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Page 4 June 23rd, 2011 Valley News & Views GREAT BEGINNINGS 1260 Announcer: "The Kraft Food Company presents The Great Gildersleeve. It's The Great Gildersleeve, starring Hal Peary and brought to you by the Kraft Food Company, makers of Parkay Margarine and a complete line of famous quality food products. Now let's peep into the world of Summerfield and see what goes on there..." (the opening of"The Great Gildersleeve," a comedy program on radio; NBC, 1941-1958) NATIONAL DEBT As of June 19, 2011, the U.S. national debt was $14,355,293,527,352.63 (over fourteen trillion dollars), a decrease of over 243 million dollars from the previous week. Each American now owes $46,190.87, down $13.20. TRIVIA QUIZ TIME 689 1. __ Pakistan became the country of Bangladesh. (a. East; b. North; c. West) 2. __ is not a Scandinavian nation. (a. Denmark; b. Finland; c. Latvia) 3. The Magyars live in the country of (a. Hungary; b. Poland; c. Slovakia) 4. Djakarta is the capital of (a. Indonesia; b. Laos; c. Malaysia) 5. Today the country of Persia is called (--. Lebanon; b. Iran; c. Iraq) (answers at the end of the Column) A MESS OF POTTAGE 1317 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 7 is entitled "Mercantilism: serving the absolute state." By the end of the seventeenth century, England and France were busy creating revenue by producing paper money. England was enabled to increase the public debt and use the money to fight its seemingly endless wars. POETIC FRAGMENTS George Gordon, Lord Byron (1788-1824) was one of the three great later Romantic poets. Here is a portion of his poem "Youth And Age": "O could I fell as I have felt, or to be what I have been, Or weep as I could once have wept o'er many a vanished scene,-- As springs in deserts found seem sweet, all brackish though they be, So midst the withered waste of life, those tears would flow to me!" DHS, 1926, 44 The ninth member of the Class of 1926 and the 279th DHS graduate was John Edwin Felt, who was born to Edwin J. and Eva Caroline Olson Felt on January 22, 1907, in Robbin, MN. The Felts were Lutherans. He went to California in Oct. 1926 and then was in Washington in 1926-Nov. 1928, when he returned to Drayton. He was in Stephen, MN, in March 1935 and then in Drayton. He was a railroad worker and a farm laborer, but I don't know dates or locations. He died January 20, 1978, in McVille, ND, at the age of 70. BILLBOARD'S TOP TEN 1971 June 19 1. It's Too Late (Carole King) 2. Rainy Days and Mondays Anyone Interested in Getting Together for a Model Aviation Fun Fly During Riverfest ... RC, Control-Line and Model Rockets? Call 360-3005 to Organize. (Carpenters) 3. Want Ads (Honey Cone) 4. Brown Sugar (Rolling Stones) 5. It Don't Come Easy (Ringo Starr) 6. Treat Her Like A Lady (Cornelius Bros./Sister Rose) 7. Indian Reservation (Raiders)* 8. Joy To The World (Three Dog Night) 9. I'll Meet You Halfway (Partridge Family) 10. Sweet And Innocent (Donny Osmond) (* indicates a new song) The Raiders was a band from Boise, ID. Paul Revere was the lead singer. From 1961 to 1973 they had thirty hit songs, twenty- four of which made the Hot 100. "Indian Reservation" was the twenty-fifth release, it peaked at #1, was on the charts for twenty- two weeks, and became the group's all-time biggest hit. NUMBER 1 SONGS June 23 1891--Michael Casey As A Physician (Russell Hunting) 1896--A Hot Time On The Levee (Len Spencer/Vess Ossman) 1901--Tell Me, Pretty Maiden (Harry MacDonough/Grace Spencer) 1906--The Grand Old Rag (Billy Murray) 1911--Come, Josephine, In My Flying Machine (Ada Jones, Billy Murray & American Quartet) 1916--Good-Bye, Good Luck, God Bess You (Henry Burr) 1921--My Mammy (Paul Whiteman) 1926--Gimme A Lil' Kiss, Will Ya, Huh? ("Whispering" Jack Smith) 1931--(There Ought To Be A) Moonlight Saving Time (Guy Lombardo) 1936--The Glory Of Love (Benny Goodman); Is It True What They Say About Dixie? (Jimmy Dorsey) 1941--Maria Elena (Jimmy Dorsey); Daddy (Sammy Kaye) 1946--The Gypsy (Dinah Shore); The Gypsy (Ink Spots) 1951--Too Young (Nat "King" Cole) 1956--The Wayward Wind (Gogi Grant) 1961--Moody River (Pat Boone) 1966--Paint It Black (Rolling Stones) 1971--It's Too Late (Carole King) 1976--Silly Love Songs (Wings) 1981--Medley (Stars on 45) 1986--0n My Own (Patti LaBelle/ Michael McDonald) 1991--Rush, Rush (Paula Abdul) 1996--Tha Crossroads (Bone thugs-n- harmony) 2001--Lady Marmelade (Christina Aguilera, Lil' Kim, Mya & Pink) 2006--Hips Don't Lie (Shakira/Wyclef Jean) 15 YEARS AGO On June 27, 1996, the high temperature was 95 above. NOTABLE QUOTES Claire Standish: 'Tm not fat." John Bender: "Well., not at present, but I can see you're really pushing maximum density." (From the movie, "The Breakfast Club," with Molly Ringwald as Claire Standish and Judd Nelson as John Bender.) Trivia