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Editorial .comment EDITORIAL... (by Of late, we have been criticized by daughter and colleague, Sue, in her informing us that some read- ers ..... certainly we hope not all .... have told her they are unhappy with what they feel is an over-kill in our critiques of actions and philosophy of President Obama! True, we confess to that....but with what we feel is for good reason for who we feel is the most un- American to ever hold the highest office of our great nation. Also, true it is that no one can ever please all the people all the time, in whatever vocation you might be. We'd also like to defend our words by saying it is the duty of a free press to inform its readers of actions by our leaders, especially those of the Presidency, of any actions or rhetoric we feel tainted as un-American, not FOR THE PEOPLE, not worthy of hisoffice....not ful- filling the Will of the majority of us common folk Amer- icans. Nothing to do with Party! When we have critiqued Obama, it has never been of his party;i.only for his continued lack of sincere in- terest forAmerica and its people. It has been for what we feel is his obvious show of arrogance and his in- terest not on~}y for re-election, but also for an America to which the majority of its people are not accus- tomed. If any of our readers disagree with our think- ing, we do, have, and always will welcome your disagreements via letters to the editor...another of our duties as a guardian of free press. If we haven't been clear enough of reasons for our Obama critique, allow us to again point out some truths of his actions and beliefs. First off, we feel he has deceived those who voted for him as a Democrat, yet most all his actions since taking office have been obviously Socialistic....not fair and not in keeping with the wishes of his,,voters! We disagree With his continued attempt to push through Congressiwhatever he wishes, even if it does- n't meet his own party standards ..... forcing congres- sional action that meet his whims! For example, his many tr ps abroad at start of h s tenure to apologize forAmerica's past actions to almost every other coun- try. Why should(or would, any President feel a need to apologize for the greatest freedom-fighter in the world, a nation that has not only spent trillions of dol- lars to help Other nations, but has also given of thou- sands of American lives in its fight for freedom! Why does Obama insist on pushing for his Oba- macare Health program, which most polls in existence has proven that the vast majority of Americans disap- prove? Why should he not be critiqued for his Attorney General's alleged actions for approving illegal sale of American weapons to Mexican cartels to kill some Americans ..... for which the AG is currently on the hot seat and under investigation. Why are three CEO's of several agencies, including MF, not coming clean with answers to Congress in the disappearance of $1.1 bil- lion dollars of customer funds of said companies, sup- ported by Obama?? Why shouldn't Obama be criticized for failure to im- prove our nation's unemployment rate, yet feel he is justified in spending trillions in un-workable Stimulus dollars~ Why Sh~ldn.'t~he~critiqued for ordering Congress to keep working duri,'~g the current holidays .We try to live by Journalist's Creed and Freedom of Speech!! JDK) yet he takes off for a 17-day vacation in Hawaii?? Why shouldn't Obama be critiqued for his recent actions on the recent Wall Street protestors, for not only approving of their "dirty" actions, some even in- volving rape, but for actually SUPPORTING actions of the protestors?? Before we conclude, we have one final critique on Obama. This quote from ~ 11:48 EST, Sunday, Sept. 07, 2008, on television's series "Meet The Press." When then-Senator Obama was asked about his stance on the American Flag, queried by General Bill Ginn, USA (rat.), asking Obama to explain WHY he doesn't follow protocol when the National Anthem is played, the General citing US Code, Title 36, Chapter 10, Sac. 171. Senator Obama replied on the show: "As I have said about the flag pin, I don't want to be perceived as taking sides ..... there are a lot of people in the world to whom the American flag is a symbol of oppression. The anthem itself conveys a war-like message. You know, 'the bombs bursting in air,' and all that sort of thing. "The National Anthem should be 'swapped for something less parochial and less bellicose. I like the song Td Like To Teach The World To Sing.' If that were our anthem, then I might salute it. In my opin- ion, we should consider reinventing our National An- them as well as 'redesign' our Flag to better offer our enemies hope and love. It's my intention, if elected, to disarm America to the