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March 31, 2011 Page 3 Increasing funding for seniors is fiscally responsible Every session we have a long- standing tradition of honoring for- mer legislators who have died in the past two years. This session we honored my mother-in-law, Jerry Meyer, who served in the Senate during the 80s. During the memori- al service I was reflecting on what she stood for and the wonderful things she accomplished for the women of North Dakota. Because of women like her who had the courage to stand up for the things she believed in, North Dakota is a better place for women, children, and working families. She fought for equal pay for equal work, educa- tion, child care ... the list goes on. It never ceases to amaze me when I&apos;m doing research for legislation how many times her name will pop up. Her tracks won't be washed out in the first rain. Last week in Finance and Tax we heard SB 2242. This bill would provide for a dollar for dollar match for the Senior Mill Levy Match pro- gram. Currently the appropriation provides for a match of .667 cents for every dollar levied locally. The Senior Mill Levy Match was estab- lished by the Legislature in 1971 to provide funding for services for senior citizens. These services include home delivered meals, con- gregate dining, transportation, out- reach assistance, health related services and the maintenance of senior citizens centers where servic- Capitol Report By Shirley Meyer State Representative, District 36 es are provided. The 2005 Legislative Assembly created the senior citizen services and programs fund. Each year dur- ing July through December, the state treasurer transfers to the fund the portion of sales, use, and motor vehicle excise tax collections that are equivalent to the amount gener- ated from two-thirds of one mill levied statewide. The treasurer by March 1 of the following year, dis- tributes money in the fund as grants to eligible counties for senior citi- zen programs. The increase in funding in SB 2242 (going up from 2/3rds of a mill to 1 mill) will pro- vide resources for service providers to meet the growing needs of an increasingly aging population. And it will allow these services to be provided in an in-home setting expanding the continuum of care for the senior population. More importantly, it will provide addi- tional funding in support of the many senior centers throughout the state to make sure that they are able to be adequately maintained so that they are available for the elderly. These are places where seniors congregate and where services are provided that assist them in main- taining an active and independent lifestyle. In many of our small towns the senior center is one of the last few active facilities in town. I am a huge supporter of Elder Care, anti I've seen the tremendous benefits they provide. You can imagine my surprise when some members of the committee decided that they weren't going to let this bill come out of committee with a "Do Pass" recommendation. All of a sudden after a week of passing out tax breaks for banks, tax breaks for corporations, tax exemptions for retail business, they decide to draw the line on excessive state spending by defeating a bill that helps our senior citizens. Which by the way are the same people who built this state, educated us, cared for us, and gave us the road map for the successes we have enjoyed. The transportation that is provided under these programs is oftentimes the only way that seniors can get to church or to a doctor's appoint- ment. Coming into this session with a billion dollar surplus and we can't afford to come up with $1.5 million to help the elderly? Providing fund- ing for seniors isn't expanding gov- ernment it's government being fis- cally responsible. The longer peo- ple stay in their own homes, the more money the state saves. Keep thinking spring. Speaker' s Desk By David Drovdal Because I know I'm over my lit- tle head when it comes to AC power, the kind of electricity that comes out of an outlet in your wall, I asked my friend Robert Olsen of Washington State University for help. Olsen is an engineering professor, and he point- ed me to a posting on the govern- ment's National Institute of Standards and Technology website summarizing a report about the kind of device I had been offered. The NIST posting explains my house isn't just charged for current flowing into it from the grid, but actually for the product of multiply- ing that current by the power factor of my home. With the capacitor device in place, current should indeed drop, but the power factor rises in a manner that means the Doc (Continued from Pa9e 2) product remains the same. Bottom line, my house wouldn't save a nickel with the device. I also investigated the capacitors- in-a-box by calling a free hotline of the Department of Energy. I immedi- ately got to talk to a real person who took down my questions and got back to me later. He noted that power companies bill residential customers differently from how they bill commercial customers. But for your home, the basic advice is that there's no reason to think the capac- itors will help lower your bills. The salesmen I met mentioned an association between their outfit and a