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SENTINEL TRIBUNE VIEWPOI)00T Wednesday, July 6, 2011 Page 4 LETTER TO EDITOR AI Bart... Neither side seeks win/ win solutions We see in St. Paul, Washington and numerous capitals around the country, a clash of political wills. Neither side seeks win/win solu- tions. Each claims to seek budget cuts, but primarily to the opposi- tion's favoredprograms: Democrats want to soak the rich for supporting the Republicans. Republicans want to cut education off at the knees because the teacher's unions have supported the Democrats. And month by month, the political rhet- oric grows less civil. Last week, Rep. Tony Cornish told Democrats to "fight your heredity and gene pool" to stop the spending. Is this the kind of talk we have to look forward for the next weeks and months? At some point, an apolo- gy is in order by Mr. Cornish and all others who drag our democracy through the mud? It costs extra money to have law makers in a special session. It costs extra money to shut down the gov- ernment. It costs extra money to gear it back up again. It costs extra money to breach contracts that the state government has made. All of this taxpayer money, totally wast- ed. 55% of the voters in this state voted for a candidate for governor who believed that a portion of the solution to closing the budget gap needed to come through closing tax loopholes and/or a modest tax increase. Officials on both extremes of the political spectrum - get the job done or go home after the next election! Don Carlson Chairman - l st Congressional District of the Independence Party 710 - 7th St. NE Plainview, MN 55964 507-251-1435 Miss Westbrook --- From page 1 Miss Congeniality is voted on -- a candidate that has been positive, hard working, and kind. The Miss Westbrook candidates vote for Miss Congeniality. If there is a tie, the Miss Westbrook staff will also vote for Miss Congeniality. A staff member also created the little Miss candidate's dance. This year Elizabeth Johnson, with the help of her daughter, created the dance. Again this takes time and trying to schedule a practice time and an outfit for all of the girls is a challenge. While the audience watches the show there is somebody helping back stage. An attendant, the contestants have to find a friend or family member, to help the contestants get ready for the next act. This person just makes the program go smoother and helps calm down the contestant's nerves. The attendants also help us with remembering everything from our contestant buttons to putting on a necklace. This has been a wonderful experience and I encourage girls to participate in the Miss Westbrook Scholarship Program. This has been a beneficial experience and I ensure participants that they will also enjoy the experi- ence. You will gain self-confidence and should feel proud of yourself for accepting this challenge. "Stories from the BaH Cave" I'm frugal. You're cheap It's a frugal community. Some might call Two Bits cheap, but frugal is a gentler, kinder word to describe the small city. Being stingy wasn't a con- scious choice. People didn't wake up one morning deciding to pinch pennies. It was forced upon them. Circumstances, location, the economy, the times, and luck conspired against them. Two Bits is too hot. It's too cold. It's too wet. It's too dry. Several years ago, it was so dry, they had to close two lanes at the swimming pool. Every resident learned the principle, "Make do or do with- out." Auto repair with duct tape is a class taught in junior high. If you should visit someone in Two Bits and see a catas litter box, don't assume your hosts have a cat. It might be for company. Kids are accustomed to a Tooth Fairy who leaves coupons under their pillows for 25 cents off a loaf of bread. The mayor of Two Bits, Bjorn Liar, is willing to let the rest of the world go buy. His campaign slo- gan was, 'q-ightwad! Tightwad! Sitting on the fence, trying to make a dollar out of fifteen cents." He won in a landslide. Pat Pending, the inventor of the wood-burning microwave oven, buys pants so big that he and his wife are able to wear them at the same time. It's called pants-pooling. He lowered his showerhead to save on water. Nora Lender Bee could make five gallons of chicken soup and still have the chicken. One mem- ber of her family goes to a movie and then uses hand shadows to present it to the rest. She hangs floss on the line to dry. Whenever she shops for clothes, she asks, "Does this come in anything cheap?" She uses magic mark- ers to write "Old Navy" on plain T-shirts. Nora's favorite game show is 'q'he Price Is Too Much." Ish McNish, who won't spend a week or pay attention, needs the Jaws of Life to open his wal- let. He puts an IOU instead of cheese in a mousetrap. When the restaurant check comes, Ish reaches for his wallet. It has a note in it that reads, "Remember to say, 'Thank you' to whoever picks up the tab." The church is an important part of the community. It goes nearly broke each year and each year, money appears miracu- lously. Last year, the money didn't come when it generally does. The church needed repairs. A wobbly ceiling fan made parishioners so nervous that no one sat in a pew under the fan. Pastor Ammunition (call me "Ammo") begged and plead- ed for money. He did everything short of resorting to blackmail. He could have done that. He knew things. Asking for money was a wasted effort. The church stopped having potluck suppers because no one brought any- thing but ketchup packets, except for Martha and her hus- band, Stewart. They chipped the hardened globs of used tooth- paste from the sink and offered them as mints. Ammo's predicament remind- ed me of Flip Wilson's skit in which he portrayed Brother LeRoy. Brother LeRoy was lead- ing Sunday services at the Church of What's Happenin' Now. The collection plates were passed and came back empty. The plates were passed again. They returned empty. Brother LeRoy beseeched the congrega- tion, "1 know that you want this church to progress. This church must progress." No response. Brother LeRoy shouted, "Before this church can progress it has to crawl, this church has got to crawl." The congregation became excited and yelled back, "Make it crawl, Reverend. Make it crawl!" Brother LeRoy contin- ued, "After this church has crawled, it's got to pick itself up and walk, this church has got to walk!" The people shouted, "Make it walk, Reverend. Make it walk!" "And after this church has walked, this church has got to get up and run, this church has got to run." The people were worked into a frenzy and they hollered in response, "Make it run, Reverend. Make it run!" Then Brother LeRoy said, "Now, brothers and sisters, in order for this church to run, it's going need money, itas going take money for this church to run!" The people cried, "Let it crawl, Reverend. Let it crawl!" At a service in Two Bits, Ammo made an impassioned plea for money and passed his hat, requesting an offering for repairs. The hat returned as empty as it had left. The pastor didn flinch. Ammo raised his hat to Heaven and said, "1 thank You, Lord, that I got my hat back." AI Batt 2011 71622 325 St. 1-1, MN 56042 Library Garden Tour ,)/J, t; ' ' .... ...... "Over 50 people toured gardens in tle Westbrook Area last week. Six people opened their gardens for visitors to raise money for the city library. Gardens included were: Don and Connie Meier, Viola Dohrer, Jerry and Angie Hemmingsen, Mary Osland, Reuben and Marcy Madson, and Kenny and Gwen Anderson. Above: Connie Meier talks with visitors on the Garden Tour last Wednesday. 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