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SENTINEL TRIBUNE Wednesday, November 16, 2011 Page 4 BETWEEN THE LINES ,,L~>~,~'~:~, ~ :~+~,~,, . By Tom Merchant - Sentinel Tribune -- Playing with a stacked deck . The past two weeks 60 Minutes has run segments on their program regarding federal law makers. Two weeks ago it aired a segment on former lobbyist and businessman Jack Abramhoff. Abramhoff was a well connected Washingtonian who went afoul of the law and did prison time for insider trading and other illegal business practices. He told 60 Minutes that he controlled the offices of over 100 federal legislators. He referred to owning them. In other words he controlled a pretty big chunk of con- gress, having a huge influ- ence on legislation in favor of his clients. He also said every time congress passes any kind of lobby reform, the lobbyists figure ways around it very quickly. Another thing he said was the only way to clean up lobbying is to ban any person that is connected to any congressional office from ever being a lobbyist. If you think there is a snowballs chance in hades of that happening, then you have to be sniffing glue or something. Poor and middle class zero, rich and powerful one. Last week, 60 Minutes also aired a segment on insider trading. Wall Street does not look favorably on insider trading. I really don't have a clue how often it happens, but after watch- ing this segment I suspect it happens more often than you might think. What I was really dum- founded about was the fact that congress is exempt from the insider trading laws. Imagine that! The folks at 60 Minutes found many of our congressional leaders that became very wealthy in a very short time, and they did nothing illegal to get it. I have come to the con- clusion that most politicians, at all levels of government, are self serving at times when it comes to legislative action. Whether it is taking money, trips, or just voting their own best interest, the deck is certainly stacked against us, that being the other 99 percent. The sad part about it is, that no matter who we vote in, the likelihood of any of that changing is very remote. Also, I really don't know what we can do to change things for the good of all, and not just the one percent. But then on the other hand, one can only hope we get some people elect- ed that will put ethics and people ahead of politics and money. Have a great week and do good! Plan to attend the 20th Annual Conference for Young Writers on January 5, 2012 at Southwest Minnesota State University in Marshall. The conference is for stu- dents in grades 3-8 and will begin at 8:00 am with registration and end at 1:50 pro. This conference celebrates writ- ing and features a keynote presenta- tion and three hands on sessions that introduce students to authors, illus- trators and other types of communi- cators. Rebecca Fjelland Davis, author of picture books and young adult novels, is the keynote speaker. Through interaction with the pre- senters, students will discover their creative abilities and how to express their thoughts. Seventeen presenters will give classes on various kinds of writing: poetry, illustrating, journ- aling, fantasy or science fiction. In addition, students will create char- acters, give their creativity a jump start, break writer's block, write between the lines, bring an adven- ture to life, learn about graphic novels, explore the fast changing world of writing sports stories, try an interactive theatrical experience, and more. Looking for a Birthday or Christmas gift for that special child in your life - your daughter/son, niece/nephew, or grandchild? Consider paying the registration fee or taking them to the conference. It will be a great learning experience for the child as well as a great way to spend quality time with that spe- cial child. Students must be pre-registered and accompanied by an adult to attend the conference. The early bird registration deadline is November 22 with the final regis- tration deadline on November 29. Register early for a better chance that your child gets the classes they're most interested in. The con- ference brochure and registration form are available on SW/WC Service Cooperative's website: If you have questions, contact Andrea Anderson at andrea.anderson@ The letter J The letter J has been an important one in the alphabet of late as jobs pertaining to the economy has been much in the headlines as has J for the man Jobs, an eccentric, gifted motivated, accomplishing human being. His creative mind added much to world economy because of his achievements and they will con- tinue to do so. His demise was recent, but we continue to hear about him -- his $150 black turtle neck t-shirts worn with jeans, Minnesota made by the way, his biography recently pub- lished, his memory presented in memoirs by his sister, Mona Simpson, a novelist The Lost Father. He never did meet his real father. Steve Jobs valued the gift of life and certainly did take the opportu- nity to remind an assorted celebra- tory audience at