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PAGE 4 PRESS PERSPECTIVES AUGUST I, 2012 FROM THE EDITOR'S DESK... BY ALLISON OLIMB EDITOR, WALSH COUNTY PRESS I Smoke filled the room as gun- shots rang out. There was nowhere to hide as the shooter methodically walked up each step. Closer. Step. Closer. Step... It sounds like a scene from a bestseller or a blockbuster summer film, but in Colorado on July 20, it was a horrifying reality. An armed assailant overtook a midnight showing of the latest in- stalhnent of the Batman franchise. His behavior was seriously (in wont of a better word) deranged. I still get chills thinking about it. This wasn't some million dollar premiere in New York or L.A., this was a theater in Aurora, Colo., where kids just like those in Grand Forks or any other midnight show- ing thought they were safe. The best description is that this was a senseless act of violence. It could have been any theater anywhere with any number of uncontrollable variables. I watched as the events un- folded on the news, Internet sources, and on various twitter feeds and I just wanted to hug my family. It took me back to Virginia Tech, 9/11, Oklahoma City, and Littleton, Colo., so many years ago. That day, the President said, "This is not a day for politics." But now, here we are days later watch- ing as the court coverage unfolds while people try to figure out where to place blame or what to do, even how to prevent this fi'om occurring in the tlture. Do we put up metal detectors everywhere? Do we mess with the second amendment? Do we do anything? One comedian (a very liberal one mind you) said that this might be the time to talk about gun con- trol, because it is easier to purchase firearms than it is to get Sudafed. This guy could purchase an assault rime, but I still can't bring sham- poo on an airplane. What do you do? Plenty of peo- ple who own guns have not gone on killing sprees and that second amendment is a sticking point fbr most gun owners, but why does anyone need a military grade weapon in their home? Another post circulating the In- teract compares if guns were regu- lated as cars. It states that you would need title and tag at each point of sale, training, written and practical tests, health reqtfirements, liability insurance, and renewals and inspections at intervals. To some, this made perfect sense. That second anaendment was written in a day when guns were not this fancy. Maybe it should have been the Right to Bear a Mus- ket then they could have taken that crazy out before he killed 12 peo- ple and shot up 50-some others. But the second you start talking gun control everyone who owns a gun and their brother gets up in arms (figuratively...) and the dis- cussion goes nowhere because "guns don't kill people, people kill people". The gun just makes it slightly easier. Whatever the answer; the debate isn't over. It's only just begun. What we need to remember is that this was a tragedy that should not be forgotten. Like'" the Walsh ('ountv Press mt Face- book and check out our bh)g at http:/7:waLYh- 'Ollltl,'pl'('SS. I;oF(tJ)FeSS. ('Olll Hello, You haven't seen me around lately. No, this isn't a repeat of last week's column. Although I have been known to do that. The reason for nay disappearance this week is hay. Now, l know hay is not real ex- citing. Hay is not real funny. Hay is not interesting. There is not nmch you can say about hay. But, as in the "Forrest Gump" movie, when Bubba is talking about shrimp; there is alfalth hay, CRP hay, slough hay, prairie hay, wet hay, dry hay, haylage, timothy hay .... Last year, the drought in Texas drew thousand upon thousand of bales out of the Dakotas. Those big old truckloads of hay were flying down the road hauling every bit of extra hay out of the northern plains. This year, many who hauled that hay south, are kind of wishing it were stacked in the hay yard at home. It is a scarce commodity in this area. I have to tell you a little about haying. Fresh cut hay smells nice. Hat It's the dang cutting that is a nui- sance. We are cutting some old CRP ground. It is rough. It is real rough. Sometimes I don't know how Shirley takes it. You start out early in the morning. And you think to yourself that today is going to be a good day. Like the song. A good, good day. You start off at 4 mph. After one round you back down to three and a half. You are getting thrown around the cab like a bb in a boxcar. The second round you hit a fresh mole hill and get a little dirt on the sickle. Dang it. I hate that. The sickle on the mowe]'-condi- tioner plugs. 