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Editorial comment GUEST EDITORIAL... Grams opposes national tobacco settlement ' U.S. Senator Rod Grams today announced his opposition to a national tobacco settlement, which he stated was nothing more than a tax increase. Grams was joined at a press conference by Senator John Ashcroft and several organizations opposed to increasing taxes. Grams stated, "When I ran for the Senate four years ago, I made one simple promise during the campaign; I would never vote to increase taxes. The prospects of tobacco legislation would do just tha! - increase taxes on those who use tobacco products.' Grams also said, "There are some misconceptions about what a tobacco settlement is and what it is not, because smoke and mirrors are being used to cloud the public's perception of what this legislation is all about. It is not about protecting kids from tobacco. It if were, the dollars that the federal government co!lects would go to kids. It is not about "big tobacco' making big money if this GUEST EDITORIAL... Old folks are worth a fortune, what with silver in their hair, gold in their teeth, stones in their kidneys, lead in their feet and gas in their stomachs. I have become a lot more social with the passing of years. Some might even call me a frivolous old gal. I m seeing file ¢entlemen every day. As soon as I wake up, Wi[ Po ver helps me get out of bed. Then I go to see John. Then Charley Horse comes along and when he is here he takes up a lot of my time and attention. When he leaves, Arthur Riffs shows up and legislation were phased in, the federal and state governments would be making more on the sale of a product than the manufacturer. It is not about health care either - because collected money is not being earmarked for Medicare." Grams also stated that the tobacco settlement was nothing more than another attempt by Washington to intervene in an area where it should not. Grams stated, "The proposed tobacco legislation is nothing more than a tax increase. A way for Washington to collect more and spend more. The proposed tobacco legislation will tax the poor and redistribute to the rich. I will not be party to increasing taxes to pay for bigger government and I am appalled at those who invoke the names of our children for that cause.' The state of Minnesota recently reached a settlement agreement with tobacco companies for $6.2 billion over 25 years. "On getting old!" submitted by a reader eeeee stays the rest of the day. He doesn't like to stay in one place very long, so he !akes me from joint to joint. After such a busy day,l m really tired and glad to go to bed early with Ben Gay. What a life! The preacher came to call the other day. He said that at my age, I should be thinking about the Here-after. I told him I do - all the time. No matter where I am, in the parlor, in the kitchen, or down in the basement, I ask myself...'Now, what am I here after?' -Author unknown Ill[ gI.ASsg:ffg] u ., , '5 7 CLUES DOWN 1. Classifies 2. Most buffoonish 3. Referring 4. Mislead knowingly 5. Deformity 6. Secreting organ 7. Final part 14. Paper birds and flowers 15. & Lomb, eyeglass maker 17. Vogue 20. Offer resistance 2 I. Pear SOLUTIONS DOWN I. Pigeonholes 2. Zaniest 3. Alluding 4. Hoax 5, Harelip 6. Udder 7. Homestretch" 14. Origami 15. Bausch 17. Trend 20. Defy 21. Bose u i ii )11 i t I z 10 12 16 17 22 24 CLUES ACROSS 1. Pie 5. Bottomland, (Scot.) 8. Nerve cells 9. Polish city 10. Exaggerate 11. Employees 12. Feeling distaste for 13. Disturbance 16. Slat 18. Obtained 19. Sword handle 22. Movie shot , 23. Tolerate 24. Hot drink 25. Chopping SOLUTIONS ACROSS 1. Pizza 5. Haugh 8. Ganglia 9. Radom i 0. Overdo ! 1. Clerks 12. Hadng 13. Uproar 16. Lath I 8. Had 19. Hilt 22. Scene 23. Stomach 24. Toddy 25. Hacking C5980002 Spanish students attend 65th meet Festival of Nations Spanish students from Ortonville High School, along with Mrs. Diane Lindquist, Mrs. Lonie Rausch, Mrs. Deb Reiffenberger nd Mrs. Glenda Reiffenberger attended the 65th anniversary of the Festival of Nations at the St. Paul Civic Center. The Festival of Nations celebrates Minnesota's diverse ethnic and cultural heritage with performnces, music, food, crafts and demonstrations. The Spanish students and their teacher Mrs. Glenda Reiffenberger would like to thank Mrs. Lindquist, Mrs. Rausch, and Mrs. Deb Reiffenberger for chaperoning. "We also would like- thank all who made this trip possible by supporting our fundralser." Memorials for, .... hb'a00 restaf00h"00 During the month of April, gifts were received by the American Heart Association, Minnesota affiliate remembering: Bob Stotesbery, Verna Kuyper, and Harold Rabe. This report comes from Dianne Cornelisen, "A Time To Remember"/Memorial Chairperson for Big Stone County. ONCE AGAIN.. - MANY THANKS Recent new and renewal sub- scribers to The Independent which we gratefully acknowledge with thanks for your loyalty: Anthony Spors Charles Hanson Lila Hauberg Clarence Koeckeritz Raymond Karels Phyllis Henkelman Mrs. Harold Loeschke Eunice Brotzel Allen Giese Sheriff's Office Edith Semmler Vidella Roschen Linda Roggenbuck Mrs. M.J. Kirchberg Virgil Gerber Greg Gerber Jo Weeding Jason Mork Randy McLain Dennis Carlson Helen Sandgren Edwin Griepp Janice Wolf Stephanie Haukos Jeannie Hills Maurice Herberg Martin Heck Josette DuBois James Sherod Kelsie Roelke David Dobmeier Jason Harris Bruce Eastman Robert Fossen Curtis Anderson Floyd Kellen Giimer Hedge" Lucille Erdahi Joyce Schuitz Jim Miilerbernd Ernest Brandt Steve Coady Scott Anderson • David Sager John