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Wednesday, January, 20, 2010 = Commentarv / Oninion = I Jk Opposite Poles iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii 00ii00iiiiiii!iiiiiiii00 Harry Reid is no Trent Lott !!!! ii iiiiiiiiiiBii ] A falling doctrine PORSTEWART, NORTHERN IRELAND -- A familiar philosophical question goes like this: If a tree falls in the forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound? Here's another: Ifa doctrine falls, will enough believers admit they were wrong and withdraw support for policies associated with it? The "doctrine" of global warming, now euphemistically called "climate change," suffered a severe blow last week as much of Europe was buried in record amounts of snow and sub-freezing temperatures. "Experts" who believe in global warming, uh climate change, went on television where they bravely tried to make a distinction between weather, which they said was about what happens today, and climate, which is long term. Most of it fell on deaf -- and cold -- ears as growing numbers disbelieve the "experts," relying more on their own "lying eyes." Writing Sunday in London's Daily Mail, columnist David Rose analyzed recent scientific data amassed by eminent climate scientists. Rose says that far from a warming planet, "The bitter weather afflicting much of the Northern Hemisphere is only the start of a global trend towards cooler weather that is likely to last tbr 20 or 30 years." Rose cites data from the U.S. National Snow and Ice Data Center in Colorado, which found that, "Arctic summer sea ice has increased by 409,000 square miles, or 26 percent, since 2007." This, he says, challenges "some of the global warming orthodoxy's most deeply cherished beliefs, such as their claim that the North Pole will be free of ice by the summer of 2013." During last month's climate summit in Copenhagen, more than 150 scientists with backgrounds in climate science wrote an open letter to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, a global warming believer. The letter begins, "Climate change science is in a period of 'negative discovery' -- the more we learn about this exceptionally complex and rapidly evolving field the more we realize how little we know. Truly the science is not settled." The scientists challenge 10 of the main claims of the global warming-climate change true believers and write, "...there is no sound reason to impose expensive and restrictive public policy decisions on the peoples of the Earth without first providing convincing evidence that human activities are causing dangerous climate change beyond that resulting from natural causes. Before any precipitate action is taken, we must have solid observational data that recent changes in climate differ substantially from changes observed in the past and are well in excess of normal variations caused by solar cycles, ocean currents, changes in the Earth's orbital parameters and other natural phenomena." That seems more than reasonable, but politicians in Europe and America want to rush through additional restrictions on how we live in order to seize more power. This is the major reason for their panic attack. As new scientific evidence adds to the body of information, history and common sense, the power grab by the politicians is in peril. The hurry-up offense, to employ a football term, is being used to rush through legislation before the defense can devise an effective response. But the defense is now on the offense, and the offense is being forced to poorly play defense. Should we do nothing about our consumption of petroleum? No, we should use this window of opportunity to decrease our reliance on petroleum; not because of"climate change, '' but to deprive the oil-producing nations of money too many of them use to underwrite terrorism. This should satisfy both the global warming disciples and deniers and make America and Europe less dependent on nations that wish to destroy our liberty. But threats to liberty are not limited to some oil-producing nations; they can also be found in the British Parliament and in the American Congress. The falling doctrines now make so much noise that only those without hearing fail to notice. (Direct all MAIL for Cal Thomas to: Tribune Media Services, 2225 Kenmore Ave., Suite 114, Buffalo, N.Y. 14207. Readers may also e-mail Cal Thomas at tmseditors@tribune.com.) Murphy is back Just out ... Murphy's New Law: If anything go wrong, it twill! Lee Kontur Bagley f This copy of your newspaper was mailed Wednesday, January 20, 2010 If you think you receive this edition late, please get a US Postal Service Consumer Card j T?