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Pae 4 People always like to skip ahead on Thanksgiving. We move on to Christmas because it is flashy, more fun, and firll ofgimmicks. I mean re- ally, who doesn’t love a good twin- kle light. I It’s hard to find a good Thanks- giving song or even a good movie. The one that comes to mind is good I r Home Not-So-Swee Home , Dakota Datebook written by Tessa Sandstrom November 22, 2021 —-— “Home sweet home” was not a term used to describe some of North Dakota’s newest homeowners today in 1921. These prospective homeowners were to have modern, affordable homes built for them by the Home Building Association. The Associ- ation’s laws said city homes were to cost no more than $5,000, but homeowners soon found that the As- sociation had exceedingly underes- timated this cost. In fact, on average, many of the homes cost 61 percent more than the estimated cost. ' Among the unhappy homeown- ers was the NFL Commissioner of Agriculture and Industrial Com- mission member, John Hagan. Af— ter Hagan’s house was completed and he had moved in, Hagan found David Adler, The Alturas Institute DaV'dALt/ecarsrsiimiGonatturiariiqretltnmw Sen theinitbrlfishewspapler. “ ‘ ’; ' ‘. l , , , , . Court’s creation of Executive Privilege without foundation The Supreme Court’s historic re- jection in US. v. Nixon (1974) ~— “The Watergate Tapes Case” — of President Richard Nixon’s assertion of an “absolute” and “unreview— able” authority privilege, saved the republic from an unaccountable, autocratic exec— utive and won richly-deserved praise from a grateful citizenry across America. But the court cut the ground from beneath its landmark ruling with a wounding declaration that the pres- ident enjoys a “limited” executive privilege: “The privilege is funda- mental to the operation of Govem— ment and inextricably rooted in the separation of powers under the Constitution.” With this decision, the court supplied a legal limb for the asser- tion of executive privilege, some- thing that was absent, as we have noted, from the text of the Consti- tution, the debates in the Constitu- tional Convention, various state ratifying conventions, the Federal- ist Papers and other contempora- neous writings surrounding the adoption of the Constitution. There were, moreover, no precedents in English legal history toward which the framers of the Constitution might have squinted to glean a scintilla of evidence of the existence of executive privilege. And, to be thorough, there was no assertion of executive privilege until 1954. The Supreme Court first an- nounced the concept of a constitu- tionally based executive privilege in r the Nixon case, in 1974. Thus the court created the doctrine in what can only be described as an exercise in judicial activism to enhance" presidential power. The court’s resort to judicial ac— tivism was all the more painful be- ' cause the judiciary lacks authority to create rights or powers, an in- novation that is reserved to the sovereign people through. the ex- ( imxl '. Cg s‘amaritan BY ALLISON. OLIMB ', EDITOR, WALSH COUNTY PRELSS to invoke executive , EDITOR’SDiesk.r-. 01’ Charlie Brown. He was always a bit of a downer who managedto tum; it around and highlight the best of things. ‘ ‘ ’ “We've got another holiday to wor- ry about. It seems Thanksgiving Day is upon us.” i ’ ’ 5 ~ “Holidays always depress me.” .7 the house cost nearly $2,000'more than estimated. Like others who were outraged by the high cost of the houses, Hagan refused to pay the ex- tra amOunt and moved out. At this time the Home Building Association was just beginning their work, but its work would also soon be over. Oflicially established in ' I j the most important was the poor 1919 by the Non-Partisan League, the AssOciation was just one of the programs initiated under the In- dustrial Commission. The program intended to build 700 homes for farmers and working men, but poor planning, and even worse political actions, led to the end of the Asso- ercise of the Amendatory Clause of the Constitution. The court’s act of usurpation is exacerbated by the weak reasoning on which it rests and the generality of its procla'ma- tions, which suggest a constitutional privilege broader than the limited evidentiary privilege with which it was concerned. ‘ To be clear, the court was im- mediately confronted with President Nixon’s assertion of an absolute ex- ecutive privilege to withhold from "the ioWercourtsginforrnationrelee- I ;' vantth thedefense of the Watergate r *burglarsr‘zThe courtnemphasized that it was ‘concerned’only with Nixon’s refusal to furnish materials, necessary a criminal proceeding in' which the defendant’s 5th and 6th Amendment rights were at stake. In- deed, Chief Justice Warren Burger’s opinion for the court spoke plain- ly: “We are not here concemed with the balance . . . betWeen the [pres- ident’s] confidentiality interestand . congressional demands for infor- mation.” , . Despite the court’s caution that it was deciding only, the case before it, the principles it enunciated lend themselves to the invocation of executive privilege by presidents of ‘ both parties, Democrats and Re- publicans alike, who have sought to withhold information from Con- gress. The opinion has been seized by former presidents Reagan, Clinton and Obama — and now Trump, who invokes. the