level of acceptance to our Middle East Brethren. If we, as a Nation of waring people conduct ourselves like the nations of Islam, where peace prevails ....... perhaps a state or period of mutual accord could exist between our governments. "When I become President, I will seek a pact of agreement to end hostilities between those who have been at war or in a state of enmity, and a freedom from disquieting oppressive thoughts. We, as a Na- tion, have placed upon the nations of Islam, an unfair injustice, which is WHY my wife disrespects the Flag, and she and I have attended several flag burning cer- emonies in the past. "Of course now I have found myself about to be- come President of the United States, and I have put my hatred aside. I will use my power to bring CHANGE to this Nation, and offer the people a new path. My wife and I look forward to becoming our Country's First Black Family. Indeed, CHANGE is about to overwhelm the United States of America." In conclusion of the above th'oughts, to those who feel tired of our Obama critiques, we assure you we "hope" this is the end ..... as such trusting you may be- come "happier" readers. Also, as we conclude, we pray to God that whoever becomes our country's next leader, he or she will possess the much-needed lead- ership quality that America deserves! Quality the likes of past Presidents Washington, Lincoln, Truman, Eisenhower, Reagan, and late Senators Wil!iam Howard Taft and Hubert H. Humphrey. Happy Holi- days and our sincere love to one and alli Amen! ILetters to the editor To the Editor: URGENT!! To the general Or- tonville area population: PLEASE act now or there will be a THIRD, VERY large granite quarry opening soon along Hwy 75 south of Ortonville. IM- PORTANT This will be 1400 FEET from our city limits. Does anyone else think this is outrageous? At the top of a long list of "nega- tives" is the potential health hazard from Silica dust. This, of course, will be compounded by the fact that there are two other active quarries within half a mile from the city limits and back to back to the proposed quarry. We can, however, do ONE thing right now to ensure an educated deci- sion by the "powers that be" as well as valuable information for the general public on how exactly this will affect our health. (It will be an obvious de- struction of our environment) ..... Please take the time to contact one of our County Commissioners (listed below) and voice your opinion supporting the request for an "ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT STUDY". This will be a more thorough; impartial report and gain us the important knowledge nec- essary to make such a HUGE, IRRE- VERSIBLE decision. Joe Berning-Joe.Berning @ co.big- stone.mn.us, Waiter Wolff-839-6372 (courthouse), Wade Athey- Wade .Athey @ co .big- stone .mn .us, Roger S andberg-Roger.S andberg @ co.big-stone.mn.us, Brant Olson- Brant .Olson @ co .big- stone.mn .us. If this MUST happen, please let it happen with complete transparency and the approval of ALL of Big Stone County. Additional knowledge and proof, either way, cannot be a bad thing. We need your input before Jan. 5 Thank you, Kathy Longhenry (320)-305-1778 jolees 112@ortonville.net Money Management Top tips for 2011 tax preparar- tion, Decision you make now may reduce your tax bill next spring You may not be thinking of taxes at this point in the year, but you can make some decisions now that could keep some of your hard-earned money in your pocket when April 2012 rolls around. Everyone should take the opportu- nity to minimize their tax burden, say tax experts at the Minnesota Society of Certified Public Accountants (MNCPA). There are some simple steps you can take at the end of this tax year that will prepare you for April 17, 2012, the individual filing deadline for the 2011 tax year. Top tips for 2011 tax prep: 1, Maximize your retirement con- tributions. Contributions to your 401(k) accounts or other types of re- tirementaccounts can reduce your tax- able income. Don't have a retirement account? There's still time to set one up. Some types of accounts need to be set up by Dec. 31, 2011, while others give you until April 2012. Consult an advisor if you have questions. 2. Donate to charity. Looking for a feel-good way to reduce your taxable income? Consider donating to charity. As long as you give to an IRS-qualified organization within the tax year, you usually can claim an itemized deduc- tion for the full amount that you give. 3. Check out your W-2. Ideally, when tax day roils around, you won't owe the IRS and it won't owe you. If you received a large refund last year, consider changing the withholdings from your pay so you're not giving the IRS a free loan or you don't find your- self in the position of owing a large lump sum. If you got married, had a baby, bought a house, you also need to consider adjusting your withholding. 