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SENTINEL TRIBUNE V lewp(2,1nt Wednesday, April 7, 2004 BETWEEN By Tom Merchant Sentinel Tribune THE LINES Daylight Saving time -- continued Well did you get all your clocks tumed ahead? It usually takes me about a week to get all of my clocks changed. One thing nice is computer clocks change them- selves. Why can't all clocks do that. At least the electronic ones, I mean how hard can it be to put a little chip in that tells the clock when to change. Of course it would be a little hard with mechan- ical clocks. I just discovered the VCR clock must have changed too, unless best friend did it. That brings up another great mystery in life Programming a VCR I have never learned how to program a VCR or set a clock radio. Best friend knows how to do both, yet when anything goes wrong with the computer I get the service call. I guess we all have to be challenged in some areas. I really think I could learn to pro- gram both, but I really don't see any reason to, after all there is so little that ever needs to be put on video tape anyway. Can you imag- ine people actually have recorded the likes of Gilligans Island, The Gong Show, and Barney? As for the clock radio who needs it, the only thing they do is inhibit sleep. Best friend has been known to have a sleepless night, not trusting the alarm clock when we have to get up early for some- thing. Myself unless I have to get up before the sun I usually wake up on my own. Of course Daylight Savings time sort of fouls that up, but then those long nights in January don't help any either. Well it has only been a couple of days since it began, and I have most of the clocks turned ahead and am getting used to the different sleep pattern. Also in six months we will get the hour back and we will have to go through the same old routine. Die and Trina Die and Trina were sitting down to their usual cup of morning coffee listening to the weather report coming over the radio. "There will be 3 to 5 inches of snow today and a snow emer- gency has been declared. You must park your cars on the odd numbered side of the streets" Die got up from his coffee and mutters, "Yumpun Yufus, what a pain !" Two days later, again they both are sitting down with their cof- fee and the weather forecast is: "There will be 2 to 4 inches of snow today and a snow emer- gency has been declared. You must park your cars on the even numbered side of the streets." - Die got up from his coffee and says" Yumpun Yufus again? O.K." Three days later, again they both are sitting down with their cups of coffee and the weather forecast is: "There will be 6 to 8 inches of snow today and a snow emergency has been declared. You must park your cars on the..." and then the power went out and Die didn't get the rest of the instructions. He says to Trina "Oh, yufus, what am I going to do now?" Trina replies "Aw Die, yust leave the car in the garageV' Have a great week! ii I iii LETTER TO THE EDITOR Misinformed about gaming The people in southern Minnesota have been the target of misinformation regarding gaming and, as your state senator, I feel I must set the record straight. To say "Minnesota is the only state that does not directly benefit from gaming," is untrue. Minnesota is one of 15 states whose gaming compacts do not contain revenue . . . sharing from Indian tribal gaming. (The other 14 states are Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma, and South Dakota.) It should also be noted that no states own and operate gaming facilities. It is also not true to say that Minnesota does not benefit from gaming. Since 1990 tribal gaming has pumped more than $8 billion into the state's economy through: *$2.8 billion in employees wages and benefits .to 14,000 workers *$1.9 billion in purchases of goods and services from Minnesota com- panies *$800 million in state and federal payroll taxes *$600 million in new construction *$159 million in payments to local units of gov- ernment *$298 million in out-of- state tourism promotion *$1.9 bil- lion in out-of-state visitor expendi- tures. Although these benefits are doc- umented, Gov. Pawlenty is now making statements that he should renegotiate the gaming compacts. i ii, i i i i ii i i If it comes to that, the governor should offer the tribes something of commensurate value in exchange for receiving casino rev- enue from the tribes. For example, in Wisconsin the governor offered the tribes the opportunity to oper- ate additional table gaming in their existing casinos and the tribes agreed to contribute $300 million annually to the state. This is a win-win scenario for taxpayers and the tribes and it keeps the state out of the casino business. I've never supported expanding gambling and I remain strong in my position no matter how strong the pressure will be to use gam- bling to solve our state's budget problems. If we use gaming money this year to address a $160 million budget deficit, what happens next year when the state is faced with another $1 billion budge deficit? Once the door is open to use gam- ing funds to balance the budget, there will be pressure to pass over 50 other gambling bills including: legalizing slot machines in bars, riverboat gambling, card clubs, and sports'bookmaking. Is that the direction we want our state to take? I for one don't want to see Minnesota become another Las Vegas. I believe it's time to stop distracting people from the real work that needs to be done and talk about real, long-term solu- tions that will help our state's economy. Sincerely, Jim Vickerman State Senator, Dist. 22 (ISSN 8750-3905) Thomas Merchant Managing Editor Roxy Soll Ad Layout & Office Manager Wayne Rue Advertising Sales Junette Merchant Westbrook Office & Production Nancy Goring Production Joan Spielman 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 C= ,:5: '?