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|H!Jrrnlnnqmr 'm Molnmn llnlJg.wunnlJ!nm.uuniilnJl I  .L IlIILI. JUE IBl. lJ Jii " July 2, 2009 Page 3 OPINION My return rom Clock's ticking t0ward centennia ! the longhorn hunt To the editor: covers administrat" "e cost' o parade. Observers are encouraged lit is hard to believe when this let- centennial, the all-school reunion, to come prepared with a lawn chair and bag to collect candy. Following the parade will be lunch and the commemorative rifle auction in Gazebo Park. Additional information is avail- able on the posters located through, out the city, at City Hall and at Residents of Beach will be as proud to showcase the city as were their predecessors. See you there and enjoy the centen- nial ! Beach Centennial Committee Members KiT Nunberg, Teresa Swanson, Deb Walworth and Jeanne Larson ter is published in the July 2, 2009, issue there will only be 27 days before the Beach Centennial Celebration! There have been numerous people working in a wwi- ety of ways for well over a year to make our centennial memorable. We encourage individuals to pre- register. Pre-registration eliminates the frustration and waiting in line for the ticket buyers and sellers. Registration forms can be obtained at City Hall or downloaded at Registration fees are $10 for an individual or $25 for a family, The registration fee Friday night concert, lunch Saturday after the parade and fire- works Saturday night. The family fee also includes a wristband for each child that gives them access to the swimming pool and all inflat- able games and activities. As of today, there are 400 people from outside the Beach area who have registered, from the class of 1934 to this year's graduating class. A parade will be held on Saturday, Aug. 1, at 11 a.m. Participants are encouraged to pre- register at City Hall to aid in the planning and execution of the Hat Tips By Dean Meyer Event will be an 'extraordinary opportunity' tire of the vibrant spirit and joy of life that marks Beach. It's a contin- uing tribute to the people who built Beach and the citizens who call it home today. Congratulations on your past and best wishes for your future. Byron L. Dorgan U.S. Senator, D-N.D. To the editor: For all its history, the town site of Beach has Sat astride major American lines of travel - the doomed march of Gen. Custer, the Fort Keogh trail, the Northern Pacific main line to the West Coast, the Old Red Trail, U.S. 10, and Interstate 94. And this summer I trust that every road will lead to Beach. A community's centennial is an extraordinary opportunit to cap- ture, preserve and celebrate its her- itage. Having grown up in southwest- ern North Dakota, in a town much like yours, I'm especially apprecia- State continues to be in good financial shape Other views By Shirley Meyer Although we have had quite a lit- tle fun poked at us from late night tele- vision, many states are pretty envious of North Dakota's financial position. We are one of only a handful of states running in the black, and look to be recession proof at least for the time being. proof at least for the time being. The Department of Agriculture requested increasing their operat- ing expenses line item by $1 mil- lion to accept federal funds ($750.000) and funding from the Office of Management and Budget ($250,000) to assist live- stock producers affected by severe winter conditions and spring flooding. So far 301 pro- ducers have applied for assis- tance. The $1 million won't begin to cover the losses, but will help. finance the hardest hit cattlemen that had to watch their profits wash down the river. It just might get them by until next year. We also received a report tom the adjutant general on 2009's flood disaster related expendi- tures. The preliminary reports indicate the floods of 2009 are going to cost $130,684.617. With a 90/10 federal/state match, the state's share will be close to $14.7 million. This past winter was one for the record books, and I hope we don't have to deal with any- thing like it again for at least 100 years. Enjoy your 4th of July - attend a rodeo, a bar-b-que, or car race and remember to be thankful that you live in North Dakota where the grass grows lush, green and stirrup high. Rep. Shirley Meyer N.D. Matters By Lloyd Omdahl 281 E Mal - BnacH ND 701-872-4362 day. Although we have had quite a little fun poked at us from late night television, many states are pretty envious of North Dakota's financial position, we are one of only a handful of states running in the black, and look to be recession Pull Luke Marman Black Tabs Curtis Vanvleet$25/each Jack Friday & Saturday Hello, Well, I made it. When I left you last week, I was just going after the wild longhorn cow. Shirley was worried about my return. But then, she worries 'about my return ifI go to town for a gallon of milk. She worries eas- ily. The longhorn hunt did not go as I had planned. It started snow- ing and blowing and got pretty darn cold and slippery. I am kind of a fair weather cowboy. With age I have learned that what can be put off until a nicer day, should be postponed. So the longhorn hunt is delayed for :a few days. They may live to tear down another fence. As i have chased these two cows around, I have come to realize why cowboys of years ago wore guns. It is much easier to shoot a cow when you are real mad. It kind of reminded me of years ago when we were produc- ing rodeos. We had a couple of bucking bulls that were just impossible to keep in a corral. They were both really good bulls. Bar 33 and Tornado. They would crawl under a corral. They would jump over a corral. They would go through a corral. I swear, Tornado could crawl through a fence that would hold a pig. And Bar 33 could jump over a fence that would hold a buffalo. But, I always knew when they left the ranch, where we cotdd find theln on Friday morning when we were loading up for the next rodeo. What a difference a year makes! Last year we barely could find any hay to cut down. This year we could bale the grass in the yard. I don't know if there is any- thing I enjoy more than the smell of newly cut hay. (Me and the COWS .) The Budget Section consists of all of the Appropriations members and leadership of both the House and the Senate. Our duties and responsibilities during the interim are to receive reports on every- thing from the status of the gener- al fund to reviewing all of the requests from various state agen- cies to the Emergency Commission. We met last week and found out that the state of North Dakota is in good shape. Our estimated ending general fund balance on June 30, 2009, is $506,184,407. We will be transferring $124,936,548 to the budget stabi- lization fund that is required by state law, but that still leaves us with a healthy $381,247,859 bal- ance. We will also have $475,352,493 in our Permanent Oil Tax Trust Fund. With the price of oil continuing on an upward trend, we should continue to see more oil and gas tax collec- tions. Currently we have 41 rigs drilling in North Dakota and are producing 196,383 barrels per Hours: Mon-Fri. 3pm-lam Sat. lpm-lam Happy Hour: Mon.