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Page 4 March 21st, 2013 Valley News & Views GREAT BEGINNINGS 1351 "Two roads diverged in a yellow wood, And sorry I could not travel both And be one traveler, long I stood And looked down one as far as I could To where it bent in the undergrowth." (the opening to one of Robert Frost's most famous poems, "The Road Not Taken") NATIONAL DEBT As of March 17 the national debt was $16,719,745,861,370.11 (over sixteen trillion dollars). This was an increase of six billion, 767 million dollars over the $16,712,978,755,681.05 of March 10. Each American now owes $53,144,31, an increase of $14.46 over the $53,129.85 of March 10. The increase in the national debt since our members of Congress were first in office: Former Senator Kent Conrad: 1987- -$2,350,276,890,953.00; Jan. 2, 2013-- $16,441,433,358,986.17, an increase of over 14 trillion, 91 billion dollars. Former Representative Rick Berg: Jan. 2011--$13,997,932,781,828.89; Jan. 2, 2013-- $16,441,433,358,986.17, an increase of over two trillion 443 billion dollars. Senator John Hoeven: Jan. 2011- -$13,997,932,781,828.89; today-- $16,719,745,861,370.11, an increase of over two trillion 721 billion dollars. Senator Heidi Heitkamp and Representative Kevin Cramer: Jan. 3, 2013--$16,437,549,999,170.77; today-- $16,719,745,861,370.11, an increase of $282 billion. TRIVIA QUIZ TIME 779 1. Althea Gibson was a champion at the game of. (a. golf; b. ice skating; c. tennis) 2. The black man who served as the president of the Tuskegee Institute was (a. W.E.B. Dubois; b. Elijah Muhammed; c. Booker T. Washington) 3. Lord Beaverbrook's real name was William (a. Aitken; 6". Ely; c. Williams) 4. General John __ was nicknamed ',Gentleman Johnny." :_._(a. Burgoyne; Eornwallis; c. Howe) : /5. The greatest of the English suffragists was (a. Anna'Bethany; b. Emily Pankhurst; c. Emma Mae Wattenberg) (answers at the end of the Column) A MESS OF POTTAGE 1408 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 10 is entitled "Mercantilism and freedom in England from the Tudors to the Civil War." In the late sixteenth century a group of writers known as bullionists claimed that it was wrong to allow gold or silver to leave a country and that this problem arose because of unscrupulous foreign exchange dealers. Sir Thomas Mun (1571-1641) was the biggest defender of the East India Company, which he claimed imported more specie than it exported. Be that as it may, the important thing was the country as a whole imported more specie than was exported. Mun thus backed some restrictions on imports, tariffs and subsidies. POETIC FRAGMENTS Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792-1822) was a major Romantic poet. Here is a portion of his poem "Stanzas Written In Dejection Near Naples": "Alas! I have nor hope nor health, Nor peace within nor calm around, Nor that Content, surpassing wealth, The sage in meditation found, And walked with inward glory crowned-- Nor fame, nor power, nor love, nor leisure; Others I see whom these surround-- Smiling they live, and call life pleasure; To me that cup has been dealt in another measure." DHS, 1927 11 From 3:30 to 4 p.m. on January 28, the A.Y.A. Society put on the following program: a song by the gifts; a reading by Evelyn Erickson, a recitation by Agnes Kjorsvik, a duet by Pearl Stavig and Lorraine Moquist, a reading by Myrtle Wagner, and a song in which the audience joined. BILLBOARD'S TOP TEN 1973 March 17 1. Killing Me Softly With His Song (Roberta Flack) 2. Dueling Banjos (Eric Weissberg/Steve Mandell) 3. Love Train (O'lays) 4. Also Sprach Zarathustra (Deodato) 5. Last Song (Edward Bear) 6. The Cover Of The Rolling Stone (Dr. Hook/Medicine Show) 7. Could It Be I'm Falling In Love (Spinners) 8. Neither One Of Us (Gladys Knight/ Pips)* 9. Daddy's Home (lermaine Jackson) 10. Danny's Song (Anne Murray)* (* indicates a new song) Gladys Knight and the Pips came from Atlanta, Georgia. From 1961 to 1994 they had forty-seven hits, forty of which hit the Hot 100. "Neither One Of Us" was their twenty- fifth release. It peaked at # 2, was on the charts for sixteen weeks, and became the group's third-biggest all-time hit, behind "Midnight Train To Georgia" and "Heard It Through The Grapevine." In 1996 they were elected to the R&B Hall of Fame. NUMBER 1 SONGS March 21 1893--O Promise Me (George J. Gaskin) 1898--My Old Kentucky Home (Edison Male Quartette) 1903--Come Down, Ma Evening Star (Mina Hickrnan) 1908--As Long As The World Rolls On (Alan Turner) 1913--When The Midnight Choo Choo Leaves for Alabam' (Arthur Collins/ Byron Harlan) 1918--Hai1! Hail! The Gang's All Here (Irving Kaufman/Columbia Quartet) 1923--Carolina In The Morning (Van & Schenck) 1928--Among My Souvenirs (Paul Whiteman) 1933--You're Getting To Be A Habit With Me (Bing Crosby) 1938--Ti-Pi-Pin (Horace Heidt); Don't Be That Way (Benny Goodman) 1943--I've Heard That Song Before (Harry James) 1948--Manana (Peggy Lee) 1953--The Doggie In The