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SENTINEL TRIBUNE View ,c0000nt Wednesday, January 21, BETWEEN By Tom Merchant Sentinel Tribune THE LINES Iowa has it's say Since I receive my pay check from Iowa I will refrain from making any jokes or snide remarks about the "Great State of low&" Spoken like a true politician. Were you surprised at the outcome of the Iowa Caucuses? I must say I was not. I felt that somehow Howard Dean just didn't fit the bill for most midwestemers. Of course losing in Iowa does not mean he won't pick up some steam from other primaries, particular- ly the ones out east. I am sorry to see Gephardt drop from the race, it seemed like he had some good ideas and spoke well for the american people. Well I sense we have not heard the last of him. Time will tell on that. Lake Wilson Last Friday morning I trav- elled to Lake Wilson to photo- graph some of the damage from the explosion that destroyed the two fire hall build- ings. Cleanup was well in hand but many buildings remained boarded up and most business- es remained closed, blocked off by that yellow police tape. I was told the blast literally blew a fully loaded tanker truck into the street. Witnesses said the area looked like a tornado had hit it. It is a real eye opener seeing what can happen from combus- tion gases. Just a reminder for safety sake, if you smell gas (the gas companies put an additive in it that smells like rot- ten eggs) get out of the building immediately, do not use the phone or turn any lights or appliances off or on. The spark from doing that could set off an explosion. That appears to be what happened in Lake Wilson. Super Bowl? I am disappointed at the two teams that ended up in the Super Bowl. I really had to pull for Philly and the Colts. Now we have to wait for two weeks to see the spectacle of the football world. Of course since I am not interested in either of the teams that made it, the Carolina Panthers and the New England Patriots, I might not even watch it. If I had to choose I guess I would take the Panthers who are decidedly underdogs. I always pull for the underdogs unless it!s Green Bay. (That's for Pastor Bill). Have a great Week LETTER TO THE EDITOR Senator Jim Vickerman speaks out on Gov. Pawlenty education initiatives Recently, Gov. Pawlenty released his education initiatives for the 2004 Legislative Session. Unfortunately, proposals are not bold and innovative and some would down right change the face of education in MN. In an unprecedented move that goes to the heart of MN's grassroots education system, Pawlenty suggests that the state take over total control of failing school districts, going as far as replacing locally elected school board members. I think parents and community members should decide for themselves if school board members should be replaced or not. That's why we have elections. What kind of schools will we have if the state steps in and says we are not doing a good enough job and turns the controls over to some- one in St. Paul? Last year, the governor shortchanged MN's students by $185 million, and now he is throwing up a smokescreen that looks like education reform, but provides no real changes. In fact, he is making proposals that cost money without any funding source to pay for them. The state cannot see real education reform until schools receive adequate funding. We must reach a point where school districts can stop asking local vot- ers to fuiad basic education pro- grams and asking students to go door-to-door selling candy bars to fund music programs and extracurricular activities. Anyone with comments or questions about this issue can contact me at 226 State Capitol, 75 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., St. Paul, MN 55155- 1606, sen.iim.vickerman@sen- or 651-296-5650. Sincerely, Jim Vickerman State Senator Dist. 22 Editors note: The writer of the following letter brought to our attention two errors in name spelling. So we are running the letter again. What's in a name? I've a seatmate on the tour bus to Flandreau's Casino who must think I'm NUTS... She does- n't K-N-O-W how my brain works...When we passed the elec- tric wind towers (she calls them windmills) I'm wondering 'What will replace themT' and when I hear "MAD cow disease I'm thinking 'what an awful name to give a disease.' One cannot put a cow into a straight jacket, nor can it set down and tell a psychiatrist it's past, present or hopes for the future. I still think that someone OUT there will find a cure for cancer, mad cow disease, kidney failure, etc, etc, etc,: And that someday, someone will be driving an auto without a drop of gaso- line it in. And, someday, some- thing will replace the microwave oven. No, It's NOT a 'GIFT' nor am I a Jeannie Dickson, Back in 1918, my now late father (Walter N. 