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PAGE 4 PRESS PERSPECTIVES OCTOBER 24, 2012 F IIOA00 THE EDITOR'S DESK... By Julie Garden Robinson, Food and Nutrition Specialist BY ALLISON OLIMB EDITOR, WALSH OUNTY PRESS i Bigfootl the L0ch Ness .Mon- ster, and the undecided voter... what do these things have in com- mon? They are about as real as a unicorn. If you are actually an Undecided voter whoplans to hand in a ballot, please write to me, and prove me wrong. But honestly, this election (much like any election) is about as polarized as they come. If you don't follow the debates, the last one was a town hall format with 100 percent undecided voters. Baloney. It was filled with 100 percent people who wanted to be on tele- vision. And some of the questions were not worth answering. i What have you done in the last four years to earn my vote? Well, Mr. Undecided... what have you done to improve your country? This is a two way street, you know. You can look at the economy and complain about it or you can get off your butt and do something. North Dakota is liv!ng proof that the whole country has indeed not gone to hell. Only 98 percent of it has. For those of us not living beyond our means, ex- pecting everything and doing noth- ing, life is pretty good. We help our neighbors and give as much as we get, rather than take and take and hope for the best. What is the biggest diftbrence between you and President George pie may be undecided, but the onds W. Bush? they should be concerned aboutJs Kids, Bush isn't even running. Next question! How can you reassure me and nay parents that I'll find a job after I graduate? Welt. first off. kid, that sentence was not even grannnatically cor- ,rect. It is "'nay parents and I". Sec- ondly, no, you will not be guaranteed a job when you get out of college. You majored in under- water basket weaving. We have enough of those. Next time maybe try for something America needed rather than what you wanted. You are your own commodity. This supply and demand thing isn't just for tennis shoes. If you make your- self worth hiring, you will be. It is called the American Dream, not the American Handout. What it really comes down to is these debates are just to get people who already care riled up, shouting at their televisions and posting their opinions on the Interact. A very small percentage ofpeo- the much larger percentage ofpo- pie who don't care enough to !even vote. The level of apathy in our country is appalling. When the leader of the free world is chosen by the handful of people who decided to show up to the polls at the states with the most electoral votes, there is something wrong there. You only get three votes North Dakota. Make them count. Educate yourself and vote. And to those who say, "well if so-and-so gets elected, I'm moving to fill-in-the-blank-other country" please do so. If you are that unpa- triotic that you will allow four to eight years and your I-didn't-get- my-way-attitude to bash the basis of democracy that this country was founded on, then we don't need you. Enjoy Siberia. Say hi to the Abominable Snowman for me. Like "" the gtdsh County Press on Face- book and check oat our bhJg at http.vTwal,'h- countypress, woMpress,com Hello, Well. last week I delved a little into politics. I told you about my bike ride when I was campaign- ing. Now. since weare into poli- tics, I think I'll touch lightly on one more political deal. Now hold on! I'm not going to endorse Obama or Romney. I am going to endorse Shirley, because she is reading over my shoulder.. I'm go- ing to touch on a measure I found amusing. Measure one on the North Dakota's upcoming ballot, changes an old constitutional paragraph that I guess needs changing. It allowed the guy run- ning the polls to impose a $1.50 poll tax on voters. I suppose it was to pay for the coal to heat the polling place, fix up the hitching rail so you could tie up your team, pay the poll workers a bit for spending the day, and so forth. Here's the catch; you didn't have to charge "paupers, idiots, Hat msane persons, and Indians"! Now, picture if you will, that poor old poll worker having to sit there and sort these people out! I don't imagine a lot of people would claim to be insane, but I do know some. I can picture people claiming to be paupers, and be- ings s-o many are involved in agri- culture or oil, you could be rich today and a pauper tomorrow. Id- iots are harder to depict, but 1 have many friends that I probably would not charge if I were the poll worker. And I am sure they would do the same for me. That's how close we are. Now, paupers, I imagine y6u Tips could pick out. They would be unshaven, wear unkempt clothes, have straggly hair, and holes in their shoes. But of course, that could be a rancher calving heifers. Idiots, well it appears to me that most