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PAGE 4 PRESS PERSPECTIVES AUGUST 21, 2013 FROA4 TH E EDITOR'S DESK... BY ALLISON OLIMB EDITOR, WALSH COUNTY PRESS This one is tbr the Park River abandon and climbed up the slide Park Board: and wore down that platform, now I know playground equipment I am one of the mothers who is is expensive: I know that appropri- noticing the board where a slide or ate fall material can be a pain to guardrail should be, the paint flak- maintain. I know that everyone has ing off of the sides, the steps be- differing priorities, coming disconnected from the That being said, that deathtrap slide, the exposed S hooks that in the Little Park has got to go. could slip fight off, the thin layer I used to be one of those kids of gravel that does nothing to save who swung on the slider with wild a child from the impact that gravity doles out, the plattblra that is noth- result of the playground equip- ing more than a collection ofsplin- ment. ters.., it is time for a change. There is a playground for school While it is impossible for me to age kids; it is time to make this an demand a new playground imme- age-appropriate spot for young diately because 1 know that the ones to play. money gets stretched a little thin There are grants for these kinds anaong the various parks programs, of thing. There are opportunities it is time to let the current play sys- for change. The first step is recog- tern go. It was dangerous when I nizing when an existing plan does- was a kid. Now, it is a liability, n't cut it anymore. The kids who are playing on I had to tear my kid away from that sad excuse for a climbing slide the park because he wanted to play contraption are of the younger set. but each time he climbed up on I spent a half an hour in the park that platfbma, I cringed. last week and counted around 10 Though kids may enjoy it, leav- kids ,going up and down the whole ing the park the way it is, isn't the time. Of those kids on the play- answer, change is. ground during that half hour, there were more than a few tears shed Like '" the Walsh County Press on Face- book and check out our blog at http://walsh- over accidents that occurred as a count)7~ress.wordpress.com Hello, Have you ever had a runaway? I mean a real one. Not just one of those really feel good days. One of the most valuable things on any ranch is a kid's horse. I'm not much into ponies. Occasionally there is a good one. Most are evil lit- tle creatures. Maybe trained by leprechauns to step on children's feet, rub them off on branches, lie down in water, stop and graze, or lie down and roll when they tire. Again, once in awhile you see a good one, but I'll stick with horses for kids. The best horse is a good old ranch horse that has made naany a mite following cows. He knows where he should be and he teaches the kids how to handle cattle. He might be a little gimpy on his left front. His knees may be bad. He might have teeth that are worn ont or missing and he requires special feed. But you can put a kid or grandldd on him and you know that effort. if the kid falls off, it is simply be- So, the other day, Will had to cause the child wasn't ready when move some cows. Put two kids on a cow mined back. Drifter and two on Ladybug. It That kind of horse is getting hard- went alright for a while. Then La- er and harder to iliad as ATV's re- dybug noticed that she had.someone place horses on a lot of operations, on behind the saddle. She spooked We've been lucky. The best is and became wide-eyed and knew Drifter. He came offa ~ach in South Inountain lions were trying to eat Dakota (Thanks TJ and Deb). He her. She was picking up gears we knows more about kids and cows didn't know she had. Will was that most people I have met. reaching for his rope and wonder- LadyBug came from South ing if he should pray, cry, or give Dakota also Hasn't made the miles chase when the boys started to that Drifter has, but is pretty solid k)osen tip. Wyatt was hanging onto Solid mad lazy. Isn't going to run off Evan and had them both pulled out because that would take too much of the saddle. When Wyatt lost his grip and hit the ground, Evan man- aged to get back in the saddle and stop the stampede. Luckily, no one was hurt. That evening I was telling our daughter Carmen that Ladybug had ran away. Now, since I was a child we have had lots of animals mn away. My first dog that started killing sheep. A dog that snarled at a neighbors kid would mn away. We've had crippled horses and crippled cattle and worth- less tomcats that nm away during the night. You understand? So when I told Cann that Lady- bug ran away, her first reaction was a gasp. "You shot Ladybug!" It was a sigh of relief when 1 ex- plained that this was a real, real run- away. And Evan says he learned a valuable lesson. "Don't ride Lady- bug double". Later, Dean TEEN BY EA41LY LAAVEG INTERN, WALSH COUNTY PRESS experience at ~'Tell me and I forget, teach me , other skilts.;l.' am now confident to an~.~!.maY remembel, involve me say that I am a lot better at organ- andIwillleam."I/bundthisquote iZingmy ti~e ~an I was before. from Benjamin Franklin and I Also, I have a better grasp on note- thought that it was incredibly ac- taking, which 1 know for a fact will curate, because this summer I come in a lot of use later on in life learned a lot more than I thought that no matter what area of expertise. I I would have from actually work- decide to go in. I am also quite ing here at the Walsh County Press. proud that I now know a lot more When I staxted, I was positive about things in the paper that I usu- that I would learn a bit more about ally either ignored or missed alto- some of the different writing styles gether when I did feel like reading that go along with newspapers and the paper. articles, and I was not disappoint- So now, with all of my new ed. For school, I have pretty much knowledge regarding having a job, always written using the essay for- I am both happy and sad that I will mat, but this summer, I learned the be done working here and that I will difference between that, column be in school. I am definitely going form, and some of the forms used to miss not having to work on in articles. Thanks to this new Mondays, butI will most definite- knowledge, I am a lot more confi- ly miss working here at the Walsh dent in my writing, mad I do believe County Press. that my writing is also a bit better Like" the WaL~'h CotmO, Press on Face- than it was before I started this job. book and check out our blog at http://walsh- Besides writing, I did leana some co~,,O,p,'e.~',,'.wo~,O,,'e.~'s.com L/N ZNG TEEN bA'ra V:tol l Mtel[ealUa Walsh County Health District .... ,.,, ....