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HIDALGO COUNTY HERALD FRIDAY, AUGUST 20, 2010 7 Just A Thought A terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day By RICK KRAFT was in his cereal box, the words "I went to sleep with gum in my mouth and now there's gum in my hair and when I got out of bed this morning I tripped on the skateboard and by mis- take I dropped my sweater in the sink while the water was running and I could tell it was going to be a ter- rible, horrible, no good, very bad day." So starts Judith Viorst's book about a little boy who had a series of bad ex- periences, "Alexander and the Terrible, Hor- Rlck Kraft rible, No Good, Very Bad Day." The book continues to tell about how Alexander's day went from bad to worst. His brothers got real neat toys in their cereal boxes and Alexander got none. Alexander didn't get a window seat in the car on the way to school and was "scrunched." At school the teacher liked his friend's picture better. His buddy told him he wasn't his best friend anymore. His friends got cupcakes and a chocolate bar with almonds for lunch and his mother forgot to give him a desert. Poor Alexander had to go to the dentist after School. The dentist found a cav- ity. The elevator door closed on his foot. He accidently knocked the books off his dad's desk. His mother served lima beans for din- ner. Then Alexander's day ended with a bath that was too hot, soap .getting in his eyes, and finally his Mickey Mouse nightlight burn- ing out leaving him to try to fall asleep in the dark. That sounds like a "terrible, horrible, no good very bad day" Little Alexander's solution flaroughout the day was "I think I will move to Australia!" His so- lution was foiled, though. At the end of the book his mother tells him "Some days are like that. Even in Australia." Moms sure have a lot of wisdom. There was very little in Alexander's day that he could control. He couldn't control what from his friend, his mother serv- ing a food he hated, or his night light burning out. These are things that life deals us. Gener- ally they are spread out over time and mixed in with some good happenings. But not always. There are times when it seems that ev- erything goes wrong at once. Let me share a few of my theories on how we need to handle this thing called life. First, we need to recognize that life is 10% what happens and 90% how we respond. When I pointed out that Alexander could control very little in his terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day, I was referring to the events that make up the 10%. Things hap- pen. It is part of life. If you can't handle "things" that occur unex- pectedly and outside your con- trol, maybe you hould not get out of bed. So we must first ac- cept the fact that there will be events in our lives that we have no choice but to accept. Although we cannot control this 10%, we can control how we choose to respond. That is the 90%. This is the exciting part of all of this. The 90% is our atti- tude. We must recognize and ac- cept the fac that we control what we think. We are living in a time when too often we make a bad choice and then we look for some- one to blame it on. It is an ac- countability issue. Each one of us is the CEO of our own life. At- titude is a choice we individually make from minute to minute, sec- ond to second. Life is 10% what happens and 90% how we re- spond. Second, we need to spend more time focusing on what we are giving, not what we are re- ceiving. :If I could rewrite Ms. Viorst's book, I wouid not change a single bad happening to Alexander, but I would mix in what he did to make those around him not experience a terrible, Martinez wins Lir Mars raffle The Lil' Mars Cheerleading squad's Back-to-School raffle was won by Rose Martinez, pictured above with her prize.The winning ticket was drawn by Emerie Newell. The Lil' Mav cheerleaders will be performing at home football games. Courtesy photo THANK YOU, In appreciation for donating treasures for the yard sale we had on August 7, we want to thank the following" Gloria V, Berna & Rudy A., Tina and Tommy T., Veva and Cuco V., Comadre Toni, Marsha & Jason, Nellie Aram- bula, Teresa Marquez, Rose and Diedre, Doreen A., Naya A., Tammy and Mikie, Celes DeLaRiva, Susan DeLaRiva, Bea Placencia, Benjie Talavera and Susan. Thanks to Comadre Irene Gutierrez for donating the raffle prizes which were won by Terri Stewart, Josiah Mendoza and Doreen Arambula. If we forgot to mention someone, please accept our apologies and our sincere thanks. Thanks to Benjie for the football pool and to everyone who purchases squares. To everyone who came to the yard sale to browse and buy, to Mijo Benjie for working so hard to make this yard sale a success, to Mija Connie for all her help and beihg there for all of us...from the bottom of our hearts, we thank you. God Bless you. You will forever be in our  hearts an&prayers. 