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Page 4 May 16th, 2013 IDi;DII;Iili!!iD;Di~:: ]iiii~i;: i~ii) ~::~iii ;~iii~!!e;Q !;iiii~ Valley News and Views iiiil! i:ii ~iiie iiiD a GREAT BEGINNINGS 1359 "Nature's first green is gold, Her hardest hue to hold. Her early leaf's a flower; But only so an hour." (the beginning of "Nothing Gold Can Stay," poem by Robert Frost) NATIONAL DEBT As of May 12 the national debt was $16,765,606,414,416.95 (over sicteen trillion dollars). This was a decrease of $39 billion 662 million dollars from the $16,805,268,057,962.21 of May 5. Each American now owes $53,233.26, down $133.24 from the $53,366.50 of May 5. 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 416 billion dollars. Senator John Hoeven: Jan. 2011- -$13,997,932,781,828.89; today-- $16,765,606,414,416.95, an increase of over two trillion 768 billion dollars. Senator Heidi Heitkamp and Representative Kevin Cramer: Jan. 3, 2013--$16,437,549,999,170.77; today-- $16,765,606,414,416.95, an increase of $328 billion. TRIVIA QUIZ TIME 787 1. A De Soto was a/an __. (a. airplane; b. car; c. truck) 2. Absolute zero is minus __ degrees C. (a. 253.15; b. 263.15; c. 273.15) 3. Helium weighs __ times as much as hydrogen. (a. three; b. four; c. five) 4. Coal and diamonds are allotropes of. (a. carbon; b. hydrogen; c. nitrogen) 5. A compound that can be both an acid and a base is called. (a. amphateric; b. amphiteric; c. amphoteric) (answers at the end of the Column) A MESS OF POTTAGE 1416 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." Rothbard took on the so-called genius, Sir Francis Bacon (1561-1626), who was considered by his contemporaries as the greatest man of his age. Rothbard, however, sees Bacon as the essential and pioneer naive empiricist, that is, a fact-grubber. Bacon believed if you gathered all the facts about a subject and studied them long enough, knowledge would appear, shining forth in all its glory. POETIC FRAGMENTS Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792-1822) was a major Romantic poet. Here is a portion of his poem "To A Skylark": "Higher still and hire From the earth thou springest Like a cloud of fire; The blue deep thou wingest, And singing still dost soar, and soaring ever singest." DHS, 1927 19 On February 17 the Classical Literary Society met with the following giving reports: Helen Hedman on "Apollo," Rose Grundstrom on "Diana," and Eleanor Hedman on "Venus." BILLBOARD'S TOP TEN 1973 May 12 1. Tie A Yellow Ribbon Round The Ole Oak Tree (Dawn/Tony Orlando) 2. You Are The Sunshine Of My Life (Stevie Wonder) 3. Little Willy (Sweet) 4. The Cisco Kid (War) 5. Drift Away (Dobie Gray) 6. Stuck In The MiddleWithYou (Stealers Wheel) " 7. Frankenstein (Edgar Winter Group) 8. The Night The Lights Went Out In Georgia (Vicki Lawrence) 9. Daniel (Elton John)* 10. The Twelfth Of Never (Donny Osmond) (* indicates a new song) Elton John was born Reginald Kenneth Dwight on March 25, 1947, in Pinner, England. He had seventy hit songs from 1970 to 2001, sixty-eight of which hit the Hot 100. "Daniel" was the ninth release, it peaked at #2, and stayed on the charts for fifteen weeks. He was elected to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1994. NUMBER 1 SONGS MAY16 1893--After The Ball (George J. Gaskin) 1898--Break The News To Mother (George J. Gaskin) 1903--In The Good Old Summertime (Sousa's Band) 1908--Wouldn't You Like To Have Me For A Sweetheart? (Ada Jones/Billy Murray) 1913--When I Lost You (Henry Burr) 1918--Just A Baby's Prayer At Twilight (Henry Burr) 1923--Parade Of The Wooden Soldiers (PaulWhiteman) 1928--Ramona (Patti Whiteman) 1933--Stormy Weather (Leo Reisman/ Harold Arlen) 1938--Love Walked In (Sammy Kaye); Please Be Kind (Red Norvo) 1943--I've Heard That Song Before (Harry James) 1948--Nature Boy (Nat "King" Cole) 1953--Song From 'Moulin Rouge' (Percy Faith) 1958--A1 I Have To Do Is Dream/ Claudette (Everly Bros.) 1963--I Will Follow Him (Little Peggy March) 1968--Honey (Bobby Goldsboro) 1973--Tie A Yellow Ribbon Round The Ole OakTree (Dawn/Tony Orlando) . 1978--If I Can't Have You (YVonne Elliman) :'- 1983--Beat It (Michael Jackson) ...... 