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? !;i iii EDITORIAL... I,mmnn This is how you fix Congress!!!! (by JDK) In a recent interview with CNBC, noted financial wizard, offers some of the advice we've heard about our nation's debt ceiling and, in reality, how to fix Con- gress. Here's what he says: "I could end the deficit in five minutes. Just pass a law that says anytime there is a deficit of more than three percent of our GDP, all sitting members of Con- gress are ineligible for re-election." He suggests all Americans strongly DEMAND our lawmakers to pass THE CONGRESSIONAL REFORM ACT OF 2011. This act is composed of but seven very simple ac- tions needed to fix Congress and bring our nation back to an America for the people and by the people. 1) NO TENURE .......... NO PENSION. A Con- gressman/woman collects a salary while in office and receives no pay when they're out of office. 2) Congress (past, present, future ) participates in Social Security. All funds in the Congressional Re- tirement Fund move to the Social Security System im- mediately. All future funds flow into the Social Security System, and Congress participates with the American people. It may not be used for any other purpose. 3) Congress can purchase their own retirement plan, just as all Americans do. 4) Congress will no longer vote themselves a pay raise. Congressional pay will rise by the lower of CPI or four percent. 5) Congress loses their current health care sys- tem and participate in the same health care system as the American people. 6) Congress must equally abide by all laws they impose on the American people. 7) All contracts with past and present Congress- men/women are void effective 1/1/12. The American people did not make these contracts with Congress- men/women. Congressmen/women made all these contracts for themselves. Serving in Congress is a HONOR, NOT A CAREER. The Founding Fathers envisioned citizen they should serve their term(s) ..... then, g,o, home and back to work. Buffet adds that if every American contacts a min- imum of 20 persons ..... it will take only thee days for most in our nation to receive this Reform Act of 2011. "Don't you think it's time?" he adds. "The 26th amendment (granting the right to vote for 18-year-olds ) took only three months and eight days to be ratified! Why? Simply because the people demanded it. That was in 1971 ....... before computers,e-mail, cell phones, etc. Of the 27 amendments to the Constitution, seven took one year or less to become the law of the land. All because of PUBLIC PRESSURE! In his closing re- marks, Warren Buffet is asking every citizen to foward the gist of the Congressional Reform Act of 2011 to but 20 others, and in turn ask them toi do likewise. In JUST THREE DAYS, he believes most people in our United States will have the message.! Our comment is that Buffet's urging for the domino- reaction, started by just 20 persons, if kept alive, will, indeed, PUT THE PRESSURE NEEDED FOR PAS- SAGE of Reform Act of 2011. Trouble is who, among all the lawmakers, has the guts, leadership, and pub- lic concern to even bring the Resolution to a vote if not so pressured? It's a given fact and everyone knows that without the needed PRESSURE, all cur- rent members of Congress would never think of said passage! They are all too stupid (or is it too smart and too dollar greedy) to know what's good, fair, and just for all Americans! Letters to the editor To the Editor: How devastating it was to open up our local newspaper recently to find an article suggesting it would be a "good idea" to put seniors in jail and crimi- nals in nursing homes. We're not sure what nursing home Mike A. Nickel had visited that prompted him to suggest such a "good idea", but we're confident it was not Northridge Residence. Of course it can be a challenge moving to a new community where there are many others around. However, when a person first comes to us, one of the first things we do is make sure they under- stand that their rights as a person while residing in their new home, and that they are a person that has the same rights of choice as they did in their past home. They do have a choice between a shower and a warm tub bath as they wish (more than once a week if they wish). They do receive dental and medical treatment each day as needed. We do have professional staff on duty 24 hours a day who provide care with kindness and compassion. We do pro- vide