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Page 4 — The Star June 7, 2021 . OPINION One spark is all it will take Summary: the hot dry is corner. is going to a lot this The waning of the pandemic is going to translate into more people going to more events. It’s going to more camping, traveling and all the other of It’s also going to more Right now, 48 of North Dakota’s 53 counties are under some of burn bans or fire restrictions. counties, all in the northeastern part of the state high” when it comes to the fire Rolette, Towner and counties all carry a “high” danger rating. Most of North Dakota’s counties, however, don’t have what Rolette County does — mountains full of fuel for accidental or intentional of fire. Adding more problems tothe potential danger of fire is our area’s rat- ing on the drought monitor. As of June 3, around 90 perCent of Rolette County is experiencing “exceptional” drought conditions. The historical impact of such conditions aren’t pretty. Wheat is baled for hay; numerous tests are conducted on water nitrate level and quality and high nitrate levels in forage; farm service agency staffing; producers cull cattle. Wildfires are immense in such conditions, stressing rural volunteer fire departments, not only physically and mentally, but financially. Such conditions also hurt the local economy. Some of those impacts predictable and least one is somewhat preventable — wildfire. Burning garbage, hot mufflers on ATVs or cars, a smoldering cigarette can trigger a disaster right now. Prevention paramount and it’s up to everyone to do their part when it comes to keeping lid on po- tential fires. Don’t be fooled by any rain fall or showers. A report earlier this spring noted that farmers needed 200 percent of normal spring rainfall to catch up. That didn’t happen and any moisture, barring monsoon-like weather, won’t be enough to ease the burdens. Late last week, Turtle Mountain Public Utilities also released a grim reminder of how short the area is when it comes to‘ water. The agency is asking customers to conserve right now and limit all outdoor water usage to balance demands at its water treatment plant. The only way that will work is if does their part. The same is true when it comes to preventing fires. This isn’t the best way to start a summer free of pandemic anxiety, but it’s important to choose caution when it comes to preventable disasters. How to contact your North Dakota delegation Sen. John Hoeven G11 Dirksen Senate Office Building Washington, D.C. 20510 Phone: 202-224-2551 Sen. Kevin Cramer B40C Dirksen Senate Office Building Washington, DC 20510 Phone: 202-224-2043 Rep. Kelly Armstrong 1004 Longworth HOB Washington, DC 20515 (202) 225-2611 ©ZOZIPITTSBURGHPOST-GA1ETTE enearons SYNDICATE THEN THERE’ S ., THE BORDER CRISIS...'I'HE GAS SHORTAGE... : , , ggfigéfl ness... I ISION...RACIAL Bu¥rsnon...rne E EAST gléDBgIIJNFLATION... cm United States has outgrown Federalism When the Articles of Confedera- tion proved inadequate for dealing with the critical problems left after the 1783 armistice with England, the leading colonists advocated a na— tional meeting of colonial delegates to amend the Articles. After several years of jerks and starts, the 1787 convention came to order and 55 delegates worked through the steamy Philadelphia summer to negotiate solutions for the weaknesses of the Confederation. Horse-and-Buggy Government The creation of federalism by granting specific powers to the fed- eral government and reserving, all other powers to the states worked quite well for the first decades when horse—and-buggy was the means of transportation and most business was local. As time passed, the Supreme Court was asked to take a second look at the traditional interpretations of the commerce clause, the general welfare clause, equal protection clause, among others. So the defini- tion of federalism has been expanded to with new unforeseen prob— lems arising out of nationalization of the country. America Is Nationalized However, the American economy, society and culture have become so national that the fragmentation of a 1787 federal system no longer serves the people adequately. The structure of the government ought to facilitate, rather than , or obstruct the prosperity and happi— ness of the people. At the present time, groups have Other Views By Lloyd B. Omdahl come into existence with the goal of changing the Constitution. A number of states have signed on to the pro- posal to have two-thirds of the state legislatures call a constitutional con- vention. Other folks want to junk the Electoral College for direct election of the president. Convention Suggestions Then there others that want to reverse the Supreme Court decision declaring corporations people for purposes of contributing to cam— paigns. Another group wants a con- vention limited to adding an amendment requiring a balanced budget at the federal level. support and opposition to all of these convention proposals has been bipartisan with the John Birch Soci- ety and the Eagle Forum against and the conservative American Legisla— tive Exchange Council in favor. States have been so divided on the proposalsthat they have been