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PAGE 4 PRESS PERSPECTIVES JULY 17, 2013 FROM THE EDITOR S DESK... BY ALLISON OLIA4B EDITOR, WALSH COUNTY PRESS Sticks and stones will break my bones but words Will never hurt me! What once was a chant of a de- fensive little kid on the playground isan impossible lie, today. Thanks to the Internet, the sticks are get- ting bigger and the does- n't end on the playground. Some use anonymity to shield themselves. Other people hide be- hind Bible verses to try to justify it. When all is said and done, bully- ing is bullying. When you feel the need to bum, someone in effigy, consider what would happen if you were in their position. If you have had a chance to catch the news, a certain local politician got into some hot water over drinking and driving. humanly possible, in no way would I ever advocate driving while impaired. What I would like to say on my little soapbox is that we all make mistakes and unless you are a judge, leave the trial to experts. George W. Bush got a DUI in '79 and he was elected president, twice. It is not your place to throw stones. Don't get all CAPS LOCK on a Facebook page about how driving impaired, "COULD HAVE KILLED SOMEONE! ! ! ! 1 ! ! 1 !" It is not your place to put someone on trial for something that didn't hap- pen. Don't look at someone's past record from several years ago and insist that you know all about him ways the people we are. The per- back to the safety of her apartment. son I was pre-marriage and kids That night was not one of my Prairie Fare was a bit more carefree and less prouder moments, but it was also concerned about sunscreen and never aired on the news for all to seatbelts. If you were to crack open your closet for the entire world to report on and stretch your sins from end to end, would you be worthy of throwing the first stone? I sure as hell wouldn't be. I am about to embarrass my mother, but I have driven when I know I shouldn't have. If you believe my made up sta- tistics, about 98 percent of the time, I am the good one. During my two percent of im- perfection I was with a friend in a bar in downtown Grand Forks and ended up being talked into an after party. When your dad tells you that nothing good happens after mid- night, you better believe him. We were drunk in East Grand Forks, Let's just say that it was a bad situation made worse when at a house party that very quickly ended up being just a couple of guys. We made our way to the car, see. There are seven news values' that make some things newswor- thy while others are not. There could have been 17 people in court for DUIs a couple weeks ago. YO u only know of one. Oddity, timeliness, proximity, conflict, magnitude, impact prominence, and human interest (my journalism teacher would be so proud) make the headlines. I can call anyone I want a Nazi on Twitter, but since Jessica Haak is in the ND House of Representa- tive and the person she called a Nazi was the House leader it made the news. She shouldn't have thrown out a knock so callously, but the Inter- net makes it easy. She apologized, but most folks who hide behind their keyboards never do. Keep your sticks to your- self. Like" the Walsh County Press on Face- book and cheek out our blog at http://walsh- NDSU Extension Service Try These Bountiful Onion Tips "When I grow up, I'm going to buy my food at a store," I an- nounced to my parents as I crawled along the ground planting long rows of Bermuda onion sets. I was in elementary school at the time, and my grumbling didn't relieve me of helping in the garden. I was hand- ed a bag of corn seeds to plant when I finished with the onions. The gardens of my youth seemed to cover acres of land. One year, we had a bumper crop of onions. We had so many that we filled the bed of our pickup fruck heaping full of the white softball-sized globes. We gave away many, many bags of onions that year. .I've eaten my "no gardening "for me" words many times through the years. I prefer fresh produce picked What about the "dragon breath" issue? Fresh parsley acts as a natu- ral breath mint, and brushing your teeth or rinsing your mouth with a mixture of lemon juice and water might help. You might want to hang around with people who ate the same onion-containing recipe, too. Onions are available in various sizes and colors, including yellow, white and red/purple. Green onions are called scallions and small onions are called sh,dlots. Yellow onions usually are the all-pulpose onions, while white onions tend to have a sharper flavor that is retained dur- ing cooking. Purple onions often are used raw in salads because they are sweeteL Let me stress this as much as Hello, It takes a special person to be a teacher. I know you already know that. But sometimes we have to re- inforce that knowledge a little. I'm not a teacher. I taught my dog, Vem Baker, to nan for the house when I pick up a rock or stick and start cursing when he runs under the cattle trailer and keeps cows from loading up. I've taught my hore to throw his head up and jump when he falls asleep and steps in a hole or trips over a rock. I've taught kids how to fib to their parents when they are asked if Grandpa gave them ice cream before meal time. And I have been known to teach nieces and nephews their first curse words and how to supersize their order of fries. So, all in all, you can see I am or her. The people we were isn't al- our driver long past asleep, and got Hal Tips somewhat of a teacher. Oh, not everything I teach is bad. I'm pretty good at th ABC's. And I can do most Dr. Seuss books from memory. You know, BigA, Little a, what begins with A. Aunt Annie's alligator,a, a, a. Big B, lit- tle b... But enough of that. Last week Jen was working with ILl on phonics. I guess ILl is four or five. I forget which. And he's a smart TEEN kid. He can run my phone better than