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14 Kimball Td-County News-Thursday, Nov. 7, 1991 Robert T. Smith I swear, I did not, I repeat did not, win the World Series. The Minnesota Twins did, how- ever. Really. I am most pleased that the Twins won. It brings more recognition to this region. And money, too, I guess. But I had nothing  do with it. I point this out because so many Minnesotans think they won the World Series. In the throes of celebration, almost everywhere I went I heard the two magic words: "We won!" And most people who said that meant it. In The Little Wagon, not far from the Metrodome, a friend lit up with more than delight ap- proached and grabbed me. He said the magic words. "What position did you play?" I asked. (It's my standard question xo the magic words.) He looked a trifle stunned. Then he marched away pro- claiming: "We won! We WOn! ...." On 4th St., a stranger came up to me and delivered the mag- ic words at about 120 decibels. I delivered the standard question. "You nuts or something'?" he replied. Now, again, there's nothing wrong with celebrating the glo- ry of the Twins. Unless, maybe, it means too much .... I contacted Dr. Oliver Thorn- sen, an old friend now practic- ing psychiatry in Chicago. lie's a longtime sports fan. "Identifying personally with a sports team -- to the point where you use I and We when talking about it -- is not candi- dacy for commitment," he told me. "But it can be a sign that your perspective is a bit out of whack. It's an indication that your life is not full enough. So try to fill it by assuming the role, in essence, of an active part of a sports team." The same thing can happen, he said, in terms of a local mu- sical group or theater company. "You can over-identify with a school or a business, too," Oliver added. He said the "We won!" syn- drome can be the cause of fights, both physical and verbal, over a sports team. One guy says, "The Twins sank," and "We won!" is ready and anxious to beat him up. That's not loyalty, said Oliver that's a sort of addiction. "If someone insults a man's wife, that's different,"said Oliv- er. "But a sports team....?" I'm sure most Twins fans take the winning of the World Series in stride. Like me, they love it. They are proud of the players and their accomplishmenL But, when they talk about the victory, they say: "They won!" Senior Dining Menu Mon., Nov. I I Ring Bologna; Augratin Pota- toes; Italian Blend Veg.; Bread; Pineapple Crazy Cake. Tues., Nov. 12 Chili w/Crackers; Garden Sal- ad; Kaiser Bun; Apple Pie. Wed., Nov. 13 Roast Turkey; Bread Dress- ing/Gravy; Glazed Yams; Bread; Fruit. Thurs., Nov. 14 Savory Roast Beef; Mashed Potatoes/Gravy; Wax Beans; Bread; Strawberry Cream Dessert. Fri., Nov. 15 BBQ Country Style Ribs; Pars- ley Irish Potatoes; Sauerkraut; Bread; Vanilla Pudding w/Cher- ry. One day advance meal regis- tration required. Milk served with each meal, Tea and decaf- feinated coffee available. Spe- cial diet can be met with physi- cian's request. Menu is subject to change. For reservations call 395- 2211 before 1 o'clock the day before. Does Your Fuel Bill Take More Than Its Share of Your Budget? Well, Governor Ame Carlson has started his gloom and doom predictions about the state's fi- nances again, obviously trying to set the stage for more cuts in important programs like educa- tion and health care. We need to tighten our budget and make sure we take care of the needs of average working Minnesotans, but the Governor's political pos- turing doesn't do much to solve the real needs of the middle class. Minnesota has a strong record of maintaining both a bal- anced budget and supporting programs and services that are important to Minnesotans like education and health care and law enforcement. Minnesota even has a budget reserve of about $500 million, compared with the federa!government which is mortgaging our chil- dren's fuutre more and more ev- ery day. It's hard to imagine how Congress can vote themselves a hefty pay raise at a time when those same individuals are slash- ing programs that affect Main Street America. The national debt today stands at about $3.6 trillion and continues to grow. At this rate it will cost every person in the United States more than $15,000[ The annual interest alone on the national debt alone would completely eliminate poverty in this country. While Minnesota has to keep its house in order, we are obvi- ously miles ahead of the federal government, which continues to deficit spend and passes budgets that compound the problem. In fact, the Bush administration could probably learn a thing or two from Minnesota's pay as you go system. Keeping in Touch Rose Arnold Cmmty Commlner Third Is there something you want to talk over with the Stearns County Board of Commission- ers? You have just that opportu- nity twice a month. on the 2rid and 4th Tuesday from 1 to 1:30 p.m. an open public forum is now regularly scheduled. County residents can speak their minds on any issue. While all the county board meet- ings are open to the public there might have been a wait because of a tight agenda. Now a special time has been set aside over and above the timed agenda. I know you've seen and heard about the extra effort the board is making to involve the public in decision making. As Chair of the board, I want to personally assure you that any ideas, com- ments, advice and even criti- cisms are welcome by this board of commissioners. County administration has re- ceived several complaints about cigarette butts and other debris lying armmd our new office ad- ministration center building. Since those complaints, we have beefed up our maintenance ef- forts and have purchased more containers to place around the building. But I have a question. Whatever happened to personal responsibility? Unless everyone is willing to begin to take on some personal responsibility and some shame for their actions, there is nothing you, I, the government or any- one else can do. My concern is that this kind of attitude is prevalent in all ar- eas of our society. Whether we like it or not it seems we have become a society that has found a way to dodge personal respon- sibility and it appears we all want to have a life with no re- sponsibility at all. Redistricting is on hold right now in Stearns County. There are still some court cases and confusion regarding redistrict- ing. The county board felt it was better to hold off on redistricting now than to take the chance of having to do it twice. Based on the federal census, we know that the population of Steams County has increased in the eastern half while the west- ern half of the county has not kept up. What we need to do, in my opinion, is to keep as much urban/rural balance for each commissioner that we can. In addition, all five county com- missioners will be up for elec- tion next year because of redis- tricting. *** The county is also updating the lakeshore management ordi- namce. This is also due to new rules and regulations from the state and must be in place by February, 1992. The public hearing on this revised ordi- nance has not been set. **at I have also received several inquiries on county purchases. While I wish we could purchase everything we need in Stearns County, zlaat is not possible with large purchases, over $15,000, as state law says we must accept the low responsible bidder. Should you have any questions on the bidding process, give me a call. *at* Stearns County Sheriff Jim Kostreba has drafted a proposed "No Wake Ordinance". Because it is November already and many of the summer folks are gone and others are probably thinking about heading south, public hearings will be post- poned until April. "Slow No Wake" means it will he unlawful for any pers to operate a watercraft greater than five miles per hour in c" tain areas. *at* Congratulations to the City of Cold Spring for receiving high marks in a recent study of local government money maw agement. Keep up the good work, Rena and Kris, and like- wise congratulations to the Mayor and Council, atat As always I welcome your calls and letters. If you have any ideas or questions, I hope you always feel free to call me at 592-2775 or drop me a line at 29353 Lindbergh Lane, AyOa, MN 56310. Child Safety Every year, children are put at risk by careless drivers who do not stop for school buses. ,The Minnesota Safety Council reminds you to stop at least 20 feet from any school bus displaying flashittll red lights and an extended stop arm. Super Steel Siding. Life Time Warranty on Siding 50 Year Hail Warranty Theisen Construction, Inc. Kimball - 398-6200 Located at Pearl Lake i or39 tT0C after