in Congress would be exempt from the tax. Insane persons would be a lit- tle tricky. The first people that fig- ured the earth was round were considered idiots. As were the first people that imported Here- ford cattle to replace the long- horns. And the people that bet on Twins this yar would be untax- able. And the list could go on and All of this political talk re- minds me of a story that Grandpa Jack used to tell. To enjoy it, read it in an Irish brogue. "Rasmus Jensen was a poll worker in Dunn County. Since a lot of the recent immigrants were of German or Norwegian desceqt and hadn't learned to read English yet, poll workers were assigned to assist in the voting. Well, Rasmus was helping this one fellow vote. Bill Connolly was on the ballot for County Commissioner. When Rasmus asked this fellow whom he wanted to vote for as commis- sioner, he replied, "Anybody but that s.o.b. Bill Connolly!'" Well, Bill was a friend of Ras- mus's. So Rasmus just pro- claimed (this is where you need the accent), "Veil, ve'll just x him out then !'" Later, Dean I .... tart Happenings at Our Go odSam aritan , - . ,. . , a--aa Monica Simon ADC By Ron Smith, Horticulturist Thursday afternoon we had a wonderful Cancer Awareness Luncheon which included a delicious pink lunch and Art Of Touch was here to Do pink manicures and Tatoos, We had a-wonderful time. Monday morning our embroidery group met and worked on our dishtowels, we also had a ride on the Walsh County Bus. Many 0ther activities we held this week including, Daily Devotions, Bingo, Baking, Exercises, Bible Study, Rosary,' Current Events, Halloween Crafts and more. Upcoming Events include: Oct. 25 3:00 Auxiliary Lunch and Program hosted by the Park River GSC Auxiliary Oct. 29 1:00 Walsh County Bus Ride Oct. 31 130 Pre-K Halloween Progrmn Nov. 3 2:30 Communion Services Nov. 3 3:00 Piano Music with Father Lutein Nov. 8 3:00 Monthly Birthday Party Hosted by St. Joseph's Altar Society Nov 9 7:30 Mennonite Singers Nov. 10 10:30 Veteran's Day Program Nov. 15 3:00 Auxiliary Program,Hosted by OSLC Park River I would like to thank our Volunteers for the week, Devotional Leaders were: Lois Ydstie, Dorothy Novak, Rev. David Hinrichs. Bonnie Van Bruggen and Corrine Ramsey. Sunday Services were.led by Rev. Totman, Mass was led by Father Lutein and Rosary and Communion were led by Shirly Sobolik. Accompanists were Jan Novak and Monica Siaon. Terry Hagen assisted with nails' time. We thankyou all for sharing your time and talents with us this week. Wvo.E 00ltegd00 Walsh County Health District Prevent. Promote, Protect. I Whole GrainS include grains like wheat, corn, rice,/ oats, and rye-when these foods are eaten in their "whole" form. You .may already be getting whole grains in your diet such as popcorn, Toasty- O's cereal, or a bowl of hot oatmeal. Health experts advise that we get at least half, of the grains we eat as "whole grins." 3 daily servings of whole grains have been show:4to reduce the risk of heart diseasby 25-36%, stroke by 37%, Type II Diabetes by 21- 27%, digestive system cancers by 21-43 & and hormone related caacers by 10-40%. A few tips to increase your consmnption of whole grains: Look for the 100% Whole Grain Stamp every time you shop Buy a new breakfast cereal with at least 16 grams of whole grain per serving Serve your burgers on whole wheat buns Short Shots I EAT 41g OR MOR Of WHOLE GRAINS DAJLY EAr 4hi oR MORE OF WHOLE GRAINS DALLY (Notice the difference between these two labels--look for the 0 100'/o Whole Grain Label on the Right). Try a new brand of whole grain bread every week until you find one your family likes Try whole grain pasta Make pizza with whole wheat tortilla or pita as the crust Eating better is not an all or nothing choice! Every little improvement you make m your food choices helps! History Offers Hints for 2012 Election Every election is different so it is risky to place too much faith ia speculation based on past elec- tions. This is more true about North Dakota than many other states because personalities im- pact our elections to a greater de- gree. However, with interest in the election rising, I'm going to throw my historical fodder into the electoral mix again. On the basis of past elections, it is safe to say. that Mitt Romney will carry North Dakota. We are not a battleground state. In most previous elections, Re- publican state candidates have run behind their presidential can- didates while Democratic candi- dates have run ahead. This means that Republicans get the benefit of a presidential groundswell while Democrats struggle with a liability. Since 1964. Republican can- didates averaged 54 percent while their presidential candidates av- eraged 57 per cent. On the Dem- ocratic side. state candidates av- eraged 46 percent while their presidential candidates averaged 39 percent. The Democratic pres- idential candidate creates a seven percent liability. This explains the advertising strategies in the U. S. Senate race. The Rick Berg campaign is doing everything possible to tie Heidi Heitkamp to Obama and Heidi is doing her best to declare inde- pendence from Obama. When il comes to the four lower state offices on the ballot this year, the only Democrat who won one of these offices in the last three presidential elections (2000, 2004. 