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PAGE 4 PRESS PERSPECTIVES JULy 25, 2012 F ROA TH E EDITOR'S DESK BY ALLISON OLIMB EDITOR, WALSH COUNTY PRESS When Sharon Laxdal came into my office with a petition for a smoke-free North Dakota I jumped out of my chair and grabbed a pen. You see some people out there fighting to clear the air one city or one bar at a time. Bismarck, Fargo, Devils Lake, Grand Forks, Napoleon, Pembina, West Fargo, Cavalier, and Lisbon are all on the smoke-free list. According to a BreatheND press release, the peo- ple of Linton also voted in/avor of going smoke free in a recent ad- visory vote and now are waiting on a council vote Aug. 6. In Park River, both the Legion and The Club are smoke free. This petition would take it to a vote and give people the chance to knock out all of those little battles and win the war. Let's face it, the number of people who puff are on the de- cline. According to smoke-, the percentage of North Dakotans who call themselves smokers is around 18.6 percent, which ranks us 21st in the highest percentage of smokers in the state. The state that ranks the highest for percentage of smokers is Ken- tucky. They still only have 25.6 percent. Statistics from the American Nonsmokers' Rights Foundation stated that as of July 1,23 states, along with Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Washington D.C, have a law in effect that re- quires non-hospitality workplaces, restaurants, and bars to be 100 percent smokefree. These Jaws, along with local laws in other states, protect 48.6% of the U.S. population. I've heard the argument that most places like workplaces and restaurants are already smoke- free, don't tell me what I can and can't do in my bar. Here's the challenge to that. Those bars are someone's workplace and some of those small-town bars double as restaurants. I love going to The Spud in Crystal. You can get an amazingly delicious steak that is large enough to feed all of the starving children in Haiti and on top of that they throw in a potato and a salad bar for an excellent price. If you go in on a Saturday night, the bar is smoke-free until 10 p.m. If you go in on any other day, you have the chance of getting that in- evitable smoke smell that clings to your clothing, your hair, and everything else you brought in with you. I've come home from a night out and have had to shower and leave my clothes in the garage to air out,just so I could get to sleep. I know people that aren't even allowed to smoke in their own homes anymore, so why should people who choose to not light up have to be subjected to it simply because they are in a public place. Even if it weren't a cancer causing habit, I would have to argue that it's just gross. We've become complacent with the smoke smell. If every time you walked into a bar you came out scented with something that would be equally as disgusting to you like cat urine or hot wet garbage on a sunny day, you'd want something done about it, too. Get on board with a smoke-free state. Then maybe we can all breathe a little easier. Like" the B'~d,s'h County Press on Face- book and check out our blog at http:/Twalsh- eountypres's, wordpress, coot Hello, I suppose you haven t seen lne lately. Well, maybe you saw me, but just didn't recognize me. That can happen pretty easily. I'll have to explain. While at the Calgary Stampede, I attended a trade show. You know, I don t really care for shopping. If Shirley wants to shop, I II sit in the dies tbr your bathroom and ortho- pickup and pout while she runs in pedic pads for your feet. There was 6) " ",- candy you could eat to lose weight c r just a minute . Now, a wife "running in for just a minute" is and there was stuffto take the gray akin to "st, opping for just one". It out of your hair. There were pills to just doesn t lmppen, add romance to your life and pills Anyway, we attended the trade to take wrinkles out of the comer of show at Stampede Park. Now, l ex- your eyes. There were more magic pected something like Cowboy potions than found in a witches Christmas at the National Finals brew in thiry tales. Rodeo. You know, bits and spurs, ! was disgusted until they started saddles and saddle pads, horse- the cooking show. I like food. I shoes and western art, horse trailers bought $743 worth the non stick and everything western. This Siam- pots and pans! I mean you can put pede show was a like a convention that old burner on super high heat, of paid programming on TV and throw an egg and a chunk of the shopping network, cheese in there, cook it tbr 18 There were pots and pans and hours, and it will pour right onto rubber brooms. There were can- your plate. Wipe it off with a paper ~~ / O.q, sa, mantan / Good' Samaritan I [ PAaK Rrvu Monica Simon ADC ] you just shed the pounds! Only $87 1 rll C a day for candy! Then 1 bought m,j some stuff you can rub on your scalp and the gray disappears overnight! Only $17 a week! The Lm wrinkle remover was a bargain at lll $13 an ounce. There