I. He can play complicated games on an Ipad. He can run the barrels on Drifter and untie goat tail ribbons. He knows how to drive a four-wheeler and knows how to make a chocolate milk shake. He knows that Grandpa cannot feed his month old baby brother, and he knows what to feed a cow. All in all, he is pretty well educated for a kid. But phonics, at least for now, BEAT BY E,00ILY LAAVEG INTERN, WALSH COUNTY PRESS I hat is weird anyway? Defming myindivi, tual iv, Here is a quote to live by: "Being weird is just a side effect of being awesome." This is a quote that I look at a lot, seeing as I'm not what most people consider "normal". In fact I'm not exactly sure what normal is. I look at all those people are considered pretty normal, and I think to myself, "Their life must be so incredibly boring; I hope that someday they find something to fix that problem." But then again, my life is not exactly filled with lots of action-packed adven- ture; or any action in general. It doesn't really bother me that I can probably be called a nerd, or a geek, or just weird in gen- eral. I've come to accept that fact that I am all of those things a while ago. I think I probably no- ticed this when I realized that sparkly vampires were quite lame and should always be replaced with time traveling aliens. Any- ways, it's all fine; because in the words of author John Green, "nerds like us are allowed to be unironically enthusiastic about stuff... Nerds are allowed to love stuff, like jump-up-and- down-in-the-chair-can 't-control- yourself love it. Hank, when people call people nerds, mostly what they're saying is 'you like stuff.' Which is just not a good insult at all. Like, 'you are too en- thusiastic about the miracle of human consciousness'." Being in love with lots of things that are filled with lots of excitement and adventure is kind of my way of trying to make my life a little bit better. All of these geeky British shows and adapta- tions of books are the things that make' me happy, and I'm not sure where I'd be now if it weren't for them. "Live long and prosper" - Spock. Like '" the Walsh County Press on Face: book and check out our blog at http.'//walsh- countypress, How CoNt--'rE Poa.s Walsh County Health District Short Shots Every year thousands of people get sick with recreatipnal water illnesses, which are caused by germs found in places where we swim. Di- or tri-chloramines from when chlorine in swimming pools combines with what comes out of (urine) or washes off of (sweat) swimmer's bodies: Di and tri chloramines irritate the eyes and respiratory tract and can even aggravate asthma. The mixing of chlorine and urine not only creates chloramines, it also uses up the chlori/le in the pool, which would otherwise kill germs. Chlorine and other pool Water treatments do not kill germs instantly. Just one diarrheal incident can release enough germs into the water that swallowing a mouthful can cause diarrhea lasting up to two or three weeks. Follow these steles to keep yourself and other swimmers from getting germs in pools: Don't swim if you have diarrhea Shower with. soap before you start swimming Take bathroom breaks every 60 minutes. Take children on bathroom breaks every 60 minutes or check diapers every 30-60 minutes ' Change diapers in the bathroom or diaper changing area, not at tJoolside whbre germs can rinse into the water. Wash your hands after using the toilet or changing diapers Don't swallow water you swim in coun(vpress, wordpress, corn eludes him. But he has that Meyer confidence that can't be taught. He knows all the letters. Some- times rather than call them by name, he just gives you the sound when asked what a certain letter is. Should make phonics easy. His mother was showing him the word "red". You know. R is rrrr. E is eh (or however you write that sound). D is duh (again, however). Then you put them all together. Rrm- eeeee dddddd! "What's that say RJ?' "Polar bear," he exclaims confi- dentlyl! Now Chat I think about, he may be a future writer of newspaper colunms! Later, Dean 79% Wasn 't Enough for ND We had a garage sale at our oned by the politics of his caucus, house a couple of weeks ago and he would have voted for the meas- I took the occasion to sell my .22 ure. rifle, a gun I purchased to protect Senator Heitkamp was trapped my lettuce from the rabbits by the logic and support of the Na- bird feeder from the squirrels, tional Rifle Association. She ex- (Life requires us to make hard choices.) "lhe sale wasn't a protest over gun legislation. The rabbits and squirrels just disappeared from our country place and the gun wasn't needed anymore. Before selling, I called the lo- cal police department to check for regulations about selling guns at garage sales. When presented the question, the officer said there were none. The gun was purchased by an honorable looking citizen but I could have ended up unknowing- ly selling it to a convicted felon. I considered doing/my own-oral background check/rn the spot but the purchaser lool(ed okay so I let it go. I think felons want more than a .22 anyway. This all occtwred before Gabbie Giffords and husband, oMalk Kel- ly made appearances in Fargo and Bismarck in their campaign to get Congress to require back- ground checks on all gun transfers. They came to apply subtle pressure on Senators John Hoeven and Heidi Heitkamp, both of whom voted to kill the proposal in the U. S. Senate. While here, Giffords and Kel- ly reported that polls showed that 79 per cent of North Dakotans favored universal background checks. This raises an interesting ques- tion about representative govern- ment. It is obvious that neither Ho- even nor Heitkamp were listening to their constituents on the issue. Senator Hoeven was trapped by the pack mentality .that dominates the Republican caucus in the Sen- ate. Hoeven is not really an ideo- logue. He's