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Daily News Editorial

By Staff | Oct 3, 2008

Harvest is a busy time for all farmers, but it is still important to slow down enough to make it a safe season.

Thursday’s combine fire near Wallingford is a reminder to all area crop producers to take care this fall.

According to George Maher, North Dakota State University farm safety specialist, the combine is still one of the three most dangerous machines on the farm.

Here are some tips for a safer harvest:

n Keep a freshly filled fire extinguisher on each combine. A 10-pound dry chemical type is ideal.

n Maintain a complete first aid kit on the combine.

n Prepare the machine thoroughly for harvest. Repairs and parts replacement that were put off last year need to be done. Rushed or delayed repairs can lead to injuries.

n Conduct a safety check before taking to the field. Replace all guards and shields that may have been removed. Replace or repair all lights that don’t work.

n Adjust and service the combine daily. Always follow the instructions from the operator’s manual. Allow the combine to cool before refueling.

n Drive the combine only while you are alert. Change jobs with someone else who can drive the combine for a while.

n Use the safety stops on the header lift cylinders when working under the header.

n Plan on moving combines from field to field during daylight hours.

Remember safety is important and we want all of our farmers to be around to plant their crops next spring.

Daily News Editorial

By Staff | Oct 3, 2008

Being bilingual captures the best of two worlds, or more.

There are many lessons we learn as young children that are needed for survival. There are a few others that can unlock doors for a lifetime.

One is the study of foreign language. Children who are so blessed to be bilingual at a tender age are lucky because this communicative trait is a key to the family’s past, present and future.

As October is time for “Celebrating the Bilingual Child Month,” wouldn’t it be wonderful if all families celebrate their personal lineage and read books about the particular old country where ancesters emigrated from to establish new lives in the United States of America?

Another way to pay tribute to family lineage, use good taste-prepare and enjoy foods native to the family’s home country, i.e., Polish pierogies, French escargot, English steak and kidney pie, German sauerbraten, Italian gnocchi, Greek spanokpita, Swedish kottbullar, Norwegian kransekake and Spanish pollo al ajo.

We must realize sooner rather than later that bilingual children are a priceless asset to the global community which over time should shrink as we learn to appreciate others and their unique ways.

As lifelong learners, our society should encourage the early second language learning as a way to better understand other cultures.

It is never too late to learn someone’s native tongue. There are scads of books, tapes, CDs and computer programs available to assist the learner in knowing how to speak, read and write in another language.

To end this piece, we say: “Adieu,” “Arrivederci,” “Au revoir,” “Auf Wiedersehen,” “Sayonara, “Hasta la vista” and “Shalom.”