1988--Anything ForYou (Gloria Estefariii Miami Sound Machine) 1993--That's The Way Love Goes (lan : Jackson) 1998--Too Close (Next); Torn (Natalie Imbruglia) 2003--Get Busy (Sean Paul) 2008--Lollipop (LilWayne/Static Major) 15 YEARS AGO On May 16, 1998, the DHS gifts took twelfth place with twenty-one pts. at the 23rd Northwood Invitational Track Meet. Rachael Schuster had a first place finish in the 100 in :12.70. DHS boys won the meet with 101.5 pts. Ryan Weinlaeder had a first place finish in the 110 Hurdles in :15.60 and qualified for state. Tyler McFarland's 12 feet won the Pole Vault and qualified him for State. On May 18, 1998, the DHS girls participated in the Last Chance Track Meet in Grand Forks. Rachelle Anderson set a DHS school record with a pole vault of six feet. The DHS boys also participated. The Girls' Regional Golf Meet was held in Langdon, and the Boys' Golf Regional was at Cavalier. Kenny Elliott was the medalist with a 71. Kenny Elliott and Clarence Sitter were named to the All- Region Boys' Golf Team. The DHS Student Council added the sixteenth and seventeenth pictures in its State Champions series: Kathy Gardner, Best Performer at the 1993 State Drama Contest and Clarence Sitter Superior Performer at the 1998 State Drama Contest. On May 20, 1998, the annual DHS Awards Day program was held. May 21, 1998, was the last day of school. The winners in the American Legion Auxiliary Coloring Contest were Grade 1, Shantel Helmer; Grade 2, Brittany Staskivige; and in the Poppy Poster Contest Grade 3, Jodi Gallagher; Grade 4, Trevor Pollestad; Grade 5, Stacy Puppe. Continued on Page 10 Dear Lady Di, together. I've let her know we hang out and I had a boyfriend for 7 years and we started she'll see postings on Facebook. dating in high school. We broke up 2 years Last weekend, Todd professed his love for ago and there's no regrets. It was a good me. He he has strong feelings and wants to run but I hadn't dated others since I was 16. know if I'd like to proceed with taking our Since then, I've spent a lot of time with my friendship to the next level. He's an amazing friends, grown up and have randomly dated, person with a great job and strong values. I I haven't been looking for a relationship but have feelings for Todd too but I'm not sure I've got myself in a bit of a 'Catch-22' right howtoprecedeknowingNancycouldliterally now and need some guidance, freak out. I have numerous friends from high I'm concerned about Nancy's feelings and school, college and now as an adult. I'm her reaction. We have a tight circle of college 26 and couldn't be happier. I keep myself friends and there's an unspoken rule about busy working out, socializing, reading and not dating each other's ex-boyfriends. This I'm proud that I'm financially stable to live man is someone I could have a future with. alone. When I broke up with my high school Where do I go from here with Todd? Do I tell sweetheart at 24, my good college friend Nancy so she doesn't hear it from someone Nancy was there to console him. He was else? devastated and I still had feelings for him but Crystal knew I made the right decision. It bothered Dear Crystal, me that she spent a lot of time with him after In the last few years both you and Nancy the breakup. I don't think they ever slept consoled each other's ex-boyfriends during together, unless they were partying, diffficult times. Unfortunately, as girlfriends Nancy and I are still friends but not quite you weren't there for each other. After all, it's as close. I see her at Yoga weekly and we get the two of you that were friends in the first together once in a while with other friends, place. She's very insecure and has issues with Ample time has passed and Nancy is soon anxiety and the way she looks. She is thin to be engaged. Both you and Todd are free and pretty. She met her fianc6-to-be, Ben, to proceed with an emerging relationship over ayear ago and he just moved in with her. should you choose to. I would caution She is content since her bucket list includes you to move slowly. If you discover a real everything including a white picket fence, foundation with him speak to Nancy directly. 