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toria ear your que You have questions. The Herald will try to help find the answers. If one thing was clear about the school building bond election analysis conducted by Montana State University professors, it was this - there's plenty of questions out there. Questions like, what are the associated costs with the school administration office's move to West Side School? Do all board members feel building improvements are needed? Who are the school board trustees? How available are school facilities to the public? Why, all of a sudden, are the facilities inadequate? Sidney Superintendent of Schools Doug Sullivan has agreed to write a regular column to answer these questions. The only thing readers need to do is submit their question to the Herald, and we will relay it to the superintendent. Your name will not be published,but including your name with your question will help us in the event we need to con- tact you with further information about your inquiry. So let your questions be heard. They will help educate the entire community. miss man " black The music really has died now that the man in black has gone upstairs. Johnny Cash, an American icon, who passed away early Friday morning in Nashville, Tenn., will be missed by millions across the globe. He had 1,500 songs on about 500 albums, counting only American and European releas- es. He was the youngest person to ever be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame, and the only one to be inducted in both the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Country Music Hall of Fame until Elvis Presley was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1998. It has been said Johnny Cash strengthened the bonds between folk music and country music, and helped liberalize Nashville for the unconventional. In an interview in 1997 Cash was quoted saying that he tried to speak for "voices that were ignored or even suppressed in the entertainment media, not to mention political and education- al establishments." He sold more than 50 million records. He produced and co- scripted a movie about the life of Jesus, which was distributed by Billy Graham's organiza- tion. He was a peer of Elvis when rock and roll music was born in Memphis. He was also one of Ellen Robinson the first Reporter singers to record Bob Dylan's songs. "Hurt," a song written by Nine Inch Nails and covered by Cash, sent chills and goose bumps over my skin when I first heard his deep resonating voice. Perhaps my favorite Johnny Cash song is "A Boy Named Sue," written by my favorite writer of all time, Shell Silver- stein. Johnny Cash has 45 albums still in print today. As we put this "speaker to the American man" to rest, let's remember the impact he had and recognize the span of Johnny Cash's influence on the world. ----Views our readers- .S To the Editor: Mr. Rollie Sullivan and Mr. Bill We would like to address the Nankivel, school had not started letter to the editor by Georgia for the year, and the buildings Peterson on Sept. 4 regarding were uncomfortably warm. We the Sidney principals, would like to assure Ms. Peter- We are employed with the son that when students and staff Sidney Schools and each week are present in the buildings, our the administrators gather to principals set a very fine exam- their weekly meeting with the pie. We welcome her to come superintendent in our building, and visit any or all of our school They are always dressed very buildings at any time. professionally, and we felt that Sandi Edwards some clarification was in order. Leigh Merritt When the photo was taken of Nancy Vaira Sidney fans should protest high school football schedule To the Editor: Sidney High School football Sidney High School's 2003 fans should be wearing black football schedule is totally ann bands and howling like un_fair. To play Havre, Lewis- eastern Montana coyotes until town, Miles City and Glendive this football schedule is revised. within the school year is a gar- A proposal: On Dec. 8, 2003, guantian task; the power of the classmates of 1951 thru 1954 Montana Class A football is will motor to 1 South Dakota located in the eastern and central Ave., Helena, Mont. This is the part of the state, office of Mr. James Haugen, Simply stated, Sidney High MHSA executive director; he is School's football schedule needs the individual who could revise a "breather." this football schedule. The class- For example, if the University mates will softly hum "Onward of Notre Dame's football team Sidney" while the participants had a comparable schedule, discuss the problem with Mr. Notre Dame would play the fol- Haugen. lowing teams in succession: Our proposal: Sidney High Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio School will schedule State and Purdue University. Stevensville High School The athletic department at the instead of Custer County High University of Notre Dame is School. We will substitute Cor- wise;they schedule a"breather" vallis for Havre and Sidney within each school year. For High School will play French- example, in 2002, Notre Dame town in lieu of Lewistown. This scheduled a "breather," Rutgers is a very creative plan. University. Notre Dame won Montana needs a new sever- easily. In 2003, the same uui- nor; I'm available. versity plays Washington State and Brigham Young, two easy Gerald Sclnnitz footb U participants. Klngman, Ariz. the MonDak area since 1908 skyey BY RILEY JOHNSON Montana State Director This week, Sept. 15-20, we celebrate Small-business owners create three out National Small Business Week to acknowl- jobs in this country, and they employ more edge the self-sacrifice, determination and success of our nation's entrepreneurs, any other sector. Without question, they are Small-business owners create three out of bone of our economy. every four jobs in this country, and they employ more people than any other sector. Without question, they are the backbone of decade. The situation in Montana is! our economy. Small-business owners are simply finding Escalating health-care costs, We depend on America's Main Street for it impossible