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Editorial comment GUEST EDITORIAL... Give attention, show faith to young teens (Edi. note: The following, authored by Michael I. McManus of Michael&apos;s Court, Bethesda, MD, was submitted this week by reader Phyllis Hansen of Ortonville.) Only a fifth of students who attend churc.h at least four times a month say that half their friends drink, compared to 38 percent of those who attend less than once a month. Only 8 percent who attend religious services at least four times a month smoke cigarettes vs 22 percent who attend less than once a month. This is profoundly important. Cigarette smoking is a gateway drug. Only 20 percent of teens who never smoked get drunk once a month compared to 63 percent of smokers! Teen smokers are also six time as likely to be pot users as those who don't smoke. Those teens who always eat dinner with their parents are more than twice as likely to never smoke pot as those who rarely do. The remedies are simple. Eat dinner with your children and be there when they come home Take them to church,. Do not permit them to smoke. Perhaps the single most helpful step I took as father was a present I gave each boy at age 12. ! took the boy on his birthday to a great resort, where we plavea aolf for the first time together, went fishing ana nstened to six "Preparing for Adolescence" audio tapes by Dr. James Dobson. Reg Jones, another fa!her at church, who told me about the tapes, said, I had no well-conceived idea of how to explain adolescence growing up to them. This seemed like a way to share with a child, but have a professional explain it. By taking off with a child alone for a weekend, in our busy lives, that demonstrates how much you care. The transition from age 12 to 13 is the most critical turning point in the lives of America's children," says a survey by the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse. It is the year when their access to illegal drugs skyrocket while parental involvement in their lives dramatically diminishes. Only 15 percent of 12-year-olds would not report a student they see using illegal drugs. Only a year later, 48 percent would not snitch. What are parents doing during this critical year? Withdrawing. When a sixth grader comes home from school, only 17 percent have no adult to greet them, but 30 percent of seventh graders have no adult at home. Result? The percentage of kids who rely most on their parents in making important decisions drops from 58 to 42 percent in that crucial year while those who rely most on friends in making decisions triples from 7 to 21 percent. This is tragic. But here is some good news in the report. Parents can be far more influential in the lives of their children than many seem to realize. Take the issue of faith. CL nversatins 1] WITH THE an( move over here, have a bite to eat and something to drink and then we will show some of what we are doing. Sure to be covered are some of the advantages and problems associated with gestating sows on pasture, our move to the fall for the once a year hoop farrowing, some of the ins and outs.of pasture feeding and how it compares to hoop house feeding in economic terms including time spent, as well as operator preference. There will be a pasture tour here, certainly and we will probably demonstrate some simple equipment we have devised for grain feeding on pasture. Jeff Lopez, area extension manure management specialist will talk a bit about handling manure as a solid and This farm has sponsored field days for five years. Number six is coming up on Sept. 12th. It is a Saturday and this year the events are the second part of a two farm tour that starts in the morning up at Steve and Jane Stassen's farm just south of Kerkhoven. Stassens are showing their extra wide Coverall set up for breeding and gestating. They have some sows farrowing in Port-a-huts inside the hoop house as well. Steve will go over some of the costs associated with his approach. University personnel, including Lee Johnston, swine specialist at the West Central Experiment Station, and Julie Tranquilla, the new alternative swine coordinator will be there as well as at our place in the afternoon, also the MPCA permit process. - - 1 I IS I m CLUES ACROSS CLUES DOWN 1. Short, high sound 1. Pursuing 6. Skilled work force 2. Round tripper I0. Capital of Solomon Islands 3. Stupid 11. Collect 4. Ascended 12. Injures 5. Enactment 13. Grow old 6. Stroke 14. Woman's name 7, Adult females, slang 15. Plans of action 8. Slur over 18. Fueled 9. Stations 21. Leave 16. Nervous twitch 25. Puzzle 17. Silent 28. Aspect; period 19. Wood 32. Robber 20. Title of respect 33. Utters 22. Beethoven concerto 34. Cosmetic 23. Tided lady 35. Earthenware jars 24. Harasses 36. NFL owners 25. Soap 37. Coins 26. Fright 27. Scandinavian gods 29. White person, Hawaiian slang 30. Plumage 3 I. George , actor SOLUTIONS ACROSS SOLUTIONS DOWN 1. Chirp 1. Chasing 6. Cadre 2. Homer 10. Hoaiars 3. Inane 1 !. Amass 4. Risen 12. Maims 5. Passage 13. Senesce 6. Caress 14. Irena 7. Dames 15. Systems 8. Elide 18. Gassed 9. Bases 21. Decamp 16. Tic 25. Charade 17. Mum 28. Phase 19. Ash 32. Stealer 20. Sir 33, Moans 22. Emperor 34, Rouge 23. Peeress 35. Ollas 24. Besets 36. Maras 25. Camay 37, Reals 26. Alarm 27. Aesir 29. Haole 30. Aiula 31. Segal C99s0ooI Chippewa County and Swirl County Pork Producers are helping sponsore the day along with our usual list which includes the Department of Agriculture, Energy and Sustainable Ag Program and the Western Minnesota SFA. The help is appreciated. Why walk across the road to learn anything about hogs? It is a question with a ring to it with the market heading back toward the twenties cash again. But we need to take a longer view than that. Hogs have been important here for generations. Because the industry is now overbuilt, if it is, and certainly suffering from Asian financial problems, it looks bad. For exactly that same reason, it will soon look much better. Markets create their opposites. Hogs can be key to a good midwestern farm. John Muir, the naturalist, once said that "When we try to pick anything up by itself, we find it is attached to