a rational pragmatic moderate. If he were not impris- plained that she was respecting North Dakota's gun tradition. However,:that argument loses credibility when a majority of those who. own guns favor the background check. As for both senators on sue, what they are giving us as rea- sons are really excuses. It is unlikely that the Giffords- Kelly visit will change the minds of enough additional North Dakotans to influence our senators. Neither will it change the ideolo- gy of the U. S. Senate or reduce the influence of the NRA. Getting universal background checks on guns in America is challenging because reason has lit- tle impact in the debate. The most vociferous gun owners are driven by psychological reasons and opinions based on psycho- logical factors cannot be changed by reason so logic is of no avail. All of this being said, gun own- ership may already be too wide- spread for new legislation to be .very worthwhile. Registration of all existing guns would be neces- sary to make the program effec- tive. But convicted felons, the mentally challenged and gun rad- icals aren"t going to come forward for background checks. Because so many guns are al- ready out there, background checks 'may be closing the barn door after the horse is.gone. Even so, gun ownership by dangerous felons has been prevented by the background checks already re- quired of dealers. In the final analysis, universal background checks will not solve the problem but it would catch a few folks who shouldn't have guns. (Excuse me but I think a rabbit just ran into the carrots.) Because so many gains are already out there, background checks may be clos- ing the barn door after the horse is gone. Even so, g00an ownership by dan- gerous felons has been prevented by the background checks already required of dealers." close to home whenever that is pos- sible. A bag of those homegrown onions would be welcome. The other day, I was &lmiring the tall stems of the onions in our backyard garden. I doubt they will reach the size of softballs, but I know we will use them in casseroles, soups and stews, and as part of grilled kebobs. Onions are among the most pop- ular vegetables, contributing flavor, vitamin C, fiber and health-pro- moting natural antioxidants to your recipes. According to the National Onion Association, we each eat about 20 pounds of onions per year. However, some people think of crying or halitosis (bad breath) when onions are mentioned. These potential downsides can be man- aged. If cutting up onions prompts tearld cooking in your kitchen, keep these tips in mind. Chill the onions about a half hour before preparing them, then use a sharp knife and leave the root end intact until the end of the preparation process. The tear-inducing sulfur compounds are concentrated in the root end. .Next, cut off the top and peel the skin, then cut as desired. The Na- tional Onion Association has videos about how to cut onions at When you select onions at a gro- cery store or farmers market, be sure they are firm and even colored without bruises or mold. At home, keep them in a cool, dry place. Avoid storing onions near potatoes because potatoes are high in mois- ture, which might be absorbed by the onions. A medium onion yields about a cup of chopped onion. If you peel and dice more onion than you need, you can place it in a sealed bag or other container in the refrigerator. Use cut onions within a week. If you grow your own onions, keep in mind some harvesting tips. When most of the tops are falling over and drying out, onions are ready to harvest. You can leave them in the ground for a while if the weather is warm and dry. If you plan to store whole onions for later use, place them in a venti- lated, warm area (75 to 90 F) for at least a couple of weeks to cure. The outer skin should be dry and the necks should be tight. You can braid the tops or cut the tops back prior to storing in a cool, dry place. Julie Garden-Robinson, Ph.D., R.D., L.R.D., is a North Dakota State University Ex- tension Service food and nutrition specialist and professor in the Department of Health, Nutrition and Exercise Sciences. Around the County Park River - 701-284-6624 Save your soil Recently I was asked what the farmers are going to do with the un- planted acres in the area. It's getting too late to plant many of the crops that are normally grown around here, although a few are still planting potatoes and maybe some millet. An alternate crop would be a cover crop for those pre- ventive plant acres. Cover crops are a good way to protect the soil, use up the excessive water, prevent erosion, keep mi- croorganisms active, and improve soil health. Depending on if you need forages for livestock or not,'can help you decide what type of cov- er crop to plant. If forages are needed a mixture with radishes and turnips is a good place to start. If forages are not needed a mix with three types of crops is recom- mended. Look for something that will leave organic matter behind,. prevent soil erosion, fixation of ni- trogen (legumes) and a deep tap 0 root. Tap rooted crops such as radishes will allow soil salts to travel deeper into the soil profile. They can also break up soil hard pans and create organic matter tl]at will be left behind in the soil. A cover crop may not always be the best option for the oleration. Some things to consider,-harvest date, cover crops can't be harvest- ed until Nov. 1. Crop insurance lim- (tations, the use of existing nutrients in the soil and what will need to be applied in the spring. Preventive plant verses failed crop. Weed con-" trol methods and chemicals also need to be considered along with the , followin crop. One thing to remember is that cover crops are not just for farmers that also have livestock. Cover crops can be beneficial to everyone. 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