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February 4, 2010 Page 3 A good game full Of winners Hello, You know, I like sports. Oh, I don't sit glued to the TV for a loot- ball game. But I occasionally watch one. Did you know that in a three- hour tootball game, there is about twelve minutes of actual football'? Really. Twelve minutes. The rest is analysi;s, replays, advertising, and a pretty' much general waste of time. And personally, I think the refs in the Viking game last week were hon'ible. And Brett Favre is maybe the toughest guy in the world! And I like golf. If you are in a cart. Sharing refreshments with a friend. And you don't care where the dang ball goes. And the weather is nice. And it's not windy. And there is going to be a card game after the golf game. I still can't answer the question, "Are golfers athletes?" I don't care for professional bas- ketball. I don't think anyone other than Jack Nicholson does. But col- lege ball. when March Madness starts is wonderful. Who can forget the excitement of NDSU playing Kansas tough last year? Awesome! But, really, high school sports are where it is at for a lot of the Dakotas. Gyms fill up in large and small towns across the plains. People will fight raging blizzards, icy roads, and power outages to cheer on young athletes who are wrestling, play- ing ball, cheerlead- ing, or maybe in the band. People will fight raging blizzards, icy roads, and power outages to cheer on y6ung athletes who are wrestling, playing ball, cheerlead- ing, or maybe in the band. I did all of the above. Well, most. Okay. Some. I was back in my old home coun- try over the weekend. Berthold. You know. The Berthold Bombers. The headline on the sports page of the Minot Daily News read "Bombers Survive!" And they did. Barely. Against a handftfl of kids from Mandaree. The Warriors. Both teams had kids and grandkids of friends of mine. I didn't get to go to the game. But I talked to a lot of people who were there. And although Mandaree didn't win the game, they won a lot of friends at that game. My brother, who attends most of the Bomber games, said the Mandaree coach and kids showed the most class of any team he could remember. As well as the Mandaree fans. When a player went down in a scramble for the ball, it was a Warrior who was the first guy there, offering a hand up. When a Bomber fouled out, it was the Warriors and their coach, who lined up to give a ball player a pat on the back, a hug, or shake his hand. When someone made a great shot, or a great pass, it was the Warrior fans that gave the player applause, no matter what team he was on. The Warrior fans applauded When Bomber players were intro- duced. They,didn't turn their back. Two great teams. And nobody lost. Thanks guys, Dean Meyer Capitol Report By Shirl-y Meyer lo lhe editor Postal Service does its part to be 'green' To the editor: Most people associate the United States Postal Service with the color blue - the blue eagle logo, blue uni- forms, blue collection boxes - so they might not realize how green the USPS is. In October, the USPS announced results of its first green- house gas report, which showed the Postal Service's direct carbon tbotprint is only one-twentieth of 1 percent of America's greenhouse gas emissions. That's pretty green for an agency with 220,000 vehi- cles (the largest civilian fleet in the world), 34,000 facilities (more than McDonald's and Starbucks combined) and 618,000 employ- ees. The Postal Service, which receives no tax dollars for operations, has earned more than 75 major environ- mental awards, including 40 White House Closing the Circle Awards and the 2009 Climate Change Champion of the Year Award. For all the blue associated with mail, these achievements show that the United States Postal Service is also a good green' neighbor. Corlene Olson, postmaster, Beach Karen Schmeling, postmaster, Golwl Judy Stenberg, postmaster, Sentinel Butte Dithering on drinking The start of a new year often brings with it a resolve to try some- thing new, fix something old, or tack- le a problem too long left unsolved. hnagine what the start of a new decade could offer. A specific problem that has long suffered from vast national equivoca- tion has been one that involves the health and safety of young people: underage drinking. Curious given a concerted feder- al effort to curb underage drinking. The Interagency Coordinating Committee on the Prevention of Underage Drinking (ICCPUD), which is chaired by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, supports a range of programs. That effort, among others, seems to have made some progress. But progress may be slowing - meaning it's time to revisit the issue and the role all adults play (or don't play) in realizing the goals set out in a report from the National Research Council and Institute of Medicine of the National Academies (Reducing Underage Drinking: A Collective Responsibility') - a critical research- based book and call to action that got the ball rolling. According to new Monitoring the Future data from the University of Michigan, a long-term gradual decline in alcohol use among 8th, 10th, and 12th graders has leveled off, with the trend continuing for only the 8th graders. Not encouraging news given what we know about youth ',and alco- hol. For example, the Academies estimate the annual cost of underage drinking at $53 billion in losses from traffic deaths, violent crime and other destructive behavior. When it comes to older adolescents; Teens Today research from SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions) reveals that by 12th grade more than 3 in 4 teens are drinking. The Center for Substance Abuse Research (CESAR) notes that 85 per- cent of 17-year-old drinkers get drunk at least once in a typical month. And then there's college. In February 2009, a survey of 6,608 students at the University of Wisconsin revealed: 33 percent of respondents report- ed that they have missed classes due to alcohol. 