three nutritional hot meals a day with menu choices, with snacks and drinks throughout the day as much as they like. Our residents have the option of a shared room, private room or a suite. Family can and are encouraged to come visit anytime and our residents are also encouraged to go out with their families as they wish. We offer restora- tive therapy programs to help residents be as independent as possible. Resi- dents are able to have their own phone, TV, pc, internet or whatever they want in their living area. They can make phone calls whenever they would like. Residents have access to spiritual opportunities and pastors from the community as they wish. There are many residents who do return to the community, after receiving care they need and/or therapy at Northridge Res- idence. Between January 2011 and Oc- tober 2011,47 percent of the residents m 1 24 37 57 Clues ACROSS 1. Wooden strip 5. Adolph S. __, NY Times 9. Divine Egyptian beetle 11. Revolve 13. Indelible skin marks 15. President Lyndon 16. Ethiopia 17. Ice hockey equipment 19. Possessed 20. Ecclesiastical you 22. Satiate 23. Indium Tin Oxide 24. Stray 25. Belong to he 26. Without (French) 28. Satiny finished cotton fabric 31. Tennis player Bjorn 32. Impudence 33. Segregating operation 34. Scottish tax 35. Progenies 37. Face covering 38. Superior grade wine 39. Member of Congress (abbr.) 41. Man-child 42. Land frog 43. A university in Connecticut 45. Feline 46. Montana herb used on bruises 49. Shellac ingredient 50. Seed of anise 53. Day of rest and worship 55. State of being rejected 56. An island in the W Pacific 57. Mother of the Celtic fairies 58. Tells on Clues DOWN 1. Criticize severely 2. Soaps 3. "Honeymooners" actor Carney 35. 4. High NM city 36. 5. Express delight 6. Cardboard box (abbr.) 37. 7. Mixing corned beef & 38. potatoes 8. Summer ermines 9. Remain as is 10. __ choy: cabbage 11. Pasadena flower 12. Inside 14. Pane frameworks 15. Aeroplanes 18. Paper-thin tin plate 21. Rubs out 26. Plural of sorus 27. Major blood vessel 29. Chore 30. The letter S 31. Short haircut 33. Citizens of Riyadh 34. Spanish saloon Husk of wheat Used as a driveway coating Groaned A standard stack of wood 40. Flat dishes 41. Large number (usually pl.) 42. Chinese silver weight 44. Repeating sound 47. Taxi 48. Tribal Indian language 51. Violate a law of God 52. Cologne 54. Woman's under- garment admitted to Northridge were able to re- turn to the community. As you walk in to the front door at Northridge one of the first things you will see is a statement posted saying "Our residents do not live in our facil- ity ... we work in their home". We hope that the above statement is received by our community with the same spirit and dedication we give to those we care for in their homes at Northridge Residence. Northridge Residents Administra- tion Rick Ash, Administrator Cindy Jorgenson, Director of Northridge Judy Porter, Director of Nursing Marge Dragseth, Social Services Coralie Sandberg, Activity Direc- tor Pam Streich, Dietary Manager To the Editor: Get over yourselves. Jim put an ar- ticle in that someone gave him. It was not pointed at our Northridge. Northridge is the best, "five-star rated" even, so why are you worried? Shannon Mullaney Ortonville  Food shelves bracing for record demand Food shelves across the state could be headed into their toughest winter ever, as the nation's economic woes continue. The director of Minnesota FoodShare, Sara Nelson-Pallmeyer, says two recent reports raise concerns. One shows a large drop in charitable giving. "Individual donations, for example, fell by 11 percent from 2008 to 2009, and as far as I understand they are still dropping. That's going to have a huge effect." On top of that, she says, new figures from the Census Bureau show that in the two years since the recession offi- cially ended in the U.S., the median household income, when adjusted for inflation, has fallen nearly seven per- cent. "This has a huge effect on families who are trying to raise their kids and who are trying to make it. They need help with food. And if food shelves are struggling right now and their numbers are up, they need our help even more." In addition to working families try- ing to make ends meet, the number of unemployed Minnesotans is currently at more than 215,000, and Nelson- Pallmeyer says many of them cannot regularly put dinner on the table on their own. "Unfortunately, need continues to