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Page 4 August 8th, 2013 i!iii!i~!!i[i~ ii~i[[i!! :~iii/ i~~* .... ~; ~ ii+ i+iiiii~ii ii;iiiiiiiiii!:;!iiiiiii~iii~*~!~~+ ~iiiiiiil iiiiiiiiiil;i iiiiiiilil; iiiiiiiii~ii**:~i!!!!!!!!~ Valley News and Views Dear Lady Di, I'm royally upset today and for good reason! A few months ago I was forced out of my position at a very small company. The business was run by 2 owners with a few full- time 'workers'. I was one of two workers, not an employee of the company. I worked bythe hour receiving a high wage without benefits which I felt was fair compensation. I adored my position and the work it entailed. I wasn't laid off, fired or asked to walk out the door. I was taken to task with performance issues that 'to my surprise' loomed for months. This was the first time this was brought to my attention. Had I been informed of conduct when it occurred, I may have had a fighting chance to ensure my performance improved. The offer to staywas with greatly reduced wages or I could leave with a few weeks pay, I chose the latter. I have since picked myself up and I'm starting a new business with a peer. We'll be in direct competition with my former colleagues; our company being one of many. I was never asked to sign a non-compete agreement. Thankfully I'm proceeding without being in violation of anything legal or binding. Today, I was informed my former boss posted a very nasty message on Facebook regarding my new company. She indicated that if anyone should "like" my posting, her company would have nothing to do with her current customers or clientele. I was shocked at her unprofessional outrage and personal attack through social media. I'm seeing red and in a complete state of shock to be slandered in such a public manner. What recourse do I have, if any? GREAT BEGINNINGS 1371 "To think to know the country and not know The hillside on the day the sun let go Ten million silver lizards out of snow!" (the beginning of Hillside Thaw," a poem by Robert Frost) NATIONAL DEBT As of August 4 the national debt was $16,744,887,959,472.48 (over sixteen trillion dollars). On July 28 it was $16,744,357,864,132.94, so therewas an increase of just over $530 million. Each American now owes $52,925.78, a decrease of $6.02 from the $52,931.80 of July 28. 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-- $16,744,887,959,472.48, 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-- $16,744,887,959,472.48, an increase of $307 billion. TRIVIA QUIZ TIME 799 1. Iberia was the Roman name for. (a. France; b. Portugal; c. Spain) 2. E1 A1 is the national airline of. (a. Egypt; b. Israel; c. Jordan) 3. KLM is the national airline of (a. Belgium; b. Holland; c. Luxembourg) 4. __ was the American outlaw who fought for the South in the CivilWar. (a. Billy the Kid; b. Butch Cassidy; c. Jessie James) 5. The Louvre is located in. (a. La Havre; b. Marseilles; c. Paris) (answers at the end of the Column) A MESS OF POTrAGE 1428 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 addition to Thomas Hobbes, another Baconian in political economy was Sir William Petty (1623-1687). Petty, as with most mercantilists, backed the aristocracy over the laboring class. Also like most mercantilists, Petty believed in full employment, especially at low wages. In fact, he once proposed that the price of grain be artificially kept high in order to keep the workers from saving their money and thus keeping them busy at their tasks, rather than rising on the economic scale. POETIC FRAGMENTS ~M-F 9-6 Sat 9-12' M-F 8:30 - 5:00 Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792-1822) was a major Romantic poet. Here is a portion of his poem "To A Skylark": "Chorus hymeneal Or triumphant chaunt Matched with thine, would be all But an empty vaunt-- A thing wherein we feel there is some hidden want." DHS, 1927 31 On the afternoon of March 11, the DHS underclassmen George Buchanan, Paul Hedman, Lawrence Lund, Raymond Dryden, Harry Moore, and Graham VanCamp defeated the seniors William Wagner, Clarence Mathison, Robert Bryan and three underclassmen Hugh Merritt, Charles Junkin, and Raymond Merritt in basketball 16-15. BILLBOARD'S TOP TEN 1973 August 4 1. The Morning After (Maureen McGovern) 2. Bad, Bad Leroy Brown (Jim Croce) 3. Live And Let Die (Wings)* 4. Smoke On The Water (Deep Purple) 5. Yesterday Once More (Carpenters) 6. Diamond Girl (Seals & Crofts)* 7. Touch Me In The Morning (Diana Ross)* 8. Brother Louie (Stories)* 9. Will It Go Round In Circles (Billy Preston) 10. Shambala (Three Dog Night) (* indicates a new song) Paul McCartney and Wings had twenty- one hits from 1973 to 1979. "Live And Let Die" was the group's second release, it peaked at #2, stayed on the charts for fourteen weeks, and became the groups' fourth-biggest hit, behind "Band On The Run," "Silly Love Songs," and "My Love." NUMBER 1 SONGS AUGUST 8 1893--Mamie, Come And Kiss Your Honey Boy (Len Spencer) 1898--She Was Bred In Old Kentucky (George I. Gaskin) 1903--Come Down, Ma Ev'ning Star (Henry Burr) 1908--Are You Sincere? (Elise Stevenson) 1913--When Irish Eyes Are Smiling (Chauncey Olcott) 1918--Hello, Central, Give Me No Man's Land (A1Jolson) 1923--Down Hearted Blues (Bessie Smith) 1928--MyAngel (Paul Whiteman) 1933--Lazybones (Ted Lewis) 1938--Music, Maestro, Please (Tommy Dorsey); A-Tisket, A-Tasket (Ella Fitzgerald) 1943- -You'll Never Know (Dick Haymes); Let's Get Lost (Vaughn Monroe) 1948--WoodyWoodpecker (Kay Kyser) 1953--Vaya Con Dios (Les Paul/Mary Ford); I'm Walking Behind You (Eddie Fisher) 1958--Poor Little Fool (Ricky Nelson) 1963--So Much In Love (Tymes) 1968--Hello, I Love You (Doors) 1973--The Morning After (Maureen McGovern) 1978--Miss You (Rolling Stones) 1983--Every Breath You Take (Police) 1988--Roll With It (Steve Winwood) 1993--Can't Help Falling In Love (UB40) 1998--Iris (Goo Goo Dolls); The Boy Is Mine (Brandy/Monica) 2003--Crazy In Love (Beyonce/Sean Paul) 2008--I Kissed A Gift (Katy Perry) 15 YEARS AGO August 13, 1998--Russia launched spacecraft Soyuz TM28 