Quiz Answers (1. a; 2. c; 3. a; 4. a; 5. b) Riverfest Continued From Page 1 Mud Volleyball Supper at the Soddy Fireworks Show Alumni Banquet and probably more - please fill us in on your plans Thank you--and don't forget to invite your family and friends to spend Riverfest weekend in Drayton! Thursday, Friday, Saturday, & Sunday, June 30, July 1, 2, & 3, 2011 @ Hamilton, ND II I Friday @ S:O0 p.m. snsobr  s Comm crem U.k- Saturday @ 3:00 p.m. Thursday, June 3O u Matt Hodek Polka Band 7:30 p.m. ! li Tickets SlO & SS Saturday @ 4:00 PIT. Chariot Chuakvagon svoNsoneo or,. Friday, July 1 @ 7:00 p.m. Citizens State Bank- Midwest& Saturday, July 2 @ 1:30 p.m. United wley ,k Sunday, July 3@ 2:00 p.m. Tickets $10 & $5 T Vlkets & SS ALL ICKETS $10.00 $1o Heals the Way It has been difficult to sit down and write today as my thoughts are in Rochester with my big brother who is undergoing tests. We are waiting to hear if the cancer is back this quickly after his last surgery. I have been praying non stop and trying to start prayer chains wherever I can. He received a call on Friday from Mayo he needed to be there Monday morning at 8 a.m. Michael, his famil and our mother left on Father's Day. We gathered with our father that night and were definitely missing the presence of the rest of the family. I gave papa a picture frame carved with the word children in it and donning a photo of my brothers and me when we were trout fishing. Papa couldn't hold back the tears, nor could the rest of US. I have been reading a lot about healing lately and read how important it is to keep a positive attitude, not only for the person going through a sickness, but also for those surrounding that loved one. Energy is a concrete thing; it can lift one up or pull one down so I have been doing my best to place my trust in God's healing hands, knowing He has the power to heal Michael. Today several of us decided we would text Mike an inspiring verse or words of encouragement every hour, I just sent mine which I read on his caringbridge page from our cousin Amber Johnson. "Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the Lord your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you." -Deuteronomy 31:6 I keep telling people, "HOPE FLOATS!! We need to raise the roof with our prayers and positive thoughts. When I talked to my brother the other day, I told him there were so many people praying for him and if he could just get through this and get to Boston where he will have a special kind of proton radiation, he will live a long, healthy life. "I just know it Mike," I said with energetic hope. "You are going to get through this, we all are, we just need to stick together." I could tell he was smiling a little on the other end of the line when he said to me, "No wonder I feel so positive today, it must be from all the prayers." His doctor in Rochester explained how this type of radiation works. He said it is like using round up, if you try to use it on a big weed, it probably won't work, but if you use it on a small weed, chances are it will kill it. That is why they need to remove any large tumors he may have before he starts the treatment. It is tough as we think about everything he has been through so far, but if there is one thing I know about my brother, he is a fighter. I was watching a story on the news the other day about a former fighter who was batting cancer. The narrator said even though he is surrounded by so many people routing for him, "Ultimately, he is in the ring alone." I know how tough this has been for all of us, but I cannot begin to comprehend what Michael or any other cancer patient goes through on a daily basis, the uncertainty must be unbearable. I know my brother has told me on numerous occasions how he is so grateful for all the prayers and support that give him strength on a daily basis. I wish I could do more, but right now, all I can do is focus on the positive and pray for healing. A few months ago, my younger brother and sister- in-law gave my husband a beautifulnewleather covered Bible for his baptism. This morning when I was looking through it for verses I ran across one that stood out. "I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world." -John 16:33 On the bottom of each page, this particular Bible prints a translation of each verse, so I skimmed to the bottom to read it. "With these words Jesus told his disciples to take courage. In spite of the inevitable struggles they would face, they would not be alone! Jesus does not abandon us to our struggles either. If we remember that the ultimate victory has already been won, we can claim the peace of Christ in the most troublesome times!" I read through the translation several times and started to feel a special peace. In addition to Michael's struggles we have been keeping updated on my cousin Heidi's cancer