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PAGE 4 PRESS PERSPECTIVES MAY 1 =; 2013 FROM THE EDITOR'S DESK... BY ALLISON OLIMB EDITOR, WALSH COUNTY PRESS There is nothing more puz- tle more. zling to me than littering. How Well, no, it isn't just "there." I lazy do you have to be to just can walk to the post office or to drop trash on the ground? First United, which are on either When I was a kid my 4-H side of my office in Park River, group had our very own highway, and grab at least three empty con- The adopt-a-highway program tainers on the way. The worstpart taught me a great deal about car- is that the trashcan is, in most ing for the great outdoors. Re- cases, just a few feet away. cently, I took my son for a walk Someone made a remark the and on one trip from my house to other day that the Little Park is the Crystal City Park and back one of the worst places in Park filled an entire trash bag. River for trash because kids just The path was filled with take- throw their candy wrappers and out containers, cans, bottles, cig- soda bottles on the ground. Who arette cartons, cups, chip bags., do you think they learned it . and this was all after the river from? flooded the park. I could have Someone showed them that it filled that garbage bag a few was fine and dandy to chuck an times over prior to that happen- empty McDonalds bag out of ing. Now, I know what you may their car window instead of wait- be thinking... "Oh it must be so ing until they got to home to awful there. What disrespectful throw is away. Little did they people you have there." Let me know that it is volunteers and emphasize the word "there" a lit- kids like me who had to walk up and down the ditches to clean up throw it away. He proceeded to their messes, walk to the kitchen, lift the lid to Over the years I've found the trashcan, and shove the diaper some interesting trash. There inside. HCs a one- ar-old. have been bleach bottles, egg car- If he Can do it, i am certain tons, Motley Crue cassette tapes, there is hope for humanity. wash rags, sheets of cardboard I know there are three types large enough to live under, and out there -- those who care, that doesn't even include the reg- those who don't care, and those ular fare. Typically the majority who tell the world that they care of the items are soda bottles or but it isn't their problem. cans, beer boxes, cans, or bottles, I can tell you that I don't like fast food containers, and the oc- cleaning up after people but this casional chew tobacco spit bottle, is one thing we can all do for the Trash duty displayed a new level greater good. If you see some- of disgusting. Not only is it lazy, it is down- thing on the ground and you walk idly by you are just contributing right disrespectful. If you were at to the problem. the mall, school, your grandma's house would you just throw your Set a good example and be a empty pop bottle on the floor? part of the solution. Probably not. Then what makes it It takes five seconds to pick okay to do it anywhere else? something up and toss it in the This isn't a plo, t .... .o thetrash. It takes even less if you set planet. I'm not talking about a good example for the next gen- going green. I'm not even talking eration who then might care a lit- about recycling. I simply want tie more then the last. people to put their trash in the Be the change you wish to see trashcan. It isn't a radical idea. in the world. Gandhi may have It's not even that complicated to been talking about world peace, remember, but we can all start somewhere. My own son shocked me the Like" the Walsh County Press on Face- other day when I handed him is book and check out our blog at http:#walsh- used diaper and asked him to Hello, I don't listen to the radio a lot. Catch the news in the morning and once in awhile listen in to the weather. I don't need weather every twenty minutes. I don't need the same news every hour. I don't need a lot of music, most of it rather poor. Once in awhile I'll listen to a ball game if I'm in the tractor. I enjoy public radio on weekends. I'm a big fan of Garrison Keillor, but I often forget to listen, But this weekend I got to think- ing about a song. I think it was Tanya Tucker, but I could be wrong. It went something like (sing along now), "when I die, I may not get to heaven, but Texas is as close as I've been". Now, the chances of meeting me in heaven are pretty darn slim. I know that. But what made me think of this song was a drive I took over the weekend. We went down to Matt and Carm's for their branding over the weekend. They are in the NW cor- miles on a nice road. Fifty miles ner ofHardingCounty South Dako- round trip. I met one lady that I ta. The back of the pasture is the imagine was going to church, or Montana line. Just a few miles maybe a different branding. I north is North Dakota. On the way stopped for antelope laying on the, down we turn south at Rhame, go road. I stopped and admired mule around Table Mountain, and head deer bucks with growing antlers south and west across the Little Mis- dressed in velvet. I stopped for a souri. I suppose from Rhame to their grouse that was too lazy to fly off house is around forty miles. It was the road. Ruffed? Or maybe a a beautiful Saturday afternoon. In prairie chicken? Wasn't the sharp- those forty miles we met one truck, tail grouse I grew up with. I watched One. And ifI had been ten seconds a couple mallard drake bachelors earlier we would have missed him. swimming in a road ditch. I think On Sunday morning I went forducks in Harding County are pret- an early moming drive. North from ty much tourists. I turned back Elder Creek. I drove quietly. Not even noise pollution from the radio. No dust from cars and trucks and pickups. No traffic. No wind. It was the way a Sunday drive should be. And later that day, the neighbors gathered to share a beer and lunch and rope and wrestle calves and watch