to offer their employees decent increase most recentl economic stability and look to it as a gauge health-care plans, if they can afford to offer threaten the vitality of our state of our financial prosperity. There is no ques- them at all, due to the skyrocketing cost of ness owners. The governor i tion for the last couple of years we've been health insurance. Health insurers made 4.1 health-care summit in walking on eggshells, and America's small- billion dollars in profits in 2001, a 70 per- and Sept. 25 to discuss business owners have reflected those inse- cent increase over the year before. Mean- impending crisis. : curities, while, nine out of 10 small businesses At a time when the However, according to the NFIB Research reported dramatic hikes in their health-care sorts, we can be Foundation's Index of Small Business Opti- premiums, small business is hopeful mism, small-business optimism is at a The small-business community is working moving in the right direction. record high, the highest since the monthly night and day to convince Congress that the celebrate the surveys began in 1986. The number of best way to give small-business owners which this nation was built small-business owners planning to increase accessible and affordable health care is thrive. employment, inventories and capital spend- through Association Health Plans. The plans ins is on the rise. Overall, America's Main would allow small-business owners to band Riley Johnson is the state Street expect the economy to improve over together across state lines through their tana's 7,000-member chapter Federation of Independent the next six months, membership in bona-fide associations like the largest small-business As far as problems facing small-business NFIB to purchase health insurance. Accord- the state and nationwide, owners, the rising cost of insurance ins to the Congressional Budget Office, the than 600, remained at the top of the list. Unfortunate- plans would save small-business owners and country and in ly this has been the number one problem fac- their employees as much as 25 percent on ins the small-business community for over a their health insurance. 'i I .,-"-"-- ... ..s/'-"- , .f " .,," .. J J ~AFgAREI~TI..Y, ~ 141;RE l~ .c:~jll~e IJ~ FoR ~kKtblG ~I~ erners BY PAT WILLIAMS problem" we knew he believed Former U.S. representative the outspoken candidates, We Rocky Mountain Westerners like our three leaders, who run politics straight up, no chaser. It's true, of course, that For us a recent newspaper story with the who have found the headline: "Political Parties Shift Emphases middle have to Core Voters" noted a welcome change in almost two decades. politics. The front page story described what isfied with the simple appears to be a fundamental reassessmentby never lie to you." It both Republican and Democratic candidates first, but its shallowness and party officials concerning how best to ftrst George Bush offered appeal to the voters, and gentler" candidate, but it Both national parties, it appears, are on the the short run. His son threshold of a long-needed transition; one in servative guy, appealed to which they appeal to their base support by with meaningless t presenting their policies in a straight for- conservatism," but we now ward, transparent and bold manner, cies are something It has finally occurred to the political par- ton, a liberal at heart, ties that the candidates who voice opinions with such eagerness and offer solutions are most likely to engage tation "slick Willy." the interested electorate, thus increasing The pretense of turnout and winning elections, flage for uncertainty has That would be a change from the current interest, as is evidenced campaign strategy of targeting the largely election day turnouts. disinterested, undecided voters with vacu- crossing an historic pus ads which are long on red, white and entering a time when our blue bunting but short on specifics, candidates tell us what they It's past time for less puff, less negativity stop pandering to the and more straight talk about critically impor- ed, undecided voters and tant issues. It is the Democratic Party, follow- those who provide the yeast ins more than a half century of straight talk, Yes, the candidate"s policy innovation and electoral success, that sionally backfire and has lately seemed to shrink into uncertainty, of context. But better For my taste too many candidates, particu- tion of negative and laxly on the Democratic side, have sought which confuse the seemingly safe middle ground - not out sions and render our ( up, of their own policy preferences but rather out of electoral uncertainty and as a haven for their own confusion. From the 1930s through the 1970s Republicans made that same mistake - campaigning under their own party's banner while pretending to sup- port the policies of the Democrats. Since then they have learned the lesson, and. recent voting nends amply demonswate that vot- ers marginally support Republican candidates, despite having a general disagreement with the Polling consistently shows that a majority of vot- ers, including here in the West, disagree with Republicans on most of the important policy issues - including both the environment and the economy - but they vote for them. What should we expect when the Democratic candidates have not been offering a clear policy agenda? Partisanship has its obvious limits, howev- er a return to campaigns in which politicians really stand for something meaningful would be not only refreshing but would also re-ignite the interest of the citizenry. There is a reason why the presidential can- didacy of John McCain caught fn'e three years ago. It's the same reason Howard Dean is the buzz candidate in the early run up to next year's election. It is why Franklin Roo- sevelt, Harry Truman and Ronald Reagan were able to ignite our political adrenalin - their passion stirred ours. Roosevelt not only talked in a resolute voice about the impor- tance of full employment, he found ways to make it happen. Harry Truman shot straight from the hip and people loved it; when Ronald Reagan said, "Government is the