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SENTINEL TRIBUNE Vi ewpolnt Wednesday, February 18. 2004 BETWEEN THE By Tom Merchant Sentinel Tribune LINES Weather Last Wednesday was a bit of a blustery day with 20 to 30 mile an hour winds making travel difficult and forcing many cancellations through out the area. This Wednesday however looks to be the nicest day of the week. Forecasters are promising temper- atures near the forty degree mark. I can live with that. Pancakes rescheduled Speaking of weather -- you may recall last week was a bit of a nasty day so the Walnut Grove Community Club Appreciation was rescheduled for this Wednesday starting at 4 o'clock and serving until 6:30 p.m• Patrons are asked to bring items for the food shelf. Deadlines, deadlines . .Help! We need your help, in the newspaper business we have to deal with all sorts of deadlines• Our deadlines enable us to do a better job of bringing the news and advertising to you in a somewhat orderly fashion. Today we had computer problems which tied my time up for a good portion of the day. When that happens the whole operation gets behind schedule. Our policy is if it gets in on time it probably will make it in the paper. If not, sometimes things will just have to wait for the following week. Another thing I would like to ask is if you are submitting copy, please try to set it up in typed form. We can not guarantee the accura- cy of items that are hand written. Above all do not submit type copy in capital letters. Our scanning software will not read all caps copy. Thank you for your help. Have a great week! LETTER TO THE EDITOR Rep. Harder responds This is to respond to the long letter to the editor about my work to save MN nursing homes in the face of last year's budget crisis. We made up our minds that there were two areas of the budg- et that would not be cut: class- room funds for our public schools, and state support for nursing homes. You see, our nursing homes are in a crisis• Eight of them cloud their doors last year, including the one at Jackson Municipal Hospital. Nursing homes rely on the state for Minnesota's portion of Medical Assistance and other pro- grams to pay for most residents.- They also rely on the state for a small boost in pay for the dedi- cated men and women who pro- vide resident care. So what did Senate Democrats and House Republicans agree to do? We raised the compensation rate for government-paid resi- dents of nursing homes. This triggered additional federal flmd- ing, that allowed most nursing homes to keep doors open. MN and ND are the only two states that require nursing homes to charge the same rate for private-pay and government-pay residents. This "equalization" policy is supposed to prevent favoritism in treatment and accommodations at most facili- ties. When the Legislature raised the compensation rate for govern- ment-paid residents, rates for private-pay patients :rose to the same level. The bottom line is that we kept most nursing homes open, we did not include nursing homes in the deep cuts other programs faced, and we did it together as Democrats and Republicans. Hard times require hard choic- es. But, I will continue my com- mitment to keeping our nursing homes safe, clean, and open. Sincerel) State Representative Elaine Harder 00000000000000000000000 • Sentinel Tribune Tip Line • • If you see news happening or have a storv• • idea call our News Tip Line. • • 274-6136 or 1-800-410-18159 • • Due to staff limitations we may not always be • able to respond to your tips or ideas. However • we will do our best to give every call full regard. • Thank you for your help and consideration. 000000000000000000000 • Find us on the Web at www. lyon- siouxpre s s. co m SPEAK UP: ?, We welcome your participation, whether in letters or commentary. If possible, please make your submission by e-mail to Conventional mail address is Sentinel Tribune, P.O. Box 98, Westbrook, MN 56183. Our Fax number is 507- 274-6137. We require submis- sions be exclusive to us in our market area. All must include writ- ers name, addressi and day time telephone number. Letters should be brief, up to 250 words, other submissions should be no longer than 500 words. Original items can not be returned unless the writer would pick them up at the office or send self addressed stamped envelope. No items will be kept longer than 30 days. Sentinel Tribune Thomas Merchant Roxy Soil Wayne Rue Junette Merchant Nancy Goring Joan Spielman (ISSN 8750-3905) Managing Editor Ad Layout & Office Manager Advertising Sales Westbrook Office & Production Production Production Carolyn Van Loh assignment reporter Teri Herder Walnut Grove news correspondent