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November 26, 2020 Golden Valley News Page ‘ OPINION NEWS Totheeditor Hospital Association: Mask mandate right thing to do To the editor: On behalf of hospitals, we thank Gov. Burgurn for supporting our health care staff as they continue the fight against COVID-l9. By requir- ing masks, reducing restaurant and bar capacity and limiting hours, and temporarily pausing high school sports, we can slow the spread of the virus, keep schools open, and avoid hospitals being overrun. It will take all of us working together though. We are seeing a significant in- crease in cases and hospitalizations, which puts incredible. stress on doc- tors, nurses and support staff. When you wear a mask, you support these health care heroes. When you wear a mask, you help ensure that there ' Shop small, To the editor: As yet another wave of the pan- demic wreaks havoc on our nations’ health and economy, a great way to support each other locally is to shop small and shop safe. There are many good reasons to shop small all year long, but sup- porting local businesses this holiday season is more important than ever. Sixty-two percent of US. small businesses reported the need to see consumer spending return by the end of 2020 to stay in business, accord- ing to small business recovery re- search conducted by American Express. If we want our favorite local businesses to remain in our will be hospital beds and staff to take care of patients - whether they have COVID-19, a heart attack, stroke, car accident, or other serious health problem. When you wear a mask, you choose facts over fear. Masks aren’t perfect, but they help reduce the release of virus- laden droplets from our mouths and noses. One study, for example, of an outbreak aboard the USS. Theodore Roosevelt which has congregate living quarters and a close working environment found that use of face coverings was asso- ciated with a 70 percent reduced risk. Imagine if we reduced the spread that much just by the simple act of wearing a mask. We are all tired of how this virus has affected us. Especially tired are the health care workers who have been working overtime for months. We cannot create more nurses and doctors to take care of an ever—in— creasing number of patients. The current path is unsustainable. We must slow the spread. Please help yourself, your neigh- bors, and our health care workers by wearing a mask, washing your hands and avoiding gatherings. This won’t last forever. Let’s take care of each other in the meantime. Jeff Herman, MBA, RN, chair— man Tim Blasi, president N.D. llospital ."\ssbciation safe this holiday season communities when the pandemic is over, we need to spend money with them now. That is why we are encouraging everyone to shop small -and shop safe this holiday season. Take ad- vantage of curbside pick-up options that your favorite shops have imple— mented. Many local shops have put inventory on their website or are sharing it on social media so that you can browse ahead of time, de- creasing your time in the store. Gift cards to your favorite pubs and restaurants allow your loved ones a delicious evening of takeout at a later date. Other gift ideas include prepaying for snow removal or other services, or paying for a newspaper subscription. This year especially, share the love with your community and those you care about by shopping small and shopping safe. . Al Haut, US. Small Business Ad— ministration North Dakota district director Tiffany Ford, North Dakota Small Business Development Cen— ters Christy Dodd, North Dakota Women’s Business Centers Wendy Klug, Veterans Business Outreach Center of the Dakotas Del Carver, SCORE Mentors A COVlD-19 Message for the Clergy The COVID-l9 virus is sweep— ing through North Dakota like an 1880 prairie fire, disabling thou- sands and killing hundreds. While the virus is 20, 50, or 100 times as deadly as it was in March when we took to social distancing and masking, we have not escalated our protection commensurate to the threat. There is no significant 'in— crease in testing body temperatures or blood oxygen. For all practical purposes the . governor is out of the loop. He knows that the Trump followers want to keep the state wide open and he isn’t about to risk his politi— cal future by offending them. It is sad to see business closed during the pandemic. The authori- ties are going overboard to accom- modate the anti-mask hoax crowd. Actually, the national government is failing to provide the kind of finan- cial support critical for small busi— ness and individuals. Splitting hairs about COVID-19, the state is leaving the watering holes as free as possible. Invariably, it pussyfoots around churches, a good place to spread a deadly virus. And the churches seem to think they are entitled to kill their parishioners and it is none of the public’s busi- ness. Some churches have pushed the responsibility on God. “We are going to trust God to rescue us from our own foolishness.” I’m not sure that God rescues fools. Other churches are outright bel- Rent this space for only a few dollars a week. Call 872-3755 for more details today! ' N.D. Matters By Lloyd Omdahl ligerent and have held services in defiance of government mandates. Apparently, those clergy have not been reading their own guide book. Romans 13:1-7: “Every person is to be in subjection to the govern- ing authorities.” Titus 3:1: “Re— mind them to be subject to rulers, to authorities...” 1 Peter 2:13-14: Submit yourselves for the Lord’s sake to every human institu— tion.....” Matthew 22: 21: “Render to Ceasar the things that are Ceasar’s.” - So, clergy, you answer by quot- ing Acts 4:19 where Peter and John told the authorities that “we must obey God rather than men.” I am not impressed. That arbitrary re; sponse has been used to defend all kinds of behavior that is not in the will of God. In the COVID-19 en- demic, it sounds arrogant. When the health people have suggested broad shutdown, some churches have protested, noting that the bars and restaurants are exempt from closure while churches are ex- pected to go online. In the first place, Scripture calls for genuine obedience and humility. When Jesus said to turn the other cheek, he didn’t ,suggest that we argue the point. But for the recalcitrant there is more. 