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Editorial comment GUEST EDITORIAL... Teach children respect, not rage By Kimberlee K. Kovach, Chair of the ABA Section of Dispute Resolution, and Jack Hanna, Director of theAB?e Section of Dispute Resolution We are a busy nation. We scurry around with our over-committed schedules, and too often dispense with civility in an attempt to save time. We cut one another off in traffic. We bump into one another on the street. We pursue our personal and business agendas without the slightest regard for other people. Our children see that we care little for our fellow Americans. Similarly, our politicians play scorched earth games with one another and generally demonstrate a supreme disregard for civil or reasoned discourse. There is no limit to what our leaders will say about one another. And guess what  there are children listening and watching! The average child entering fifth grade has seen hundreds of thousands of acts o. violence on television. This barrage of violence continues throu!lhout their school years, and many psych(dec ists believe that it desensitizes youth to witnessing violence. When this omnipresent violence is coupled with the demonstrated incivility among adults and the easy availability of guns in our nation, tragedy can result. The tragic incident in the Arkansas schoolyard provides us an excellent opportunity to reflect on what we can do, as a society, to lower the decibel level and encourage constructive discourse and problem solving. We must move toward a more civil society. We GUEST EDITORIAL... need to turn down the volume on our voices, remove the hate from our speech, and begin to teach a radical concept to our children  that each human being has value, and that such value deserves respect. Peer mediation programs in schools can help. They teach students how to listen to one another, how to solve conflict without violence, how to manage anger, communication skills, self respect, trust, and how to express feelings in a constructive manner. The American Bar Association is doing its small share to promote peer mediation -- volunteer lawyers in 21 cities are working to bring peer mediation to schools that cannot afiord to hire a private organization to implement a program, or that do not have volunteer programs available in their communities. Skills learned through peer mediation can be used not only in the schools, but in the students' neighborhoods and throughout ,their lives. Peer r lediation programs alone won t end school violence. But they can go a long way toward returning us to the more respectful approach to human interaction we seem to have lost. Until we increase the positives in the sum of influences on our children, we will be left with only the negatives -- lack of civility in ev, jaay interaction, media violence, gutter politics, and e ready availability of guns. The ABA encourages community leaders to start mediation programs in their schools, and to make training in conflict resolution available to parents. Descriptions of people you work with Some useful descriptions of people you may work with day to day: >Not the sharpest knife in the drawer. >Got into the gene pool while the lifeguard.wasn't watching. >A room temperature IQ. >Got a full six-pack, but lacks the plastic thingy to hold them together. >A gross ignoramus - 144 times worse than an ordinary ignoramus. >A photographic memory, but the lens cover is glued on. >A prime candidate for natural deselection. >Bright as Alaska in December. >One celled organisms outscore him in IQ tests. >Donated his body to scientists...Before he was done using it. >During evolution his ancestors were in the control group. >Fell out of the family tree. >Gates are down, the lights are flashing, but the train isn t coming. >Has two brains; one is lost and the other is out looking for it. >He's so dense, light bends around him. >If brains were taxed, he d get a, rebate. >If he were any more stupid, he d have to be watered twice a week. >If you give him a penny for his thoughts, you get change back. >If,you stand close enough to him, you can hear the ocean. >It s hard to believe thathe beat 100,000 other sperm. >One neuron short of a synapse. >Some drink from the fountain of knowledge, but he just gargled. >Takes him 1.5 hours to watch "60 Minutes." >Was left on the Tilt-A-Whid a bit too long as a baby. >Wheel is turning, but the hamster is dead. - -, CLUES ACROSS CLUES DOWN !. Don or Phil 1. Behave 8. Wind instrument 2. Give off 9. Russian sourgrass soup 3. Habitation 10. Abba , Israeli politi- 4. Marker clan 5. Noted I I. Inhabiting 6. Expresses surprise 14. Goes for 7. Devastated 15. Decorated 12. Birth control means i 7. Large estate 13. Accommodation 19. Biyton, children's 14. Monotreme author 16. Farewells 23. Departure 18. Gymnosperm 24. City in Illinois 20. Gadfly 25. Maxene, LaVeme or Patty 21. Monetary unit 22. Bolivian river SOLUTIONS ACROSS SOLUTIONS DOWN I. Everly brother I. Emote 8. Ocarina 2. Emanate 9. Schav 3. Lair 10. Eban 4. Beacon I I. Boarding 5. Observed 14, Elects 6. Hah 15. Beaded 7. Ravaged 17. Hacienda 12. IUD 19. Enid 13. Steerage 23. Decease 14. Echidna. 