the skies and hope for rain. And talk about the spring snows that came or didn't come. They talked of markets and baseball and what minerals to feed the cows. And old men branded and told lies and the young and able jumped and ran and wrestled calves just as they have for over a century on that ground in Harding County. Oil has been good for North Dakota. It has made life easier for lots of people. But springtime in Harding County is most likely as the ranch up towards Marmath. I where the river swings back to the close as I'll get to heaven. guess I drove about twenty-five road a few miles north of Boxu Later, Dealt,, ,,:b : i'i> ~' Prevent, Promote, Protect. HPV mb Walsh County Health District Short Shots RMningonthe Tax Cut Parade Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) is the most common sexually transmitted disease in the United States. About 50% of the population is infected with HPV. Some of the HPV strains are associated with the following cancers: Cervical Cancer: Cervical cancer is the most common HPV associated cancer. Almost all cervical cancers are caused by HPV. Vulvar Cancer: About 50% of vulvar cancers are linked to HPV. Vaginal Cancer: About 65% are linked to HPV. Penile Cancer: About 35% are linked to HPV. Anal Cancer: About 95% are linked to HPV. Oropharyngeal cancers (throat, tongue, tonsils): About 60% are linked to HPV The HPV vaccine has been available for a number of years, but we are sadly slow in getting our teenagers and young adults vaccinated. This vaccine is very safe and effective in protecting against HPV infections. Talk with your health care provider today about getting your teens vaccinated. The vaccine is recommended for both males and females starting at age 11. Happenings at Our .'-f ..Samaritan S,x:ict3,. Good Samaritan my== Monica Simon ADC Upcoming events: May 16 Style Show May 17 Lefse Making May 21 and 28 Bible Study with Jeanean McMillan May 21and 28 Hymn Sing with Sheryl Cox National Nursing Home Week is May 12-18 breline Leader In T.e onse andSuppart Services How Lifeline Works To Get. You Help Fast It is not my wish to rain on everyone's parade but the huge tax cuts passed by the recent Legisla- ture are neither wise nor conser- vative. In the first place, the cuts have been erroneously defended as re- turning hard-earned money to the taxpayers. That is plain political rhetoric intended to justify a self- serving raid on the state treasury. It is not money paid by North Dakota taxpayers. It is money provided by the oil companies in the Bakken Field. So let us admit that this is not revenue we paid into the state treasury. Oil money is different than or- dinary tax revenue since oil is an intergenerational depletable re- source that belongs not only to the present generation but to future, generations. They will not see the benefit of this resource if the present generation burns it all up on present day consumption. North Dakota needed a few other things before a major tax cut for a population that is not op- pressed by the tax collectors. In fact, our recent ranking as one of the 10 best states in which to re- tire was based substantially on our low taxes, computed before this Legislature passed a single tax-cut bill. The Tax Foundation's most re- cent report, based on 2009 figures before the tax cuts of2011, ranked North Dakota's property tax lev- el as 25th. Considering the 2011 property tax cuts, this is now around 1.25 per cent, which is closer to the bottom of the prop- erty tax states. According to the Tax Founda- tion, North Dakota had the 10th lowest personal income tax in the country and ranked among the 16 lowest states in total tax burden. Some legislators will tell us that it was not for ourselves that we cut taxes but to give North Dakota a better business climate. That, too, is a myth that keeps coming back disguised as truth. Taxes rank fifth - not first- in importance when corporations consider a business location. We could guarantee a tax free envi- ronment for 50 years and new in- dustries would not be popping up in North Dakota. We have more limitations than taxes with which to deal. If taxes were so important, in- dustry would be fleeing Min- nesota, California and other high- er-tax states. As an intergenerational one- time resource, the benefits of oil taxes should be shared as equally as possible with several genera- tions - including the one now present. Strategic spending would have dictated that providing pre-school and kindergarten for every child in North Dakota would have been a better long term investment than immediate tax cuts for the under taxed. Studies prove without a doubt that early start for children is a long term benefit that will keep on giving for the entire life of the child. The students in our colleges and universities are now facing another five per cent increase in tuition. While some of us are getting un- needed tax breaks, students are be- ing asked to make additional sac- rifices to get the kind of training and education that will build the future for North Dakota. We have thousands of low-in- come elderly who could have been made exempt from all prop- erty taxes automatically. Then there are the unmet medical needs all across the state. While immediate consUmption may be appreciated by present- oriented consumers, even prudent businesses forego immediate prof- its and invest in retooling for fu- ture growth. We now have the money to do some extensive re- tooling. The work of legislatures can be measured by their balance of in- dividual benefit versus the com- mon good. In this session, we pandered to the materialism of the present and sacrificed the common good of the future. So let it rain, let it rain. Extension Exchange Keep Food Safe When 2. Separate - don't cross- Feeding a Crowd contaminate. Keep raw meat You may be a good cook, but away from ready-to-eat foods. Wash cutting boards after use. 3. Cook - cook