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Editorial comment GUEST EDITORIAL... Death Has No Business Soothing Life's SorrOw By Jennifer Johnston - Submitted by Thelma Rensberger ***** I read recently of a couple that was married for more than 60years. They were contributors to their community andlovers of life. But one day, one of them got sick--and died. It's a sad story, but even more sad, was the news that their spouse died the very next day. Sometimes this happens naturally with couples who have had long and happy marriages, but in this case the spouse did not die from natural causes. It was reported that this person had decided "he did not want to continue living without his wife --and so he joined her in death. When I heard this, flashes of scenes from Romeo and Juliet, the romantic tragedy of two young lovers who join each other in death, vividly played in my mind. While we all have wept over this classic story, we've always known that it is just that a story. However, what I read in the newspaper was not. It was real life and in real life, this tragedy is not nearly so romantic. Here was beautiful couple with a beautiful marriage. In today's society, a marriage with that kind of longevity is quite rare. What a great model they were for young couples. And yes, it is terribly sad when a spouse dies. How lonely and awkward that must be  especially after living a life time with that person. But to take one s life to end that pain is neither romantic nor noble. Think of all the people who are left without that man. His children can never come to him with questions or to share joys. The memory of his wife won t be kept alive in the family through his stories. His grand children and great-grandchildren never again will be able to seekhis advice or hear his tales of life. . Perhaps, if he had chosen to live, he would have influenced just one more person or tended one more flower that would have brought joy into the lives of passersby. We won t ever know because one man chose to succumb to his grief instead of finding and creating joy in response to that grief. I am reminded of my grandmother Mormor who, at the age of 72, lost her husband of 49 years. They were a wonderful couple and very much in love. If she had chosen to end her life, because she couldn't imagine life without Papa, the world would have lost at least eight years with an extraordinary woman. Ironically, in a sense, we did lose Mormor, as she has developed Alzheimer's Disease in these last years. Mormor does not recognize her family. She cannot speak,coherently. Many times she cannot feed herself. What kind of life must she have?" people may ask. Some might even think she would have been much better off had she chosen to die when my grandfather had: "How tragic that she has to go on living this way, our society says. Yet, Mormor has brought memorable joy to my life even with her disease. She s said funny, nonsensical things that have made me laugh. I ve developed a deeper respect for her and for life, despite the disease that is slowly choking her. These years have reminded me that no matter how "sick" Mormor becomes, she is still my elder and deserves iy respect and honor. She is still my grandmother. of this would have been lost had she chosen to bow out of life on the romantic notion of love. As a society, today, more than ever before, we tend to judge a person's worth by how much he or she is tangibly accomplishing or contributing. But who determines worth? We do not always know how or when we are influencing another s life. There is value just in being a createdlife. • There is a hard reality to love. It s not just about living happily ever after and never being separated. It's loneliness and sadness and learning how to cope with change. And it is bigger than a husband and wife and a marriage of 50 or 60 years. We have a responsibility as humans -- not only to our selves, but to others, as well We do not know when this responsibility ends. Choosing death over life because it soothes the pain of love and the seeming futility of life is simply a slap in the face to the One who gave us a most bountiful and wonderful gift called life. That is the real tragedy. Jennifer Johnston is a communications specialist for the Minnesota Family Council. " onversations WITH THE and00 By lira Van Der Pol ©  -' The major players in the hog indus- try lit a fire and it got away from them. They had planned to expand continu- ously thus driving down the prices to the po/m.wbere smaller sole propri- etorships