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I to the To the Editor: Oaks From Little Acorns Grow." I read the editorial in last weeks Listen to and act on local input, "You paper and I couldn't agree more with can Build Bigger Fire With Help" try all points mentioned. I would like to it you'll like it. add a few improvements. Look For a better community, around town and see how much could Mel Ehlert and should be done on the local level, Ortonville as was pointed out, start small, "Big By JDK Word today from Janet Ross Klux- dal, of Hayward, WI, who winters in Mesquite, NV, as she renews and en- closes, an interesting article from the Mesquite newspaper. Margaret Cald- weld writes a column titled "Memoirs of a Crone," and a report informs read- ers she is calling it quits at age 104, closing with her 233rd column. She began her career in writing at age 100 for the "Desert Valley Times" paper in Mesquite. The article about her retire- ment says "she has been such a delight to our community. Those who have not met her in person regard her as a friend. And her reach is international. She has one avid fan in Australia, Eric Shackle, who helped the paper determine Mar- garet was the world's oldest newspaper columnist." In her final column, Mar- garet says "May God bless you and keep you...remembering you are never alone. He is always with you!" How sweet, indeed, at 104. The only colum- nist we know that age is friend Sid Hartman of the Minneapolis Star Trib- une ..... at 90! With our Twins a far cry from their championship team of last year, with so many on the injured list today, with Columnist Sid Hartman call- ing to "move a hospital into Target Field," with mega-buck players unable to contribute, we again emphasize what we feel is the only true way for pro players to be paid, and that the professional organizations should strongly consider amending their bylaws....to read that all pro players be paid the same salary to each, a value to be fairly determined somehow, then have each player be paid a substantial bonus at the end of each sea- son, commensurate to the value they have been to their team during that year! Make sense??!! In our talks with hundreds of folks, from both parties, over the past two years, regardless of party, they are dead serious that our country is in deep trou- ble and needs a huge overhaul in think- ing! A good start, as Congress ponders the budget, would be to focus heavily on HR25...the FAIR TAX! Look it up and call your legislator to push for it! Indeed, Obama always seems overly intent on always having his own way with both parties! A recent disgraceful showing was in his recent calling for a meeting at the White House for immi- gration reform, which is just one item that sorely needs attention. The meet- ing was reportedly by invitation only (why we don't know), and of all peo- ple that should have been invited, but were not, were the Governors of those states on the Mexican border, where of- ficials have been crying and begging for Obama and the Feds to help secure those borders before any talk of re- form ! ! UNBELIEVABLE is the news coming out of Maxwell, CA last week, in a story au- thored by writer Jonathon Wall, that a young high schooler there, name of Steven Perry, has thrown FOUR CONSECUTIVE NO-HIT- TERS! He has been touted as a better shortstop than pitcher, yet he is one no-hitter short of the California high school record. A real oddity of the story is that Perry's teammate, Tyler Wells, threw a no-hitter on the same day, part of a dou- ble-header for Maxwell, and that was Wells' third no-hitter this year. Could it be the bat- ters they face are just lousy hit- ters???? Makes you wonder! Yet listen to this, if Perry is able to hurl another no-hitter this year, he would still be one shy of the US high school record set in Lancaster, OH, by Tom Engle in 1989 playing for Fairfield Union's high school. Is it legal, advisable, and/or protocol that a political party in our nation is ob- ligated to have the incumbent President run on the party's ticket again for re- election? Reason we ask and are in wonder, is to consider today how all the polls show a majority of Americans very unhappy with President Obama. It is also obvious that this dislike is grow- ing stronger every day...a big "down day" being last week when, taking time off from more serious obligations to tell a group in California he was all for spreading out America's wealth, to bring the poor up higher in the wealth category. Such action, obviously, he would recommend come from the tax- payer dollars. Such action by a Presi- dent is a complete betrayal to voters when he ran for office in 2008. He did so then