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JUNE 6, 2012 THE PRESS PAGE 5 property tax: Worth fixing; not scrapping By Curtis Olafson During my District 10 Senate primary campaign,many constituents have asked me questions regarding Measure 2. Citizens are rightly concerned. They understand that approving this msure would be a policy change of a magnitude that we have arguablyfiever before seen in our state. I wish I had the answers to all of their questions. Beware of those who claim they do. : Much has been written about Measure 2, and I ce/'tainly can't claim to have read everything that has been written about the proposed Meas- ure. However, I do have a couple of observations that I have not seen brought to light by others. If they have been discussed, they are points worth repeating. I think it is very telling that, to the best of my knowledge, there is only one member of the Legislature out of 141 who publicly supports Measure 2. Legislators certainly don't know everything, but their lack of support speaks volumes about this far-reaching proposal. The fact is that the Legislature has made a significant effort to ad- dress the problem of high property taxes in each of the last three ses- sions. The Legislature has pumped hundreds of millions of dollars into property tax relief. The state share of the cost ofK-I 2 education was less than 40% in my first session in 2007. The Legislature has taken ac- tion that has dramatically shifted that percentage to around 70%. I could understand that citizens would be frustrated and prompted to take action if the Legislature had ignored the problem, but that is not the case. The Legislature can, and I am confident, will, do more to address the problem. When your car has a dent in the fender, you don't take your car to the scrapyard; you take the car to the body shop and fix it. Editor's Note: Ola]on is fi'om Edinburg, N.D. He currently is run- ningJbr the District 10 senate seat. Media poll missing the whole picttwe By: Roland Reimers The recent Forum Communi- cations poll on the U.S. House race shows the blackout of inde- pendent candidates continues to exist no matter how much news organizations self proclaim they give us all the news we need to know.  ' The Forum achnits they ileoff " Libertarin'candidateEri6  Olbn[, How in the worldcan you have a valid poll when you don't list all the candidates? If it is just a mat- ter of who can likely win, then maybe candidate Pam Gulleson should also have been left off?. Olsen will probably get at least 3.5% of the November vote, but in the year Ron Paul, Olsen's vote percentage could be much more. And Olsen's vote total certainly would be more if third party can- didates were not excluded from most news coverage. My own personal observations of running for office as a Libertarian has that will get more news coverage the day after the election saying that I lost, then I will get the entire time before the election saying I am running. Nor do I think the media black- out is fair to the voting public. l,v  t: ) f,,:t.. ' , .* - '." Any voter wishing t O vote for can- didates who support eliminating the property tax; are for real con- stimtional rights and smaller gov- ernment; are not afraid to support a woman's fight to birth control and abortion; and who are not afraid to oppose the Patriot Act; should be free to get the news that only Libertarian candidates will give then that voice at the ballot box. Editor Note: Reimers is a Libertarian candidate for gover- nor fi'on Grand Forks, N.D. Left: A large group of students from Park River competed at the state music contest. Right: The girls ensemble performing "Brush Strokes" earned an "Outstanding Performance". (Photos: Submitted) Music students compete at state, earn 'outstanding' BISMARCK, N.D. -- On Friday, May 4, foy-three students from rection of Sheldon Wettz. Park River High School traveled to compete at the North Dakota High A girls' ensemble from Park River High School received an "Out- School Activities Association State Class "B" Music Festival. These stu- standing Performance" award at the State Class "B" Music Festival held dents represented nineteen entries at the festival, with fourteen of those on the campus of the Bismarck State College. The piece that they per- entries receiving a "Star" rating. The music department is under the di- formed was "Brush Strokes" by Joseph Martin. Three complete Piano Guild auditions in Grand Forks GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- Three piano students have just completed Piano Guild Auditions which were hdd in Grand Forks on May 18, 2012 These Piano Guild Auditions wee sponsored by the American Cdlege of Musicians, Austin, Texas. The students are: Josie Markusen, Brooke Shirek, and Courtney Shirek. Josie Markusen, a sixth grader at Park River, is the daughter of Jon and Shannon Markusen. Brooke Shirek, a fourth grader at Park River, and Courtney Shirek, a sixth grader at Park River, are the daughters of Tom and Tara Shirek. Each student prepared and played a ten piece memorized program for a professional adjudicator and received a gold pin, a report card, and a trophy: All three students are piano students of Sheryl Kjelland. Above: Josie Markusen, Brooke Shirek, and Courtney Shirek (Photos: Submitted) Throughout the United States Auditions which are held in over and abroad, more than 100,000 880 audition centers. The Piano piano pupils will participate in the Guild was established in 1929 in annual National Piano-Playing Abilene, Texas. Questions? :> . 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