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~miuiiJnil/~ _ -+ -' I ~lilEl~ ' - -: --'~ _ ~i~+rllUJllillilillilijllilllllll~lm~lmll~llim -_ . Page 2 Opinion Thursday, August 12,2010 Tri-CounW News Kimball, MN Letter to the Editor B Jill PeHleP "Slices of Life" Why parents open-enroll at Kimball Finding founlain- Dear Kimball Community, We know that Kimball prides You may or may not know that itself in giving every student, no dud~ p~im~ ~m~ 96 students are currently open- matter their challenges, a chance to play in sports. They offer many camps and trainings to become a better athlete. Our children are complimented by coaches and others on how they are doing. It is wonderful to know that our chil- dren will be able to gain teamwork skills and confidence through full participation in the activities they choose to be a part of. The opportunities available to our children are much richer and varied than they would be in the district we live in. Our children can't wait to go back to school in the fall to re-connect with old teachers and connect with new ones. They also can't wait for their activities to start up because they know they will be valued mem- bers of the team. We are thankful for all of the opportunities for our children. In closing, Kimball has a won- derful school system. I would rec- ommend the Kimball School Dis- trict to anyone. I hope all of the residents of the Kimball Commu- nity see what a good value there is in our school system and how tragic it would be to jeopardize it. I hope the community will fight to preserve these opportunities and even to expand them. Kimball has schools worth fighting for and investing in. My family is thankful for Kimball Public Schools. Thank you for your time. Teresa Loehrer enrolled in the Kimball School District. This means that the par- ents of those children choose to go to the Kimball School District for their education instead of the school district they live in. My hus- band and I made this decision for our children because we wanted a school with a safe and healthy learning environment, enough textbooks and materials for every student, and a chance to be the best they can be in sports. Kimball fit these expectations for us, and we know many peo- ple who attended Kimball and have great jobs today. Smaller class sizes than the district we live in was also a factor - if our chil- dren needed help we knew there would be a better chance for ohe- on-one services. We also like the factthat everyone knows everyone so we feel it is easier to know who our children are friends with and to get to know their families. We know if our children do something wrong, one way or another, we will hear about it. Kimball schools wel- come parents to come peek in on their children at school which was very helpful when we did have a struggling child. We have heard about all the college classes avail- able to our children when they reach high school. We have heard how supportive Kimball is of the post-secondary option which we feel very strongly about. All these jumpstarts to a good college career make us happy. Stormy summer leads to clarification of severe warning system People indoors should get weather information on their radio, televi- sion, weather radio, etc. If the sirens sound, they will sound for three minutes. But that doesn't mean the threat is over. Pay attention to the weather con- ditions or local media to know when conditions are safe again. If the sirens sound a second time, it is not an all clear. It means the threat is continuing or there's another storm. Tornado warnings are issued when there's been a radar-indi- cated tornado or a tornado has been spotted by public safety offi- cials or trained weather spotters. In addition to the +first Wednes- day of the month, you may occa- sionally hear a tornado siren sound for testing. Sirens are often tested and repaired in order to maintain an effective warning system. Hopefully these few reminders will help everyone understand the severe weather warning system and have a safe summer. July has been an active severe weather season, and forecasters expect August could be just as tur- bulent. Since Severe Weather Aware- ness Week was a while ago, in April, iffs been a long time since every- one received some basic remind- ers about severe weather. Here is some, often misunderstood, infor- mation about the warning and alert system. First, a watch is issued when severe thunderstorms and torna- does are possible in and near the watch area. It does not mean that they will occur. It only means they are possible. A warning is issued when a severe weather/tornado is imminent. When a warning is issued, seek safe shelter immedi- ately. Sirens are OUTDOOR warn- ings. Sirens are meant to alert peo- ple who are outdoors that there's severe weather, to seek shelter immediately and to get additional weather information once inside. People have searched for the fountain of youth since the begin- ning of time- or at least since their middle ages. I am ready to announce here, today, the source of the fountain. I wish I could claim credit for the discovery, hut it was my sister's find. In her opinion, youth isn't so much about wrinkles, gray hair, sagging skin or broken hips. It's about being hip. "You stay young by being trendy," she said. "You've got to know what's going on." The key to knowing what's going on has been under our noses and as close as our living rooms for the last 50 years. The secret to eter- nal youth involves nothing more than thinking inside the box. The box in question? A normal, every- day TV. According to my sister, the solution lies specifically with sit- coms. To stay hip, one must watch the new ones - no reruns of clas- sic Cheers or Seinfeld episodes will do. Staying current is key to keep- ing you cool. "You watch those old ones and you're going to be trapped in the '80's," she said. I nodded, agreeing with her. Only trouble is, I'm still a fan of Friends and Everybody Loves Ray- mond. This, says my sister, is not good enough. It's not even close. "You put your channel on those and you'll get stuck; the world will move forward and you'll never catch up," she warned. "Pretty soon you'll find yourself tucking in your shirt and wearing a belt, even though you're living in a world were everyone else goes untucked and unbelted." I looked down at my waist, yanked my T-shirt out over my belt and hoped she hadn't noticed. Like the rest of us from the Brady Bunch generation, I've lived a few years and have watched the world evolve onscreen, so I know what she's talking about. I remem- ber Opie Taylor and Beaver Cleaver and then that same Opie, years later, as Ritchie in Happy Days. I watched Samantha Stephens wriggle her bewitched nose and Mary Tyler Moore throw her hat in the air. I identified with Marsha Brady, loved Alex Keaton's fam- ily ties adventured along with the Huxtables and totally understood why Joanie loved Chachi. I've laughed with them all. Along the way, I was gleaning fashion tips from the small screen (even though I didn't realize it at the time). Mini skirts, shoul- der pads and big hair - they were all role-modeled for me by sitcom stars. From sitcoms and beyond, I grew up with the classics. Cheers. Carol Burnett. Seinfeld. Star Trek. They were trendy and helped to keep me hip. Now, it seems, they only age me. They send me back in time at warp speed - from hip to drip in the blink of an eye. I'm all for being as cool as the next soc- cer mom, but must confess I've slipped in the last few years. If I want to keep on fraternizing with my cool sister, I'm going to have to kick it up a notch. Even though Raymond may have the best jokes on TV, this issue isn't about jokes. At my age, I've got to worry about trends. And fashion. And keeping up with the cougars and desperate house- wives. Repeat the mantra: youth at all costs. I am doing my best to con- vince myself all this is true, but I'm not sure hip is the answer. There's something to be said for a face that's lived a full life and isn't ashamed to show it. Sitcoms may help us retain our youthful cool- ness by showing us the newest trends, but I think we may be over- looking one important factor. Sitcoms are funny. And they don't call them laugh lines for nothing. Jill Pertler is a syndicated col- umnist and author of "The Do-It- Yourselfer's Guide to Self-Syndi- cation" at . She also offers writing and design ser- vices at . Check Slices of Life out on Facebook. 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