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PAGE 4 PRESS PERSPECTIVES SEPTEMBER 18, 2013 I I I Ii FROM THE EDITOR'S DESK the president said in emphasizing the horror of chemical weapons. president had is not an uncommon one. If you see something bad hap- pening and ignore it, you are no better than the villain. The least we can do is have a conversation about it. Some have said, as the president mentioned that evening, that they are fighting themselves and Amer- ica is not the world police. We do, however, have the power to start the conversation across the world that this behavior is not right. Though it may not always seem like it, America is like the popu- lar jock in school. We may not al- ways say the right things, but by gum, people listen when we do. I shuddered listening to the descriptions of the use of chemi- cal weapons involving satin gas, imagining not soldiers fighting soldiers, but children who could- n't understand what was taking place around them. "The images from this massacre are sickening: men, women, chil- dren lying in rows, killed by poi- son gas, others foaming at the mouth, gasping for breath, a father clutching his dead children, im- ploring them to get up and walk,'' "The question now is what the United States of America and the international community is pre- pared to do about it, because what BY ALLISON OLIMB happened to those people -- to EDITOR, WALSH OUNTY PRESS those children -- is not only a vi- , olation of international law, it's also How fitting is it that on the an- for fear that the airplane may not a danger to our security." niversary of one of the greatest at- be friendly and may carry more Who is to say that the use of tacks ever put to American soil that than they bargained for. chemical weapons would stop we are discussing the fate of Syr- If I hear a boom outside I can there? Yes, they may be using them ia? safely assume that it is fireworks on their own people in their own One day before the anniversary or thunder. There is no threat that war, but isn't that how most action of9/11, the President came on my some enemy combatants are try- movies go before the villain plots TV while I was attempting to ing to take down a neighbor or out strikes across the globe before watch America's Got Talent. While friend. James Bond comes to save the I know that this is a controversial When news reports of mass topic and a difficult one, my ini- shootings or bombings on our day? tial reaction to the description of home ground happen, the reaction After it was all said and done, the use of chemical warfare was: is horror rather than being some- it was back to my regularly sched- How lucky are we to live in a thing that is so commonplace that uled program. While I snuggled country where that is not our re- the body count racks up daily, with my family and watch come- ality? I don't have a gas mask or dians, dancers, and magicians When an airplane flies over survival rations in my home. I have traipse across the stage one act at my house, my son and I stand in days where I don't even remember a time I thanked God that I live in the front yard waving while I to lock the door. America and prayed for those point it out to teach him the word While the events that are taking struggling to breathe free. airplane. In countries like Syria, place in Syria may not have a di- Like "" the Walsh County Press on Face- mothers have to grab their children rect effect on what takes place in book and check out our blog at http://walsh- and usher them into their homes America, the reaction that the countypress.wordpress.com ~! :~ ~ ~i ~i~i~ ~ ~ii!i ~ ii~i!~ i~!ii~iiii~ ~ !i~i!i~!~i~i~i~i~iii~!~i!!!!~ii!!!:~!!!!~!!!~!i~i!~J~y!ii~i~i~ ~!iii!~i ~/ dancers at the Dollar in Mandan. ride. I carried a short piece of rope I'm not sure. But I guess that was that I used to tie his foot up every not the fight answer. Was one of time I got on. I would tie it hard those deals where you felt a sud- and fast to the horn, take a wrap den chill enter the room. around his foot, pick it up, and dal- In the fall, I always get to ly to the horn, Then I could get on thinking about the old roundup and let his foot down. That was be- days on the reservation. Back fore I got married and had Shirley when there were few fences and around to top offhorses like that. lots of good cowboys. And you About the same time that I was were in good enough shape to get riding Rebel, we started producing on a colt that was spooking at his rodeos. One day we were taking a tail as daylight was sneaking up on truckload of horses into town to try you. out. Young bucking horses. Loren One of my favorites was a sor- was hauling them in a twenty-two rel horse called Rebel. He would foot straight truck. We loaded always blow up and buck as you these colts up and then decided we