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Page 4 PRESS PERSPECTIVES THE WALSH COUNTY PRESS • WEDNESDAY, . FEBRUARY I 1,201 5 FROM THE EDITOR'S DESK... BY ALLISON OLIMB EDITOR, WALSH COUNTY PRESS I would like to thank the Minto chapter of Students Against De- structive Decisions for a wonder- ful meal last Sunday during your pancake breakfast fundraiser. But most of all I would like to thank the kids who asked Miss O'Toole if I was her twin. She may be my sister, but as I will be celebrating my 30th birth- day on Thursday, I can assure you she is most definitely not my twin especially since we are sep- arated by eight months, several years, and one brother. Thirty is supposed to be one of those big milestones where you leave behind the days of a mis- spent youth and become older and more mature or some non- sense. My resolution as I become thir- ty is to become more like the kids I spoke with last week at Park River Area who spent their after- noon making tie blankets for peo- ple they didn't know, blankets that they planned to give out this Hello, Well, another Super Bowl has come and gone. And I won a dol- lad Which is actually one of the few football bets I've won in sev- eral years• I won it from Evan, one of my grandchildren• I know I shouldn't gloat, but kids have to learn early that gambling is not good. The game was one of the best games in a long time. If they had- n't talked about the deflated balls for two weeks, it would have been much better. Maybe it should be pointed out that after all, it is a game. Enough Of that. I'm sure the Seahawk fans are ready to hang the offensive coach that called that pass. And I am just as sure the Pa- triot fans are ready to kiss him. And to tell the truth, I didn't care who won. Other than my dollar bet! Shirley and I don't go out to Hat movies too often• Once in awhile, and then when I pay for the pop and popcorn, I remember why I don't care to go out to movies• But we do watch movies on TV occa- sionally• Now, the other night I'm flip- ping through some available movies and there it was, "The In- terview". The movie that nearly caused WWIII. You know. The one the North Koreans were upset about• Well, after everyone from the garbage man to President Obama had weighed in on this movie, we felt it was our patriotic duty to week for Random Act of Kindness week. Through Christmas dona- tions turned Valentine's projects, the students were ready to share the love. Though there were a few that said that it was awesome that they got to get out of doing home- work for the day, there was a strong understanding that what they were doing was in the spirit of doing good for others. It doesn't take much to make someone else's day brighter and in the depths of winter when the days are dark and cold, a little good can go a long way. You could buy someone a cup of coffee, take in a fundraksing event, give someone a gift for no other reason than it made you think of them. Giving Hearts Day has become a simple way to do something pos- Tips itive in the past few years. It is an easy way to turn $10 in to $20 and help a local organization or two. But doing something good doesn't mean that you have to have money to make it happen. Collect all of the clothes you haven't worn in recent memory and let someone else's closet have them. Clear out your pantry and send out your nonperishables to the food pantry. Send someone who has made an impact on your life a thank you note or a Facebook message. Smiling and saying hi can make a big difference to some- one who may need it. Take it from me, sometimes making someone's day can be as simple as thinking they are a few years younger than they are. Like'" the Walsh County Press on Face- book.com. ..... ¸¸¸¸i¸¸¸¸).11¸¸i¸¸:¸¸/¸¸¸i¸5¸¸/¸¸¸¸i!:¸¸i!