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- - - _ - L,~,t,,t .UL.-,&a.L.~ ~ia" - _ J iilIHl!lll~ P. 2 THURSDAY, JULY 15, 2010 The View From... R.u :ral F o r a s farmers here are looking around for a doesn't flourish very well in socialist long as I can re- new place that to them might be more dictatorships. Take Zimbabwe, where member, farm- politically amenable to their agricul- awonderful farm system was system- ers have been tural businesses. No need to recap atically trashed by Mugabe and his eyeing other the growing list ofenvironmentel and murdering thugs. Take the old Soviet countries to mi- financial and legal woes our guys are Union, where several million middle grate to as they facing now, but here is a biggie, a real class farmers were permanently har- dream of better bad news bear that has more than a vested from the living and planted in soils, better political climates, better few fellows extremely upset: The new mass graves during the building of tax schemes, new leases on life. tax code is going to do away with the the collectives and state farms. The Back in the seventh grade, circa $250,000 annual"expensing" al!owed Soviet Union thereafter struggled 1958, a whol.e family from north of fmOrn:~2~.;~h0!nery and reduce it to a constantly to have enough food and town packed up and went to Aus- e ~ , . . often was embarrassed to have to tralia. A few years later most of its As anyone in.f .m..~xing today .knows, import grairi grown by U.S. farmers. members returned, and Inever knew the $250.000 hmxt on the optmn to Social democracies, however, often why. expense an item or items rather than seem more enlightened and willing to In 1963 my father scouted Alberta, applying a standard depreciationspend huge subsidies to keep a vital Canada, and its Peace River valley, schedule, was a great help in smooth- farming system based on modified dreaming of starting over at 44. He ing out the good years with the bad private ownership going. Europe, backed off, and never would admit, ones. After the banner 2007, many Canada, Australia and we come to really, why he didn't go for it. I like to farmers almost had to take advan- mind. think he looked on a map and saw it tage of the expensing to reduce their Sure,American farmers have had a was very near the Arctic Circle with huge-anyway tax burdens, lot of help through time from govern- a growing season ofjust over six days Manufacturers loved the hand- ment. It has been, for the most part, and six nights, some expensing allowance, because a partnership that wound up with Then the old former Soviet Union farmers could walk in and buy some- a surplus for the masses and fairly thing comes up over and over. Some thing significant in a recession, where tough times for the growers, whose go and stay a long time. Others just leaders call for job creation, but per- per unit margins shrank and shrank contemplate the deep, rich soils and sist in making policies that actually against higher costs, including infla- the cheap prices in places. Some dis- curtail creation. If a farmer bought tion, while they still had weather to trust the politicalhistory and tenden- machinery and paid $250,000, he battle. After government expandbd cies there, and with good reason, un- could expense it on his tax forms crop and revenue insurance, most less you go for genocide, dictatorships, and save enough money to buy a new could breathe a little easier. Now capricious and arbitrary seizures of pickup truck and a car for his wife this administration wants to cut property, work career ending in St- or spend elsewhere into the sagging crop insurance programs, while more beria. It's historical fact, not political economy. That would tend to keepAmericans than ever are turning to statement. Save vehemence for truth, factories open and union workersfood stamps for groceries. I say. Brazil and Argentina have also inside employed. I get if, and I didn't enticed a number of American farm- go to Harvard law school. JimSuberisanaward-winningfarm, ers. And so, it kind of seems as if re- ranch, and rural life columnist resid- Now lately, some of the more savvy ally efficient, productive agriculture ing on Rural Route No. 8, Topeka. We're now in the four weeks in which Statehouse insiders hold their breath and wonder if they'll be able to tell what the general philosophy of the Kansas House of Representatives is going to be in the next two years. Individual voters plight their troth with one state representative while the I governor, lobbyists, state agency chiefs and to some degree, the Kansas Senate---look at the House issue-by-issue as one unit of government. That's why senators in the middle of their four- year terms are intensely ' interested in how the pri- mary election turns out. It gives lobbyists and special At The Rail interest groups a chance to by Martin Hawver assess prospects for issues that they support, ranging .... ~. from reproductive issues to specific tax issues to chang- es in school law, insurance regulations and such. For the past eight years, it's basically been the gov- ernor and the Senate and a