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PAGE 4 PRE00SS PERSPECTIVES OCTOBER 10, 201 2 FROM THE EDITOR'S DESK... BY ALLISON OLIA4B EDITOR, WALSH COUNTY PRESS i i This fall, the people of this country and this county face a number of decisions and they are decisions that shape our world. Red, blue... Obama, Romney... new representation or old.., try- ing something new or status quo.., new school district or fig- uring out a new answer. I don't feel as though it is my job to tell you what to do. Call me an idealist. ! believe the media should -- let me stress the word should here -- present all of the facts and let the people decide for themselves. " The problem is that we live in a 24/7 deluge of"news" and they run out of topics to discuss around hour twol The solution? Pundits people who are paid to force their oPinion on you. There is no fair and balanced. Those with the opinions pres- ent the facts that stilt their argu- ments and somewhere in the middle we are sunk into the muck trying to sort it all out tbr our- selves. I am pretty easy to figure out. I hate cancer. I dislike smoking. I love coffee. I love a good cause. I love PBS and NPR. I ant also a fan of most types of music. 1 have lhirl 5, liberal ideas, but I have a few conservatwe ones as well. I. like many Americans. am more lhan just red or blue. Bul I am only one person. All l can do is tell you how I feel. What right do I have to tell you how to think or how to vote'? This newspaper is a platfbrm for you not for me. [ could spend every week using it as a soapbox, ranting about what I want you to do. but I would much rather have you use it as yours I'm not going to tell the peo- ple of Adams or Park River how to vote for their school districts. 1 A) I don't live in either district and B) don't have children who attend either school. What pur- pose would it serve for me to in- fluence you? I am not going to tell you to vote for a particular politician. I will leave that up to their adver- t/sing. They can speak for them- selves and, if you ask me. many of them just won't stop. There is enough Berg, Heitkalnp, Guile- son. Cramer chatter in the uni- verse for eleven elections. You don't need my opinion to know who to vote for: you probably fig- ured that out months, ago. As for the presidential debate, I believe the undecided voter is a myth and the two party system is as flawed as the candidates that it spews out. You are perfectly capable of making your own decisions. We were created with free will. There is nothing greater than that. Be more than your party's color. Be an independent mind. There is nothing more powerful than that. Like "' the Walsh County Press on Face- book and check out our blog at htq):/5"walsh- counO,'press, wordpress,co m , Hello, I imagine everyone is getting a wee bit tired of the political ads. I mean enough already! I'm about to the point where I agree with Uncle Hugh. "A dictatorship is the perfect form of government; As long as you are the dictator". But, having been in and around politics my entire life, I know the importance of campaigning and voting. Which brings me to a story. One of the first times I ran for the state senate was in the seven- ties. Whfch is a long .time and several pounds ago. I was-running against the late Senator Garvin Jacobson. As part of the campaign, we were urged to join a bike ride from Watford to Arnegard and back. It was a fired raiser for cancer research. Being an athlete, at least in my mind, I gladly accepted. It would be a fun event. I mean only about fifteen mile on pavement! Now, I grew up, and some Hat would question that, ira the coun- try. On a rough gravel at the bot- tom of a hill. I wasn't too much in to biking. Saddle horse, tractor, motorcycle (Super 90!). trucks and pickups and cars. I seldom walked across the yard and very seldom rode a bike. No biu deal. the other guys were old. The ride fiom Watford to Amegard went pretty good. My legs were fresh. A little trouble on some minor hills, but 1 was doing pretty darn good For a country boy. Then we turned around and started back, My legs were get- ting a little weary. I didn't have a real good bike. Wasn't one of those with gears and stuff. And it Tips was a little small for a big guy. And ! think it had wheel weights on the tires. It was starting to get a little heavy. As we approached Watford City, 1 could see that rn our ab- sence, they had moved the city to the top of a large hill. And I was getting weaker. As I began the ascent to the top of this mountain. I was pon- dering how Rep. Ralph Chris- tianson, who was probably twenty or thirty years my senior. would make it. I mean he must have been in his srxties! As I pedaled up this steepening incline. 