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PAGE 4 PRESS PERSPECTIVES MAY 30, 201 ? FROM THE EDITOR'S DESK... BY ALLISON OLIMB EDITOR, WALSH COUNTY PRESS A brilliant man once wrote, "If you have brains in your head, and t?et in your shoes, you can steer yourself in any direction you choose." It's funny how a children's book can have such a profound influence on the world. "Oh, the Places You'll Go!" by Dr. Seuss was published in 1990. making it the final book he published be- tore his death in 1991. The protagonist is warned not to go to "The Waiting Place" be- cause if you wait for life to hap- pen, it never will. It is easy to see how this book became a popular gift tbr gradu- ates of anything. Theodor Seuss Geisel was a man of strange words, but they were always brilliantly put to- gether. And I swear it must be manda- tory to give this book to any Eng- lish or Elementary Ed major who is taking on the world. Year after year, I watch as ba- bies become graduates and won- der where the time goes. This year is no different. You never know which one will grow up to change the world. The good doctor had the right idea. The best thing you can do for future grads is to get 'em while they're young. He wrote books about saving the planet, tolerance, being responsible, and "a person's a person, no matter how small". There messages for a better tomorrow are there.., if you know where to look. Everything you need to know you probably learned in kinder- garten and you may just have learned it from the good doctor I grew up on the Seuss collec- tion, but there is something about the words in "Oh, the Places You'll Go!" that still resonate with me as an adult. "Kid, you'll move moun- tains!" What is more powerful than that? So, class of 2012, (and the rest of you who are finding your foot- ing) as you look to the future, don't wait. The future belongs to those who take it. Find your mountain. Whether it is in Colorado or Mountain, N.D., the best thing you can do for yourself is find your inner Seuss. Be silly, be clever, but most of all, be the best you that you can be wherever you are. "So be sure when you step, Step with care and great tact. And remember that life's A Great Bal- ancing Act. And will you suc- ceed? Yes! You will, indeed! (98 and 3/4 percent guaranteed)." Like "' the Walsh Coun O, Press on bSzc'e- book and check out our blog at htq)://waish- COIIYIO,'])I'eAs, wordpress, corn Hello, Well, I made it. You would have been proud of me. I told you last week that we were heading for the bucking horse sell in Miles. We were to have a pickup load. Shirley and I, Shirley's sis- ter and her husband, and my Dad. Dad is 86 and had missed the last few sales so he was pretty ex- cited. Then Lynn cancelled out. Then his wife wouldn't go. Then Shirley wouldn't go without her sister. Then Dad wouldn't go cause I might stay up late and play cards. So Sunday morning, I packed up the sleeper pickup and headed west. Now the sleeper pickup is an older Dodge that has a DOT ap- proved sleeper on it. l mean it is a cool deal. Door on the side. Back seat makes into a bed. So I assured Shirley that all I would need is my pillow and a blanket. I could party up like crazy, play cards all night, crawl in that sleeper and be home for harvest! Anyway, I'm on my west. Just Hat past Glendive I see these two fel- las walking pretty slow headed west. They are carrying big packs and steps are pretty short. There are not many outfits that have room for two guys with hundred pound packs and a German Shep- ard dog. But I did. So I pulled over, told them to throw their bags in back, one guy jump in the sleeper, and the other in the front seat with me. Dog could go in the sleeper too. There's been worse in there. They load up and I have to crack the window a little. They haven't had much of a chance to clean up the last couple years. They have been on the road. The guy with the crooked face is cov- ered with tattoos. Well, all the skin I could see had tattoos. I did- Tips n't check him completely out. But his hands and wrists were com- pletely tattooed. From his fingers to above his wrists. He had purple spots all over his face. Like pox, only it was tattoos. I hope. He had a big CM, like a cattle brand on one cheek. I think it was a tarantula, or possibly a huge wood tick, on his neck. Kind of slurred his words, but seemed like an alright guy. Said he was from Brooklyn Park, but hadn't been back since he had gotten in trou- ble as a kid. I kept lny eyes to the road and nodded. I didn't really want to know about the trouble. The guy and the dog in the sleeper kept digging around in his bag. I figured he was looking tbr his knife or his gun. I sat the mir- ror so I could watch him. The dog growled at me. I quickly put the mirror back in place. I don't like mad dogs. They said they were heading for Billings, then north to Butte, and finally to Helena. I asked if they had worked