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eHera Le 4A-Wednesday, June 11,2003 Serving the MonDak area since stay toria ' Su area season Area officials, including Sidney Area Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture officials, have put together a summer of fun for area res- idents. It starts this Saturday with the annual Heritage Day activities, which includes a parade and then entertainment at Veterans Memo- rial Park in Sidney. That night, residents can hit the Miss Northeastern Montana Scholarship Pageant at Sidney Middle School. This is always a very entertaining and worthwhile event that audience members enjoy. Then on June 18-22, Sidney is again the host of the Montana State High School Rodeo Finals at the Richland County Fairgrounds. The hard work and dedication put forth by these young athletes is admirable, and we should support them and be great hosts again this year. In July, the popular Sunrise Festival of the Arts is scheduled for July 12 at Veterans Memorial Park. Fairview has its Old-timers Fes- tival July 18-20. On July 13, Restorx will host the first Sidney motocross race. Also, the fairgrounds will be rockin' July 4-5 with the second annual Sidney Summer Fest. Organizers of these events should be commended for their efforts. As a community we should do our best to support these events. Last year, poor attendance at some events was very disheartening. It's tough to tell area residents to shop locally first when many of us are heading out of town for fishing trips, shopping adventures, etc., on Friday afternoons. We must step forward and support these activities if we want to continue as a thriving community with quality events. We're not saying it's wrong to enjoy a weekend out of town, only how important it is to attend some of these area activities. Be sure to mark these fun events on your calendar now. @ recezves ca su With more than 90 youth regis- tered, Sidney is one step closer to getting a Boys and Girls Club. The push for this project started back in January with the Rich- land County Youth Summit Coalition doing the footwork. The idea of a youth-targeted after school program was the focus, and the Boys and Girls Club "bet- ter fit our needs," said Ronda Weln~ o0mmittee member. But the coalition hasn't had it easy. They have had several hills Publisher to climb - working on findihg a building, making sure the iriter- est in the community is there, and the continual question of financial support. Well, the building issue seems to be clos- er. With the closing of West Side School, school officials !and coalition organizers are worlfJng together to utilize this building. Sign-ups for the Boys and Girls Club were held at the end of May and more than 90 youth registered, I would say the interest is there. With these two items in order, the fund- ing oppor- tunities can begin Libby Berndt t h r o u g h grants, donations and fund-raising projects. It's never too early to teach our children how making the wrong choices can affect the rest of their lives. Through the Boys and Girls Club we can give youth the tools to make the right choices. Don't forget to sign your child up today, contact the Richland County Health Depart- ment, 221 5th St. S.W., Sidney. @ I "have always been fascinated with Siberian Huskies. So I got one. Siberian Huskies are not thedogs for "regular" dog own- ers. They are almost cat like. Inde- pendent, "not clingy, or con- stantly hungry for human acceptance," says "The Guide to the Siberian Husky." "They are friendlier and gentler than any human could hope to be. Friend- ly, outgoing, gentle and alert with an inherent Joie de vivre - boundless energy indicative of a true love for life." I would say huskies are kind of spirited like horses and wolves. No one really owns a Siberian Husky; I contain one in my home. Sophie was born Hal- loween 1999 in Hickory, N.C. It was getting close to Christmas and I wanted a puppy, so I went puppy hunting. I found the ad in the Charlotte Observer for Siberian Husky puppies seven weeks old. A lot of dog people had warned me negatively about the breed, the chewing, the shedding, the escape artists, the stupid ones, the not trainable ones, for experienced dog own- ers only, Siberian Huskies. When I walked in the door, a little sliver and white wolf- marked fuzz ball bounded up to me with one baby blue eye and one brown eye. She pounced on my shoelace and followed me to a couch were I sat. The precious cub-like fuzz ball of joy was trying to jump up on the couch when I picked her up, and said, "This is what I've been looking for," and I took her home with a book "The Guide to the Siberian Husky." In big bold print the book states the most important rule is "Never allow a husky to run loose ." Huskies are geneti- cally pro- grammed to run and they will with any given opportu- nity. They c ome from one , Ellen Robinson of the Reporter harshest climates on Earth, which calls for independent thinkers, sur- vivors and adapters. Resuliing in strong-willed behavior and random obedience. These quali- ties attribute to the breed being labeled has "difficult." They are not stupid, they are very smart which makes them harder to deal with, but it also makes them fun if you let it. Huskies thrive on change. The trick is to stay creative and one step ahead of the wily canines. They travel well and are bred to be easily traded, resulting in no real loyalty. Huskies are one of the oldest breeds and they were the first trade between the United States and Russia in Alaska. Siberian Huskies are one of the cleanest breeds of dogs; they don't usually have that "dog" smell. They are great trail dogs on a leash of course. Huskies are friendly and have no concept of the aggression from guard dog breeds; huskies just want to play chase, romp, pounce, jump and run. They do not usually play fetch; Sophie usually looks at whoever threw the ball with a "you go get it" expression on her face. BY SUZY GARFINKLE CHEVRIER On Father's Day, in addition to honoring my dad for all the blessings he bestows on my life, I honor him as my professional inspiration. No, I did not follow his footsteps into busi- ness. I founded an organization that pro- motes the teaching of parenting, relationship skills and empathy development in schools. My father provided the inspiration for The Parenting Project over 30 years ago when I heard him tell the story of bringing home his first baby from the hospital. "I looked down at the tiny, helpless infant," my dad said, "and I couldn't believe they trusted us to take her home with no classes or instruction manual." Knowing that baby was me made the story even more powerful. With that image, my father planted a seed. It was watered over the years as 1 began to see the magnitude of the responsibilities, knowledge and skills involved