` L QIOR.. AI Bart... 005tories from the Bgtt Cave" Ask AI I have the best readers in the wodd and they ask the best ques- tions. I try to give answers wor- thy of the questions. "Have you ever had any body piercing done?" Well, there was that time I tripped and fell face first into my tackle box. "Do you think we should do away with high school sports?" Sure. Then kids could sign NBA or NFL contracts while they're still in grammar school. "What's the secret to building a good fence?" The fence needs to be horse high, pig tight and bull strong. =Do fish ever fall in love?" Sure, haven't you ever heard of guppy love? "How fast can a bumblebee fly?" I'm not sure, but from personal experience, I can tell you that a bee can fly faster than a John Deere tractor. "What is your idea of a free country?" It's a place where a man can do whatever his wife tells him to do. "Do you know how to swim?" No, I know hoW to do something much harder than swimming. It's called drowning. "Why do people like to vacation at the beach?" Because they can get out of bed and then immedi- ately lie down on the beach. "Why do some people keep their "IV on all day long?" They are learning to ignore it. "What was the scadest thing you've ever seen in a movie the- ater?" The pdce of the candy. "Do you help your wife with the laundry?" You bet. I try to make a clean shirt last at least a month. "Have you been to all of the states?" No, I've only been to 57 of them, but that does include North, South, East, West and Central Dakota, Virginia and Carolina. "Is Hartland a popular place to spend the summer?" Good ques- tion. I was stuck for a good answer so I asked the diners gath- ered at the Village Inn on a recent day. I asked how many of them had visited Paris. None had. I asked how many had been to London. Three had--although 17 had visited London, Minnesota at least once. I then asked how many had visited Hartland dudng the summer. Every single person had. It's amazing, but these sta- tistics prove that Hartland is a more popular place to visit in the summer than either Paris or Loddbn is all year long. "When is your birthday?" It's March 16. The odd thing about having a birthday in March is that it seems like I get older every year. "What is the best way to keep children at home?" Make your home a pleasant atmosphere, lis- ten to what they have to say and let the air out of the tires on your car. "People are always saying "XYZ" to me. What does that mean?" Examine your zipper. They are trying to tell you that your fly is open. "Why is chocolate cake so popu- lar?" It doesn't show the dirt. "What happens when you travel faster than the speed of sound?" Your hat blows off your head. "Do you like country music?" Yes, my favodte is from Ireland. "What do desperate times call for?" Cheap shots and passing of the blame. "What do you do feels like the walls on you?" I stop sleeping closet. "What is the bigg winter sport in Hi Smoking. "Were there any shop class in s( n't do any shopping. "Why do people do things?" Because of Guinness Book "why don't you eat Some people get ice .headaches; I get lutefisk headaches. "who is smarter--men ( women?" Men are man would ever buy a buttons up the back. "1 heard that your wife her back moving furniture. didn't she wait until you home?" Because the lot easier to move when it. "what's the easiest a child-proof cap?" to do it. "Have you ever read Homer?" Sure, I've thing Homer wrote and what his partner Jethro "How do you make sausage?" You mix the ( meat 50150 with That's not one one pound of beef. duck to one cow. "How can anyone that they love nature. love. / 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. -AI Batt 2004 71622" 325 St. Hartland, MN 56042 SnoEowl@aol.com , i Peach). Elsewhere in Minnesota $29.00 per year. Out of the State $34.00 per year. Canada and foreign countries inquire at the Sentinel Tribune Office "Snowbirds" may put their paper on hold at no extra charge while they are gone, or pay $6.00 extra to have it mailed out of state. Missed copies cannot be furnished because the cost of mail- ing single copies is almost $1.50. Any request for a back copy must include $2.00. Newstand price is 75 cents per copy. Copyright 2003 Sentinel Tribune a Lyon Sioux Press Newspaper Mail Change of Address Notice to: P. O. 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