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October 14, 2010 Golden Valley News Page 3 N.D. Matters By Lloyd Omdahl Trying to not have a cow Hello, What a fall we are having! Temps in the seventies and maybe warmer. Very little wind. Beautiful evenings with great sunsets. Grass is still green and trying to grow a lit- tle bit, Harvest is winding down. Cattle are being worked and the sales are starting to get a little big- ger. Now, I buy some cattle. Not a lot. I don't like to be called a cattle buyer. They reminds me of the story Jack Chase used to tell. It seems the circus was passing this small town in western North Dakota. I think it was Grassy Butte.As the circus was going by, a rather large monkey fell out of the lead truck. The entire caravan ran over the poor monkey. One of the local folks saw this fiat, dead crit- ter in the road and reported it to the local sheriff. Well, no one could figure out what this creature was. They called in the county coroner, a rancher who lived down on the river, and he couldn't figure it out. That's how I am, Dumb. Every week I buy a few cattle, The next week, I could have bought them cheaper. I need bigger trucks. They called in the local minister, and he was stumped. They called in the kid who had gone to college at the Agricultural University, and he had never seen anything like it. They had pretty much decided it was some kind of alien when this old cowboy stopped by in his pick- up. They asked him what he thought it was. The old cowboy looked the corpse over and said, "It's a little hard to tell, but going by that bald spot on his ass, and that dumb look on his face, I'd say it's a cattle buyer!" That's how I am. Dumb. Every week I buy a few cattle. The next week I could have bought them cheaper. I need bigger trucks. And I always have trouble filling a load. Cause I am selective. And cheap. Went into the ring the other day and Roger had just bought four six hun- dred pound steers. Black. Just what I needed. Except they were about a quarter Holstein. I kind of teased him about the market being a little high on dairy cattle. He said those cattle improved a lot after he bought them, and might get better as the day went on. Midnight rolled around and the sale ended. I nearly had a load. I needed about twenty- five hundred pounds to fill out. I went to Roger. He had four, six hun- dred pound, fancy black steers that he was willing to part with. I bought them. And you know what. They were exotics, not Holsteins. Later, Dean Running your car on air alone, Kids delight in blowing up a balloon and letting it go. The air inside is under mild pressure, and when a youngster lets go of the neck of the balloon, air rushes outward. The escaping air propels the balloon forward like an errat- ic jet. Remarkably enough, a car powered by the same energy source - compressed air - may be coming to a road near you. At least one innovative auto compa- ny is investing in a small "air car," as these vehicles are known. Air cars have some wonderful advantages compared to our tradi- tional internal combustion engine - like the complete absence of air pollution coming from a tailpipe. The idea of an air car is not so farfetched as it may sound. Your commuter car, my 1987 pickup, and a farmer's diesel tractor actu- ally all run on a broadly similar idea. Work with me for a moment, and I'll explain. The internal combustion engines common around us look like they are powered by heat from burning fuel. But all the heat actually does is to increase the pressure of gases in the engine's cylinder. It's the high pressure that pushes on the piston. Then the piston's motion powers the vehicle. The heat isn't crucial, it's the pressure inside the cylinder that's the key. Now imagine you could simply add highly compressed air into a car's cylinder to drive the piston. You wouldn't need heat, so there would be no need for gasoline or diesel fuel. And you could drive all day with no stinky fumes com- ing out your tailpipe. For several decades, engineers have tinkered with the possibility of using air under high pressure to power the pistons of automobiles. The system can be made to work, especially if the air is under extreme pressures. (Those who know trucks will note that com- pressed air powers big-rig brakes and starters. So large trucks have a bit of airpower in their designs already.) The pressures that are useful in a piston are generally much high- er than those in a car tire. In sci- entific labs we often use very high-pressure tanks, as do welders and others in particular industries. If you work near an enormous tank of this high-pres- sure variety, and if it ruptures, your troubles are over. But I've never known that to happen. If you've ever moved a high- pressure tank, you know they are heavy enough to give you a her- nia. Indeed, the steel "fuel tank" of compressed air in old test vehi- cles was so heavy it created real trouble for the engineering goal of powering a car on air alone. But much lighter-weight mate- rials based on