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SENTINEL TRIBUNE Viewpoint Wednesday, March 10, 2004 Pag t BETWEEN By Tom Merchant Sentinel Tribune THE LINES Hard times... Some of you may know or not that I have been associated with the Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts for many years. Although I am not as active as I once was I still keep up with what is happening in the scouting program and help out on the local level when they need board of reviews for advancement. One of the things I have cher- ished for the past thirty five years is trips with the boys and my "fami- ly to the council camp in northern Minnesota. Our council has fallen on hard times and have found themselves in considerable debt. The debt came about due to poor vision and management of the council. About three years ago our council which is in declining" enrollment much like most of rural Minnesota, decided they needed a new executive facU- lty and went ahead and built it without having the money in hand. Not only did they build with insuffi- cient funds they over built to the tune of 1.4 million dollars. The solution of the executive board after studying their options decided to sell a large portion of the councils main summer camp. It would solve their financial problem but would create a problem for the thousands of volunteers who donated countless hours of time, money and supplies to make this camp what it is. This past Sunday about fifty scouters gathered in Madelia to brainstorm some alternative solu- tions to selling off any of the camp. By the end of a long afternoon some positive ideas came up and I am hopeful the council will act on them in good faith to save the camp and scouting for generations to come. Oil Shortage Marlow Erickson passed this little ditty on to me. It seems fitting. There are a lot of folks who cant understand how we came to have an oil shortage here in America. Well, there's a very sim- ple answer ..... Nobody bothered to check the oil. We just didn know we were getting low. The reason for that is purely geographical. All our oil is in Alaska, Texas, California, and Oklahoma. All our dipsticks are in Washington DC. Have a great week! LETTER TO THE EDITOR Girl Scouts cele- brate 92nd birth- dwhataY can make millions of women admit to celebrating a 92nd birthday? Why, the 92nd birthday of Girl Scouting, of course! On March 12, 2004, over 50 million girls and women - former and present members - will proudly celebrate the 92nd birthday of the founding of Girl Scouting in the U.S. All week long, from March 7 to March 13, girls nationwide will be launch- ing community service projects, meeting with community lead- ers, and hosting celebrations, all to honor the movement that helps girls grow strong. Girl Scouting is today's pre- eminent organization for girls, with more than 6,650 girl and adult members in Peacepipe Council alone! As when founded in 1912, Girl Scoutinghelps cul- tivate values, a social con- science, and self-esteem in young girls, while also teaching them critical life skills that will enable them to succeed as adults. Since the founding of Girl Scouts, when Juliette Gordon Low declared she had some- thing for ALL the girls in America, our organization has been dedicated to inclusiveness. Our dream is to make Girl Scouting readily available to all girls who want to join. We are committed to the initiative Girl Scouting: For Every Girl, Everywhere, which is designed to actively identify and invite girls to join who may not previ- ously have had the opportunity to do so. Seeking and offering Girl Scouting to every girl, everywhere, reflects our contin- ued commitment to diversity and to doing all we can to help today's girls, as they become tomorrow's leaders. During Girl Scout Week, we renew our commitment to mak- ing sure every girl in your com- munity has the opportunity to grow strong and realize her own potential. But we need your help! We invite everyone over 18 in your community to volun- teer with a local Girl Scout troop or group. The choices of roles are many and varied-- even if you can only donate one hour of you time once a year, you'll be making a great differ- ence in the lives of girls. To vol- unteer, call our council office at 1-800-332-GIRL. Invest in Girl Scouts. Where Girls Grow Strong Sincerely, Nancy Koets Program/Publicity Director Girl Scouts Peacepipe Council Supports ban on smok- ing in all public buildings I am writing in full support of the proposed legislative plan to ban smoking in all public buildings in MN, including bars, restaurants, and bowling alleys. I would also support banning smoking in work places, including day-care cen- ters, residential health care facilities, jails, and in taxis. My reasons are: * Southwest Minnesotans prefer totally smoke-free restaurants. According to the Regional Health Profile, '02 (27 county report), 53.5% of all respondents preferred totally smoke-free environments, 44.1% preferred smoking/non- smoking sections, and 2.4% favored