Nixon case to deny the January House Select Committee 'materials, records, memos and testimony,that, it requires to obtain the truth about who organized, orchestrated and , conducted the insurrection. , The court held that a “presump- tive privilege” for confidential com- munications is “fundamental to the operation of government and inex- tricably rooted in the separation of powers.” The Nixon ruling elevat— ed executive privilege to a consti— tutional level for the first tirne. Be— fore that, executive privilege had been knowu only as an “eviden- tiary” or “presumptive” privilege, that is, one similar to a lawyer4client or doctor-"patient relationshipthat must yield to the shoWing of a greater public need. The court’s effort to ground ex- ecutive privilege in the separation of powers was unpersuasive. Sep- aration ofpowers does not create or grant power; rather, it constitutes a rough division of authority that serves to pr’eServe the Constitution’s enumeration of powers against acts We'the PEOPle Contpage, v Happenings at Our Good Samaritan “.‘Good’griefi” if you know what“ ' ‘L it“ PRESSMPERSPECTIVES . ‘ . 'WALSH COUNTY PRESS ‘iv WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 24, ZOZI I am saying. The mOral Comes downvto one W thing, “Those‘early Pilgrimswere v thankful for What had happened to them, and we should be thankful, too. We should just be thankful for being together. I think that's what they mean by ‘Thanksgiving,’ Charlie Brown.” , You don’t like the menu? At least , you have food. r The kids are too loud and rowdy? Thank the Lord that they are healthy and happy. There are too many people to in- Vite? We should all be so lucky. 0 ‘So yOu Still haVe to work?iThat‘ means you have a job with a steady income. r . ~ we a.» ‘u.. ,r we. in r Dakota Datebook On this day in North Dakota past ciation. In fact, during its short ex- istence, the actual work of building homes both began and ended under: ' the same administration, and the As— sociation’s failure would become one of the factors in the decline of the NPL. Several factors contributed to the Association’s failure, but among planning of the Association. No contracts were drawn up for the 54 . homes that were completed by the Association, but instead, the hous- es were built only on verbal agree- ments. Furthermore, the Association . failed to keep track of the expens- More As a former North Dakota Tax Commissioner and Director of the Department of Management and Budget, I was unimpressed with the ‘ parent arexparuitares'tfiat evolves”? ii from special” session offlie :2 Mi; legistarmiegum ,«w-ril i Since both house passed the in— come tax measure, the legislators of ’ both parties can share the blame for this fiscal misstep. The measure passed unanimously in the House and by a vote in the Senate of40—7. Governor Douglas Burgum said theincome tax rebate of up to $350 a year will be putting money back into the pockets of hardworking North Dakotans. He forgot that much of the money the state is playing with at least $1 ,000,000,000 comes from the federal coronavirus money, if not directly, indirectly for sure. Tax Not Onerous Cutting the income tax was bad public policy, no matter how bipar- tisan and unanimous it may have . been. In the first place, North Dako- ta’s income tax is not onerous and is the‘only tax that reduces the regres- ‘sivity of the total tax system, mean- ing that low income people will Continue to pay even more of their in- come in taxes than do the upper in- come people. Under the new legislation, the in- come tax rebate will be paid only to those who paid income taxes. In oth- er words, the low income people will get no benefit from this bonanza. r: Pay Little, Get Little Tax Commissioner Ryan Rauschenberger estimates that the $350 will erase the income tax lia- bilities of around 300,000 North Dakotans. How many of these now pay $100 or less? Those who pay minimal income taxes will benefit minimally while those .who get the $350 will benefit more. ‘ This would look like fiscal fairness 90 years ago but it does not reflect the nature of economic circumstances for thousands of North Dakota who no longer own businesses or farms. The level of social and economic in- terdependence has grown signifi- cantly. Growing Dependence ‘- v Many people no longer have' in- dependent sources of income as in the days of old but are clerks, office work- giving Treasure". This week we are busy getting ready ’Many North Dakotans Need By Llyd Omdahl Some of the best conversations I have had in this job are with people who are looking to leave a lasting irn— pression. Thankfirlness can be found in the toughest of times. For every complaint, there is someone out there who is struggling with the year they are having. There is someone out there who would love to count your blessings. For every ‘gobd grief,’ add couple more items to your grateful list. So whether you are feasting with family or'tipping a Grain Belt Pre- mium in honor of a friend, I hope you have a very happy holiday. "Like the Walsh” County Hess on facebook l r 65, material and labor used, and the cost of each building during con- struction. This led to the inflated prices of the homes, and the refusal by homeowners to pay for them. Many of the cases were taken to court, and the homeowners were able to obtain them for little over