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Monday, November 10, 2008 Volume XVII, Number
Did Ya Know?...
Deadline for entry in the Carthage Christmas
Parade is Wednesday, November 12, 2008. Entry
forms may be obtained by calling the Carthage
Technical Center at 417-359-7026 ext. 17031
or by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org
The Christmas Parade will be held on Monday,
Did Ya Know?... The
City of Carthage Recycling Drop-Off Center
and Composting Lot will be closed Tuesday,
November 11 due to Veterans Day.
Did Ya Know?...
McCune-Brooks Regional Hospital Grief Support
Group will meet in the hospital chapel on
November 11 at 3:30 p.m. Discussion will be
led by hospital Chaplain, Galen Snodgrass.
For more information call 359-2636.
The teacher asked his pupils to
write an essay, telling what they would do if
they had five million dollars.
Every pupil except Sammy began writing
immediately. Sammy sat idle, twiddling his
fingers and watching flies on the ceiling.
Teacher collected the papers, and Sammy handed in
a blank sheet.
"How is this, Sammy?" asked the
teacher. "Is this your essay? Every other
pupil has written two sheets or more, while you
have done nothing!"
"Well," replied Sammy,
"thats what I would do if I were a
A Chronological Record of Events as they have
Transpired in the City and County since our last Issue.
What Is A Just Tax?
J.N. Bradbury Writes on
Editor: I wish to correct
some statements made by Mr. Daniel under the heading
"Favors County Institutes." He says to kick
about a just tax is to shake hands with anarchy. There
isnt any one that I know of that is kicking about a
just tax that is properly applied to educating our
children. He doesnt seem to comprehend what a just
tax is and what it is based on. It is based on a just
law, that gives equal right to all. Does the law that
governs teachers associations give equal rights to all
parties concerned? No, it does not. It takes away the
earnings of one party and is given to the teacher without
value received, who takes it and is absent from his or
her school two days while the children are out of school
the same length of time. Now if a teachers time is
worth anything part of the time in school, its worth more
all of his time in school. There are some school
districts that have school only six months in the year,
and that is with a high tax, and yet after all they
dont have that much from the fact that there are
only two or three holidays and two days the teacher
leaves behind him with the money of the district to have
a jolly good time at the association. I ask doesnt
the teacher rob the district in so doing?
He calls this a just tax.
Now he would have one to understand that any one who
would kick against a law that would create such a tax is
bordering on anarchy. I would refer him to Websters
dictionary that he may teach his pupils what constitutes
anarchy. His calling this a just tax does not make it so.
The Republicans of the state have, to use his phrase,
been kicking against such unequal laws during the last
campaign. According to his idea they are bordering on
anarchy. He says a man that is too hide bound to pay for
educating his children should have none. I dont
consider him one of my children. If he was I would be
willing to pay for his education, for I think he needs
it, but as he is not I want him to pay for his own
education. I dont want a teacher to teach school in
my school district who cannot more properly define what
constitutes anarchy. He says if teachers were required to
visit different schools at least one-half a day in each
month the progressive teacher would note various ways of
bettering his instructions. The pupils would reap the
benefit. We have a county school commissioner for the
purpose of visiting schools if necessary to aid the
teacher and give some instruction to the pupils. In
speaking of teachers institutes and their benefits
he says he would like to see a few of these chronic
growlers attend these institutes. I am sure they would
and so would most of the county if someone would pay for
their time. I am in favor of having the teachers
association changed to meet sometime before school
commences. When that is done the teachers will have to
bear their own expense. Then some of them will readily
find out whose ox is gored. - J.N. Bradbury
The Facts About
Arthritis Education Program will be presented on
November 11, 2008 at 6:30 p.m. at McCune-Brooks
Regional Hospital. Featured speaker will be Anne
Winkler, M.D., rheumatologist. Dr. Winkler will
present a program on forms of arthritis and their
symptoms, different treatment options and ways
that you can better manage your arthritis and
reduce your pain. She will also share with those
in attendance how they can better work with their
doctors to make their office visits more
productive; and there will time set aside for you
to ask questions about your arthritis. Each
person attending will be provided with a packet
of arthritis information from the Arthritis
Foundation and refreshments will be provided.