¸;¸¸¸¸¸¸ watch it. Boy, you talk about wasting two hours of an old mans life, this was it. Now, I'm not a movie critic• And I'm not the guy that puts the stars up for rating movies, but this has to be one of the worst films ever made. And if Kim Chow Who, or whatever, sat through the entire film, he had to do so hoping it would get better. But trust me, it doesn't• So take it from me, don't both- er watching it. You will be sorry. That reminds me of when I was a kid and staying at a 4-H camp at the fairgrounds in Minot. Being a country boy, this was a big deal. And our group walked uptown to the Empire Theatre to watch a movie• Like I said, this was a big deal. Minot had streetlights and everything! We didn't even have stop signs in Berthold. The movie seats were plush• There was carpeting on the floor• The buttered popcorn was real but- ter. There was a balcony• Ushers took you to your seat. My, oh my. It was a treat• And do you know what? The movie was in color! We hadn't had black and white TV for very long in our homes, and all of a sudden there were colored movies! I don't remember what the movie was. Maybe Old Yeller. I made my grandkids watch it the other night• And I will tell you this, I miss Walt Disney• He wouldn't have made the Interview. Later, Dean Samaritan Si,cicrv , Happenings at Our Good Samaritan Nannette Hoeger, Activities Dir. What This is a fun time of year for us, cards, flowers, candy, and lots of.visitors. We are voting this week for our King and Queen of Hearts this week and will crown them on Friday morning. March 19th will be our Book sale please bring donated books in before March 18th. Then come in on March 19th and get some new books and join us for lunch• This week Feb. 8th- 14th Feb. 8th 2:30 Worship w/Father Luiten, 3:30 Valentine Trivia Feb. 9th 10am Embroidery Group, lpm Making Fudge, 5p'm Rosary, 6:45 Bingo Feb. 10th lpm Frosting Cook- ies, 3:30 Bible Study Feb. llth 3pm Bingo Feb. 12th lpm Peeling Potatoes, 3pm Birthday Party hosted by American Legion Auxiliary, 6:30 Movie Night Feb. 13th 10:30 Nail Time, 11:45 Couples Dinner, 3:30 Mak- ing Masks, Wear Red for Your Heart Feb. 14th 9:30 Mass w/Father Luiten, lpm Valentine Crafts, 2:15 Bingo Next Week Feb. 15th-21 st Feb. 15th 2:30 Worship w/Pas- tor Merchant, 3:30 President Triv- ia Feb. 16th Presidents Day, 10am Embroidery Group, lpm Baking Carmel Pecan French Toast and Mixing up Beignets, 4pm Hymn Sing, 5pm Rosary, 6:45 Bingo Feb. 17th Fat Tuesday 3pm Mardi Gras Party w/ fresh Beignets Feb. 18th 2:30 Ash Wednesday Devotions Feb. 19th Chinese New Year, 3pm Games and Cards Feb. 20th 10:30 Nail Time,2pm Music by Joe Schmidt, Wear Red for Your Heart Thank You to our many volun- teers; Father Luiten, Dorothy No- vak, Lorene Larson, Jeanean McMillan, Pastor Hinrichs, Sue Fagerholt, Cornella Wylie, Barb Ellefson, Terry Hagen, Corinne Ramsey, and anyone else I may have missed• If you would like to volunteer please contact Rose U1- land at 701-284-7115. NDSU Agriculture Communication 00He00tJa Walsh County Health District , ..... ,. .... ,o. 00ro,oo,. Short Shots ,,,, Did you know? • It is illegal to drive with a Blood Alcohol Level (BAC) of .08% or higher • All states have zero tolerance laws for drivers under 21, which means that you WILL lose you li- cense if caught drinking and driv- ing underage• • Excessive drinking is not the norm in the US. Almost 80% of people over 18 say they drink only lightly or not at all. If general if you have had 4 Drinks: • Men 200 pounds or lighter will be at least a .08% BAC or worse• Men 200-240 pounds will have a BAC of at least .06% • Women will all be at .08% to • 18% BAC Alcohol's Effects on the Body and Mind • .02%-.06%-Lowered inhibi- tions and brain functioning. Judgment slightly impaired• • •07%-•12% Judgment se- verely impaired, poor concentra- tion and coordination• Total relaxation of inhibitions• • .13%-.15% No judgment or concentration• Slurred speech, clumsiness and impaired vision. •. 16% and above-Falling over drunk, headed for poisoning Drink Smart • Eat before and during drink- ing • Only drink in a safe environ- ment • Choose drinks with lower al- cohol content • Set a drink limit prior to going out • Drink slowly, and keep track of the number of drinks you have • Always assign a designated driver when you go out drinking. Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving Does Makeup of Legislature Reflect Sexism ? =. • Witfi women holding only 27 seats - a puny 19 percent - in the 141-member state legislature, we may conclude that North Dakota is a sexist state• After all, figures don't lie. Without a doubt, there are sex- ists among the 730,000 North Dakota residents but before jumping to conclusions we may want to look behind the raw sta- tistics• A graduate student at George Washington University opined that distance from the capital made a difference because women have to stay closer to home due to family obligations. She theorized that the distance from the capitol reduced the number of women able to serve. Her argument doesn't hold water in North Dakota because 15 of our 27 are from the Red River Valley, 200 miles and more from the scene of action• Even though the graduate stu- dent needs to recheck her theory, she has a point about family. Women tend to be the family caretakers so their personal com- mitments are homeward• They are less willing to give up family than are men. As divorce becomes more common, women are often left as the primary caregivers for the children. Single morns have too much on their plates to fool around with politics• That elimi- nates a considerable number from running for office. Another thing• More North Dakota women are engaged in out-of-the-home employment than women in other states. Many of them have jobs that do not permit absences for four months every two years• We also need to keep in mind that politics is about power and influence• Women do not gravi- tate to power and infuence to the same degree as men. In addition, community in- volvement across the legislative district has become a major path- way to the legislature. It is likely that more men than women get to travel this road• So sexism may be, at best, a minor factor in the absence of women from our state legislature. A comparable example is the criminal justice system• Because minorities are disproportionately represented in arrests and prisons, some are quick to conclude that it is all racism and bigotry. The Ferguson, Missouri police force of 53 has only four African- Americans in a community that is 67 per cent black. The media often imply that this lack of rep- resentation on the police force is proof that racism is rampant in Ferguson. In the same way that women are underrepresented in the North Dakota legislature, the makeup of the Ferguson police department may have several additional ex- planations as well. The first thing to suggest is that perhaps African-Americans made up less than 67 percent of the applicants for police commis- sions. Serving on any police force re- quires a minimum level of educa- tion. The high school dropout rate among minorities is very high so the entrance requirements may have screened off a considerable number of potential applicants. Just as women are not drawn to legislative service, minorities may not find police work a com- fortable career. To many of them, it may seem like working for the enemy• o We should also think critically about the use of statistics to sug- gest that bigotry and bias are the whole explanation for the dispro- portionate number of minorities in prisons. Maybe the underedu- cated and underemployed of all races - including whites - commit a disproportion share of criminal behavior that puts them in prison. The undereducated and under- employed are dealing with all sorts of culture, economic, edu- cation and social problems that explain the statistics• Sexism, racism and bigotry can be factors in the underrepre- sentation of women in legisla- tures and overrepresentation of minorities in the criminal justice system but simple statistics do not tell the whole story. Extension Exchange Try about Heart- Whether at your doctor's office or on the evening news, you've probably heard this phrase: "Eat a heart-healthy diet•" You likely will hear it even more often in Feb- mary, American Heart Month. But what makes up a heart- healthy diet, and what are ways you can change your diet to in- corporate heart-healthy foods? Choosing healthful fats is one component that contributes to having a healthier diet. You may think that eating fat would not be good for your heart. However, fat is an important nutrient. Eating certain kinds, in moderation, ac- tually decreases your risk of heart disease by offering protective benefits. Test your knowledge of heart-healthy fat with this quiz: 1. Which of the following is considered a healthy fat? a. Omega-3 fat b. Monounsaturated fat c. Trans fat d. Saturated fat e. a and b 2. Omega-3 fats are beneficial for which of the following? a. Lowering blood cholesterol and triglyceride levels b. Decreasing blood clot for- mation c. Decreasing blood pressure and inflammation