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Is Sheriff's

Office next?

Huh, the ambulance service was sold? I may want to purchase the Steven's County Sheriff's Office. Where do I send the bid? Ticket fines might go up a little. We will put fewer officers on the road, and only a few more tickets will be issued. And, what's one more bill for your father's funeral, the game at Big Cat stadium or the Fourth of July parade? My bid is for purchasing the service only; I am not interested in leasing the service. What can possibly go wrong? I will personally spearhead a department-wide effort to grab more bikes for the annual auction.

Douglas Stahman


Climate bill

will hurt ag

The climate change bills being considered by Congress will have a negative impact on agriculture, as well as the U.S. economy as a whole. The U.S. House and Senate climate change bills would impose higher energy and food costs on consumers; raise fuel, fertilizer and energy costs for farmers and ranchers and shrink the American agricultural sector, which produces our nation's food, fiber, feed and fuel.

Under the climate change legislation, a significant amount of productive crop land will be taken out of production in order to meet greenhouse gas reduction goals. This shift in land use will hurt consumers at the grocery store, where the increased food costs will have a dramatic impact. Many families are facing difficult economic times, and this legislation will add an additional burden for them.

Less farmland, coupled with increased costs of production incurred by American farmers and ranchers as a result of the legislation, will put our country at a competitive disadvantage in international markets with other countries that do not have similar carbon emission restrictions. The United States can't go it alone in greenhouse gas reductions. All nations of the world must be committed to greenhouse gas reductions.

Bottom line, if the climate change legislation becomes law, we all will pay the price.

Guy Koehl

Stevens County Farm Bureau President


A soldier is a gift

We would like to share with you a poem, "A Soldier Is A Gift," written by Joanna Fuchs:

As we celebrate Christmas, and we open our gifts, We realize what priceless gifts a soldier gives to our country - the gifts of patriotism, service, and deep dedication to our nation.

As we feast on a variety of fine Christmas delicacies, we acknowledge that a soldier personifies a variety of fine qualities: courage, good character, honor, fortitude amidst hardship, persistence in subduing evil, and bravery in the face of danger.

A soldier is a cut above the rest of us, doing jobs we could not or would not do.

While we are surrounded by Christmas comforts, we remember soldiers in places we would not want to be, bringing the gift of adaptability to any situation, no matter how harsh or difficult.

As we "ooh" and "aah" over the Christmas lights and shiny ornaments we recognize that a soldier gives us the most cherished gift of all, the shining light of freedom.

At Christmas, let us wrap our hearts and minds around our treasured soldiers.

May they understand how very much their service means to us. Let us send the Christmas gifts of love, respect and admiration to our steadfast, loyal, magnificent warriors and their essential civilian support staff.

They themselves are the most precious Christmas gift of all, our protectors - our soldiers.

Submitted by Joyce Pieske, American Legion Auxiliary; Myrna Tomalla, AmVets Auxiliary; Janet Malo, VFW Auxiliary