stepped on. But, if you could get had room for one more. I looked a good'seat, hd was kind of fun to over in the pen and there stood Hello, I know I said in April, that spring was my favorite time of the year. Now, I changed my mind. Fall is my favorite time of the year. The flies are getting slow enough that I can hit one once in awhile. The lawn doesn't need mowing every couple of weeks. We still have a bunch of Sudan grass to hay, but with over two inches of rain the past couple days, that can wait. The neighboring ranches are working cattle, so you have a chance to get those colts ridden a little before freeze up. We will be giving fall shots in the next cou- ple weeks and moving some cat- tle around. Life is good. We were watching the Twins the other night and got to visiting about how much the players get paid. Now, during this conversa- tion, Shirley asked if I had ever known any professional athletes. Other than rodeo stars. I said I Rebel. We squeezed him into the back and Loren took off for town. We saddled a couple of pick-up hors- es and left about twenty minutes later. As we got close to the Pierce place, we could see a sorrel horse standing in the middle of the road. Gravel road. As we neared the horse, we saw it was Rebel. The bottom of the endgate had popped loose and poor old Rebel got crowded out the back. Now that is a four foot drop to a gravel road, out of a truck going fifty miles an hour. I'm not saying he didn't have some bumps and bruises. He did. And he lost a lit- tle hide. But it is a testimony to how poor a horse Rebel was. Cause it was nothing serious. And if it would have been a good horse, he would have been cripple for life. He healed up and I gave him to Shirley as a wedding gift when we got married. Later, Dean knew several. But they were all lap - !, ,w .~ i ~ ~ " r ll- G ood . Happenings at Our .q s ma, n tan Good Samaritan Amanda Daley, Activities Asst. Upcoming Events: Sept 19 2-4 STAR USED BOOKS SALE & LUNCH *Drop offyour books at anytime. Sept 23 1:00 Walsh County Bus Ride Sept 26 3:00 Auxiliary Lunch and Program w/OSLC PR A Special Thank You to all the volunteers that come and give their time and shared their talents. It is always appreciated and the Residents are so grateful. Thank you to the following volunteers this week: Sunday Worship Service, Pastor Byron Cox and Accompanist Cheryl Cox; Daily Devotional Leaders, Lois Ydstie, Lorene Larson, Pastor David Hinfichs, Bonnie Vard3ruggen, and Corfinne Ramsey; Accompanists, Mary Seim and Jan Novak; Grandparents Day, Dietary Staff for serving a wonderful luncheon; Walsh Country Bus, Oscar Byron; Hymn Sing, Cheryl Cox and Friends; Embroidery Group, Shirley Soblik and Linda Larson; Rosary, Shirley Sobolik; Men's Time, Arnold Braaten; Bible Study, Jeanean McMillian; Monthly Birthday Party, STAR Committee; Nails Time, Terry Hagen; Special Music, Mennonite Singers; and Mass, Father Lutein. If you would like to share any of your talents with us or volunteer please give the Good Samaritan Society a call at 701- 284-7115. Ask for the Activity Department or our Volunteer Coordinator. Thank you. l>dal Walsh County Health District '" ' '0" ' Short Shots The North Dakota Motorcycle Safety Program (NDMSP) recom- mends riders wear a helmet which in the event of a crash could reduce the extent of head injuries, possibly saving a life, Many good helmets are available. Make sure it fits comfortably and snugly, and is fastened for the ride. In choosing a helmet, look for the U.S. Department of Trans- portation (DOT) label on the helmet. The DOT label on helmets con- stitutes the manufacturers certification that the helmet conforms to the federal standard. In many states, use of a helmet is required by law. Passengers should also wear a helmet. For more information on choos- ing the fight helmet go to www.nhtsa.gov/Safety/Motorcycle What does the North Dakota Law Say on Helmet use? North Dakota Century Code (NDCC 39-10.2-06) Equipment for motorcycle riders No person under the age of eighteen years may operate or ride upon a motorcycle unless a safety helmet meeting US department of trans- portation standards is being worn on the head of the operator and rid- er, except when participating in a lawful parade. If the operator of a motorcycle is required to wear a safety helmet, any passenger must also wear a safety helmet regardless of the age of the passenger. What does Minnesota State Law say on Helmet use? Minnesota State Statute 169.974 Motorcycle, Motor Scooter, Motor Bike Subd.4.Equipment for operator and passenger No person under the age of 18 shall operate or fide a motorcycle on the streets and highways of this state without wearing protective head- gear that complies with standards established by the commissioner of public safety; and no person shall operate a motorcycle