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SENTINEL TRIBUNE "00/rlEWPOINT Wednesday, July 13, 2011 Page 4 BETWEEN THE LINES By Tom Merchant - Sentinel Tribune Potpourri... There has been more than a fair amount of criticism about the state shut-down. I guess I have to add my two cents worth. First off our legislators and governor should not get paid for working overhme. They know going in that they have a set amount of time to complete their work and are paid accordingly. I guess I could agree that legislators from out state should probably get per diem. Metro legislators should only get meals. Preferably bread and water. I can't believe how olarized our politicians, oth at the state and federal level, have become so diametrical- ly opposed. I know that no two people see things the same way, especially when it comes to reli- gion and politics. However, most people I know seem to be able to agree on some points and at least consider compromise or respect one another's opinions. It seems now that the olitical parties are so mly entrenched in their own ideologies, that I don't see how anything can get done. There are several things that can be done, starting with Casey Anthony Well, the long murder trial has been adjudicat- ed. Casey Anthon, was acquitted of the hre,  most serious charcles in regard to the dec h of her two year old child. The jury did find her luilty on four charaes of lying to investigators. She received four years for the misdemeanor counts, but will only serve a few dav liven credit for the Tlm she has already served and good behavior. I have seen and heard everyrning from total outracle to sy npa- thy for her (lfter the trial. Also many are accus- ing the jury of not doing their job. I feel that an'/one who is not a judg trial lavyer, or a uror does not have Tne right to pass judgement o l her or the jury. I have no idea how this little girl died, but there was no evidence provided to the jur that indicated that. o it would have been hard to convict her. However, I think this woman was a real head case. The only question I have is why did it take a month to file the missing child report. Most peopl, would have wanted to file an Amber Alert immediately. But to brand her as a murderer is a presump- AI Ba00, . . "Stories from the Bait Cave" Echoes from the Loafers' Club Meeting "What's that whistling noise'?." "My wife hates it when I beat her at Scrabble." "What does that have to do with that whistling?" "1 have a Scrabble tile stuck up my nose." Driving by the Bruces I have two wonderful neigh- bors-both named Bruce--who live across the road from each other. Whenever I pass their driveways, thoughts occur to me, such as: Everyone should have to wear a nametag. It would make remembering names easi- er. Things I've learned 1. By the time I get used to being an age, I'm not it anymore. 2. Whenever I buy something with a credit card, I want to sign the slip when I need to sign the screen and I want to sign the screen when I need to sign the slip. 3. Perfection is always flawed. Have you ever wondered? 1. Can bedbugs be in a couch? 2. Does Egypt have Cairopractors? 3. Why it's called "after dark" when it's really "after light"? The history of hugging My family was not of the hug- ging variety. We hugged only at funerals and airports. And we never went to an airport. Hugging was like the good china. It was used only for special occasions. I have become a hugger over time and I have noticed that some huggers delight in hugging those people who don't enjoy hugging. Some hugging victims get the look of a stray cat being bathed. The song on the radio I listened to the radio as I trav- eled long. I listen to the radio so I don't have to listen to the loud music coming from other vehi- cles. The radio is company while driving. Sometimes I change sta- tions until I find the one reporting the best weather. It becomes a challenging game. Stations come and go during travel. They fade in the distance. The music coming from my car's radio wasn't the kind I favored but the station's signal was strong, so I stuck with it. I was in a part of the country where the radio recep- tion was not the best, so I lis- tened to what I could get. County lines passed to the accompani- ment of lame songs. Forgettable or unreadable signs flashed by. Suddenly, in the midst of all the dismal music, one of my favorite songs was playing. On an end- less drive on dark roads, the music lifted my heart and invigo- rated my spirit. For a moment, I felt as if I had earned the good by listening to the bad. Serendipity is hearing a song I love on the radio. I waited for another. Then I was home. A married couple tells a story "We had these wonderful neighbors, Jim and Katherine." 'q'im and Kathleen," 'q'hey lived in the next house east of us when we lived on Oak Street," "Elm Street," "Jim drove a Pontiac." "Tim drove a Chevrolet." "One night, Jim backed his Pontiac right into the wall of our house." "One night, Tim backed his Chevrolet right into the wall of our garage." 'q-hat was back in 1976." 'q'hat was in 1978." "His car was brand new." "His car was four years old." 'TII never forget that day. Jim got out of the car and sang, 'My Way. " 'qim got out of his car and said, 'The garage was in my way. " "Yes, I remember it like it was yesterday." "It was 1978." The 4th of July If you can fry an egg on the linoleum on your kitchen floor, your air conditioning may not be working. The 4th of July gives entry to hot, humid weather. It's a time of the year when we dis- cover that is the heat is the humidity. We don't live in a world where the weather always agrees with us. We talk about weather because it's much easi- er to talk about than feelings. We spend a lot of time forgiving weather, even though it asks for no forgiveness. Weather aside, the 4th of July is a memory prompt. We need reminders as to how lucky we are. Nature notes Birds forage more efficiently in flocks than as individuals. Numerous eyes find food faster. A flock's many eyes and vigilant members detect predators. Flocks under attack gather into tight flight