combination of Democrats and moderate Republicans in the HouSe who have run the state. They've had the votes to get most of their moderate agenda through the Legislature using just that coalition. But, everything changes maybe--depending on which Republicans make it through the Aug. 3 primary election and what happens to the delicate balance in the House. Essentially, the entire face of Kansas state government could change, good for some, not good for others. Practically, Kansas is a Republican state, and in shift to right many districts, the winner of the Republican primary is the odds-on winner of the House seat. But--and Democrats have used this to their ad- vantage for years there is always a chance that the Republican nominee is way too conservative, way too opinionated or just doesn't seem to be a good fit for the district. That's when voters in a majority Republican district may elect a Democrat. There are quite a few Democrats in the Kansas House who represent majority- Republican districts. So, while most K .an. sans are sizing up the candidate they see on their doorsteps, there are folks who are look- ing for, trends, for the House as a whole. And that trend will be established to a large degree in the Republican primaries. Gripe about the 1-cent sales tax? Sounds good, but nobody believes the Legislature is going to raise taxes again. Just won't happen. One man-one woman marriages? The issue is settled at the state level, any changes or interpretations of that issue will come through the courts, not the Legislature. What's it looking like to people who deal with the Legislature as a whole? Unclear. Very unclear. The insiders expect anti-tax, anti-spending gambits to work in a lot of districts at the primary election level. It's going to take a dab more finesse at the general elec- tion, because there's no sense that taxes are going up again, or that spending isn't going to be cut more in the next session. It's the primary hurdle that will set the stage for the "real" election. These next few weeks may well tell the story ofjust what sort of House the insiders are going to deal with for the next two years. Syndicated by Hawver News Company LLC of Topeka; Martin Hawver is publisher of Hawver's Capitol Report to learn more about this statewide political news serwce, visit the website at WHAT A CHILD LEARNS ABOUT VIOLENCE A CHILD LEARNS FOR LIFE, Teach carefully. We can show you how. Call 877-ACT-WISE for a free brochure or visit Early detection can save your life. call to see if you qualify for a free screening Toll Free: 1:877-277-1368 www. preventionworkskansas,com A message from the Kansas Depadment of Health and Environment, Service, Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, and American i r THE 0 S K A L 0 0 S A County Seat Weekly--The Official Newspaper of Jefferson County Established 1860 Six Months Older Than The State Of Kansas THE OSKAIX)OSA INDEPENDENT Rock Doc column: Sum-mer rsy . . Kix valleys in the ancient rocks now in My finest memory from child- the Park. It's the steep sides of the hood is sailing a kayak my clever valleys that allow us to see the stro- brother had made out of plywood matolites and all the other features and canvas. The sailing adventure of the ancient was on a lake in Glacier National rocks. And it's Park. The wind was good, my be- the deep, majes- loved dog was tucked between my tic valleys that knees for ballast, and I scooted over take the breath the water like a rocket - or so it away and keep seemed to an ll-year old. I have a people coming black and white photo of that event back to Glacier (the world was black and white in National year those days), and I cherish it greatly after year. even though it's faded. Even a casual If you and your little ones still visitor to Amer- hope to get in a family camping ica's parks and trip this summer and make some gardens can learn a lot about Earth memories, there's no time to lose. history and the Ice Age. In Manhat- And with that in mind, let me tell tan's Central Park, for example, you a bit about the geology of Gla- some of the rocks show the effects cier National. Even if you only visit of Ice Age glaciation. Giant blocks it in prose, it can do your spirits good of rock moved many miles by gla- while you camp or explore nature in ciers, called "erratics" because they parks in local spots wherever you don't belong in the area, are littered live across the nation. And what around the Park. And the bedrock geologists have learned in Glacier shows deep striations or grooves National is helping them interpret carved by the rocks trapped in the current tectonic events in the Hima- glacier as it moved. So even in urban layas and the Andes. areas, the natural world can speak But let's start at the beginning, to us if we are in the frame of mind The rocks of Glacier National are to listen. ancient, going back to over a bil- By the way, besides sailing that lion years ago. And they are well- kayak, another fine event in Glacier preserved. They are sedimentary National stands out in my mind. and show us simple fossils from that Near streams and in