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Page 2 Opinion Thursday, NoVember 15, 2012   Tri-Countv News * Central Minn. // ............. Jill Pettier ............................................................................ Jea!: Ooi:aii M:ama "Slices of Life" Observations thls week ... It&apos;s all on the label on victories a bit prematurely, and the losses they face should make them adjust at least some of their positions or personnel. The bottom line is that we the voters must be the "winners," not this politician or that party. We elect our representatives to power, to literally representus. They are not there to represent big business or special interests. They are there for us. Let's hope they remember that come January when they take office. Saturday is the third annual "Small Business Saturday" across the country. It's a reminder to shop at local, small businesses• Amid all the antics of "Black Friday" and Cyber Monday," don't forget the local businesses that pay local taxes and employ local residents! (See page 20 for a starter list of local businesses•) Just finished watching the sec- ond part Of the Dust Bowl docu- mentary by Ken Burns, on PBS. It's simply amazing to see the damage caused by human greed and seek- ing the easy way to fast money. To see how people suffered through so much, year after year. I really don't think I would have persevered, I would hope so, but I think I would have lost my mind about halfway through. I'm sure I'll watch it sev- eral more times, just to get all the nuances. If you get the chance, and haven't seen it yet, by all means everyone should see this. Those hard trials in the 1930s still have their after-effects in our lives today. If nothing else, it surely will make me think twice before I grumble about weather or food or health or money. There is truly much to be grateful for this Thanksgiving! This week we print a full day earlier than usual because Thurs- day (ur usual delivery day) is Thanksging, and a postal holiday. That's part of why this week is a combined edition for Kimball and Eden Valley-Watkins. It should have been an "easy" week, being a short week, but instead it's just been a bit strange. Saturday was a lovely fall day, even if we had to work. We were dis- cussing last week's opening of Pow- der Ridge when a loud motorcy- cle roared past. It made me wonder how many people were out there playing golf on such a beautiful day. None, as it turns out; the Golf Club finally closed for the season. It could have been a perfect day to golf 18 holes and then snowboard for a bit, if one was into such activities. In Kimball, the city's construc- tion projects seem to be done for the season. The roads and alleys have been paved. The water tower and filter plant are back on-line. Boulevards, many of them newly created, have been smoothed and seeded and sprayed green to hold everything in place. Elections are over, 'but we're still waiting for the certified vote counts in some jurisdictions. That should be completed this week for publication next week. It's doubt- ful that everyone is completely happy with the election results of this year's drammatic election. Relief at the end of mudslinging in TV ads is palpable. No one can afford to be com- placent with the election results, though. Democrats enjoyed a num- ber of victories, but they were hard- fought. Republicans had counted CORRECTION: Last week's photo of the Veterans Day program at Hilltop Health Care Center incorrectly identified those who led the program. This was the 32nd year that the Watkins Legion Club sponsored and led the Veterans Day program. ,o.o Last weekend, my husband headed out on errands with a number of important items on his list. Toilet paper was one of them. There's a household product you don't want to run short on. He returned home from the store, toilet paper in hand. There was only one problem• He got dou- ble quilted double rolls. I always buy mega soft triple rolls. This wasn't a deal breaker. (At least he didn't get single ply single rolls•) Toilet paper is toilet paper• One would think. Until one nav- igates the labyrinth otherwise known as the toilet paper aisle and confronts the array of options available to the average consumer. Super absorbent, ultra strong, gentle care, recycled, aloe soft- ness, single, double and triple rolls abound. With packages stacked from floor to ceiling, the aisle is long and the choices vast. When purchasing toilet paper, one thing is certain. You gotta pay attention. That goes for shopping in gen- eral. It's no longer sufficient to com- pile a grocery list made up of sim- ple words like orange juice, sham- poo and toothpaste. You've got to include terms like low, pulp, cal- cium enriched, maximum vol- ume, anti frizz, color enhancing, super moisturizing, tartar control and extra whitening clean mint gel. Words sell; the people who make the labels are keen on this fact. When you arrive at the super- store, you'll see the information is right there, spelled out for you. Not on the back of the can, jar or box where you'll find the facts about nutrition and serving size. I'm talking about the front label - the location for a plethora of extraneous exclamations - New! Improved! Low Fat! Zero calories! - for any avid consumer who pays attention. Sometimes, I do not. Pay atten- tion, that is. For instance, once I came home with low sodium green beans• The package was identical to a regular can of green beans, except for two small, but significant words: low sodium. I am aware that low sodium prod- ucts are a healthy choice, however, F low sodium green beans are lack- ing one thing besides salt: flavor. The green bean fiasco taught me an important lesson. Grocery shopping is best not completed on autopilot. Paying attention is mandatory. Details matter. Just down the aisle from green beans, canned fruit comes packed in water, fruit juice; heavy syrup or calorie-flee syrup - take your pick. And mind you do so with care. Vanilla ice cream may seem like a basic and yummy choice. But now we have the opportunity (or burden?) of choosing between New York, French, natural, home- style, sugar-flee and lactose-flee. They're all vanilla and all avail- able - in the freezer case. I find myself in an indecisive conundrum every time I confront the length of the pet food section of the store. Healthy weight, active adult, indoor cat, sensitive sys- tem and hairball formula - which to choose? To complicate matters, I'm not sure what my cat prefers: salmon, tuna, chicken or beef. If only cats could speak... When I was a kid, vanilla was vanilla and pet food came in two varieties: kibble and canned. Tuna was packed in oil and you had no choice but to buy your eggs in the shell. All soup came condensed in a can with a red and white label and milk was milk - without any percentage points. Today we have more choices and with choice comes responsi- bility. A hasty grab from the gro- cery shelves may leave you with low sodium green beans in your cupboard. Or, worse yet, single ply toilet paper in your bathroom. There are worse outcomes. At least when it comes to toilet paper. Single ply beats out at least one option I can think of. Super stores and super choices aside, when it comes to how things roll in your bathroom, anything's better than running out. Follow Slices of Life on Face- book and hit Like (please). Jill Pertler is an award-winning syn- dicated columnist, playwright and author of "The Do-It-Yourselfer's Guide to Self-Syndication" E-mail her at pertmn@qwest.net; or visit her website at http://marketing-by- design.home.mchsi.com/. 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