The program is
free, but registration is requested. Registration
may be completed by calling 417-359-1351 or toll
free 1-888-719-5670; or e-mail to
email@example.com. Additional information is
available at the following website:
This program is
presented in partnership with the Southwest
Missouri Regional Arthritis Center and the
Arthritis Foundation, Western Missouri/Greater
Kansas City Chapter.
The program will
be held in the Community Room of McCune-Brooks
Regional Hospital, which is located at 3125 Dr.
Russell Smith Way, Carthage. Dr. Winkler is a
member of the physician staff at the
McCune-Brooks Regional Hospital Visiting
Physician Clinic. Two other rheumatologists, Mark
Jarek, M.D. and Richard Kenney, M.D., treat
patients at the Visiting Physician Clinic along
with physicians who specialize in other areas.
information about the Arthritis Program contact
the Community Relations Department at
417-359-1350. For additional information about
Dr. Winkler or other physicians at the clinic,
contact the MBRH Visiting Physician Clinic at
There is probly nothin more traumatic
a thing than pickin sides as a kid.
Course, after a couple a
choices, then there are two to three
huddlin together decidin whos
gonna be picked next. Now we have humiliation by
Even worse than bein last
is when some well meanin captain says
somethin like, "Ok, well take
him and give you Jimmy, and still be able to beat
Theres little doubt that
choosin sides is a fair undertakin.
Each side ends up with a fairly equal alignment
Sometimes, just for kicks, it
was fun to let Jimmy and the next to last pick be
captains. Usually we ended up with about the same
team, everone just felt better.
This is some fact, but mostly,
Just Jake Talkin.
Oldies & Oddities
|This Is A Hammer
By Samantha Mazzotta
Is Aluminum Wiring
a Safety Hazard?
Q: Ill be
closing escrow soon on a 1974 mobile home. I just
had the home inspection done and found out that
it has aluminum wiring. Is this common, and is
this a safety hazard, especially being so old?
Can you give me a quick education on aluminum
wiring and any pointers that might help me? --
Gail S., via e-mail
aluminum wiring was installed in about 2 million
homes (and an unknown number of other structures
such as mobile homes) built in the 1960s through
the mid-1970s. The reason it is no longer used is
that it was found to be less safe than copper
The problem with
aluminum wiring is that it tends to corrode at
the connections (such as electrical outlet or
appliance connections). This corrosion increases
the resistance to electrical current, which leads
to overheating at the connection, which can cause
serious problems -- including fire or
electrocution. Circuit breakers are designed to
trip (break) an electrical circuit before it
overloads and overheats, but aluminum wiring had
a tendency to overheat despite this protection.
According to the
U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, homes
wired before 1972 with aluminum are 55 times more
likely to have one or more connections reach
"fire hazard conditions" than a home
wired with copper.
manufacturers introduced a new "alloy"
type of aluminum wiring, as well as improved
switches and outlets. However, some reports argue
that the alloy wasnt much of an
One thing that was
introduced in this same time period was a
less-costly alternative to completely rewiring a
home with copper. This is the COPALUM crimp
connector repair, which splices aluminum wires
with copper connectors to create a safer
connection at the outlet or appliance.
It is one of just
two recommended fixes for the aluminum wiring in
your home (the other is to completely rewire with
copper). The COPALUM fix was allowed through
2005. I dont know if its still a
permitted repair option, but a licensed
electrician will know about it. At any rate, you
should have an electrician double-check all
electrical connections in the mobile home to make
sure they are functioning correctly. For the
repair work, be sure to get a written estimate
and re-inspect after repairs are complete.
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