with a crew of Gennadi Padalka, SergeyAvdeyev, andYuri Baturin. NOTABLE QUOTES "There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, Than are dreamt of in your philosophy." (from Shakespeare's tragedy "Hamlet," Act 1, sc. 5) Trivia Quiz Answers (1.c; 2. b; 3. b; 4. c; 5. c) \ How do I overcome this emotionally and professionally for my own well being? Despondent Daze Dear Despondent, This sounds like a subversive political attack with her oratory laced to destroy you, the opposition. While she's hot under the collar she is entitled to vent; banging her head against the door. Business owners using Social Media as a tool to defame and deface their competitors are publicly shaming themselves. This rhetoric doesn't go unnoticed by the very people they don't want to alienate, their valued customers and clients. It's human nature not to gravitate to someone who shames you much less publicly. Focus on moving carefullymovingbusiness to the forefront. Don't listen to verbal accusations and hearsay. However, should these scathing remarks escalate, seek legal counsel regarding wrongful interference. While she's crying in her beer, raise a glass to yourself and keep mum. Lady Di Write Lady Di confidentially at Letters can be mailed to; Dear Lady Di, 8351 West Bush Lake Road, Bloomington, MN 55438 i ! i;ii ii i iiii il iiiiii iiii i iiii i iii ii i iiiiiiii iii i ii i i iiiiiiiii i iiiii ii iiiii!i iii iiiiiiiii!iiiiiiiiiiiiiii iiii!!!!!iiiiiiiiiiii ii! ; iiii!iii i [i ii i !!!!!!iiiii!!i!!! !iiii!!iiliiiiiiiiiiiiii iiiiiiiill i iiiiiiiiii;iiii "Love the moment, and the energy of that moment will spread beyond all boundaries." - Corita Kent It is raining outside as I write on this day, the day of my birth. Somehow it feels as if my father is telling me the story he always told me on my birthday from heaven, how the rain was pouring down outside when he looked into my big blue eyes as they wheeled mum and I out. Although I missed him calling and telling me that story, it feels as though symbolically he still is. I am typing my column this week on a brand new laptop my entire family pitched in to get me for my birthday. What an amazing gift to receive especially since my old one was a computer that had been thrown in the garbage until my husband received it from a friend and fixed it more than two years ago. Now, I don't have to sit in one spot so the battery can be plugged in, I can go outside, cruise down to the wetlands near our home, and write wherever I feel like writing. I shed some tears when I opened the box feeling so much gratitude for the thoughtful, generous gift my family gave me. They all know how healing writing is for me; it is the perfect gift. Thank you to all of them and to everyone who sent birthday cards, gifts and greetings. It truly means the world to me. We arrived in Rochester late last Thursday evening in preparation for brother Michael's intense radiation treatment Friday. That evening at 11:30 we were at the Emergency Room after realizing something wasn't working correctly with Mike's catheter. It was the quickest of radiation, he was able to ring the bell when he rolled out into the lobby. All of us clapped and cheered as did a few other patients who were standing nearby. After we slid him into the suburban, I handed him a little bell I found in commemoration of starting and finishing his treatment. There is no doubt my big brother is a survivor. He is the strongest man I know. The effects of this treatment will come in the weeks and months ahead. He is scheduled to start another round of chemo this next week so continued prayers are needed. Team Jensen would like to thank everyone who has sent encouraging words, cards, and especially prayers. Your positive thoughts truly make a difference, words cannot begin to explain how much it helps brother Mike and all of us. I have been thinking so much lately about life and how one simple gesture of kindness - one seemingly infinitesimal motion of positive energy each of us puts out there in the world can travel further than we could ever comprehend. When we are going through difficulttimes andwondering why, maybe it is as simple as that, it isn't about us but about all the people we come into contact with throughout our journeys. Friday when I was helping Mike get ready for the day I told him, "Brother, you teach me so much every single day about how we should be during difficult times. I am grateful for those lessons." Sometimes along the way we are given a glimpse of purpose - shown the truth of divinity's plan. As Corita Kent ER visit we have ever had as we were back in the motel room by 1 a.m. As I sat with my niece in the waiting room while the Mayo staff took care of Mike, we talked about why this was all happening to her dad. I said to her, "Katie, think about all the people your dad has come into contact with since his battle with cancer started. Maybe it is as simple as that - he has to go through this to meet and make a difference in their lives." As we were leaving I looked at her and said, "See Kateser, when we walked in the nurse wasn't smiling, she looked like she was having a tough night and by the time we left your dad had her smiling and laughing as she told us to have a great night. He didn't just influence her life tonight, now she will go to her next patient with a smile on her face and a little light in her heart affecting that person's life in a positive way. Who knows how far your dad's energy will travel. It is the circle of life.We will never know how many people your dad has helped through his toughest moments simply by being who he is." Friday afternoon we made our way to the radiblogy department. It wasn't easy for Mike lying still for more than an hour with a tight mask on his face and neck as they administered the radiation but he was thanking the doctors and nurses with a smile on his face when they finished. In the waiting room is an emblematic bell people ring when they finish their last treatment. 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