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Editorial comment GUEST EDITORIAL... Heaven and hell for entrepreneurs (submitted by Wes Strei, Big Stone City, SD) Heaven and hell aren't just theological concerns, but economic ones as well. Depending upon their public policies, a state can be a kind of heaven or hell for entrepreneurs. No great mysteries swirl around salvation and damnation for businesses. Impose heavy governmental burdens, and your state slides into entrepreneurial hell. Leave businesses more or less free from big, plodding government, and the path is clear to entrepreneurial heaven. Entrepreneurs, capital and labor will naturally be inspired toward heaven, while trying to avoid hell. The third annual Small Business Survival Index offers a look at entrepreneurial heaven and hell. The index measures andranks the 50 states and the District of Columbia according to major government- imposed costs on investment, entrepreneurship and business. Eleven indicators are added together o arrive at a kind of misery index - the top personal income tax rate, top capital gains tax rate, corporate income tax rate, property taxes, sales taxes, state death taxes, the unemployment tax rate, taxes on health insurers, electric utilities tax rate, worker's compensation costs and the crime rate. The higher the index number, the more misery for small business. According to the 98 Small Business Survival Index, South Dakota offers deliverance for entrepreneurs. Other heavenly states include Wyoming, Nevada, New Hampshire, Washington, Texas, Tennessee, Mississippi, Florida, Alabama, Alaska and Indiana. Meanwhile, Washington, DC, offers the most severe condemnation. But, like Dante's "Inferno," entrepreneurial hell has many levels. Though a paradise in terms of weather and scenery, Hawaii rates only one notch (ranking a dreaded 50th) above the District of Columbia in a business owner's Hades. Other less-than-hospitable entrepreneurial climates are Minnesota, Oregon, Rhode Island, Ohio, New Mexico, New York, New Jersey, C ,alifornia, Main and Kansas. What s tragic about entrepreneurial hell is its complete injustice. Business owners are damned for working hard, taking risks and creating jobs. How doesa state escape from being an entrepreneurial hell? Let's remember that elected officials possess free will. They choose the path for their states. And 1 South Dakota 17.82 2 Wyoming 18.55 il 5 Washington 27.25 6 Texas 27.33 9 Florida 28.26 10 Alabama 28.42 1 14 :Pennsylvania 32..19 1118 vm 55 i 22 Georgha 35.70 27 Delaware 37.55 28 Idaho 37.80 31 Utah 38.94 32 Montana 39.19 35 Wesl Vir0inia 40.32 36 Oklahoma 40.74 :39  Carolina 42-Z 4O Kan 42.85 i 43 New Jersey 45.49 [: 44 New York 45.51 L 47 Rhode Island 45.78 25 Massachusetts 37.48 51 District of 26 Louisiana 37.49 Columbia 63.55 heaven isn't galned by offering certain companies corporate-welfar, indulgences - such as subsidies and targeted tax breaks for the politically favored - that leave other entrepreneurs predestined for failure or that force an exodus to lands holding more entrepreneurial promise. Faith in free enterprise remains the key to a state's economic salvation. Taxes need to be kept enterpl mmv low, so that innovation and invention may fl artsn spurring economic growth and job creation. Amen. -Raymond J. Keating Keatingis a chief economist for the, Small Business SurvivalFoundation and author of ' New York by the Numbers: State and City in Perpetual Crisis" (Madison Books, 1997) Letters to the editor To the Editor: During the 1998 legislative session, I was the author of legislation for increased walleye stocking by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. In this legislation, I proposed that the DNR restore walleye stocking to the same levels they had stocked during the late 1980's. The number of walleye stocked by the DNR over the last couple of years is about half of what it was at that time. My amendment passed the Senate on a 40 - 19 vote, CLUES ACROSS 1. Edwin O'Connor bestscllcr 8. Changes 9. Measuring instrument 10. Spadefoot, for one 11. Deficiency disease 14. Resound 15. Subscriber 17. Thinking process 19. Incline 23. Lighter-than-air craft 24. Automaton 25. Chinese chef's theme song CLUES DOWN 1. U , UN diplomat 2. Give forth 3. Assist or encourage 4. Exerted 5. Elevated 6. Radioactivity unit 7. More rugged 12. Doctor's degree 13. Close in ! 4. Steelbead 16. An island in the W. Pacific 18. Ancient Greek dialect 20. Vestment worn by priests 21. Small (Ft.) 22. Wild sheep SOLUTIONS ACROSS 1. The Last Hurrah 8. Awakens 9. Radar 10. Toad 11. Beriberi 14. Reecho ! 5. Reader 17. Ideation 19. Ramp 23. Balloon 24. Robot 25. We can wok it out SOLUTIONS DOWN 1. Thant 2. Emanate 3. Abet 4. Tasked 5. Upraised 6. Rad 7. Hardier 12. EDD ! 3. Shutdown 14. Rainbow 16. Borneo 18. Eolic 20. AIb 2 !. Petit 22. Arui C7980005 unfortunately the DNR was able to stop it from reaching th floor of the House of Representatives. There is no doubt that fishing is one of the biggest attractions for our state and it brings a substantial amount of money to our state from fishing products, resource management and tourism. Due to pressure from sports anglers, the DNR has a slight increase in stocking scheduled for 1998, but more is needed. I have been working with former DNR fisheries biologist Dick Steinberg and we agree that cutbacks in stocking have hurt fishing in many key lakes. If the DNR was doing its job, it would be working with anglers and the Minnesota Aquaculture Association to pr6duce alore walleyes for stocking, especially walleye fingerlings. The unanswered question in all of this debate is what happened to the money from increased 1997 fishing license fees, and the dramatic decrease in the proportion of the DNR fisheries budget that has gone for all fish stocking programs over the past decade. Fishing license fees were increased during the 1997 session by an average of around $2.00. One of the main benefits people believe they received from those fees is the maintenance of the resource, especially the stocking of fish. In a June 26th article by Dennis Anderson in the Minneapolis Star Tribune, DNR