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SENTINEL TRIBUNE VIEWPOINT Wednesday, January 2, 2013 Page 4 BETWEEN THE o(-) a: By Tom Merchant - Sentinel Tribune -- tmerehant@ncppub.eom What will we see in the new million a year. You get the idea, year? the cost would force most of our I0 [ : Will congress solve the fis- schools out of business in a fairly  . 1 ! " l cal cliff problem, will congress short time. -" " " take action to stem the gun rio- Lets say that money was not lence in this country? I am afraid an issue. Even with all of the &apos; the fiscal cliffproblem will likely entrances guarded, what's to stop " |  ........ distract them from the gun prob- a crazy from knocking out a win- I lem. Of course the media will dow and entering a class room most likely latch on to the fiscal full of kids. By the time an armed cliff problem for however long it guard got to the room a bunch of takes to deal with it. kids would already be dead. The NRA is hoping by then When you get down to it people will forget about the trage- there is little that can be done AIBatt. dy of Newtown, and other more physically to protect our kids 100 recent senseless gun killings. That percent of the time. seems to be their strategy, to pay I must say though, the vio- as much lip service as they can lence fed to our kids from a very until people forget about it. young age on video games, mov- "Stories from the Batt Cave" The way I see it, both prob- ies, television, and even toys has lems are being blocked by a tiny to affect some kids. portion of our society. Part of the I grew up playing cowboys Predictions for 2013 omniscient, omnipotent, and omni- "one percent" of the country is and indians, or war games, and My doorbell rings, present, tell me, your humble holding out for continued tax such, but most kids from that era I open the door and a robed visi- implorer, what the future holds," I breaks for themselves, even knew the difference between real- tor accompanied by sitar music entreat, knowing that most of my though most of them don't feel ity and fantasy. I think one of the walks in. It's the renowned mystic future lies ahead. that they need it or that it will in problems with some kids these from the Far Easi (the eastern part Swami Davis, Jr. is a cowboy any way harm the economy. But I days, is they get so involved in of the Township), the fabled sooth- who rounds up predictions. He sees guess when you have most of the violent fantasy games they can sayer, the seventh son of the sev- into the future by turning his car's money, and control the lions share lose sight of what is fantasy and enth son of the seventh son, the rearview mirror around. Here are of the assets in the country, you what is reality. I think the best oracle from just down the road; his bold predictions for 2012. can get a lot of pull in congress, investment that we, as a country, Swami Davis, Jr. stops by to give A mayor is swom in and indicted Of course almost all of us realize can make is better access to men- me his predictions for 2012. He at the same time. that not renewing tax breaks for tal health programs, knows little, but suspects a lot. He Iowa secedes from the Union the wealthy will not exactly solve I hope the majority of respon- excels at predicting everything but and develops nuclear weapons. our debt problems. However cou- sible gun owners do not support the future. He dispenses forecasts Stop signs, turn signals, and pied with sensible spending cuts it all of the actions of the NRA. The like a bad vending machine, speed limits continue to be ignored. could go a long way to stabilizing NRA is an insignificant number The Swami has been indwelled A local TV station installs win- our economy for the next several of people who are members, but by a spirit of divination, a muse of dows so the weatherman can see years, they have a very powerful lobby unearthly clairvoyance. The Swami what he's forecasting. In regards to the gun issue, I when it comes to political action, sees all, knows all, and reveals all Dairy farmers start making etha- was astounded by the response of In fairness to the NRA, they to those who proffer tribute. A nol from cheese. It is a healthy NRA CEO Wayne LaPierre "what do have some great programs savant of such gifts that within his move as it pulls cheese from the we need is armed guards in all of regarding teaching gun safety for psyche lie the limits of human production of cheese curds and our schools." I was floored when kids who want to be responsible understanding. As a fearless, feck- cheese puffs. I heard that. With over 300 mil- gun owners, less, and foolish seer, he