with- drawing their consent as fast as new supporters have appeared. Most of the dialogue about forc- ing a call of various conventions is not relevant to the greater question of redesigning the national government to manifest the national complexion of our economy and society. National issues have become more important than 'state issues. Federalism Failed The failure of federalism is well documented by our recent experience with the muddled management of COVID-l9 at all levels of govem— ment. President Donald Trump put federalism to the test when he dele- gated the COVID— 19 to the states. States became enemies as they tried to outbid each other for medical supplies to fight COVID-19. Then the federal government got into the act and was competing with the states. Responses to the pandemic var- ied radically from one state to the next. Some states closed their doors to out-of-staters. Masking rules were inconsistence,‘ with governors fight- ing local governments. Good Road Show It would have a great road show but the cast was too big. It would be funny except some experts estimate that federalism and its implementers caused 300,000 of the COVID deaths. , A federal system spawns lot of piecemeal policy. Because federal- requires the mobilization of high level public support, processes are slow and cumbersome. . »- But just as in the of the Arti- of Confederation we are now faced with‘ problems that are not being solved in a federal system. It will take national government to develop universal health care, to cope with earth warming, to respond effectively to natural disaster, to fi- nance the infrastructure, to secure equal rights for all, and to cope with unforeseen crises. All of these will require a greater sense of community. The mystery of the Ninth Amendment The mystery of the Ninth Amend- ment By David Adler Likely the most mysterious provi— sion of the Bill of Rights, the ques- tion of the meaning of the Ninth Amendment has generated numerous interpretations and theories. Though not invoked by the Supreme Court for the first time in our nation’s his- tory untill965, it has come to play an important role in advancing the rights and liberties of Americans every.— where. The right to privacy, intimate relations, same- sex marriage and raising children in a manner consis— tent with parental values are but few of the many rights asserted in the name of this constitutional curiosity. The Ninth Amendment was brought center stage in 1965, in Gris- wold v. Connecticut, when the Court, in an opinion written by Justice William 0. Douglas, declared un— constitutional a state statute that made criminal the use of contracep- tives, even by married couples. Jus— tice Douglas famously coupled the Ninth Amendment with “penumbral” rights drawn from the First, Third, Fourth and Fifth Amendments, to David Adler, The Aituras institute David Adler answers your Constitution questions. Send them to this newspaper. produce a “right of privacy older than the Bill of Rights” itself, particularly as it pertained to “the r sacred precincts of the marital bedroom.” Critics of the concept of a consti- tutional right to privacy, including the fact that it purports to rest, in part, on the Ninth Amendment, have ac- cused the Court of creating rights not grounded in the Constitution. In the roughly 2,000 cases filed across the country since Griswold that have in- voked the Ninth Amendment to de-' fend this or that liberty, controversy has raged as to its meaning. The starting point for determining the meaning of provision of the Constitution is its language. 'The Ninth Amendment states: “The enu— meration in the Constitution, of cer— tain rights, shall not be construed to or disparage other rights re- tained by the people.” - The Ninth Amendment plainly declares that “we the people” enjoy rights beyond those enumerated in the Constitution. Two questions im- mediately arise. First, why did James Madison, in his introduction of the Bill of Rights of June 8, 1789, intro— duce the amendment and its protec- tion of unenumerated rights? Second, what are the unenumerated rights “retained” by the people? History af- fords some understanding. In the latter days of the Constitu: tional ConventiOn, delegates urged the addition of Bill of Rights means of protecting against the possibility that the government might violate its authority and encroach on the rights of the people. The, dreaded Necessary Proper Clause, some feared, might be exercised to infringe such fundamental rights as free Mystery (Continued on Page 5) State tourney host misses an opportunity, fans and players pay the price The southeastern part of the state was a mass of state tournament action last week. The Class B boys and girls golf teams were in Carrington and Jamestown, respectively. That meant hotel rooms and restaurants were packed with parents and kids from across the state. The golf courses in both towns can easily hold such events, but this year the preparation and follow-through by those charge was lacking. There was considerable absence of man- power in Jamestown to handle the 120-plus participants along with coaches, parents and other supporters. On day one, a lot of