Window (Patti Page) 1958--Tequila (Champs) 1963--Walk Like A Man (Four Seasons) 1968--On The Dock Of The Bay (Otis Redding) 1973--Killing Me Softy With His Song (Roberta Flack) 1978--Night Fever (Bee Gees) 1983--Billie Jean (Michael Jackson) 1988--Never Gonna Give You Up (Rick Astley) 1993--Informer (Snow) 1998--Getting' JiggyWit It (Will Smith) 2003--In Da Club (50 Cent) 2008--Love In This Club (Usher/Young Jeezy) 15 YEARS AGO On March 24, 1998, the DHS Speech Team participated in the Drayton Speech Meet. Because of winning their categories the following were State qualifiers: Kent Kliniske, Humorous Interpretation; Lindsey Halcrow, Radio Broadcasting; and Clarence and Michelle Sitter, Serious Duo. On March 26, 1998, it was announced that Jessie LeClerc had been selected as a division winner in the Daughters of the American Revolution Good Citizen Contest by the Prairie Grass Chapter. That evening the DHS gifts' track team took twelfth place at the Dakota Prairie Indoor Track Meet at UND. Rachael Schuster took second in the One- Lap Dash with a time of :18.72, a new school record (the old record was :19.09 by Maria Carlin in 1989). The boys' team took second with 91.5 pts. Ryan Weinlaeder had a first in the 50 High Hurdles, setting a new meet record of :06.86 (the old record was :07.19 by Tom Kuznia in 1997) and in the Long Jump with 18'10.5". Andy Grzadzieleski had a first place fnish in the High Jump at 5'8". Tyler McFarland took first in the Pole Vault at 11 feet, a new meet record, surpassing the 10.5' byTom Kuznia in 1997. On the evening of March 27,1998, the installation banquet of the National Honor Society was held in Hastings Landings Restaurant. Three inductees - -JennyKowalski, Erin Halcrow, and Rachael Schuster--joined members Katie Weinlaeder, Clarence Sitter, ChristieWatldns, Jessie LeClerc, Jessie Gebur, Kristy Grzadzieleski, and Jamie Bratlie. NOTABLE QUOTES "But to my mind, though I am native here And to the manner born,--it is a custom More honored in the breach than the observance." (from Shakespeare's tragedy "Hamlet," Act 1, sc. 4) STUDENT OF THE WEEK KC's Student of the Week for March 11-15 is Tyber Pokrzywinski, eighth grade son of Dennis and Genafay Pokrzywinski. Tyber was on the "B" Honor Roll for each of the first two Nine Weeks' grading periods. He played on the Titans jtmior high football team and for the Grafton bantams in hockey. This is Tyber's second time as Student of the Week, having been selected for Jan. 30- Feb. 3, 2012. Trivia Quiz Answers (l.c; 2. c; 3. a; 4. a; 5. b) Dear Lady Di, my life? I worked hard to earn the money I'm in my late 20's and getting married this fall. The potential spending seems daunting for the wedding and I need to get a perspective and get my fianc6 under control. She wants' a traditional large church wedding with a big reception. She insists the guest list should be no less than 225 people! I'm not made of money. I have a love of anything to do with automobiles or anything on wheels. I own a '32 Ford Highboy, '65 Cadillac Convertible, '66 Mustang and a 1989 Ninja Motorcycle. My fianc6 wants me to part with one of my cars or my motorcycle to help finance the wedding. We are planning on buying a house too. We have agreed we won't live together until we are married. Since we both rent our own places now, thankfully we don't have to worry about selling a house. I'm at my wit's end trying to make sense of all this and it's causing a rift in our relationship. While both are families are very traditional I can't seem to wrap my head around all this spending. Why should I sacrifice my treasures for one day of our lives? She wants custom invitations at $5.00 each, chair covers at $3.50 a chair, a Videographer for $750.00 and I won't even mention the price of the Photographer (and that's before we order the pictures)! Currently, the cost of this wedding is at $29,000 and she's not done planning. I always envisioned I would be married in a church ceremony with our friends and family. How do I let her know our wedding is out of control? Should I be selling something I have valued for a long time for one day of to save to buy my cars and bike. I do have money saved for this wedding but I don't want us to go in debt over it and sacrifice personal things along the way. Why do women have such great expectations when it comes to their wedding day? Help! Auto Enthusiast, soon to be married Dear Auto Enthusiast, You're headed down Route '66 with a very large roadmap. The average cost couples spend on weddings in Pembina County is between $16,916 and $28.914. The best way to save money on a wedding is limiting the number of guests and in your case, some of the peripherals. It's your responsibility to share in the wedding planning, not hers alone. It's a large task and with your assistance you can collaborate. You never want to go in debt or 'charge' services associated with your wedding. Your honeymoon may go on a credit card but be sure to have the resources to