formations and make twists and turns that confuse raptors, The center is the safest position because raptors typi- cally attack individuals on the edge of a flock. The safest spot in a roost is in the middle. The older, more dominant birds assume the safer interior spots, leaving younger, less dominant birds to the more vulnerable, peripheral positions. Meeting adjourned AI Batt 2011 71622 325 St. 1-1, MN 56042 mise, real comprom,se, tion that probably only Open Vourr Heart, to the- and COMPROMISE! This oneortwo people would .. .... means accepting things be qualified to do. both parties don'| like. Ifshegoesontoprof-Hungry ..... and Homeless In the state, one it from this in any wa,,, party has compromised then I would col sidcr far more in several areas hel, if not aU,TV, then at than the other has. I will let you be the judge as to which one that is. least comleTely callous. Have agood week and do good! Proposed cuts to the Pell Grant As Congress negotiates the bud- get, college students around the country are concerned that their future is in jeopardy with proposed cuts to the Pell Grant. The Pell Grant makes it possible for more than 145,000 Minnesota college students to enroll in college and pursue a better life. This is a time when we need to prioritize higher education in Minnesota. A Georgetown University study found that the Minnesota economy will need 70% of the workforce to have a higher education degree by 2017. Currently, Minnesota has approximately 40%. Many stu- dents receiving Pell Grants are non- traditional students laid off during the economic crisis and in need of further job training. The future suc- cess of Minnesota depends on the advancement of higher education. Kyle Bemdt Student Body President Southwest Minnesota State University Mission Statement The Sentinel Tribune serves the residents and business community of Cottonwood, Redwood, Murray and Lyon County and southwest Minnesota by apply- ing its available resources to accurately and consis- tently produce a quality newspaper which thoroughly covers the news of the area, stimulates thought and conversation, delivers advertising messages in a time- ly 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 readers, advertisers and community in general while stimulating the profes- sional development of its employees. Giving -where the need is greatest Mary and Martha's Pantry of Western Community Action in Westhrook and Open Your Heart to the Hungry and Homeless announce the Second Annual $100,000 Food Shelf Challenge Grant, The food shelf needs help to fill empty plates this summer. Donations in July will generate grants to help end hunger in the Marshall area. The more funds a food shelf raises in July, means that their Open Your Heart grant will be larger. Minnesota food shelves raised $1,000,000 last year with this grant and hope to outpace that this year. Mary and Martha's Pantry of Western Community Action has an average of 52 household vis- its per month in 2011 already, and these numbers continue to increase. Donations can be mailed to Western community Action (Mary and Martha's Pantry) at 1400 youth Saratoga Street, Marshall MN 56258. Open Your Heart to the Hungry and Homeless believes this approach to hunger allevia- tion is effective because it brings communities together to solve a growing concern across Minnesota. The $100,000 Challenge will power a state- wide initiative that leverages Open Your Heart funding to bring additional dollars to food shelves and increase awareness of child hunger during the sum- mer. For 25 years Open Your Heart to the Homeless has tar- geted millions of dollars to stra- tegically fight hunger, in Minnesota. Open Your Heart funds the purchase and transfer of more than one million pounds of fresh produce, meat, and dairy products every year through Hunger Solutions Minnesota- Arna Yetter, Executive Director of Open Your Heart; said, "Too many kids in Minnesota have to worry about where their lunch will come from once school is out. Open Your Heart is commit- ted to making sure our kids get enough to eat this summer, and we hope people across the state will join us". Minnesota food shelves help families obtain the groceries they cannot afford to purchase on their own. People served by food shelves report having to choose between paying for food and paying for utilities and other necessities. Clients have shared their gratitude with us on many occasions. "I'm on a special diet and wouldn't be able to afford all the produce and yogurt I need to eat." Another client shares that it helps her get the essentials she needs that she cannot afford to buy. She really appreciates how this all helps her get through the month. Food Shelves are pressured to respond to child hunger during the summer. Only one in six low-income children who ate a school lunch during the regular school year is reached by the federally funded summer nutri- tion programs. Mary and Martha's Pantry has served an average of 56 children each month this year. In the past decade in Minnesota, the number of chil- dren living in poverty has increased by 53%. That means one in five families with chil- dren is now at risk for hunger in Minnesota. Currently in Minnesota, 37% of all K-12 public schools are eating subsi- dized meals. Mary and Martha's Pantry is open Mondays and Thursdays from 1:30-3:00 p.m. and is located at 524 1st Avenue in Westbrook. It is staffed by vol- unteers through these hours and Western Community Action appreciates their dedication very much! Open Your Heart to the Hungry and Homeless has 25 years of experience as the only grant provider in Minnesota focused solely on alleviating hunger and homelessness. Open Your Heart helps food and shel- ter providers of all sizes get the resources they need to serve more people, including mat- tresses, freezers, fresh produce, and roof repairs. They also sup- port homeless students by pro- viding school supplies, activity fees, gym shoes, tutoring mate- rials, and other essentials that help them engage fully in school. 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