24 percent of respondents report- ed they had unprotected sex due to alcohol, and 49 percent of respondents report- ed doing something while drinking alcohol that they later regretted. So pervasive is college drinking that teens in SADD-related focus groups cite preparing lot it as a pri- mary reason for drinking in high school. Ralph Hingson of the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism points out some of the same as well as other alcohol-related consequences for college stndents: Assault: More than 696,0(X) are assaulted by another student who has been drinking. Sexual Abuse: More than 97,(X)0 are victims of alcohol-related sexual assault or date rape. Unsafe Sex: 400,0(X} have unpro- tected sex and more than 100,000 report having been too intoxicated to know if they consented to having sex. Academic Problems: About 25 percent of students report academic consequences of their drinking, including missing class, falling puts youth at risk behind, doing poorly on exams or papers, and receiving lower grades overall. Drunk Driving: 2.1 fiaillion drive under the influence of alcohol each year. And yet the problem of alcohol use on or around college campuses continues to be a polarizing issue, with some in higher education advo- cating for lowering the minimum legal drinking age (pool ... the "problem" then disappears) while prevention experts insist that the law saves lives and serves as an effective deterrent (SADD research points m the 21-year-old minimum legal drinking age as the number one rea- son those younger don't drink). Similarly, researchers at the Washington University School of Medicine credit the current law for a decline in binge drinking among 12- to 20-year-old males (females are not doing as well), although they found that college students of both genders are binge drinking more. Knowing the scale and the cost of the problem, all Americans can begin the new decade with a renewed sense of urgency m pursue proven effective strategies to reduce underage drink- ing at college ... and before. A good start, as with other problems, is acknowledging that one exists. Many colleges that have cite declines in underage and high-risk drinking among students. The time to equivocate ran out when the ball dropped at midnight on Dec. 31. (Stephen Wallace, author of Reality Gap: Alcohol, Drugs, and &:r-- What Parents Don't Know and Teens Aren't Telling, serves as national chairman and chief execu- tive offh'er of SADD, hlc. (Students Against Destructive Decisions). Road flood control costs both Iqave to be addressed I'm always a little surprised with some of the questions I'm asked. We were out for supper the other night with a few friends and we started discussing the cost of our lat- est storm. Someone asked me what a new REA pole would cost, and I didn't have any idea. His response was that as a state legislator 1 should know that. I guess he was right so with a phone call or two I now know that a new pole can cost anywhere from $300 to $800, depending on size. Hundreds of these poles were snapped off like twigs. The cost of this storm is going to be astronomi- cal. I don't know what the final esti- : mates are going to be, but just the man hours alone are going to be incredible. These crews worked long, long hours in extremely diffi- cult conditions. Once again, "Thank-you." 1 don't suppose they ever get used to coming up to a door after getting a rancher's electricity back on and are met with a big hug and kiss. That can really hurt if your face is frozen. ,, For those people lucky enough to have a generator, they can really appreciate how cheap our electricity is even in the winter months. - Running a place on a generator can be a pricy option - necessary, indis- I don't suppose they ever get used to coming up to a door after getting a rancher's electrici- ty back on and are met with a big hug and kiss, pensable, but expensive. With this last storm it's pretty much a certainty that the Red River is going to be flooding Fargo and the Valley again. Everyone is praying that it won't be as bad as last year, but we'll just have to wait and see. It took the state of North Dakota over 10 years to pay their costs of the 1997 flood. The floods of 2009 were considered to be a 125-year event and luckily for us the federal government picked up 90 percent of those costs. When these 125-year events start happening every year it is impossible to budget, let alone pay for them. The president's budget was released on Monday and fortunately for North Dakota, monies have been set aside for a comprehensive study for permanent flood control relief. Permanent flood control for the Red River Valley is going to be extreme- ly expensive. Most of us realize the importance of flood control in the valley, but the oil patch is the driver of the job creation and the budget surplus in the state the past few years. We have to start funding more of our infrastructure needs out in the West, too. Production levels of crude oil continue to climb and set another new record - in November - over 245.000 barrels per day. The current rig count is 80, on the rise, and now 10 percent above the number operat- ing in the state one year ago. Oil and gas production and extraction tax collections totaled $28.9 million in December. So far the tax collections in the new biennium through December have totaled $120 mil- lion, but remember we have to start repairing our roads if this kind of activity is going to be sustained. I can be contacted at jmey- or by phone at 225-2736. God Bless, Shirley Meyer State Representative, District 36 A recent statewide survey showed that when North Dakotans plan to shop they prefer newspaper over every other media source by more than 3-to-1. More than 3-to-l! How's that for a glowing recommendation? 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