pay it off prior to booking your trip. I applaud your purchase of a home. Mutually agree to reign in the costs of your wedding dayby30%. Make a concession too, selling your bike or one car, using the money toward your purchase of your home, which too will last a lifetime. C'est la vie, Lady Di Write Lady Di confidentially at DearLadyDi@gmail.com. Letters can be mailed to; Dear Lady Di, 8351 West Bush Lake Road, Bloomington, MN 55438 "I have heard there are troubles of more than one kind. Some come from ahead and some come from behind. But I've bought a big bat. I'm all ready you see. Now my troubles are going to have troubles with me." - Dr. Seuss For Christmas a few years- ago, my incredible sister- in-law Jackie gave me a picture of my big brother driving down the sidewalks of Boston in his wheelchair. The photo was taken as we walked behind him one day when we were out running errands while in the big city for his proton radiation treatments. On the picture she wrote a little note, "Don't look behind but always look ahead." I treasure that photograph as well as my "sista." She is an amazing woman who has been through so much in her short lifetime, so very much, losing both her parents and beloved grandmother and now going through every difficult step of the way with my big brother. She has taken her marital vows seriously, "In sickness and in health, to love and to cherish, from this day forward until death do us part." I do not know if she understands how much we all admire and love her for all she does, all she is, and all she brings into this world. She has taken better care of my big brother than any licensed nurse could dream of doing. One time she told me all she wants is to just be able to laugh once in a while. "Your brother helps me do that," she said. She has looked after me as well since we were in high school together. A year older, she always tried to include me in things and to this day, she remains one of my best friends. I love you Jackie Jensen, thank you sista for loving us and for never giving up. I'm sure it has been apparent from my writings I have been struggling a bit with depression, it is an illness that can sometimes be hard to understand and I certainly feel for anyone, especially people like my auntie Harriet, who have been dealing with it most of their lives. I have thought a lot about her this winter and feel guilty I haven't been over to visit her because I love her so dearly. I think what a strong woman she is to have made it through life dealing with the ramblings of depression, stronger than I think she realizes. I will get there one of these days auntie, sooner than later, I love you very much. Today as I write, the sun is shining outside. I can feel the mosaic of spring right around the corner. I woke up early this morning at 4:30 a.m. and have accomplished much. It feels so good to have the clouds lifted a bit and to feel hope coming back. In the past few days, I have heard from some dear friends I love with all my heart and admire deeply. It is amazing what a few short words of love and encouragement can do for a person, it can make someone feel loved especially when they aren't feeling very loveable. It is the greatest gift we can give to each other in this world - unconditional love. One of my stops the other morning was at my big brother's house. We talked about how we need to look ahead instead of behind us and I brought up the picture Jackie gave me a few years ago. I can sometimes be my own worst enemy, we all can. I know my father was hard on himself too and sometimes felt unworthy. I can see him in heaven now, looking at us wishing so desperately he could teach us what he knows now, that we are all pure, loving light only we could see it through the blinding fog of our own insecurities. My beloved brother said to me when we were visiting, "You have to stop being so hard on yourself." He is right, we all have to stop being so hard on ourselves. In my heart, I know we all have a purpose here; I wish we had a concrete map telling us which way to go but that is part of our purpose, to find our way. I told one of my friends who contacted me, "I feel like I am growing up all over again, trying to learn the things I felt like I lost when my father had to leave." I need to find my worth in the characteristics he gave me, in the lessons him and mom taught me about life and love, in the simple acts of kindness I can do on a daily basis like he did. It will come, bit by bit. Today, I feel like, "I've bought my bat. I'm all ready you see. Now my troubles are going to have trouble with me," as Dr. Seuss so eloquently put it. I read that quote and it made me smile, simple words from a children's book. I felt a shift of personal power coming through; words do have power there is no doubt about that. One day I would like to turn words of struggle into a book of inspiration, a healing book - one that can shed a little light in the darkness for someone. I pray Continued On Page 5