carbon fibers that can hold air at high pressure are now on the market. So visionaries are taking another look at the "air car," and carmakers overseas are exploring options of bringing such cars to market. But, of course, there is the question of where the compressed air will come from. There's no such thing as a free lunch, and the cost of running the air car is part- ly the cost of energy to compress the air. As Popular Mechanics points out, it's generally electrical energy that's used to compress air. So air vehicles are essentially electric cars using the compressed air as a way of storing energy. On the positive side, pollution that's created generating the elec- tricity used to compress air could be distant from our cities. That's a real plus. (Although we geolo- gists are fond of the smell of spilled gasoline and the choking fumes of exhaust on a hot day, normal human beings prefer to avoid all that filth.) A lot of innovation is on the table these days in the car world, with major manufacturers investi- gating better electric cars, hybrid vehicles, and natural gas vehicles ala what T. Boone Pickens advo- cates. These are tough economic times, but interesting, too, and some folks are going to take advantage of entirely new ways of doing things to help move us for- ward. I'm for that. Dr. E. Kirsten Peters, a geolo- gist trained at Princeton and Harvard, is a native of the rural Northwest. GOLDEN VALLEY COUNTY PLAT BOOK & DIRECTORy 281 E Mats - BEacu ND 701-872-4362 i Pull Bingo Black Tabs Steve Baertsch, $50 Jack Live Friday & Saturday i Hours: Mon-Fri. 3pro-lain Sat. lpm-lam Happy Hour: Mon.-Thurs. 5:30-6:30pm O Love: missing virtue in Chri:00tian America Now that Glenn Beck has ence ratings would go down and broached the subject of religion and politics, the topic is fair game for anyone who wishes to take a turn at the pulpit. Of course, Beck talked about a form of civil religion where the cross is wrapped in the flag and the end result doesn't resemble anything presented in the New Testament. Around 80 per cent of Americans identify themselves as Christians. With that large of a majority claiming to subscribe to the teachings of Christ, it would seem that the nation would mani- fest some of the basic virtues taught by Jesus. But it doesn't seem to be SO. A part of the problem is that there is no common definition of 'Christian". Every denomination, every believer has a different defi- nition. There is nothing like an egg- candling apparatus that will give us a read on who is a serious Christian and who is a fake. (Of course, we're all fakes to a degree.) Many definitions are homemade, without reference to definitions in the New Testament. Regardless of denominational persuasion, however, everyone with a knowledge of the New Testament has to concede that love is the core value of Christianity. And Christian love is not just a good feeling or friendly gesture. It is a love that surrenders self-inter- est, turns the other cheek, cares for the strangers, foregoes revenge, respects all life, and is the epitome of humility. One would think that with 80 per cent of the country allegedly subscribing to the teachings of Christ, Christians would have a pervasive impact on our entertain- ment, political and economic cli- mate and that all sectors of the cul- ture would manifest Christian love, respect and humility. In entertainment - primarily tel- evision and movies - we have seen a constant decline in civility and decency. This decline could not occur without the faithful viewer- ship of self-proclaimed Christians. Without Christian patronage, audi- advertisers would look for better programming. Christian love in politics is even less apparent. The Bible may say that the anger of man does not achieve the righteousness of God but most Christians in politics outdo their secular opponents when it comes to anger, confronta- tion and deceit. "Christian politi- cian" has become an oxymoron. When power is at stake, all virtues are off. Christian values in the business community are more difficult to critique because some greed is nec- essary to make private enterprise work. But there are occasional outbursts of exploitation that beg for Christian values, e.g. Wall Street bankers ripping off investors, stockholders, financial institutions and taxpayers. I'm sure there are some Wall Street bankers in that 80 per cent claiming to be believers. Even though we have a respon- sive democratic society, the 80 per cent have had little impact on our culture. Something seems amiss, Glenn. Could it be that Christians aren't who they say they are? Enough of the politics of degradation The politics of name calling is really getting me down. Every time I turn on my television, I hear (from the Berg campaign) that Earl Pomeroy is Nancy Pelosi's lapdog, that he wasted gigantic sums of our money in the failed stimulus bill, and that his vote in favor of the national health care reform package proves that he is out of touch with the people of North Dakota. From the Pomeroy