finance company. I think that means some good souls have gone into debt to buy the capacitors-in-a- box in an effort to save money. From my point of view, that's a cruel fate, indeed. At least I got a free steak meal for my trouble. All I'm saying is this: be careful you don't pay a lot for your dinner. When it comes to saving on household energy bills, there are indeed tactics that work. Check with your local public utility for ideas and advice. On the web, one site worth visiting is http://www.energysavers.gov/fips/. Seize the day and make the effort to' educate yourself about energy conservation using reliable sources. The dollar you save really can be your own. (Dr. E. Kirsten Peters, a native of the rural Northwest, was trained as a geologist at Princeton and Harvard.) To edmr Senility has no boundaries in society To the editor: This is in response to Lloyd Omdahl's syndicated column in the March 17 editions, where he trashed the North Dakota Legendary 2011 travel guides events across the state in a pitiful attempt to be funny. He scoped the May 28-29 Dakota Cowboy Poetry Gathering, held annually at Medora, in his crosshairs and pulled the trigger, referring to the classic gathering as an x-rated, anything goes, profane, crude, guitar banging event. First off, I can personally testify that Lloyd has never once attended the Dakota Cowboy Poetry Gathering in its highly successful 24-year his- tory, where western and cowboy culture is celebrated and preserved and attended by entire families. Study cowboy history as far back as you please, you'll discover the cul- ture to be one of the most strict, courteous, respectful and polite in mixed company of any humanity groups. The Gathering was honored nationally in 2000 by the Library of Congress in Washington D.C. as "A local legacy" for its accuracy in its preservation of its culture. In January of this year it was honored at the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering held in Elko, Nev., for the same. As a university professor and North Dakota lieutenant governor, Lloyd held positions of respect and more importantly, great influence on generations of our state's youth at a very formative and influential period of their lives. For a person of this caliber to write an article so low is unacceptable. If he desires to be a clown I suggest he re-enter politics and leave humor to a real humorist. His article also took a sharp jab at your church services saying, "The Lakota Turkey Barbecue will be held June 17-19 with an all-faith church service slated for Sunday. All-faith means it will represent the lowest common denomination for people of faith." Perhaps senility has no boundaries in society. Bill Lowman Founder/Director, Dakota Cowboy Poetry Gathering Bill would allow Game and Fish to buy land From the Speaker's Desk I have the best chair in the chamber - we have many schools that visit the Capitol during the session and most sit in the balcony for at least part of a session. From my chair I can watch these students and see the interest and curiosity they have for the process. Most students I get a chance to visit with are awed by the process and it would be interesting if they would relay their thoughts about it. A few of these students will be future legislators sitting on the floor making the decisions of tomorrow. A person can spend lots of money and go to Washington D.C. and see old buildings or you can come to Bismarck and see how the political system does work. This week, the floor action will include some of the major funding bills and North Dakota's version of earmarks. One such ear tag that I saw was a provision to allow Game and Fish to spend up to $850,000 to purchase private land. Past legisla- tures have voted not to allow the gov- ernment to purchase any more land but this bypasses that issue by only allowing the purchase with money in their (our) trust account. To me this is unfair competition for the private sector. Game and Fish says they are paying fair market value but they also are the party that is setting what fair market value is. They also are com- peting with individuals that have to use after tax mrney to pay for the land and the individuals have to make a living off that land. Governments only add to the cost of their services when they pur- chase land. The $850,000 is only seed money because there are many green groups and conservation groups that have tax deductible donations that they will give to Game and Fish to enable the pur- chase of many more acres than was first imagined in the bill. There is no shortage of land for them to pur- chase simply because sellers are looking for the deepest pocket. In one case the landowner has already sold 90 percent of the rights, such as hunting rights, to the government and now wants to sell the land for full value. The only party that would pay that amount is a govem- merit agency. The real question should be is this a country of private ownership or public ownership? If the government continues to pur- chase land we will be the buffalo commons again. The old saying that land is power is still true today. Socialism believes that the govern- ment should own or control. There is a suggestion to start a deer depravation program through Game