Rothi Harold Gibson Kenneth Adelman Val Rausch Bud Radermacher Midland Atlas Co. Russell Wall Randy Rolfsmeier Vivian Janssen k oThanks a million Ross: I'm trying to organize the Yellow Ribbon Project at our community middle school and high school. This project is to help prevent teen suicide. I'm asking for $250 which would pay for pins, cards, ribbon, membership and a donation to the Yellow Ribbon Project Foundation. The cards are what teens give to a friend or adult in order for them to get help. I'm just a student but I think I can make a difference. Together, perhaps we could save a life. Miss S. K .... Advance Newspapers, Jenison, MI Dear Miss K.: We feel powerless over suicide because it's the final curtain call for which there are no survivors. And while it can happen to any age, it's well documented that teens are in the highest risk group. Prevention can come about through increased awareness. Please accept my contribution to help raise the awareness in your community. And by the grace of God, I hope it never touches your young life directly. ***** Dear Mr. Ross: I find this very hard to write. I'm 65 years old and in the past 8 months have made a mess of my life due to gambling. I've hurt a lot of people, including my family. I borrowed money, lied, wrote bad checks and exiled myself from all the people I knew. I was told when you hit rock bottom, there is no where to go but up. However, it still takes a lot of will power and a strong belief in God to do it. I joined Gambler's Anonymous. Part of my 12 step work is to make amends to the people I conned money out of. I'm behind on my utilities and phone bill which is just the tip of my indebtedness. Mr. Ross, I know others have greater needs than mine, but anything you could give me would help. I haven't gambled for 5 weeks and with God's help and Gambler's Anonymous, I hope I never do it again. Ms. D. A .... The Dispatch, Rock Island, IL Dear Ms. A.: When it comes to making amends in any of the 12 step programs, the focus must be on "you." In other words, making amends is not achieved by writing Percy Ross and asking him to pay your bills. There's no time limit on when financial amends must be made, either. So, first pay your bills so you can remain afloat and with whatever money you have left, parcel out $5 here and $20 there to the people you need to make restitution to. Part of recovery is being accountable for past mistakes. It keeps you humble and will remind you on a daily basis where out of control gambling has led you. Good luck. ***** Dear Mr. Ross: I am 10 years old. I have 2 brothers, 14 and I0 and a sister who is 13. 1 am writing to you for my morn. I love her very much. My dad is very sick. He has diabetes. His kidney failed and he lost the toes on his left foot. When he went to the hospital for surgery they cut off his other foot by accident. Now they just cut his right leg off under his knee. He is back and forth to the hospital all the time. My morn has her hands full, besides taking care of us. We get Social Security but my morn never spends any money on herself. Could you please send me some money so my morn can buy a pair of pants and shirt and get her hair cut? I love her a lot and I think she would be a little happy with a new hair cut and clothes. Miss L. D .... Queens Ledger, Queens, NY Dear Miss D.: You're a brave girl to recognize your mother's needs during this difficult time and not your own. The greatest gift your morn will receive is seeing your letter in print. But few cakes are complete without the icing, so please accept the $200 I'm sending. And for the cherry on top, I'm including an extra $100 so the entire family can go out to dinner and leave your worries behind, if only for a couple hours. Best wishes• ***** Write Percy Ross, P (9. Box 39000- B. Minneapolis, MN 55439. Include your phone number and the name of this publication. All letters are read. Only a few are answered in this column; others may be acknowledged privately. Memorial Service lllllaglbam Elementaw School Advancement of Colors ...................... Legion and Auxiliary Pledge of Allegiance .......................................... Audience Invocation ............................................. . ....... Dick Ohm "Star Spangled Banner". ............................. Band students Flanders Field". ............ . ....................... Mark "Answer to Flanders Field". ..................... Samantha Weick Piano solo ................................................. Caitlin Spors "Battle Hymn of the Republic". .................... Band students Introduction of Speaker ....... Walter Maatz, Post Commander Speaker ............................................... Pastor Friedrieh "God of Our Fathers". ................................ Band students *Reading of Roster ..................................... Walter Maatz Benediction ................................................... Dick Ohm *Taps ..................................................... Larry Sheldon Retirement of Colors ......................... Legion and Auxiliary *Will take place at the cemetery, weather permitting INDEPENDENT WANT ADS BRING QUICK RESULTS! ] ORTONVILLE WAS ONCE AGAIN NAMED "TREE CITY, USA  Shown here signing the award is councilman Blair Johnson. In back are Scott Huizenga and Bob Carlson• Page 4 00INDEPENDENT The In, JEANETTE JAMES D. SUZETTE Editor NIKKI Ad an( Plant Com RYAN PHIL BILL DWYER Camera NANCY eeee e Tues., May 19, 1998 $25.00 per year Parle, Traverse Grant in South counties in Minv Dakota. 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