-Thurs. 5:30-6:30pm They may live to tear down another fence. As I have chased these two cows around, I have come to real- ize why cowboys of years ago wore guns. It is much easier to shoot a cow when you are real mad. Tornado would be out on the flat with the dry cows, and Bar 33 would be seven miles north with Henderson's milk cows. He had this thing about those spotted cows that he .just couldn't get over. He would go through five hundred plain old range cows for a chance to spend a few days with those spotted cows. Amazing. Both these bulls had been roped enough where they were pretty well halter broke. They looked a lot worse than they were. You could rope Bar 33 a half mile from a horse trailer and he would  lead along pretty good. You just leave the end gate open, drag him up close, and he would jump in. Tornado was a little tougher. But he would lie down as soon as you roped him. You just shot him a with a little birdshot to get him out of the brush, rope him, have somebody (Shirley) bring the trailer, and drag him in. At least that was always the plan. The year of the Great Escape. they got out in Mandan during the nights. Then they went across a footbridge over the Heart River, down a side street, and into a trailer park. There they went into a nice yard with a nice garden and camped for the night. Right in the knee high sweet corn. In the morning, sirens were wailing and phones were ringing. There were three wild Brahma bulls threatening the people of Mandan. I quickly got the police calmed down, which is quite a feat in itself. They were bound and determined they should kill or at least tranquilize these beasts. Now, we needed them to buck in a rodeo at two o'clock. We did not need dead or hung over bulls, I talked the cops into just stop- ping the traffic a few spots, while I took my dog and sicced "era back tO the rodeo grounds. I hon- estly believe that Bar 33 learned his manners from those milk cows he had been visiting. They walked right out of that yard, down the street like they were in a parade, right around the end of a police car, and across that footbridge back to the rodeo grounds! I only hope the longhorn hunt goes half that well! Later, Dean The Legislature as 'a roaring farce' "A two-house legislature with more people to run - cutting the the senatorial and representative districts identical is a roaring farce. There would have been more one-house advocates if it had been foreseen." This editorial comment was written by a disgusted editor on the Bismarck Tribune on August 3, 1889 as he observed the proceed- ings of the constitutional conven- tion meeting in Bismarck to launch the state with a new constitution. His comments followed the defeat of a proposal to create dif- ferent districts for the election of senate and house members. This was followed by a decision to elect senators and representatives from the same districts. The Tribune's observations have more validity today than they did 120 years ago. The differences between the two houses are even fewer today. Not only are both houses chosen from the same dis- tricts, but they all have 4-year terms and all run in packs in the same elections. The decision to distort repre- sentation in this manner was not made to provide two houses with different points of view but for the convenience of the legislators themselves. They seem to have forgotten that the Legislature is not the per- sonal domain of those sitting at the time but that it belongs to the peo- ple for the people. As the Tribune commented, The differences between the two houses are even fewer today. Not *only are both houses chosen from the same dis- tricts, but they all have 4-year terms and all run in packs in the same elections. question of subdividing each sen- ate district into two subdistricts for the election of representatives. Subdivision would provide sev- eral improvements to the present system. First of all. it would reduce the size of the districts for members of the house, some of whom are now running in senate districts as large as Rhode Island or Connecticut. Smaller house dis- tricts would make it possible for Letters to with two houses consisting of duplicate representation, it the editor becomes difficult to defend the existence of two separate houses. However, arguments over a one- house legislature in North Dakota must be classified as "academic" since its adoption is less likely than a return of the glacier. So, let's set that aside. But the next session of the Legislature will be addressing leg- islative reapportionment since fig- ures from the 2010 decennial cen- sus will be available. It would be an appropriate time to revisit the Playing: Have a happy July 4th 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 verifi- cation 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 let- ters 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 Cosf of campais and the time required to campaign. House mem- bers could become better acquaint- ed with and more accountable to their constituents. Election statistics indicate that thousands of votes are not cast in house races. There are two likely reasons: (1) many folks do not know they can vote for two candi- dates in the house races: (2) some candidates use the system to dou- ble-cross running mates by having supporters vote for only one candi- date. In other words, the present sys- tem with 4-way house contests is being manipulated. Single-mem- ber house district would address both of these problems. Legislators often claim that the government that is closest to the people is the best. With a division of the senate districts, the House of Representatives would be closer to the people. And it would make our two-house Legislature less of a "roaring farce." Golden Valley News P.O. Box 156, Beach, ND 58621 (U.S.P.S. Pub. No. 221-280) Staff: Richard Volesky, editor/reporter/advertising manager and Jane Cook, office assitant. 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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