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SIDNEY HERALD. SUNDAYJUNE l6.20|9 A5 OPINION ‘ COMMENTARY Circus called ethics into question Families that care about animals won’t be buying tickets to the Carson & Barnes Cir- cus. Public pachyderm baths can’t wash away Carson & Barnes dei plorable treatment of el- ephants. Carson & Barnes has been cited for more than 100 violations of the federal Animal Wel- fare Act—including for failing to provide ani- mals with most basic needs, such as adequate veterinary care, min- imum space, shelter from the elements, and clean water. No one with a con- science has any desire to watch dispirited elephants plodding . through their tired routines while bull- hook-wielding handlers stand ready to whack them for any hesitation or missed cue. Carson & Barnes is the same cir- cus whose head train— er was caught on video viciously beating ele- phants with bullhooks and shocking them with electric prods. Parents, grandpar— ents, explain to your lit- tle ones why your fami- ly doesn’t support cruel- ty to animals. Jennifer O’Connor Senior Writer Foundation 7- 622- 7382, ext. 8003 Krautter commended eastern .. for representing Montana After reading the ad placed by Ret. Sen. Ed Butcher, I checked www.1egislatorloyal— ty.com and this con- firmed my trust that Rep. Krautter had con- sidered the needs of his constituents in eastern Montana when voting. The bi-partisan bills he supported focused on health care, confront- ing the drug and alco- hol epidemic, address- ing state worker’s pen- sion and salaries, bond- ing for local schools, high poverty counties, post incarceration em— ployment opportunities; honoring indigenous people; striving to have young professionals re- turn to, Montana; sup- porting a grant pro- gram for the arts and funding child protec- tion specialist training. These are all needs of Montan'ans. Good gov- ernment, like a success- ful marriage, requires compromise and ac- knowledges that not one ideology or person has. all the solutions. Tak- ing care of a family and . a state requires choices and spending dollars to invest in the health and well-being of the citi— zens. Those legislators who chose to work to- gether and share ideas to move the state for- ward are to be thanked and commended for their efforts. Janet Martineau Sidney EDITORIAL SERVING THE MONDAK REGION SINCE 1908 Kelly Miller Publisher The triump ears ago I knew a Jewish girl who in conversation complained bitterly to me about a professor who’d assigned her a distasteful project, to read and review Mein Kampf by “that mad- man!” She was somewhat tak- en aback when I respond- ed, “Sorry, I’m with him. You should read it. And I don’t think Hitler was a madman, at least not at first. He was evil, there’s a difference.” I remembered that conversa- tion when I read the news last week that YouTube has pulled Leni Riefenstahl’s 1935 propa- ganda film The Triumph of the Will as part of their new policy to curb “hate speech.” I confess cynical old me thinks this is YouTube’s way of deflecting certain criticisms that have arisen from the right against social media platforms which label dissenting voices as hate speech. “You ban us for hate speech but we can find Triumph of the Will on your platform!” “OK, thanks for reminding us. Poof! It’s gone.” And that is a shame. Every- one should see Triumph at least once in their life. See the lavish spectacle organized in Nuremberg. See Riefenstahl’s masterful use of the film tech- BY ST HEN BROWNE nology of the day. And see why some- one once said of the Na- zi vision, “It was beau- tiful — and it was evil.” The fact it was a mas- terpiece of propaganda did not escape notice in America. When Pearl Harbor brought Amer- ica into World War II, Italian—American film director Frank Capra enlisted in the Army and was promptly put to work by Gen. George C. Marshall. In the spirit of George Wash- ington’s drill instructor Baron Von Steuben who once said in exasperation, “It’s not enough to give an American an order, you have-to tell him why!” Marshall told Capra to tell Americans why. “Now, Capra, I want to nail down with you a plan to make a series of documented, factu- al-information films—the first in our history—that will explain to our boys in the Army why we are fighting, and the principles for which we are fighting... You have an opportunity to contrib- ute enormously to your country and the cause of freedom. Are you aware of that, sir?” And Capra came through with Why We Fight, a series of sev- en films shown to army recruits and later in theaters. They’re both good and infor- h of the won’t mative, and should be seen along with Triumph by students of propaganda. , But Capra did something that blew some minds. He included samples of Nazi propaganda in- cluding Triumph. Capra said in effect, if we’re telling our people why we’re fighting in faraway lands we should show them what our ene» mies are telling their people. This was propaganda of course, in the morally neutral sense of the word meaning some- thing like “techniques of mass persuasion.” But it was propa- ganda for a free people. Men and women who needed to be per- suaded, not forced to make great sacrifices and endure terrible things. And the fact we were using the techniques of propaganda did make some uneasy. The Institute of Propaganda Analysis which had created the first classifica- tion system for propaganda, shut down voluntarily shortly after the war began. It’s an old controversy. Do the arts of persuasion