is without In a cost-cutting move, the lion guns in this country, I really However, that organization peer. Even though unreasonable Pentagon is reduced to the don't think we need more guns, at needs to get over their paranoia zoning laws that discourage the Triangle. least not in our schools! Since about the second amendment, ancient Roman practice of harus- Meryl Streep plays herself in a that time I have heard that some Contrary to their belief, there is a pity (divining the future by exam- movie. schools actually do have armed small segment of our society that .... ing the enlxai.ls iof recently City gives up cleaning lake when gtrds,. ' , would like to eliminate fire arms  " slaughei-ed b'edts) hamper him, .....  it discovers that it is cheaper to dye I can think of several things altogether. I assure you I am not you can take his predictions to the it blue. that make that a bad idea. There one of thoseI I have boys who bank. They will provide records for Richard Simmons puts on long was an armed guard at Columbine hunt and many friends that hunt, use during your bankruptcy pro- pants. The entire world exhales. High School when two teen and if it were not for our hunters ceedings. Many have called him a A reality TV show star is caught shooters killed quite a few stu- our wildlife and habitat would be bum seer and a purveyor of reading a book. dents and teachers, much more limited. These hunters impaired prognostications, but at No band will be able to play Who will pay for the armed put their money where their least one person (his mother) has Stars and Stripes Forever forever. guards? How many would be mouth is. They contribute far called him "uncannily accurate." A man avoids an accident by not needed. At Westbrook Walnut more than the so called animal Swami Davis, Jr. is a reader of texting while driving. Recent studies find that previous Grove there are three building rights people, palms and tea leaves--he takes an sites, each with multiple entries, orange pekoe at the future. Reading studies are hogwash. In the high school alone there is tlave a great week and do good! tea leaves is difficult. There is no John Jacob Jingleheimer Schmidt at least 12 entries. If you hire an plot or character development. His convicted of identity theft. armed guard for each one that crystal ball (purchased at a rum- The gold medal winner for the would probably cost at least a half mage sale at Bowling Elaine's) is Olympic laziest man competition back from the shop after having its doesn't show up to collect his foreteller replaced, award. "Swami Davis, Jr., who illumi- Organization advocating less Buy, Sell, or Rent nates the dark comers of our cul- government begins an "Adopt a A1Batt 2013 ture, whose knowledge is beyond pothole" program. 71622 325 St. in the Classified ads compare. By contrast, Nostradamus Relay runners pass cellphones 1-1, MN 56042 is nothing more than a flawed instead of batons during track http://albatt.net/ Sentinel Tribune speculator. Oh, wise Swami, thou meets. vessel of infinite wisdom, who is A Dodge County team wins the Ph. 274-6136 taRA ai00coFriat00 Mission Statement co\\;oe.l\ The Sentinel Tribune serves the residents lb  C' and business community of Cottonwood, Redwood, < .  , Murray and Lyon County and southwest Minnesota by applying its available resources to accurately and consistently produce a quality newspaper which thoroughly covers the news of the area, stimulates thought and conversation, delivers advertising mes- sages in a timely manner, and provides information of general value to its public. In so doing contributes to the overall quality of life and economic health of its readers, advertisers and community in general while stimulating the professional development of its : employees. E-I)  C(-, --- national dodgeball championship. The President moves to Montreal to get an objective view of our government. Jimmy cracks com. Once again, no one cares. Thanks to improved voicemail, the pot calls the kettle back. