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PAGE 4 PRESS PERSPECTIVES MAY 8, 2013 FRO00 THE - EDITOR'S DESK=..-- BY ALLISON OLIMB EDITOR, IWALSH OUNTY PRESS Now, I'm not here to brag, but The Walsh County Press took home a pretty nice stash of awards for the 2012 North Dakota News- paper Better Newspaper Contest awards program. And I will admit when I got wind of what our awards were I may have danced around my office like a darn fool. When you are an editorial staff of one, there can be a few chal- lenges that come with the territo- ry. The biggest of which is the lim- --itedaaumher of me. There may be a t'ew nefcspapers--- out there with bigger staffs and shinier awards, but I don't do it for the accolades -- those are just proof that we are doing something right over here -- I do it for the readers. So all of the thanks goes to you. Thanks for reading. Thanks for the story ideas. Thanks for the adver- tising. Thanks for the sugges- tions. Thanks for stopping in. Thanks for calling. Thanks for everything. I may have put the words on the paper but they are your stories. They are your friends, your neigh- bors, your community. Keep it up, Walsh County. You and I make a great team. Like '" the Walsh County Press on Face- book and check out our blog at http.'//walsh- countypress, Hello, One thing I have noticed over the years. As men age, their mem- ory of how good they were at sports tends to improve also. I guess I don't mean their memory Improves, but they-remember- themselves as faster, stronger, and smarter. Their per game scoring goes up exponentially with age. Their tackles are quicker and sur- er. Their speed in the forty-yard dash improves. Why heck, by the time a guy is sixty-five, he feels he could try out for an NFL team, even though he was second string on his high school team. Or maybe it's just me. What brings this to mind is a meeting Shirley was at a couple of days ago. A gentleman came up to her and said he had been anxious to meet her for a number of years. Because, as he put it, "Your hus- band ruined my life!" But since he said it with a smile, Shirley replied, "he pretty much ruined mine too!" But, I'm sure they were both jok- ing. Hat But Shirley had to ask what had happened. And it goes back to old guys in sports. The local vet- erinarian sponsored a basketball team in the city league. For a number of years he had heard me bragging about my high school basketball days. Usually I brag to- wards the end of happy hour. Well, he kept urging me to join his ball team. Finally, it worked out. My schedule was going to allow me a night off a week to play ball. But we ran into a problem. The games didn't start until nine o'clock. By now you know that is way past my bedtime. But I agreed to play. Well, since my day was pret- ty well done, I packed up my Tips gear and headed to happy hour at four. It lasted longer than an hour. After couple hours I took a cab to an establishment closer to the ball game. And spent another couple hours. I showed up at the gym just as the team was warming up. Much to my dismay, somewhere be- tween four and nine, I had, like a racehorse, thrown a shoe. No problem. I would go up against these amateurs in my stocking feet. It did affect my ability to dunk the ball, but I was already a littre weak there. Well, since I had never paid my league dues, the coach signed me up under one of his missing players name. Which, in most cases would not have mattered. In most cases. The coach was wise enough not to start me:And since t-was- n't playing, I quickly began giving constructive criticism to the ref- erees! I guess the first warning should have sufficed, but you know how I am. I had to see if he meant it. He did. I was ejected from the game before I ever got in. Which leads to the guy whose life I ru- ined. The gentleman whose name the coach had signed me up under. A week later he gets a letter from the park board. Due to his undue criticism of the volunteer referees, his verbal assault on certain peo- ple, and his foul language, he was suspended from the league for three weeks! I doht suppose it ruined his tife entirely. Not as bad as it tarnished my bragging rights at happy hour. And I still wonder how in the heck I lost that shoe. Later, Dean 'Where Seldom Was Heard A Discouraging Word' was the title chosen by Gov. William Guy for his summary of personal experi- ences during his 12 years as the state's chief executive. Even though there were tem- porary setbacks for the governor, few discouraging words were spo- en daring his unprecedented tenure as governor. Over the-pastweek-;-t-housand s of words have been written and spoken in eulogies to summarize the accomplishments of this fam- ily farmer from Amenia who be- came one of North Dakota's most outstanding governors. Ha v'uig served on his stafffirst as anaadministrative assistant and then director of administration, I was privileged to get a close up view of Bill Guy as a person, as an administrator, as a policymaker and a reformer. As a person, he was comfort- able with himself. That made him secure and calm, easy to work with. Maybe these qualities were refined when his ship, the U.S.S. William Porter, went down in the Pacific in-Wor4krar-II,- ............ it-worked and h_e left a long litany the first time in state history. Un- Being self-assured, he was not of accomplishments. .............................. fil-hig detiorr, the survival of the afraid to tackle a state government Governor Guy looked beyond new Democratic-Nonpartisan that had become dormant through the borders of the state. In 1962, League coalition was still a mat- ter of speculation. Governor Guy Sealed the 2- Quentin Burdick's election as Congressman two years earlier Party System for North Dakota gave the coalition its first hope of success but the election and re- election of Bill Guy sealed the marriage of the Democratic Party and the Nonpartisan League. the decades. While his immediate he created the Midwest Gover- He was an exceptional governor predecessors were honorable and nors' Conference. He also took an and would have been an excep- -honesb-the-ageacies.and_d_policies active part in the Missouri Basin tional United States Senator; apo- of government had become obso- cornnfiffs, wittr a keen-eye on the sition denied him in 1974 by a po- lete in structure and staff, allocation and use of Missouri litical conspiracy involving Sen- Bill's job was to convert a care- River water. taker government to a system that As chair of the National Gov- ator Milton Young, Senator served the people and interests of ernors' Conference, he had occa- Quentin Burdick and James Jun- North DakotaWittinevP vigor, sioil to'tell Netson Rockefeller that" grbth, former chair of the Demo- In a fragmeited g0vernment he'was out of order becaus  cratic-NPL. -. with pOwer s scattered among George Romney had the floor. I ' By running as a third candidate, elected scores of independent of- was aghast. ficials, agencies, commissions and In that position, he opened the Jungroth diverted enough votes ex-officio boards, hours and governors' Washington office so from Bill Guy to throw the elec- days were consumed in cajoling states would have a more effective tion to Senator Young who ended these units to cooperate in the de- voice in dealing with national ad- up getting elected by 178 votes. livery of public services, ministrations. Even though this defeat was a By utilizing his prestige as One of his major contributions bitter experienee, it did not prevent governor, he was able to get action to the well-being of Ithe state had Bill from looking over his mar- out of recalcitrant state officials little to do with his otfiqcial duties. Telu car-eer if/d 6rhdudiiag that and agencies that were legally His election affirmed/a two-party "seldom was heard a discouraging beyond his control. In most cases, system in North Dakota politics for word." His warm memories were published by the North Dakota In- stitute for Regional Studies in 1992. Not all that ends, ends well "Auld Lang Syne" has been used as a funeral dirge to remember the dead and days gone by. So who could blame legislators if that Scottish poem-foil song was belt- ed out loudly and clearly after the 63rd Legislative Assembly's "Sine Die" adjournment? Friday, May 3, was the last of- ficial day of the session and it tech- nically ended on time- at 4:35 a.m. Saturday morning. The absolute 80-day drop-dead deadline was 7 a.m., May 4. The final few weeks of the ses- sion were full of tension and con- troversy and the final days were highlighted by angst and anger. So, it isn't hard to imagine first-time legislators (and even old-timers) mouthingArr their -minds :-"-thank God it's over!" A week ago this column looked at positive thoughts from new leg- islators about the session. This week is a review of some of the neg- ative experiences and suggestions for an improved session in 2015. One of the most honest state- ments came from House Rep. Kylie Oversen, D-42, Grand Forks: "'Be- ing a member of the minority par- ty, it was sometimes difficult as we are not always 'included in the conversation.' Far too many deci- sions take place behind closed doors and without public input. We may like to pretend that isn't happening, but I've seen it here too many times." - .......................... She is right. All government can vacillate into operating