4. Account for losses. If you sold any investments at a loss this year, don't forget to report the loss on your income tax return. 5. Use your flexible spending ac- count. Your flexible spending account is a use it or lose it situation. Don't for- get to use these tax-free funds you've specifically set aside for health care. If you're coming down to the wire and haven't spent your funds, some em- ployers offer a grace period. Look into the options available to you. And, while you're at it, don't forget to gather all of your health care receipts in preparation for filing your taxes. 6. Plan ahead. It's a horrible feeling when you sit down to do your taxes and you're facing a pile of unorganized receipts, papers and scribbled notes. Make a commitment this year to or- ganize your paperwork ahead of time. It will make fding your taxes a whole lot easier next spring. While April 2012 may seem like a long way off right now, that just means time is on your side to get your ducks in a row. Fall is a great time to lay the groundwork for filing your taxes, ac- cording to the MNCPA. Giving some thought to your taxes right now gives you more time to make sure you're tak- ing advantage of all of the different ways to minimize your tax burden. For more tax planning advice, visit the MNCPA website. To locate a CPA, visit www.nmcpa.org/referral EQIP funding now available The Environmental Quality Incen- tives Program (EQIP) provides techni- cal assistance, and cost-share payments to assist crop, livestock, and other agri- culture producers who are planning new environmental and conservation improvements to their operation. To be eligible for the cost share or incentive payments under the EQIP program, you must be in compliance with all the USDA Farm Bill provi- sions. Conservation practices may only be cost shared if you are signed up and approved for EQIP funding and con- servation practices are planned, de- signed, and implemented according to NRCS standards. Below is a list of four resource con- cerns defined at the national level and some conservation practices producers can implement through EQIP that pro- vide solutions to those concerns. Soil Erosion - Conservation crop rotation, residue management, no till, grade stabilization structures, sediment dams, and field windbreaks. Water Quality - Nutrient manage- ment, pest management, stream bank and,shoreline protection, animal waste storage, feedlot runoff structures, and feedlot runoff. Air Quality - Residue management, no till, and field windbreak. At-risk Wildlife Species - Upland wildlife management with the restora- tion of rare and declining habitat. Consider enrolling in EQIP if you are facing any of these resource con- cerns. There is currently a sign-up pe- riod going on now until Jan. 27. For more information contact the Big Stone County NRCS at (320) 839- 6149 ext. 3, or stop in your local NRCS office. \ By JDK Bear with us please, as we reflect on some Christmases past in the Kaercher family. Whereas most folks open their gifts Christmas Eve, our family of par- ents, Lemuel Ammerman and Ruby Irene Odney, and children(oldest on down), Thomas Lloyd, Barbara Susan and James David, would always wait til Christmas morning to find what Santa had sent ..... starting around 8 a.m. Us kids lived upstairs and the tree and gifts were located in our liv- ing room, of which doors were always closed until us kids entered. Tradi- tional entry was always with youngest (me) first, then Barbara, then Tommy....usually all of us still in pa- jamas. Well do we remember the Christmas when our belief was shat- tered that Santa was for real! We had snuck into the living room before usual entry parade, and caught Dad eating from the special food-tray we had left for Santa. Took us several months to forget Dad fooling us for our early years. For years in our youth, after our gifts were opened, us three kids would trek down the hill to the Harlan Parker house about 100 yards south, where we would not only compare gifts with the Parkers, but would swap daily newspapers....the Tribune and the Journal. What a heart-warming Christ- mas card today from long-time reader, dear friend and former Ma Bell local operator, Janis Sellin of Ortonville. "Thanks to all who work at The Independent. The paper makes Tuesdays a special day!" You sweetheart, Janis.....trust yon had a wonderful Christmas. You helped our entire staff to have a great one! Long-time friend and former col- league at our Northern Star newspa- per, Dave Torgerson, told us a couple good laughers recently. Owner of a window manufacturer complained to one of his customers, for whom he had installed some windows over a year ago ..... as to why she