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April 1, 2010page 5 lection filing deadlines are April 9 By Richard Volesky Editor/Writer The deadline to file petitions tbr the area's city, park district, and county elections is 4-p,m., April 9. The terms for numerons council and commission and other elected offices are expiring. At the June 8 election, park district and city races will be decided. The June 8 election also serves as the primary election for county races, with the two peo- ple receiving the most votes for each county office going on to the November general election. Details regarding most vacancies appeared in previous editions of the Golden Valley News and Billings County Pioneer. Forms needed to run for office are each city.or county auditor's office, or can be found on the North Dakota secretary of state's Web site. The number of signatures needed on nominating petitions varies according to the office a candidate is seeking. Candidates should con- tact the applicable city or county auditor for the number of signatures that are needed. For school district elections, a nominating petition with signatures isn't needed. However, a form known as a Statement of Interests would have to be filed. The filing deadline for most area school board elections is also 4 p.m., April 9, at the office of each school district's business manage. An exception is that the filing deadline for the Billings County School Board is 4 p.m., Thursday, April 1. The Billings County School Board election will be held on June 1. An election notice for the district is to be published next week. Term limits will have consequences While it is true that incumbency creates a political advantage tor elect- ed officials, thereby creating a certain inflexibility in governance, the idea of setting term limits to negate this advantage is not without conse- quences. The circulators of petitions to limit North Dakota legislators to two terms may have all sorts of expectations but a reasoned assess- ment suggests that benefits will be few and will not offset the many dis- advantages. Loss of accountability: The argu- ment that tern1 limits would make government more accountable is without merit, primarily because an elected official facing a short career is less likely to be concerned about pub- lic opinion than one hoping to serve over the long run. Term'limited legis- lators would have less reason to curry favor with the electorate. Crippled leadership: Legislative leadership would be crippled with a constant stream of inexperienced newcomers serving as committee chairs and floor, leaders. Leadership doesn't appear instantaneously. It requires the development of qualities required to lead and to function effec- tively. Thai takes more time than term limits would allow. Strengthen lobbyists: Lobbyists would become more effective because they remain session after ses- sion and would become more' influen- tial plying their trade with inexperi- enced legislators coming through a revolving door. Lose to executive branch: While the North Dakota executive branch is N.D. Matters By Lloyd Omdahl The quality of legislation would decline for acouple of reasons. First, inexperienced leg- islators come to sessions with sim- plistic ideas about policymaking, not having been exposed to the implications of their ideas... hobbled by too many elected officials and too many connnittees, the legisla- tive branch must continue to be a viable branch of" government. A con- stant turnover of legislative leader- ship and a decline in experience would weaken the legislative branch as a "checl( and balance" on the exec- utive. Lower quality legislation: The quality of legislation would decline for a couple of reasons. First, inexpe- rienced legislators come to sessions with simplistic ideas about policy- making, not having been exposed to the implications of their ideas. Consequently, term limits would result in more "off-the-wall" legisla- tion to clog the process. (We get enough of that without term limits.) Second, institutional knowledge - an in-depth understanding of issues - would decline with the number of experienced legislators. Fewer consensus builders: A con- siderable part of the legislative process is one of negotiating conflict among competing interests. Consensus building is i rocess that requires give-and-take, something many new legislators must learn. While the legislature will always have a couple of old immovable incum- bents, most legislators become better negotiators with experience. Need unproven: If the North Dakota legislature consisted of long- selwing "dead wood," term limits would make sense, but statistics indi- cate that North Dakota already has high turnover. Going into the 2009 session, half of the House members had four or fewer sessions of experi- ence. And I would be hard-pressed to judge the rest as dead wood because dead wood is in the eye of the behold- er. Fifteen states do have legislative term limitations and none of them has reverted to territgrial status. They are surviving. However, researchers and neutral observers agree that term-lim- ited legislatures are not as competent as they were before term limits. With term limits first appearing in the early 1990s, we have collected enough data over the past 20 years to know that term limits have consequences. Area00:program :seel:s 00iolunteers RSVP+, formally known as assists his grandfather in stocking Retired Senior Volunteer Program, shelves at a food pantry, while the recently ,. expanded services to oldest volunteer is 97 helping at a engage individuals of all ages, congregate meal site in Dickinsonl hence its 'new name. RSVP+ now "Our rural communities are best invites individuals of all ages to known for stepping up to the plate meet community needs through when volunteering is needed. meaningful volunteer service Helping your neighbors and giving opportunities, back to your community is just RSVP+ volunteers vary in age, something you do in a smaller town. desires, and locations in North I grew up in Manvel, N.D. Dakota. The youngest enrolled Volunteering is just part of your RSVP+ volunteer is age 4; he daily routine," said Kelsey Bless, director of the program. For more information on how to register as a volunteer or to register a non-profit organization to receive the help of local volunteers, please call Beverly Hafele at (701) 227- 8421. 