smoking anywhere in the restaurant. * This same survey showed that 48.1% strongly agreed and 41.8% agreed" that preventing cigarette smoking among youth is everyone's responsibility. Only 8.5% disagreed, and 1.6% strongly disagreed. * While the rates of adult smokers may not decrease as a result of this legislation, chil- dren will not see smoking as-a "cool" or "normal" thing in pub- lic places. * I find that sitting in a smoke-free section of a restau- rant does not give me a smoke- free environment. It is like hav- ing a "peeing" section of a swim- AI Bart... "Stories from the Batt Cave" It Happens Men, have you become your father yet? Women, have you turned into your mother? No matter how much we love our parents, it is scary when that happens. None of us think that it will happen to us, but it does hap- pen to all of us sooner or later. Some of us begin to look like our parents. First, we resemble our parents. Then we begin to look like our pets. That's the way life goes. We begin to sound like our par- ents. We start saying all the same things to our children that our parents said to us. Things like, =Someday, I hope you will have a child just like you," and "As long as you live under my roof, you'll do as I say," and "In my day, children respected their elders." All those things that we swore that we would never say to our chil- dren. All those things that really pushed our buttons. Parents are good at pushing buttons. After all, they are the ones who installed them. We say over and over again all the things we heard over and over again. We can't help it. We are no longer our- selves. We are our parents. We go to school reunions. Reunions are wonderful. We visit with our classmates. We enjoy seeing them, but we can't help thinking that we are spending time with the parents of our class- mates. We are saddened to real- ize that some of our classmates have become so old and grey that they barely recognize us. We once thought that our par- ents were old coots. Then we joined the old coot fraternity. We begin to say things like, "You call that music?" I must admit that I feel the same ming pool and not expecting the urine to get to my section of the pool! The health effects of sec- ond-hand smoke are clearly researched and evident. * I recently spent the week- end in Duluth with my family, and thoroughly enjoyed the smoke-free environments. From the looks of the numbers, I would not say that this decision has hurt the business in Duluth. * MN was the first state in the nation to restrict smoking in public buildings in 1975. MN has fallen behind other states, which have banned smoking in bars and restaurants. Let's remain a leader in advocating for good health practices throughout MN communities. Jill L. Bruns, Administrator Redwood and Renville Co. Public Health Services way about hip-hop and rap that my parents felt about the Rolling Stones. I think that the '0c'(J' in rap is silent. My parents thought that the Stones should have been silent.. My parents told me that they couldn't understand the words to my music. I don't want to understand the words to some of the songs of today. Music has become the dreaded 5/55--5 words repeated 55 times in each song. It may be my loss, but I will be the first to admit that I just don't understand today's music. I didn't really understand yester- day's music either. I think that is the way it is meant to be. If par- ents liked the music of their chil- dren, what would the young folks have to rebel against? We start liking those odd combi- nations of food that our mother served us. My father wasn't fussy. He could eat anything as long as it was placed between a couple of slices of bread. He did eat some odd things--he put gravy on his apple pie. Each family has at least one weird food item that is relished by its members--a recipe found in no cookbook. A recipe that was brought over from the old country by Grandma and probably was the reason she had to leave the old country. Something like mustard and sugar sandwiches or putting ketchup on your mashed .potatoes or pepper on your vanilla ice cream. We are frightened when we realize that we agree politically with our parents. We begin to grumble about change and wonder out Ioud,"What is wrong with the kids today?" We sometimes get our halo on a little too tight. We have a tendency to judge others by their actions while judging our- selves by our intentions. We reminisce a lot about the good old days good while we were them. We begin to likec things--cars, tractors, clothes, spouses, etc. We pick up pennies ground. Sometimes found is a penny that trip to the chirop a sore back. We sometimes gal as our parents. We apocryphal stories of poor that we had just put up curtains indoors. We tell how our mousetraps with We are heard to can remember when a : mall used to be land. We understand never wanted to We learn never to lie selves and to be very about telling the truth ers. Becoming our bad thing. 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