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The increase in the national debt since our members of Congress were first in office: Senator Kent Conrad: 1987-- $2,350,276,890,953.00; today-- S15,635,455,039,294.46, an increase of over 13 trillion, 283 billion dollars Senator John Hoeven and Representative Rick Berg: Jan. 2011--$13,997,932,781,828.89; today--S15,635,455,039,294.46, an increase of over one trillion, 636 billion dollars. TRIVIA QUIZ TIME 734 1. A beluga is a. (a. shark; b. type of caviar; c. whale) 2. A kiwi is a flightless bird native to __ (a. Australia; b. New Guinea; c. New Zealand) 3. A cassowary is a flightless bird native to (a. Australia; b. New Guinea; c. New Zealand) 4. A shrike is a (a. bird; b. bug; c. butterfly) 5. A bivalve is an animal with two (a. hearts; b. shells; c. valves) (answers at the end of the Column) A MESS OF POTTAGE 1362 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 9 is entitled "The liberal reaction against mercantilism in seventeenth century France." Marechal Sebastian Le Prestre, Seigneur de Vauban (1633-1707) was the leading military engineer of France, but he was disturbed by the crippling tax system that sustained the French government. In his "Project For A Royal Tithe" (1707) Vauban proposed a single tax amounting to a tenth of each person's income. The tithe would replace most other forms of taxation. Even though Vauban only allowed a few copies to circulate, the King ordered his censors and police to condemn the book and punish its publishers. Vauban died the day the orders were carried out. POETIC FRAGMENTS George Gordon, Lord Byron (1788-1824) was one of the three great later Romantic poets. Here is a portion of his poem "The Isles of Greece": 'And where are they now? And where art thou, My country? On thy voiceless shore The heroic lay is tuneless now-- The heroic bosom beats no more! And must thy lyre, so long divine, Degenerate into hands like mine?" DHS, 1926 88 On October 26, 1926, the DHS girls' basketball team held its first practice under coach Lauretta Frederickson. Twenty-eight girls were there, but only fourteen would make the team. The boys in Physical Training were also practicing basketball. BILLBOARD'S TOP TEN 1972 April 29 1. The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face (Roberta Flack) 2. Rockin" Robin (Michael Jackson) 3. I Gotcha (Joe Tex) 4. Betcha By Golly, Wow (Stylistics) 5. A Horse With No Name (America) 6. Day Dreaming (Aretha Franklin) 7. In The Rain (Dramatics) 8. A Cowboy's Work Is Never Done (Sonny & Cher) 9. Doctor My Eyes (Jackson Browne) 10. Look What You Done For Me (A1 Green)* (* indicates a new song) A1 Green was born on April 13, 1946, in Forrest City, AR. In 1959 he moved to Grand Rapids, MI. From 1967 to 1988 he had twenty-five hit records, twenty of them on the Hot 100. "Look What You Done For Me" was his ninth hit. It peaked at #4, stayed on the charts for twelve weeks, becoming his fourth-biggest all-time hit behind "Let's Stay Together, .... You Ought To Be With Me," and "I'm Still In Love With You." Al Green was Valley News & Views voted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1995. NUMBER 1 SONGS May3 1892--The Picture Turned Toward The Wall (Manhansett Quartette) 1897--My Mother Was A Lady (Dan Quinn) 1902--Arkansas Traveler (Len Spencer) 1907--Because You're You (Harry MacDonough/Elise Stevenson) 1912--Moonlight Bay (American Quartet) 1917--Hush-A-Bye Ma Baby (Elsie Baker) 1922--April Showers (A1Jolson) 1927--Blue Skies (Ben Selvin) 1932--Paradise (Leo Reisman) 1937--Boo Hoo (Guy Lombardo); Sweet Lellani (Bing Crosby); They Can't Take That Away From Me (Fred Astaire) 1942--Deep In The Heart Of Texas (Alvino Rey) 1947--Heartaches (Ted Weems) 1952--Wheel Of Fortune (Kay Start) 1957--All Shook Up (Elvis Presley) 1962--Good Luck Charm (Elvis Presley) 1967--Somethin' Stupid (Nancy Sinatra & Frank Sinatra) 1972--The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face (Roberta Flack) 1977- -Southern Nights (Glen Campbell) 1982--I Love Rock 'N' Roll (Joan Jett/ Blackhearts) 1987-- (I Just) Died InYour Arms (Cutting Crew) 1992--Jump (Kriss Kross) 1997--Hypnotize (Notorious B.I.G.) 2002--Foolish (Ashanti) 2007--Give It To Me (Timbaland, Nelly Furtado, Justin Timberlake) 15 YEARS AGO On May 5, 1997, school resumed after being closed for the flood. The DHS girls' golf team took eighth in a meet at Park River. Michelle Sitter shot a 125. The boys' team also finished eighth in a meet at Larimore. Kenny Elliott shot an 86. On May 6, 1997, the DHS boys took first place in the Aggie Booster Track Meet in Park River. Ryan Weinlaeder took first in the 110 High Hurdles in : 17.06 and in the Triple Jump with 37'2". The DHS girls finished in eighth place. Rachael Schuster had a first place in the 100 with a :13.26. On May 7, 1997, forty-five minutes were added to each school day and continuing for the next seven days to make up for some of the time lost by closing the school during the flood. On May 9, 1997, the boys' golf team took second place in a meet atWalhalla; Josh Gebur shot an 83. That day the underclassmen voted in the annual DHS senior poll and chose Jeff Gardner and Katie Halcrow as Mr. and Ms. DHS. On May 10, 1997, the DHS boys won the Northwood Lions Invitational at Cushman Field in Grand Forks. First place finishes came from RyanWeinlaeder, 300 Int. Hurdles, :45.23, and Triple