, obstetrical handles, mechanical Calf pullers and injectable antibiotics. It is also important to have a good flashlight with extra batteries, some old towels and a roll of paper towels. It may be best to have your supplies packed into a five gallon bucket which makes thing readily accessible and just in case you need water during difficulty calving. It is also important to de'/elop a plan of what to do, when to do it, who you can call for help, and when you will call for help. Have your plan and phone numbers in convenient places and that family members also know where it is. The worst time to figure out who you're going to call is when you really need the help. Have a good relationship with your veterinarian and your neighbor or the person you will call to help with your herd. It is important to contact them ahead of time so when you have to call someone at 2:00 am it isn't such a surprise. Have a clean, dry place ready and a warm area or warming box to put cold calves into until they are warm and dry. If possible, placing the cow and new calf in their own pen for close monitoring will help ensure they are both healthy. It is also important that the calves consume co1ostrtLrn, or first milk, soon after birth to attain immun!ty from the cow. Ideally, calves should consume some colostrum within 6 hours after birth but may receive some immunity from colostrum within the first 24 hours of life. Calves which receive inadequate immunity within 24 hours of birth have been found to be up to nine times more likely to become sick, and five times more likely to die before weaning when compared to calves with adequate immunity. If you are prepared for the calving season it will be easier for you and your cows and " a lot less stressful at 2:00 in the morning. Until next week... Theresa