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November 11, 2010 Golden Valley News Page 3 Qu ick change sti rrups Hello, Hope all is going well with you. I'm writing this early in the morning from a motel in Texas! So, I hope this finds its way to you. You know I can't figure out how all this tech- nology works! Like my cell phone for example. I'll be driving along and all of a sudden I'll get a voice mail. Then when I answer it, it may be a week old. Maybe longer. Where has it been for the past few days? Are those words just floating around in space? Is it deep in the recesses of the galaxy, just bounc- ing around space, visiting other words out there? I just can't figure it out. But I can lift heavy objects. Technology is a wonderful thing. You can make coffee quicker in the morning. I don't believe it is as good as old boiled in the pot cowboy coffee, but it is quicker. And Shirley knows how to set the timer on the pot, so it is ready in the morning. Couldn't do that with the old pot. And like microwaves. How can it tell a piece of lefsa from a napkin? Or like a thermos bottle. How does it know to keep cold things cold and hot things hot? Like I said, I can't figure out technology. Reminds me of a story Grandpa Everyone had their own saddle, so stirrups were pretty well set for life Jack used to tell. About quick change stirrups. You cowboys remember how stirrups used to be laced up to set the length. Everyone had their own saddle, so stirrups were pretty well set for life. It was more than a minute job to unlace the stirrup leathers and relace them. Now it's just takes a few seconds with a quick-change buckle. Grandpa said they were riding on roundup on Fort Berthold. This was before the time of trucks and trailers which run you back home to a comfortable bed each night. The cowboys were sleeping in line shacks if there was room, in a cou- ple of cold tents, or just under the stars. They would be done with the days work by dark, sit around a fire and visit in the evening, be up before daylight, grab a fresh horse, and start all over. When sleeping on the ground, you are not inclined to lie around bed all morning. One night they decide to have a little fun with one of the cowboys. While everyone was visiting, they unlaced one of his stirrups and shortened it Up a hole. In the morn- ing, when they went trotting away from camp, he complained that his knee hurt and had to stop and let his stirrup out. The next night, they did the same thing. The next morning same result. The third morning same thing, same result. The cowboy, who may have been of Norwegian descent, never suspected a thing. On the fourth day, as they started out from camp, he stopped and started swearing! Jack asked him what the trouble was. He let out another string of swear words, many in his native tongue, and then said, "By yiminy, I've let this stirrup out three holes in the last three days and it's too short again today! I think I've got polio in my left leg!" I better get rolling. I just got out of lock up and have some miles to make up! Later, Dean Other Views By Carl Leubsdorf Money is eroding judicial independence If people won't be getting justice in the future, maybe it'll be because they haven't bought any. That may sound cynical but it is getting closer to the truth with each election as big money and interest groups invade state judicial elections. Even though the U. S. Constitution has been extolled and emulated by state constitution writers since nation- hood, two-thirds of the states have not acknowledged the importance of an independent judiciary. Instead, they provide tor judicial elections, suggest- ing that judges ought to base deci- sions on public opinion rather than the law and constitutions. Since the opinions of the Founding Fathers are universally venerated, the words of Alexander Hamilton in Federalist No. 78 should be given some credibility. The inde- pendence of judges is important, Hamilton argued, "to guard the Constitution and the rights of indi- viduals from the effects of those ill humors which the arts of designing men...sometimes disseminate among the people...'" Because the Founding Fathers wanted a judiciary that could guaran- tee justice in spite of public opinion, the Constitution provides for lifetime appointment of judges during good behavior, with removal possible by a vote of both houses of N.D. Matters By Lloyd Omdahl Congress. Even folks favoring elec- tion of judges at the state level would not favor changing the federal method and having U.S. Supreme Court justices run for office. In this fall's election, strong movements were launched in at least four states - Iowa, Colorado, Illinois and Kansas - to boot judges out of office because various interest groups did not like their interpreta- tions of constitutions and laws. The campaigns succeeded in Iowa but lost in the other three states. In 2008, $33 million was spent on judicial races in 15 states. Over $1 million was spent this year in Illinois alone. The motives of those financing judicial races are obvious to the pub- lic. Over 75 percent of the people believe that campaign cash affects courtroom decisions. With big money influencing the election or retention of more and more judges, public confidence in the state courts certainly will erode. For the past few years, retired U. S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor has conducted a nationwide crusade to save the state courts from politics and money. In the 2010 election,, she campaigned- without success -- for the "'merit" system in Nevada. (The merit system provides for appointment by the gov- ernor from a slate nominated by a special commission. Eventually, peo- ple vote on whether or not to retain the appointee in office.) North Dakota elects its judges on a nonpartisan ballot. We have not experienced big money in judicial campaigns yet, but this growing threat is good reason to revisit our selection process. I always though't' the merit system was the answer for North Dakota, but now find that i does not really protect the independ- ence of the courts. Iowa, Colorado, Illinois and Kansas all have the merit system and the process has proven to be vulnerable to big money and spe- cial interests. Apparently, states using any form of judicial election or retention vote will attract interest group money in the future. The merit system was rejected by North Dakota voters 42 years ago in a 1968 election. Maybe it's time for the Legislature to take a look at per- mitting the governor to appoint judges, subject to confirmation by the senate. I would trust the governor to make a better choice than an inter- est group. The best coverage of the area's news, sports and community events! You'll find it here! Ca//872-3755 to subscribe today! Farm Rescue receives $130,000 grant (JAMESTOWN, N.D.)