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_ , -m., ' : - - . ' _ I nmmumenmmlnnlneulmuuuun _ _ . I Page 6 Free Press NEIGHB NE' Thursday, September 24, 2009 OF CABBAGES AND KINGS The ,C,)nstitution and the co.r00fusion c f the United Sta[00 s By LUELLA DOW Contributor Last Thursday we celebrated the 220 nd anniversary of the Constitu- tion of the United States. Or did we? Did anybody notice the commemo- ration except the guy with the thick glasses sitting in the back row? George Nethercutt, former Representative for the 5th District in Washington State, said, "September 17, 1787, is a day worth cel- ebrating and remembering as one of the most important moments in American history." These days there are things more important, such as ballet les- sons, football games or applying to a bankrupt government for grants. Our collective vocabularies are so dumbed down that we find some of the choice of words in our Constitution rather hard slog- ging. We're more comfortable with things like "she went missing..." which will always make me shudder with the "fingernails on the chalk board" syndrome. Our Founding Fathers could have spent those muggy hot days in Philadelphia fishing in a sheltered cove or sipping lemonade in somebody's shady backyard. But instead, they kept at it, ham- mering out the necessary phrases, debating and discarding the ineffective. Nethercutt said, "What emerged was a compromise document providing for some government, but not too much, recognizing the importance of states" rights and individual freedoms.., establishing a national system of law, checks and balances and separation of powers." Nethercutt goes on to say, "...studies show that students today, and Americans generally, are not schooled in the basics Of American constitutional history or principles." Some people in high places suggest that our Constitution is too archaic, old fashioned. They would rather replace it with something like the Ten Suggestions, instead of the Ten Commandments. Shall we discard the word Constitution and l;eplace it with 'The Confu- sion of the United States'? The Constitution begins with these words: "We the People of the United States, In Order to form a more perfect Union, estab- lish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America." Good, we've gotten that far. I would note that the spelling of defence is as our forefathers spelled it, as well as their capitalization of words. And the reference to 'general Welfare" wasn't referking to food stamps, but the general wellbeing of the population. Benjamin Franklin summed it up quite well: "I wonder how I'd find them then, 200 years hence .... will they love liberty, being given it outright in the crib for nothing? Will they kriow that if you are not free, you are, sir, lost without hope, and will they who reaped that harvest of ideas be willing to strive to preserve what we so willingly strove to plant? That all men are created equal. And are endowed by their creator with certain inalienable rights." Well, Mr. Franklin, we wonder too. Luella Dow is a Cheney-area author who can be reached at lotsaplots l GARDENING IN OUR ARE Reflect on growing season and put to rest By LAVERLE MCCANDLESS Contributor "The kiss of sun for pardon, The song of the birds for mirth - One is nearer God's Heart in a garden Than anywhere else on earth" Dorothy Gumey I have seen this poem on the backs of garden benches, on signs and plaques to place in the yard and garden or hang on the wall, garden- ing notepaper and on throw pillows so we know many, many people do like this poem. Dorothy Gurney was a great gardener and enjoyed writing about gardening. As we dug the potatoes Satur- day afternoon with the help of our dear friends Mike and Kristen, I was thinking about all the seeds we planted earlier this year, not only in the soil but in the seeding trays in the greenhouse, just how much some of those tiny seeds grew and produced. One potato cut into pieces turned into three or four hills and this year the potatoes outdid the past years' production. How would we know how well the gardens would produce this year? This year the Habanera peppers are ripening to a beautiful shade of light orange and will soon be good hot salsa or hot pepper sauce! From the reports we hear, other gardeners area also experiencing a goodly supply of everything they planted too. The weather has been great for the gardens this year. extra summery days, we can start putting our gardens to bed. Those of you who only have compost piles to take care of your garden "waste" will have lots to pile up. Those of you who don't, you can take your garden waste to the recycling center. To get rid of large vines, if you hve a chopper, run the vines and "Take time to look at the colors changing around you; the trees and shrubs have leaves changing color." We will be having more sum- mer-like weather even though fall has already started according to the calendar, so enjoy these wonderful extra days of extended summer. Take time to look at the colors changing around you; the trees and shrubs have leaves changing color. With the light frosts we have had already, there should be some bright red and crimson leaves this year. Since we're going to have plants through the chopper. If you don't, you can put the vines and/or plants on the driveway, run over them with the lawn mower and then dump the chopped goodies into your compost pile. Don't forget to add a little of your garden soil to the top of the green chopped up garden waste in your compost pile. This will help to break down the green plants you put on the pile. Add your raked leaves to the pile, they're needed to help corn- Juried show chance for local artists to shine Coming up Oct. 3-4 will be the third annual Juried Art Show and sale held at the United Church of Christ at423 N. 6thSt. Awideva- riety of artists from throughout the inland empire will be participating including oil painting, watercolor, wood turning, photography, pot- ten/, jewelry, lamps, and greeting cards. Live music is in- cluded during the entire show, featur- ing Generation Gap, Huckleberry Jam, Bill & Laurie Klein, Brad Keeler, Char- lie Matthews, and James & Jean Mar- shall. Art items will be offered in a silent auction and a raffle. Sponsored by the Womens Fel- lowship of the church, the show provides a forum for artists to display their work and al- lows the community to view the products locallv. Awards will be given to the winners of the juried show. The juror will be art instructor Melvie Strampe. Artists who wish to participate should call 2354193. There is no admission charge to the public for either the show or the sale. Artists participating in the event have a $25 entry fee. Contributed photo Locally made art like this will be on sale Oct. 3-4 post the pile. You will have a great bunch of compost come spring to add to your flowerbeds and garden. Once again, I just can't say it enough-- loud and clear-- deep water your trees, shrubs and pe- rennials to swell their roots to help them get through the winter with- out drying out. Think about what they need come early spring when the sun warms them up enough to get the sap running. If the ground is still frozen the moisture will come from the swollen roots deep un- derground. The running sap starts the leaf buds to swell, giving us the first leaves to let us know spring is either coming or here, depending on the variety of trees or shrubs you have. Enjoy the extended summer, get your spring flowering bulbs in, finish the perennial divisions and the garden cleanups and then sit back, take a deep breath and think about those small seeds and plants that grew and gave you lots of goodies. Comments and questions should be directed to LaVerle at (509) 455-7568 or Guided Steelhead Fishing on Idah o's Clearwater River NOW BOOKING Trips for December & January RESERVATIONS: 509-209-0270 BRYAN MILLER: " 208-486-6081 .Call Louise (509)995-5087 ]26-2262 H NORTHWEST N TOLL FREE 800-324-3797 ORIZO We're until 6:00P for Home Mortgage convemence www. Hor| 1ST2 39 116 W, 1st, Cheney, WA - 235-4222 Add'l. Good thru 9/29/09 *Proudly serving Tully's Coffee