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HIDALGO COUNTY HERALD FRIDAY, JANUARY 15, 2010 7 Just A Thought We are carrying the torch for a generation By RICK KRAFT For such a time as this. You have been called to live in this day for such a time as this. Do you ever wonder why you are liv- ing in the 2000's as opposed to 50 years ago or 100 years ago? Why were you brought into this world on the dateyou were born to the parents you were born to? I have a hard time tnderstanding a world without cars or a world withoth microwave ov- ens. I have not experi- enced such a world. When I study history, 1 Rick realize that for the ma- jority of mankind, most of what man has done with his time is to try to survive. For most of man- kind, if a person wanted to get from point A to point B. he would walk. If a person wanted to cook food, he would build a fire. No generation has ever lived on this planet in the world that we experience today. As we live day to day, we go to bed happy, stressed, or depressed as we look towards the next morning ahead. If we take a global view of life, we realize that each of us is born into this world. We are raised during our childhood days and then we are launched into the world to make a positive impact on the world we live in. Or not. Over the Christmas holiday Airman 1st Class Ruben J. Nieblas Jr. Nieblas graduates basic training Submitted by JOINT HOME- TOWN NEWS SERVICEISan An- tonio TX Air Force Airman 1st Class Ruben J. Nieblas Jr. graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base. San Antonio, Texas. The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military. discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills. Airmen who complete basic training earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force. He is the son of Ruben Nieblas Sr. of Animas. N.M.. and Rebecca Mireles of Converse, Texas. Nieblas is a 2009 graduate of Animas High School. I had the opportunity to interview and film my parents, both in their 70's, as they shared their journey through the years. They spoke about the world they were born into and their experiences grow- lng up in small towns back east and their lives after graduating from high school. In sharing their his- tory they shared about their grandparents and parents, none of whom are alive today. I re- member my mother's mother who was born in the 1800's. I can only Kraft re.member her as being old as that is the only way I knew her. I am three gen- erations removed from her. But the-stories of her life continue. As my parents told about their parents I can recall count- less experiences with both sets of grandparents. Despite living half a country apart from them. as a child I saw them regularly and as and adult we had family gatherings that kept us m touch. Now that generation is gone. Both my wife Tanya an& I are blessed to still have both of our parents alive and married to each other (collectively for over 100 years!). Tanya and I have adult children who have not yet 1. married and thus no grandchil- dren. So as I write we have only three generations living at once. I step back and look at the big picture. Back many genera- tions ago in the 1800's. one of my ancestors named Maximillian Kraft came to the United States of America from Germany. He lived here and then he died. He passed the torch to his children. All of his chil- dren have now passed on. They passed the torch on to their chil- dren who have all now died. But the torch was passed by them. And so on and so on. I can't tell you much about Maximillian. I can tell you I am glad he came to America and that he gave me my last name. I also can tell you that in my fam- ily .line we have had a 100% mortality rate. Given enough time. all of my._ancestgrs _have passed on. So what does that have to do with today? Well. for one, we all need to understand in the great scheme of things that we are just passing through. Our years here on earth are short when placed against the back- drop of the history of mankind. I have always felt an ur- gency to life. My urgency seems to increase as my years pass. Someone once said that getting older is like getting to the end of a roll of toilet paper, it moves quicker the closer you get to the end of the roll. I can't control what hap- pens in the future after I am gone. I am not sure I can con- trol a whole lot of what hap- pens in the future while I am still here. But I am not going to give up. There will be a day when all of us are gone. It is the say- ing "'a hundred years from now there will be all new people." So how do we make a differ- ence in the world 100 years from now? I'll give you one example. My parents' parents raised two good people in my parents. My parents did the best they could in raising me. I married an awe- some lady (who came from good parents) and Tanya and I did our best to raise our two children. Absent a unique event or events, our children will out- live us along with their children. You see. my parents carry a part of my grandparents in them, I carry a part of my grandparents and my parents in me. My children carry a part of my grandparents, my parents, and me in each of them. And so on. Outside raising good chil- dren to pass the torch to, each of us have the opportunity to in- fluence others. It could be di- rect influence, or it could be indirect through those we touch directly or by helping organi- zations that have direct influ- ence to change lives. In my life God has allowed me to influence many people directly and many people indi- rectly. He has not allowed me to influence countless other people. I don't worry much about a man who is crossing the street in China right now be- cause 1 have no influence in his life. I am concerned about the lives I touch directly and the lives those people touch. I ask myself the question "Am I do- ing my best to positively influ- ence each of these lives?" Whom and what do you have influence over? What abil- ity to make a difference has God provided to you? Do you need to move into a position of in- fluence to make a greater im- pact? Who are you passing the torch to? When you are gone, what torch have you passed? My challenge to you today is to stop and take time to think through these questions, because we are just