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PAGE 4 PRESS PERSPECTIVES .,FEBRUARY 12 2014 F00OM TH E EDITOR'S DESK... BY ALLISON OLIA00B EDITOR, WALSH COUNTY PRESS The dictionary puts the defini- tion of anonymous as meaning: "not identified by name; of un- known name," but 1 have a slight- ly better definition for it, especially when it comes to Letters to the Ed- itor: cowardly. If you are worked up enough about a topic, whether it is about your city or a policy or you just had to put in your two cents about something, sign your name or throw it in the trash. Save yourself the stamp. I have gotten letters with no name that even look as though the writer went so far as to disguise his llello, Now, pardon my language, but did you ever hear that comedian that does that routine where he says, "1'11 open up a can ofwhupp- ass on you!" Well, Seattle sure opened a can on Denver! And to tell the truth, 1 didn't really care. Oh, I had some friendly wagers or her handwriting to make sure their identity remained a secret. It is against the policy of this of- rice to print any letters that are anonymous. It says so right in the tiny print on page two. In case you were wondering Where your emo- tionally charged bit was and why it was not printed, I will reiterate the high points of that section for you. "The Walsh County Press will accept letters to the editor and oth- er submissions on issue of public interest. To be published, let- ter/article must be signed and in- clude your address. Unsigned letters will not be considered. Letters may not be used to thank specific people or organizations.. The Walsh County Press reserves the right to shorten letters, edit out factual errors and reject those deemed libelous, in poor taste or of a personal nature. The Walsh County Press will not run letters from the same author two weeks in a row. All opinions expressed are those of the author and do not represent the opinions of The Walsh County Press. Letters must be legible. Preference will be giv- en to letters from the Walsh Coun- ty area. Letters from outside the area will be considered if they are of sufficient interest." It is a lot ofjargon, but it is a lot of words to state the simple truth that this is a sounding board for opinions of those wanting to be heard, not a place for threats or misguided sarcasm for people not wanting to be identified. I am not the only one with this policy. It is a pretty common prac- tice just about everywhere except the Interact where anonymity breeds some of the most hateful free speech I have ever encoun- tered. This isn't to say that I am fil- tering content; I simply will not help to start a conversation if the person sending the letter does not want to be a part of it. I will print your opinion if you will own up to it. If you want to make great change, do not snicker from the sidelines. This world was not built on the words of the anonymous. This country was built on the basis of brave men willing to sign their name to their opinion, even if it meant death. Speak up! Don't be chicken. Like "" the Walsh County Press on Facebook and check out our blog at http:/Avalshcounty- press, wordpress, com luggage. Hat T-ip By midnight, I was loaded up S with cash and whiskey. I took a bunch of money up to Shirley, woke her up and said whatever I do; don't give me this money back! I made her promise. Then I headed back down to get more free on the game. I won a dollar from my grandson Evan. I won supper from nay niece Lisa. I lost a six, pack to Willard. You see, I can go either way. I bet on both teams. But l'm thinking a dollar and a steak dinner versus a cheap six pack, I came out ahead. And I won five dollars on the coin toss, fifty on the first touch- down, and fifty on the half time score. Now, I spent a little too. But, like most gamblers, you don't figure that in. It'd be like keeping track of your expenses with the cows. Would dam sure get rid of the profits you thought you had. Or like fanning. Darvey told me one time, as we were figuring a profitable deal out on a bar napkin, that "it always looks good on pa- per". That it does my son, that it does. One of my favorite Super Bowl memories is a long, long time ago. Probably close to forty years. Shirley and I were working for $500 a month. Which was actual- ly a lot more than I was worth. I figured it was about $50 for me and $450 for Shirley. We had been married a few years and figured we should go on a honeymoon. Since we had nev- er been to Las Vegas, we hooked up with some cowboy friends and wives and made arrangements to drive to Billings and fly to Vegas. That night in Billings, where I had never been in my life, I get paged as we were eating in a Chi- nese restaurant. Now, I don't care for Chinese, and I had never been to Billings so I am kind of sur- prised. But a friend of mine knew that Willy, whom we were travel- ing with, liked Chinese and liked to eat. He tracked us down to let me know I had won $2500 on a Super Bowl board that afternoon! Man, that was five months wages! And on our way to Vegas. He thought we should know. Well, to shorten this story up a little, we walked into the Gold Nugget where we were staying and I thought I was going through the pearly gates. Heaven had to look like this. I hit the tables as Shirley struggled to the elevator with the money. About five a.m. I woke her up and demanded that money back. Now, she went back on her word and gave it to me. I still hold that against her. By daylight I was broke. We had two more days to spend in Ve- gas and I was out of money Her dad, Jack, was serving in the legislature. He was really proud of his son-in-law when we had to call him offthe floor of the House to wire me money so I could feed his daughter! And that's the truth. At least the way I remember