the estimated cost. This resulted in a $320,000 loss for the Association. The poor planning, however, was just part of the problem. An in— vestigation conducted in December 1921 found that the AssociatiOn 'and the Non-Partisan League were conducting business in violation of state statutes. Many of the homes had been built for government ofli— cials, which violated a statute that forbade oflicials helping themselves to public money or property. This was especially controversial since Dakota Datebook» Cont. page i than Tax Cuts ers, tradespeople and others who Work at the behest of some higher au- thority. Because of the instability of t on private and public sources Uta. supplement or" guarantee a mini- m1 existence. It is a responsibility of the state government to provide the new lev- el of commonality in order to have a peacefirl and productive society. While we bragged about our self-re- liance decades ago, we are now in era when the common good requires us to be concemed about those who are in no position to be self-reliant. "( J .... Less Self-Reliance But we fight commonality. Our sharing inclinations are smothered by Self-interest. The repeal of the income taxmeansthattherewillbelessinthe treasury to deal with the problems of fellow citizens who suffer fiom re- gressive taxation because the legis— lature can only see the problems of the middle and upper income tax- payers. The legislature did very little to share the state’s prosperity with those who have needs in an otherwise caring community. Many Needs We have around 1,100 abortions ’annually a year in North Dakota but nothing to help teenagers before or af- ter pregnancy; 75,000 people below the poverty line ; thousands of peo- ple going without medication and health care; ' Indians culturally imprisoned on reservations, suffering from all sorts of terminal health conditions; I We have diabetics being victim- ized by outrageous prices; hundreds of single moms struggling with lim- ited income from two jobs. What this state needed more than a selfish income tax cut was a greater sense of responsibility for each oth- er, with allocation of resources cog- nizant of the today’s realities. If farmers can have safety nets, others should also be entitled to economic security. f . _, Mg, >,:' . _:,?:"\:": for the Thanksgiving Feast. We will be :grpral,9xrnsnt.t9£1ay«‘hiy are tile?" " Extension on Ag around the state NDSU Agriculture Communication NDSU Extension Nutrition, Food Safety and Health Outreach Recognized Nationally North Dakota State University (NDSU) Extension staff were recognized at the National Extension Association of Family & Consumer Sciences (NEAF CS) Annual Session held virtually Nov. 2-5 fiom Grand Rapids, Michi- gan. Julie Garden-Robinson, North Dakota State University (NDSU) Extension food and nutrition specialist and professor of health, nutrition and exercise SCienCCS, received the Communications Written Media Award, for her news column Prairie Fare, receiving first place in the Central Region and second place in the nation. NDSU Extension Family and Community Wellness professionals rec- ognized with the Innovative Youth Development Programming Award were: Julie Garden-Robinson, food and nutrition specialist; Ellen Bjelland, Ward County agent; Danielle Dinger, Dickey County Extension agent; Ronda Grip- pentrog, Richland County Extension agent; Kari Helgoe, Pembirra Coun- ty Extension agent; Marcia Hellendsaas, McKenzie County Extension agent; Courtney Hoikkala, McLean County Extension agent; Vanessa Hoines, Mor- ton County Extension agent; Cindy KlapperiCh, Sargent County Extension agent; Deb Lee, Ransom County Extension agent; Lu Morehouse, expanded food and nutrition program and family nutrition program assistant; Susan Milender, Bames County Extension agent; Molly Soeby, Grand Forks Coun- ty Extension agent; Christina Rittenbach, Stutsman County Extension agent; and Rita Ussatis, Cass County Extension Agent. They received awards for On the Move to Better Health Cooking and Baking Schools Go Virtual, placing second in the Central Region and third in the nation. . “Eating nutritiously and knowing how to prepare food can increase qual- ity of life and save millions of dollars in collective health-care costs for North Dakotans,” said Carrie Johnson, NDSU Extension interim assistant direc- tor and farme and community wellness program leader. “These outreach initiatives provide practical, applicable tools for individuals and families.” “I’m very proud of our team for their innovations in delivering hands- on nutrition, food safety and health content in afterschool or summer pro- grams, especially during the pandemic,” said Garden-Rebinson. “The mul— tisession cooking and baking school programs were updated to be deliv— ered both in-person using social distancing or online using platforms such as Zoom Each child received a kit with measuring equipment, kitchen tools, an apron and a recipe boo .” “Oflen, parents were involved at home as the children leamed about health- firl food preparation in their own kitchens through Zoom,” said Garden- Robinson. “Parents sent emails about the increased skills and confidence they observed as their children learned valuable life skills they can apply now and in the future.” The On the Move to Better Health Cooking and Baking Schools Go Vrr- r tual were made