lend them- selves equally well to evil and good ends? If yes, censorship looks justified. Aristotle thought, “No; things that are true and things that are better are, by their nature, prac- tically always easier to prove and easier to believe in.” But the argument continues. Rasmussen Dryland and Froid Research field days y Dec. 31, 2021, every licensed private pesti- cide applicator in region 4 (which includes Rich- land County) will have to obtain six continuing ed- ucation credits in order to be able to renew his or her pesticide license. While this date is still a couple cf years away, there are always people clamoring to get their points right up until the very end. If one were to attend these two field days coming up this week and next, all but one of your “points” would be accounted for. Rasmussen Field Day on June 19 is worth four points and Froid Field Day will count for three. In case you have not heard, please see the informa- tion below in regards to both field days. The Rasmussen Dryland field day begins at 9 a.m. on June 20 (registration at 8:45 am), at Sidney ARS research farm and ends at 12:30 pm, at EARC dryland research farm, where a free lunch is being provided Compliments of the j fees paid by private pesticide applicators. Everyone is wel- come to attend. Tour talks planned include FINE BY TIM a weed identification workshop, crop rota— tion and nitrogen rate impacts on nitrous oxide emissions, sam- pling to determine if your crops are being affected by soil acidity, an update on a white« top study, control, of pea root rot, improving native plant establish ment in CRP, enhancing pea ni- trogen fixation and improving protein content, and a look at winter and spring cereal variety trials and using drones to char- acterize variety performance. Sidney ARS research farm is located about 4 miles north of Sidney off MT Highway 16. Coming from Sidney, take a left on County Road 129 and a second left on County Road 346. The turn into the farm will be marked. The 2018 Froid Research Farm Field Day is Thursday after- noon, June 27, from 1-5 pm. and features three mini workshops focused on identifying and con- trolling weeds. Dr. Tim Seipel will discuss herbicide carryover “and how to best avoid plant inju- ry as well as discuss some new herbicide formulation. Dr. John Gaskin will conduct a weed identification exercise, and yours truly will give a hand’s on demonstration showing how to quickly calibrate a sprayer. Other topics that will be cov- ered include a look at our com- mon pulse crop diseases, soil sampling for soil acidification, cover crop yield and forage qual- ity in a 2 year rotation with du- rum, how to conduct your own soil infiltration and compaction test, pest and beneficial insects found in our rotations, and a demonstration on how soil car— bon dioxide respiration can be used to measure soil health. The Froid Research farm is lo- cated 8 miles north of Culbert- son on Highway 16. The day concludes with a free steak dinner at 5 pm. sponsored by the Sheridan and Roosevelt County Conservation Districts. Other event sponsors include the Sheridan and Roosevelt County Extension offices, and the US- DA-ARS Northern Plains Agri- cultural Research Laboratory in Sidney. Any and all interested people are welcome to attend and there is no need to RSVP. As always, if you have any questions, you are welcome to contact me at 433- 1206 or send an email to timothy. fine@montana.edu. A special thank you for the Healthy Kids Expo Thank you! Thank you to everyone who participated in the Sidney Herald Healthy Kids Expo. This past Wednesday we held our first ever Healthy Kids Expo at the Richland County Event Center. , Although I would have loved to see more children at- tend, it was a very successful event. The Sidney community really rallied behind us and our idea to bring education about healthy eating and exer- cise to the masses. I am very thankful for the support of Sidney Health Cen- ter as our platinum sponsor. I have lived in small commu- nities all over this wonderful country. SHC is a true jewel. They care about our commu- B KELLY MILLER nity and our children. We couldn’t have held the expo without them. If you work with or visit any of our spon- sors and you had fun at the expo please be sure to say thankyou. They include: Fink Dental Center, Sidney Eye, Care, Lower Yel- lowstone Rural Energy Cooperative, Reynolds Market and Union Gateway Agency. 1 have a few new ideas for next year. However, I- would love to hear from anyone and everyone who attended. How do I get more people to attend? I was thinking of a weekend day, but I am wor- ried about summer plans and vacation travel. Also, the busi- nesses that come and set up at the expo are asking employees to take time away from regular duties. I am not sure they would KWMWW care to spend a Saturday at the expo. We had some additional mar- keting plans, radio that did not work out. How do you want to hear about our events? Social media? App alerts? Email noti- fications? I thought about may- be some fliers in grocery bags. What would work best for you? Please let us know. Our main goal with this ex- po is to educate young people in a fun atmosphere on the im- portance of exercise and eating healthy. If you have any ideas please call, write, email or send us a quick note on Facebook. We always welcome feedback from the community we serve. Thank you so much for attend- ing. We were very happy. with the number of booth spaces, the attendance and the WEATHER! ‘