in the oil fields. The guy in the sleeper said he had years ago. But he said that was no life. You spent all your money on pickups and houses and when the boom went bust, you would have all those payments to make and no job, I guess there is nothing like being a free man on the road. Except you get a little hungry, and hot, or cold, and your feet get sore. They were going to put cardboard in their shoes when they got to Miles City. One of them wondered out loud how Montana got the name "Big Sky Country". I assured them that when I let them out in Miles City, by the time they walked to Billings, they would have it figured out. Oh, yeah, and I made it home by dark. It's scary out there alone. Later, Dean " Happenings atOur Good Samaritan Monica Simon ADC Upcoming events: June 4 3:30 Donut Making June 6 3:00 Food Show June 7 2:30 Monthly Communion Service Jun3 8 7:30 Mennonite Singers June 14 3:00 Monthly Birthday Party June 15 4:00 Wedding Trivia and Games June 28 3:00 Auxiliary Lunch and Program June 4 and 18 1:00 Bus Rides Prevent. Promote. Protect. ToBacco P00'vEt, r00ON Cot, rr00uEs Walsh County Health District Short Shots Tobacco is the leading cause of preventable death and disease in North Dakota and each year 890 North Dakotans die prematurely due to smoking related diseases. Tobacco use causes some of the most feared and costly diseases, including cancel; heart disease, and emphysema. It harms reproductive health and damages nearly every organ in the body. Did you know that smoking causes: • 9 out of 10 deaths from lung cancer • 3 out of 10 deaths from all cancers • 9 out of 10 deaths from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), such as emphysema • 1 out of 5 deaths from heart disease Most smokers begin as children, and 1000 kids in the US become regular smokers every day. One in three will die an early death as a result. The personal cost is great. The financial burden to society in health care costs is huge. The work to prevent tobacco use, protect society from secondhand smoke, and promote policies that support healthy behaviors is ongoing! The Walsh County Tobacco Prevention Program welcomes all questions about our program, and what we can do to help you or a loved one live a tobacco free life! Share Schafer, Omdahljoin . In the recent Forum Commu- nications poll, 56 percent of those intending to vote on June 12 in- dicated they would vote YES on Measure No. 4 to retire the Fight- ing Sioux logo while 44 percent said that they intended to vote NO to keep the logo. With this margin, logo oppo- nents may think that the measure is sat but polling on ballot meas- ures is not as certain as polling for partisan candidates. Partisan can- didates have the benefit of a base of durable party support while voting on measures is more fluid. Another reason to be cautious is the screening of potential vot- ers br June 12. To nalxOW a poll down to actual participants, poll- sters have to ask folks if they are likely to vote. Because folks know that good citizens should vote, they sometimes meet this social expectation by exaggerat- ing their voting intentions. Because even the best of polling is not a pure science, logo opponents should not be lulled' into a sense of security with their 12-point lead. Almost half- 44 percent - of those who said that they were in favor of keeping the logo were voting that way because the NCAA should not dictate such matters to the state or the univer- sity. This idea of dictation stirs the North Dakota cultural impulses of independence and rugged in- dividualism that were born on the fi'ontier over a hundred years ago. In the North Dakota culture, we're pretty sensitive about being bossed around. If we were being pushed around on our own turf, this atti- tude would have some basis. However, the logic has one basic flaw: for all practical purposes, the playoffs belong to the NCAA and not to the state or the univer- sity. If our teams are going to be in their playoffs, we have to abide by their rules. Let's take this argument to a backyard swimming pool. Our kids can play in our own swim- ming pool as much as we want but when it comes time for treats in the neighbor's house the neigh- bors have a right to require clean shoes. When the Fighting Sioux play in a tournament that belongs to the NCAA, the NCAA has the authority to set the rules. We are not being pushed around. Actu- ally, we are arguing with the neighbors about whether or not we have clean shoes. In the final analysis, it's their house. Now we could bow our necks and defy the NCAA if we wanted to accept the consequences, many of which are undetermined at this time. These undetermined con- sequences are ominous and have the University of North Dakota officials pleading with voters to vote YES to retire the logo. University leaders are con- vinced that keeping the logo would send their Division One sports ambitions into a tailspin. Destruction