without wear- ing an eye protective device. Homeland Committee Considers Hate Center "Welcome!" bellowed Ork Dorken, chairperson of the Home- land Security Committee, as he opened the annual economic de- velopment conference for 14 of the town's eager electors seated ran- domly around the room. Einar Stamstead stumbled in late. His dirty knees indicated that he was digging his carrot crop. His trousers appeared to be sitting while he was standing. Ork rapped a Coke bottle on his makeshift table to silence the chat- ter that echoed across the cav- ernous chamber. "As you know, each of us is sup- posed to have one suggestion to reinvigorate this community," Ork announced. "Who wants to start??" "Well, I heard about this town somewhere in North Dakota where this guy wants to start a hate colony," Torvald explained. "They sold vacant lots - which we got some of- and got a bunch of pub- licity so I thought we might do something to take advantage of all the hate floating around these days." "We need to inventory our hate before we start something we can't finish," Josh Dvorchak cautioned. ."How many people in this room have enough hate to get a starter colony going?" Torvald asked. "Come on. Everybody has a hate." Nobody confessed. "Well, I used to hate the Swedes because they kept beating up on Norway but there aren't any Swedes around these parts so my hate just petered out," Einar ex- plained, brushing the dirt off of his trousers. "Who are we supposed to hate to make up a colony?" queried Old Sievert. "It seems that the nest of haters in that town is against everybody who ain't white," Torvald replied. "We don't have anybody in this town who ain't white," Holger Danski noted. "How can we hate somebody who ain't here?" "If we're going to hate some- body it should be in a Christian way," suggested Garvey. He was a deacon before the church burned down in 1957. "How can we hate somebody in a Christian way?" asked Dorsey Cranchak. "Well, if they hate us first, maybe we can hate them back," suggested Josh. "No! That's not Christian," in- terjected Madeleine Morgan. "We're supposed to turn the other cheek." "If we run out of cheeks, then we can hate them," concluded Josh. "Well, I don't hate people. I hate the railroad for leaving town with- out me," barked Orville Jordan, the retired depot agent who stayed when the railroad left. "How can we hate something that is gone?" asked Dorsey. That question was too hard to answer so no one tried. "I hate those jackass politicians in Washington for being jackass politicians," Torvald grumbled. Little Jimmy stood up. He was taking college on-line and was now majoring in clinical psychol- ogy. He liked on-line college because he didn't have to learn anything to get a degree. This was his 13th ma- jor since his parents went to Alas- ka to hunt for gold and left him to take care of the house. "There's a lot of hate around," Jimmy observed. "We need to stop hate so it doesn't get out of hand like it is in Washington. I propose that we organize a hate center here in the community hall where peo- ple can come and shout their hate. We could be the anti-hate clinic of America." "Maybe we can get a Con- gressman to dedicate the center," Torvald added with a wry smile. "I can sign up for a psych practicum and run the center for at least a semester," Jimmy proposed. "We can see if there is enough hate to keep it going." "Well, I hate long meetings," Old Sievert declared abruptly. "Let's adjourn." Everyone loved the idea and left. Ork hated it when they cut meetings short. Extension Exchange Adding Lemon Juice to Tomatoes and Salsa Before Canning Are you growing tomatoes this year? If you plan to can them, remember to acidify your tomatoes. Add 1 tablespoon of bottled lemon juice or tea- spoon citric acid per pint of tomatoes. Why is this important? It's all about pH. pH is the measurement of the acidity or alkalinity of a solution. Lemon juice is acidic, which means it has a low pH. Soap is very alkaline, or basic, which means it has a high pH. Mi- croorganisms, such as the type of bacteria that causes botulism, can survive and grow in some foods at certain pH levels. The Food and Drug administration and the U.S. Department of Agriculture recommend that naturally acidic foods (such as fruit, jams/jellies) and acidified foods (such as pick- les and salsa) have safe pH lev- els before canning. A pH of 4.6 or lower is required for safe can- ning without the use of pressure processing. What Should I Use: AWater Bath Canner or Pressure Can- ner? For safety, "low acid" foods such as vegetables, meat and many mixtures of foods require pressure canning using current time/pressure recommendations. Acidic foods such as most fruits and jellies/jams and properly acidified foods such as tomatoes and pickles can be processed in a water bath