'Moose' Riddell) write a letter to his mother say- ing that "the next war will be with_4ltatt. Maybe I've a few of his genes?! Be that as it may, there's a cartoon in the Warthington Daily Globe of a 'cow' with a ring in it's nose. Any COW worth her salt would be more than insulted, as only BULLS have rings in their noses'.. The artist had to be from a city, not farm raised...So, what's in a name anyway. Mad mow or Mad Bull disease?! Ms. Dorothy M. Riddell Worthington, MN AI Bart... "Stories from the Batt Cave" Ask AI =Is Hartland a very small city?" Only when com- pared to larger cities. "Do you and your wife enjoy scary movies?" We love each shudder. "Are you vertically enhanced?" Yes. Life is short, but I am not. "1 read a survey that said that 60 percent of people believe that the world is a noisier place than it was just 5 years ago. What did the other 40 percent say?" They couldn't hear the question. "1 thought I saw an Eskimo in Harttand the other day. He was standing right in the middle of the road. Could it have been?" Yes. He is an obstacle Aleutian. "Why does Swiss cheese have all the holes?" I don't know. It's the limburger that needs the air. "How much wood would a-woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood?" Just as much dew as do dew drops drop if dew drops do drop dew. "Someone told me that you have a street in Hartland named after you. Is this true?" Yes, it's the dead end street that runs to the sewage ponds.. "Do you think that dogs can count?" I know they can. If you don't think so, try putting 3 dog biscuits into your pocket and then giving Fido only 2 of them. "1 am finding it difficult to remain humble. Any suggestions?" If you think you are a person of some influence, try ordering somebody else's dog around. "Have you ever participated in the running of the bulls?" No, but I have done something even more dangerous. I have been a participant of the chang- ing of classes in the junior high school. "Does the Bath Cafe offer take out?" Sure. They call it garbage. "What is the best way to keep milk from turning sour?" Keep it in the cow. "What is your definition of sound thinking?" Someone who sounds like he is thinking just like me. "What does infrastructure mean?" It's a fancy word for potholes. "1 read that 84 percent of the people struck by lightning are men. Why is that?" It's because women are better at listening to their mothers. "What is the world's largest store?" It's the Great WaI-Mart of China. "Do you think that we could fund national health- care by increasing the tax on cigarettes." Sure. It would only add about $3700 to the cost of each pack. i "What kind of a house do you live in.'f and I live in a two-story house. She and I have mine. "How can I be sure that I am absorbing  essential minerals into my body?" "Are you and your brother a lot a,Ku" and I are very much alike, except he l am. "Does the weather bother your dog'.' dresses for the seasons. She wears winter and in the summer, she wears pants. "Why do people complain so much If you throw a rock into a pack of houno=," that yelps loudest is the one that got "1 stopped af the Bath Cafe and cheese, but it was kind of chewy. You should have taken the plastic "How can I tell when fish has gone smell like fish. "Why doesn't lightning strike twice place?" The same place isn't there lightning strike. "What kind of books are the bi Cookbooks. The second biggest books. Learn how to cook and then to eat what you've learned how to "why doesn't anyone drive the People have to drive fast because no ramp built onto the back of "Who is your favorite philosopher?" "Do you believe that money really ness?" I do believe that money c hess. For instance, wealthy peo 1 of life's greatest thrills - making the a car. "How come the grass is always so lawn?" Grass grows in direct prc ,p willingness to mow it. "Have you ever had a boat?" I one out of the wood from an old pier. off the old dock. - "what is a pessimist?" Someone future. "What do our taste buds want?" Ca Iori  AI Batt 2004 71622 325 St. Hartland, MN 56042 Mission Statement The Sentinel Tribune serves the residents and business community of Cottonwood, Redwood, Murray and Lyon County and southwest Minnesota by applying its available resources to accu- rately and consistently pro- duce 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 read- ers, advertisers and commu- nity in general while stimu- lating the professional devel- opment of its employees. 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