a Stanford gradua- tion event in June 2005. To quote, "No one wants to die. Even people who want to go to heaven don't want to die to get there. And yet death is the destination we all share". He added, "Remembering that I'll be dead soon is the most impor- tant tool I've ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life." Like Jobs, we can also take note of this fact. He wanted to live; he did die! Ruth Johnson "Stories from the BaH Cave" What do you call your- self? I was driving on 1-90 across the southern part of Minnesota. It occurred to me that I have never heard anyone call it "south Minnesota" like someone might refer to "south Texas." It's south- ern Minnesota. I was motoring from a job in Rochester to another in Worthington. I got to thinking. I try to do that at least once a week. Sometimes I forget. Some words lend themselves to others well.. It's not always onomato- poeia. People from Albert Lea are Albert Leans. People who live in Austin are Austinites. People from my hometown could be either Hartlanders or Hartlandites. Who are you? Where are you from? And that makes you a what? I'll take "Who are you?" for $200, Alex. My neighbor tapes Jeopardy and watches each episode twice. He enjoys feeling like a genius during the second showing. We carry a local label based upon our place of residence. How do you identify yourself geographically? You are likely an American but what else are you? I grabbed a library book that stated that a resident's name is technically termed a demonym or a gentilic. A demonym can refer to the people who live in a city, township, country, state, county, region, etc. The book was Garner's Modern American Usage, which introduced me to the title, "denizen label." The historian George R. Stewart devised seven rules for naming denizens. Paul Dickson's Labels for Locals listed the seven rules as follows. 1. If the place name ends in -a or -ia, add -n (Minnesotan, Iowan, Wasecan, Owatonnan). 2. If the name ends in -i or sounded -e, add -an (Hawaiian). 3. If the name ends in -on, add -ian (Washingtonian, Bostonian). 4. If the name ends in -y, change the -y to an -i and add -an (Mason Citian). 5. If the name ends in -o, add -an (Mankatoan, Chicagoan). 6. If the name ends in a conso- nant or a silent -e, add either -ite or -er, depending on euphony (an agreeableness of sound) (Mainer, Israelite, New Yorker). 7. If the name ends in -polls, change that to -politan (Minneapolitan). What is a resident of Wells called? A Wellsite or a Wellser? A resident told me that he pre- ferred Wellsian. Cities that end in -s are difficult to fit. What are the residents of Hayward known as? Haywarders? Haywardites? Nothing wrong with Haywardians. Those in St. Paul are St. Paulites and those from Des Moines are--I don't know. Des Moinesers? Are those in Fairmont known as Fairmonters? I'm not sure what the good folks of Blue Earth call themselves and I've asked. Are they Blue Earthers? What are people from Geneva, Kiester, and Freeborn called? Freeborners has a nice sound. Kiesterites and Genevans? Are the inhabitants of New Richland known as New Richlanders? Are those living in Ellendale Ellendalers? Are those from Clarks Grove called Clarks Grovers or Clarks Grovites? How about the residents of Northwood, Lake Mills, Alden, Emmons, Conger, Waiters, Glenville, Mansfield, Matawan, Myrtle, London, Bath, Easton, Bertha, Westbrook, LeRoy, Walnut Grove, Sherburn, Bricelyn, Hewitt, Twin Lakes, Ceylon, Faribault, Dunnell, Ostrander, Lime Springs, Blooming Prairie, Elmore, Oliva, Hollandale, West Concord, Meriden, and Claremont. I apply the rules, but some don't apply well. They produce odd sound- ing names. Congerites or Congerers? I like Glenvillians better than Glenvillers, but both Myrtleites and Myrtlers have a certain ring to them. Some are meant to be. East Chain moves easily to East Chainers, as does Bird Island to Bird Islanders and Minnesota Lake to Minnesota Lakers. Are the people of Hope called Hopers? When the city is packed with people, are they Hopefuls? If Hope had a high school team, would its nickname be the Optimists? There are exceptions. There have to be exceptions or we wouldn't need rules. The resi- dents of Utah are called Utahns, residents of Phoenix, Arizona are Phoenicians, occupiers of Las Cruces, New Mexico are Crucens, and inhabitants of Independence, Missouri are Independents. Those from Michigan are officially Michiganians, but many prefer Michiganders. One who dwells in Cambridge, Massachusetts is called a Cantabridgian, the same as his or her counterpart in England. Those living in Los Angeles are Angelenos and Seattle residents are Seattleites. I talked with a fellow the other day who had moved more often than Laura Ingalls Wilder. He said that one place was pretty much like another. Does anyone believe that? Everywhere that is anywhere is different just like every other place. Even nowhere is. A rose by any other name would smell as sweet, but it would live somewhere else. 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