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Page 4 March 4th, 2010 Valley News and Views '$ GREAT BEGINNINGS 1192 Host:"Goodevening, ladies andgentlemen, this is Joseph Schildkraut speaking. For the next half-hour, an unusual story will be presented to you. You may find it disturbing; yes, you may even find it shocking. However, we do promise you one thing, we promise you an emotion." Announcer: "This is Emotion, starring Joseph Schildkraut." (a typical opening for "Emotion," an anthology program on radio; NBC, 1949) NOSTALGIA QUIZ TIME 622 (1919-1960) 1. On early TV starred on "Meet Mr. McNutley" (a. Ray Milland; b, David Niven; c. Dick Powell) 2. On early radio w was the program based on an original work by Burt L. Standish. (a. Jack Armstrong; b. Sky King; c. Frank Merriwell) 3. A new three-cent purple stamp was issued in San Francisco on February 18, 1939, to commemorate the opening of (a. "the Golden Gate International Exposition; b. the NewYorkWofld's Fair; c. the San Francisco Exposition) 4. In 1915 Joseph Goldberger discovered the cure for (a. insomnia; b. pellagra; c. ricketts) 5. __ created the program "Betty Boop Fables" on early radio. (a. Ernie Bushmiller; b. Max Fleischer; c. Abbie Slatkin) (answers at the end of the Column) RADIO DAYS The following are important dates in old- time radio history: March 4, 1925--Calvin Coolidge's inauguration was the first one broadcast on radio. March 5, 1940--Fibber McGee's closet door opened for the first time. A MESS OF POTTAGE 1249 This portion of my column describes the works of Libertarian philosopher and economist Murray Rothbard (1926-1995). In 1995 he published "Economic Thought Before Adam Smith." Chapter 6 is entitled ',bsolutist thought in Italy and France." The Italian Niccolo Machiavelli (1469-1527) wrote "The Prince" in which he redefined the term "virtue." To Machiavelli virtue was power, power even to the point of overriding traditional morality. However, the prince who practiced such power must always appear to be moral in the old-fashioned sense. While appearing to be a Christian ruler, the prince can practice fraud, deceit, and worse. POETIC FRAGMENTS Sir Waiter Scott (1771-1832) is known for his novels, such as "Ivanhoe," but he also wrote Romantic poetry Here is a portion of his poem "The Maid of Neidpath": "O lovers' eyes are Sharp to see, And lovers' ears in hearing; And love, in life's extremity, Can lend an hour of cheering, Disease had been in Mary's bower And slow decay from morning, Though now she sits on Neidpath's tower To watch her Love's returning." DHS, 1925 55 On August 31, 1925, Mr. and Mrs. H.H. Eelkema were back in Drayton and then they left for Groton, SD, on September 3,. BILLBOARD'S TOP TEN 1970 February 28 1. Bridge Over Troubled Waters (Simon & Garfunkle) 2. Thank You Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin (Sly/Family Stone) 3. Travelin' Band (Creedence Clearwater Revival) 4. Hey There Lonely Girl (Eddie Holman) 5. No Time (Guess Who) 6. Ma Belle Amie (Tee Set)* 7. Psychedelic Shack (Temptations) 8. Raindrops Keep Dropping On My Head (B.]. Thomas) 9. Rainy Night In Georgia (Brook Benton) 10. Venus (Shocking Blue) The Tee Set was a Dutch quintet that had two Hot 100 hits, both in 1970. "Ma Belle Amie" was the bigger of the two, peaking at #5 and staying on the charts for a dozen weeks. NUMBER 1 SONGS March 4 1895--The Sidewalks Of New York (Dan Quinn) 1900--Mandy Lee (Arthur Collins) 1905--Yankee Doodle Boy (Billy Murray) 1910--Put On Your Old Gray Bonnet (Haydn Quartet) 1915--It's A Long, LongWay To Tipperary (John McCormack) 1920--Dardanella (Ben Selvin's Novelty Orchestra) 1925--Tea For Two (Marion Harris) 1930--Puttin' On The Ritz (Harry Richman) 1935--Isle Of Capri (Ray Noble) 1940--In The Mood (Glenn Miller); Careless (Glenn Miller) 1945--Rum And Coca Cola (Andrews Sisters) 1950--Chattanooga Shoe Shine Boy (Red Foley) 1955--Sincerely (McGuire Sisters) 1960--Theme From 'Tk Summer Place" (Percy Faith) 1965--This Diamond Ring (Gary Lewis/ Playboys) 1970--Bridge Over Troubled Water (Simon & Garfunkle) 1975- -Best Of My Love (Eagles) 1980--Crazy Little Thing Called Love (Queen) 1985--Careless Whisper (Wham!) 1990--Escapade (Janet Jackson) 1995--Take A Bow (Madonna) 2000--I Know I Loved You (Savage Garden) 2005--Let Me Love You (Mario) (Source--Joel Whitburn, "Record Research" 15 YEARS AGO On March 7, 1995, Josey Dvorak took first place in the Pembina County Spelling Bee and advanced to the State competition. Daniel Doty took second. Rosanna Stellon Duncklee passed away in Grand Forks. NOTABLE QUOTES "Thou art an elm, my husband, and I a vine, Whose weakness married to thy stronger state Makes me with thy strength to communicate." (as said by Adriana in Shakespeare's comedy, "The Comedy of Errors," Act II, sc. 2) STUDENT OF THE WEEK KC's Student of the Week is Brett Markievich, sophomore son of Peter and Kimberly Mercurio. Brett has a wide knowledge of American and World history. He reads encyclopedias and other books and watches the Discovery and the History Channel. He can also be called the "Trivia Master