was a magic I I 1 potion you set by your bed and it l l,ml ends snoring! Shirley forced me to towel and it s like new. Then I saw buy that the knife deal! This knife will cut I had io go get another shopping your shoe in two. You can cut the cart top of soup cans off without using I bo , ' " ught a deal for the end of our an opener. You can cut an extra garden hose. A nozzle that makes door m your house, and then And the water spray so hard it will take then slice a tomato so thin you can the paint off a car How did I live see through it! Only $67.19 tbr so long without it9 three knives! Wow. Then I saw it! The greatest deal And then 1 got into the health every An exercise machinet But deal. I m a little heavy you know. you didn't have to move! You just Well, ok, maybe a lot heavy. Like a leaned into it and it shook! I nlean hundred and twenty five pounds it really shook! It vibrated the extr t/But I feel good. As long as, l pounds olP. Those Canadians are don t have to move nmch. And it s geniuses cool. Like I said, I've been around, 1 bought a box of candy that but you just don t recognize me. helps you lose weight! You can eat I m healthy, but broke. as much of anything you want and Later, Dean Hopingfor salvation :, :" in 2012 politics We are enjoying the nice warm weather here at the center and try to be outside as much as we can. Many of our usual events have taken place this week including, exercises, storytime, nail's time, Bible Study, Devotions, Bus Ride, Baking, Men's group, bingo, Current Events and more, l would like to thank our Devotional leaders tbr the week: Sue Faggerholt, Dorothy Novak, Monica Simon, Jan Novak and Corrine Ramsey. Accompanists were Jan Novak and Monica Simon. Sunday services were led bu Rev. Susan Haukass and Mass was led By Father Lutein. Shirly Sobolik led Rosary and Colnmunion and Terry Hagen assisted with Nail's time. Upcoming events: July 26- 3:00 Auxiliary Program and Ltmch Lutheran Church of Edinburg July 29 - 12-4 Garden Party Aug. 22:30 Monthly Communion Service Aug. 23:00 Piano Music with Father Lutein Aug. 73:00 Grant Nelson Music Program Aug. 93:00 Monthly Birthday Party Aug. 13 1:00 Walsh County Bus Ride Aug. 23 3:00 Auxiliary Program and Lunch Aug. 27 I:00 Walsh County Bus Ride hosted bu Trinity Thank-you to everyone who gave of their time and talents this week. We appreciate it so much. P az ) vmus Walsh County Health District Short Shots Cervical is the 2nd leading cause of cancer deaths among women~around the world. In the US, about 12,000 women get cervical cancer e/v/ery year and about 4000 are expected to die fiom it. lfy6u could prevent your daughter from getting cervical cancer, would / you do it'? Cervical cancer can be almost entirely prevented by getting young girls vaccinated with the Human Papillomavirus Vaccine (HPV). The vaccine is safe, and very effective. HPV infections are also associated with several less common cancers, such as vaginal and vulvar cancers in women, and anal and oropharyngeal (back of the throat, including base of tongue and tonsils) cancers in both men and women. Since males can also get cancers associated with HPV infections, the HPV vaccine is recommended tbr young boys as well. HPV vaccine is not a required vaccine (There are no school or college requirements); however it is certainly recommended tbr all children at 11 or 12 years of age. Since this vaccine is not required, you as the parent should ask about this vaccine when you take your child into the clinic or public health office. You have the opportunity to save your child's life with this vaccine. Ask questions and be infomled! HPV is one of two vaccines available that can prevent cancer. It is like a dream to those of us in public health that we can now give vaccines that prevent cancer in our next generation. Surveying the 2012 political ter-real problems for "born agains" be- rain, analysts at Gallup pontificated cause they have always regarded that "religion will continue to be a Mormons as a "cult", giving them major determinate of how Ameri- a reason not to vote for Mitt Rom- cans vote tbr president." hey. However, most of them are With over 80 percent of the also staunch Republicans who electorate identifying themselveswouldn't vote for Saint Peter if he as Christians, it shotdd be no sur- appeared on the Democratic ticket prise that religion would be a fac- But what would a Mormon do tor in the political choices of some as president that would destroy the people, country? But just because you say you The last election in which reli- are a Christian doesn't make you gion was a major issue was in 1960 one. Only 60 per cent of the al- when a Roman Catholic won the leged Christians belong to a Democratic endorsement. The two church. Then we have reluctant Christians who are members of major Christian publications - churches under duress. Then we Christianity Today and Christian have the non-practicing Christians. Century- warned that the election So there's a lot of rinkage, of