go up. I spoke with folks from two dif- ferent food shelves this morning. One said food shelf usage was 100-percent increased from last year to this year. Another one said it was about a 25-per- cent increase." Local food shelf information, in- cluding places where donations may be made locally, is available at the Min- nesota FoodShare website, http://nm- By JDK Wow, what a great eye-opener piece we received last week from one of our newest and dearest friends (also one of our newest subscribers). We refer to Renee Fehrman, daughter of the late Richard Matthews, about whom our readers have read a lot in recent issues and in our recent col- umn. Renee and husband Stephen, have sent scads of emails, one of which you'll read below, which is self-explanatory, about a most amaz- ing gentleman with cerebral palsy....a dear friend of the Fehrmans. Read on! You too will be amazed. "Steve Wampler has been selected as lane of the final three in a contest to receive the Sports Illustrated "Greatness Award for 2011." Steve is our friend who, last year at this time, scaled El Capitan in Yosemite by pulling him- self up ..... using his arms ONLY. Steve has cerebral palsy, is an amaz- ing athlete and started an organization that sends kids with physical disabil- ities to camp. Steve is also one of the coolest persons we've ever met in our lives. The first place winner in the SI Award, will go to New York City on Dec. 6, this year, and receive a $25,000 check for the foundation. The ceremony will be broadcast live on TV in front of 10's of millions worldwide and a full story will be in the December issue of SI." The Fehrmans request our readers to ".please vote once a day on every de- wce you have for the next three weeks ! ! ! ! ! Facebook, Twitter, family and friends on email and have them follow the link and vote at mess." Such a heart-warming note with her subscription re- newal today, from reader Sandy Gioege of Lakeville. "I look forward to enjoying your newspaper....Jt is a treasure! Warm regards.* We just threw you a kiss Sandy....grab it as it goes by your house.* It has become apparent that North- ridge administration is taking person- ally, a piece submitted by a friend, which appeared in our column re- cently. We refer to the piece that ob- jects to the lavish treatment of prisoners in this country. It uses satire to imply that prisoners are receiving better treatment than many nursing home residents. We received two let- ters, one which appeared in last week's paper from Jim Foster and one which appears in this issue, that imply we were referring to Ortonville's nursing home. We don't understand this defensiveness, because North- ridge, without a doubt, is one of the finest nursing homes in the country. We have written many times about the superb treatment and care given by OAHS staff in this community. The piece had absolutely nothing to do with Northridge. It is ludicrous to get this inference from a satirical metaphor written by an editor from the south. As the saying goes ..... "Money Talks!" Indeed, newly-named Gophers foot- ball coach Jerry Kill, most certainly heard it loud and clear when the U of M just last week signed him to a multi-year contract. No sooner had the ink dried on his signing, and he conducted one of the greatest upsets in Gophers grid history, coming from behind to defeat favored Iowa, 22-21. We wonder , if maybe Jerry didn't pass on some si)rt of bonus incentive to his players ..... as they played well over their hea, s, full of that "win- lose )aby" spirit. For the second year in; row, too, the Gophers held onto the "Pig of Rosedale" tro- phy, for which the Gophers and Hawkeyes battl e each year! And while we'  on sports, we doubt if the nation ha witnessed a more ex- citing, unbelievJ tble Wodd Series than this year, with St. Louis the victors for the llth time i n history. And to think the were 10 and a half games behind in their conference race but about 5 weeks ago! Also unbelievable. As the famed yankee catcher once coined, a sayi g that has lived for years ..... "It ain':over 'til the fat lady sings!" . .................... Do we d are say "Go, Go Herman ain" at this point ..... the only Presidential candidate ITHOUT a po- litical bac| round?.* And what abouti poor John Davis of Colorado Junction, CO, who is running for President and plans to visit every County Sea t in our nation in the coming months.