of DHS." Brett was a member of the Blue Knights football team. Nostalgia Quiz Answers (1. a; 2. c; 3. a; 4. b; 5. b) Good Old Bob and His 25 Year Old Wife Bob, a 70-year-old, extremely wealthy widower, showed up at the Country Club on sunny day, with a breathtakingly beautiful and very sexy 25-year-old blonde-haired woman who knocked everyone's socks off with her youthful sex appeal and charm and who hung over Bob's arm and listened intently to his every word. His buddies at the club were in shock and couldn't believe Valley News and Views Periodical postage paid at Drayton N.D. Permit (#679-990). Member of the North Dakota Newspaper Association, Official newspaper for the City of Drayton and Drayton Public School District No. 19. Published every Thursday at Drayton, North Dakota. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to: Valley News & Views, PO Box 309, Drayton, N.D. 58225- 0309. Valley News and Views welcomes letters to the editor. All letters must be signed and. we reserve the right to edit all letters for length and accuracy of content. Roberta Van Camp, Publisher Emeritus Published By Great Caesar's Ghost Larry Ritzo, Owner/Editor Yearly Subscription rates: $30.00 In Pembina County $35.00 AU other addresses $.75 at News Stands Phone 701-360-3005 Fax 701-454-6333 All material, including photographs, advertisements and articles, subject to Copyright. Copyright 2009. i i!iiii:iiii!ii]iiiiii;iiiiiiiiiiiii:!iiiiii; ; i i ii15% it. At their very first chance, they cornered him and asked, "Holly smokes Bob, how'd you get the trophy girlfriend?" "Girlfriend?" Bob exclaimed. "She"s not my girlfriend, she's my wife!" Their mouths dropped open as their nearly fell over in mass. Finally, one of the guys managed to ask, "So, how in the world did you persuade her to marry you?" "I lied about my age," Bob replied with a smile. "What, did you tell her you were only 507" They said in disbelief. "No," Bob smiled, "I told her I was 90." "To love someone is to know the song in their heart and sing it to them when they have forgotten the words." - Anonymous I am riding with my papa as I write today; we're on our way to bring labels to the woman who produces our barbeque sauce in Hillsboro. Listening to beautiful orchestra compositions as we travel my dad hums the melody out loud as the music floats through the cab. I so enjoy spending time with him on our short excursions. A gentle fog covers the prairie ground getting thicker the further south we travel. I look out the window at the snow covered ground and think how soon another season will fall into place and we will rejoice over the spring thaw. Yesterday I watched two sparrows sitting on the edge of a rooftop as I waited for Tracy to run an errand. Their beautiful whistles were the first I've heard for several months, so I opened my window wide and let the sound drift into my senses. It made me smile to listen to the uplifting resonance. My papa suddenly turns to me with a smile and says, "Pretty fine music isn't it?" To which I reply, "Very fine indeed papa." I think about the passing years and how no matter what age I am, he still thinks of me as his "little girl." I remember when I was younger and our parents would bring us on exciting vacations and outings. I will never forget the time we went to a fair in Warren, Minn., when I was around 8-years-old. We walked the fair ground enjoying various rides and stopping at a few games so papa could try winning us a prize. We strolled past one particular game where beautiful dolls with porcelain faces and elaborate dresses, intricately embellished with of Jensen sparkling ruffles were on display. I stopped to stare up at their faces, wishing I could hold one for a few minutes. It seemed to me they looked a little sad as if they wanted a permanent home. My father, always happiest when his children are smiling, looked down at me and said, "Do you want one of those?" My only reply was a huge smile and brief shake of my head. I swear we stood by that tent for a good half hour if not longer while papa played the game over and overagain until the carnival worker looked at me and said, "Ok young lady take your pick." I chose the one that caught my eye when we first happened upon the glamorous statuesque rows. Her bright purple dress matched the color of my room and I wanted her to have a home. I held that doll close to me the rest of the time we spent at the fair. On the way home, while looking up at the full moon and whispering thank you to the heavens for my dad, I fell asleep with my new toy in my arms. I believe she still sits in my childhood room at my parents' home. It's funny how the simplest memories become those we recall most. How what is seemingly a fleeting moment in one's life sticks and surfaces when we least expect it to. On my facebook account the other day a friend of mine recently spent time with her relatives and posted these thoughts, "Had a great time with family, cherish the moments you have with those close to you because you just don't know what each day will bring." I couldn't agree more. Sometimes along