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Editorial comment GUEST EDITORIAL... What's on my mind... by Mike Ferguson of Belton, Missouri. He is a self-employed financial advisor who also works as a training manager for a marketing company. He is also an active member of the Libertarian Party, currently serving as the Vice Chair of the Cass County LP. He and his wife Janeth have two children, Austin age 6 and Amber age 3. Sept. 11th, 2002: A time to celebrate? By any measure, Americans are an amazing eople. From the infancy of our nation which was orn because of the uncompromising desire for freedom to the resiliency of current generations who have seen war, depression and now terrorism within our borders. It would be condescending and trivial of me to try to articulate the impact that September 11th, 2001 had on the United States. The horrific loss of human life, the images of the Twin Towers collapsing on New York City, the resulting acceleration of an economic recession that had already begun and the intangible emotional impact on a stunned country are all elements of the events we now look back on one year later. For most people, this is a time to reflect and mourn. The news media is already competing to see who can out-memorialize each other to the greatest degree. Survivors, relatives of victims and - dare I say - tourists are in New York City's Ground Zero" to be part of the many ceremonies that mark the anniversary of 9-11. Personally, I have chosen to take a different approach to September 11th, 2002. I see reasons to celebrate. Obviously, I do not mean to diminish the pain and suffering of all those affected both directly and indirectly by the attacks but through tragedy comes opportunity and growth. I choose to celebrate the undeniable strength, unity and resolve the United States has shown, and continues to show in reaction to 9-11. That strength and resolve certainly has not come from Washington, DC. George W. Bush, John Ashcroft, Dick Gephardt, Hillary Clinton and many others in government continue to use Sepf. 11th as an excuse to repeatedly shake the tree of liberty with the axe of politics in a most calculated and vicious manner. While many Americans were reminded of why we should cherish the freedoms guaranteed by the Constitution, most of those elected to represent us in Congress have reacted by discussing or even promoting the erosion ,of those precious liberties in the name of safety and 'homeland security." No, that strength and resolve is not found on Pennsylvania Avenue or in the halls of the Capitol. That strength and resolve is found on the Main Streets, in the neighborhoods, at the churches and in the business districts of America. That strength and resolve is manifest when we realize that the United States is not defined by what our politicians do or say, the United States is defined by the spirit of her people. After the shock and pain of the attacks, Americans have responded with defiance and pride. We should celebrate all of the little reminders of American strength. Those reminders are everywhere. You cannot pass (or be passed by) more than a couple of cars without seeing a window or bumper sticker that reads "United We Stand", "God Bless America" or "Let Freedom Ring." The American Flag is now proudly displayed on homes and business fronts where nothing flew before. Patriotic t-shirts and buttons are commonplace. The best part is that this spirit is real and continues a year later. No longer is the display of the Stars and Stripes limited to a crass Fourth of July or Presidents' Day commercial campaign that comes and goes each year. No longer are those who profess patriotism considered idealists or looked at as simply sentimental of values long past. No longer is prayer for our nation scolded as a fringe political gimmick. Sept. 11th is more than a reminder of the pain and suffering that impacted an entire nation. Sept. 1 lth is also a reminder of the American strength that has carried us through events like the attack on Pearl Harbor, a president's assassination and the Oklahoma City bombing. That strength has now been called on once again, this time to see us through the wake of 9-11's terrorism. That strength we should celebrate is manifest privately as well as publicly. My six-year-old son Austin is one such reminder for me. Austin watched TV with Janeth and me that fateful day. I wasn't sure he understood the magnitude of the event then. I still don't know if he does today, but he understands at least some of the impact. Today, a year later, he rarely forgets to pray for the "American