in a vacuum that is not inclusive and sometimes illegal. And if individuals don't play along they can be effectively ejected from the game. Oversen's honesty will likely anger some, but she will be commended by others, including other like-minded first- timers. "I was dumbfounded by the lev- el of partisanship," said House Rep. Gail Mooney, D-20, Cummings. "I naively thought we'd go to work, all work together and work through ide- ologies. We have to equalize the (party) numbers.., because democ- racy does not work with one party running it... it is a disservice to the people we serve." .... Mooneysuggested that the cur- rent super majority als0 la an-ad- vantage with the media (which) "is also of a certain mindset. There are a lot of bills and issues the public doesn't know about because the me- dia isn't covering those." Sen. Howard Anderson, R-8, Turtle Lake, took a somewhat soft- er approach to concerns. "It's some- times hard to do everything for all people," he said, adding that origi- nal bills can end up looking nothing like when they came in from leg- islative management. "We worry more about which bill a provision is in than our vote. We need to fig- ure out what we want to accomplish and then decide where it goes ... Changes _s.hquld_. be added only - _!f_ they are absolutely necessary and make good sense." An example in this session linked to Anderson's general sentiment was SB 221 I, a bill related to the treatment of animals and possible penalties. The bill was first read in the Senate on Jan. 17 and finally signed by the governor on April 29. It passed 45-0 in the Senate on Feb. 8 after one committee heating and "How we run state government is a gamble based on commodities and that is risky business.., spend- thrift can mean someone who spends without thinking about the future and that is what we  re do- ing." Sen. Nicole Poolman, R-7, Bis- marck, said, "... being in the legis- lature feels like living in a bubble. It is its own community, and it feels minor amendment massage. Itwas ..... so separated from he rest. of the- received in the House on Feb. 11 and passed 80-12 on April 24 after eight committee hearings, six ad- ditional conference committee ac- tions and substantial changes brought about by significant lob- bying. Rep. Naomi Muscha D-24, En- derlin, a retired school teacher, echoed similar criticism. "I was sur- prised by how little cooperation there was from the super majority," she said. Muscha compared state partisanship with the nation: "I see why we have such issues as a nation ... and we are just a small state ... School teachers work together. They are committed to listening to -each .other and then working to- gether. With my iaclgfound it0ack- of team work) was surprising." Sen. Tom Campbell, R-19, Gration, said tax laws are too com- plex and "absolutely" could be changed to become simple. "Tax- paying citizens don't know the for- mulas used and explaining them can be overwhelming. People need to see where they are getting tax relief." House Rep. Rick Becket, R-7, Bismarck, was clear in his assess- ment. "There is no question there is too much money that was spent this session," he said. "Despite the fact world. It has actually given me a new understanding of the dysfunc- tion in Washington. We are only iso- lated in this bubble for 80 days. Many of those serving in Wash- ington stay there for years. That ex- plains a lot." Rep. Dwight Kiefert, R-24, Val- ley City, was disappointed with the outcome of one of his bills re- lated to carrying a firearm with a concealed weapons permit. HB 1215 "would have allowed the schools in North Dakota to provide a defense plan. (It) easily passed the House (60-33). I would have to say my biggest disappoint- ment was the Senate's misrepre- sentation of this bill, which result- ed in a defeat. As other states are providing security for their stu- dents, as close as South Dakota, our state is only looking at $3 million dollars for locks on doors." Meanwhile, a legislative man- agement meeting had been called to begin a half hour after adjournment to elect a chairman and vice chair- man and discuss possible dates for two May meetings to prioritize study resolutions and approve an in- terim committee structure. One has to wonder if it started on time - or if it is even over. that the Republicans have a- very ..... Yogin lib; 3eclda ta'mtre "ear& in te 201 sound majority, there is still a ten- as editor of the Bismarck Tribune. He is now a dency to spend the money if it is freelance writer, private investigator and man- agement consultant. He can be reached at john- there. . Extension Exchange Top Financial Consideration for Older Adults May is Older