1 envisioned the throngs of people waiting to cheer me on to victorv. It would be like the Tour De France. But my legs were turning to spaghetti! I stood and pedaled hard. The bike must have had a bearing going out. It would hardly go. I pedaled harder. Sweat broke out on my brow. But the thought of those old guys behind me brought a small sense of satisfac- tion. As I neared the crest of the hill, my legs were beginning to cramp up. But I could see the peak of the mountain. Just then. Old Ralph came ped- aling by, giving me a small, polite nod. He looked as relaxed as could be. enjoying a nice bike ride on a nice morning. Just like when I was a kid, I got off my bike and pushed it up the hill. And you know, when I got to the top, I looked back. It really is- n't that big a hill. Later. Dean ES: I lost the election. -*- Wa.sh Coun.,.ea.th 00,strict ' " '" Short Shots It is a well known health fact that the number one thing a tgbacco user call do for their health is to quit tobacco. Some former tobacco users have gone "cold turkey'! to quit, others use some form of a nicotine replacement therapy (NRTs). These products have small amounts of nicotine without all the other chemicals. The nicotine products come as patches, gum, lozenges, inhalers, and sprays. The idea is to help the body get over its need for nicotine---little by little. However, the NRTs are intended for short term use only. Many people are benefitting from the successful passage of smoke- free laws and ordinances, These policies limit the places people can use tobacco and often provide the needed motivation to quit tobacco. However, some tobacco users that have no intention to quit arc abusing NRTs by using them for short periods of time to manage nicotine withdrawals when they are in places that do not allow tobacco use. According to th e American Lung Association (ALA) nicotine affects many parts of the body, including your heart and blood vessels, your hormones, the way your body uses food (your metabolism), and your brain. Nicotine can be found in breast milk and even in mucus from tile cervix of a female:smoker.-During pregnancy, nicotine crosses the placenta andhas been found in amniotic fluid and the umbilical cord blood of newborn infants. The Centers for Disease and Control and Prevention (CDC) also report that nicotine increases heart rate and blood pressure. Medications can benefit you when used as prescribed, however, misuse can lead to additional health problems. The use of NRTs is no different. The intended use of an NRT is to assist tobacco users to break an unhealthy habit, not to treat short term nicotine withdrawal. Contact the Walsh County Health District at ('701) 352-5139 lbr questions or assistance in quitting tobacco. By Ron Smith, Horticulturist FARM MACHINERY CONSIGNMENT N Tuesday, October 30, 2012 - 10:00am LOCATION: Dan's CarWash - 1504 9th Ave., Langdon. ND Farm Equipment Planters/Drills -Tractors Tillage/Harvest Trucks Trailers - and Morel ! N,w lqluitment will be added up until sale day! View i t00.day_ the auction taltpnce over all printed materiah. Kevin Pifer, N O #715. for Signature Fraud Since nay discussion on signa- ture fraud ira the initiative and ref- erendum process appeared two weeks ago, Secretary of State AI Jaeger and I have been exchanging notes about the proble m and likely solutions. Initially, De/ted the incarcera- tion of a petition leader for signa- ture fraud in the 1960. Secretary of State Jaeger has added a couple more incidents, noting that his of- rice has prosecuted petition fiaud ha 1994. 2006 at12008. The 1994 case was the most sig- nificant because the fraudulent sig- natures kept a measure off the bal- lot that would have let voters decide the fhte of term limits for public officials. Ill 2012, signature fraud kelt two measures offthe ballot, a ma- jor blow to advocates of natural re- sources and those favoring medical marijuana. The perpetrators 6f these frauds are now being processed in the criminal j ustice svstem. Secretary of State Jaeger sees the process as involving two Fights "on the one hand. the right of the people to initiate measures" and "'on the other hand. the right of the rest of the people to know that the signatures were legitimately se- cured." The 2013 legislature will cer- tainly be looking at the initiative and referl"al process with these rights in mind. One option could be registra- tion of petition earners to guaran- tee that they are legally qualified. Also. because most of the violators have been younger people, circu- lators need to be trained and re- quired to sgn a statement that they have read the basic rnles of petition circulation. All of the major cases ..... 