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By Connie Wimer You often hear these days that weve lost our way in America, that were fighting among ourselves, forsaking future generations, and forgetting about what matters most our communities. As a 50-some-year-resident of Des Moines, Iowa, I just dont think thats true. I know that the citizens in this community know what matters. We sacrifice for our children. Sure, we have our problems, but more often than not, we work out our differences to make our communities thrive. We care. But too often there seems to be a disconnect between our communities and our government.
By Bill Toone Gas prices and consumer frustrations are spiraling up across the nation. Besides the pain to our wallet is the knowledge that much of the profits, if not captured by mega-corporations like ExxonMobil, are funneled into Middle Eastern countries. Some of those countries are self-professed enemies of the United States while others may be a training ground for terrorists. Where does our fuel go? In California, more than 5 percent of our energy consumption is simply to pump water from places that have it to places that don't.
By Sheldon Richman Empire -- sorry, benevolent hegemony -- has its price. Terrorism is one. Every empire in history probably had terrorism directed at it, because it's one of the few weapons available to relatively weak nonstate adversaries. Another, less dramatic price is the determination of other countries' rulers to go their separate ways.
By William L. Bainbridge Newsweek's national list of "America's Best High Schools" unfortunately has become a one-stop shop for both fact and fiction in school ratings. Since Americans love ratings, the May 16th issue of the newsmagazine created wide interest. It was their 4th tabloid-like attempt to identify the top high schools across the states. By publishing this list, Newsweek misleads the public and often ignores deserving high schools that are better than some of those on the list. Newsweek ranked the "top" 1,200 public high schools in America by assigning a precise number.
By Tammy Swift You know the old saying about selling ice to an Eskimo? I am the Eskimo. I would buy not only the ice but also a refrigerated semi to transport it and a walk-in freezer to keep it cold. When it comes to spending, I am arguably the most suggestible person on the planet. Salespeople love me. Home-party hostesses shiver with delight when I walk in the door. In Mexico, where roadside gifts can be purchased for $3, I shelled out so much for a rug that my sister asked me if I intended to fly it home. Naturally, my gullible consumption drives my frugal spouse crazy.
Here's a phrase I just learned this past weekend: word nerds. It describes folks who like words, language lovers, if you will. And there was a considerable buzz this past weekend about the young word nerds competing in the National Spelling Bee. Thirteen-year-old Katharine Close correctly spelled "ursprache," which means language, to become the first girl since 1999 - and the first contestant from New Jersey - to win in the history of the contest. Friday night's competition was her fifth national bee.
The MAHS baseball Tigers won the sub-section championship, #19 of 6AA, with their 6-2 win over the Breckenridge Cowboys Thursday at Chizek Field. In this revival of an old District 21 rivalry, coach Lyle Rambows squad prevailed in front of a fan turnout estimated at over 400, on a great night for baseball, Rambow said. For the first time in three playoff games, Morris Area failed to score in the first inning. It was Breckenridge getting the early edge with two runs in the bottom of the first inning.
There will be an open house bridal shower for Emily Koehl, bride-to-be of Scott Strahm, on Saturday, June 10, from 9 to 11 a.m., at the Apostolic Fellowship Center. Please bring a favorite recipe. An open house bridal shower in honor of Andrea McGhan, bride-to-be of Joshua Payne, will be held on Saturday, June 10, from 10:30 a.m. to noon, at the Morris Senior Center. Joshua is the son of Dan and Gayle Payne and grandson of Glenn and Lenore Nissen of Benson and Bud and Betty Payne of Starbuck.
15 Years Ago May 21, 1991 Sun Sam is coming home again for Memorial Day and will be greeted at the ceremony by a large number of fellow Smiths, the living descendants of flesh and blood Samuel Smith. "Sam" is a bronze statue in Summit Cemetery, a replica of one honoring the First Minnesota that stands on the battlefield at Gettysburg to commemorate a charge that may have saved the Union.
Years ago, didn't they call eggs, "Nature's perfect food?" Then, all of sudden, they were bad for you, and now I think they're good for you again. So, I have some egg and cheese bake things that I've made quite a few times. Quiche Lorraine 1 (9 inch) unbaked pie shell 6 eggs 1 1/2 C. milk 1 T. dry onion 1 tsp. salt 1/2 tsp. prepared mustard (not dry) 1/4 tsp. pepper 1/2 C. chopped ham or bacon 1/2 C. shredded Cheddar cheese Fry bacon to crisp and crumble or chop ham in cubes.