couldn't compete. At that Rosalyn Anderson Memorial services were held Tuesday, Dec. 15, at St. Michael's Catholic Church of Madison for Rosalyn Anderson. Father Jeff Horejsi officiated. Special music was provided by organist Eunice Hegg, the St. Michael's Choir, with a trio by Lauren, Betty and Charlie Roth. Honor groups included the American Legion Auxiliary. Concluding services were held at St. Michael's Catholic Cemetery. Rosalyn Seraphine Karels was born Sept. 11, 1928, in rural Bellingham, to parents John and Magdalene (Stoick) Karels. She was baptized and confirmed into the Catholic Faith at St. Joseph's Catholic Church. Rosalyn attended rural school and then furthered her education at Bellingham High School, graduating in 1946. She was united in marriage to Raymond Croatt on Feb. 9, 1948 at St. Joseph's Catholic Church. From this union five children were born. After marriage Rosalyn and Raymond farmed southwest of Madison until Raymond's death. Rosalyn then moved into Madison in 1964. She was united in marriage at St. Michael's Catholic Church on Feb. 19, 1966, to Roger Anderson, who Clarence Connelly point, it was reasoned, they would be rid of all the messy smaller operators Cappy Connelly died of a heart attack at the wheel of his grain truck Friday morning, Dec. 11, 1998. He : was 54 years old. Born in Graceville on April 2, 1944, Cappy was named Clarence F. Connelly III for his father and grandfather. He was descended from a long line of rural farming people who arrived in America in 1667. His great- great grandmother Connelly was the sister of George Washington's mother. Cappy Connelly inherited the family passion for farming young. He learned his craft and trade at his , father's side from tiny boyhood. At ; only 17 he began farming with his '; widdwed mother, Leona (Dot Burns) ' Connelly, when his father died of a heart attack at age 51, also while driving his grain to market. On Feb. 8, 1964, Cappy married his sweetheart, Mary Frey of Beardsley. They lived and raised a family together west of Graceville, : near the Connelly homeplace. Cappy's joy was in his fields and his family. : He was an exuberant man with a large sense of humor that served him and his friends well through the turmoil and travails that are a part of a farmer's life; Cappy was recently featured in an Irish TV documentary about his mother's family's emigration from profit at $15. Or perhaps especially Wall Street money does not, since those investors are not used to settling for the trifling two or three percent return on investment farmers get. Now, of course, the National Pork Producers are yelling for government help. A commodities broker once told me that investor money acts different- ly than family money. Investor money, he said, will hold in better in the..short term. Investor driven enterprises are slower to make the decision to pull out and the process of vertical integrfimt of a market. However when they do, could proceed on4tsmerway .˘y wi]! doo cletely and abt- They didn'Lgetmt o/ $1ogs... ly.arnlmalatgerwilLbe call.n, Even Wall Street money doesnt turn a will not be able to promise a satisfac- tory return and will be instructed to let passed away in 1970. Rosalyn worked as a cook at St. Michael's School and also as a clerk at the Coast-to-Coast Store in Madison. After a courageous battle with cancer, death came to Rosalyn. She had reached the age of 70 years and three months. In life she enjoyed working as a Legion Auxiliary Member, gardening, reading, sewing, crocheting, and working crossword puzzles. Rosalyn is survived by her children; Anne and husband Phillip Trigg of Herndon, VA, Kathleen Croatt of Fridley, Richard and wife Violet Croatt of Colorado Springs, CO, Christine and husband Richard Nason of Osage, and Beverly and husband Charles Roth of Foley, nine grandchildren and one great-grandson, three sisters; Adella Hiepler of Madison, Sally and husband Walter Mueiler also of Madison and Mary Ann and husband Vic Weiland of Osakis, three brothers; Leonard and wife Gen Karels of Montevideo, Marcus Karels of Battle Lake, and Manny and wife Arlene Karels of Bellingham, also many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, husbands Raymond and Roger and two brothers Meinard and Raymond Karels. Ireland. The film, in Gaelic language, is called "Graceville." Cappy is survived by wife Mary. and their three children: Clarence IV (Bucky), Patrick, and Anne as well as by five grandchildren: Jake, Riley, and Alayna Jordahl of LaMoure, ND; and Clarence Connelly V (Billy) and Johnny Connelly of Graceville. He is also survived by his brother Mike and • his two sisters Ella and Bridget, who will miss him always, two nieces, Kate and Clare, and two nephews, Mick and Tim. He will he mourned by famous Jack the Butcher Frey of Aspen, CO, who serves the nicest big shots in the world, and whose butcher shop Cappy helped get started. He leaves also a whole tribe of stalwart cousins, nieces, nephews, and faithful friends. Funeral services were held Monday, Dec. 14, 1998, in the Holy Rosary Catholic Church at Graceville. Father Jack Nordick officiated with Mary Virginia Kampmeier organist. Song leaders were Doris Taffe, Kelly Kleindl, and Ida Parent. Honorary pallhearers were all his many friends. Active pallbearers were Brian Wulff, Jack Murphy, Jim Wulff, Doug Arens, Dan'el Gillespie and Mike Taffe. Interment was in the Graceville Consolidated Cemetery. everyone go, including himself. Family money, on the other hand, is generally tied to something in addi- tion to profit. There may he an attach- ment to the breed, or friends in the business, or the particular farm and community. And this attachment will cause a farmer to stick to a business well into unprofitability until it becomes pretty much untenable. So while some of the farmers will quit early, those farmers who are real- ly committed to the business will out- last the investor competition. And if you think about it some of the "other reasons" for continued operation are the kinds of things we ought to be encouraging for they are things that go far to our lives making . together better than they otherwise ould he. So why don't we? In part it is because some of the things that weigh against sole proprietorships are things like special tax treatment of capital gains (which we all like when it bene- fits us) and the customs and laws sur- rounding corporate structure. Neither of these things are apt to change quickly but we really ought to give them long and hard thought, for they tilt the playing field strongly in favor of the operations we say we like the least, particularly in livestock. Capital gains is a tax treatment for capital investment that encourages anyone who has money to invest in capital as opposed to individuals try- ing to succeed by use of their own labor. Since capital replaces labor, when we encourage many types of capital investment, we are discourag- ing the use and pay of highly motivat- ed labor and building businesses that hire only low end labor for jobs not yet mechanized. Most of the high end jobs for capital intensive businesses are located elsewhere, not in rural America. This describes today's hog industry pretty well. The use of corporate organization is another factor in the hog business, and it will be interesting to watch the different parts of the hog industry go broke. Those which are organized as sole proprietorships and based on family money will go broke, if they do, in the usual complete sense of the word. Sales will be held and jobs will be taken by all involved because the debts must he paid in full. Investor owned hog set-ups will go broke with an umbrella. "Farms" will be closed up and buildings sold for a few cents on the dollar. But the folks who owned the "farms" will go on to the next financial opportunity, perhaps taking a vacation along the way. This is because the corporate structure allows wealthy people to limit their responsibility for their bad economic decisions by investing only a certain amount of wealth in a given enterprise controlled by a corporate "person" or Thanks a million I Editor's note: This week's column is written by Mr. Ross' editor, Nancy Webber. Dear Readers: And so this is Christmas• I thought it only appropriate to give Mr. Ross a break this week from writing the column• One look at him and you can see he is tired, over worked and over burdened by the demands placed on him this time of year. Let me share something about Percy Ross. He is Jewish, and yet his generosity is as abundant as Christians during Christmas• It's not that he celebrates the holiday on a religious level. Instead, he becomes the catalyst that enables others to celebrate and gets tremendous joy from doing so. This year our Jewish Santa hasn't traveled as much as in other years. He is not a young man at age 82, but each year he does look a little more like Santa Claus. With white hair and a hearty laugh, Mr. Ross has literally been mistaken for Santa without his beard in street clothes by many a child. His personal appearances this season