foods to the recommended internal tempera- ture. Use a food thermometer. Don't' partially cook foods for finishing later. Keep the time be- tween cooking and serving to a minimum, preferably within sev- eral hours of the event. cooking for a crowd is different. Where do you store all that food? How do you keep the cold foods c01d? When is the food com- pletely cooked? How long can you leave the serving tray on the buffet table? With graduation open houses and family reunions just around the corner these are good questions to be thinking over as you plan. There is a lot to learn about how to plan, prepare, and serve food in quantities as well as how to make sure the food is safe. It is scary to think about people getting sick from your meal, but it can and does happen. Each year, millions of people suffer from foodborne illness. While foodborne illness can be as mild as a stomach ache, it can also be fatal. Safe food handling is impor- tant, especially when groups of people are fed at community and large family events. There are many reasons that foodborne ill- ness can occur including failure to cool food properly, not keep- ing food hot enough, an infected food handler, preparing food early and not using safe food storage, raw food mixed with cooked foods, foods left in the DANGER ZONE (41 to 140 F), or even cross contamination when preparing foods. Many foods can support the growth of microorganisms that may cause foodborne illness. Po- tentially hazardous foods such as meat, poultry, seafood, fish and eggs are moist and contain pro- tein, which provide good condi- tions for bacterial growth. Other potentially hazardous foods in- cluded cooked rice, alfalfa sprouts, melons, and baked and boiled potatoes. To best ke p foods safe during : :'prepm:ati0n fo|10w the four steps | ,to food sgfety: m t ean Uwash 'hm/ds and surfaces that come in contact with food. 4. Chill - refrigerate per- ishable foods promptly in shal- low containers. Thick foods should be no more than 2 inches deep while thinner foods such as soup should be no more than 3 inches deep. Keep your refriger- ator at 40 F or lower. The most important safety rule to remember is to KEEP HOT FOODS HOT AND COLD FOODS COLD! Leaving foods out on a buffet table for long pe- riods of time is a sure way to send your guest home with a foodborne illness. Bacteria that cause foodborne illnesses grow best in lukewarm foods. Hot foods should be held at 140 degrees F or warmer. This can be done with chafing dishes, crock pots and wanning trays. Keep foods cold by nesting dishes in bowls of ice. If this is difficult for you to do, then use small serving bowls and replace them often. FOOD SHOULD NEVER SIT AT ROOM TEM- PERATURE FOR MORE THAN TWO HOURS! Always replace empty dishes rather than adding fresh food to a dish that already had food in it. Use clean dishes and utensils to serve. "Germs" can 1survive and grow in food left on utensils. When the party is over discard any foods that sat for two hours or more on the buffet table. Any leftovers that have always re- mained refrigerated may be kept for up to four days in the refrig- erator. - For more inforffiafion fibout food safety, visit these Web sites: m or Safe food handling is important, ipeciaHy when groups of peo- are fed at community and family events." Walsh County Extension Office Park River - 701-284-6624 Warm weather and sunshine, have a short growing season. many of us start to think SUM- Much of the produce we plant can MER! As summer starts we may be planted early as soon as the soil think about planting our family dries up and we can till. Beans, gardens. There are a few things to corn, peppers, tomatoes, and consider when planting a garden squash are a few plants that may including timing, fertilizer, tilling, need to be planted when the soil plant placement and in the end har- warms up. One way to tell when vesting, the soil is warm is the lilacs will Before planting the seeds or be in bloom. Before this point is plants in the garden the soil should when you can plant the cool sea- be fertilized and tilled. A good fer- son plants. Another way is the tilizer to use is a 5-10-5. This warm plans could be planted about means that the fertilizer contains ten days after you are able to get 5 parts Nitrogen, 10 parts Phos- the soil tilled. Plant placement is photos, and 5 parts Potassium. Re- very important. For example cu- member to read the bag of fertil- cumbers should be grown on the izer so the correct amount is ap- end of a garden so they do not plied to the ground. Applying to grow into other plants. Also know- much fertilizer can kill the plants, ing what vegetables or fruits will or damage them so they do not be ready at what time is important. grow. After fertilizer is applied the Example, the radishes, lettuce ground should be tilled. When till- and spinach could be planted next ing it's important to till 4-6 inch- to the tomatoes, because those will es deep. This will allow new soil be done growing by time the to come to the top and create aer- tomatoes get big. Read the seed ation in the soil. package this will tell you how After the soil is prepared to much sunlight is required of each plant the next consideration should type of plant, how far the seeds be what you are going to plant, should be planted from one an- There are many different types of other and how wide the rows plants that can grow in this area should be. and it's a good idea to draw out As it warms up this spring and your garden before you plant, you are anxious to get in the gar- Also at this point of the garden den remember to have a plan be- planning it's a good idea to think fore planting, and have fun! A gar- of when the produce will be ready, den is a great way to get kids in- With a late planting season this volved and they can learn where year a few things may not be some of the food they eat comes able to be planted as we could from.