in parenting. When my youngest brother was born, I was nearly 10. Although he was an easy, happy baby, I saw how the presence of an infant changed all our lives. At age 16, when I challenged my mother, she threw her hands in the air in frustration and said, "I'm doing my best; I was only four years older than you are now when I had you." I never forgot that moment and vowed to prepa]:e myself and wait till I was older before~ becoming a morn. When my first daughter was born l 3 years later, I was nearly 30. Claire was cheerful and delicious; I was totally in love with her, but she slept only in short naps, even at night, and craved attention all her awake time. I was exhausted and overwhelmed. By then, I had read many parenting books, studied child development, traveled around the world, and worked in many fields including child care. "I looked down at the tiny, helpless infant, and I couldn't believe they trusted us to take her home with no classes or instruction manuaL" How did the many first-time mothers and fathers who were younger, less educated, less prepared, and had fewer resources pos- sibly manage? Most children go to school for at least 13 years. In that time, we teach them the geog- raphy of places they will never see, the his- tory of people and places long gone, and math skills more sophisticated than the majority will ever need. How could it be that raising the next gen- We are not alone. A recent vey indicated 88 percent of the adults favor parenting preparation and skills education in high school. percent of those polled favored those skills in elementary schools. Parenting education doesn't time or funding. A variety teacher-friendly programs are now able. Activities can be inte literature, science, social studies classes, capitalizing on the "real-life" learning. Skills applied immediately, to become more compassionate and live members of their families and rooms. Last year, New York became the to create a Parenting Education requirement for all high school Other states should to. When they will not only reduce the incidence pregnancy and youth violence, importantly, help the next fer less neglect, abuse fewer mental health problems. I have dedicated my life to this honor of my parents and children and f future generations. Happy Father's Dad. eration - the most important, complicated hnd challenging job in our society -'is or~e " "-Suz$ Clzeveie~i's the. Jo~lle ~nd Ni~talie. For more it for ~vhich we provide no universal training, ? abBut l?he Parenting i~ojTect, v~sit no mandatory preparation] nothifig besides in~iprojecorg or toll.free the occasional high school elective? E.. Too,,, FA I ; s--fi Lt. ki)o E ,IA ! ..... ;;..:...7-.7i ::!! BY DONALD KAUL I'm as willing to run a budget not giving him a big enough cut figured out two of the President Bush didn't get deficit in hard times as the next (although even the early years of truths about the American everything he wanted in the tax liberal - and Lord knows, these the bill that passed will produce ple in the 21st century. cut Congress passed recently; he are h~d titnes for a growing "a bigger gut than a sh ~ 1);We have the got more. " ..... nuinber oT i~6ple'-=odt these tak .'for). " " .... "le~tiv~ m~embry df a Yes, I know, he proposed acuts ensure we will run huge The manisobviouslyagenius.2) We'll believe $726 billion cut over l0 years, budget deficits forever. Ana- I take my hat off to him. (I'm long as it's on television. and Congress only gave himlysts estimate the Bush cuts, just hoping my head doesn't So Bush will say what has been advertised as a with their inevitable extensions, come off with it.) needs to say and do $320 billion cut. But, as with will produce a $3 trillion short- There was a time when I and hardly anyone will much advertising, that last fig- fall in revenue over the next l0 thought a disastrous plan like And he'll launch a massive ure shouldn't be taken seriously, years, pro~lucing a average this one would reap a whirlwind vision campaign for The $326 billion cut is merely annual deficit of $420 billion, of discontent. I would have paid for by the people a down payment; there is an Here is what that means: Bye- thought that people, made mis- taxes he's cutting. Andi $800 billion tax cut in there bye to ~eaningful prescription erable by his policies, would win. (This isn't'that hard fighting to get out and get o0i it , , , ........ chuck, him out of offme. That's . all you have to do is come i~ will. i~ i i i when I had more faith in democ- ond.) "This ain't the end of it," said Analysts estimate the racy than I have now. If that's not genius, I lost a good deal of that faith for it in the dark, which is HouseDeLay, Majority the Robespierre Leader of Tom the Bush cuts, with their when Bush finished second in we are right now. Republican revolution, "we're inevitable extensions, will the election but won anyway. I coming back for more." produce a $3 trillion lost more of it when he took us - Donald Kaui, recently DeLay may lie occasionally shortfall in revenue over to war, even though the Ameri- as Washington columnist when making a promise; when the next lOyears, produc-can people weren't enthused Des Moines Register. making a threat, never, ing a average annual about the idea. Most of the rest ered the foolishness in The Republicans disguised the of it went with the tax cut which ~nation's capital for 29 cut as a mere $326 billion trim deficit of $420 billion, wasn't supported by a majority ning a number of modestly ,, ,~ ....... ed awards along the way. by using sunset gimmicks, either, donaldkaui2@verizon.net. They scheduled certain tax cuts drug benefits or a national health The Republicans seem to have - tax breaks for married couples, care system that works; anemic a bigger tax credit for children, increases in Social Security, reduction and elimination of Medicare and Medicaid; less taxes on capital gains and divi- federal money for roads, dends - for elimination after a bridges, education and other few years, social welfare programs. When It'll never happen. When the "conservatives" talk about Democrats raised taxes in 1993 shrinking government, that's the it led to a balanced budget and a government they're talking roaring economy and a.grateful about- yours. public responded by throwing Bush"s argument for the tax them out of office. They haven't cut is it will grow the economy had a good day since. The and make up the lost revenue, Republicans are not about to fol- but he has positioned himself low them off that cliff, so forget perfectly to take political advan- about tax cuts expiring, tage of any eventuality. If the If you think that's not altogeth- economy grows, he will take er a bad thing, you don't under- credit. If it goes into the tank, he stand the problem- deficits, will blame the Democrats for It