1 really hate that. So does Shirley. The next hour is spent ptdling one small handful at a time out of the conditioner. Your hand Tips starts to fall off. You begin to real- ize that the engineer that designed this machine evidently never had to unplug one. You begin to curse him and his relatives. You take off again. Glad to crawl in the cool cab and get a lit- tle reprieve from the sun beating down on you. You slow down to 2.8 mph. It's a hell of along ways around the field and yota" water jug is empty. You look at your watch. It is nearly 10 a.m. If it goes good, you can go another eleven hours. You slow down to 2.2 because you are getting a side ache. Then a bunch of little pheasant runs ahead of you. You have to cut a wide swathe around them be- cause they are babies. You have to let them grow up so someone can shoot them. Makes very little sense, but makes you feel good for a little bit. An especially big molehill slips up on you and you bang your head on the side of the cab. The blood at- tracts more flies. You took at your watch. It is ten fifteen. Tears begin to form in the corner of your eyes. At ten thirty you start to eye your lunch bucket. Down to 1.8 mph. The ache in your side is starl- ing to build again. Maybe that beer in your lunch bucket will ease the pain. You reach down and open it. It is shaken up fiom the molehills and sprays all over the cab. You hit a molehill, drop the beer and it foams all over the floor. Flies like beer better than blood so they leave you alone. It's nearly eleven. Beer is gone. Sandwiches are eaten. And you think that maybe you better quit. That hot wind blowing could start a fire if you hit a rock or lose a bearing. And besides, lunch is gone. I'm quitting. Out of beer. Latin; Dean Happenings at Our Good Samaritan Moniea Simon ADC 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, I 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 Communion and Terry Hagen assisted with Nail's time. Upcoming events: July 26- 3:00 Auxiliary Program and Lunch hosted bu Trinity Lutheran Church of Edinburg July 29 - 12-4 Garden Party Aug. 2 Aug. 2 Aug. 7 3:00 Aug. 9 3:00 Aug. 13 1:00 Aug. 23 3:00 Aug. 27 1:00 2:30 Monthly Communion Service 3:00 Piano Music with Father Lutein Grant Nelson Music Program Monthly Birthday Party Walsh County Bus Ride Auxiliary Program and Lunch Walsh County Bus Ride Thank-you to everyone who gave of their time and talents this week. We appreciate it so much. Prevent. Promote. Pfotect. TEy00 Walsh County Health District Short Shots How to Remove a Tick: CLEAN THE SITE with alcohol or another disinfectant before removing the tick. GRASP THE TICK AS CLOSELY TO THE SKIN AS POSSIBLE using a tweezers. If fingers are used, cover them with a tissue, a paper towel or rubber gloves. t PULL UP WITH STEADY, EVEN PRESSURE. Do not twist or jerk, as this may cause the mouth parts to break off, leaving them and the cement collar in the skin. DO NOT SQUEEZE, CRUSH OR PUNCTURE THE BODY OF THE TICK, as its fluids may contain germs that can cause disease. After removing the tick, thoroughly DISINFECT THE BITE SITE and WASH HANDS WITH SOAP AND WATER. APPLY AN ADHESIVE BANDAGE to prevent infection. GET RID OF TICKS SAFELY by placing them in a container of alcohol or flushing them down the toilet. problem By a scant two pounds, I have slipped inadvertently into the "fat" category as defined by the Body Mass Index. That makes me partly responsible tbr the 80 percent increase in the number of fat and obese people in North Dakota over the past 15 years. Some folks are fat because they don't have the spunk to fight their ancestral genes; others are fat because they were raised on French fries and carbohydrates; still others are fat because they stopped working and kept eating. Regardless of the alibi, fat cre- ates all kinds of public problems. Treating obese patients is ter- ribly expensive. I heard that an obese person with appendicitis made it necessary for the Willis- ton hospital to call a fracking en- gineer from the oil field to help find the inflamed organ. Do you have any idea what a fracking en- gineer costs? At the Fargo airport, an obese gentleman had to go through the body scanner twice to get total body coverage. In a fit of mindless courage, Mayor Mike Bloomberg an- nounced