the lowlands ancient time. The fossils are colonial there were plenty of huckleberries clumps, if you will, of single-celled to pick. What can be better than for- creatures that lived in the ancient aging for your own food on summer seas. We call them "stromatolites," vacation when you are a town kid and they and the chemistry of the used to hot lunches at school? I owe rocks in which we find them help my parents a lot, I think, in giving scientists understand the climate me those early memories. and atmosphere of that ancient Now that I'm older I realize one time. reason we made road and camping Long after the stromatolites,'the trips when I was a kid was that rocks were deformed by the great spending time away from home crunch of ancient tectonic plates, in that mode doesn't cost as much This formed an enormous fault as some other means of having a called the Lewis Overthrust that get-away. But the fact that local moved rocks up to 50 miles laterally, park visits or camping trips are low It was all part of the events that budget doesn't mean they are low helped make the ancestral Rocky value. Mountains, similar to events hap- Seize the day this summer, in pening in major mountain chains our National Parks or someplace in South America and Asia today, closer to home. Picking up rocks or Now fast-forward with me from hunting fossils doesn't cost much, the ancient part of Earth history and the soul you enrich may be your to the much more recent Ice Age. own. This was the period that enormous glaciers covered much of North America. It's my favorite part of Dr. E Kirsten" PeteP~~, a native,.~ .~ . the history, when woolly mammoths rural Northwest, was traine~as a.geoloJ and saber tooth tigers roamed our gist at Princeton and Harvard. Follow land her on the web at and on Twitter @RockDocWSU This Column Glaciers are superb agents of era- is a service of the College of Sciences at sion and they made deep, majestic Washington State University Dear Editor, Can your read,rs provide any biographical information on the quizzical life of Sgt Boston Corbett, the man who shot President Abra- ham Lincoln's assassin John Wilkes Booth? I am seeking available literature, (old newspaper re~rts, references, journal articles) oa Corbett's mid 1800s existance. A silver trove attributed to Corbett and discovered in Boston's South Cove District has generated great local interest in Corbett and his back- ground and involvment in Booth's death Please send your responses to David J. Morrissey-Payne, Pagnano Towers, 109 Curtis Ave., Quincy, MA, 02169 or contact the Independent. David J. Morrissey-Payne. Cindy 1 iLetters--- i Williams / Meadowlark / It happened under the cover of }! darkness, death was lurking in the r Jl] ! District / shadows. Like a cowardly, stealthy i Extension / burglar. The criminal act? Abandon- Agent / merit, abuse and neglect. During the overnight hours of Food, Nutrition, FNP //Wednesday, July 7, an unknown person or persons, abandoned a 36- by-20-inch plastic tote at the froht 4-H and Youth / door of the Jefferson County Humane I KSU Research and Extension I Society. Inside, were 12 young pup- , I email: ] pies. The lid was left on top of the container with no air holes to allow breathing. By morning when staff Here is some key information on began arriving, six of the puppies the safety of seafood from the gulf. had already suffocated. All the pup- - Although crude oil has the paten- pies vbere covered in urine and feces, tial to taint seafood with flavors and with the remaining six struggling to odors caused by exposure to hydro- survive. carbon chemicals, the public should This was a horrific sight for anyone not be concerned about the safety of to have to see, but especially for JCHS seafood in stores at this time. personnel, a group with a passion for, ", Fish and shellfish harvested and full commitment to saving the ! from areas unaffected by the closures lives of helpless animals in Jefferson are considered safe to eat. County. Today, the six survivors are Federal and state waters closed slowly recovering. With great love, due to contamination from the oil careand extra attention, the staff has J spill will only be re-opened for har- done a remarkable job saving these ]! vesting after it has been determined little ones. that seafood harvested from those Now that the horror, sadness, and areas is safe for consumption, anger have subsided, shelter staffand The dispersants being used to board members can't help but wonder combat the oil spill do not accumulate if there was anything we could have in seafood and therefore there is no done to prevent the inhumane death public health concern from them due of the first six puppies. to seafood consumption. FDA will I remind you that this is'not the continue to monitor the use of dis- first time we have dealt with people persants and evaluate any changes dumping animals in sealed contain- in their use or composition, ers. I have heard the excuse that Safe homemade ice cream maybe someone was trying to do the Jul may be National Ice Cream right thing by turning them over to montli, but ice cream is