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell introduces a rule that replaces helmets with seatbelts and exchanges X's and O's for tic-tac- toe games. The Rolling Stones develop rolls and stones. A leisure suit comes out of the closet. Movie theaters replace popcorn with pudding to make it easier for moviegoers to hear onscreen whis- pering. Major League Baseball, in an attempt to speed up games, requires hitters to do all of their scratching before stepping into the batter's box. Too Democratic and Too Republican parties form. Congress raises taxes on million- aires after declaring every taxpayer to be a millionaire .......... Hartland Township erects "No Deer Crossing" signs in the hope of reducing collisions. Minnesota Twins sign a short- stop who plays the position Gangnam Style. Rock-paper-scissors tournaments use real rocks and scissors. City sells sponsorships of winter storms to help pay for the snow removal. In an uncertain world, the Swami brings more uncertainty to light. What went around will come around. Tomorrow will be another day--probably last Tuesday. .................... Illll III1'11 Ill ................... r Sentinel Tribune Thomas Merchant Junette Merchant Joan Spielman (ISSN 8750-3905) Managing Editor Office & Production Ad Representative & Office Published every Wednesday at Westbrook Minnesota 56183 Periodicals Postage Paid at Westbrook, linnesota 56183 SUBSCRIPTION PRICE FOR THE SENTINEL TRIBUNE WILL BE: In the following counties: Cottonwood, Redwood, and Murray $42.00 per year. Elsewhere in Minnesota $46.00 per year. Out of the state $52.00 per year. Canada and foreign countries inquire at the Sentinel Tribune office. If wrong amount is submitted subscrip- tion will be pro rated accordingly. "Snowbirds" may put their paper on hold at no extra charge while they are gone, or pay $5.00 extra to have it mailed out of state. Missed copies cannot be furnished because the cost of mailing single copies is about $2.00. Any request for a back copy must include $3.00. Newstand price is $1.00 per copy. Copyright 2013 Sentinel Tribune a New Century Press Newspaper Mail Change of Address Notice to: P. O. Box 98, Westbrook, MN 56183 CALL WESTBROOK OFFICE 507-274-S136 FAX 507-274-6137 TOLL-FREE 1-800-410-1859 News Desk E-mail sentrib@ncppub.com Editor tmerchant@ncppub,com DEADLINES All news 12 Noon Monday All Peach Ads 9 a.m, Friday Sentinel Tribune Ads 12 Noon Monday Classified Ads 9 a.m. Friday OR DROP NEWS ITEMS AT THE BUBAI FOOD STORE IN WALNUT GROVE Monday thru Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Sunday 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (Ads & News items are picked up 9:00 a.m. on Friday) (All non-business ads must be pre-paid) WESTBROOK SENTINEL TRIBUNE OFFICE HOURS Monday, Tuesday 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Wednesday 8:30 a.m, - 12:00 p.m. Thursday 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Friday 8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. SENTINEL TRIBUNE VIEWPOINT Wednesday, January 2, 2013 Page 4 BETWEEN THE o(-) a: By Tom Merchant - Sentinel Tribune -- tmerehant@ncppub.eom What will we see in the new million a year. You get the idea, year? the cost would force most of our I0 [ : Will congress solve the fis- schools out of business in a fairly  . 1 ! " l cal cliff problem, will congress short time. -" " " take action to stem the gun rio- Lets say that money was not lence in this country? I am afraid an issue. Even with all of the ' the fiscal cliffproblem will likely entrances guarded, what's to stop " |  ........ distract them from the gun prob- a crazy from knocking out a win- I lem. Of course the media will dow and entering a class room most likely latch on to the fiscal full of kids. By the time an armed cliff problem for however long it guard got to the room a bunch of takes to deal with it. kids would already be dead. The NRA is hoping by then When you get down to it people will forget about the trage- there is little that can be done AIBatt. dy of Newtown, and other more physically to protect our kids 100 recent senseless gun killings. That percent of the time. seems to be their strategy, to pay I must say though, the vio- as much lip service as they can lence fed to our kids from a very until people forget about it. young age on video games, mov- "Stories from the Batt Cave" The way I see it, both prob- ies, television, and even toys has lems are being blocked by a tiny to affect some kids. portion of our society. Part of the I grew up playing cowboys Predictions for 2013 omniscient, omnipotent, and omni- "one percent" of the country is and indians, or war games, and My doorbell rings, present, tell me, your humble holding out for continued tax such, but most kids from that era I open the door and a robed visi- implorer, what the future holds," I breaks for themselves, even knew the difference between real- tor accompanied by sitar music entreat, knowing that most of my though most of them don't feel ity and fantasy. I think one of the walks in. It's the renowned mystic future lies ahead. that they need it or that it will in problems with some kids these from the Far Easi (the eastern part Swami Davis, Jr. is a cowboy any way harm the economy. But I days, is they get so involved in of