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Editorial comment GUEST EDITORIAL... Court's decision on The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that the Pledge of Allegiance is unconstitutional. We should have seen this coming. "The U.S. Supreme Court has already ruled that desecrating the Flag of the United States is "protected speech." If the 9th Circuit's ruling is allowed to stand, millions of American school children will be denied the right to recite the Pledge. The denial will exist simply because the phrase "One nation under God" offends one atheist and two judges. According to the warped reasoning used by the judges, the words amount to a government establishment of religion. Thus the Pledge is "unconstitutional." I can't help but wonder if these same judges pay their bills via unconstitutional means. After all, is not U.S. currency emblazoned with the words, "In God We Trust?" If the word "God" makes the Pledge unconstitutional, is the oath taken by witnesses in the courtrooms unconstitutional? What about the oaths of office taken by our public officials, including judges? The 9th Circuit's decision clearly contradicts the very words uttered during the opening of each Supreme Court session: "God save the United States and this honorable Court." In addition, the Senate and the House employ chaplains and recite prayers daily. It is obvious that the members of these bodies have read the entire First Amendment, including the portion that states Congress shall pass no law "prohibiting the free exercise" of religion. The Courts ruled long ago that reciting the Pledge cannot be mandatory. Thus, only the rights of those belonging to the overwhelming majority of Americans are being denied. As national commander of The American Legion, I promised that our organization will stand with the American people all the way to the Supreme Court if necessary to correct this grave injustice. It is sad that while American troops are fighting a war against terrorism, our courts are fighting a war against the U.S. Flag. First the Supreme Court rules that flag desecration is protected speech. Now, the Pledge must not stand Pledge of Allegiance is unconstitutional. Opponents of the flag protection amendment have warned of a "slippery slope." They were right, but the slope is not slanting in the direction they predicted. The Senate's failure to protect Old Glory and the actions of the 9th Circuit demonstrate that when you trivialize the Flag of the United States, you trivialize everything associated with it. Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle, D-SD, has called the 9th Circuit's ruling "just nuts." I share his view. I call upon him to extend his outrage to the earlier Supreme Court ruling, permitting flag desecration. Let us not fight this battle halfway. Respect for the flag and respect for the Pledge of Allegiance go hand in hand. If Sen. Daschle is serious about protecting the Pledge and the Flag. I ask him to schedule a vote and round up support for the flag- protection amendment immediately. If you think that these court actions do not affect you, you are seriously mistaken, In his dissent, 9th Circuit Judge Ferdinand F. Fernandez warns that even patriotic songs are endangered. " 'God Bless America' and 'America the Beautiful' will be gone for sure," Fernandez said. "And while use of the first and second stanzas of the 'Star Span lied Banner' will still be permissible, we will be prec luc 3c from straying into the third." Perhaps this outrage would have never occurred if the judges had only read the Declaration of Independence. With its references to "God," the "Creator" and "divine Providence," it is clear that our founding fathers did not intend for America to be an atheistic nation. Moreover, flag protection laws existed for 200 years before the Supreme Court ruled them unconstitutional. It is time to return to the American people the right to protect both: the Pledge of Allegiance and the Flag of the United States. -Richard J. Santos, National Commander of The American Legion Minnesota jobs corps center ranked fou"th the nat00on Hubert Humphrey Job-Corps Center was recently ranked the fourth highest-performing center in the nation, according to a report card from the Job Corps National Office. The program's 118 centers are rated annually on successful training Job Corps and" the percent of students who become proficient in a trade while on center. In addition, centers are graded on the number of students placed in jobs after graduation and the wages students earn after completing the program. items such as the number of students "We work really hard at making who remain on center for the duration staff and students feel connected, of their training program, the percent said Dave MacKenzie, center director of eligible students who earn their at Hubert HumphTo.y Job Corps high school dioloma or GED while at Center. Students need to feel good 2 (, -- M 32 3; ' ! ';I'i I I I Clues ACROSS 63. Avarice 1. Trigonometric function 64. Small amount 5. Brown algae 65. Help 9. Father of Leah and Clues DOWN Rachel 14. Cable 1. Get healthy again 2. Small indefinite 15. Double curve quantity 16. Proverb 3. Temple 17. At the peak 4. Sue 18. Impecunious 5. Small hill 19. Graduated glass tube 6. Selfish person 20. Breed of dog unable 7. Fifth sign of zodiac to bark 8. Citizen of Lima 22. Junky 24. Makes 9. Declares 10. Mature 25. Potential unit 26. Lunar 'seas' 11. Publicize 12. Alters 29. Catches on 13. Game equipments 31. Jamaican popular music 21. His ark 34. Mercury 23. Doughy 35. Annoy 26. Friendly 36. Seaman 27. Blueness 37. Channel 28. Clothes 38. Angiospermous tree 40. Any habitation at a high !