it. Later, Dean J ,M . . J ;.tlllal'l [.111 M.. ) s00'cic00',i ,.,,, : Happenings at Our Good Samaritan Nannette Hoeger, Activities Dir. Last week was another busy week at the Good samaritan Society. Some of this week activities are: Feb.10thEmbroidery group, Making oyster stew and Valentine cookies, Bingo Feb. 1 lth Men's time, Valentine crafts, Bible study Feb. 12th Making buns, Bingo Feb. 13th Nail time, Monthly Birthday Party hosted by American Legion Auxiliary Feb. 14th Crowning of King and Queen of Hearts, Pen Pal visits, Sweet Heart Dinner Feb. 15th Shopping trip and Bingo Thank You to the many Volunteers, Pastor Papson, Linda Larson, Shirley Sobolik, Arnold Braaten, Lois Ydstie, Lorene Larson, Pastor Hinrichs, Sue Fagerholt, American Legion Auxiliary, Corrinne Ramsey, Father Gary Lutein, Terry Hagen. Please forgive me if I forgot anyone, we are truly blessedto have so many volunteers. If you would like to Vohmteer please call Rose Ulland at 701-284-7115. P00.b]I.c Healt/a Pr'eu. Promote. Protect, oF A Walsh County Health District Short Shots I I [ r ...................... FAST Face Drooping Does one side of the face droop or is it numb? Ask the person to smile. Area Weakness 9 s Is one arm weak or numb, Ask the per. on to raise both arms. Does one area drift downward? Speech Difficulty Is speech slurred, are they unable to speak, or are they hard to under- stand'? Ask the person to repeat a simple sentence, like "the sky is blue." Is the sentence repeated correctly? Time to call 9-1-1 If the person shows any of these symptoms, even if the symptoms go away, call 9-1-1 and get them to the hospital immediately. Getting to the Emergency Room quickly is critical if you are having a stroke. Churches Not Ready For Lov- One Another In case you haven't noticed, the Founding Fathers created a gov- ernmental system that is not sup- posed to work until we can mobi- lize massive agreement. With sep- aration of powers, we have had modest gridlock for two centuries so it was inevitable that we would end up some day with a political system that doesn't work at all. With the system disabled, people who have easy solutions for the tough questions need to step for- ward. Right now, food stamps are high on the political agenda for both par- ties. TheDemocrats want more; the Republicans want less. It's time for creative thinking. As Number 8 in a family of 11, I leamed a lot from the older Num- bers 6 and 7 who were twins. Whenever we had a family event, they would get into this argument about welfare. Number 6 argued that the gov- ernment should turn welfare over to the churches. Number 7 disagreed, claiming that the churches would- n't do it. They both were right. Since 77 percent of us claim to be Christians, it seems that we could approach this argument from a religious point of view. In the early church, Christians sold everything and put it into the common pot to take care of every- one's needs. This was Godly com- munism as opposed to Lenin's Godless communism. Given our inherent selfishness and greed, we defend our self-in- terest by alleging that God and communism are incompatible and that all communism must be God- less. That permits us to unleash our greed. However, the Bible dis- agrees. From Paul's writings (I Timothy 5:9-11) in A.D. 63 - some 25 years after the launch of communal living in Acts - we find reference to con- tinued church support for needy peo- ple. And it was a lot more than food stamps. Today's Christians would never let the church take over welfare. Af- ter all, we've already reduced the tithe from the 23 percent in the Old Testament down to 10 percent today and, after various exemptions, de- ductions, car payments, credit cards, cruises, sports tickets and eating out, we end up with only four percent for the collection plate. (Please, atheists! This is no time to hit us with that great hymn of commitment titled "I Surrender All.") So let's say that a church would decide to implement this radical "love one another" business. In or- der to be effective, more money would be needed than is available in the church charity fund. It would take more than four per- cent to provide emergency com- pensation for the unemployed, or food stamps for the under-em- ployed, or heating assistance for the freezing; help with medical bills, or other needs yet unknown. In the context of today's values, an attempt for the church to embark on such a program would look like sheer lunacy. We would rather ro- manticize the early Christians than be them. And can you imagine the church budget meeting when the parish- ioners got to critique the list of re- cipients of emergency unemploy- ment, food stamps and medical aid? They would likely suggest that we are just coddling a bunch of "no-goods". We would probably end up in the same kind of gridlock that we see in Congress. Most of us would just go to a church that required less mon- ey. So Brother No. 6 was fight. The churches should be doing more of what government is doing. Broth- er No. 7 was also right. Churches won't do it. Here's my solution. Instead of trying to emulate those radical ear- ly Christians who surrendered all, I propose that we have a food drive once a year. That would be a com- promise even this Congress could fmd acceptable. Instead of tryin00 .to .00mulate those radtcal early Chrtsttans who sur- rendered all, I propose that we have a food drive once a year." Extension Exchange Smart Choice about Health Insurance Workshop Sweeping health care reform legislation means many North Dakotans have more Health Insur- ance options. Yet many are also uncomfortable, overwhelmed and intimidated when it comes to mak- ing decisions about health insur- ance coverage. That's why a team NDSU Ex- tension Agents is bringing a new program to North Dakota. Smart Choice