have been confined to a local radius, having placed great faith that • the U. S. Post office will bring good cheer to those families in distant cities. Let's see, there has been cash sent for toys and new winter coats. Checks sent to pay the rent and keep the electricity turned on. Throw in some refrigerators and stoves, plumbing on the mend and even some families being reunited because time and circumstances have scattered them all over the country. Pretty much your run-of-the-mill holiday stuff that he does every year. And just when I'm lulled into thinking business as usual, Mr. Ross does something that surprises even me. He hands me a large wad of cash and says, "Miss Webber, I can't possibly do it alone this year. I need your help." I know he doesn't intend for me to take myself shopping, so I counter with, "Help how?" With the patience of a saint he explains, "Help me in passing this money out to deserving people, Miss Webber." Please understand I've been working for Mr. Ross nearly 16 years. I've sent umpteen checks in the mail. I've phoned recipients personally and told them to watch for their money. l've even hand delivered material goods to the people who have requested them. But never have I gone around with a bank roll handing out money. Frankly, the thought petrified me. What if I'm mobbed, or worse yet, what if I'm robbed? I'm thinking this isn't such a good idea and that we should seek another Percy Ross Wanna-Be. Then he explains to me, 'Tm not suggesting you stand on a street corner. You look for a need and when you recognize it, you'll know how to handle it." So that's where he has been slipping off to this time of year. He has been visiting shelters, day care centers, hospitals, nursing homes, any and everywhere you can imagine "need" exists. It's a $20, $50 or even $100 bill that he offers with a smile and a wink. A little ray of happiness is what he is offering in a cold and impersonal world. He is like the tireless politician stumping for one more vote, but for Mr. Ross, it's the smile in return that he is seeking. One more life to touch in a positive manner. This year I'm part of the magic. And as Mr. Ross and I go separate ways this week, trying to touch as many people's lives as we can, I'm humbled by the experience. But the most humbling aspect of all is to stand in the presence of a wiry, Jewish Santa who told me long ago, "The measure of a man is not by how much money he has, but by how much good his money can do." And so this is Christmas. From the entire Thanks a Million staff, have a meaningful holiday with the ones you love. Merry Christmas! Editor's note: check your local radio station for Percy Ross' call of the day and visit his web site at www. thanksamillion, com. Write Percy Ross, c/o the Ortonville Independent, PO Box 39000-B, Minneapolis, MN 55439. Include your phone number. All letters are read. Only a few are answered in this column; others may be acknowledged privately. corporation. That "person" can go broke without affecting the real human persons that owned it beyond the amount of their investment. The question we should ask our- selves as Americans is if we want peo- ple with no particularly large emotion- al investment to play around in land ratherhave the people who make deci- sions for reasons in addition to the sound and necessary one about profit in charge of food production and land? If we want to have land managers and ers who pay attention to friends and farms and communities, we need to stop stacking the odds against them. We have 2,000 yards of high quality carpet in stock. ON SALE NOW THRU DEC. 7TH- $6-$18 per yard." Torn Wood- 26th year How long does it take to understand which carpet is best for you? About 20 minutes. It's called FULL DISCLOSURE. You can know before you buv how it will perform. Living rooms should always have a DURABILITY RATING of 3.5 to 5. Earl Dikstaal's INCOME TAX SERVICE OFFICE IS NOW OPEN Monday and Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. YouR YE00R'END AND CONSuLTATIq STOP IN AND SEE US OR CALL 320-839-3023 FOR APPOINTMENTS Toll Free 1-888-432-4314 12 NW 2nd Street • Ortonville, Minnesota 56278 00INDEPENDENT Independent (U.S.P.S. 412-460) ooeoo JEANETTE sher JAMES D. Managing Editor SUZETrE Editor SARA Ad and Pdnting " i ROBERT FULLER Plant Manager ARLENE WlESE Office Manager e KATHIE LANTIS Computer and TAMMIE GIESE RYAf Reporter/Ad MIKE BAR Photographer BILL DWYER & Pressmen KRIST;NOVAK Camera Depanod NANCY ,DCOBI. 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