Jump, 39'10"; Jeff Gardner, High Jump, 5'10"; and Dan Mapel, Javelin, 136'6". The results for the girls' team are unknown. The DHS girls' golf team finished eighth in a meet at Walhalla. Michelle Sitter had a 156. The boys' team took third in a meet at Cavalier. Kenny Elliott shot an 80. NOTABLE QUOTES "We just don't know what people are like, we can never tell; there isn't any truth about human beings, no formula that meets each one of us." (the thoughts of George Smiley in John Le Carre's 1962 espionage novel, 'A Murder of Quality") STUDENT OF THE WEEK KC's Student of the Week for April 23-26 is Ryan Woinarowicz, sophomore son of Jason' and Kari Woinarowicz. Ryan is a representative of the sophomore class on the DHS Student Council and as such he helps with the fall and spring food drives. He was a member of the Blue Knights football team and was on the Grafton Spoile m jv hockey team. This is Ryan's fourth selection as Student of the Week, having been chosen for Jan. 19- 23, 2009; Jan. 25-29, 2010; and Jan. 31-Feb. 3, 2011. Trivia Quiz Answers (1. c; 2. c; 3. a; 4. a; 5. b) This weekwe will celebrate some milestone birthdays for three of the women in our family who I have enormous respect and love for. All of them continue to show and live by their deep faith even through some of life's greatest challenges. On Saturday, we celebrated my Auntie Erma's 86th birthday with many friends and family members. She is an amazing woman who has lived through so much in her lifetime and yet her faith never seems to waver, she is a light of love to everyone who comes into contact with her on a daily basis and she continues to make me aspire to be a better person. I wonder sometimes how she found the strength and courage to keep going through the deaths of both her husbands, breast cancer twice, raising all her children, and nursing my grandfather in his old age. Sometimes when the chores feel endless and I get sick of the constant flow of laundry, dirty dishes and cleaning I think about her and how she always does every seemingly mundane thing in such a loving way. She never complains she just does what needs to get done. My mother is the same way; she does what needs to be done without a second thought and never gives up. Monday will be her 70th birthday; we hope to celebrate on Friday with a family gathering at their home. She constantly inspires me and quite honestly, I don't know what I would do without her. I consider her my best friend. We are lucky to have had all these years with her to create thousands more memories. Two decades ago mom had a heart attack and we came very close to losing her. I think about that often and feel intense gratitude she was able to survive through it. We could have lost her all those years ago; it practically brings tears to my eyes when I think how none of her grandchildren would have had the opportunity to know the woman who has been a rock in our family if the outcome had been different. She is very humble and doesn't usually like when I write about her but I just want her to know how much she means to us and thank her for all the care and understanding she has given us. Through her constant unconditional love, she has truly taught us the deepest meaning of the word. She gives and gives to each of us and our families never asking anything in return. Herstrengthisimmeasurable and her courage inspiring. We love you so much mom and want to wish you a very Happy Birthday. Thank you for being there for us through the good times and the bad, through sickness and health. We couldn't ask for a better role model and friend. My sister-in-law ]ackie will also celebrateherbirthdayon Sunday, the day we leave for Rochester for Mike to have more scans and tests to see if there has been any change in the spots of concern doctors found last time. I think about all she has been through, all her family has been through and how much she has had to adapt to the changes in their lives. She has stuck by my big brother through it all and somehow manages to get through every day with faith and loyalty to the vows she took. There have been days when I am feeling overwhelmed and" she will send me encouragement and words of faith. I consider both my sister-in-laws to be my "sistas," I love them dearly and feel blessed to have them in my life. I was watching a show the other evening about gratitude and how important it is to live in the present moment. One of the guests was a well known author and he said it is so important to feel gratitude in each present moment because soon those moments will be our past and if we can change our past, we can change our future. I am attempting each day to feel gratitude for all the blessings in my life and these three women are definitely included on that list. Sometimes along the way, if we are able to open our eyes we will unlock the knowledge of all the things we do have and when we focus on that, the things we don't have seem so unimportant. I am so thankful for all the life "teachers" I have been blessed to encounter throughout my journey; people who inspire me, teach me what it is I need to learn, and give me grace through the visions of their own courage and fortitude. Happy Birthday to my Auntie Erma, my mom Shirley and my "sistg' Jackie; may God bless your lives as you have blessed ours all these years. We love you. 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