folks, I hear that Rick Berg wants to destroy the National Park system, that he would have pri- vatized Social Security, that he wanted to sell our private banking information to the highest bidder. Give me a break. Give us a break. No wonder the American people are disillusioned. When politicians use cynical tactics to win elections and degrade eir opponents, we,: all lose. The republic loses. If you dis- gust the American people with will- ful distortion, over-simplification, innuendo, political sneering, and ad hominem attacks, the idea that democracy is a noble and really important enterprise takes another hit. As the 21st Century begins, American democracy is dying-death by a thousand cheapenings of the high-minded constitutional struc- ture designed by Madison, Washington, and Jefferson. Our sys- tem only works if the people are engaged enough to make responsi- ble choices about who should repre- sent them in the public arena, how they want their hard-earned money spent, and what policies they want the state and nation to pursue. Once you turn an election into a sustained series of slurs, a "win at any cost" game, you devalue democracy and effectively disenfranchise the peo- ple. They turn away in disgust. They shrug their shoulders and say, "a pox on both your houses." In 2010 American politics feels more lake professional wrestling than "the last best hope of earth," as Abraham Lincoln put it. When confronted about their par- ticipation in the obscenity of our political discourse, our politicians adopt a look of pained sincerity and tell us they hate the negative ads, then explain that they are either only defending themselves and respond- ing to the filth thrown up by the other guy, or that they are only trying to make sure the voters are fully aware of the political record and the dan- gerous positions of their opponent. They also look around furtively and then confide, "Like it or not, negative ads work. I have to win the election before I can do good things for the people of ...." Do they think we are morons? We need a series of actualpublic debates between the two candidates, and between Tracy Potter and John Hoeven. I believe the candidates would be more civil towards each other in a moderated public forum than they are when their media spe- cialists huddle alone with them in a television studio. Politicians have a moral respon- sibility to lift America, to remind us of the idealism of self-government. It is in the interest of every politi- cian to move towards a more mature and conciliatory conversation about who we are, where we are heading, and what we value. (Jenkinson is the Theodore Roosevelt Center scholar at Dickinson State University Snowmobile youth safety courses scheduled The North Dakota Parks and Recreation Department is schedul- ing snowmobile youth safety cours- es at several locations in the upcom- ing months. Youth ages 12 and older who do not possess a valid driver's license must attend a snowmobile safety class and pass a written exam in order to legally operate a snowmo- bile on any land not owned or leased by the child's parent or guardian. Pre-registration is required and can be made by calling the Registration Hotline at 701-328- 5348. , Scheduled' classes include: Dickinson, West River Community Center, 2004 Fairway St.; 5-9 p.m.; Saturday, Dec. 18. To register or for more informa- tion call the North Dakota Parks and Recreation Department at 701-328- 5357. Voter information available on Web site BISMARCK - Extensive infor- mation for voters for the upcoming Nov. 2, 2010, election is now post- ed on the Secretary of State's Web site at www.nd.gov/sos/electvote/. The Web site lists the voter's polling location specific to their address, the hours the polls will be open on election day, hours of early voting locations (if applicable) and a map showing the route from their residence to the polling location. If voting absentee, voters will be able to track when their ballot was mailed to the voter and when it was been received by county election officials. Voters in vote-my-mail counties will be able to track when their bal- lot was mailed to them and when it was received by the county election officials. i NOW AVAILABLE! Updated Golden Valley County Plat Book & Directory Available at Golden Valley News office, 22 Central Ave., Beach, or by mail order, call (701) 872-3755 i Takers Notice to Our Valued Subscribers If your subscription expires, or if you are a new customer, it may require about two weeks before your subscription starts or restarts, depending on the day your payment arrived. This is because all mailing labels have to be printed two weeks in advance to help ensure timely delivery. If you change your mailing address, please notify the News and Pioneer office with your new address, also in advance of your move. The Postal Service does not forward periodicals such as newspapers and discards them. Golden Valley News P.O. Box 156, Beach, ND 58621 (U.S.P.S. Pub. 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