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Valley News and Views Page 5 June 27th, 2013 k 4 GREAT BEGINNINGS 1365 "Builder, in building the little house, In every way you may please yourself; But please please me in the kitchen chimney: Don't build me a chimney upon a shelf." (the beginning of "The Kitchen Chimney," a poem by Robert Frost) NATIONAL DEBT As of June 23 the national debt was $16,745,972,034,345.32 (over sixteen trillion dollars). This represented a drop of one billion, forty-nine million dollars from the $16,747,021,552,757.59 of June 16. Each American now owes $52,974.76, a drop of $10.60 from the $52,989.41 of June 9. 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-- $16,745,972,034,345.32, an increase of over two trillion 748 billion dollars. Senator Heidi Heitkamp and Representative Kevin Cramer: Jan. 3, 2013--$16,437,549,999,170.77; today-- $16,745,972,034,345.32, an increase of $308 billion. TRIVIA QUIZ TIME 793 1. There are _ operas in "The Ring of the Nibelung." (a. two; b. three; c. four) 2. No one can shimmy like my sister (a. Ann; b. Kate; c. Pat) 3.A caryatid is a statue carved to represent a . (a. female; b -on; c. male) 4. The three Greek orders of columns are Doris, Ionic, and. (a. Composite; b. Corinthian; c. Theban) 5. A metronome is used in. (a. dancing; b. marching; c. music) (answers at the end of the Column) A MESS OF POTTAGE 1422 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. A naive empiricist, Bacon saw no place for human reason as a supplier of knowledge in ethics through the use of natural law. In politics he was a moderate absolutist, urging the king to adopt Machiavelli's dictum to do great things, especially in foreign affairs. To this end the king must expand the British Empire and the nation must unite behind his efforts to do so. Among other things that meant the nation must provide the king with a strong army and, especially, a strong navy. POETIC FRAGMENTS Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792-1822) was a major Romantic poet. Here is a portion of his poem "To A Skylark": "Like a poet hidden In the light of thought. Singing hymns unbidden, Till the world is wrought To sympathy with hopes and fears it heeded not." DHS, 1927 25 During the latter part of February, the senior class selected their flower and motto: Sweet Pea and "Not Evening, But Dawn." Their colors were pink and silver. BILLBOARD'S TOP TEN 1973 June 23 1. My Love (Paul McCartney/Wings) 2. Playground In My Mind (Clint Holmes) 3. I'm Gonna Love You Just A Little More, Baby (BarryWhite) 4. Will It Go Round In Circles (Billy Preston) 5. Give Me Love (George Harrison) 6. Pillow Talk (Sylvia) 7. Kodachrome (Paul Simon) 8. Daniel (Elton John) 9. Long Train Runnin' (Doobie Brothers)* 10. Right Place, Wrong Time (Dr. John)* (* indicates a new song) The Doobie Brothers was a pop-rock group from San Jose, CA. From 1971 to 1989 theyhad twenty- eight hit songs, twenty-seven of which were on the Hot 100. "Long Train Runnin'" was their fifth release. It peaked at #8, was on the charts for eighteen weeks, and became their fourth-biggest all-time hit, behind "What A Fool Believes," "Black Water," and 'Real Love." "Long Train Runnin'" was one of those rare songs that appeared on the charts (in this case on June 9) only to disappear for a week and then reappear on the charts. NUMBER 1 SONGS JUNE 27 1893--After The Ball (George J. Gaskin) 1898--I Don't Like No Cheap Man (Len Spencer) 1903--In The Sweet Bye and Bye (Harry MacDonough/John Bieling) 1908--The Glow-Worm (Lucy Isabelle Marsh) 1913--The Spaniard That Blighted My Life (A1 Jolson) 1918--Just A Baby's Prayer At Twilight (Henry Burr) 1923--Dreamy Melody (Art Landry) 1928--Ramona (Gene Austin) 1933--StormyWeather (Ethel Waters) 1938--Says My Heart (Red Norvo); A- Tisket, A-Tasket (Ella Fitzgerald) 1943--Taking A Chance On Love (Benny Goodman); As Time Goes by (Rudy Vallee) 1948--Nature Boy (Nat "King" Cole); You Can't Be True, Dear (Ken Griffin) 1953--Song From 'Moulin Rouge' (Percy Faith) 1958--The Purple People Eater (Sheb Wooley) 1963--Sukiyaki (Kyu Sakamoto) 1968--This Guy's In Love With You (Herb Alpert) 1973--My Love (Patti McCartney/Wings) 1978--Shadow Dancing (Andy Gibb) 1983--Flashdance...What A Feeling Irene Cara) 1988--Foolish Beat (Debbie Gibson) 1993--That's The Way Love Goes (Janet Jackson) 1998--Torn (Natalie Imbruglia); The Boy Is Mine (Brandy/Monica) 2003--21 Questions (50 Cent/Nate Dogg) 2008--Lollipop (Lil Wayne/Static Major) 15 YEARS AGO July 3, 1998--Bobby Vee appeared at the Kittson County Fair in Hallock, MN. t Thursday, Friday, & Saturday, July 4, 5, & 6, 2013 @ Hamilton, ND Kids Pedal Pull Saturday @ 3:00 p.m. Saturday, July 6th - 9 p.m. UNDER THE GRANDSTAND Fne~ ~ Chariot Chuakwagon Friday, July 5 @ 7:00 p.m, Saturday, July 6 @ 1:30 p.m. Tickets $10 & $5 IIII I I I WR|$TBA D$ IN ADVANCE AT FAIR Thursday, July 4th 8:00 p.m. SPONSORED IN PART BY: Citizens State Bank - Midwest & United Valley Bank ALL TICKETS $10.00 FREF FIREWORKS DISPLAY FOLLOWING THE PERFORMANCE II I[I Demolition Derby Saturday, July 6 @ 6:00 p.m. Tickets $10 & $5 IIII O~LErtS ~OR 1//RISTB~_~rD ~Q.ILGJB]~ Citizetm State Bank - Midwest @ Cavalier Ramsey National Bani North Star Community Credit Union @ Cavalier - Leevers Foods - - Bank of Hamilton - UnitedValley Bank @ Cavalier The Cavalier Chronicle - NOTABLE QUOTES "If you didn't have no temptation, then you'd never have the chance to feel real virtuous." (as said in Michael Z. Lewin's detective novel from 1982 "Hard Line.") Trivia Quiz Answers (1.c; 2. b; 3. a; 4. b; 5. c) ........ Friendship is the comfort, the inexpressible comfort of feeling safe with a person having neither to weigh thoughts or measure words, but pouring all right out just as they are, chaff and grain together, certain that a faithful friendly hand will take and sift them, keep what is worth keeping and, with a breath of comfort, blow the rest away. -Dinah Maria Mulock Craik She pulled into our driveway last Monday in her bright red Mazda after a long drive from Oklahoma. As she stepped out of the car, my eyes welled up with tears when I wrapped my arms around her in a heartfelt embrace. My dear friend Carolyn and I have known each other for more than 25 years and even though we have been separated by many miles for most of that time, we have remained steadfast friends sharing an unbreakable bond. I remember vividly the day she left for Oklahoma after receiving a job offer she couldn't pass up. We were in our early twenties and when she pulled out of the apartment parking lot, her tiny vehicle packed to the top, I sat on the stoop weeping for the next hour or so not knowing when I would get to see her again. To this day, I go through the same emotions whenever she pulls away. It is a testament to the sacredness of a friendship I have no doubt was heaven sent. Carolyn spent the week with us, enjoying the peace and quiet of country living while getting a break from her job at an Oklahoma hospital and respite from the constant lingering of tornado season in her hometown. One night as she sat up with my husband visiting I overheard her say, "It is just so different here, quiet and peaceful." I was so glad she could stay with us for a time and enjoy some rest and relaxation. I certainly couldn't do the job she does every day, see the things she has to see, and keep it all together. But somehow she does and it inspires me. As is the case most of the time, our dearest friends are those who have qualities in themselves we wish to possess. In other words, our friends complete US. Although so many things have changed in our lives, some things have stayed the same. Carolyn and I are perfectly comfortable in the company of one another. We can sit in silence and not have to feel like we need to constantly talk. We can tell each other our fears, frustrations and weaknesses knowing none will be judged. We can be exactly who we are without lingering insecurity of what the other one might be thinking. I am truly grateful for that. What a blessing to have the gift of friends in our lives - they are the thread that holds us together and sometimes even colorful patches covering the deepest holes in our hearts, the ones we never thought could be fixed when life's circumstances ripped them apart. Like an intricate quilt, sewn by loving hands, our greatest friends can piece together the brokenness. On Friday Carolyn and I followed my brothers to their cabin near Effie, Minn. It was important for us to get Mike to the cabin as he has been struggling with the new chemo regiment doctors have him on. We enjoyed Sitting around the campfire visiting that night. I was glad Carolyn could spend some time with my family as they have known her just as long as I have. She sort of became a part of my family all those years ago. Bright and early the next morning, Carolyn had to leave as she was scheduled to meet her own brother that afternoon to spend a few days with him. We didn't say too many words as we walked together to her car and when we gave each other a farewell hug the tears came quickly for both of us. Watching the back of her car as she drove out the long driveway, I couldn't help but wonder when I would see her again. My heart literally hurt when the little red Mazda faded from my site. Even though I know there isn't any amount of miles that can separate our friendship, it is still hard to see her go. President Ulysses S. Grant once said, "The friend in my adversity I shall always cherish most. I can better trust those who helped to relieve the gloom of my dark hours than those who are so ready to enjoy with me the sunshine of my prosperity." Thank you to my dearest friends who have so often "helped to relieve the gloom of my dark hours." They have picked me up when I was falling, helped me live again when circumstances threatened to demolish me, and given me the strength to carry on simply by loving me for who I am in spite of my weaknesses. Sometimes along the way life challenges us with uncertainty and circumstance. When the going gets tough, what a blessing it is to know there will be someone there not just in the sunshine of our prosperity but also in the gloom of our dark hours. It is nice to know through the tears of adversity there is someone who, with faithful friendly hands, will sift it all out, sew together what is broken, keep that which is worth keeping, and tenderly blow the rest away. Love you always and forever my friend North Dakota all Brought to you by the Center for Tobacco Prevention and Control Policy and Pembina County Public Health. l : : : : : : : PO Bok30? iDro oni 701:2360-3005/701'454-6333 Email: valleynv@polarcommlcom