a favorite us. Well ironically, the underside of treat year around. Do you make the lid has a decal and molded warn- homemade ice cream? If so, be sure to ing not to let children play in the make it safe for you and your guests container due to risk of suffocation. with safe eggs. Puppies breathe the same air us hu- Tradition says that homemade ice mans do. The average person would cream should use raw eggs. Protect never think of putting an animal in a 1 yourself from the danger of possible closed container for a minute let alone Salmonella infection by using a home- over night. This behavior is totally made ice cream recipe made with a and completely inexcusable. cooked egg base, made without eggs The Jefferson County Humane or made with commercial pasteurized Society has offered help to numerous egg substitutes.Egg mixtures used in community members with spaying making cooked bases for ice cream or neutering of their pets. And many are safe if they reach 160 degrees F times the offer is refused. The inci- when tested with thermometer. At dence of accidental litters is out of this temperature, the mixture should control. Shelters all over the country coat a metal spoon, are overflowing because of ignorant Every year homemade ice cream and irresponsible pet owners. Thou- causes outbreaks of Salmonella in- sands of dogs and cats are euthanized fection with up to several hundred (killed!) in shelters around the coun- victims at church picnics, family re- try every day simply to make space unions, and other large gatherings, for more. From 1996 to 2000 ( the latest Jefferson County Humane Society year for which surveillance was cam- isa No-Kill shelter and because of pleted), 17 outbreaks resulting in that policy, we are often full. I en- more than 500 illnesses in the United courage all of you in this community Ststes were traced to Salmonella to stand up and be very loud about bacteria in homemade ice cream, your feelings. Those puppies did not according to the Centers for Disease deserve to die! Control and Prevention. The ingredi- In order to maintain some of my ent responsible for the outbreaks is own dignity and not. embarrass my raw or undercooked eggs. fellow board members I will refrain from sharing the complete rage I feel inside for the spineless act towards those 12 innocent puppies. There are ~, ~0~Nt"r' no excuses. Yes, I am a board mem- ~hN__ ,~ C~tV~ A~I= ber of the Jefferson County Humane -[HI ~ ~ P. Society. But first and foremost, I am an animal lover. And right now I'm also an outraged resident of Jefferson County. i l --Keith Hayme, Meriden CARD OF THANKS The family of Cora Marie Crawford Bender wishes to express a heartfelt thank you to everyone for all the act, s of kindness shown us during Mom s illness and passing. Your thoughts, prayers, many cards, visits, wonderful food, flowers, and memorials were greatly appreciated. Thanks to Gus Barnett and his staff at the funeral home for their kindness during this sad time. A very special thanks to Jefferson County Hospice who helped make Mom more comfortable throughout her illness and treated her with the dignity and respect she deserved. Your kindness will never be forgotten. ~ 4-46-itc CARD OF THANKS The family of Norman W.:Wil4, Laguna Woods, Calif., wishes to thank all friends and family who attended his funeral, sent floral tributes, cards, or memorial gifts. Contributions in memory of Mr. Wild may be made to the McLouth First Baptist Church or to the Alzheimer Association, http://act. 4-Xtp "The Independent" is the title of a weekly newspaper which is now published in Oskaloosa, Kansas, commencing on the eleventh day of July, 1860, and devoted to LITERATURE, LOCAL AND GENERAL NEWS, COMMERCIAL INTELLIGENCE, BANK-NOTE AND MARKET REPORTS, Departments for THE FARM,THE GARDEN AND HOUSEHOLD, a td all the leading features of a good FAMILY & BUSINESS PAPER.The Independent will be controlled by no Party, Sect of Clique, but, as its name indicates, will be independent on all subiects, (not neutral,) and in all respects up with the times-'a live paper" fearlessly'following whereTruth shall lead the way, careful of others' rights, firmly maintaining its ow . ....... In conducting this enterprise, theproprietor brings to his aid the valuable knowledge acquired inTenYears Experience as an Editor and Publisher, and knowing no such word as fail, he feels confident of success, and hopes to meet a kind and welcome reception among new acquaintances and future friends. Until the undersigned arrives at his future home tO take charge of the office, the business and local interest of the paper will be conducted by J,W, Day, Esq,, Oskaloosa, Kansas, to whom applications should be made ] ~ ~-[A~/I~'~~ I 'or letters addressed. J.W. Roberts, Proprietor Reprinted from the first issue of the Oskaloosa Independent July 11, 1860. i (USPS 412-940) Postmaster: Send address changes to: The Oskaloosa Oskaloosa Office Information Independent Staff A legal Jefferson County Newspaper and the official independent, P.O. Box 278, Oskaloosa, KS 66066. P.O. 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