-  " " (P.S. Form 4314-c) from your local post office. Fill it out and turn it in to your local post office. This is the only way to improve mail service! There's no such thing as an "off-the-record" comment. That's usually one of the first lessons any politician learns. But poor Harry Reid had to learn it the hard way. After 44 years in politics, Senate Majority Leader Reid should have known better than to expect his "off-the-record" comments about Barack Obama to stay off the record. Instead, they exploded in his face as one of the juiciest tidbits served up by Mark Halperin and John Heilemann in their new book, "Game Change." Reid told the authors early in 2008 he was confident Obama would do well at the head of the national ticket because he was "light- skinned" and didn't speak with a "Negro dialect, unless he wanted to have one." Ironically, as Halperin revealed on my radio show, Reid was actually trying to praise Obama. In fact, Halperin and Heilemann walked out of .their meeting believing their big scoop was that Reid, while publicly neutral in the primary, had encouraged Obama to run for president and was privately supporting him -- in order to block the nomination of Hillary Clinton. But it was Reid's use of the words "light- skinned" and "Negro" that got all the attention. Reid immediately called President Obama to apologize, and Obama accepted his apology, but that didn't stop Republicans Michael Steele, Jon Kyl and John Cornyn from calling Reid a racist and demanding that he resign -- comparing his fate to that of an earlier Republican majority leader. It's just like Trent Lott, they insisted. If Lott had to resign because of unfortunate remarks he made, then so should Reid. And the fact that Democrats weren't also demanding Reid's head on a silver platter, fumed John McCain, represented a "stunning double standard." Oh, please. Don't insult our intelligence. The two aren't even close. Anybody with halfa brain can see there's a big difference between Trent Lott and Harry Reid. Back in December 2002, presiding over arch- segregationist Strom Thurmond's 100th birthday, Lott bragged: "When Strom Thurmond ran for president, we voted for him. We're proud of it. And if the rest of the country had followed our lead, we wouldn't have had all these problems over the years, either." Off the cuff or not, Lott was clearly saying we'd all be better off if Thurmond had defeated Harry Truman in 1948 and presumably carried out the agenda he laid forth when announcing for president: "And I want to tell you, ladies and gentlemen, that there's not enough troops in the Army to force the Southern people to break down segregation and admit the "n .... "race into our theatres, into our swimming pools, into our homes and into our churches." By contrast, Reid encouraged America's first African-American president to run for the job, campaigned for him, and has been his chief ally in Congress since Obama got to the White House. In other words, Reid was supporting a black man for president; Lott was supporting a white supremacist. How can anybody compare the two? Nor, by the way, is "Negro" a racist term. It's inartful. It's awkward. It's right out of the '50s. But it's not racist. Just ask anybody connected with the United Negro College Fund, still thriving today. Checking the word "Negro" is also offered as an option, under race, on the 2010 Census form. There's one other important difference between Reid and Loll. President Obama immediately accepted Harry Reid's apology and vowed to move on. But, to this day, President George W. Bush has not uttered one word of forgiveness for Trent Lott. Why not? Because he knew that what Lott said was so repulsive. In the end, while he did phrase it clumsily, Harry Reid wasn't suggesting anything different than what most political commentators were saying: that Americans might not be ready to elect any African-American as president, they were ready to elect Barack Obama -- because he was such an attractive and articulate candidate. Colin Powell, in fact, who supported Obama for president, said the same thing about himself. When asked in 1995 to explain his appeal to white Americans, Powell explained: "I speak reasonably well, like a white person. And I ain't that black." Harry Reid was right. What worked for Colin Powell worked for Barack Obama. (Bill Press is host of a nationally syndicated radio show and author of a new book, "Train Wreck: The End of the Conservative Revolution (and Not a Moment Too Soon)." You can hear "The Bill Press Show" at his Web site: biUpressshow.com. His email address is: bill@ billpress, com. ) i i BE SAFE, BE SOBER I BEHIND THE WHEEL & LIVE! I i FARMERS INDEPENDENT lblished every Wednesday at Bagley, Clearwater County, Minnesota USPS 187-720 Periodical Postage paid at Post Office, Bagley, MN 56621 By FARMERS PUBLISHING COMPANY, INC. P.O. Box 130  Bagley, MN 56621 Subscription rates: $24 a year in these towns: Bagley, Clearbrook, Gonviak, Leonard, Pinewood, Shevlin. ($13.00 six months); $28.00 a year or $15 for six