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June 18, 2009 Page 3 OPINION To fl- editor Traveling with a hero To the editor: c~ Feehn~s of exhilaration' is an understatement when referring to the trip of a lifetime I took with Fiddlin' Bill Johnson when he was inducted into the International Music Camp's Fiddlers Hall of Fame, the first of its kind there. As his personal nurse for the trip, I was privileged to assist in the trav- els of taking this hero to the Hall of Fame on June 5. To witness his pop- ularity of kinship to the other violin- ists left me in awe as they approached his wheelchair with congratulatory greetings. It definite- ly pulled at my heartstrings, leaving an indelible mark in my mind. This whole trip was orchestrated by the diligent and complete plan- ning of Golden Valley Manor Administrator Vicki Braden. Her detailed and precise instructions - from loading to aniving home - were a very integral part of a suc- cessful trip. I never had a doubting moment after I reviewed her printout of Bill's daily care plan to the map leading to the Canadian border and Peace Gardens. She arranged a fully capable, knowledgeable driver, Vera Kruger, and so I again had no worry. I'm grateful to Vicki for this expertise and concise trip for this special man, so he could receive an award for his hard work and mone- tary donations to music careers. Witnessing what he has done for youngsters' music pursuits makes me want to continue my violin interests. He'll always be one of my mentors in this field of music. This was an unforgettable event. Mary Lee Schmitz N.D. needs action on, health care now To the editor: At a recent roundtabte discussion on health care reform, Sen. Kent Conrad said the No. 1 concern he is hearing fYom North Dakotans is the sky-high cost of health care and health insurance. AARP couldn't agree more. Our health care system costs too much, wastes too much, makes too many mistakes and gives us back too little value for our money. We spend twice as much on health care as any other industrialized nation and costs continue to increase faster than ~,,age growth and inflation. That's why AARP North Dakota, on behalf of our 88,000 members. believes Congress must pass health care reform that provides all Americans with affordable health care choices. AARP believes any health care reform bill nmst address six priori- ties: Guaranteeing access to afford- able coverage for Americans age 50 to 64. In North Dakota, 9.5 percent of this age group were uninsured as of 2007. Closing the Medicare Part D prescription drug coverage gap, or "doughnut hole." In North Dakota, 33 percent of enrolled in a prescrip- tion drug plan fell into this coverage gap in 2007. Preventing costly hospital readmissions by creating a follow- up care benefit in Medicare to help people safely transition home after a hospital stay. In North Dakota, 19 percent of Medicare recipients were re-hospitalized within 30 Clays. Increasing federal funding and eligibility for home- and communi- ty-based sen:ices through Medicaid so older Americans can remain in their homes and avoid more costly institutions as they age. In North Dakota, only 5 percent of long-term care funds are spent on in-home care. Improving programs that help low-income Americans in Medicare afford the health care and prescrip- tion drugs they need. Approving generic versions of biologic drugs used to treat cancer, diabetes, multiple sclerosis and other serious diseases to reduce the price of these costly treatments. Today, no lower cost generic alter- natives are available for biologic drugs. Instead of engaging in discus- sions that can lead to an American solution to the health care crisis, opponents of health care reform are using scare tactics. There is no plan to make the health care system gov- ernment run. There is no plan that would limit your choice of medical providers. Health care reform does involve controlling costs, improv- ing quality, making sure all Americans have access to afford- able health insurance, and continu- ing to offer you the choice of health care providers. Now is our opportunity to fix our broken health care system. Be part of the solution by becoming informed on the issues. You can begin by visiting HYPERLINK "" David Peterson, AARP state president Janis Cheney, AARP state direc- tor Hat Tips By Dean Meyer Prosperity creates a challenge North Dakota has been an island of prosperity as the z~st of the coun- try has been experiencing wide- spread .job layoffs, business clos- ings, home foreclosures and the other calamities that accompany economic downturns. While other states have limped along, North Dakota's gross domes- tic product.expanded by 7.3 per cent last year to lead the nation. Taxable retail sales increased 21 per ~:ent while stores in other states were closing their doors. In almost all states, legislatures were cutting essential programs to balance budg- ets. In other states, people were los- ing their jobs by the millions while our unemployment rate was only half that of the national average. Frugal by tradition, the state leg- islature didn't know what to do with the revenue windfall that fattened the state treasury' beyond current needs. They socked away as much as they could, made some one-time expenditures, and still had money left over for the next session. We would like to take credit for being the oasis in an economic desert, but much of it can be attrib- uted to other factors. For one thing, the oil industry brought unprece- dented prosperity to western North Dakota in the form of good jobs, Other Views By Lloyd Omdahl Frugal by tradi- tion, the state legis- lature didn't know what to do with the revenue windfall that fattened the state treasury beyond current needs. lease payments and oil royalties. Some folks became millionaires over night. Then record farm prices spread new money all across North Dakota. Our income tax receipts attest to great bounty. To slow spending, politicians in the legislature talked about conserv- ing the taxpayers" "hard-earned" dollars. That was only rhetoric. These weren't hard-earned dollars- they were windfall dollars showered upon us by forces beyond our doing. In gratitude, we should be mind- ful of the adage that "from those who have much, much is expected." After losing their jobs, millions of generous folks