a Roman Catholic president Furthelanore, Gallup reports that"sooner or later would be a threat confidence in religion is at its low- to our freedoms." est point in 30 years. Only 44 per- Jolm Kennedy was elected, the cent have a "great deal" or"quite a magazine prognosticators were lot'' of confidence in religion, down sent off in sackcloth and ashes, and 22 percent since 1973. So 80 per-we are still free. cent is not a statistic with real. On the basis of this experience, strength, spiritually or politically, we shouldn't expect Romney, if Nevertheless, Gallup also re- elected, to turn to the elders at Salt ports that "73 percent of Ameri- Lake City for answers to public cans say moral values in the coun- questions. try as a whole are getting worse." When President Obalna ap- That is enough to encourage some pealed to the religious vote on such political rhetoric, issues as immigration, jobs and Unfortunately, when we ask fbr poverty, specifics we encounter all sorts of Alnerican Values president definitions for "moral values". The Gary Bauer accused the President top moral failure mentioned was of mixing politics and religion. A "lack of respect and tolerance for dastardly move! other people." He alleged that Obama was part "Lack of family structure/di- of a 40-year plot "to expel God vorce/kids upbringing" ran a dis-from America." (That would not tant second. Apparently, some be a very good immigration pol- think that incivility is pretty im- icy.) Anyway, it was all immoral moral, suggesting that Congress because Bauer said it disrespect- needs an altar call. I would have expected that fully. drags, alcohol, materialism, ARer going through all of this pornography, media smut, abor- campaign rhetoric about which tion, shacking up, exploitation and candidate would be the best for greed would be high on the list but Christians, Gallup shows up with they were near the bottom. My im-the latest poll reporting that 55 per- moral list has become outdated, cent of the voters say they would At any rate, a significant chunk vote for an atheist. of the public is unhappy with theI'll bet that most of them are moral values of the nation and "born agains" who can't choose would like to see a stronger Chris- between a Democrat and a Mor- tian influence on public policy, mon. In response to this environment, So much for religion being a the candidates have been courtingmajor detenninate in the 2012 dec- the religious vote. This is creating tion. Extension Exchange Colors to live by People need different amounts of fruits and vegetables depending on their age, gender and amount of physical activity. With gardens be- ginning to produce and local trainer's markets in thll swing there is inore access to a rainbow of pro- duce for better health. To meet your daily goal (1/2 your plate at every meal should be fruits and vegetables), most people need to increase the amounts of fruits and vegetables they eat every day. All product forms count- fresh, frozen, canned, dried and 100% juice. Whole fruits, however, usually con- tain more fiber than juice. Eating a variety of different col- ors of fruits and vegetables is a new way of thinking about meeting the goal. There are many healthy re,~sons to eat a rainlx w of colorful fruits and vegetables. Go red! Red fruits and vegetables are colored by na~:al plant piglnents called "lycot~ne" or "anthocyanins." Lycopene in tomatoes, watennelon and pink grapefruit may help reduce risk of several types of cancel', es- pecially prostate cancer. Antho- cyanins in strawberries, raspber- ries, red grapes and other fi'uits and vegetables act as powerful antioxi- dants that protect cells from damage and are good for heart health. Oth- er great sources of reds are red ap- ples, beets, red cabbage, pome- granates, red potatoes, rhubarb, cranberries and cherries. Yippee yellow, orange! Our tropical colored fruits and veggies are:usually colored by nat- t ral plant ,pigments called 'carotenoids." Beta-carotene in sweet potatoes, pumpkins and car- rots is converted to vitamin A. A diet high in orange and yellow vegeta- bles helps reduce the development of age-related macular degeneration, an eye disorder common among the elderly, which can lead to blindness. Carotenoids also may be good for your heart. Choose from apricots, peaches,imttemut sqtvash, yel- low peppers, cantaloupe and sweet coml Eat green! Green :fruits and vegetables are colored by natural plant pigment called "chlorophyll." Some members of the green group, including spinach and other dark leafy greens, green peppers, peas, cucumbers and cel- ery contain lutein. Lutein works with another chemical, zeaxanfllin, tbund in corn, red peppers, oranges, grapes and egg yolks to help keep eyes healthy. Together, these chemicals may help reduce risk of cataracts and age-related macular degeneration. Sample some artichoke, asparagus, kiwi, green beans, honeydew mel- on and green grapes. Powerful purple, blue Blue/purple fruits and vegetables are colored by natural