months in these towns: Fosston, Gully, Lake Itasca, Lengby, Solway, Trail. All other locations (in USA) $30.00 a year ($16 for six months). Snowbirds: Add $3.00 per year for those in local area who travel south for the winter (those heading south who do not subscribe as "snowbirds" will have regular subscription shortened by one month to make up for differ .... in postage); student 9 .... th rate is $23.00. Member The Publisher shall not be liable for slight changes and typographical errors that do not lessen the value of an advertisement. The Publisher's liability for other errors or omissions in connection with an advertisement is strictly limited to publication of the advertisement in any subsequent issue or the refund of any monies paid for the advertisement. The Publisher reserves the right to reject any advertisement. This newspaper is printed on recycled newsprint. Thomas Burford -- Manager / Editor Adeline Nelson -- Mailroom Dave Carr -- Commercial Printing Christopher J. Arnold -- ITS Jesslca Braaten --Ad Compositor Janet Schafer -- Maikoom Julie Rostvit -- Typesetter Teresa Olson -- Bookkeeper BOARD OF DIRECTORS: Ted Olson -- President Darol Melby -- Vice President Jim Michel -- Secretary/Treasuer Directors: Tom Larson, Carol Lindgren, Tamara Edevold and Mary Hayes THE MISSION OF THE FARMERS INDEPENDENT: To constantly strive for excellence and integrity in serving a growing community with local news. FARMERS INDEPENDENT, Bagley, Minnesota - Page 9 Wants county attorney to resign To the editor: Regarding the Jan. 13 Farmers Independent, I agree with Tom Burford, the county should continue to publish legal notices in the Independent. Commissioners Hayes and Newland did the right thing by voting against raising their salaries in these economic times (thanks Dean and Duane); and I thank Tom for publicly making the citizens aware of these types of issues. Also, thank you to Bern Vant Hul in support of his letter calling people to obey God's law -- not transgress it. God's law clearly states, "You shall not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination" Lev. 18:22. I do respectfully disagree with his last sentence in the first paragraph, which says, "We must keep in mind that we are all Christians and are all working toward the same ultimate goal." In Mt. 7:20-23, Jesus says, "We know people by their fruits," and because someone calls Jesus "Lord" does not mean they will enter into the kingdom of heaven. Jesus makes it clear only those that do the will of God will enter the kingdom of heaven. Jesus makes it clear that those people who willingly work iniquity (Greek 'ANOMEEAII' - means transgression of God's law) will be told by Jesus on that day, "I never knew you: depart from me," even though they called him "Lord." Lastly, I'm asking others to publicly join me in asking County Attorney Jeanine Brand to resign her position. If she is unwilling to resign, then I'm asking the County Commissioners to replace her, as they hired her. If the commissioners aren't willing to replace her, we need to do a petition or whatever legal means it takes to replace her. I both like and respect Attorney Brand, but object to her misuse of power in wronging people like the Jennings Sunderland family, and now Kathryn Bukovic. A jury has acquitted Bukovic of willful child endangerment - - allow her to get on with her life. Others wanting Attorney Brand replaced can call me at 218-776-2117 with input on how to proceed if Attorney Brand does not resign or the commissioners don't replace her. To stand by and watch people wronged and not do anything to help those people would also be wrong. Michael Davis Clearbrook To have and have not To the editor: Charlene Olson, the Clearwater County Treasurer, was quoted in Tricia Mathison's article as saying that she "realized it is hard to give yourself a raise," and that in order "to get good people to run they deserve good pay." And so, the County Board motioned to increase her wages; later in the board meeting a minimum wage was set for a variety of positions including the County Treasurer position. We can conclude many things from these comments: that good people do not do good things simply just to do them; good deeds cost good money; good government is expensive, and elected officials are privy to ignore economic crises. There are other angles of course. It seems that people who hold positions, positions where wages are paid out of taxpayers' money, have no trouble collecting bonuses or receiving pay increases despite the fact that their performances do not warrant such salary adjustments. This breakdown in logic begs a number of questions. Are we to pay extravagantly for services rendered even if those services are sub-par? Are these wage- earners living outside the reality of the American economy? Are they living outside the reality of