possible through funding received to support youth outreach programs from the National 4-H Council through the Walmart Foundation and also from many North Dakota commodity groups, the North Dakota Farmers Union, the Department of Health and the North Dakota Depart- ment of Public Instruction. GardeneRobinson belongs to two multistate teams that were recognized regionallyor nationally. The 12—state North Central Extension Food Safe- V'ty Network received the first-place food safety aWard for their work in home ' . , food preservation education and outreach. .. . . Garden-Robinson’s work with Florida State and Virginia Tech received first place in the Southern Region and first place nationally in the multistate award category. The team coordinates national professional develdpment workshops for Extension professionals nationwide to bring the latest research- based health information back to their states and communities. Garden-Robinson also received an NEAFCS Continued Excellence Award during the conference. The award recognizes outstanding professional de-, velopment and leadership involvement. “Receiving this recognition speaks volumes about the quality staff, the work that they do and the programming that NDSU Extension provides to North Dakotans,” says Johnson. Around the County " waISh County Extension Office Park River - 284-6624 By Extension Agent Brad Brummond Streictv” PARK Rina Vicki Best,,ActiVity Director Wow, winter came in with a bang! Why is it so hard to get used to the cold every year, we know it‘s coming?! , This past week we baked buns (wheat and White) for our Thanksgiving din- ner. We also had flesh cinnamon rolls for coffee time that day. We had devo- tions with Pastor Hinrichs, mass with Father Bert, rosary with Shirley, we played a game of monopoly, did some beading, had fitness fun, played some bingo, read the Daily Chronicles and watched the movies "Steel Magnolias" and "The Thanks- 1 baking pumpkin pies. We will also help peel potatoes, butter buns and get the lefse ready to serve. It makes me hungry just thinking about the feast to come. You gotta love the holidays. We Will still be having mass with Father Bert, de- votions, rosary with Shirley, bingo, fitness firn and watch the movies "Charlie Browns Thanksgiving" and "Turkey Hallow". Friday, we will start decorating the home for Christmas. I can't waitl! ~ A special thanks to our worship leaders Father Bert, Pastor Hinrichs, and Shirley for sharing their time and messages with all of us. Give Thanks to the Lord for he is GOOD! Psalm 107:1 Hope you all had a Blessed Thanksgiving!!! Hay Testing Most of the cattle industry is short on hay and feed for cattle and sheep. It is now even more critical to know what the feed value of what you have on hand. We need to ~ have an accurate inventory if we are going to get these cows through the winter with the least amount of cost I think most producers, if they have been in this game for a while, al- ready have a count on their hay bales. If you have 300 large round grass hay mix bales and 200 alfal— fa bales, they are obviously going to test different in a feed analysis. WhatIliketodoistotakecoresama pics from at least three representa— tive bales in the pile and send it in. You can get your feed salesman to do that, or we have a hay probe that mounts on a drill in our office and feed testing kits to send in if you so desire. The point is to do the tests. Once you have all the forage tests done now you can start to balance rations with confidence. Your feed guy/ gal should be able to do this for you or I can find someone to do it for you. I currently do not have a ra- tion balancing program on my com- puter as most of these are balanced by the industry. No sweat if you want me to get it done for you. I do know some excellent people with feed degrees that will do it. Once we get this done we can look at what we may need to purchase to accomplish our goals. Making a guess on what the feed value of your forage is can be dangerous. I have been off as much as three percentage points of protein on a guess and I have been around hay and cattle for a while. Even your grains like barley can move sig- nificantly due to drought stress that can increase protein levels. Be care- fill of moldy feed. You can some— times get what ybu think is a bargain on some of this suspect forage. Be- fore I even considered buying this I would do a mold screen on it. I just prefer not to buy this feed as it is a potential train wreck. I am also go- ing to say this again, be very care- ful of screenings. Screenings that come from product sourced in Palmer Amaranth country is never worth the risk in my mind. You face a high risk of this tiny seed being present in the screenings and we have documented cases of this hap- pening in North Dakota. I grew up on a ranch that calved and backgrounded calves, so I feel the pain of the cattle families. I un- derstand there is not a lot of mon- ' ey out there now for them. My fa- ther always teld me that if you are going to make money with cattle you have to feed them. You can con- trol how much the cost is if you bal- ance ratiOns and only feed what you need. 1 My father always told me that if you are going to make money with cattle you have - to feed them. You can control how much the cost is if you balance rations and only a feed what you need.