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SENTINEL TRIBUNE V" lew Wednesday, August 18, 2004 Page BETWEEN THE By Tom Merchant Sentinel Tribune LINES Indian Summer Today the temperature got into the low eighties after a nice rain during the night. The way this summer has gone I told people I met today that we are finally getting our traditional "Indian Summer." For me this weather has been just about perfect. For those who like lay- ing on the beach soaking up ultraviolet rays it has been a night mare. Although I suspect their epidermis will be a lot bet- ter off from it. All kidding aside the one problem with this sum- mer that wasn't, is, it has slipped by with incredible speed. No matter how you like your summers, I suspect most of us Minnesotans would like it to last a lot longer! Summer Olympics One of the things that always amazes me is the fact in almost all of the events how close they are. The difference between gold and last place is sometimes less than a second. One thing I have often felt is the United States arguably the richest country in the world, does not have a state spon- sored Olympic Team. If that were the case as is with most other countries I wonder how much better we would do if our Olympians had nothing else to worry about except their own sport? Although I suspect the majority of our Olympic athletes are very much the cream of the crop. It also seems like many of the smaller countries are field- ing some very good teams. Then there is the issue of ten to twelve time zones between us and the games. I recall one of the kids in Family Circus asking why the after- noon in Greece comes so much earlier than ours. Have a great week! Letter to editor Need for affordable health care Many Minnesotans are worried about affordable health care, with good reason. Since 2000, health care premiums have climbed by $2,600 and four million Americans have lost their coverage. To make matters worse, the average Minnesota household is paying more than $11,000 a year for health care, health care costs in our state are growing 250 percent faster than our wages, and nation- ally, prescription drug prices have grown four times faster than infla- tion. Clearly, we are heading in the wrong direction when it comes to keeping health care and pre- scription drugs affordable. It's time to start moving in the right direction. On the state level, the Senate Democrats introduced a plan to make MinnesotaCare coverage available for small- and start-up businesses that cannot afford to offer their employees health care insurance plans. On the national level, Sen. John Kerry and Democrats are seeking to cut family premiums by up the $1,000 a year by reducing the enormous paperwork and administrative processing costs that eat up 25 cents of every health care dollar spent. They also support the re- importation of safe prescription drugs from Canada to lower costs for consumers. Adequate health care coverage for every Minnesotan is a worthy goal and health care should be available to people regardless of their employment status. If we fail to act soon, the physical and financial health of an ever-increas- ing number of families will he threatened. We must move for- ward with policies that make affordable health care a right -- not a privilege -- for every American. Sincerely, Jim Vickerman State Senator, Dist. 22 uP We welcome your participation, whether in letters or commentary. If possible, please make your submission by e-mail to sentrib@rrc- Conventional mail address is Sentinel Tribune, P.O. Box 98, Westbrook, MN 56183. Our Fax number is 507-274-6137. We require submissions be exclusive to us in our market area. All must include writ- ers name, address, and day time telephone number. Letters should be brief, up to 250 words, other submissions should be no longer than 500 words. Original items can not be returned unless the writer would pick them up at the office or send self addressed stamped envelope. No items will be kept longer than 30 days. We reserve the right to refuse publication of any submitted letters or stories. WORLD l00oRt./,, AI BaH... 00Stories from the Batt Cave" Things I Have Learned It does no one any good to nod while on the telephone. Immediately after filling your vehi- cle with gas, you will drive by a gas station offering a lower price. Sharp students do not cut classes. The best revenge is to forgive. You only go down the slide head- first once. If your power goes off, do not try to shave with your electric razor. Farm fences need to be horse high, pig tight and bull strong. The words that soak into your ears are whispered, not yelled. You know that you are watching too much "rv if you can name over 10 professional golfers. A mouse trap placed on top of the snooze button on an alarm clock will prevent you from oversleeping. An electric pencil sharpener makes a very poor nail clipper. Don't worry about your memory unless others have begun to worry about your memory. It's not really windy unless you have snow in your yard that originat- ed in Alberta or Nebraska. After an accident, the driver yelling the loudest is usually the one who is at fault. We need more schools and fewer buses. People hate to hear about what it is that you hate. You should not wish for apples when you could be planting trees. Never order a zombie in a bar in Haiti. Good deals and bad deals even out. You can deal with most anything in life if your favorite food comes with it. Nobody on their deathbed ever wishes that they had watched more "IV. To get out of the way of emer- gency vehicles. It is a matter of life and death. The person who suggests splitting a restaurant bill evenly is always the person who ordered the most expen- sive meal. Everything is always okay at the end. If it's not okay, it's not the end. Put the ingredients you like best on the bottom bun, that way they are least likely to fall off your hot d'anit0rs' are the chief cause of dust. Never take a green light at face value. Never park near a car that needs extensive bodywork. One should never eat lutefisk for the first time. Your children may leave home, but their stuff will be in your attic and basement forever. Enjoy the taste of praise, but don't swallow it. If someone says that they are doing something for your own good, they are most likely not. The best food is always that which you grew up with. When lost, look for satellite dish- es. They always point south. Interchangeable parts never are. You never, forget how to catch a cold. Any food eaten in the movie the- ater has no calories. Kids should learn more about laundry. Photographs should be labeled and labeled quickly. Opera singers don1 like it when audience members join in. Ants have a lot of back problems caused by lifting 20 times their own weight. You can try fighting fire with fire, but remember that the fire depart- ment uses water. Bamum was wrong. There's a fool bom every second. Life is simpler when you plow around the stumps. Nostalgia isn what it used to Most cars are designed to much higher speeds than the driver can handle. Broken items always have many parts. When cutting down a tree, park at least twice as far from tree as the tree is tall. The fact that you live within distance of a farm does not you a farmer, by You can never lose friends listening. Never put off to the last what you could do during the ond-to-the-last minute. I'm really glad that som invented peanut butter. The worst pencil is better best memory. Why trust your ory when you could write down? Always smell a used sofa you buy it. Never buy used underwear. Vending machines prove falling doesnt improve the snacks. People with cell phones call radio shows. It's better to say `thank you" it's not warranted than to miss ing "thank you" when it was Always ask first. Don't live your life with O"1. Life is like a camel. You can it do anything except back up. If you have never stubbed a you're probably standing still. We get spring once begun. It's not the number of take that matters. What what takes our breath away. -AI Batt 2004 71622 325 St. Hartland, MN 56042 Sentinel Tribune Thomas Merchant Roxy Soil Tom Merchant Junette Merchant Nancy Goring Joan Spielman Carolyn Van Loh Teri Herder (ISSN 875O-3905) Managing Editor Ad Layout & Office Manager Advertising Sales Westbrook Office& Production Production Production assignment reporter 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 Peach). Elsewhere in Minnesota $29.00 per year. Out of the State $34.00 per year. Canada and foreign countries inquire at the Sentinel Tdbune 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. 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