across the nation will not be able to help charities, at home and around the world to demon- strate the generosity and compas- sion of the American heart. Actually, many of the unemployed are now in need themselves. Those of us in North Dakota who are prospering need to take up the slack and do more than ever before to fill the "giving gap" left by the unemployed. All of the indices of prosperity say that we have the means. Now all we need is the will. With over 80 per cent of North Dakotans claiming a Christian faith, the idea of playing the good Samaritans shouldn't be all that strange. During this time of eco- nomic crisis, perhaps Christians should consider spending a little less on themselves and a little more demonstrating their commitment to the teachings of Christ. That goes for our churches, too. Actually, we can all do more tor the world's poor and needy. As beneficiaries of windfall eco- nomics, we ought to be grateful and express that gratitude with empathy for those who didn't get an oil well or a top price for wheat Enjoying the 'Crawfish Bowl" Hello, I'm a good eater. Meaning I eat a lot. I know, I know, looking at me you wouldn't guess that. Or, maybe you would. I've eaten a lot of things in a lot of places. I ate tacos on the streets in Mexico City. Even alter our hosts warned us that eating on the streets of The City would cause you to become diseased and die. I've eaten goat in a little village in the Mexican mountains and shared a little tequila with a peasant while sitting ,around a campfire. Ate shark steaks in San Diego and clam chowder on the harbor in Boston. I've tried lutefisk and lefsa and I imagine I've eaten every cut of meat off a beef that could be eaten. I've had hamburger off a bull that wouldn't buck ~md steaks off a horse that would. Not really. Just checking to see if you were still with me. I've had the raw oysters with the keg beer at the bowling alley. Once, a long, long time ago, in a galaxy far away, I was with a gang that stole some chickens from a farmer and cooked them over an open fire. Cooked them very little. Cause the cops were coming. Now, what this story is leading up to is the "Crawfish Bowl". The other night Shirley and I were invit- ed to the third annual "Crawfish Bowl". Right here in SW North Dakota. Our host informed us the craw- fish came from south of here. i assumed he meant New England, or maybe even Lemmon. When I found out they came from Louisiana, I was really impressed. I've enjoyed lobster and crab legs. At least I enjoyed the butter. But I don't think I ever had feasted on a meal of crawfish Now, for you landlubbers, a You don't clean crawfish. You just sprinkle a little salt in the pool, so they kind of clean them- selves if you know what I mean. crawfish looks like a cross between a crab and a cockroach. Or maybe a grasshopper and a shrimp. They have legs and antennas and pincers and a shell. When we got to the party, four grown men were kneeling around a little kid's plastic swimming pool. You know. The ones that hold about six inches of water. I found out they were sorting the dead crawfish from the live ones. I figured that was not necessary since you boil them any- way. They informed me that you have to take the dead ones out, because they haven't been purged You don't clean crawfish. You just sprinkle a little salt in the pool, so they kind of clean themselves if you know what I mean. Kind of like drinking that stuff if you're going in for colonoct .... a Katie Couric. (I didn't know how to spell it). Well, right away that kind of cooled me on the crawfish deal. But a couple beers later, it seemed all right. Kind of like the chickens. And these guys were chefs. Potatoes, sausages, salads, corn on the cob, hamburgers, brats, and much more. It was a feast that the Romans would have been envious of. Now, to eat a crawfish, you place one hand on the front half (the head), and the other on the back half (the purging end) and twist and pull. Remember now, these bad boys have been purged and boiled. With a little hot sauce in the water. Cajun music is playing in the background. A gentle fog is rising from the Swamp and the fire from a still can be seen drifting up through a canopy of swamp trees. A lady with long black hair is telling fortunes, and the kids are trying to snare an alligator that has been coaxed up out of the creek. Get the picture? Well, you twist and pull this baby apart. Then you quickly take the front half and suck the juice from the shell. This proves you are into the beer far enough to eat the back half. Then you peel off some of the shell off the back half and you are to the meat of the deal. It is a small piece of fish meat about the size and shape of a small shrimp. And, all kidding aside, it is deli- cious. There is not a lot of meat. And it is good. But I would venture a guess, that if you were dropped in the middle of a swamp. And you were surrounded by a million craw- fish, and you started eating right away, you would starve to death. You just can't twist and pull and suck and peel and chew fast enough to get enough nourishment to live. Oh, don't get me wrong. I ate about twenty of the little suckers, but as we headed for the car (at Shirley's insistence, I was going to stay for the crawfish races) I did sneak past the grill and grabbed a hamburger and hot dog. It was great time. Thanks guys. But you beef guys don't have to worry about crawfish replacing rib- eye steaks on the grill! Later, Dean Letters to the editor The Golden Valley News and Billings County Pionner welcomes letters to the editor. The letters must include the author's signature, address and phone number for verification of authorship. Mail them to: Golden Valley News/ Billings County Pioneer PO Box 156 Beach, ND 58621 We reserve the right to shorten letters, edit out factual errors and reject those deemed libelous, in poor taste or of a personal nature.. We will not run letters from the same author two weeks in a row. All opinions expressed are those of the author and do not represent the opinions of The GVN or BCP Pull Tabs Cheryl dustesen Black $50 Jack Friday & Saturday Hours: Mon-Fri. 3pm-lam Sat. lpm-lam Happy Hour: Mon.-Thurs. 5:30-6:30pm Ghosts of Girlfriends Past Golden Valley News p.o. Box 156, Beach, ND 58621 (U.S.P.S. Pub. 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