- More Montana since field operations "Family farmers will be posi- farmers in the Upper Midwest will be assisted in a time of need by Farm Rescue thanks to a $130,000 grant from the Otto Bremer Foundation. The two-year com- mitment includes amatching fund component for general opera- tions of the non-profit organiza- tion, which plants and harvests crops free of charge for family farmers that have suffered a major injury, illness or natural disaster. "The Otto Bremer Foundation and Bremer banks have been strong and generoussupporters of Farm Rescue," said Bill Gross. president and founder. "Our ability to assist families in crisis depends on the generosity of individuals, businesses and foundations, such as the Otto Bremer Foundation." Farm Rescue has assisted 131 farm families in North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota and began in 2006. The organization is run primarily by volunteers. "The foundation is proud to support Farm Rescue," said William Lipschultz, a trustee of the St. Paul-based foundation. "The unique and worthwhile work of the organization reflects Otto Bremer's vision of building and maintaining vilrant communi- ties." Created in 1944 and named after the founder of Bremer bank, the Otto Bremer Foundation assists people in achieving full economic, civic, and social partic- ipation in and for the betterment of their communities. As majority share holder of Bremer banks, the Foundation receives a portion of bank profits which enables it to invest in bank communities in the form of grants and program-relat- ed investments. tively impacted by this gift through Farm Rescue," said Gross. "It takes all of us working together to helpi'# those in crisis." i : Farm Rescue is now accepting. applications for spring planting g assistance. To obtain an applica- tion or refer a family in need, go to: farmrescue.org or call 701-252- 2017. Now is a great time to become a Work from home Provide a valuable community service New child care providers needed. Consider opening your home-based child care business by becoming a licensed child care provider. Start-up funding and FREE training [ rAS.&R available for a limited time through North Dakota Child Care Resource & Referral. CHILD CARE RESOURCE & REFERRAL Call 888-223-1510 to learn more. ,w..n,.,',re.orQ Child Care Resource & Referral is o pragrnm a/Lutheran 5acial Services in Western Varth Dakota. T00T5 ORE2. WE I00VE THE MUb ALL TO OURSELVES Aq00N! Burden on both sides to find common ground The dramatically transformed political landscape created by Tuesday's election puts a heavy bur- den on President Barack Obama and the GOP leadership to change their approach to the issues and to each other. Otherwise, the result will be more partisan gridlock, something that would be bad for the country and for whichever side the voters blame two years from now. Obama needs to reach out to the GOP as a party, seeking common ground with its leaders as a group, instead of just lobbying individual Republicans to back his programs. That may mean changing his approach on some issues, seeking compromises on trade, energy and the extension of Bush-era tax cuts and trying to develop common areas for cutting federal spending. Similarly, Republicans have to drop their insistence that Obama accept their approach on major poli- cies and go beyond generalities about cutting spending to accept substantive compromises on an overall approach to long-term deficit control, including taxes. After Tuesday's sweeping GOP victories, Obama and top Republican leaders expressed pre- dictable generalities about working ,together. But neither showed much sign of moving off pre-election stances. John Boehner, schefluled to become the next House speaker, said the GOP wants to extend the Bush tax cuts and repeal Obama's health care plan. Obama said he did- n't think the American people want- ed "to spend the next two years refighting the political battles of the last two" but added he is open to compromises on energy and educa- tion. They will get a chance to show they can work together when Congress returns in 10 days for its lame-duck session. Lawmakers will have to deal with extending the Bush tax cuts, lest they expire at year's end, and the government's spending authority, which runs out Dec. 3. One place for both to show flexi- bility will be within Obama's bitar- tisan debt commission, which fazes a Dec. 1 deadline for proposing a long-term deficit control plan that could involve taxes, annual federal spending and entitlements. 2010 Afternoon Entertainment Every Day! House Tours Carriage Rides English High Tea Live Stage Performance Street Food Vendors Ride the Queen Elizabus Lighted Parade :English Market Craft Fair Tickets go on sale Nov. 8 ONLINE www.dickensfestival.com Bi 1-800-435-5663 or call 1-800-799-4242 or 463-2345 www.natourism.corn BORDER . 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These contradictory forces could collide when Congress votes early next year on extending the legal ceiling on the national debt. The GOP's new responsibility to share governing makes it far harder for its leaders to oppose this as a symbolic protest against federal spending, because one result could be to prevent the government from functioning. Democrats, meanwhile, could be caught between their desire to main- tain Obama's course in the belief it ultimately will prove correct and the q broader electorate s pressure for changes. He did say he is open to propo- 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. als that would improve his health care plan but made clear he'll resist GOP efforts to repeal it or block funds to implement it. One way for Obama to signal he understands voter dissatisfaction would be to revamp a White House staff whose communications and political operatives have ill-served his presidency. None of this will be easy. Obama indicated he is likely to resist any but the most modest changes to his basic agenda, lest he further upset party liberals who believe he already has compromised too much. Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell already signaled GOP desire to maintain its negative approach by declaring his main goal is to deny Obama re-election. For both sides, the stakes are large. The same voters who blamed Obama and the Democrats for the persistence of national economic problems also have shown they won't hesitate to find a different tar- get next time. (Leubsdorf is Washington bureau chief of the Dallas Morning News.) Golden Valley News P.O. Box 156, Beach, ND 58621 (U.S.P,S. Pub. No. 221-280) Staff: Richard Volesky, editor, reporter, advertising and office manager; Jane Cook, office and news assis- tant. The Golden Valley News is published each Thursday, 22 Central Ave., Suite 1, Beach, ND 58621 by Nordmark Publishing, Rolla, ND. Periodicals postage paid at Beach, ND and additional mail- ing offices. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to: Golden Valley News, P.O. Box 156, Beach, ND 58621. Please allow two to; three weeks for new subscriptions, renewal of expired subscrip- tions and for address changes. 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