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Philippians 1:17: “Only conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the Gospel of Christ.” Romans 12: 17: “Respect what is right in the sight of all men.” 2 Corinthians 6:5: “Giving no cause in anything in order that the ministry may not be dishonored.” 1 Corinthians 14:40: “Let all things be done properly and in an orderly manner.” . (All citations from a Catholic Study Bible.) In recent decades, the Christian faith has become more and more secular. The gap between what we believe and what we do has been widening. We now have prominent preachers trying to be kingmakers in secular politics. For some partisans, this has cre— ated ill-will. The clergy should be solving the problem instead of feeding it. Amen and put that mask on. North Dakota . A case for ‘malice toward none, charity for all’ Abraham Lincoln’s words and wisdom, from Springfield and New York to Gettysburg and Washington, serve to remind Americans today of the manner in which great statesmen confront challenges that threaten the very foundation of the republic. For a nation seeking remedies and solu— tions to the deep divisions and chasms that characterize and menace our politics, Lincoln’s speeches pro- vide a valuable model of insights, temperament and behavior. Lincoln’s magisterial Gettysburg Address more sharply resonates in our time than at any moment in American history since it was deliv- ered Nov. 19, 1863. At Gettysburg, Lincoln laid bare the great challenge then, and perhaps still, facing the na- tion: whether the Union created in 1776 would survive, or whether it would “perish from the earth.” In consecrating the cemetery at Gettysburg, site of one of the blood- iest battles of the Civil War, Lincoln told an audience of some 15,000 peo- ple that the war represented a funda— mental threat to the creation of the republic and challenged the living with “the great task” of ensuring that “government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not per- ish from the cart .” . Lincoln’s Words transformed American democracy. They breathed life into the principles of the Decla— ration of Independence, charted a new political creed and expanded the horizon for our nation’s ideals, aspi- rations and civic responsibilities. His speech reflected an evolving intel- lect, grown rich, insightful and statesmanlike through extended study of the American founding and the debates and discussions that shaped it. Lincoln’s emphasis at Gettysburg, that the nation had been conceived “in liberty” and “dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal,” gave flight to the aspirational words in the Declaration and infused the Civil War with a moral cause, that Will Mlur, llre Alturas luslilule Duvirllldlbumm your Cruncflmkrnumliwn. )md them to this mm of ending slavery. His immortal de- scription of American democracy as a government of, by and for the peo- ple, reminded citizens of the very purpose of constitutional govem- ment, at its creation, and the civic du- ties borne by the citizens for whom the government was created. And the challenge that he laid down—to en- sure government by the people—was ‘a powerful reminder of the founders’ challenge to the citizenry. Benjamin Franklin articulated that challenge when, in reply to a question from a woman about the form of govem- ment created by the ConstitutiOnal Convention, said: “A Republic, madam, if you can keep it.” LinColn’s reminder of this “great task,” the duty of the citizenry to maintain American democracy, with its requisite defense of constitutional principles, speaks to the impor— tance—in his time and ours-— of civic education and civic virtue. Lincoln once told Ulysses S. Grant that he agreed with Secretary of State William Seward that “there was al- ways just enough virtue in the repub- lic to save it; sometimes none to spare, but still enough to meet the emergency.” ' There is a strong case to be made that American citizens _in the let century do not yet possess sufficient understanding of constitutional prin— ciples and democratic values. There remains the additional question of whether contemporary Americans, like their founding fathers and moth- ers, and those at Gettysburg who, in Lincoln’s words, gave their lives “the last full measure of devotion,” have the burning desire to defend consti— tutional government. Beyond Lincoln-at-Gettysburg, Lincoln’s first and second inaugural addresses offered words and wisdom that all Americans should take to heart as we seek ways to bridge the divisions that have torn our nation apart. As he assumed the presidency and addressed the nation in his first inau- gural, Lincoln in March of 1861 im- plored southemers to stay in the Union and to reject war. Lincoln ap- pealed to “the better angels of our na- ture.” He spoke to the community of Americans, which is precisely the way that we should regard ourselves: “We are not enemies, but friends. We must not be enemies.” In this era of vitriol and the prac- tice of personal destruction of those who oppose us, is there no appeal in Lincoln’s words? In his second inaugural address in 1864, Lincoln offered a clear and simple mantra for bridging the polit- ical, social and cultural divisions that had tom the nation asunder: “With malice toward none with charity for all,” let us “bind up the nation’s wounds.” Is this not a useful guide for citi— zens to follow as we begin the work of healing deep wounds? As America seeks ways and means to overcome the bitter and cruel criticisms that have marked American dialogue these past few years, we can do worse than to look to Abraham Lincoln for advice. His speech at Gettysburg is a good start. Adler is president of The