10nut  t0$ ,e./n/t,a.,'. A Picture From The Past Submitted by EDMUND SAUCEDOILordsburg horrible, no good, very bad day ing to let the lack of a toy in your also. For example, after his bad lunc]h experience, I would have Alexander tell one of his class- mates, he thought she had on a pretty dress. I would have Alexander let his buddy kick the ball on the playground before Alexander does. I would have Alexander tell his mother the roast beef served with the lima beans was very good. Alexander's day should be measured not by what comes at him, but by what comes from him, what he does to invest in others. I believe that the best way to turn around a bad day is to help make another's day better. Those who bring happiness into the lives of others cannot keep it from them- selves. Third and finally, you must be able to reinvent yourself as you live each day. You see, some people are unable to recover from the fact that there was no toy in their cereal box. Before they get out the door, their day is de- stroyed. It never ceases to amaze me how one small event sends a person down a path that causes their day to snowball into a very bad experience. And along the way, they become the 10% that lessens the quality of other's lives. What I am saying is that you can change the direction of your day at any point. Close your eyes and tell yourself you are not go- cereal box ruin one more minute of your precious day. Stop the path you are on. Reinvent your- self. Get back on track and tell yourself this is going to be the best day of your life. Then, when you are on the right track, move forward with an attitude that is contagious and worth others catching. My challenge to you today is to accept the 10% of life you can't control. You don't have to like it, but you do need to get over it. And the sooner, the bet- ter. Focus on helpingmake other's lives better. Be the wind beneath their wings and you can't help but fly high with them. When you find yourself moving down the wrong path, reinvent yourself. It may be that the only thing you can control in this world is you. But that is all you need to con- trol for you to change the direc- tion of your day. No matter what life deals you, you don't need to dwell on moving to Australia. Choose to have an awesome, fulfilling, and very good day. It really is up to you. 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 @ aol. corn or write to P.O. Box 850, Roswell, New Mexico, 88202 - 0850. 00smarixm Reyes ("Guerro") Aguilera Feb. 10, 1924 - Aug. 21, 2009 United States Army Staff Sergeant, Troop H, 5th Cavalry, Asiatic Pacific Theater, Phillipines Liberation, 1944, age 20. Letters to the Editor The Hidalgo County Her- ald urges readers to voice their opin- ions by writing in. Letters can be mailed to 212 E. Motel Drive, Ste. B, or can be e-rraailed to Only let- ters; that are signed by the au- thow will be considered for publication. All letters that are published should be consid- ered the opinion of the author, andl not necessarily that of the Hidalgo County Herald. Read- ers are encouraged to practice theiir First Amendment right of free speech. 00,Offended :Dear Editor Voters of Hidalgo County, I feel compelled to respond to thle "interview" with Theodore Casttillo which is in fact a paid camlpaign ad by the candidate. Mr. Castillo has just dis- playmd his complete lack of knmwledge for the work that is done in the Assessor's office. As- sess.ors are mandated by law to re-ewaluate the entire County ev- ery ttwo years. The law also man- dates that property cannot be in- c reased more than 3% per year if it is classified as residential. It is the taxpayer's responsibility to report any improvement or addi- tion to the property, however, as we all know, no one wants to pay more taxes, so this is very seldom reported to the Assessor. Asses- sots;, therefore, have to go out every year and inspect the prop- er.ties and increase any values where improvements are made. Because of the 3% cap placed on t;he values by the legislature, the values do not necessarily re- flec:t the "true" value but any ivroperty, that is sold is placed on the tax roll at 98% of the sale pricce. No longer can property be valued according to the average value of the neighborhood. Assessors do use the disclo- sure statements (in addition to many other appraisal rules) to value properties that have sold. All available exemptions