of the University's athletic program would be a high price to pay for the temporary pleasure of showing the NCAA who's boss. We would end up be- ing boss of an empty arena. There is little doubt that the only victim of a NO vote would be the University of North Dakota while the NCAA would go unscathed. Maybe we don't think they should be making the rules but it's their house. There is little doubt that the only victim of a NO vote would be the LIniverslty of North Dakota while the NCAA would go unscathed. Maybe we don't think they should be making the rules but it's their house." E Keep cold foods cold • Perishable tbods served cold, nmst be kept cold. These include the following foods and items prepared with these tbods: o Meat, poultry, seafood, eggs, tofu o Dairy products (milk, cheese, yomart) containers. Place your lunch ha a cool place out of direct sunlight. Reheating foods in the microwave • If tbods are reheated in the mi- crowave at work, reheat until they are steaming hot throughout. o Opened canned fruit, • Follow package directions for cooked fruits and vegetables and frozen convenience meals. cut/peeled fresh fruits and vegetables o Pasta, rice and cooked veg- eUbles and fruits • If lunches are packed the night befbre, keep perishable foods re- frigerated until you are ready to leave with your lunch. Add cookies, dips or other foods that lose crispness in the morning. • If possible, store lunches con- mining cold perishable foods in a re- frigerator until lunchtime. When refiigeration isn't possible, carry already chilled foods in an insulat- ed lunch container. Include an ice pack, freezer gel pack or water frozen in leak proof plastic freezer Foods safe at room temperature Packed lunch foods that are safe at room temperatme are: • Peanut butter sandwiches • Popcorn, bread, crackers, bagels • Fresh fruit in the peel • Unopened single-serving con- tainers of fruit, fruit juice and pud- cling • Commercially prepared meats, poultry, seafood and dried beans (such as beans and flanks) that can be opened and eaten immediately • Dried fruits, nuts, granola, ce- real bars Around the County Rhubarb: A wonder plant While visiting any old farmstead, you are almost certain to see one spe- cial plant; rhubarb. When I think of rhubarb, there is no other way to de- scribe it other than sustainable. What else would you call a vegetable that will expand only to the size that can be supported by the environment, maintain itself for the next 50 years without human interference or maintenance, and in most cases still be producing long after the house has fallen. Rhubarb is a biologically a vegetable, although it is used primarily as a fruit. This amazing plant is also an organic anti- inflammatory, which helps with minor aches and pains. This interesting plant has been a love it or hate it staple in many gardens through- out generations ....... The plant produces, not only strong, sturdy stocks that can be used in anything from pies to chicken, but also beautiIhl lush green leaves that look appealing in any garden. However, make sure to avoid eating the leaves which are toxic. Rhubarb can be transplanted and is extremely hardy, just ask my rhubarb patch at home which hts been subject to lawn mowers, pigs, and a vari- ety of other pests. Contrary to popular belief, you can use all of the stalks ofdaubarb for eating. Thin sulks work best tbr eating raw or as garnish, while the thick sulks actually work best tbr cooking since they retain the majority of the moisture inside the plant. When picking rhubarb it is important to pull the stalks instead of cut- ting them. Anytime a plant is cut whether it was deliberate or the result of something unforeseen, cutting leaves the intemal part of the plant exposed and open to disease and other bacteria. As a tip: Try soaking your sulks in sugar water for 2 hours prior to cook- ing or eating to minimize the tart taste of the outer surface. While rhubarb will survive without interference, there are a few" things that can be done to help it thrive. First; while the flowers that rhubarb produce are lovely, they have no purpose or use and drain the plant of energy needed to continue its growth. It helps to pull these center flowers as soon as they appear. Secondly, when giving or receiving rhubarb follow these guidelines: Make sure that when transplanting you lilnit yotelf to only removing 1/3 of your total plant at a time and only uproot plants that have been producing for more than 5 years. When planting newly received rhubarb, let your plants go unpicked for a minimum of 2 years so that the plant can use most of its energy reserves for creating a healthy root system. Whether you enjoy rhubarb as an aesthetically pleasing view point of your garden, as a great addition to a cake or pie, rhubarb is a plant to be admired. Long Live the Medicinal, Sustainable, Vegetable...let's reword that: Long Live the Wonder Plant! I1