-v- -I:i" altitude 1 3 i. o I" 41. Before 3  18 v I ' I n o 4P. Plumbing fixture ,43. Brightly co,ored lizard | 'i 44 Affirmative i 3 a i N O O v v o I v I:. x  *IAIN o o o 3 45. Beach (French) 47. Its capital is Khartoum 48. Small dabbling duck 49. Fresh water fish 51. Elude 53. To be fired from a gun 54. Tail 57. Pancake 58. Honest 60. Transferred property 61. Finance 62. Cain and 30. Incorrect 31. Substitution 32. Destiny 33. Of Nordic stock 38. Showy actions 39. Semitic fertility god 40. Sickness 43. Cravat with wide square ends 45. Time frame 46. __ Hillary, climbed Everest 48. Color 50. Surrounded by 51. Weaken 52. Write bad checks 53. Blueness 54. A French abbot 55. Blood-sucking insect 56. Confirm 57. Sink in 58. Newt in its terrestnal stage of development 59. Express pleasure ;3 I O I O i l , 8 about themselves before we can help them learn. Our staff is absolutely committed to the pursuit of excel- lence." This year the Hubert H. Humphrey Job Corps Center exceeded national Job Corps expectations for the per- centage of students who earn their high school diploma or GED on cen- ter and the-percentage of students who learn a trade. The center also surpassed the rational Job Corps goal for success- Gully placi!gtsin jobs, where they earn an average of $8.71 an hour. In addition, the Humphrey Center also ranked first in the nation for following up with students a full year after grad- uation. The Hubert H. Humphrey Job Corps Center is located at 1480 North Snelling Avenue and offers housing, education and job training as well as high school diploma or GED instruc- tion for 290 students. Students at the Hubert H. Humphrey Job Corps Center can choose from a variety of trades including accounting, business technology, facilities maintenance, food service, health occupations, painting and many more. Job Corps is the nation's oldest and most successful job-training program and is open to eligible youth ages 16 through 24. Job Corps provides stu- dents with room. board and an allowance while they learn career skills and, in many cases, complete their high school education. - ONCE AGAIN , . . MANY THANKS Recent new and renewal sub- scribers to The Independent which we gratefully acknowledge with thanks for your loyalty: Walter Demke Shirley Krueger Joe Krueger Carl Loraff Irene Green Donald Johnson Wm. Voeitz Bernice Hintz Lowell Danielson Linea Carlson Arnold Amberg Darlene Rheingans Colleen McCabe Emil Swezey Lillian Knutson Vernon Henkelman Jan & Ted Eifealdt Dorothy Tillman Roger Frevert Robert Thompson Luella Walker Earl Komis Berthoid Hillman Mrs. Marvin Mueller Gordon Letrnd Gale May Don Lundell Earl Kehrberg Mrs. H.K. Dittes Judean Eastman Orrin Schollberg Viola Stevanus Lloyd Christopherson Peggy Hedman Val Karels DeWglis Anderson M.A. Howland Connie Sanders Raymond Karels Letters to E lissa by the late Rev. Geo,ge P. Werner D.D. (Edi. note: Following is one of a senes oi articles by the late son of an Evangelical minister who moved his family to Odessa from Minneapolis, living there from 1931 to 1934. Your're leading his memories of life in a small Minnesota town as written to his granddaughter Elissa Kiskaddon. The author was born in 1917 in Sleepy Eye and lived in Blue Earth and Minneapolis before moving to Odessa. One of his classmates in Odessa was Rev. Dr. lhno Janssen, now retired in Walnut Creek, Cal. Some of the memories are from when the author was a volunteer in mission on the island of Sumatra. Rev. Werner passed away late in the year 2000. "VACATIONS" (continued from last week) But when traveling on a budget one must expect the unexpected. Before we left the "Shining Big Sea Water" (to use Longfellow's words for "Gitchi Goomi") we bought gas near a settlement called Little Marais. We didn't expect to come to any towns for more than 60 miles. But not long after gassing up at that grav- ity-filled pump, the little four cylin- der engine began to sputter and soon it gave up the struggle and died. There we were on that little gravel road. many miles from any possible help, with what my father believed to be water in the gasoline. The man at that little station prob- ably felt that he would not see most of his customers again so he watered his gas - which was 10 a gallon - to stretch his profit margin to a more comfortable level For the life of me I don't remember how we got out of that predicament. My father was a man of faith and perhaps that was one element in our salvation that revived our engine and our spirits and sent us on our way rejoicing. Shortly after this we saw our first deer bounding across the narrow road in front of us. Forgotten was the worry about our gas troubles. We were entering the wilderness of wildlife, exotic birds as loons (the Minnesota state bird), lakes large and small with Native Americans (we called them Indians in those early