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Page 4 May 30th, 2013 Valley News and Views Dear Lady D1, manager and acted surprised and exoted I work at a company supporting the Senior Vice President (SVP) as his Executive Administrative Assistant. He's been wonderful to work for. He just announced his retirement and the timing for me couldn't be better. I was able to secure another position in the company. For the first time in years, I'll be in an amazing position at the same company. I'm growing out of my administrative role, in my late 30's and able to use my college degree. Here's the problem; officially I'm suppose to start my new position June 16th. My boss will be at the company until July 15th but his replacement stars her role as the new SVP this week. She's a witch and I'll call her "Jolene". After I interviewed for my new position, Jolene summoned me to her office to let me know I got my new job. She totally stole the thunder from the hiring manager. Moments later, I received a call from my new I know I'm competent but I'm very upset with a temporary replacement. This will she's suddenly dictating my future at this allow time to train that person since hiring company. I will die on the vine if I have to someone to fill your role could take a while. support this witch more than 2 weeks, much less 2 months! What are my options, what Offer to expedite completing tasks ASAP can I do? Help me! and moving your transition date to July 1st, 9:00-5:00 Hell 2 weeks later and 1 month earlier than Jolene GREAT BEGINNINGS 1361 "My long two-pointed ladder's sticking through a tree Toward heaven still, And there's a barrel that I didn't fill Beside it, and there may be two or three Apples I didn't pick upon some bough." (the beginning of 'Tkfter Apple-Picking," a poem by Robert Frost) NATIONAL DEBT As of May 26 the national debt was $16,744,312,281,628.10 (over sixteen trillion dollars). Compared to the $16,744,304,924,922.87 of May 19, this represented an increase of a little over seven million dollars. Each American now owes $53,000.10, a decrease of $7.01 from the $53,007.10 of May 19. 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-- $16,744,312,281,628.10, an increase of over two trillion 747 billion dollars. Senator Heidi Heitkamp and Representative Kevin Cramer: Jan. 3, 2013--$16,437,549,999,170.77; today- - $16,744,312,281,628.10, an increase of $371 billion. TRIVIA QUIZ TIME 789 1. Coke is a product of the distillation of. (a. coal; b. natural gas; c. oil) 2. A chronometer measures. (a. air pressure; b. time; c. weight) 3. Isotopes have different numbers of. (a. electrons; b. neutrons; c. protons) 4. The most stable isotope of uranium is U- . (a. 233; b. 235; c. 238) 5. Vivisection involves. (a. animals; b. minerals; c. plants) (answers at the end of the Column) A MESS OF POTTAGE 1418 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 takes on the so-called genius, Sir Francis Bacon (1561-1626), who was considered by his contemporaries as the greatest man of his age. Given the fact that Bacon as a naive empiricist is a disciple of a type of knowledge that is dubious in its accomplishments, why is he celebrated to such an extent? Rothbard says it is because of the way Bacon divided human knowledge. Such knowledge is either divine or natural. Divine knowledge is revealed by God; natural knowledge of the physical world is wholly empirical and comes through the senses. In neither case does reason play a role. This was an attack on scholasticism, and Bacon was in the forefront of the attack and supported by those who disliked that medieval philosophy. POETIC FRAGMENTS Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792-1822) was a major Romantic poet. Here is a portion of his poem "To A Skylark": "The pale purple even Melts around thy flight; prefers. HR will seek and hire a qualified Dear Daytime Dilemma, candidate with a month long search. The Then, my new manager received an email Congratulations on your new position! stars couldn't be more aligned; you'll really from lolene indicating my start date would Always go directly to the source; the point appreciate your new job more than ever! need to be moved to August 1st. Jolene of your discontent. In other words, I would Lady Di emailed her a litany of tasks I'm to perform have encouraged you to see Jolene first. See and complete prior to starting in my new your HR Director or Representative and Write Lady Di confidentially at role. I was made aware of this from my express your enthusiasm about your new DearLadyDi@gmail.com Letters can be hiring manager not Jolene and I sit right role. Speak with HR about a compromise mailed to; Dear Lady Di, 8351 West Bush Lake Road, Bloomington, MN 55438 outside Jolene's office. I went to my current SVP who is retiring since I was in dire straits, ll mO ............ ,~ ,,~, ~ ~,,~: ~:, : ~ ~,! ~ '~ ,, ~ # ~/ )~ ~ , ~,~'~ '~ ~ ~: ~ ~'~ ~ I asked him if he could do one last thing for , ........... ......... ....... " me before his retirement; speak with Jolene, [ I!i weeks. '": .......... ............ ': ":::: ........ After my SVP spoke with Jolene she called ,. ........................................................................................................................................................................................................................................ me into her office. She chastised me for "Without a sign, his I turned off the vehicle throughout the years have going to my current boss. He has overseen sword the brave man draws, but left my music playing, watched the dwindling of the department for 30 years and has more and asks no omen, but his stepped outside, and acknowledgement for this clout than anyone here. She said there was count /s cause." - Homerplanted an American flag by special day and wonder how no way I could move into my new position It was a busy weekend the water's edge along with they feel, knowing what they early since she is starting her role and needs spent attending several a CD cover of Frank Sinatra. have seen and experienced a lot of support, different events including a Every single day of my life, in their lifetimes especially few graduation parties for I miss him, Just the other witnessing fallen comrades dear friends and our cousin day both my husband and in the midst of battle. I think Charstyn as well as a 40th I were in tears as we spoke of family members who lost Anniversary celebration at of his kind heartedness fathers, sons, mothers and SkjebergLutheranforJanand and how he always use todaughters years ago to war Gary Maurstad of Drayton. make us feel like every small but have never forgotten As I looked through accomplishment we made them. pictures at each event and was important. He had anMy Uncle Terry Barnaby watched a video put together incredible way of making us served during the Vietnam at the anniversary, I couldn't feel special; it is one of many War; he was dropped from help but think how fast time traits he had that we miss helicopters in the middle of Like a star of heaven flies. It seems like yesterday most. the jungle. For years he never In the broad daylight our friend Anthony Brosius To me Memorial Day is spoke of his time there. In Thou art unseen, but yet I hear thy shrill started working for us at the such an important day to pay fact, when they came home, delight." restaurant when we ownedtribute to those who have they most defnitely didn't it. He was always such a hard left this world far too soon, get a heroes welcome. One DHS, 1927 21 worker and I used to tell especially the hundreds of daymanyyearsagowhenmy him, "One day Anthony, you men and women who gave husband's band was playing On February 25 the DHS boys lost to are going to be a millionaire the greatest sacrifice, their at a Vietnam Vet reunion, Pembina 27-20, running their record to 0-4. because you are not afraid of own lives, for our freedom. Uncle Terry attended and BILLBOARD'S TOP TEN working." At the annual Memorial for the first time, as I asked 1973 At our cousin Charstyn'sDay services we sang some questions, he spoke about May 26 party, I flipped through pages beautiful songs, listened to his time inVietnam, showing 1. Frankenstein (Edgar Winter Group) of a photo book with images a few great speeches, and me where they were located 2. MyLove (PaulMcCartney/Wings) of her growing up. I have heardthelonglistofveteran's and telling me a few of his 3. Daniel (Elton John) always been impressed with names from our area who experiences, sparing me 4. Tie A Yellow Ribbon Round The Ole her because she has never have sadlyleftthisearth.One some of the more difficult Oak Tree (Dawn/Tony Orlando) tried to be someone she of my favorite songs is, "This ones. Several months later 5. You Are The Sunshine Of My Life isn't, she held on to herself land is your land, this land is when we visited him in (StevieWonder) in every situation and that my land, from California to Michigan, he handed me 6. Pillow Talk (Sylvia) is definitely something to be the New York Islands, from the folded American flag he 7. Little Willy (Sweet) proud of. the redwood forests to the brought home fromVietnam. 8. Drift Away (Dobie Gray) Many friends and family gulfstream waters, this land Some weeks later, among 9. Wildfiower (Skylark) .... members attended the was made for you and me... other medals, I received in 10. Hocus Pocus (Focus)* anniversary celebration as I think Of my father every the mail his Purple Heart well. It was beautiful, atime time I hear those words with a short note, "I want you (* indicates a new song) to celebrate two lives who because he would sing it to to have this, thanks for caring Focus was a progressive-rock group from came together and have us often while donning his and talking to me about my Amsterdam, Holland. In 1973 they had two stayed together through the unforgettable smile, time in the service." hit songs. "Hocus Pocus" was the bigger of good times and tough times; I have to admit, I get aHis medals were displayed the two. It peaked at #9 and was on the charts a true testament of love, little sad when I don't see in our local bank for most for