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8A SIDNEY HERALD WEDNESDAY, Editorial u t took the Ethnic Christmas celebration at the MonDak Heritage Center Sunday to revive the awe of this facility. If you missed this annual event, don't let that stop you on visiting the center. Strolling through the home- steader's town museum in the lower level of the building, visiting the art galleries and military dis- YOU shouid plays honoring the anniversary of Pearl Harbor is just a small example of what is possible at the center. consider To have this amazing facility filled with beauty, his- tory and art located in Sidney is something we all n I)ec0miflg a should be proud of. The hard work of the MonDak Historical and Arts member. Society, the MonDak Heritage board members, and all of the dedicated members has made it possible to keep history and the arts alive in our area. But with the economic times and the difficulty in funding more support is needed by this community, A number of years ago, the Sidney Herald took on as its community service project a membership drive for the center. It proved to be very successful. We are again encouraging this community to support the MonDak Historical and Arts Society with a membership, which in turn supports this valuable resource of genealogy and history' along with fine arts and artifacts. Showing your dedication to the preservation and appreciation of the di- verse heritage of the seven county MonDak region can be done through a membership. Becoming a member only costs $20 for an individual, $35 for a family, $50 for a business, or $15 for a senior citizen. Other possibilities are to become a benefactor with a contribution of $100 to $499 or a patron of the arts with a donation of $500 or more. A contribution to the endowment fund is an- other way to give a continuing gift. Catch the "Miniature Art Sale" Saturday from 1-4 p.m. or find that one-of-a- kind Christmas gift in the Center's gallery store. Make a trip to the MonDak Heritage Center today and see what you've been missing. e ne of James Taylor's songs stresses "shower the people you love with love." That came to my mind when read- ing that an 18-year-old Huntley girl died in an accident on icy roads Sat- urday. I remember back in my college years a close friend of mine; she was probably 20 years of age at the time, died in an accident on icy roads while heading for work in Milwaukee. It seems when someone dies, espe- cially when it happens suddenly, you think about all of the things you should have said. You also remember small fights you had, and you want to take anything bad back. This holiday season, let's remem- While most of my friends were into rock or heavy rock, my best friend and myself touted how great Willie was. His music still plays well today and can always cheer a per- son up. His voice isn't the greatest, but you have to love Willie. With the passing of Waylon Jennings and Johnny Cash, it's nice to see that 1'bars the mtlslc industry my story is still honoring Willie. Hopefully' he will be playing that Bill Vander Weele old guitar for many more years. 'Everybody should know how important they are to us while they are still here with us.' NI Vambr Weele Managing editor ber to "shower the people you love with love." Everybody should know how important they are to us while they are still here with us. WILLIE KEEPS ROLLING It was nice to see that Willie Nel- son had Grammy nominations for country album of the year- with two different albums. Back during my late high school and college years, ! became a huge Willie fan. He was extremely big at that time with hits such as ' klways on My Mind" and "My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys" topping the charts. SCHOLARSHIPS In this issue, readers can see some disagreement about last week's col- umn concerning a scholarship offered by the Great Seattle Busi- ness Association, known as the "Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgen- tier and Allied Chamber of Choice." Both letters suggest there's noth- ing wrong with the scholarship since there are many scholarships geared to specific races and reli- gions. My answer is those are also wrong. We need to start rewarding people for what they accomplish rather than if they are black, polish " or gay. Only then will we have a fair society for all. If you're talking about rights for gays or different races, I'm all for it as far as careers and the pursuit of happiness. But I'm not on the team that believes particular scholar- ships have to be established to help specific groups. We should all be just one large group of Americans. Bill Vander Weele is the managing editor of the Sidney Herald He can be reached at 405- 482-2403 I editor@sidneyherald.com. to us The Sidney Herald welcomes letters to We reserve the right to select which let- the editor. Whether political, a problem ters are published. in the city or neighborhood, or to pat Letters submitted to the Sidney Herald someone on the back, let us know may be published or distributed in print what's on your mind. All letters must or electronic forms. include the writer's signature, address and daytime telephone number. We do Write to: not publish anonymous letters. Letters Letters to Ihe Editor should be 300 words or less; all are Sidney Herald subject to editing for spelling, clarity or 310 2rid Ave. N.L length. Be sure of your facts. It is impos- S~ne.~, MT 59270 sible for the newspaper to verify infer- E-maih editor@sidneyherald.com mation in every letter. Fax." 406-482-7802 , , , , ,,, r , I,'I , iRVING THE MONDAK REGION SINCE 1908 Libby Berndt Publisher B| Vender Weele Managing Editor /" EA DYg. r EEI SoRrY,,, GoT co FOS D You Fo l