the way unforgettable memories will slip into view and make us realize how astonishing this journey truly is. They will surround us with the grace of knowing love in all its transformational aptitude. Another friend sent me a text message while I was r!ding down the road with my dad. These words were written across my telephone screen... "One day a man's wife died and in the warmth of their bedroom, the husband was struck with the pain. He realized there will be no more hugs, special moments to celebrate together, and no more phone calls just to chat. Sometimes what we care about the most gets all used up or goes away never to return. Sometimes we never get a chance to say goodbye or I love you. Life is so precious and short. Suppose one day you never woke up. Does all your family and friends know how you feel, even if you think they don't love you back? It's amazing what three little words and a smile can do. Live every day to the fullest and forgive those who are wrong because tomorrow is not promised. We get one shot in life; don't let anger or pride ruin your chance of happiness." I looked at my dad before I got out of the pickup today and said, "Thank you for the ride pop, I love you," to which he replied, "Love you too honey." Walking into the house, I thought about how lucky I am to still have him in my life. He is definitely one of those people who seems to know the song in my heart and reminds me of it in those moments when life gets hectic and I tend to forget. As another season slowly drifts into our days, don't forget to tell those closest to you how important they are in your life and when you hear the songs of nature, both heart driven and senses felt; remember we all have the capacity to trigger the melody of memory as we travel this unforgettable road we call life. U It's True: The Property Tax Is Unfair By Lloyd Omdahl A group of angry citizens, "Empower the Taxpayer," has embarked on a crusade to initiate a measure for a vote of the people on the question of repealing all property taxes in North Dakota. They claim that the property tax is unfair. They are absolutely right. The property tax is supposed to be levied according to value but defining and establishing value in many parts of North Dakota is not easy. Sometimes it is impossible. Let's start with farm property. As our contribution to saving rural America, North Dakota does not tax buildings and homes on farms owned by real farmers. Some city folks think that is unfair. Then in order to reduce taxes on the rest of the farm property, the legislature cooked up an assessment system based on productivity. This system results in significant differences from one township to the next, a frequent irritant to the farmers on the high side of the township line. They think it is unfair. However, it accomplished what its sponsors intended. Farmland is taxed at half the value of property in urban areas. Some nonfarmers think that is unfair. Then there are the small towns where homes have no market valt/e. Take my home town of Conway, population 19 and declining. An assessor can go into Conway with the three basic methods for determining value - income, cost and market - and none of them will work. Nobody is buying and selling homes in small towns. Consequently, homes have no value in Conway. The assessment gets to be "by gosh, by golly." Build a new house in a dying town and the value declines 90 per cent before opening the garagedoor. If any homes in the state are being over- assessed, they are in dying towns. Folks in small towns think that is unfair. The story is different in major cities where professional appraisers have honed their assessing skills. According to market studies conducted by the property tax division of the State Tax Department, valuations in major cities are very accurate. Some city folks think that is unfair. Empower the Taxpayer has been claiming that as much as 40 per cent of the taxable businesses and homes are not being taxed in some jurisdictions. That is not true anywhere in the state. With hungry local governing boards authorized to add missed property after the assessor is done, there is no chance that parcels of property are being missed. The state government gets nothing from the property tax. Half of the tax goes for schools; one-fifth for counties; around one-fourth for cities, and the rest for townships and a variety of special districts. Many of these local governments, especially school districts, would collapse without property tax revenue. The sponsors of this initiative are pretty cavalier about finding new revenue for local governments. They suggest taking money from other taxes and cutting more budgets to replace the $700 million lost. That's pie in the sky. There isn't that kind of loose change in the system. It would take a book as fat as War and Peace to enumerate the many evils of the property tax but we live with it because we can't live without it. That's about the only reason. F00c2:::;i00il ....................... ;;i; 00giii ............................ 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