diagnosis from her caringbridge website. I think of her daily when I pray, hoping she keeps her smile and stays strong through the chemo treatments. There are so many people who are struggling with various illnesses and hardships. I know I write about my brother's battle a lot, but I do so because not only is it healing for me but it is my hope someone out there will find strength, courage and faith through their own life battles. Sometimes along the way, life seems to give us more than we think we can handle. It is in those times when hope floats in and heals the deepest wounds and the most difficult struggles. Hope does float, energy is real, and our prayers are heard. I don't care who you are, what you have done, or the mistakes you may have made, you are never alone. I want to thank all of you with deep sincerity for your constant prayers, words of encouragement, and powerful positive energy you have brought to my brother and our entire family. Your Continued On Page 6 e Board of ti gncr0000 00cation Dysfunct00 i Om00ht Article VIII of the state constitution grants sweeping powers to the Board of Higher Education for the management of the state's colleges and universities. A number of recent events suggest, however, that the Board may not be measuring up to its constitutional mandate. First, the Board failed to defend itself against encroachment by the Legislature in the Fighting Sioux logo issue. By failing to assert itself, the Board left a precedent that will be pointed out in future legislative invasions of the Board's authority. Instead of fighting, the Board just "rolled over". Second, the Board proclaimed that student tuition increases would be restricted to a maximum of 2.5 per cent. This was followed quickly by a request from one institution for an 8.8 per cent increase which was granted only a few days after the Board set the policy and the Legislature adjourned. Third, the Board has failed to monitor the reckless use of on-line courses by institutions to pad their enrollment figures. All institutions are rushing into this newgame. Unfortunately' the academic quality of some of these courses is subject to question. Fourth, the Board has permitted the proliferation of majors, post-graduate degrees and programs that are not adequately staffed by faculty to deliver the quality students have a right to expect. This is not to mention the whole series of episodes involving Joe Chapman when he served as president of NDSU and left higher education with a black eye that will take years to overcome. Duringthis period, the Board demonstrated an inability to monitor and curb abuses. To what can we attribute these failures of the Board to manage the colleges and universities? As far as appointments are concemed, we have a good screening process for obtaining quality Board members. They are nominated by a select screening committee, appointed by the governor from a list of three, and then confirmed by the state senate. Of course, the process is not neutral. Unfortunately, it does not thwart the covert crusades in university cities to get "their" persons (residents or graduates) appointed to represent their institutions' interests. Consequently, the Board does get some members who think it is their responsibility to fight for certain institutions. Then there is the constant lobbying by chambers of commerce, alumni organizations and various other community and college interests. Many of these contacts are made one-on- one with Board members and Board members get caught up in personal campaigns to promote special benefits for one institution at the expense of the system as a whole. Legislators from the university cities also get into the game because their constituents expect parochial support. Then there is the problem of the federal earmarks conjured up by programmatic people at the institutions and presented to the Congressional delegation to pursue. When an earmark for $3 million is made available for a program that subverts the overall academic mission, it becomes difficult for the Board or recipient institutions to resist the call of cheap money from Washington. It is obvious that Board members are tom by a large number of competing interests that must be negotiated to move forward. To cope with demands, the Board has doled out favors to all institutions because in the North Dakota culture we think everyone ought to get something, regardless of merit. So, rather than focusing resources on needs, we misallocate resources to keep everyone happy. If the Board is to strengthen its control of higher education, the key in the future will be a stronger staff that can provide the Board with solid objective arguments thatwill overcome the political influences that seem to be winning the day. That's a topic for next week. don't be afraid of doing this:: :: :Herman Melville :: :