that New York was tak- ing charge of the fat problem by banning soda (,pop) sales of over 16 ounces to kids. Of course, the guzzlers and their mothers protested. "It's nobody's business if we let our kids get fat," they protested. Well, that's not quite true. First of all, Gallup found that a disproportionate number of less- educated, low-income folks are obese. Carbohydrates are the cheapest food around so they eat what they can afford. Obesity makes them vulnerable to a vari- ety of illnesses and chronic dis- eases. Unfortunately, these are the same folks who have no medical insurance. That means their obesity ill- nesses end up as charity cases in hospitals, or on the welfare pro- gram called Medicaid, or left un- paid in emergency rooms. Since there is no obese fairy, health care providers have to jack up the charges on all of the other paying customers to cover the losses. So if one person's behavior imposes a cost on another person's wallet, it can't be said that obesity is no- body's business. It sure is the business of the person with the wallet. Mayor Bloomberg may think that soda (pop) should be re- stricted, especially for kids, but he is not conversant with Amer- ica's experience with prohibition. Within days of the ban, blind pigs run by 12 year-olds would be op- erating behind Ben Franklin Ele- mentary, pushing 32-ounce jugs of Coke, Mountain Dew, Pepsi and the like. The first rule of economics is that people respond to incentives so maybe we should start there. Folks who are now fattening up on carbohydrates should be encouraged to divert their tastes to fruits and vegetables. Since North Dakota's fruit-raising is limited, we should get back to gardening vegetables. In World War II, everyone was encouraged to raise a "victory" garden. We ran Hitler down a hole with ca]Tots, beets and cab- bage. If "victory" gardens could win the war against fascism, it could win the war against fat. As an incentive for reluctant gardeners, we should include home-grown vegetables in the next farm bill. After all, farmers are being paid to raise food so why shouldn't town people be subsidized to raise vegetables. We may have to offer larger subsi- dies for those vegetables with the fewest calories, e.g. kohlrabi, radishes and lettuce. Nothing for watermelon and potatoes. We should be forewarned that there are people making big money on obesity. These power- ful interest groups will oppose change. They will fight back be- cause they think their bottom lines are more important than all other bottoms around. Extension Exchange Home food preservation Even though the rains have been spotty this growing season many home gardeners have been self-irrigating and are most likely enjoying a variety of produce right now. In fact, you may be wondering what to do with all of it. Many people like to freeze the excess produce from their gar- dens because it is quick and easy. Others prefer the traditional method of canning. lt's important to remember that home canning can be risky if you don't follow safety guide- lines. If you're using one of grandma's recipes for pickles, it may not be safe, even if you've used the recipe fbr years. Can- ning guidelines are continually changing as scientists learn more about what is safe and what isn't. The following tips will help ensure that you have a successful home canning season: 1. Start with a research- tested recipe. Just because a recipe is in print, doesn't mean it's safe tbr you and your family. Start with a recipe that has been tested to make sure that the prod- uct is safe and high quality. If it's time to update your canning recipes so you know you're can- ning safely the NDSU Extension Service can help you. We have all the latest intbnnation, includ- ing many recipes tbr fi'ee. Just give us a call at 284-6624 or stop in at the office in Park River and request the "canning packet" that we have put together. You can also access this information on your computer at the NDSU website: edu/food.htm. Another great place to find re- search-tested recipes is,the Na tional Center for Home Food Preservation nchfp/ and Ball Blue Book or KelT canning books. 2. Use recipes that are up to date. We all want to continue with those tried-and-true recipes, but canning recommendations have changed dramatically over the last 15 years, lfyou are using recipes that date before 1994, then it's a good idea to set those aside and find an up-to-date recipe that has been tested tbr safety. Botulism can result from improperly home-canned foods. It is deadly, cannot be seen, and is often odorless. 