canner. Canning Salsa When planning the amount of tomatoes needed for canning salsa, approximately 2.5 to 3 pounds of fresh tomatoes equals about one quart canned tomatoes. Standard slicing tomatoes will produce a juicy sauce, while paste tomatoes, such as Roma, will produce a thicker sauce. Use only tested recipes, such as those from the Ball or Kerr canning books, or from our Ex- tension bulletins or USDA tested recipes. DO NOT change the in- gredient proportions, especially the amount of vegetables like onions, peppers and celery. If you increase the amount of veg- etables in the recipe, the pH level will rise, causing the salsa to be- come unsafe if canned by the water bath method. If a recipe calls for vinegar, you can substitute lemon or lime juice. If the recipe calls for lemon or lime juice, DO NOT substitute vinegar, because it is less acidic. You may safely decrease the amount of spice called for but not increase the spice amounts. To alter the "heat" in salsa, you can safely substitute one type of chili pepper for another, but keep the total amount of pep- per the same. Handle hot peppers carefully. Wear plastic gloves and wash your hands before touching your face. Do not thicken salsa with cornstarch before canning. Doing so may make the mixture too thick for proper heat penetration. All canned salsas needs to be processed in a boiling water bath for 20 minute for pints. If you've created your own recipe for salsa, you should freeze it for safety's sake, rather than canning it. Any salsa recipe can be safely frozen. Canning Tomatoes Select only disease-free, preferably vine ripened, firm fruit for canning. Do not can tomatoes from dead or frost- killed vines because the acidity of the fruit may be altered. Green tomatoes are more acidic than ripened fruit and can be canned safely with any of the following recommendations. To ensure safe acidity in whole, crushed or juiced toma- toes, add 2 tablespoons of bottled lemon juice or teaspoon of cit- ric acid per quart of tomatoes. For pints, use 1 tablespoon of bottled lemon juice or tea- spoon of citric acid. Acid can be added directly to the jars before filling with prod- uct. Add sugar to offset acid taste, if desired. One to 2 tea- spoons of sugar may be enough to enhance the fla,vg r .Re ,memb er s!icing tg at q ,s require a much longer cooking time to achieve a desirable con- sistency. Same with the salsa, you may decrease the amounts of spices, but increasing the amount is not advised. You may make ad- justments to suit your tastes after opening the jars. For more information and recipes see "Why Add Lemon Juice to Tomatoes and Salsa Be- fore Canning?"; "From the Gar- den to the Table: Salsa!; and Canning and Processing Toma- toes and Making Salsa" at www.ag.ndsu.edu/pubs/preserva- ton.html. Walsh County Extension Office Park River - 701-284-6624 lS a season Fall! The season loved by many is here! Fall can bring us many ex- citing things harvest, the trees turn- ing colors, beautiful sun sets but it also brings us work, with farmers in a hurry to get field work done, and many of us working in our yards to get plants cut back, the garden cleaned out and the yard ready for winter. Have you ever wondered what you are supposed to do to put your lawn to bed for its long win- ter nap? One of the first things that should be done is a fertilizer application. The best time for this is after Labor Day. If the lawn is in poor condition look for a fertilizer that is high in Ni- trogen, if the lawn is in good con- dition look for a fertilizer that is more balanced in numbers. These numbers are usually on the front of the bag for example 10-10-10. The first number is the amount of ni- trogen, second is phosphorus and third is potassium. For poor condi- tions two applications can be ap- pried. It's recommended to use a fer- tilizer spreader this will allow for an even coverage. Second is mowing the grass for the last time, it should be about 2- 3 inches in height. This is true for the entire growing season; the grass should always be cut to the same length. The clippings can be left on the lawn, this will along for extra moisture in the spring. When spring does come it's recommended to use a power rake to remove exlra thatch. Third if grass needs to be plant- ed its best to plant in the spring or in the fall around Labor Day, but no later than middle September. If sod need to be laid it should be done be- fore October 1st. With these three easy steps your lawn should be ready for its winter nap, and create a good start for the next growing season. Dates to Remember: September 24 Poultry Testing 5-8 pm at the Extension Office September 27 Cover Crop Tour 1:00 pm (Start at Extension Office) September 29 Cattle Fitting Demonstration 3 pm at the Walsh County Fair Grounds October 16-19 Walsh County Fair