soldiers" who are fighting the "bad guys who killed all those nice people with the airplane." Before last September, prayer to him was "Thank you for this food" and "Help me to not have scary dreams tonight." Now, Austin has some understanding of what prayer really is and he feels more secure because of that. Austin should feel more secure. Even though more attacks on Americans are inevitable, we know that despite whatever chaos may take place we will survive as a people while those who attack us must practice having "Allah" on their breath every time a loud noise happens around them. We will.persevere while they must resign themselves to a sick concept of martyrdom. We are certainly not a nation or culture without flaws Our political, economic and social strife will continue as we struggle with our differences in the media, in the halls of government and over heated debates in coffee shops. Our moral and spiritual shortcomings will continue to be something we wrestle with in churches and on academic campuses. No, we are far from perfect. We are however strong. While politicians are back to partisan division, realAmericans are united in an effort to restore our way of life as much as possible. While media pundits exploit the pain and suffering of 9-11 for programming purposes and ratings, real Americans are again committed to meeting the needs of our neighbors and rebuilding local, state and national economies. Whi the rest ot the world resumes its contempt for our government, enyyf our wealth and confusion about our diverse culture, Americans are renewing the ideals of self- reliance and self-determination that our Founding Fathers harnessed to build this great country. That is why I choose to celebrate Sept. 11th, 2002. Birthright of Big Stone City Needs You!! Birthright is a crisis pregnancy center located in Big Stone City. We rely on monetary donations, clothing donations, and dedicated volunteers like you! We Offer: -Free Pregnancy Testing -Community Resource lnfo. -Maternity Clothes/Layettes -Medical Care Referrals -Adoption Information How You Can Help: - Vol.unteer at the center - meet with people in need, and offer assistance. - Work in the "clothing room", folding and organizing donated clothing and baby items. - Help put together fund - raisers ( pancake breakfasts, raffles etc.) - Promotion : Radio and visual advertising. - Monetary donations: annual, bi-annual, quarlerly or monthly contributions. We exist solely on the generous support of volunteers, and generous community sponsors. We need you - to bring help to women in need in our community. If interested please call: Kristi Delage at 839-3362 or Liane Rausch at 862-8362 , ALLBIRTHRIGHT SERVICES ARE FE 304 Mitchell Ave., P.O. Box 273, Big Stone City, SD 57216 (605)862-7831 Hours: MONDAY'S 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. T, TH 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Page 4 WlC voucher pickup for Oct. Oct. 1 Countryside Community Room, Ortonville, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 3 Prairie V Conf. Room, Madison, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The County Nutrition Education Assistants will be available. QUALITY CLOCK REPAIR Antique Mantle 400 Day Anniversary Striking Chiming CRAIG RANDLEMAN ORTONVlLLE MN 320-839-2357 Minnesota Clockmaker - Watchmaker Call After 6 p.m. for Estimates ONCE AGAIN... MANY THANKS Recent new and renewal sub- scribers to The Independent which we gratefully acknowledge with thanks for your loyalty: Henry lelson Ervin 'thompson Albertine Weinman Lloyd & Doris MueHer Mrs. Russdl Wall Pearl Rebehn Charlie Larson Doug Mangel Richard Stielow Lee Whiting Edward Schaffer Shirl Kienholz Don Holm Dr. Anthony Hilleren Stuart Deal Douglas Gulley Sue Servais Kathy Nordgren Richard Skoog Federated Telephone Coop Michael Olson Noeile Saeger Dick Strei R.H. DeWall Mrs. Joseph Drewicke Joe Van Lith, Delores Wennblom Linda Brandenburg David Olson Dorismae Meers ,.