1960s. 1994 and 2012 involved payment to the circulators tbr collecting sig- natures. Since the love of money is tim root of all evil, payment for signatures led to shortcuts and quo- tas which, in turn. encouraged fraud In recent years, we have seen an increase in the number of out- of-state interests promoting and fi- nancing state initiatives. It may take tighter regulation of out-of- state promoters if the practice is going to become a growing indus- The adoption of the initiative and referendum was based on the idea of citizen involvement, with Iblks carrying petitions for causes in which they personally believed. Payment for signatures and out-of- state sponsorship certainly dilute this philosophy. Some legislators think that re- classifying the crime from a mis- demeanor to a felony would em- phasize the seriousness of contaminating the initiative and referendum. Historically, the maximum pun- ishment for a misdemeanor - up to one year in jail and a $2000 free - has never been imposed on viola- tors. So we don't seefn to need the increased penalties of a felony. Even so, there are other persuasive arguments for changing the crime to a felony. Secretary of State Jaeger argues that if the crime were a felony, the sponsoring committees "would be more likely to instruct and train circulators about the need to get it right." "The integrity of the election process is based on following the law," Jaeger argues, "and that is why it might be worth having it raised to a felony." I would add one more point. If the violation were a felony, the threat of rendition (bringing fugi- tive violators back from outside of North Dakota) would become more real. With so many out-of- state interests anO temporary resi- dents involved, the availability of rendition would give enforcement real clout. While securing the integrity of the initiative and retkrendurn, how- ever, we need to guard against making the process too cumber- some. As Thomas Jefferson orice said: "The h01e and tile patch must be commensurate.'" And who can argue with Thomas Jefferson? Extension Exchange 4-H Activities for All - Join the Club Excitement is building for the Walstt County Fair, October 17- 20! 4-Hers across Walsh County are busy getting projects ready, fit- ting out animals, and trial-testing new recipes in anticipation of the fall fair extravaganza. What a great time to celebrate National 4- H Week, October 7-13th. For more than 100 years, the 4- H program of North Dakota has been engaging youth in activities that help develop skills for a life- time. These skills range from communication to community service and from goal setting to leadership. Regardless of the skill learned, the benefits gathered from a young person participating in the 4-H program is priceless. The 4-H program is a nation- wide youth development program that has more than 6.5 million youth involved in it annually. Administered by North Dakota State University Extension Serv- ice, 4-H serves youth in all 53 counties of the state through a net- work of County Extension Offices. 4-H is managed jointly by both a professional and volunteer staff. North Dakota 4-H has more than 20.000 youth participants and more than 3,000 volunteers work- ing together to deliver the more than 95 projects, opportunities, and events offered annually through the program. In Walsh County there are 111 youth enrolled in nine organized clubs. These clubs are led by 24 volunteer leaders who give of their time and talents in guiding our local youth. The adult volun- teers work diligently to provide 4- H youth with fun-filled, hands-on experiences where young peo- ple's skills are developed in team- work, leadership and citizenship. 4-H is also a family-orientated or- ganization with parents support- ing and encouraging with their children to do theirbest. Often one or both parents are club leaders, making it a real family affair! 