hadn't paid any- thing on her account. "Why sir, " she explained, you told me when you in- stalled the windows, they would pay for themselves in a year!" Then Dave told us a certain church had cancelled its Christmas program, "because they couldn't find any WISE MEN for the required manger scene!" Drivers beware of winter sun! If you're a driver in these parts, perhaps you are well aware of the sun during winter months. It's always so low in the sky that it makes driving very difficult, the big planet always striking your eye-sight, right as you are looking out for traffic coming at you from the sides. Do be careful! Well do we also remember what was the most unusual Christmas gift ever heard of in the whole world...when we were but seven years old, Barbara nine, and Tommy 11. Lem and Ruby had just ended a brief stay in Hot Springs, AK, where for years they would enjoy healthy hot mineral baths. On their way home that year, 1937, Lem spotted a shetland pony in a field near Van Buren, AK, whom ..... bingo....Lem fell in love with. Lem stopped and bought the pony which he called "Rex" and which Was graded at the time as "the first best pony in the market of Arkansas." Driving a brand new 1937 Lincoln Zephyr at that time, on the spur of the moment, Lem took the back seats out, and loaded Rex into the car. During the more than 1400 mile trip home to Ortonville, Rex never once took a "poop" in the car, the folks letting him stretch his legs at frequent stops. We recall the only thing that disturbed Mother was when Rex would often poke his snout into the front seat and try to eat at her new Spring hat! Upon arrival home; need- less to say, us three kids were in total shock when Lem trotted Rex right into the family living room. Rex became a part of our family well into our junior high school days. He would bed down in,a small exterior garage back of our house and would feed on lawn grass and also in a vacant lot owned then by late Sheriff Pat Daly.....then in winter, Rex would bed down at the Earl Bray farm (owned by Lem) just west of Big Stone City. We remember the late Harlan Parker (Pioneer Meats), a vet- eran horseman, told us that if Rex had been a full-grown horse, Harlan would enter him in any horse race in the country, for he had such beautiful equine lines. Once when we were rid- ing Rex along side Tommy's car, an- route to the Bray farm, Rex was clocked at 29 miles per hour, that's with full saddle and me atop! Now hear this most unique Christmas tale of Lem, Ruby and Rex. Perhaps one most people would call "crazy" ..... but for certain re- markable!! Enroute from Arkansas to Ortonviile, with Rex in back seat of car, one of the "rest" stops was in Kansas City. Needless to say, when- ever a stop was made, crowds would gather at the "un- usual" sight. It was a big crowd in KC ..... including a photographer from the Kansas City daily paper. He took a shot of Mother stand- ing by the head of Rex poked out the back window ..... the photographer promising Lem he would send him a photo- copy of the newspaper in which photo appeared. What a surprise to Lem and Ruby when said paper arrived in Ortonviile. Standing with Rex in KC photo was NOT Ruby, but a most beautiful, shapely, and more famous Miss Kansas City of that year. Obviously, the photographer preferred Rex be shown with a more popular person, and he had taken the photo with Rex and Miss KC when Dad and Mother were not looking. So ends our events of Christ- mas past!!! Some interesting news today from reader Elizabeth (Betty Stolpman) Graves of LaCross, WI. "Your Vet- eran articles have been most interest- ing! Especially the one on Stanley Mack ..... wonderful! The last one on 'First Class Privates' mentioned Wil- fred (Buddy) Stolpman, my cousin and wedding attendant. I remember when he came home to Bellingham. He had a huge hug for me ..... he was very rest- less. His cousin Willis Blank was also mentioned.....he took things a little bet- ter. Buddy said the hardest part was when he was in Africa. He brought items for me from Germany...he was very special. He later married and they had six children. He came home from work one day, sat on his wife's lap ..... and he died right there, as she was expecting her sixth child! My hus- band, Everett was an instructor based in Luke Field, AZ. He was also in glider training, where he had to train Chinese ..... not easy. They, too, were in danger. We often thought and wished to hear more about Bud Stolp- man ..... who preferred not to talk of war! Thanks for the articles." Ice fishermen....BE- WARE! We noticed Sunday that there were several open water areas on Big Stone Lake ice....undoubtedly because of the unusual above freezing temps during this month of December. 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