24. Elgin 16. Adieus 25. Andrews sister 18. Cycad 20. Nag 21. Dinar 22. Beni ALL GLASS WORK GUARANTEEE Display at County Banks For Local Hospice Benefit The Ortonville/Graceville Rice Hospice is holding a benefit for the local branch, with three special prizc$. The first prize is a Farm Print by Ken Zylla, with "Sampler" by Carol as second prize, and a collector's plate as third prize. The prizes are currently on display at the Clinton State Bank, and next week will be displayed at the West Central Bank in Graceville. It will be displayed at the other banks in the county in the next few weeks prior to the Big Stone County Fair. At that time they will be displayed at the Hospice Booth at the Fair, and the drawing will be held on Sunday, July 26 at the Fair. Tickets for these gifts are available from Hospice Board Members, and Hospice Volunteers. Kiddie parade entries needed ,. for Inkpa Days Entries for the Inkpa Days Kiddie Parade to be held Saturday, July I I th in Big Stone City are being sought. The parade will start at I l am. with line-up beginning behind the school at 10:30 a.m. The parade will follow Third Avenue up to the ballfield at which time the judges will award best entries. All children are invited to participate and no advance registration is reqhired. - ONCE AGAIN... MANY THANKS Recent new and renewal sub- scribers to The Independent which we gratefully acknowledge with thanks for your loyalty: Shawn Huebner Gary Knoll Chari Marvel David Weber Walter Brolin Roman Taffe Terry ahdngans Harold Dittes Betty Chester MauHce Loft Arnold Sonba Questover Farm Paul Chindvall Hans Holme Carroll Kranz Manfred Krakow Mike Krnkow Heidi Linderhoim Hazel Gibson G.P. Bowen Jake Danidson, Jr. Mary Bear Harley Helgeson Richard Stidow Dory Scobfic County Style Frank Boots Earl Komis Helen Johnson Noelle Saeger WCCO Mary Jane Sanborn Rae Ann Gllbertson Betty Van Lith Donald Ross Harry Pinkert Ricky Paulsen Alice Gess R.H. Dewall Jon Bartz Kristina Lantis Maynard Shelstad Melvin Maatz Donna Paulson Glen Klefsaas Derald Hay Linda Meyer Louise Koch David E. Thomas Jim Scherer .[ Thanks a million X.r Mr. Ross: I just got home from helping my best friend who is going through a divorce. She put up with years of abuse, but when it began to have an effect on her children she decided no more. Since the divorce is not final and her husband is not paying her any money, things are even tighter. I'm not asking for food money or something that is essential for their survival, rather something she needs for herself. As long as I have known her, her family has always come first. She would never do anything for herself because the money was needed elsewhere. She has lost a lot of weight and her self-esteem could use a boost. Recently, they opened a Mario Triccoci Day Spa at the mall near our home, and we got such a kick talking about how great it would be to have the money ($250) to spend the day. I know there are people who need money for more important things-even my friend could use cash for essential things, but sometimes you need to be the one pampered and taken care of. Ms. S. W.... Daily Herald, Arlington Heights, IL Dear Ms. W.: The sum of $250 can be looked at a lot of ways-1 hour of an attorney's time, 4 hours of a plumber's time, 1 race at the horse track, 2 weeks worth of groceries or a full day of pampering at a day spa. You're in a better position to judge what. your friend needs most, so I'm sending you $250 and you make the determination. Somehow I know you'll choose the spa and rightfully so. Best wishes. Dear Mr. Ross: When I fell in my apartment the manager called 911 and the ambulance took me to the hospital. I wear a back brace since an old injury many years ago. My husband had bought this horse for our daughter's birthday. We didn't know the horse was green so I was steadying her while she took the picture. The horse sent me in the air clear across the corral with a broken back. Back to the reason I wrote for help, the Wayne Township Fire Dept. has sent me a bill for $250 with a warning it will be more if I don't pay. This driver didn't come after me until midnight. He cursed all the way there. If you can help me pay this I will be forever grateful. My birth date is the same as Mother Theresa. I'll be 88 in August. I have a wheel chair, a walker and two canes. If I get better I'm looking forward to playing my piano. There's always hope. Mrs. M. MeW .... Thrifty Nickel, Indianapolis, IN Dear Mrs. McW.: Let's see if I have it all straight. You fell, the horse was green, the ambulance driver used foul language, Mother Theresa is a soul mate and yon still hope to play the piano! These things are important because they are the qualifiers for receiving $250. The check is in the mail, my good woman. May you live to dance on your 90th birthday, t Dear Percy Ross: I've written you five times in the past year and you've never responded. First l needed help with my daughter's wedding. My ex- husband picked up the slack and we got through it. Then.we needed a new roof. My ex-father-in-law kicked in. I'm not sure if I wrote you between needing a new car and needing dental work, but somehow we managed with out your help. However, I know for sure I wrote you about my son's college tuition. We desperately need $5,000. Although the dollar amounts I've needed have fluctuated, I still need your help. Save face with me, Percy, and help us out just once. Ms. G. M .... The Post, Denver, CO Dear Ms. M.: I'il be happy to help just once, but am asking that I get to f'dl a request in the $50 range. If you continue to write me with your every need, eventually we'll hit on a modest one. Editor's note: You may visit Percy Ross' web site at Write Percy Ross, P O. 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. Corrections In the June 23 issue of The Ortonville Independent, it was inadvertently printed that the Madison and Bellingham Fire Departments spent the night at the scene of a fire at the DeWayne and Gloria Larson home near Odessa on Friday, June 19t " - The odessa Fire Department stayed the night, and additional odessa firemen were called in after the fire flared up again. In the Salute to the Dairy Industry advertisement in last week's Ortonville Independent, the parents of, Shawna and Tyler Arndt were incorrectly identified. They are the children of Shawn and Mindy Arndt of Clinton. 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