passing through. What world are we leaving to our "children? What world are we leaving to the next genera- tion? What difference are you making in your life? The great Irish playwright. George Bernard Shaw wrote, "I 'arrf bf the opinion that my life belongs to the whole commu- nity, and as I live, it is my privilege to do for it what- ever I can. I want to be thor- oughly used up when I die. For the harder I work, the mbre I live I rejoice in life for its own sake. "Life is no brief candle to me. It is a sort of splendid torch which I've got a hold of for a moment, and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible be- fore I hand it on to future gen- erations." As we move forward in 2010 it is my hope and prayer for you that you do an excel- lent job of carrying the torch and that when your days are through that you pass the brightest torch you can to those who follow. Just a Thought Rick Kraft is a motivational speaker, a published author, and an attorney. To submit comments. contributions, or ideas, e-mail to rkraft @ kraftandhunter, corn mailto : thekraftlawfirm @ or write to P.O. Box '850, Roswell, New Mexfco, 88202 - 0850. A Picture From The Past- Submitted by .EDMUND SAUCEDOILordsburg Jane McGhee (Hall), Patty Badgett (Famsworth), Nellie Diaz (Perez), Sharon Lytle (Harris), Jeanne Hill (LaMarca), Esther Padilla (Valenzuela), and Rebecca Atkinson singing at a school program at Central School Gymnasium, Lordsburg, 1960. USDA enhances farm programs and streamlines payment limits for family rmers Submitted by USDAILordsburg ticipant appears to meet the in- tively engaged' in farming re- Agriculture Secretary Tom come limits. Written consent quirements under less restrictive Vilsack recently announced that will be required from- each pro- rules. USDA is partnering with the In- ducer or payment recipient for Every stockholder or mem- ternal Revenue Service to reduce this process. No actual tax data ber of a legal entity, such as a fraud in farm programs and will be included in the report corporation, does not have to streamlining payment limits for that IRS sends to USDA. As part contribute labor or management family farmers. The actions are of the review and evaluation if both of the following apply: intended to strengthen the integ- process, participants whose AGI at least half of the in- rity and defensibility of USDA may exceed the limits will be terest in the legal entity is held farm safety net programs and offered an opportunity to pro- by stockholders or members help the.agricultural industry to vide third party verification or who are providing active per- meet requirements included in other information to validate sonal labor or active personal the 2008 Farm Bill. their income, management that altogether "Today's announcement Meanwhile. beginning with qualifies as a significant contri- will ensure that the producers the 2010 program year. USDA bution to the farming operation; who depend upon the safety net has amended the rules that gov- the total direct pay- of USDA programs will have ern the requirements to be "ac- ments received, both directly future access to these programs tively engaged' in farming, and indirectly, by the legal en- by enhancing the overall integ- These rules apply to eligibility tity and each of the members rity of the programs." said for payments under the Direct does not exceed $40.000. Vilsack. "It will also provide and Counter-cyclical Program USDA is an equal opportu- more flexibility for family farm (DCP) or Average Crop Rev- nity provider, employer and operations across the country." enue Election (ACRE) program lender. To file a complaint of As part of today's an- administered by the USDA discrimination, write: USDA. nouncement, USDA has final- Farm Service Agency (FSA). Director. Office of Civil Rights, ized a Memoi:andum of Under- USDA has implemented the 1400 Independence Ave.. SW. standing with the Internal Rev- followingchange to permit cer- Washington, DC 20250-9410 or enue Service to establish an tain operations, mbst often ram- call (800) 795-3272(voice), or electronic information exchange ily-run operations, to meet "ac- (202) 720-6382 (TDD). process for verifying compli- ance with the adjusted gross in-GNF Reserve come provisions for programs announces administered by USDA's FSA and Natural Resources Conser- vationService. This agreement WUl Pile Burns will ensure that payments are not issued to producers whose Submitted by GILA NATIONAL FOREST/Silver City adjusted gross income (AGI) The Reserve Ranger District is planning on igniting slash piles exceeds certain limits. The lim- at the Reserve Administritive Site and Rancho Grande Subdivision. its set in the 2008 Farm Bill are The burns will be conducted, weather (snow or significant moisture) $500,000 nonfarm average AGI and fire conditions permitting, throughout the months of January for commodity and disaster pro- through March. Pile burning is anticipated to be completed within a grams: $750.000 farm average few days of the start of ignitions. The piles were created as a result of AGI for direct payments: and $1 the Wildland Urban Interface thinning project. million nonfarm average AGI Smoke may be visible in the area, and may finger in the area at for conservation programs, night and early morning. - The electronic process that The objective of the burn is to reduce the wildfire potential to the USDA developed with IRS re- public and remove hazardous fuels. views data from tax returns, per- A public meeting will be held on January 11. 2010. at 1:00 p.m. forms a series of calculations, at the Rancho Grande Fire Department to discuss and gather public and compares these values to the input relating to the. burning of the piles. A "show me" trip will also AGI limitations from the 2008 be available immediately following the meeting to provide as much Farm Bill FSA and NRCS will information as possible and address public concerns. receive a record that indicates Please call the Reserve Ranger District for further information or whether.or not the program par- concerns at (575) 533-6231. PFOBL6M: 214 E. MOTEL DRIVE IN LORDSBURG I We will be making workplace deliveries on Thursday and Friday (Feb. 11-12). Special Sale Rates on Thurs & Fri will apply! Free Lord00 542-8