2.5 kids and small pedigree dog. Sometimes, the truth hurts. You are an I'm very good friends with her former eligible bachelorette with a moral compass boyfriend, Todd. There have been times and sound like an amazing catch! when Nancy said it's bothered her that Todd hang-out. They broke up 2 years ago also. Lady Di Now, she's really more interested to know if Write Lady Di confidentially at he asks about her when I see her atYoga. She DearLadyDi@gmail.com Letters can be dumped him, is almost engaged and Todd is mailed to; Dear Lady Di, 8351 West Bush over her. Todd and I do a lot of fun things Lake Road, Bloomington, MN 55438 '7 came to realize that life my father was alive and now anyone - that is the kind lived to help others is the only I'mwitnessingitalloveragain of human being I want to one that matters and that it is with auntie. She appreciates be; I want to be able to give my duty... This is my highest every kind gesture of care thanks in the midst of each and best use as a human." and compassion shown herand every struggle as hard as -Ben Stein and so do I. I wish I could that maybe. I have been spending a thank each person by name Several months ago I read gr iif:deal of time with my . but there are sornnnyt-don't an outstanding book titled, auntie Erma after she fell want to forget anyone. Those "WaterforElephants,"bySara broke her wrist. Most who have taken precious Gruen. The novel has since of her life has been spent time out of their busy days been turned into a movie. In taking care of others, her know who they are and I the book Jacob Jankowski, a children, an ailing husband, simply cannot thank you 90 some year old man is in my great auntie Laura and enough for looking out for a nursing home and begins our beloved grandfather a woman who deserves it a to have memories of his life. when age slowed him down. thousand times over. When I finished reading the I can't think of anyone else Every time I see my auntie book I remember thinking to who deserves to be cared for Erma, she inspires me. All myself, "Every one who cares more than her. As I told my the things she has been for or comes into contact cousin Brittany who has also through in her lifetime and with those who are aging been helping her, "She has in the midst of each struggle, should read this book." taken care of people all her somehow she finds the good Throughout the novel we life so ljust feel the people in and holds onto her faith. I get an in depth look at lacob's her life need to step up and know from experience it isn't life, all the experiences help her when she is in need easy to do sometimes and yet and subsequent wisdom of a little assistance."she seems to find gratitude he gained throughout his I am so impressed and in allthings, journey. Towards the end amazed by the dear friends I have heard the messageof the novel, Jacob waits at she has at Tisdale Manorover and over again how the nursing home for one who stop by to visit, check every person we come into of his children to come see on her, or help her do a few contact with enters our him, he waits but nobody things when we can't be journey for one reason or comes. I remember thinking there. They are incredible another, either they have how sad it was to read about people with loving hearts something to teach us orthis man who had so much and caring souls. I am so very we have something to teach wisdom to give and yet he is igrateful'sheis surrounded by them for a time. I believe left waiting for someone to angels on this earth and also auntie Erma is in my life to give him a little of their time. igrateful we live in a small teach mepatience, kindness, It opened my eyes to where town where people care. faith, and the ability to my priorities should be and What a blessing this forgive. I have never heard yet, I too sometimes fail. Life community is, I saw it when her say a wrong word about gets in the way_ so to speak, Continued On Page 6 Tuesday, June 4 WJRJIi~JJ.~- 9 am to 12 n - American Legion eAYJWLI|I~- 1:30 to 4:30 pm - Cedar Inn www.lrsc.edu - LRSC Services- CIickon Workforce Training mr call 800-443-1313 X 21638 WlMIM' Y(IU'M. Determine Who's Your Competition Build good Customer Rapport with the Different Generations How to Keep Coolwith a Hot Customer Learn the importance of Customer Service and Tourism And mere... 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