the Township), the fabled sooth- who rounds up predictions. He sees guess when you have most of the violent fantasy games they can sayer, the seventh son of the sev- into the future by turning his car's money, and control the lions share lose sight of what is fantasy and enth son of the seventh son, the rearview mirror around. Here are of the assets in the country, you what is reality. I think the best oracle from just down the road; his bold predictions for 2012. can get a lot of pull in congress, investment that we, as a country, Swami Davis, Jr. stops by to give A mayor is swom in and indicted Of course almost all of us realize can make is better access to men- me his predictions for 2012. He at the same time. that not renewing tax breaks for tal health programs, knows little, but suspects a lot. He Iowa secedes from the Union the wealthy will not exactly solve I hope the majority of respon- excels at predicting everything but and develops nuclear weapons. our debt problems. However cou- sible gun owners do not support the future. He dispenses forecasts Stop signs, turn signals, and pied with sensible spending cuts it all of the actions of the NRA. The like a bad vending machine, speed limits continue to be ignored. could go a long way to stabilizing NRA is an insignificant number The Swami has been indwelled A local TV station installs win- our economy for the next several of people who are members, but by a spirit of divination, a muse of dows so the weatherman can see years, they have a very powerful lobby unearthly clairvoyance. The Swami what he's forecasting. In regards to the gun issue, I when it comes to political action, sees all, knows all, and reveals all Dairy farmers start making etha- was astounded by the response of In fairness to the NRA, they to those who proffer tribute. A nol from cheese. It is a healthy NRA CEO Wayne LaPierre "what do have some great programs savant of such gifts that within his move as it pulls cheese from the we need is armed guards in all of regarding teaching gun safety for psyche lie the limits of human production of cheese curds and our schools." I was floored when kids who want to be responsible understanding. As a fearless, feck- cheese puffs. I heard that. With over 300 mil- gun owners, less, and foolish seer, he is without In a cost-cutting move, the lion guns in this country, I really However, that organization peer. Even though unreasonable Pentagon is reduced to the don't think we need more guns, at needs to get over their paranoia zoning laws that discourage the Triangle. least not in our schools! Since about the second amendment, ancient Roman practice of harus- Meryl Streep plays herself in a that time I have heard that some Contrary to their belief, there is a pity (divining the future by exam- movie. schools actually do have armed small segment of our society that .... ing the enlxai.ls iof recently City gives up cleaning lake when gtrds,. ' , would like to eliminate fire arms  " slaughei-ed b'edts) hamper him, .....  it discovers that it is cheaper to dye I can think of several things altogether. I assure you I am not you can take his predictions to the it blue. that make that a bad idea. There one of thoseI I have boys who bank. They will provide records for Richard Simmons puts on long was an armed guard at Columbine hunt and many friends that hunt, use during your bankruptcy pro- pants. The entire world exhales. High School when two teen and if it were not for our hunters ceedings. Many have called him a A reality TV show star is caught shooters killed quite a few stu- our wildlife and habitat would be bum seer and a purveyor of reading a book. dents and teachers, much more limited. These hunters impaired prognostications, but at No band will be able to play Who will pay for the armed put their money where their least one person (his mother) has Stars and Stripes Forever forever. guards? How many would be mouth is. They contribute far called him "uncannily accurate." A man avoids an accident by not needed. At Westbrook Walnut more than the so called animal Swami Davis, Jr. is a reader of texting while driving. Recent studies find that previous Grove there are three building rights people, palms and tea leaves--he takes an sites, each with multiple entries, orange pekoe at the future. Reading studies are hogwash. In the high school alone there is tlave a great week and do good! tea leaves is difficult. There is no John Jacob Jingleheimer Schmidt at least 12 entries. If you hire an plot or character development. His convicted of identity theft. armed guard for each one that crystal ball (purchased at a rum- The gold medal winner for the would probably cost at least a half mage sale at Bowling Elaine's) is Olympic laziest man competition back from the shop after having its doesn't show up to collect his foreteller replaced, award. "Swami Davis, Jr., who illumi- Organization advocating less Buy, Sell, or Rent nates the dark comers of our cul- government begins an "Adopt a A1Batt 2013 ture, whose knowledge is beyond pothole" program. 