players didn’t get any food were told to “hurry” to the next nine. I can only surmise the reasoning behind that was due to both a lack of readiness for the in— wereoff the course. i flux of people as well as club members wanting to 18 holes after the high school players The course in Jamestown also had issues with several areas on the course that were un- High School playable due to ground under repair. That led to questions about the rules and, at times, no officials there to answer the uncertainties. Imagine that happening in any other N.D. (NDHSAA) sanctioned event, much less a state tournament. , Another smaller issue, but one that serves as good measure of how the public was treated, was the lack of benches for people to sit on near tee boxes. Instead, more than a dozen were just sitting near hole No. 15 near a storage unit. The event wasn’t a disaster but it’s not one most people will remember fondly. It was missed opportunity for Jamestown, which could have had volunteers or members of the city’s chamber of commerce there helping and welcoming all the visitors to town. Certainly the country club members could Activities Association have pitched in as well There was no way the people who were try- ing to serve the public could keep up. . That wasn’t their fault. The blame lies with the organizers the NDHSAA. Pages from * the past... 10 ago June 6, 2011 Ryan Keplin of Belcourt will be inducted into the International Music Camp Fiddlers Hall of Fame in the International Music Camp Burdick Center for the Performing Arts the International Peace Garden. North Dakota State University has announced its spring 2011 dean’s list. Area students include Rachael Lagein, Rock Lake; Jessie Azure, Rolette; Anna Schleisman, Rolla; Annie Klebe, Willow City. The University of North Dakota announced its Dean’s List. The fol- lowing area students the Spring 2011 list: Cheryl Arpan, Belcourt; Phoebee Hunt, Dunseith; Nicole Ja— cobsen, Rocklake; Elizabeth Mickel— son, Rolla; and Michael Montonye, Willow City. ‘ The North Dakota State College of Science in Wahpetion has named 367 students to its spring semester 2011 President’s Honor List. Former Rolette student Taylor Gottbreht, Diesel Technology, was named to the list. Several area students graduated from Bismarck State College. Area graduates include: Joshua Davis AA, AS , Belcourt; Kacie Beattie, AA, AS and Alan Henry AAS, both of R0- lette; Jonathon Worrall AA, Rolla; and Cody Block, certificate, Willow City. 30 years ago June 10, 1991 Kristi Saari, daughter of Jim and LaDonna Saari of Perth, gradUated magna cum laude from Pacific Lutheran University. Lana Pigeon has been accepted into the Occupational Therapy Pro— gram the University of North Dakota, Grand Forks. Penny Knutt of Cando and Kelby Halone of Rolla were selected as the two students from the 605-person graduating class Concordia College to sing the baccalaureate service. * Mark Heinz has been named to the President’s Academic._,Hpuors List at East _Qrand.,Forks Technical College. Four area students have been named to the honor roll at North Dakota School for the Deaf, Devils Lake. On the “A” honor roll is Corene Goumeau, an eighth grade student. On the “B” hOnor roll are Shawn Onstad, a freshman; Shelby Slater, a seventh grade student; and Melissa Davis, a fifth grade student. Russell Larkins of St. John, and Michaela Poitra of Grand Forks, for- merly of Belcourt, have been ac- cepted for admission at NDSU-Bottineau. Casey Henderson of Hansboro is among 201 students at Jamestown College on the spring semester Dean’s List. Rae Ann Kirchoffner, Paul Tupa, K.C. Tupa, Matt Kartes and Ross La— qualified for the North Dakota State Hershey Track and Field Meet in Bismarck at Hughes Field. Wayne Poitra, a 6’7” center, has signed a North Dakota Collegiate Athletic Conference (NDCAC) letter of intent to play basketball at Minot State University next season. Three underclassmen swept the awards for the Belcourt Braves high school golf team this past season as seventh Guy Thomas was named the team’s Most Valuable Player. Another seventh grader, Charlie Bercier, was named as the Most Dedicated Player and junior Ray Reed was awarded the Most Im— prover Player award for coach Phil Carlson’s squad. ' 60 years ago June 8, 1961 Leo Boucher of Rolla has been appointed Rolette county deputy sheriff, announces Edwin Johnson, sheriff. W. A. Schmidt of Bisbee was one of two Scouters from the Lake Agas- siz Council honored when 25 of the 531 local councils of the Boy Scouts of America were cited as “Blue Rib— bon Councils” for outstanding work in extending Scouting among rural boys. The Rolette FFA Chapter downed Rolla 7 to 2 in the championship game to win the District 5 FFA soft— ball tournament held in Bottineau. James Brunelle, Belcourt track star, took top honors in the javelin throw among competing trackmen from Class B and C schools at the 1961 North Dakota State track held at Valley City recently. vaight Goumeau, son of Mr. and Mrs. Pat Goumeau, was name vale¥ dictorian and Patricia King, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John King, was named salutatorian in the 1961 Bel- court High School graduating class. E