are reported to the property owners every year. Assessors also publish a statement required by law to the public every year concerning these exemptions. Mr. Castillo is obviously not reading his Notice of Valuation that is sent in April of each tax year, nor is he reading the statement published the first three weeks of January of the tax year. I am deeply offended by the statement by Mr. Castillo of "lack of compassion" by myself or Jody Hatch, my Chief Deputy. We have done all within our power to help any taxpayer that has ever come into or called this office. The fact that we are not bilingual has no bearing whatsoever on the workings in this office. We have many bilingual friends in the other offices who do a wonderful job interpreting for us. Mr. Castillo also indicated that this office was not profes- sional. Each Assessor through- out the State is audited every year by Taxation and Revenue's Prop- erty Tax Division. We have re- ceived an excellent rating every year. These audits are public record and may be inspected at any time. I will be retiring in Decem- ber of this year and the new As- sessor will be determined by you, the voter. I urge you to consider whether you want someone in the office that has NO experience, or someone who has worked in the office for 6 years. It is upto you! Sincerely, Tonya "Toni" Lowery Lordsburg How soon we forget Dear Editor: My, how soon people forget. You forget Dec.7th, Korea, Viet- nam,& 9-11. You also forget to pray for fear you might offend someone. Ha! You know folks, I finally found where Thomas Jefferson said something' about separation of church & state- in a book "Faith of Our Fathers". He fought to keep church & state separated, Why? Well according to the book, the Anglican Church was his Father's faith & the gov- ernment backed that church with tax money received from other churches, Methodist, Baptist etc. He didn't think it was right for one church to be given money taken from others in the form of taxes. Wow! I have to agree. Now no where in the Declaration of Independence, the Constitu- tion or the Bill of Rights is there any mention of separation of church & state. This isALLA BIG LIE pushed off on you by the government.& judges that have their own agenda. These politi- cians that promote this should be impeached, the ACLU should be sued for false pretenses & the Fed- eral Government should get their clammy fingers out of people's lives. I can't believe these judges that go along with this garbage. Where is their judgements? Ap- parently not many people read what is happening tO them! Read #45 of the Federalist papers, you shall see the federal government has way over. stepped their bounds. And folks; your senators & congressmen who are supposed to be representing you have more or less said, "To hell with yo u , we are going along with this agenda regardless of what you say." Wow! They've all done it so this year start with the dog catcher & go up, (or down) & get rid of all these career poli- ticians. Do it for the good of your country & your kids. Think of them & your Grand kids for once. See how easy it is to for- get, someone came to visit & I lost my train of thought. Oh yeah, I hear Obama two or three times everyday blaming everything on Bush. GET OVER IT!! Ok! I did not agree with ev- erything Bush did but if I remem- ber right for a lot of his term he had democrat Tom Dashel run- ning the Senate & face it every- body the democrats have had the congress for the past 4 years. Now folks, most presidents are more or less a figure head, the congress has almost complete control Read the Constitution, it's there. Now if the democrats controlled the house how can all this be Bush's fault? Now this is a different time, the congress has given Obama control of almost everything, Why? Why have your senators voted to put those two women on the supreme court, Yeah, it's historical, but listen to them. They are not Su- preme court material. The Supreme Court should be non partisan period! Surely there were better candidates somewhere out there. The Supreme court is there to interrupt the law thru the Con- stitution not bring up personal feelings & agendas. Surely the Democrats believe in the Consti- tution don't they? Oh I forgot Obama said its not complete hum! Scary! Nuff Said I guess. God Bless our Troops & Coutry Gene Chadborn Animas, NM heher&ld znex .net HAPPY /'00tBiltt , 1 Cute a a button! Love-Mommy, Daddy, Sister & Family Look at what you have--not at what you don't have! Lord's Living Water Lighthouse Dressis always casual! 807 Duncan Highway (US 70) ~ Lords.burg ~ (575) 590-0143 - Sunday Morning Service" 10:40 AM