fisheries operations manager Ron Payer is quoted as saying most of the DNR fisheries managers are "comfortable with the level of stocking they're doing." This is a St. Paul based attitude that to change. I would suggest they visit bait shops across the state and have discussions with anglers on Minnesota lakes. When the DNR has had some discussion with the anglers they are looking to keep and attract, they will come to the conclusion that walleye stocking is very important. Yours truly, Douglas L Johnson State Senator, District 6 Save this paper for. recycling ONCE AGAIN... MANY THANKS Recent new and renewal sub- scribers to The Independent which we gratefully acknowledge with thanks for your loyalty: Brett Jacobsen Matt Henrich Lydia Wulff-Palmer Graceville Public School Kathy Soboleski Scott Dahle Howard Whiting Thanks a million De.Mr. Ross: My husband and I both wok every day in our small town of 668, so you can bet we aren't striking it rich. This is our home though, and we believe it's a very good place to raise our 3 kids, instead of in the hustle and bustle of the city. God blessed us with a special child. He was diagnosed at an early age as being learning disabled. His doctor basically told us he would never become a doctor or a lawyer. In our eyes he will be successful, no matter what he chooses to do. This was his first year in junior high and things became difficult. With the love and support of his family, we made it through. We are thankful he likes sch9ol and never says he's going to quit, which brings me to why I wrote. Ia asking that you consider $300 for a down payment on a computer and we will make payments on the balance due. There are so many teaching tools available on computer that through repetition will increase his ability to learn. Our children are the most precious gift God has given us. We, as parents, will do anything we can for them. Mrs. L. R .... Review Messenger, Sebeka, MN Dear Mrs. R.: You have a leg up on most parents and I'll tell you why. They, too, care about their children, but when they write for computei's, 99-percent of them request the full $2,00Oneeded. Not so with you, which is why I'm sending $300 for the down payment, plus an extra $100 for the first month's payment. It's been a privilege to help you out Dear Mr. Ross: This letter is for my husband, Martin, although he does not know I'm writing you. Martin is the best man God ever created. Twenty seven years ago, we were married at the tender age of 16. It was the best thing I ever did. Martin works hard every day to pay the bills, then comes home and helps me around the house because of my back injury. He does not drink or go out with his friends at night. He has one hobby- fishing. When he goes fishing he fishes from shore because he cannot afford to rent a boat. He has tried to save his money several times but something always comes up, either the car needs to be fixed or the kids need something. Mr. Ross, I have seen ads in our local paper where people are selling used boats for as low as $200.1 would really love to get this man a boat!! If you could please help me, someday I'll find a way to pay you back. Mrs. T. B .... Times-Leader, Wilkes-Barre, PA Dear Mrs. B.: If you were to cast your nets into the water, you wouldn't find a better catch than what you have in Martin. Good behavior should be rewarded, so get ready to reel in the $200 I'm sending so you can purchase your husband a used fishing boaL Here's hoping after a day of fishing that you and Martin have bigger fish to fry-in more ways than one. Dear Readers: This column is special in that it's my 800th-the first appearing over 15 years ago on March 27th, 1983. In that time, there has been an average of 3 letters printed per week, or 2,400 in total. I receive an average of 2,000 letters a day, or 10,000 a week. In 15 years-78,000,000 letters have been read to print those 2,400. In terms of man hours, my staff and I average collectively 400 hours a week-or 312,000 hours since we began. I might add that my Editor, Miss Webber's golf handicap has come down by 20 strokes, so at least she hasn't spent all her time working. I'll be 82 years old this November. God willing, !'!1 make it to my 1,000th column. With your continued support as loyal Thanks a Million readers, perhaps I will. ***** Editor's note: check your local radio station for Percy Ross' call of the day and visit his web site at www. Write Percy Ross, PO Box 39000- B, Minneapolis, MN 55439. Include ),our 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. 3 OHS Alumni sets annual meeting The Ortonville High SchOol with the meeting following at about Association Annual meeting will be 9:40 a.m., the cost for the brunch is held during the "Corn Fest", $6.25 per person. Saturday, Aug. 15 at 9 a.m. at Theater If you are unable to make the of Seasons Hilltop Cafe in Ortonville. brunch, please come for the meeting There will be a bi'unch at 9 a,tn, at 9:40 a.m. A HOLE IN ONE at theOrtonville Senior's Golf Tournament held last Monday. Gilmore Larson of Montevideo sank his shot on hole number two at the Ortonville Municipal Golf Course. The exciting event was witnessed by Larson's partners AI Cornelius, Arden Lynne and Orville Hagen. Page 4 INDEPENDENT The lee JEAN E'I'rE | Editor & NIKKI Ad and Pdn Plant Computer RYAN MIKE @ BILL DWYER & Camera olmel Tues., July 28, 1998 co.m Puttee va $25.00 per Parle, Minnesota, in South Dakota. counties in Men Dakota. Postmaster: send The Ortonville Lacq Roberts in  February .............. 25.00 Ma,ch .................. 23.89 April ................... 20.11 May .................... 111.?$ June ................... 1 t5.111 July Feb,uary ............. 29.00 Ml,ch .................. 26.61 April ................... 24.19 May .................... .21.77 June .................... 12.$ July ...................... 16J$ ALL ARF.A  OF FebrUlry .............. 33.00 March ................. 30.:t$ April ................... 27.$0 May .................... 24.7| Jufm .................. 22.00 July. .................... 19.25 The Publisher slight that do adverlisement. 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