Alturas Institute, created to advance Ameri- can Democracy through promotion of the Constitution, civic education, equal protection and gender equality. Send questions about the Consti— tution to this newspaper and he will attempt to answer them in subsequent columns. Take note of grandparents rOIes this Thankscgiving A three-pound baby entered the world in recent days. This precious child was born after his mom spent seven weeks in the hospital on bedrest. At home, dad and two siblings were working, going to school, and worrying. Sur- rounding the family were two sets of grandparents who ensured that the pieces all fell into place. From meals and lawn care, to virtual school, from evening shifts and ovemights to early mornings, these grandpar- ents were there every step of the way. They will continue to offer sup- port while the baby remains hospi— talized and growing, and after he comes home, because that is what grandparents do, if they are able. Grandparenting can be an awe— some stage in life, benefitting the grandchildren, the parents, and of course the grandparents in signifi- cant ways. Grandparents are known to influence values and behaviors and provide valuable life experi— ences. A child who has a connection with grandparents may have in- creased self—esteem, with better emotional and social skills. A rela- tionship With a grandparent can give a child strength and comfort into SCHMELING RANCH FOR SALE Parcel 1: 40 acre farmstead in El/Z of Section 4. 137— 104 (to be surveyed) Parcel 2: Section 4. (Lot El/ZNW l/4. NE MSW 1 l4. S1/2SW1/4.E1/2 137—104 (less 40 acre farmstead) 513.88 acres (240.24 cropland. 273.64 pasture) Parcel 3: Section 3 (W1/3.S1/ZSE|/4} & Section ll) (NE1/4) 137—104. 552.68 acres ( l 12.53 cropland. 440.15 pasture) Parcel 4: Section 11. 137—104 (640 acres ol‘ pasture) Parcel 5: Section 34 (SEl/4) 138-104 (160 acres of pasture) Earcd 6: Sections 4, 5, 8, 9. 137—103 (2.555.84' pasture) Sellers will consider selling ranch in parcels as de— scribed above. All located in Golden Valley Count). Nl). Pastures are well watered and ranch features some good ‘ hunting! All interested parties should contact Don Schmeling. Continental Real Estate. 135 Sims. Dickinson. ND. Phone: 701—260—5555 or 701—225-9107. 1",) .loanie llolm. RN.. (IN .1). adulthood. In an article titled “Why grand— parents are VIPs,” social researcher, educator and author, Susan V. Bosak writes, “The special kind of love you get from a grandparent is a love you can't get anywhere else. It is an im- portant kind of love — in fact, a very important kind of love. Parents have to worry about who children will be- come in the future; their role is to be providers and disciplinarians. Grandparents can just enjoy children for who they are in the moment. The love of a grandparent is often freer, more unconditional, and far less psy- idents there? Absolutely NOT! Room. Manor hon'ie. guarantee it will make you smile. Until next week Stay Safe! - All of Us at The Manor -‘, GOLDEN VALLEY MANOR & COVID-19 “Let’s Talk About It” What’s it like at the Manor during COVlD-19? Do they really “look up" the res- Currently we are pretty much back to normal inside our doors. We are doing our exercises together in the mornings, getting our mail in the lobby, getting hair- cuts and perms by the local beauticians, gathering at the tables in the dining room for dinner with our friends, and having bingo, parties and games in the Activity Public Health has been up to do foot care as well as our hearing aid lady, phys- ical therapy, Dr. Holkup, and other “essential” workers who tend to our needs. Cor- ner Market from Wibaux and the Beach Food Center have been wonderful about delivering our grocery orders and the Manor staff deliver that to our rooms. Beach Pharmacy delivers our medications and we have been able to do Zoom appoint- ments with our medical providers when needed. We are also able to have sched- uled indoor visits three times a week in our Chapel area as well as outdoor visits. What’s different? Yes, we all wear masks except those who can‘t because of medical reasons. It took some getting used to but it’s what we do for each other. We cannot have our front door open to friends, family and volunteers like we used to as everyone needs to be screened in order to prevent the virus from entering-our Things are different but we are thankful to be able to provide a safe home for our residents during these difficult times. The Manor has been and still is a Great Place to call Home. Visitation and testing of our residents and staff is directly linked to how our community is doing with COVID.- If the county ratio is high and we change colors on the map then that changes what we can and cannot do within our doors. If you or a loved one is living at home alone we would love to have you join our Manor family. guarantee you will not be lonely here and we will all do our very best to keep you safe. We invite you to "friend" us on our Golden Valley Manor Face- book page to keep you updated on what we have going on for our residents — (Prairie West Development is proud to sponsor this means of communication between the community and Golden Valley Manor.) chologically complex than a parent's love. The love of a parent and the love of a grandparent are different, second in emotional importance only to the parent/child relation- ship.” In a world of many dual-career families, the benefits of active grandparents can be lifesaving for parents. Often grandparents fill in the gap between school and the time parents get off work, driving kids to different events or helping them with homework. Lastly, active grandparents report less depression and a higher degree of life satisfaction and a hopeful feeling for the future. Margaret Mead, a well—known American cultural anthropologist, said the conneCtion between gener- ations was “essential for the mental health and stability of a nation.” This Thanksgiving, may we cele- brate the grandparent-grandchild re— lationship with gratitude.