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(Across from Bank of the West) Happt/East00;r. 1 ") Thanks for ttour 13usiness Professional Body & "We Stand Painting on All Behind Makes & Models Our Work" ADVANCED COLLISION E N T t "It , I N C Ed Sticka, Owner-Manager 145(; West Villard, Dickinson 701-483-5128 Hours: Monday - Fdday 8 AM - 5:30 PM Standing guard A cow watches over newborn calves at an area ranch. Residents and livestock have wel- comed the recent warmer weather. (Photo by Richard VoJesky) tle00lp for Census questionnaires available The 2010 Census questionnaires have been delivered throughout southwestern North Dakota and help in completing them is available for those who may need it, accord- ing to the Dickinson Complctc Count Committee. Census Questionnaire Assistance Centers will be open at two locations in Dickinson: Dickinson Chamber of Commerce, 314 3rd Ave. W., Monday, 1-4 p.m., and Tuesday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; and Sunset Senior Center. 46 lstAe. E, Monday, 1-4 p.m. and Tuesday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. A trained census employee will be available to help people con> plete their questionnaires, answer questions about the questionnaire or p,'ovide a new fln'm if a resident didn't receive a 2010 Census ques- tionnaire at his or her home. For those who may not havc received a 2010 Census question- naire, Be Counted sites are avail- able to pick up new forms. These Be Counted sites are open at: Medora Community Center, 465 Pacific Ave., Medora; and Frankie's West Side Conoco, 1554 W. Villard St., Dickinson. The Questionnaire Assistance Centers are slated to be open until April 19. Those in need of assistance in completing their forms may also call the 2010 Census Telephone Questionnaire Assistance Center at 866-872-6868. The best coverage of the area's news, sports and community events! You'll find it here! "--:: 2 .... :-2;2 := : - BUFFALO GAP GUEST RANCH  Join us for an EASTER BUFFET Sunday, April 4 11-2 p.m. $10.95 for adults, $5.50 for kids under 7 Medora, North Dakota Exit 18 offl-94, 1 mile north 701-623-4200 t BEACH St. John the Baptist Catholic Church Rev. David Richter Mass: Saturday 6:3'0 p.m. and 10:30 a.m., Sunday St. Paul's Lutheran Church, LCMS Rev. Scott Hojnacki Sunday Worship - 10:15 a.m. Sunday School - 11 : 15 a.m. First Lutheran Church - ELCA Sunday School - 8:10 a.m. Sunday Worship - 9:30 a.m. Beach Evangelical Church Sunday School - 9:30 a.m. Worship Sunday - 10:45 a.m. Prayer Service - 6:30 p.m. United Community Church Pastor Warren Maxted Sunday Worship - 9 a.m. BELFIELD St. Bernard's Catholic Church Rev. Shannon G. Lucht Saturday Mass: 4 p.m.. Confessions: 3:15-3:45 p.m. Sunday Mass: 8:30 a.m. Confessions: 7:45-8:15 a.m. St. John's Ukrainian Catholic Church Rev. Taras Miles Divine Liturgy: 8 a.m. on first, third and fifth Sundays, 10 a.m. on second and fourth Sundays St. Peter's Lutheran - LCMS Rev. Scott Hojnacki Worship Service: Sunday- 8 a.m. Beifield Lutheran - ELCA Rev. Roger Dieterle Sunday School (all ages): 9 a.m. Sunday Worship: 10 a.m. Daglum Lutheran Church - ELCA Rev. Roger Dieterle (Located 25 miles southeast of Belfield) Sunday Worship - 11:45 a.m. on first and third Sunday of each month Belfield Baptist Church Rev. Robert Hlibichuk Stmday Worship: 9 a.m. Sunday Bible Study: 10 a.m. Playing Afice in Wonderland i Rental Assistance Available Immediately $100 in Beach Bucks with move in/ " Schedules Belfield Church of God 781 Mitissa Ave. Pastors Harold & Marge Sundgren Thursday, 7 p.m. F4 IRFIELD St. Demetrius Ukrainian Catholic Church Rev. Taras Miles Sunday Divine Liturgy: 8 a.m. on second and fourth Sundays, and 10 a.m. on first, third and fifth Sundays GOL VA St. Mary's Catholic Church Rcv. David Richter Mass: 8 a.m., Sunday MEDORA Medora Lutheran - ELCA Re',.'. Roger Dietetic Sunday \\;Vorship - 8:30 a.m. Sunday Schooh 3:30 p.m., Wednesday Union Congregational Church June, July and August only. Sunday worshi p - 10:30 a.m. St. Mary's Catholic Church Saturdays 4:00 p.m. May 3 - end of Oct. SENTINEL BUTTE Trinity Lutheran Church Sunday Worship - 8 a.m. TR 0 TIERS Trotters Church 1st and 3rd Sunday of each lnonth WIBA UX United Methodist Church Pastor Ruth McKenzic Sunday Worship: 9 a.m. Calvary Temple, Assembly of God Pastor Andy Lain Sunday Worship 10:30 a.m. Sunday School 9:30 am. Trinity Lutheran Church - ELCA Sunday Worship - I 1:15 a.m. Christian Fundamental Church Pastor .leremy Stradley Sunday School 9:45 a.m. Sunday Worship I1 a.m. . Silvernale-Silha Funeral, Homes 221 N. Meade Ave. 204 South Wibaux St. 53 1st Avenue S.E. Glendive, MT 59330 Wibaux, MT 59353 Beach, N.D. 58621 406-377-2622 or 406-796-2421 or 701-872-3232 or 1-800-368-2690 1-800-892-6424 JAMES J. 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