plant pigments called ocyanlns. ,~nmocyanms "anth " ' in blueberries, grapes and raisins act as powerful antioxidants that may help reduce the risk of cancer, stroke and heart disease. Studies have shown that eating more blueberries is linked with improved memory fimction and healthy aging. Look for blackberries, eggplant, figs, jmleber- ties and prunes. Wonderful white White fruits and vegetables, are colored by ,pigments called an- thoxanthins. They may contain health-promoting chemicals such as allicin, which may help lower cho- lesterol and blood pressure and ]nay help reduce the risk of stomach cancer and heart disease. Some members, such as bananas and po- tatoes, are good sources of potassi- um. Also look tbr cauliflower, mush- rooms, onions, parsnips, ginger and garlic. Fruit, vegetable safety Improperly handled fruits and vegetables can become contami- nated with Sahnonella and E. colt, potentially leading to foodbome illnesses. Fresh fruits and vegetables should be washed well with p!enty of running water to be safe. Cross contamination must also be avoid- ed. Follow these tips to keep produce safe from store to home: Examine fresh fi'uits and veg- etables for signs of freshness before purchase. Pack fresh produce away from meats in the grocery cart and in sep- arate bags. Wash hmads with warm water and soap for 20 seconds before preparing fi'uits and vegetables. Rin all fresh produce with l Ua- ning water, using a brush if neces- sary. Do not use soap. Remove outer leaves of lettuce and cabbage. Use separate cutting boards tbr cutting up fresh produce and for meat. Serve cut-up fresh produce in containers over ice. Store cut-up fruits at or below 40 degre s. ty Walsh County Extension Office Park River - 701,284-6624 Aphids and mites in soybeans With the hot and dry weather we have been getting it is not surprising that we are starting to see spider mites. Spider mites are a problem across numerous plants, and seen most specifically in North Dakota in soybeans and spruce trees. As our temps have risen into the 90s, spider mite populations increase greatly and when adding drought to the equation populations can go crazy. One female can lay up to 20 eggs per day and can live for 2 to 4 weeks, laying htmdreds of eggs. This single mature female can spawn a popula- tion of one million mites in a month or less. Rain can help slightly in de- creasing populations but overall, rain alone is not enough to drive these little guys back. So it is best to con- tinue scouting even after vain. Be sure to scout during full pod through be- ginning seed stages since these crop stages are the most important con- tributors to your yield. Spider mites are tiny and only the large females are visible without a micro scope, so the best way to see spider mites is to shake a plant over a piece of white paper- if you have these critters it will look like tiny pieces of dirt are ~alling offthe plant. Dmnage from spider mites is a lit- tle eaiser to spot. It will first appear as small yellow spots on the lower leaves. As feeding activity increas- es, leaves become yellow, bronzed, or brown and eventually shed off of the plant. There is currently no sol- id treatment threshold in soybeans, but, if the damage starts to reach the mid-canopy leaves a eatment is likely necessary. Deciding wether to treat is difficult. When pulling sam- ple plants be sure to start at least 1 O0 feet into the field, as mites are most prevalent around the edges of the field, and walk ha a "U" pattern sam- pling two plants per location at 20 different locations. It is simplest to assess mite damage on a 0 to 5 scale. 0 - being no mites or injury 1 - minor striplings on leaves but no yellowing 2 - stripling common and scat- tered patches of yellowing 3 - heavy stripling and small ar- eas of leaf loss in lowest canopy 4 - which is the spraying thresh- old; will have leaf yellowing, brown leafs, and distortion of upper leaves And 5 - which is labeled as eco- nomic loss where lower leaves are lost, yellowing and browning are found on all leaves and what remains of leaves are distorted Although edges of fields are where mites are most commonly fbund, it is important to understand that edge treatments are not effective as the mites have already moved throughout the field. And since you will be standing 100 feet into your field you may as well take a look tbr soybean aphids. Going along the same path sample 5 plants at 20 locations looking at the underside of the leaves and taking count of the aphid population. Your average should then be totaled. The action threshold for soybean aphids is 250 per plant and at this point and insecticide is definitely warranted. There are quite a few different op- tions for treatment to knock both of these guys out, such as Swagger. Hero, or Snipper, so the best thing to do is to consult the North Dakota Field Crop Insect Management Guide or give us a call to help you pick the one that will be the right fit for you. Best of luck and stay cool!