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Page 4 October, 03, 2013 .... !ii!iii Valley News and Views ..... ,., ,,: .... wants the decision to be ours entirely. I > I'm having great difficulty justifying this ....... ,,i ..... kind of expense on life saving measures for a dog. IfI have mywife pay for this she would have my head on a platter. Also, she wouldn t be able to save money for our travel fund for 6 months. We contribute equally to one Dear Lad Di, attached to the dogs. I'm getting used to the travel fund yet came to the marriage with our I met a wonderful woman and recently daily care and maintenance they require. remarried 6 months ago. She's the gal of my Recently, the oldest dog, Lilly, her german dreams and there isn't anything I wouldn't shepherd was diagnosed with cancer. My do for her. We both have children, grown wife was devastated when she leaned the and on their own. We're still in our early 50's news. The prognosis isn't good without and saving for retirement. We'd like to travel measures that will come at great expense. in our RV and see spectacular sites like the The Veterinarian told my wife and I that Grand Canyon and other National Parks. Lilly wouldrequiresome chemotherapy after Our hope is to retire at 58 so we can enjoy surgically removing a tumor. The total cost the rest of our life travelling, exploring new for medical procedures is close to $3,800.00 adventures, over upcoming weeks. This could could My wife came into the marriage with two extend Lilly's life with no real guarantee. dogs. I've never been a pet owner but loving Without medical intervention, the Vet said her meant loving her animals. I'm not that Lilly dould die within a few months. The Vet own assets and retirement plans. The thought of parting with $1,900.00 splitting Vet expenses sickens me. We've both worked hard our entire lives and I just see this as a means to work longer. Not only that, what happens when the second dog gets older and we're faced with more Vet bills? A decision needs to be made in the next few days regarding Lilly. TheVet assured us if we don't proceed with surgery; he would do everything possible to make her comfortable. My wife is beside herself and insists we spare no expense prolonging the life of her treasured pet. Howwould you handle a situation like this? This is the first and most difficult decision we've had to make. I can't see either of us parting with this kind of money over a dog. Dog Tired of Discussion Dear Dog Tired, You're not in the dog house? Pets require much more then "daily care and maintenance". Most important, they need affection and compassion, none of which you posses. If you're planning on retiring at 58, you have plenty of dough! Consider yourself lucky this is the biggest decision in front of you. Provide your wife unlimited support and resources. Owning two pets, your wife has spent countess dollars paying Vet bills over the years. Your whole hearted support is a small price to pay for your bride and her cherished pet; especially when you offer to foot the entire bill. Lady Di Write Lady Di confidentially DearLadyDi@ gmail.com or Letters can be mailed to; Dear Lady Di, 8351 West Bush Lake Road, Bloomington, MN 55438 GREAT BEGINNINGS, 1379 In one another's being mingle-- "Some say the world will end in fire, Why not I with thine?" Some say ice. DHS, 1927 From what I've tasted of desire 39 I hold with those who favor fire." On the afternoon of April 8, the junior class (the beginning of"Fire and Ice," a poem by put on a program: a review of classes, the Robert Frost) song"Mammy, Lullaby" by Rose Grundstrom, NATIONAL DEBT a reading To You" by Esther Cochran, a reading "Emily's Courtship" by Emily Rudnick, the song "Rock Me To Sleep in an Old Rocking Chair" by Rose Grundstrom, and the skit "Nobody's Mule" by Harry Moore, Willard Jorde, and Lawrence Lund. BILLBOARD'S TOP TEN, 1973 September 29 1. We're An American Band (Grand Funk) 2. Let's Get It On (Marvin Gaye) 3. Half-Breed (Cher) 4. Loves Me Like A Rock (Paul Simon) 5. Delta Dawn (Helen Reddy) 6. Higher Ground (Stevie Wonder) 7. Say, Has Anyone Seen My Sweet Gypsy Rose (Dawn/Tony Orlando) 8. That Lady, Part 1 (Isley Brothers) 9. My Maria (B.W. Stevenson)* 10. Ramblin" Man (Allman Brothers Band)* (* indicates a new song) B;W. Stevenson was born Louis Stevenson in Dallas, Texas, on October 5, 1949. He died on April 28, 1988, from heart failure. From 1972 to 1977 he had five hit songs, four of which made the Hot 100. "My Maria" was his third release. It peaked at #9, was on the charts for sixteen weeks, and became his all- time biggest hit. NUMBER 1 SONGS OCTOBER 3 As of September 29 the national debt was $16,743,559,817,471.79 (over sixteen trillion dollars). On September 22 it was $16,743,723,923,867.97, so there was a decrease of $over $164 million. Each American now owes $52,861.08 on the debt, compared with $52,869.16 on September 22. This was a decrease of $8.08. 