on the Democratic ticket, but now, to the world, it is ever so obvious he is looking like and promoting So- cialism in every way shape and form. In conclusion, if the Democratic party of today cares about the welfare of a true America that has always thrived on democracy and capitalism, the powers that be in the party, you would think, would be wise to pick another candi- date for the Presidency! Makes sense to yours truly! Attention Democ- rats....heed our advice. Of course, sup- pose it depends a lot, too, on who the Republicans choose for their candidate in 2012. If like last time, an idiot could runand be elected. Which brings us to yet another unfairness about American politics. A shame it is that a country with more than 300 million people has only two people out of that mass to whom they can vote for the highest of- fice in our land. Not fair!! Not right!! In he end, what America needs, regard- less of party, is a REAL DOWN-TO- EARTH LEADER!! !! !!! Is the Obama "birther" episode all over? After over two years?? We wonder...as many are thinking now the birth certificate he showed the world last week could possibly be a fake...a forgery!! Will it ever end?? Regardless, we think the President, in light of the office he holds, and the fact that our nation was kept spell- bound, and in wonderment for over two years, we strongly feel he should humble himself long enough to go back on the media networks and newspa- pers to offer a sincere apology to the American people as to why he didn't squelch the ru- mors at the very start, two years ago...saving our nation the wonderment! He should feel it his duty to extend that apology...and make it clearly sincere!!! Really, while he was telling us that his certificate was real, he should have apDl- ogized at that time!! Health care coverage for young adults that won't break the bank I ~. A health plan is probably the last thing on your I ~ young adult child's mind. But you've been around i long enough to know how important having one is. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota has a plan called Simply Blu@~' that's perfect for young adults who aren't covered. And it's affordable because you pay only for what you need, not for what you don't. Plus there'ii be first-dollar Torn Oakes coverage for office visits and preventive care right Agent away without a deductible. Give me a call and can give you the details. 40 NW 2nd St. Ortonville, MN 56278 320-839-2118 or 800-630-4978 Auth;~dzed Ir~de0erldent agenr/agelKy for By Matthew Knip tell I wasin trouble. Shehad only one I've shared this story with friends, Mothers' Day--even more than question for me: "Where are you?" and sometimes the reaction has been: Valentine's Day--should be the day After a five-hour commute to and "How wonderful that you were such we celebrate love, because good from St. Cloud that day for the joy of close friends with your mother." That mothering teaches life's most impor- oral surgery, Mom didn't talk about isn't the truth; Mom didn't really let tant lesson: how to love. Nothing is how it would get better; she didn't her children become her "friends"--- more important. The love that my offer to stay on the phone as long as I my siblings and I each tried that route mother gave me started with the cer- needed. She must have been utterly and found it more or less closed. tain knowledge that my presence and exhausted that night when she turned Frankly, she preferred the dignity and happiness in the world deeply, pro- her Suburban east into the bleak dark- power that she found in the role of foundly, and unconditionally mattered ness of Highway 7. She arrived in St. mother to the equanimity friendship to someone. It did not, however, end Paul in the middle of the night, put me would have required. More important there, in the back seat, tucked a blanket to her, I believe, was her sense of a My mother taught me something around me, and set off for Ortonville. higher calling: friends come and go, about love that humbles me by its She pulled into our driveway as the the love of a mother--that's entirely a example, that inspires my teaching, sun was peaking over the snow-blan- different thing. and that will always be the standard to keted corn field across the highway to Where my siblings and I failed to which I--however unsuccessfully-- the east. reduce her to a "friend," however, she hold myself. I trace this particular When I crawled out of bed latersustained her position as a mother, kind of love back to her own mother, that morning, both Mom and Dad and that's why she will remain so who in the 1930s decided to raise a were at the kitchen table with coffee painfully irreplaceable. She