4-H is unique in that it offers and experiences to the most urban young person and youth in rural areas by providing the opportunity to participate in community 4-H clubs, learning experiences in school classrooms, day and overnight camps, and other special interest opportunitiesl North Dako- ta also serves the sons and daugh- ters of our military personnel through tile 4-H Military Pro- gram located throughout the state, primarily on military bases. Youth members can partici- pate in a variety of projects in the areas of technology, human sci- ences, animals and household pets. science and engineering, natural resources, and wildlife. Be- yond the excitement of learning something new through a project, yomh have the opportunity to participate in leadership confer- ences, travel the world, become in- volved in their community through service, and meet new friends in a safe and comfortable setting. A young person's experiences in 4- H makes a difference for a lifetime by allowing them to grow and ap- preciate the importance of being a good citizen, a strong leader, and a person of character. The 4-H program in Walsh County continues to remain strong through donations made by area businesses and other organiza- tions. The generosity of these businesses and groups allows the Walsh County 4-H Council to present awards to 4-Hers such as ribbons, plaques, educational trips and participation awards. Many businesses, organiza- tions and individuals are also generous supporters of 4-H at the Walsh County Fair by spon- soring award plaques, buying pre- miums at the 4-H Livestock Pre- mium Sale, donating prizes for our raffle drawing, and sponsoring a supper for all 4-Hers. We at the Walsh County Extension Office and the 4-H Councilare extremely grateful to these organizations and individuals for their com- mitment each year to 4-H! I you would like to see firsthand the excitement of 4-H stop by the Walsh County Fair in Park River on October 17-20.th and check out the projects the local 4-H'ers are showcasing. If you or a family member would like to be a part of the fun of 4-H contact the Walsh County Extension Office at (701)284-6624 or visit the ND 4-H and Youth Development web- site at: http://www.ndsu.edu /4h/. Dates to Remember: October 17-20 Walsh County Fair, Park River Hortiscope Snippets NDSU Agriculture Communication . I have large pumpkins and a ton of. buttercup squash in the arden. We will be going on va- cation, so I wonder what tempera- tures they will tolerate in our ab- sence. Thanks for your time. (email reference) A oCold damage depends on ,the degree of cold and its duration. It also has a 10t to do with canopy protection. The first light freeze will take out the canopy fo- liage and leave the fruit pretty much unharmed. Ideally, it should be harvested at that time. If that is- n't possible, then hope for about a week to 10 days of balmy weather with no further freezes. Harvest the pumpkins and squash at your ear- liest convenience after that. I would strongly suggest getting a frost blanket and placing it over as much of your garden as possible to pro- vide an extra layer of protection. Frost blankets are not expensive and are reusable for several years. During the drought this year, Ik. we have let our sod go dor- m "tan. At the end of July, we started watering about a 1/4 inch per week in an effort to keep the crowns of the plants alive. I suspect that this has not been enough water for the sod on the South side of the house that bakes in full sun each day. How soon after a soaking rain. which hopefully will come soon. should I expect the sod to green up again? What is the best way to han- dle reseeding in the areas that don't rebound? Is it best to do this in fall or spring'? (Moorheack Minn.) A; The 1/4-inch weekly water- ing just might have kept most of the crowns alive. How- ever. as you said, the grass with the southern exposure in hot sun all day may just have kicked the bucket. A good soaking rain (more than an inch delivered dining a 24- hour period to minimize runoff) would result in the grass showing recovery in a week or less. Re- seeding is best done in the fall be- cause the competition from weed seed would be at a minimum. Also, the soil still is warm enough to fa- cilitate good germination. If the soaking ras do show up and the turfgrass responds by regreening, it would be a good time to give the grass a shot of winterizing fertil- izer. It also would be a good time to wipe out any broadleafweeds that may have moved in and languished in your dry, noncompetitive turf- grass this summer. Again, there are plenty of products available on the market to do a good job. To contact Ron Smith for answers to your questions, write to Ron Smith. NDSU Department of Plant Sciences, Dept. 7670, Box 6050, Fargo, ND 58108 or e-mail ronald.smith@ndsu.edu. Editor's Note The Around the Cotmty columnn was not available this week. It will return ,as soon as possible. ....... , ....... t