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Valley News and Views Page 5 February llth, 2010 ............ ' ........... D Boston Tea Party i .W. . . . .r. . "i. .tii . i !i." i y"Lauraine SneUing ] b u t ,oy om a ,Ta x e s Was Not I love it when I find a book that I can tell everyone about. If I like a book I always tell a few people and pass it on but not like this one. I want everyone to read and enjoy it. Those ! tell, tell others. I found Wesley the Owl in a little bookstore in Gualala CA, a tiny town on the northern California coast. The baby owl on the cover leaped out and grabbed me, saying "you have to read me." The tag line says, The Remarkable Love Story of an Owl and his Girl. How could I resist that? So I brought it home. I laughed and cried and reread parts and stared at the pictures wishing for more. Thus I met a four day old barn owlet with nerve damage in his wing, who went home with a young woman named Stacey O'Brien, an assistant in the research facility at CalTech. This is their story of nineteen years, full of love and caring, joy and adventure. Stacey refers to The Way of the Owl. Through the years she fed him 28,000 mice which she could buy in bulk. Wesley shared her home and her life, and through both her research observations and her daily journal entries, the reader learns more about the complex life of owls than any scientific paper could ever teach. Stacey is not only a scientist but an excellent storyteller. Throughout this book I was enthralled and intrigued by the intense bond that can grow between a wild creature and a human being, each teaching each other and opening new vistas of possibility for understanding. I will read this book again, which is something I rarely do. So manybooks to read, so little time, relatively. I would love to interview Stacey, and hear more stories about Wesley because I know she had to pick and chose which ones to pttt in her book and after nineteen years together, I'm sure she has more to tell. Even writing about this book, I can't quit smiling. So what do I have for writers from this experience?Writers must be readers. Writers must go out of their way to be exposed to all kinds of writing. Read anything that catches your attention. Read all kinds of fiction, non- fiction, memoirs, history, self- help, cook books. Stephen King in his book on writing absolutely grabbed my heart when he said, '~ good writer writes four hours a day and reads for four hours a day." Ah, that would be bliss. Join a reader's club so you can talk about the things you have read. Find other readers and get together to talk about what you are reading. Throw in some poetry now and then. Read children's books, Read children's books aloud to children. Read aloud to your spouse or other family members. There is magic both in reading to someone else and being read to. We are so blessed in this country to have an unlimited wealth of books to read. No one is telling us what we can read and what we can't. Haunt the library, exchange books with friends and relatives; scour thrift stores and garage sales. My to-be-read books stack if in one place would be taller than I am. I always have several books going at once, mostly in different genres. A novel or two, a devotional, a business book, self-help and of course, research for my writing. That's it for this month. The best way to use this yucky weather is to curl up with a good book, a hot drink, a comfy chair, and read. Let me hear from you at www. Happy February and happy Readin' & Writin" from Lauraine, who is happily putting the finishing touches on another book---for you to read. Don't Forget the Community Blood Drive This just came in at the last minute so I hope everyone gets a chance to see it. Otherwise I'd have placed it on the front page. The Drayton Community Blood Drive, sponsored by United Blood Services, will be held Monday February 15th, at the St. Edwards Parish Center form 12:30 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. Through the drive, the citizens will have an opportunity to make an important, personal contribution to the welfare of this community. The American Legion Auxiliary, coordinator of the drive would like every person to consider this drive to be an invitation for personal action -- the simple, satisfying action of donating blood for a person in great need. In about an h our you may give the most precious gift of all - the "Gift of Life." In our area, approximately 350 units are needed each day to supply the needs of patients in 71 hospitals served by United Blood Services. This blood can only come from caring individuals, as the human body is still the only source. Be a lifesaver.; Make an appointmentto donateblood by calling Lola Rudnick at 454-3439. Your gift is vitally needed. When... Putting it into "Poison"- Early Scandinavian Way BackWhen HappyValentine's DayI February 14, 278 A.D. St. Valentine was beheaded today in Rome, which later resulted in a holiday tradition encouraging others to lose their heads, or at least go "head-over-heals" for each other. The emperor at that time was Claudius II, who historians figure wasn't a real romantic sort. February 17th, 1801 Journal of Alexander Henry Terrible snowstorm. I can count daily from the top of my oak, from 29 to 30 herds of buffalo feeding in the plains. It is suprising how the cows resist the piercing N. wind, which at times blows with much violence over the leak plains, and raises such drifts, that it cannot be faced; still