nineteen weeks, loyalty and divine fate.many people at this special of this past year. I now have NUMBER 1 SONGS Monday morning I woke ceremony, especially young them back in their center MAY30 up and left our house early people. In decades past,location in my home. To 1893--After The Ball (George J. Gaskin) to travel into town for the there used to be large this day, that flag and those 1898--Uncle Josh's Arrival In New York annual Memorial Day crowds at these services, medals remain my most (Ca/Stewart) services which I make every parades, bands playing, prized possessions. I cannot 1903--In The Good Old Summertimeattempt to attend each year and monumental moments imagine what my Uncle (Sousa's Band) because I think it is so very of remembrance. I have so Terry went through or what 1908--The Glow-Worm (Victor important. I drove down much respect for the menthe service men and women Orchestra) our gravel road, flipped on and women who serve our go through today. I live on 1913--When I LostYou (Henry Burr) some of my favorite music - country in the armed forces, the same gravel road as most 1918--Just A Baby's Prayer At Twilight melodies that make me think They give up so much more of my family members and (Henry Burr) of my father, and stopped than we could ever begin to the thought of having to be 1923--Love Sends A Little Gift Of Roses for quite some time at the comprehend, so far away from them seems (Carl Fenton) wetlands between our house I think of the young unbearable not to mention 1928--Ramona (Gene Austin) and my childhood home. soldiers leaving their families the image of war theywitness 1933--Stormy Weather (Leo Reisman/Since my father passed for the first time, those who on a daily basis. Harold Arlen) away, it has been the place I have to say good-bye to To all those who have 1938--Love Walked In (Sammy Kaye);feel closest to him. So many their young children andserved and continue to serve Cry, Baby, Cry (LarryClinton); Cathedral times I would find him sitting travel thousands of miles, this great country, I would In The Pines (Shep Fields) in his white pickup beside on the other side of thelike to say Thank you from 1943--I've Heard That Song Before the water's edge, listening to world really, to experience the bottom of my heart for (Harry James); That Old Black Magic music, talking to the ducks, days and months away your service, thank you for (Glenn Miller) or throwing out seeds for from them. I think aboutthe freedoms I am allowed 1948--Nature Boy (Nat"King" Cole);You them to eat. those older veterans who Continued on Page 7 Can't Be True, Dear (Ken Griffin) 1953--Song From 'Moulin Rouge' (Percy Faith) A Chronicle of 1958--All I Have To Do Is Dream/ Claudette (Everly Bros.) Red River Steamboating 1963--If You Wanna Be Happy (Jimmy Part 41 Soul) 1968--Tighten Up (Archie Bell/Drells) By K. C. Gardner, Jr. 1973--Frankenstein(Edgar Winter Group) 1978--WithALittle Luck (Wings) 1896 Mallory Landing. The steamer had been 1983--Flashdance...What A Feeling April 8--Commodore Penniston said the remodeled from a sternwheeler to one with Irene Cara) 1988--One More Try (George Michael) Grand Forks was being prepared for the side paddle wheels. During the week of April 30, several rafts , season. 1993--Thats The Way Love Goes (Janet April ll--Anoka, MN, engineers N.C. of wood came down the Red and moored at Jackson) 1998--Torn (Natalie Imbruglia) Hutchinson and John Rydeen were fitting up Drayton before moving on. the Grand Forks. May 2--The Grand Forks pulled in with 2003--Get Busy (Scan Paul) April 17--The Grand Forks "steamed up" two barges of wheat for the M&N transfer 2008--Take A Bow (Rihanna) and lined up its barges for the first trip of elevator and left Grand Forks that night for 15 YEARS AGO ' another load. the seasop from Grand Forks. Captain Bruce KC's Student of the Week for May 1998 Griggs wOs assisted by Captain Reno, the AMay8announcementsaidthattheGrand were Amber Bjerke, Alex Brosseau, and Katie pilot; GeOrge Dimmich, the chief engineer; Forks was hauling considerable wheat. Weinlaeder. and Mr. Penniston, the business manager. May 11--The Grand Forks arrived with two NOTABLE QUOTES April 2 --The Grand Forks returned to barges of wheat from downriver, unloaded, Grand Forks on its first trip with barges of and left for more. "It's hard to live a reputation down. wheat fromdownriver. May 12--Captain Bruce Griggs and the Especially when your actions live up to it." April 23--The Grand Forks went to the steamer Grand Forks arrived with two barges (as said by Albert Samson in Michael Turtle River Landing for a load of wood. to be loaded at the river elevator in Drayton Z. Lewin's detective novel from 1974 "The April 29--The City of Grand Forks was on its first trip of the season to that port. Enemies Within.") preparing to leave for Mallory Landing to A new tramway had to be built from the Trivia Quiz Answers pick up a load of wood. elevator to the river. It left on May 14 with April 30--The City of Grand Forks pulled 15,000 bushels of wheat. 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