everything in the universe." Muir, speaking from his own interest in natural systems sat21 a true and useful thing about farms, which are after all, our attempt to use natur sysms (holful!g in a kindly Thus the hog has an impact upon the cropping pattern of the farm through its diet and its manure and the production facilities that are used. This impact includes such things as biodiversity (just corn?) erosion and runoff (or not) and off-farm inputs. The hog impacts the farmer through profitability (both of the hogs and also of other systems because the hog is there), the customers through the quality of the meat, ad various supplies in the towns due to the way in which it is raised. The quality of the meat affects the health of the eaters and their health impacts the health care system as a whole, the cleanliness of the air and water surrounding the hogs impacts health as well for the entire natural system, including people. The aesthetics (good or bad) of the landscape due to the way in which the hog is fed impacts everyone who look at it and the quality of the landscape impacts, at the very least every creature who lives down stream due to the runoff. So who should come? This field day is for any farmer who raises hogs or who doesn't and wants to see what he's missing. It is for anyone who eats pork or who might someday. People who are satisfied with what they find in the grocery store should come and people who are not should as well. The family that runs the grocery store ought to come. Anyone concerned about or interested in the local economy would find it interesting. For anyone who is adamantly opposed to being interested in anything about hogs or pork, remember that we will have short presentations about our attempts to attract bluebirds to the farm by increasing habitat and diversity, as well as the University of Minnesota runoff study being done in our pastures, The truth is that we think that hogs are tightly linked to our particular farm and the way we want to operate it. The crops, the hogs, the other livestock and the work pattern as a whole must fit closely together for our farm to work right. There won't be any give away pork chops here. Nobody will be selling anything. It is a chance to talk about farming without bracing against a sales pitch. And for non- farmers it can be a chance to see a different kind of agriculture actually being worked on. Everyone is welcome ! I00dde00 mr, Pam00-Ca00l 1111 t ) T -I 1 School clothing has become an annual undertaking for me since I began my column 15 years ago. Every year around this time I'm besieged with requests that come from parents, grandparents, children, neighbors and even school teachers The dollar range being sought is from the very modest ($50 per child) to the outrageous ($500 per child). For some parents it's the same struggle every year. They're barely making it from paycheck to paycheck and inevitably when September rolls around, it's a true hardship to outfit their children with new shoes, underwear and properly fitting attire. Climate has a huge bearing. The more southern locations can get by with non-seasonal clothing. Not so for the cooler climates, which require heavy sweaters, jackets, mittens, boots, hats- you get the picture. For others it's a sudden loss of income that puts them behind the eight ball. Or if you're a single parent home with one income, and you lose your job, rent and food become the total focus. New underwear is some thing the rich kid down the block gets to start school in  not your kids. In some families clothes can be passed down to younger siblings, especially if the genders are the same. A surprising number of families are willing to shop atthrift and second hand stores. Most all parents who write assure me that if awarded a dollar amount the money will not be spent on designer name brands. My intent is not to burden you with the heavy task I have at hand, namely deciding how much and to whom it will be sent. I'll prod through the requests and help as many children as I can start the school year with a little pride and confidence. My range is $100 per child. My intentions are this. One, help support and lobby for legislature that will issue school uniforms. It may sound like a form of socialism, but if every student within a given school was dressed alike, I firmly believe that these students could truly apply themselves to the task at hand= learning. My other intent, until such time as we have a national uniform policy, is to ask you to please help when you see a need. For many of us, we have no notion of what it's like to go to school in ragged, ill-fitting clothing, with shoes that aren't fit for a dog to chew. Please don't lull yourself into thinking this only happens in densely populated, poverty-stricken, urban schools. What you don't realize is that it's happening at this very moment, at the school your child attends. There is only room for me to print one letter in this column pertaining to this issue. It was selected because ... well, you figure out why it was the one selected. Dear Percy Ross: In April of this year my husband was put on medical disability and forced to retire from his job. We have been struggling month to month to pay our bills. I went back to work and we are slowly trying to catch up. My problem right now is back to school clothes. I have 4 children who are school age. If you could send $200-$50 per child-it would really help us out. This is the f'wst time I ever wrote you, but I've been reading your column for years. You give a lot of people hope for tomorrow and that's what counts. Mrs. K. M .... Tribune Chronicle, Warren, OH Dear Mrs. M.: I may be approaching 82, but 75 years ago I was a kid, too-and a poor one, whose parents couldn't afford to buy me and my brothers new school clothes. I had the bare necessities and a hunger to learn. As far as I'm concerned, I was one of the lucky ones. And so are your 4 children, if you can instill in them that school is the gateway to great adventure and unlimited opportunities. I'm sending $400 so each child has $100 to start the school year. Let's make it a good one! 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