Americans Month, a proud tradition that shows our commitment to honor- ing the value that elders con- tribute to our communities. Older Americans are productive, active and influential members of in times of crisis. Family Finance Discussion Points: Do you have a will? If so, where is it? Do you have an advanced di- rective, such as a living will or health care durable power of at- torney, and where is it? Who is the power ofattomey -society; sharin,essemia-Hatents ..... or_xe_utor of your estate and wisdom, and life experience with how can he/she be contacted. their families, friends and neigh- Do you have a funeral home bors. As we celebrate and recognize the many different contributions that elders play within our own lives it's vital to talk with our older family members about their furore. We know the importance of planning ahead for major events in our lives and sharing those plans with our loved ones. But when dealing with finances, sometimes people hesitate to dis- cuss the issue with family mem- bers, often waiting until a crisis occurs - when it may be too late. Even though money can be a particularly sensitive subject, it's 6fte-fi t the en-ter ofmany deci- sions in later life, such as on housing, health and long-term care. So talking about future fi- nancial arrangements with their children is critical for older adults, even if children may be reluctant to do so. Now is the time to talk with your family and help them learn needed information so they can assist you through any challeng- ing times as you age. Take a look at the following discussion points and start talking with family members. Planning ahead will not prevent all problems, but it will help avoid decision-making selected or a burial site planned or paid for? What is the location of es- sential personal papers (birth and marriage certificates, dissolution of marriage documents, Social Security and military service records)? Where are life, health, prop- erty and long-term care insurance policies kept? Where is your checkbook and what bank do you use? Do you have a safe deposit box? Where is it and where is the key? Do you have a list of con- tents? ..... Have you-made-a fist.of_in ........... vestments (savings accounts, cer- tificates of deposit, stocks and bonds, etc.)? What are the names and contact information of the fi- nancial advisers/institutions that have the investments? Have you made a list of per- sonal and real property you own? Where is it? What else would you want your family to know in case of an emergency? For more informa- tion on talking about seniors fu- tures with family contact the Extension Office at 284-6624 or visit tension/. Extension on Ag around the state Planting Small Grains I.ate Can Reduce Yields Wheat and barley are cool- for wheat and 1.7 percent per day season crops that require rela- for barley," Ransom says. "How- tively cool temperatures to achieve ever, if the weather stays cool, -theifllignh-esI yield potefifiaI. Be-- -thb?e @ be little or no-yield re ............ cause of the wet spring, many pro- duction if planting takes place as ducers will be getting into their fields later than normal, which could cause reduced yields. "The biggest concern with late planting small-grain crops, such as wheat and barley, is that they will develop when temperatures are warmer than optimum, so yields will be reduced," says Joel Ran- som, North Dakota State Univer- sity Extension Service agrono- mist. The optimum planting dates range from the second week in April in southern counties to the first week May in counties bor- dering Canada. However, for some regions of the state, the optimum il-ntiffg gatg may have past. There is a three- to four-week win- dow beyond this optimum where reasonable yields can be achieved. "Expect a yield loss of 1.5 per- cent per day beyond the optimum soon as fields can be planted." When planting is delayed be- yond the optimum date, it may be beneficial to increase the seeding rate by 1 percent per day of delay up to a maximum of about 1.7 mil- lion seeds. This increase will com- pensate partially for the decrease in grain yields associated with the reduced tillering that occurs when plants develop in warmer rather than optimum temperatures. "Though differences in the ma- turity of commonly grown small- grain varieties are not great, ear- lier-maturing varieties are rec- ommended for later planting," --Ransom says. "For spring wheat, ........ most varieties from South Dako- ta (Briggs, Select, Forefront and Brick), along with Glenn, Kelby and RB07, are among the earliest maturing." Editor's Note I The Around the County columnn was not available this week. It will return as soon as possible.