those animals graze in the open field. Aceguemanche, who has the care of Wayquetoe's wounded wife, came to say that, by means of his art in medicine, and his superior knowledge of the wabbano, he had extracted a bit of iron from his patient back, which had given her much relief; but that by conjunction, he found she had a piece of some hard metal in her neck, which baffles his powers. He has exhausted his dskill in vain, has sung songs, and beaten his drum, day and night, for some time past; still the metal does not appear. But he does not despair of getting it out. This is a trick of the fellow to get more property from the husband. February 9, 1864 Darn near Valentine Day Sweethearts, General George Armstrong Custer and Elizebeth Bacon were married today in Monroe, Michigan. February 16th, 1894 Drayton Echo Wheat is down to 44 cents today. Cash paid for hides at Drayton Meat Market. In answer to inquiries concerning the present condition of Red River water and ice, and the effects which the same are liable to produce in the milk and butter from cows that drink the water, Dr. E H. DeVaux, Sup't Stat Board of Health writes to T.W. Kibbe of this place a follows: My Dear Sir: Your letter of inquiry reached me to-day and I hasten to reply because of the necessity seems to me to be urgent. The Red River at your place is made up of the Red Lake River also, and is rank poison. Freezing does not in ant way prevent the growth of typhoid germs, consequently ice cut from the river since December 1st, 93, is to be condemned as unfit for use. It is not yet full decided that milk may communicate typhoid fever from cattle which have been watered at the river, but the consensus of opinion is that all such milk should be thoroughly heated before it I used. Butter has in it not so much to be condemned, but the safe plan is to use neither the milk nor butter. Of course distilled water is preferable to any other, but no water from the Red River at your place should be used either as ice or water without havin been boiled. I hope to be with you soon and put your people in the way of preventing further spread of this most dangerous disease. February 13th, 1914 Drayton Echo (Earliest piece of Scandinavian Humor discovered in a Drayton Paper to date.) A Chicagoan who employs a Swedish maid overheard the following conversation the other day between her cook and the maid next door, also a Swede: "How are you, Hilda?" "I well, I like my yob. We got cremated cellar, cemetery plumbing, elastic lights - and a hoosit." "What's a hoosit Hilda?" "Oh, a bell rings, You put a thing to your ear and say 'Hello' and some one says 'Hello' an you say 'hoosit.'" About one hundred of our citizens enjoyed a social evening at the Columbia Hall last Monday. Games of all kinds and dancing formed the entertainment of the evening. A royal good time is reported by those who attended. February 8th, 1935 The Red River Valley Leader North Dakota's new governor - Walter Welford, who steps up from the post of Lieutenant governor - is a life-long resident of Pembina county, where he has lived since he was 10 years old. Born in Yorkshire, England, May 21st, 1869, the new chief executive was brought to Pembina county by his parents and his father homesteaded there near te town of Pembina. "Belle of the Nineties" is the next picture to be North Dakota's Tea Partiers have decided to make life miserable for Governor John Hoeven as he seeks to replace U. S. Senator Byron Dorgan in the November election. Even though taxes have been cut significantly in North Dakota, the Tea Party people feel that Governor Hoeven should be supporting more reductions and more refunds. They're mobilizing this month to determine a course of action. Using a "tea party" label for an antPtax crusade, even though catchy, misrepresents the historical ~facts. The Boston tea party was not about taxes; it was about representation. Most of us learned in grade school that the complaint of the revolutionaries was taxation without representation. (Apparently, we aren't satisfied with taxation with representation, either.) The American colonists weren't the only ones being taxed without representation. Most of the people in England were without sufficient property qualifications to vote but they still were required to kick into the King's treasury. As is the case in North Dakota today, the Boston Tea Party could not be justified from a tax point of view. The tea had been exempted from the one shilling export duty, leaving a levy of only three pence in the colonies. The same tea that cost Englishmen six shillings cost Americans only three. Parliament was levying this minimal tax to get the American colonies to help pay offthe huge debt incurred while defending the colonies in the French & IndianWar of 1763. From the English point of view, they saw a bunch of ingrates who paid less tax than they did but refused to defend themselves or pay the mother country for doing so. Shirking responsibility for defense has become an American tradition. We are going trillions of dollars into debt defending the country against terrorism in Iraq and Afghanistan but we are still unwilling to levy a war tax to pay for it. It's a good bet that many of the North Dakota Tea Party people complain about this mushrooming war debt but would rather add more debt than pay a tax to finance a war they favor. This hypocrisy prevails among Democrats as well as Republicans. When House Appropriations Chairman David Obey (D-Wis.) suggested a war tax, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and tlhe rest of the House leadership quickly stomped it to death. The argument is that we can't have a surtax on income during a recession. The recession has become a universal excuse for doing nothing. Ten per cent of the people may be unemployed but they wouldn't pay a surtax on income because they wouldn't have any income. However, 90 per cent of the people are still employed and many of them would be able to pay the tax. Unfortunately, a majority of them don't seem to have any qualms about increasing the debt. Facts about the Boston episode demonstrate that the contemporary use of the Tea Party label is as inappropriate as expecting rebates from oil and coal taxes we never paid in the first place. This is not hard- earned taxpayer money. We are still the same freeloaders who threw somebody else's property overboard in Boston. These were the people we claim founded the country on Christian principles. The felonious destruction of property in Boston harbor was hardly an act of Christian obedience to the established government. The Apostle Paul would not have seen any Christian principles in a tea party. Along the Way Continued From Page 4 dearest companions I have been given the gift of grace through the blessed connections I have made. I consider each one a living angel in my life and know our journeys were meant to be intertwined. Orlando Batfista once wrote, I always think if something should happen to me I want them to know what a gift their lives have been in mine. Love binds us together and holds us up when we need the strength to continue forward. It is the magnificent light that helps us see when we are I send a big thank you out to all my loved ones for their constant support, encouragement, acceptance and love. Each one of them gives me reason to believe in all that is good and sacred in this world. There is no doubt I will continue to have new voyages "The greatest weakness of most I . . . humans IS then" hesitancy to tell others how much they love them while they're still alive." I try to tell those angels in my life as often as I can how much I love them because I know there are no guarantees in life. unable tO find meaning in and experiencesinlifebutI am the tangled web of our own insecurities. My family and friends constantly flU me up when I need it most and there is no greater gift then that loving energy we distribute to those around us. so appreciative to have a place I call home -- a place where I know there will be love and light to return to when ! feel the tug of life's tmcertainty. HappyValentine's Day shown at the Star Theatre; it is the tird of the Mae West starring pictures to come from Paramount, shows the blonde siren again in a setting of the gay '90.s', which was the period of her first picture, "She Done Him Wrong." The Lutheran Ladies aid will meet Tuesday February 12th, I the church parlors. A Lincoln Day program will be presented at 3:-- o'clock followed by lunch served by a group of the Aid members. TEIEN LUTHERAN CHURCH Services at 11:00 a.m. in the Norwegian language. February 12th, 1943 Red River Valley Leader Widespread attacks by American airman on Japanese bases in the South Pacific, possibly presaging a campaign to carry quickly to adjoining islands the victory of for United States Forces on Guadalcanal, were reported by the navy, Wednesday. John Buchannan of Country Club, Minn., aged 60 years, son of Mr. and Mrs. A.P. Buchanan, pioneer residents of St. Thomas, was killed monday Feb. 8th when the ambulance in which he was being taken to St. Mary's hospital in Minneapolis collided with a sstreet car at an intersection. Paul Wedge, his brother-in-law was with him. The northwest area received the hardest blizzard of the winter on Tuesday, causing blocked highways and delayed trains. Drayton received its first mail on Thursday night since Monday night. The train on Tuesday noon failed to connect with mail trains from the east and mail routed via Noyes will not come until today. School children of the Drayton community are searching their houses from basement to garret this week in an effort to ferret out articles of copper, brass, bronze or other non-ferrous metals in order to gain admission to the "Copper Matinee" at the Star Theatre Friday afternoon. February 10, 1962 Francis Gary Powers, U-2 spy plane pilot was realeased by the Soviets today in exchange for Soviet Colonel Rudolf Abel, a senior KGB spy. February 14, 1962 President Kennedy today authorized U.S. advisors in Vietnam to return fire in the case they were fired upon. to return fire if fired upon. February 15th, 1962 Drayton Express A rink from the Drayton Ladies Curling Club took top honors in the first annual Petersburg Ladies Bonspiel this past weekend, the rink skipped by Doris Holler with Kay Carvell third, Joy Bakken second and Lil Ferguson lead, was undefeated in four games in the 18 rink Spiel. Apocket gopher was found taking he place of the ground hog to make its annual peek out to look for signs of spring this month. On Ground Hog Day, February 2 the gopher was seen on the top of a snow bank searching for his shadow, by William Bellamy, Drayton area farmer. The gopher did not, like his ground hog cousins, rush back into his hole to wait for the six more weeks of winter after seeing his shadow that sunny day, instead, Bellamy shot the animal and took him home. It is uncommon to see a gopher out of his hole in the winter.