THUMBS UP: Congratulations to Annette Perry and Doug Ladd, who were recognized at the Brown County Fair on Thursday as the county's Outstanding Senior Citizens.
Both have been active and involved in community activities for a long time. Perry seems to be involved in everything, and she makes everything she is involved in fun. Ladd has helped make the Optimist Club a real positive force for the community.
Both are well deserving of the honor.
Farmers have a say
THUMBS DOWN: Farmfest, held this past week at the Gilfillan Estate near Morton, always gives farmers a chance to get some important face time with state and national lawmakers. This year they had a chance to give our Congresspeople and senators an earful on the lack of action on the new Farm Bill.
Congress went into recess this month while leaving the farm bill hanging. The Senate passed a version in June, but the House couldn't get past its deadlock to agree on a bill.
Farmers have a right to be upset. One thing everyone learns growing up on a farm is that chores have to get done. No excuses. Just do them or things go wrong really quick. Congress, however, has been coasting along for years by letting things slide. When was the last time Congress actually passed a budget? We've been limping along on continuing resolutions for a long time.
Congress needs to get back to work on the farm bill as soon as possible.
THUMBS UP: The 150th anniversary of the U.S.-Dakota War of 1862 is just around the corner. The event will be marked by a wide variety of speakers, discussions and commemorative events put together by the local 150th Commemoration Committee. If you want to learn something about the war, the next couple of weeks will be the time to do it.
Thanks to the commitee for its work.