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SENTINEL TRIBUNE Ve lewp olnt Wednesday, March 31, 2004 BETWEEN By Tom Merchant Sentinel Tribune THE LINES Daylight Saving time I always look forward to Daylight Savings Time. It is great to get all those extra hours just by moving the clock ahead one hour. But something that really bothers me is what the heck happened to all that daylight we were supposed to have saved last year? I've looked everywhere but I still haven't found any left from last year. I looked in my sock drawer -- nothing there. I looked in our sun room I thought for sure there would be some there, but no luck. I didn't bother looking in the base- ment, there couldn't possibly be any there. Well I have no idea what happened to last years day- light savings, but I intend to keep a closer watch on it thi s year. Green thumbs I really love the challenges of gardening. Every year I intend to get an early start and on occasion I have tried starting plants in the house early in the spring. I have never actually been successful at it but I have decided to give it a try again this year. One of the problems was I never had a good place to start the seeds. The second problem relates to the first problem, our house cat Tammy Jo will not leave anything potted in dirt alone. So I bought a portable indoor green- house that is completely enclosed. However when I asked the clerk at the store if it was cat proof, she said it depends on how smart your cat is. I said she's not all that smart but she is very mischievous and loves to dig in the dirt. She replied that her cat likes to use their plants as a litter box. Fortunately Tammy does not do that however she does make quite a mess digging in the dirt just for the fun of it. Hopefully the miniature greenhouse will be cat proof. By the way if any of you have any good tips for starting seeds indoors I would really like to hear of them. Foggy One foggy night off the south- western coast of Norway, a Swedish battle ship received a radio signal in Norwegian telling it to shift course 10 degrees to the west. The Swedish captain bris- tled, and replied that the sender should shift HIS course 10 degrees to the east! Moments later the reply came telling the Swedish ship to move 10 degrees to the west. "1 will NOTP screamed the captain. He turned to the radio operator and yelled, "Yu tell dat dumb norveegian to shift 10 degrees to da eastP Again came -the reply to the Swede to shift his course 10 degrees to the west. By now the captain was livid, and he signaled "NOW YU LOOK HERE, I AM A CAPTAIN ON A SWEDISH BATTLE SHIP, AND I AM TELLING YU TO SHIFT YOUR COURSE 10 DEGREES TO THE EAST IF YU KNOW VAT'S GOOD FOR YUP Moments later came the reply: "Ja, vel I am at the Norveegian light- house and you will shift 10 degrees to da vest, if yu knowvat's good for yuP Have a great week! LETTER TO THE EDITOR Setting the record straight There has been misinforma- tion "and regrettable attempts to mislead Minnesotans" about a recent Senate vote. I would like to set the record straight. On March 22, a senator attempted to pull one of her bills out of the Judiciary Committee where it had been scheduled for a hearing, and bring it to the Senate floor for a vote. This pro- cedural motion was voted down. The vote on March 22 was not a vote on the merits of the mar- riage amendment bill. It was a vote on the merits of full public testimony, discussion and debate regarding a change to the very Constitution of the State of Minnesota. The chair of the Judiciary Committee scheduled the mar- riage amendment for a March 26 hearing, even though the author did not introduce her bill until March 11 after having announced on November 20, 2003, that she would be introducing the bill. It's highly unusual for an author to wait so long until mere days before committee deadlines to introduce what she or he consid- ers a high-priority bill, A committee hearing is the fair and responsible way to deal with the issue in the open, with advance public notice, and an opportunity for Minnesotans to weigh in with their views. I do not shrink from this debate, and that's why I do not support efforts to circumvent the hearing process and the public's ability to testify in an open forum. Bringing major legislation up for unannounced votes on the Senate floor, without the chance for a public hearing and public testimony, is disingenuous and unprofessional and wrongly shuts the public out of the process. Sincerely, Jim Vickerman State Senator, Dist. 22 eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee Sentinel Tribune Tip Line If you see news happening or have a story idea call our News Tip Line. 274-6136 or 1-800-410-1859 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 O PlSSTIS-Q w t $ # # t t f AI Bart... "5tories from the Batt Cave" Slow Down I was in a hurry. It's the American pastime. We rush about. We drive too fast to worry about cholesterol. I was driving down an interstate highway when I found myself behind a horse trailer carrying two beautiful hayburners. The tails of the horses blew in the breeze as the trailer made its way down the road. It was moving a little slower than I wanted to go. I was about to pass the trailer when I spotted the sign stuck on the trailer between the two tails of the hors- es. It read, "Don't be what you see--please drive carefully." I didn't pass that trailer. I was- n't in that big of a hurry. I heard about a motorist who was caught in an automated speed trap. His speed was measured by radar and his car was photographed. In a couple of weeks, he received a speeding ticket in the mail along with a notice of $120 fine. As a pay- ment, the man sent the police department a photo of six $20 bills. Shortly thereafter, he received a photo from the police-- it was of a pair of handcuffs. The man paid his fine. Why are we always in a hurry even when we don't need to be? Life is not a race. Our final earthly destination is the cemetery. Why is everyone in such a hurry to get there? Aristotle said, "The wise man is never in a hurry." The rest of us eat breakfast cereal with the sugar already on it, so we don't waste valuable time putting the sugar on. We spend time wishing that the microwave oven was faster. There are other problems besides speeding on our highways and byways. A friend of mine says that he knows that there are many law- abiding, considerate motorists out there. He says the problem is that they are never on the road at the same time that he is. I stop at a red light and the car behind me doesnl want to get very close to me. Later, that car makes the same turn as I do onto the freeway. Once we're on the high-speed highway, he positions himself about two inches behind my tailpipe and remains there at 70 MPH. A DWi--Driving while idi- otic. If all of the cars in the world were placed end-to-end, it'd be rush hour in any large city. People in small towns are not always good at using their turn signals. They figure that anyone who knows them will know where they are going to turn and every- one else will figure it out when they turn. We need to find a way for drivers to become as enthusi- astic about using their turn signals as they are about using the cell phone. Learning to use a turn signal can be a turning point in some- one's life. Einstein said, =Any man who can drive safely while kissing a pretty gid is simply not giving the kiss the attention it deserves." Blasting bass-pounding hip-hop so loud that it loosens the fillings of everyone within 3 blocks, isnl a nice thing to do. Keep your music to yourself. Unless you are a perfect driver who has never made a mistake, don*t say anything derogatory to another driver or make an obscene gesture motorist. Signs do no good. The t thing capable of making obey all traffic laws is a mirror with a police car If you aren't in Nt down. Are there excuses for Of course. There are the guy who ran a lights to get to the fire He was driving a motor was on fire. The Danish Kierkegaard pursue pleasure with that they hurry past it." The writer Louis "The trail is the thing, of the trail. Travel too you miss all you are The scenery is Moliere mused, =All do is pause--it's our that spoils things." Emerson said, =Adopt t nature, her secret is St. Augustine taught reward of patience is Gandhi said, =There's life than increasing I love polite drivers. I enjoy coming to a and discovering that no to go first. All those in favor of country's your right foot. Where you are is a rnirad" Enjoy the now. -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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