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-- S16,743,559,817,471.79, an increase of over two trillion 746 billion dollars. Senator Heidi Heitkamp and Representative Kevin Cramer: Jan. 3, 2013--$16,437,549,999,170.77; today-- $16,743,559,817,471.79, an increase of $306 billion. For my figures I consult a website that differs slightly from that of the U.S. Treasury Department, which claims the national debt as of September 26 was $16,738,443,175,473.97. The same government website says the debt on May31 was $16,738,821,943,986.12.With a 1893--Daisy Bell (Dan Quinn) federaldeficitprojectedatalmost$700billion 1898--I'm Old But I'm Awfully Tough this year, are these figures to be trusted? (Cal Stewart) TRIVIA QIJIZTIME 1903--Hurrah For Baffin's Bay (Arthur 807 Collins/Byron Harlan) 1908--Cuddle Up A Little Closer, Lovey 1. Paella comes from __ Mine (Ada Jones/Billy Murray) (a. France; b. Portugal; c. Spain) 1913--Last Night Was The End Of The 2. The Battle of Agincourt is the climax World (Henry Burr) of which Shakespearean play? 1918--Rock-A-Bye Your Baby With A (a. Henry IV; b. HenryV; c. HenryVIII) Dixie Melody (A1Jolson) 3. Shakespeare was married to _ 1923--Yes, We Have No Bananas (Billy Hathaway. Jones) (a. Anne; b. Catherine; c. Elizabeth) 1928--Jeannine (Gene Austin) 4. "The quality of mercy is not strained" 1933--The Last Round-Up (George is from which Shakespeare play? Olsen) (a. As You Like It; b. The Merchant of 1938--Alexander's Rag Rime Band (Bing Venice; c. Twelfth Night) Crosby/Connee Boswell); My Reverie 5. Bianca, Baptista, and Petruchio all (Larry Clinton); I've Got A Pocketful Of appear in which Shakespearean play? Dreams (Bing Crosby) (a. Comedy of Errors; b. MuchAdoAbout 1943--Sunday, Monday, Or Always (Bing Northing; c. The Taming of the Shrew) Crosby) (answers at the end of the Column) 1948--You Call Everybody Darlin' (Al A MESSOFPOTTAGE Trace); Twelfth Street Rag (Pee Wee 1436 Hunt) 1953--Vaya Con Dios (Les Paul/Mary This portion of my column describes Ford); You You You (Ames Brothers) the works of Libertarian philosopher and 1958--It's All In The Game (Tommy economist Murray Rothbard (1926-1995). Edwards) In 1995 he published "Economic Thought 1963--BlueVelvet (BobbyVinton) Before Adam Smith." 1968--Hey Jude (Beafles) Chapter 11 is entitled "Mercantilism and 1973--We're An American Band (Grand freedom in England from the Civil War to Funk) 1750." Charles Davenant (1656-1714) began 1978--Kiss You All Over (Exile) writing pamphlets on the economic problems 1983--Total Eclipse Of The Heart (Bonnie of the day. Today some modern economic Tyler) historians insist on seeing in his publications 1988--Don't Worry Be Happy (Bobby an original "law of demand." Rothbard sees McFerrin) two fallacies at play here: the first is that the 1993--Dreamlover (Mar-iah Carey) Davenant table is not a demand schedule and 1998--Iris (Goo Goo Dolls); I Don't Want second the historical data only establishes To Miss A Thing (Aerosmith); The First a relationship between years and markets; Night (Monica) they do not set up any sort of law. Further, 2003--Shake Ya Tailfeather (Nelly/P. there is nothing that tells us that the "law" is Diddy/Murphy Lee) based on any factual evidence whatsoever. 2008--SoWhat (Pink) It's as if Davenant just made up numbers and plugged them in. 15 YEARS AGO POETIc FRAGMENTS Oct. 6, 1998--The North Border Bandits defeated St. Thomas-Valley 37-0 in football. Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792-1822) was a major Romantic poet. Here is a portion of his poem "Love's Philosophy": "The fountains mingle with the river And the river with the ocean, The winds of heaven mix forever With a sweet emotion; Nothing in the world is single, All things by a law divine NOTABLE QUOTES "That he is mad, 'tis true; 'tis true 'tis pity; And pity 'tis 'tis true." (from Shakespeare's tragedy "Hamlet," Act II, sc. 1) Trivia Quiz Answers (1.c; 2. b; 3. a; 4. b; 5. c) iw - . - . "Gratitude is born in hearts that take time to count up past mercies." -Charles E. Jefferson I had the opportunity this past weekend to take a little vacation with my two cousins Shelly and Vicki. We made our way to Shelly's cabin near Effie, Minn., where we gather for our family reunion each summer. Although I have been to this particular lake in the summer and winter, it was the first time I have ever visited during the fall season and what a wonderful treat it was. The lake was absolutely stunning when we woke up Saturday morning. Surrounded by a variety of different colors in the changing trees there was a soft fog hovering over the lake while a few loons drifted on the water's surface. It looked like a picture you would see in a magazine - one of those photos that make you pause for a moment and just breathe. We passed the time Saturday by watching a few movies as it was raining most of the day. How nice it was to get lost in the quiet beauty all around and a good movie. We don't have service by the cabin so we were able to take a little sabbatical from our cell phones as well. It was a wonderful adventure and the three of us had some really good conversations. I learned things about my maternal grandma and grandpa Holman I never knew as they passed away when I was still a baby. It was a blessing to find out more about them. The trip helped me realize some things about myself, it was certainly enlightening and relaxing. Even though it was a short trip and we weren't able to do any fishing, it gave the three of us a chance to get away from the hustle and bustle of life for a moment and enjoy some peace and quiet. On the way up there I thought to myself how lucky I was to have such an incredible family who understands me exactly how I am. I felt so grateful for that time with two very important people in my life. Fall has always been my favorite time of year, I love everything about it - the colors, temperature, and harvest. I always seem to have more energy during this season and try to enjoy the great outdoors as much as I can. Recently I have started driving around with my big brother Michael so he can miss him more than words be out in the field while could possibly express but harvest is underway. I have are so grateful to still have been learning a great deal our mom who is one of the about farming. There are so strongest women I know. many different aspects to When I can't be in the field this particular profession with Michael she usually is. and sometimes I wonder I hope one day I can how they keep everything be the kind of woman my straight. I am so proud of mother is- she has so much both my brothers, they have unconditional love for us and worked hard to grow Oakdale would do anything to help. It Farm. It has been rewarding seems like she never stops. to be out there with them Even though she retired and especially to have long, from nursing, she picked up heartfelt chats with my big a part time job giving shots brother as we drive around to at various places around the get parts and help wherever area. I don't know how she we can. It is a blessing to does it, but her strength and spend that time with him. faith are definitely inspiring. He will undergo his second It is easy to focus on the chemo treatment for this struggles and defeats life round on Wednesday. I hope offers up, but to feel gratitude and pray it doesn't hit him so for the things we do have hard and we can enjoy being instead of concentrating on out in the field during the what we don't have is so very beet harvest. Mike has been important. through so much in the past Sarah Ban Breathnach sixyears, allwe can do is pray once wrote, "Let's choose for healing. He is an amazing today to quench our thirst for man as is myyounger brother the good life we thinks others who has stepped up to keep lead by acknowledging the the farm going, good that already exists in When we are out in the our lives. We can then offer field we often talk of papa, the universe the gift of our recalling certain memories grateful hearts." we have of him and farming. 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