Published every Wednesday at Westbrook, Minnesota 56183 Periodicals Postage Paid at Westbrook, Minnesota 56183 SUBSCRIPTION PRICE FOR THE SENTINEL TRIBUNE WILL BE: In the following counties: Cottonwood, Redwood, Lyon, Murray and Nobles $25.00 Per Year - $17.00 6 Months (includes F-O TI  ALAlCAM Wb, NO PlONIO, //,/////////I// ., AI Bart... "Stories from the Batt Cave" Texas Have you ever wondered how much the populations of Minnesota, Iowa. Wisconsin, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Illinois and Missouri drop during the win- ter? Lots of the people who live in these states decide that their home is a good place to be from and head for warmer climes. They share the belief of Sinclair Lewis who wrote, "Winter is not a season, it's an occupation." Because of this. they spring ahead, fall back and winter in Texas. They go for the nice weath- er. Can we ever get too much nice weather? 1 decide to escape the cold. My wife, The Queen B, and I visited the Rio Grrnde Valley of Texas in January. McAIlen was our Mission, but Weslaco wasn't Pharr. We flew down. In an airplane. I donl mind admitting that I like to sleep in the nude. This usually doesnl cause any problems, except when I fall asleep on a flight. Now I know what a pinata feels like. Texas is a big state. It's 808 miles from north to south and 778 miles from east to west. Brewster County in West Texas has 6,233 square miles, making it larger than the state of Connecticut. Texas has a lot of towns with great names. Sweetwater, Goodnight, Happy, Bug Tussle, Lickskillet, Comfort ("sleep in Comfort"), Earth, Nameless, Mutt and Jeff, Tarzan and Munday (you could go to Munday Tuesday and leave Munday Friday). Some new- comers even confuse an armadillo with Amarillo. In South Texas, it's all Coke unless it's Dr Pepper and everything goes better with peppers. We rented an Oldsmobile. GM is going to stop making Oldsmobiles so we thought we'd better drive one while we could. It was a nice car with a crack the size of the San Andreas Fault running across its windshield. There was so much to see that I hated to blink. Driving from Harlingen to Mission, I saw motor homes so large that they had attached garages. I drove by lots of strip malls, fast-food joints, hotels and RV parks. I passed by many acres of onions, cabbage, cotton, cantaloupe, sorghum and sugar cane. Ash fell on my windshield as the sugar cane fields were burned. Wild sunflow- ers and the white olives, with their white flowers, smiled upon our jour- ney. There were many orchards offering oranges and grapefruit that were wicked good• The Queen B discovered limeade " ("made with real limes") at Sonic Drive-In. She liked them plenty. Life will never be the same. I ate at a restaurant hat asked for my dental records before they would allow me to eat. Then I" found a great restaurant called Don Pepe's in Pharr. Reasonably-priced and delicious food was the specialty there, and everything served with a newspaper to read. A lot of the breakfast specials included pork chops, refried beans and tortillas. Being from Minnesota, I ate both the corn and flour tortillas like I eat lefse, lathering on the butter and sprinkling sugar on it before rolling it up to eat. Speaking of lefse, The Queen B and I sat around a table with a bunch of wonderful Winter Texans from Iowa, Missouri, Colorado, California and Kansas, and were shocked to learn that none of them had ever eaten lefse. They had never devoured their nap- kin. That might be what is wrong with the world. I talked my lovely bride into trying something called menudo. It is soup made from tripe--the stomach of the cow. I told her that we all die some day anyway, so she might as well try the menudo. It was a big bowl as there are 4 parts stomach. You can lemon juice onto the like. Some folks are some are not. I find the menudo somewhat same consistency as but that's just me. A us, by telling us that the perfect Ex-Lax wife is still trying to bovine tummy from teeth. I tried to talk the having a little barbacoa• is made from the head a cow. The Queen B saying something about disease. I saw several enterpn claimed to be "the best house in Texas." I stores such as Dollar Family Dollar, 99Cent • One Dollar Store, 99 Dollar Tree and 99 There were about one of these stores per block. store's sign read, "Why everything here is 50 I think that there is a laundering done in the Valley. Everywhere t coin laundries. I walked along the Rio River. I looked at the carding clothing and used by those Rio Grande. There is no along the river. I ending supply of Border drive by in an attempt to people from crossing.. 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