Health Insurance is a com- prehensive, research-based, unbi- ased curriculum designed to equip people with the tools they need to make the best decision possible for their families when choosing health insurance. Walsh County Extension will be hosting a Smart Choice work- shop on Thursday, February 13th beginning at 2:00 p.m. in the Farmers Room at the Walsh County Courthouse in Grafton. The hands-on workshop will be presented by specially trained NDSU Extension agents Willie Huot and Molly Soeby. Cost for the workshop is $10. No pre-reg- istration is required. Through the Smart Choice workshops, participants will learn how to analyze what they need and want from health care providers, compare plans, calculate how health insurance will affect their fi- nancial budgets, and ultimately, apply the information and knowl- edge gained to make a smart choice. Consumer workbooks allow participants to enter and use their own information to evaluate their Health Insurance choices. According to NDSU Family Economic Specialist Loft Scharmer Smart Choice is not about pushing consumers to select any one specific plan. It's designed to help people gain a set of skills so that they can choose a plan that best fits their family's needs and then use that plan efficiently once enrolled. With health insurance currently in the public spotlight, Smart Choice seeks to capitalize on this teachable moment by helping Americans take control of their personal and family financial health needs. Keeping your head above water can be extremely difficult when navigating the waters of health in- surance - whether you've been in- sured throughout your life or are faced with selecting coverage for the very first time. Smart Choice acts like a life vest: it empowers people by eliminating the intimi- dation factor, explaining the steps in the process and ultimately showing them how to find the best fit for their needs. I know people in Walsh County want to make smart choices about their health and finances. This workshop can help them do just that. For more information on Smart Choice, visit www.extension.umd. edu/insure. For local information about the upcoming February 13th workshop, call the Walsh County Extension office at 284-6624 or email me at kari.l.helgoe@ndsu. edu. Around the County Walsh County Extension Office Park River - 284-6624 Private applicator Pesticide Training We will again be doing pesticide training this winter. The first one will start on Wednesday, Feb. 19th at 9 am. The recertification group will run from 9 am to 12:30 pm. The initial certification will go from 9 to 3 pm with a test to follow. To sign up for the training you need to send the names and a check for $30/person made out to the NDSU Pesticide Program to me at; Brad Brummond, 101 County Rd 12B, Park River, North Dakota 58270. We may fill up and a spot will not be held if we do not have the mon- ey. Just showing up at the door may or may not get you a seat so send a reservation and if you can't make that for some reason we will ml you into another session if you let us know. March 6th is the other cer- tification date and is at the same place and time. We do have an evening session scheduled for those who have day jobs. It will be on Monday, March 24 at the Extension office at 6 pm and will run to9:30. This is a recertification only session and we have limited seating so sign up early for this one. We have turned people away due to lack of seating. Who needs to become cer- tiffed? You need to be 18 to have a private applicator license. I would suggest that anyone who is even re- motely around agricultural pesticides become certificated. We will teach you safety, what to do in case of an accident, safe storage, how to read a label, calibration, treatment thresh- olds, resistance management, envi- ronmental protection, laundering pesticide clothing and what records do you need to keep. Remember worker protection requires that em- ployers train their hired help in proper safety procedures for pesti- cides, the exemption is immediate family. The easiest and best way to do that is to have them get their li- cense. They can then spray unsu- pervised and you do not need to worry how far away you are from the application. I would even sug- gest non farming spouses to come as they are the ones who most like- ly will find you in an accident. They need to know what to do to stay safe and possibly save your life. Seed Catalogs Have Arrived I don't know about you but seed catalogs have begun showing up in my mail box. Here are a couple of tips to save you some misery down the road. Remember that there will be things in those publications that will most likely not work here. When it comes to perennials, I like to stick to a zone three or less. These are very hardy plants that do well in our harsh climate. I have seen zone four's work in some protected areas but as you go up the numbers, you increasingly risk losing those peren- nials in a tough winter like this one. We may lose some perennials this winter. Really look atALLAMER- ICAN selections. They have been voted some of the best varieties; again make sure of their adaption. Pick varieties with disease tolerance or resistance. Pick a variety of ear- ly season and late season varieties to spread out harvest. I always try something new or I have never grown. It makes me grow as a gar- dener. It is better to plant a small well cared for garden then a big one that is too much for you. Finally, for all of you who think there is a law that you must plant every seed in the packet, there is no such law and walk away before you are flooded in summer squash!! Dates to Remember: 2-9 Private Applicator Pesticide Training, Park River City Auditorium - 9 am 2-26 Private Applicator Pesticide Training, Park River City Auditorium - 9 am