2008) was State Treasurer Kathi Gilmore. She was saved by being an recum- bent. Usually, the Republicans sweep these offices. Incumbency is a big factor. Since 1964. we have had 67 in- cumbents running for the partisan state offices - 55 (82%) won re- election and 12 (18%) lost. This year, of the four comparable of- rices, three are occupied by in- cumbents and one-is open. Hisfory tells us that the in- cumbents - State Auditor Bob Pc- terson, State Treasurer Kelly Schmidt and Vnsurance Commis- sioner Adam Hamm - will very likely win, with the open Public Service Commission seat being contested by Randel Christmann and Brad Crabtree up for grabs. When it comes to the legisla- tive races, Republican candidates for president carry legislators into office whenever they win by 61 percent or more. In 1972, 1980, 1984 and 2000. the Republican candidates carried North Dakota by 61 percent or more and won legislative seats every year. However, in 1968, 1976. 1988 and 2008, the Repub- lican candidates won with less than 61 percent and lost legisla- tive seats. History says that if Mitt Rom- ney wins by 60 percent or more. several Democratic legislative seats will be in danger. If Obama gets over 40 per cent of the vote, a larger number of Republican seats will be in danger because the Republicans have such large majorities in both houses. Since the legislative districts have been changed since 2008. it is difficult to identify specific seats that could be in trouble One thing we do know: few, if any, state senate seats will change. In 2008, 21 of the 22 contested sen- ate winners took their offices by 10 percent or more. The only senate seat that was close and may .change hands is District 12 (Jamestown area) where Republican Senator Dave Nething won by a handful of votes and is retiring. With new district boundaries and multiple house candidates running in each district, it is dif- ficult to identify the house seats that would be affected by the level of the presidential vote. Nevertheless, if Romney runs 60 per cent or less, history says that Republicans will lose a seat or two. On the Whole, it looks like the 2012 election in North Dakota will deviate very little from the past. Prairie Fare NDSU Ex{ension Service Are You Savvy About Microwave Oven Use? Most of us use a microwave oven on a regular basis. Do you ever think about food safety when you are re- heating your lunch? Answer this series of questions. If you answer yes, you are doing what you need to do to have safe mi- crowave-thawed or microwave- cooked food. * Do you know the wattage of your microwave oven'? Some cook- ing directions are based on using a mmrowave oven with a particular wattage, lfthe wattage of your mi- crowave oven is lower than what is specified in the cooking directions, you will need to cook the food longer. By the way, the wattage is listed in the oven door, on the back or in the owners manual. * Do you read the directions be- fore you prepare a convenience food? If you don't, be sure that you start doing so. Manufacturers have determined safe cooking times and power levels to assure that you will have a safe product. Sometimes microwave cooking is not reconnnended, so preheat your conventional oven and follow the directions. * Do you rotate and stir your food midway through cooking, then allow some standing time? Hot and cold spots are common when you cook foods in a microwave oven. Stir the food midway through cooking. After cooking, allow the food tO stand a couple of minutes to ensure that the food has reached a safe internal temperature. * Do you use a food thennome- ter? Cook or reheat foods, such as meat. to an internal temperature of at least 165 degrees. Measure the temperature in more than one spot. * Do you use microwave-safe materials in the microwave oven? Styrofoam containers and plastic containers that held whipped top- ping or margarine are not considered microwave-safe. Some of the plas- tic material could migrate into tim food. * Do you cover food with mi- crowave-safe materials? For safety, do not allow plastic wrap to touch the food. Vent a container or tent the microwave-safe plastic material over the food to hold in steam to thoroughly cook the food. * When you thaw meat in the mi- crowave oven. do you immediate- ly cook it? Some areas of the food may have begun to cook or may have reached a