#etters to (Edi. note: Following is one of a series of 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 reading 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. Ihno ]anssen, 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. "MY SISTER, HARRIET, RELIVES THE PAST" (continued from last week) How we survived the great depres- sion of the 1930s is another story and that will come later. As I remember those roosters were on the "stringy" side, but no one complained. We chomped down those old birds and thanked God that no longer were we awakened at dawn with 12 cocks a'crowing. Would to God that all our problems could be solved so easily. The Boarding House Harriet reminisced about our years in Blue Earth, when in order to sup- plement my father's meager minis- ter's salary, my step mother Cheeb took in boarders. The schoolhouse was "kitty comer" across the street from the church so students and teachers passed by our parsonage on their way to school. Cheeb's plan was to serve meals to some of the teachers, thus using the money they paid us to purchase our groceries. I do not remember this but Harriet said that our noon meals were served in the dining room on a white tablecloth with napkins, good silver and all the trimmings. Cheeb was only a passable cook so I would assume this was the best arrangement the teachers could make. I do remember some dishes Cheeb would serve that I came to hate with a vengeance. One was stewed tomatoes. To save money Cheeb would add a goodly mixture of stale bread with the tomatoes and, in the cooking, this bread would become mushy and even slimy. This reminds me, Elissa, of what you say when you look down on your plate on which your mother has served something you don't like. You simply say "nasty." Something like meatloaf. Nasty. At our house with Cheeb as the cook one never said "nasty." If we liked what we were eating we could compliment the cook and say "Thank you," meekly I am sure. If we didn't like something we ate it quietly and kept our mouth shut. One time when the teachers were eating with us, Cheeb served some lamb and mint jello. I hated mint jello because it made me gag. I politely ignored the mint jello on my plate, but Cheeb, ever alert, spied my indis- cretion and said, "George, eat your mint jello." Well, I didn't want to gag and maybe throw up in front of the teach- ers, so I did the unthinkable. I went right on ignoring the mint jello. But one did not ignore one of cheeb's preemptory commands. I struggled valiantly and finally got that damned jello down. (Excuse the expression.) But it didn't stay down. I had to get up and rush upstairs to the bathroom. There the mint jello (and everything else) came up and into the toilet. I felt awful and even to this day I never have eaten mint jello again. It still would gag me. Our boarders, the teachers, taught me civility and perhaps table man- ners because they were quite nice young ladies and even if I do not remember much about them I am grateful that they shared our board with us while I was taught to "sit up" at the table and mind my manners. Open hou for new Lakes,de apts. There will be an open house at Lakeside Apartments to view the newly remodeled conversion apartment from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 13, 2002. m  q 1 2 3 14 17 2O 25 26 27 33 ]6 tO 4 0 51 $2 8 54 Clue= ACROSS 1. Chases 5. Medieval fiddle 10. Promenade 14. Type of spread 15. Immoralities 16. Tributary of the Mississippi 17. Hemmingway classic in LA. 20. Jane Pauley show 21. Spongelike cakes 22. Impressionism, for one 23. Six (Spanish) T--- -- -I/I 19 Clue= DOWN 1. Bufo americanus, for one 2. __ Romeo, car 3. Ancient German 4. An open skin infection 5. Connect again 6. A special set of circumstances 39. 7. Secreted by the rwer. 41. and stored in the gall 42: bladder 45. 8. Type of extension 46. 9. Time of the 9Oth 47. meridian, abbr. 49. -- T- T- ' 111// ) 31 32 i _ 9 I II// 4  56 )'7 28. Records electric currents, abbr. 29. Actions 30. Shrews genus 31. Wipe out 32. Factions 38. Acting as substitute for another Dnnking or voting Fed Surround Graded. Egyptian sOn god Chronicles Extremely cold 25. Marked by excessive 10. Mire self-indulgence 29. Strokes 33.  Walker, author 34. Calh 35. Limonite, for one 36. "West Side Story" foes 37. A resi0 used in vamishes 40. Supplement with difficulty 41. Polite interru,otion sound 43. Discharge 44. In a way, lets it be known 47. Peaks 48. An isolated fact 49. Large African antelope 50. Act as a master of ceremonies 53. A string of words 58. Advice from Tiger 61. Thomas  British composer 62. A way to apply 63. Any of various small biting flies 64. State of extreme povert or restitution 65. Indo-Aryans 66. The dried leaves of the hemp plant. 11. Whale ship captain 12. National capital of Peru 13. Failure to retain possession 18. In a way, excites 19. Off-Br0adway theater award 23. Arabian greeting 24. Emerald Isle 25. Highly excited 26. Chip off 27. Tickets II N[3 z V lio .-- -.+.- OIN t $11 Vlla s-w oi ,i. 'J'i" 50. Ardor 51. Nothing more than specified 52. Used for corporal punishment 53. Fence 54. Scrambled, for one 55. Not one 56. Relatives 57. Tritons 59. Small amount 60. Egg cells. 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