and Fish. The argument is a small rancher is losing some hay and if the program is in place they could recover their loss. I agree with the problem of deer deprava- tion but think of this scenario: A wealthy individual purchases a quarter of "land as an investment because they want a hunting camp for themselves and their friends. They plant 160 acres of crop to attract the deer. Hunting season comes and they shoot the big buck, then submit a claim for depravation on the crop and get paid a profit for the loss. The local rancher submits a claim in the spring and is told all the funding is spent. If the local rancher gets mad and sues, a judge could find the state liable for all depravation because we indicated responsibility by starting the pro- gram. The taxpayers would be on the hook for the bill. 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Regardless, Balloon Sin- uplasty is an entirely different type of procedure than we've offered in the past and we're excited about the benefits it offers patients." Balloon Sinuplasty Technology is a safe and minimally invasive system used as a tool by surgeons when treating chronic sinusitis. Doctors thread a guide wire equipped with a tiny balloon into the sinus and gently inflate the bal- loon just enough to open the pas- sageway. The sinus is then flushed, leaving the sinus open and clear and allowing the return of physician in the region. Sinus sufferers know the misery involved in dealing with sinus is- sues. Facial pain and pressure, headaches, difficulty breathing, fa- tigue and sore throat are common symptoms which are often aggra- vated by teeth pain, a loss of the senses of taste and smell, green or yellow nose discharge and bad breath. In fact, more than 7 million people in our nation are affected by chronic sinusitis, and they range in ages from toddler to adult. If these symptoms are familiar to you, there is good news. A new surgery called Balloon Sinuplasty is now available at St. Joseph's Hospital and Health Center's Bad- lands ENT, Allergy and Hearing Clinic, and it has opened a whole new world, literally, for patients who have experienced it. Chronic sinus infections, one of the most common types of sinus problems, are inflammations of the sinus lining lasting three months or more. Sinuses are air-filled pock- ets that surround the nose. Each sinus has an opening through which mucus drains. Sinus infections are most commonly caused by bacter- ial, viral and/or microbial infec- tions. Structural issues such as blockage of the sinus opening can also lead to chronic sinus infec- tions. If the opening is closed, nor- mal sinus drainage may not occur. This condition may lead to infec- tion and inflammation of the si- nuses. In medical terms it is known as sinusitis, in the patient's terms- misery. 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However, generally children and teens do not require sinus surgery. "For over 90% of sinusitis pa- tients who have the balloon proce- dure, it's a permanent fix," Williams says. "Many people who have the procedure get their sense of taste and smell back. Since the inflammation of tissue is resolved, air flow can return along with those two senses. There's no guarantee, but it's a possibility." Balloon Sinuplasty was devel- oped in 2005 by the Menlo Park, California-based Acclarent and since then has grown in popularity with patients and doctors. "It is a national and international form of treatment now," says Dr. Williams. "We are excited to offer this surgical option to our patients. Any time you can offer a service which reduces trauma and speeds recovery time, with a high rate of success, it enhances the benefit to the patient and increases our satis- faction as health care providers. This procedure offers multiple ben- efits and can make a huge differ- ence in people's lives. It is definitely the wave of the future in sinus surgical treatment." St. Joseph's Hospital and Health Please Fast- Track Referral from : Badlands ENT Clinic 701-456-4700 Phone/Fax: St. Joseph's Hospital and Health Center How did you hear'about Balloon Sinuplasty TM Technology? n Web n Billboard n Newspaper El Radio El Telephone Hold Message El TV El Other: The following questionnaire is intended to help define your symptoms and provide valuable information and itiOhts for your doctor. ,Answer the questions, rating to the best of yo4Jr ability the problems you have experienced over,he past two weeks. Sino.Nasal Outcome Test (SNOT-20) I. Con=ider how iove thepmldom is whim ye experieP, c,e it acml how frequently it how "bid" it . l:r./cirr t f, nu d'wt con,eq:xdl with how yOU fell 2. Please  the moll itaporUt i*rrrs affe<ng your ho=l (mn of 5 item=), Patient Name: Date: % Need to blow nose i I 0 I 2 3 4 ! S I 3. 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MJ, W$h,ngto Un,vertry ol t Medtclr, e, St LOU, M,,Ioun If you think you're having sinus issues take this test and share it with your doctor or bring it to Badlands ENT. Center Badlands ENT is currently the only facility in the region offer- ing the option of Balloon Sinu- plasty. For information or if you would like to discuss the results of your Sino-Nasal Outcome Test (SNOT- 20) form you can call 701-456- 4700. Paid Advertisement