d. All of the above 3. True or false: Walnuts, flaxseed, eggs and fatty fish, such as salmon and tuna, are good sources of omega-3 fats. 4. Monounsaturated fat has which of the following effects on your body? a. Increases your blood pressure b. Builds muscle c. Improves blood cholesterol levels d. All of the above e. None of the above 5. Which of the following is a good source of monounsaturated fat? a. Nuts b. Olive oil c. Avocados d. All of the above e. None of the above 6. Which of the following is a good way to limit the saturated fat in your diet? a. Eat lean or extra-lean ground beef b. Eat fish instead if meats high in saturated fat c. Choose baked or grilled foods instead of fried foods d. Consume full-fat dairy prod- ucts e. a, b and c Try these ways to incorporate healthful fats into your diet: • Eat fish at least two times per week instead of meats high in sat- urated fat. • Add walnuts or other nuts to baked goods, cereal, yogurt or sal- ads. • Use canola or olive oil instead of butter or margarine while bak- ing or cooking• • Add ground flaxseed to break- fast cereals, oatmeal, yogurt, sal- ads or baked goods. • Add avocado slices to salads, sandwiches or dips, or eat them plain• • Eat peanut butter on toast or cut-up fruits, such as bananas or apples• Answers: 1 .e, 2.d, 3.T, 4.c, 5.d, 6.e Source: Katie Odland, NDSU dietetic in- tern; Julie Garden-Robinson, Ph.D., R.D., L.R.D., Jbod and nutrition specialist Extension on Ag around the state Agricultural Producers Income Tax Flllng Deadline is 2 "Producers have untilApril 15 to file without penalty if they have paid their estimated tax by Jan. 15," says Ron Haugen, North Dakota State Uni- versity Extension Service farm economist• Items to note for 2014 income tax preparation: The 179 expense election for 2014 is $500,000• Generally, the 179 ex- pense election allows producers to deduct up to $500,000 of machinery or equipment purchases for the year of the purchase. There is a dollar- for-dollar phase-out for purchases of more than $2 million• The additional 50 percent first-year bonus depreciation provision is in effect for 2014. It is equal to 50 percent of the adjusted basis after 179 ex- pensing. It only applies to new property that has a recovery period of 20 years or less. The standard deduction is $12,400 for those who are married and ill- ing jointly. The deduction is $6,200 for singles. The personal exemption amount is $3,950. Long-term capital gains and qualified dividend income is taxed at a 0 percent rate for individuals in the 10 or 15 percent tax brackets and at 15 percent for those in the middle brackets and 20 percent for those in the top income bracket• The annual individual retirement acc(xmt contribution is $5,500 for 2014 or $6,500 for individuals 50 or older. The annual gift tax exclusion for 2014 is $14,000. The 2014 Social Security wage base is $117,000. The business mileage rate for 2014 is 56 cents per mile. Crop insurance proceeds, if received in 2014, may be deferred to 2015 if you qualify. You must use cash accounting and show that, under nor- mal business practices, the sale of damaged crops would occur in a future tax year. A livestock deferral can be made by those who had a forced sale of live- stock because of a weather-related disaster• Remember that qualifying farmers can elect to compute their current tax liability by averaging, during a three-year period, all or part of the cur- rent year's elected farm income• This is done on Schedule J. North Dako- ta farmers who elect to use income averaging for federal purposes also may use Form ND- 1FA, which is income averaging for North Dakota income tax calculations. Information on agricultural tax topics can be found in the "Farmers Tax Guide," publication 225. It is available at any IRS office or can be ordered by calling (800) 829-3676• Any questions about these topics or further up- dates should be addressed to your tax professional or the IRS at (800) 829- 1040 or http://www.irs.gov. Call the North Dakota Tax Department at (877) 328-7088 or go to http://www.nd.gov/tax/for answers to North Dakota in- come tax questions• Do you want your news noticed? Contact The Press: (701) 284-6333 ] [ Editor's Note The Around the County columnn was not available this week. It will return as soon as possible•