will child with cerebraI palsy at home, mugs in their hands. The important always be "Mom" and she will always rather than institutionalize her, the business of Mom's day might be inter- define "love." This is--precisely--as norm at the time. I trace this exem- rupted by my crisis, but not by the fact she would have it. plary way of loving to my parents' that she hadn't slept the night before. decision to adopt five children in the There was no recrimination, no Matthew Knip teaches literary the- 1960s. Today I teach this kind of lov- blame. In fact, Morn never again men- ory and criticism and early American ing under the rubric of "alterity"--an tioned her midnight trek into the Twin literature at Hunter College in New ethics that prioritizes a fundamental Cities, even after the boyfriend and I York City. He is the son of the late openness to others, to difference, an got back together. She never reminded Mardonna (Mardy) and Dr. Robert ethics that says "knock and the door me--or him---of what she had done. Knip of Ortonville. will be opened to you" without judg- ment, without prejudice, without eval- uation. I "came out" and told my parents that I was gay in the fall of 1983. They said that their love was unconditional and--more importantly~emonstrat- ed it when they had presents under the tree for my new boyfriend when they met him, for the first time, that Christmas. Just a few short weeks later, however, he and I "broke up," and I fell apart. How Mom responded in that moment is the story that most defines, for me, the open-hearted, unconditional, and uncompromising way that she loved. It was a cold Friday evening in January of 1984. Mom had driven from Ortonville to St. Cloud to have several root canal procedures that day. When I phoned around midnight to tell her what had happened, she could Delage accepted to Physical Therapy Internship Kayla Delage, who is planning to graduate with a double major in Pre- Physical Therapy and Athletic. Training in the Spring of 2012 from~ the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks, ND has been accepted to an internship in physical therapy and athletic training this summer 2011. Kayla will be doing her internship at Heartland Orthopedic Center in Alexandria in their physical therapy department focusing on patient care, rehabilitation and athletic injuries. Kayla is the daughter of Dr. Bryan and Kristi Delage, and is a 2007 graduate from Ortonville High School. Kayla is an honors student and has been listed on the Dean's list at UND, maintaining a GPA of 3.75 or higher. BlueCross BlueShield of Minnesota ONCE AGAIN... MANY THANKS Recent new and renewal sub- scribers to The Independent which we gratefully acknowledge with thanks for your loyalty: Joe Radermacher Joe Trebil Joe Villella Joel Koch Joel Kuyper John Adelman John Bergwall John Folkens John Larsen John Merritt John Nelson John Rebehn John Schenk John Tobin John Van Hout John Wanke John & Dolores Malzahn John and Janet Maleck John and Lila Sails John and Sheri Cunningham John C. McLaughlin Johnny and Arlene Larson John's Auto Wrecking Jolynn Newnan-Bosak Jon Brandenburger Joseph Spors Joyce Letrud Joyce Ninneman Joyce Schultz Jp and Millie Thomson Judean Eastman Judy Beckman Judy Nichols Juli Olson Julia Vaage Julie Oakes Im 1 2 3 R__ 12 b__ 16 19 26 27 32 36 40 44 50 51 52 57 --b 64 67 2O 25 28 34 m 41 59 160 68 bm Clues ACROSS 65. Approaches 25. Endangered 1. Wound seriously 66. Indian frock 26. Heavy cavalry sword 5. Record 67. Search engine 27. Make into law 9. Earnestly entreat friendly 29. Papier- , art 12. Dwarf buffalo 68. 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Scomberemorus lake 14. Allied H.Q. regalis 35. Coach Parseghian 15. Defunct phone 59. A diagram of the 36. Helps little firms company Earth's surface 37.3rd largest Balearic 21. Connecticut 60. Anger Island 23. NY Times political 61. Reciprocal of a sine 39. Disk to convert circular writer Matt63. Nineteen into linear motion 24. Bolivian river 40. Old world, new 41. Acid from oil 43. Health Maintenance Organization 44. Cathode-ray tube 45. Brew 46. Nostrils 48. A female domestic 49. S. W. Shoshonean 50. Social deportment 54. A rubberized raincoat 57. Olive genus 58. About ohms 62. Wild goat with backward - curved horns 64. Sharp point projecting backwards The Ortonville Independent (U.S.P.S. 412-460) * * I J o JAMES D. KAERCHER Publisher / Managing Editor SUZETTE KAERCHER-BLAKE Editor and Advertising Sales MIKE SWENSON Associate Editor / Advertising Rep Tues., May 3, 2011 Vol. 93; No. 16 Continuing the ORTONVILLE JOURNAL STAR Published Every Tuesday at 29 2nd St. N.W. 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