3. Start with equipment in good working order. A boiling water canner should have a flat bottom, so that it fits nicely on the stove top, and a tight-fitting lid. A pressure canner will have either a dial-gauge or a weighted gauge. Dial gauge canners should be tested every year for accuracy. The Walsh County NDSU Extension Office will test dial gauge canners for free! Re- place canner gaskets every 2-3 years. At this time, a steam can- ner is not recommended as a re- placement for a boiling water canner. There is inforlnation to help you successful use your pressure canner: Using Pressure Canners nchfp/publications/uga/using_pr ess canners.html And one final note on canners, don't use a pressure cooker, sometimes called a pressure saucepan, as a pressure canner. A pressure canner holds a mini- mum of 4-quart jars and has a pressure regulator capable of measuring up to 15 pounds ot' pressure. 4. Assemble jars and other items. Use only standard home canning jars, not old mayonnaise jars, and check these to make sure they are not chipped or cracked. Always use 2-piece lids: purchase lids new each year (the sealing compound will break down on storage) and sort through screw bands to make sure they are not rusted. It's fine to reuse canning jars, as long as they are not chipped or cracked. Garage sales can be great places to locate used calming jars, just make sure they were designed for canning. Other items that come in handy tbr home canning include jar fillers, tongs, and lid wands. 5. Leave your creativity behind! Home canning is one area where being creative can ,le, a,d to. tbod safety disasters. So begin with an up-'t0-date, re- search-tested recipe and carefidly follow the directions. Don't make ingredient substitutions, unless they are allowed, and fol- low the recipe directions through all the steps. Don't substitute dishwasher canning, oven can- ning, or open-kettle canning for an approved canning method - boiling water cauning or pressure canning. And remember, at the end of the day, a sealed canning jar does not indicate that the tbod inside is safe. A sealed jar simply means that the jar is sealed. You can do a lot of things wrong and still get a jar to seal! Follow these easy steps for safely preserving your garden's bounty to enjoy all year round. Around the County Grasshoppers on the rise With high temperatures and little naoisture, grasshopper pop- ulations are ever rising. We are cur- rently seeing the highest rates on the western side of the state and creeping its way to the east. From the wheat fields reporting grasshoppers they are seeing large numbers resting on wheat heads. The good news is that as of now we are seeing little to no injury on the heads or the flag leaves. It is important that when you are out scouting that you are checking field edges along with the interiors to be able to COXTectly de- temfine ira treatment is necessary. The action threshold to be ob- served for nymphs; the immature grasshoppers without wings, is 50-75 per square yard in field margins and 30-45 per square yard within the field. For adult grasshoppers the action threshold is much lower as they can do more damage with less numbers. The threshold for these adults is 21-40 in field margins and 8-14 within the field. To estimate one square yard it is best to do four 180 degree sweeps with a 15-inch net. While we aren't seeing much damage now in our area, this doesn't mean that it dosen't have the potential to get worse, espe- cially if the weather continues to be hot and dry. Flowering or heading cereal crops are the most vulnerable to grasshopper feeding injury on kernels and leaves. As the wheat begins to mature and the only green coloring left is just below the head, severe head cutting can oc- cur. Grasshoppers will move out of the wheat and into other late sea- son crops such as corn or sun flower as the wheat matures out. A pyrethroid, such as Warrior II or Mustang Max is recommended tbr control of grasshoppers in wheat. HOWEVER, it is important to note that not all of these pyrethroids have the sanae pre-har- vest interval. Of these, Mustang Max has the shortest PHI at 14 days. As always read and understand the label. It is extremely impostor to observe the PHI when selecting and using any pesticide as we get closer to our harvest.