71622 325 St. in the Classified ads compare. By contrast, Nostradamus Relay runners pass cellphones 1-1, MN 56042 is nothing more than a flawed instead of batons during track http://albatt.net/ Sentinel Tribune speculator. Oh, wise Swami, thou meets. vessel of infinite wisdom, who is A Dodge County team wins the Ph. 274-6136 taRA ai00coFriat00 Mission Statement co\\;oe.l\ The Sentinel Tribune serves the residents lb  C' and business community of Cottonwood, Redwood, < .  , Murray and Lyon County and southwest Minnesota by applying its available resources to accurately and consistently produce a quality newspaper which thoroughly covers the news of the area, stimulates thought and conversation, delivers advertising mes- sages in a timely manner, and provides information of general value to its public. In so doing contributes to the overall quality of life and economic health of its readers, advertisers and community in general while stimulating the professional development of its : employees. E-I)  C(-, --- national dodgeball championship. The President moves to Montreal to get an objective view of our government. Jimmy cracks com. Once again, no one cares. Thanks to improved voicemail, the pot calls the kettle back. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell introduces a rule that replaces helmets with seatbelts and exchanges X's and O's for tic-tac- toe games. The Rolling Stones develop rolls and stones. A leisure suit comes out of the closet. Movie theaters replace popcorn with pudding to make it easier for moviegoers to hear onscreen whis- pering. Major League Baseball, in an attempt to speed up games, requires hitters to do all of their scratching before stepping into the batter's box. Too Democratic and Too Republican parties form. Congress raises taxes on million- aires after declaring every taxpayer to be a millionaire .......... Hartland Township erects "No Deer Crossing" signs in the hope of reducing collisions. Minnesota Twins sign a short- stop who plays the position Gangnam Style. Rock-paper-scissors tournaments use real rocks and scissors. City sells sponsorships of winter storms to help pay for the snow removal. In an uncertain world, the Swami brings more uncertainty to light. What went around will come around. Tomorrow will be another day--probably last Tuesday. .................... Illll III1'11 Ill ................... r Sentinel Tribune Thomas Merchant Junette Merchant Joan Spielman (ISSN 8750-3905) Managing Editor Office & Production Ad Representative & Office Published every Wednesday at Westbrook Minnesota 56183 Periodicals Postage Paid at Westbrook, linnesota 56183 SUBSCRIPTION PRICE FOR THE SENTINEL TRIBUNE WILL BE: In the following counties: Cottonwood, Redwood, and Murray $42.00 per year. Elsewhere in Minnesota $46.00 per year. Out of the state $52.00 per year. Canada and foreign countries inquire at the Sentinel Tribune office. If wrong amount is submitted subscrip- tion will be pro rated accordingly. "Snowbirds" may put their paper on hold at no extra charge while they are gone, or pay $5.00 extra to have it mailed out of state. Missed copies cannot be furnished because the cost of mailing single copies is about $2.00. Any request for a back copy must include $3.00. Newstand price is $1.00 per copy. Copyright 2013 Sentinel Tribune a New Century Press Newspaper Mail Change of Address Notice to: P. O. Box 98, Westbrook, MN 56183 CALL WESTBROOK OFFICE 507-274-S136 FAX 507-274-6137 TOLL-FREE 1-800-410-1859 News Desk E-mail sentrib@ncppub.com Editor tmerchant@ncppub,com DEADLINES All news 12 Noon Monday All Peach Ads 9 a.m, Friday Sentinel Tribune Ads 12 Noon Monday Classified Ads 9 a.m. Friday OR DROP NEWS ITEMS AT THE BUBAI FOOD STORE IN WALNUT GROVE Monday thru Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Sunday 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (Ads & News items are picked up 9:00 a.m. on Friday) (All non-business ads must be pre-paid) WESTBROOK SENTINEL TRIBUNE OFFICE HOURS Monday, Tuesday 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Wednesday 8:30 a.m, - 12:00 p.m. Thursday 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Friday 8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.