their locale's economic situation? At the Constitutional Convention debates, Benjamin Franklin commented on ambition and avarice, stating, "There are two passions which have a powerful influence on the affairs of men...the love of power, and the love of money." He went on stating that if we placed upon one seat a means to power, and a means to wealth, men will "move heaven and earth to obtain it." He suggested that showering publicly elected officials with both power and money would lead not to government by the "wise and moderate, the lovers of peace and good order, the men fittest for the trust," but instead by the "bold and violent, the men of strong passions and indefatigable activity in their selfish pursuits." Perhaps there is something to be said about moderate wages when it comes to seats of power. The smaller a community the easier it is tbr men ot ambition and avarice to hoard and compartmentalize power and money. The easier it is for tyranny and who- you-know hiring to become status quo. And, the longer it goes unchecked the harder it becomes to displace it and revolutionize. Clearwater County is as poor and as desolate of opportunity as it has ever been. Why is that a fact? Why is that the way it is? Why is it that the educated must move away from Clearwater County to have any career pathways? Why is there is no industry in this area? Why do the loggers and the farmers struggle to stay above poverty? Why does our local government do nothing to fix these problems? Where is our government leading? Have Clearwater County's elected officials made Clearwater County a better place in their tenure as officials? Have they earned their raises? Cayle Halberg Shevlin Upset about commissioner raises To the editor: As I read the paper Jan. 6 edition of the Farmers Independent, I was upset the County Commissioners voted and gave themselves a raise. While so many in just Clearwater County either had lost their job or had hours cut at TEAM Industries; you hear other businesses cutting back; the county and townships continue to make budget cuts; and currently Social Security recipients will NOT receive a raise in 2010! But our County Cormnissioners who are voted in know their wage long before they run for office. "Maybe every four years when we are voting we could vote for a two percent raise for them or none!" As an employee and volunteer at our Bagley Senior Ienter, I have watched the cuts. Our Meals on wheels drivers volunteer their time, gas and wear and tear on their vehicle and also pay for their own meals. "They are true volunteers." I work as a volunteer driver for Polk County Bagley Senior Center, for example, the mileage has dropped from 60 cents to 50 cents a mile. Clearwater County dropped from 63.5 cents to 53.5 cents over the past 13 months. Gas is going up. A disturbed reader To the editor: teach and support her family. After reading the ,article Certainly not her children. titled "Double Jeopardy in the If this case only harms her Farmer s Independent, I was children, then we must ask quite disturbed. Katie Bukovic why it is being brought about. was found "not guilty" by a jury of 12. Why is that not the final outcome of this case? According to the article, the County and Social Services are now pursuing this through a civil case. This action could affect Katie's entire future as a teacher. Who is going to benefit from Katie Bukovic being unable to If the county has the option to withdraw the case, then we must ask why that is not being done. It seems to me that now the County and Social Services are going after a lifetime consequence for an accident. Where's the justice in that? Connie Krivich Brainerd Yes, I can quit, but who would take up the many drives a month that I am asked to do? Susan Olson Bagley A concerned Clearwater County taxpayer Forgery! To the editor: I received a call from a subscriber of your paper from down in the Lake Itasca area telling me that they liked my article that was in the Jan. 13 issue of the Farmers Independent. Boy, 1 was at a loss because I didn't remember writing a letter. My wifc, formerly from the Bagley area, receives your paper and we checked it out and found the article. Well, I agree with everything that was written, but I don't want to claim the fame of authoring the article. Maybe you can enlighten me as to who wrote the article and giye them the credit. Tom Turney Bemidji Editor's note: The authorship remains a mystery. The letter was mailed with the name Tom Turney on the return address and the letter "signed" by Tom Tumey. This is a first in my career of someone forging another person's real name on a letter to the editor. Furthermore, one of our readers said his Medicare costs will not increase this year, according to a letter he received from Social Security, which refutes claims from the writer of the forged letter.