* We dare any of the major media, aside from this newspaper, to make news of his candidacy.* Shame, shame, on our na- tion's KEP T PRESSES.*.*.*.* It seems they just talk of those with big bucks. Remember Richard Katz, OHS grad of 1965, son of the late Ben and Lillian Katz wh0 owned and operated Katz Furniture in Ortonville for many years, the store being located between where the former Norwest Bank and Municipal LiquOr Store were located on Main Street, where Ash Law Firm and Headwaters Care are today? We received some news of a great pro- motion for Richard, as per the fol- lowing news release from League City, TX, which reads in part: "Richard S. Katz, CLU, ChFC, was elected to serve on the American Bankers Association's Board of Di- rectors at the Association's annual conference held in October in Wash- ington, DC. Richard is Vice President of Direct Marketing and Sales for American NatiOnal Insurance Com- pany's ANICO Direct Division. Mr. Katz is a 36-year veteran of the Life Insurance business and has been in marketing for 25 years." Richard is sending check to again subscribe to The Independent, and writes "as a former Ortonville resident who en- joyed time there immensely, I like to follow what's going on there and do so now through your web site. Guess as we get older, we naturally become more nostalgic and I am no exception. For me, Ortonville was a great place to grow up and I still fondly think of my days there. It was a great town for my father's business and our family had many very good friends who were like extended family friends. My mother is still living, in Florida, and recently turned 99 years young. It's been four years since I was last in Ortonville, and am hoping to come back again next summer. Keep up the good work with the Independent and it's interact, and look forward to again getting the Independent. Best regards to all." Richard went on to say his dad, Ben, was in business in Or- tonville from about 1949 until his death there in 1967. "My dad and then Publisher Lem were good friends as I recall. We moved from Ortonville in 1968, though I came back for some time on a regular basis. Mother re- married in the late 1970's and her last name is now Wax. I had an older brother, Michael, who graduated OHS in 1957 and died in 2002. Dad was very involved in Ortonville, es- pecially with the golf course, where he was influential in getting the cart sheds built." Well do we remember Rich's brother Mike. Once, on a trip to Palm Springs, we bumped into Mike at the airport in Salt Lake City, when our family, with late friend-em- ployee Bob Fuller, were changing planes. At that time, we snapped a photo of Bob and Mike which we published in The Independent at that time. God bless you Richard and congrats on your Bankers Assn. pro- motion. The Ortonville Independent (U,S.P.S. 412460) JAMES D. KAERCHER PublisherJ Managing Editor SUZETTE KAERCHER-BLAKE Editor and Advertising Sales MIKE SWENSON Associate Editor DENISE FRE'I-rE Advertising Rep Tues., Nov. 1, 2011 Vol. 93; No. 42 Continuing the ORTONVILLE JOURNAL STAR Published Every Tuesday at 29 2nd St. N.W. Ortonville, MN 56278 Periodicals Postage Paid at Ortonville, Minnesota SUBSCRIPTION RATES $35.00 per year in Big Stone, Lac qui Parle, Traverse and Swift Counties in Min- nesota, Grant and Roberts Counties in South Dakota. $40.00 for all other coun- ties in Minnesota and South Dakota. All others, $45.00 per year. Postmaster: Send address changes to The Ortonville Independent, Box 336, Or- tonville, Minnesota 56278. 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ADS: We reserve the right to refuse any ad- vertising without obligation to justify our decision. POLICIES: A News: Our goal is to report the news as fully and accurately as possible. The staff's opinions will appear only on the opinion page. Editorials: Opinions published on this page, whether locally written or reprinted from other sources is intended to stimu- late thinking and discussion among our readers. Opinions expressed by the edi- tors are their own and not necessarily those of other staff members. Opinions expressed in items from other publications may be contradictory to the editor's own views, but are offered for their general in- terest 0000INDEPEN00 To place display, classified ad- vertising or news in the Or- tonville Independent: Phone 320-839-6163 Fax 320- 839-3761 or e-mail For Sports For the Editor Check our web site: Page 4 00INDEPENDENT Tuesday, Nov. 1,2011  I i