unenlightened days) fishing and har- vesting wild rice. This was an entire- ly new world for me because I had been born and raised among the tree- less prairie fields of wheat, barley. oats and corn and then thrust into the largest metropolis in the northwest. All my life I have loved contrasts, the thesis and antithesis of Hegelian phi- losophy, the action and reaction of Sir Isaac Newton and light and shade of chiaroscuro, the splendor of the natural world and the creative artistic genius of the human race. Here I was feasting on a bright new world with many of God's crea- tures both great and small. We came to the largest man made hole in the world, the great open pit iron mine at Hibbing and watched as our fellow creatures dug out its trea- sure of red ore with no thought for the future Beyond that we stopped at the shores of Leech and Winnibigoshish Lakes to watch the Indians harvest rice on their Leech Lake Reservation. As they passed through the rice fields in the canoes they knocked the heads of the rice into their boats, a long and laborious way to glean a few grains of rice. I contrasted this with the ease with which the housewives came into the Piggly Wiggly store where I worked to buy a bag of rice for a dime. Our extremely limited budget pre- vented our being away from home for more than a week. I don't even remember that we were away one Sunday. So soon Dad turned the car southward toward Minneapolis and home. I had been on a vacation. 1 had seen things 1 had never seen before. This home state of mine took on a new sigmficance and meaning as 1 could contrast in my mind those lakes and forests of the north with the fields and cities of the south. Something matured in me. I was a Renaissance Man at the age of 11 seeing for the first time beyond the ordinary to the excitement and enticement of the extraordinary. I was never the same after that first family vacation and only hoped that someday there might be another. (confirmed next week) [] The JAMES Editor I I Com ell Tues., July Continuing the Iist Evoo/T $30.00 per year Parle, Traverse i Minnesota, in South Postmaster: The Ortonville slg b'dft Countl Grant Match ................ 27 May June Jul February ........... 3 May Jul ALL AREA February ........... 3S. May ................... 2e. , ;,. 00,r,C'tl00e-a, " ................. July .................. 22.1 /  cmjes or  i  ,notlessenthe /"   -- "= 1 The Publisher !: :!, ,o.,.sos,o --" ; 1 tisement is str the advertise issue or the re , / the advertiserl  Church notes - ,.,L/ CorrespondenoDisplaYPicturesadS_ 5 -p.nF i News - Fdday Classified ads - I , I=. (Any ad brought to classify.) " - OFF1 " " " "' AMonday:8 ---. -_ - A Tuesday: 8 P A Wednesday: 8  P,.a s,,== A Thursday: 8AJ. st=,,-etmak.t.== I A Friday: 8 AM-= i ii i,,, - i Letters to the . munity issues a writers should Independent res and/or condenSe - paper also rese WoId It fish letters that a r r it might be held Letters shOt printed or tYl m o rl es address and Addresses and not be publi (Editor's note: This is one in a series of articles, many from The Independent, found in a cherished scrapbook compiled by Ortonviile's Helga (Mrs. Sam) Barr.) Staff Sgt. Orville C. Gloege Decorated With Air Medal in South Pacific Theatre From Allied Air Force Head quar- ters, Southwest Pacific Area, came word today that Staff Sgt. Orville C. Gloege, of Odessa, was recently dec- orated with the Air Medal. A letter to Orville's father, William L. Gloege, from George C. Kenney, Lieutenant General, Commanding, says in part: "The award was made in recogni- bases and aided considerably in the successes in this theatre. "Almost every hour of every day your son, and the sons of other American fathers, are doing just such things as that here in the Southwest Pacific. "Theirs is a very real and very tan- gible contribution to victory and to peace. tion ot courageous service to his corn- "I would like to tell you how gen- bat organization, his fellow American uinely proud I am to have men such as airmen, his country, his home and to your son in my command, and how you. gratified I am to know that you "He was cited for meritorious Americans with such courage and achievement while participating in resourcefulness are fighting our coun- aerial flights in the Southwest Pacific try s battle against the aggressor Area from February 15, 1944, to April nations. 23, 1944, "You, Mr. Gloege, have every rea- "Your son took part in sustained son to share that pride and gratifica- operational flight missions during tion.' which hostile contact was probable Sgt. Gloege is a graduate of the and expected. These flights included Ortonville high school and has a bombing missions against enemy brother, Walter, in training in_ installations, shipping and supply California. J#T#llr nn ir f Letter selves to one keep letter words, and to The is news is If an zatJon for an sidered )aper. cease to exisL receives for paper used in irreases. and a small Advertising crops products to and underwear and plows and dealer. Without particular ness. We advertising our decision. A News: Our fully and staff's opinions opinion page. A Editorials: late readers. tor are her own of other expressed in tions may b, own views, t eral interest. 839-3761 to sifted Ortonville 00INDEPENDENT Page 4 TuesdaY"