temperature that pro- motes bacterial growth or the pro- duction of toxins. Take the thawed food directly from the microwave oven to the grill, stove or oven. Editor "s Note: Garden-Robinson, Ph.D.. L.R.D.. is a North Dakota State dversi O, Extension Selvice ./bod and nuo'ition ,specialist and as- sociate projes'sor in t/w Department o['Health, Nutrition and Exercise Sciences Editor's Note I The Extension Exchange columnn was not available this week. It will re- turn as soon as possible. Hortiscope Snippets NDSU Agriculture Comlnunication . Will you give me permission ) K,. to murder my husband'. He spra--yed a herbicide to kill a few lawn weeds in our backyard. How- ever, the drift hnpacted 22 of my tomato plants. This isn't the first time he's done this. You'd think that af- ter 22 years of marriage, he'd know how I feel about herbicide use! I even stole it from him, but he went out and bought some more. When I confronted him about this a day or two ago, he denied having used any herbicide. However, when I showed him a dead weed (and surrounding grass) where he applied the herbi- cide, all he said was: "I can't believe that little bit of 2,4-D would cause that much of a problem." So the gtfilt is there with my tomatoes and my hanging baskets. I'd like to.murder him and bury him in my garden for use as a fertilizer. (telephone refer- ence) . While I'm not an expert on .justifiable homicide, I would think that after being married this long and knowing how much you cherish your tomatoes that he would have known better than to try to get away with something like that. A few weeds in a lawn are not going to hurt anything, but his obvious use of the 2,4-D herbicide will. and did. Add to this the fact that he tried to lie his way out of this criminalizes him even more. I think this is some- thing that needs to be addressed with a lawyer present, along with some counseling by a psychiatrist. Let me know what you find out. However, let's get back to what I'm an expert at. The tomatoes are not going to re- cover and should be pulled out. At this late date, planting and getting a successful crop of any consequence is very questionable. You would be better off purchasing your tomatoes from a farmers market, , I am interested in taking cuts . off of Russian olive shrubs to tra-'sn plant into hedge rows. What would the procedure be? (email ref- erence) A Are you sure you want to propagate Russian olives? Think it over carefully before doing so because there are a lot of prob- lems associated with this species. They can root from cuttings taken in October and treated with a root- ing hormone. The success of such attempts is 20 to 25 percent under ideal conditions. Seed is the pre- ferred method of propagation, but the seeds need stratification for 60 to 90 days at 41 degrees F before planting. y. We have two cedars (Thuya .occidentalis) in our back- that are about 5 feet tall. We are building an extension to the house so they'll be in the way. Can they be moved? If so, when is the best thne to do the transplanting? Thanks. (Ottawa, Canada) The best time would be this ihll, but I assume you are not going to wait that long to get work done on your house. Give the cedars a good soaking a full day before you move them. As the sun is setting the next day, dig the trees up and take as much of a manageable rootball as you and another person can handle. Once transplanted, give them a good soaking of water. Watch them for the remainder of the growing season to make sure the roots don't dry out. However, don't overwater to the point of keeping the trees in puddles. . I have a question about some vines mixed in with my blue spruce trees. Last year, I noticed huge vines climbing on the trees. I cut them almost to the ground and put salt on them so they would de- cay (based on some naive advice). However, they have re-emerged and may be even stronger. I visited a local store to see if there is any chemical I could]_spraYne to kill them. They warned about the possi- bility of harming the trees as well. The best I can do is pull the very tiny vines out of the ground. What can I do to get rid of those thick vines that are more like small' trees? (email reference) . Whatever those vines are, try to control them by again cutting them to ground level. After that. paint the cut surfaces with a broadleaf herbicide or with Roundup. This will confine the damage to the offending plant and not harm the desired woody plants. Depending on the vigor and species of the vine, this treatment may have to be carried out more than once. To contact Ron Smith tbr answers to your questions, write to Ron Smith, NDSU Department of Plant Sciences, Dept. 7670. Box 6050, Fargo, ND 58108 or e-lnail Editor's Note I The Around the County columnn was not available this week. It will return ,as soon as possible. t )