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Friday, April 3, 2009, Volume XVII, Number 202

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Did Ya Know?... Friends of the Carthage Public Library will hold this month’s used book sale April 4th at the Library Annex from 8:00 till noon.

Did Ya Know?... Palm Sunday Community Worship hosted by Carthage Ministerial Alliance Full Faith Church of Carthage, 736 E. Fairview, 7:00 p.m. Everyone Invited!

Did Ya Know?... The Family Literacy Center will be making chocolate Easter Eggs for $3.00 each. You can purchase the eggs March 16th thru April 12th at several stores and businesses in Carthage.


today's laugh

Why God Made Mom’s... According to 2nd Graders

She’s the only one who knows where the scotch tape is.

Mostly to clean the house .

How did God make mothers?

Used dirt, just like for the rest of us.

Magic plus super powers and a lot of stirring.

God made my Mom just the same like he made me. He just used bigger parts.

What ingredients are they made of ?

God makes mothers out of clouds and angel hair and everything nice in the world and one dab of mean.

They had to get their start from men’s bones. Then they mostly use string, I think.

A Chronological Record of Events as they have Transpired in the City and County since our last Issue.

Held Up Near Wichita Saturday Night-

Two Suspects Under Arrest.

The east bound passenger train on the Frisco, which reaches Carthage at 5:37 a.m., was held up and robbed Saturday night at Andover, a small station about ten miles east of Wichita, an account of which will be found in the dispatches on another page. The express car alone was robbed, the passengers not being disturbed.The two men who did the work first rode into the town and robbed the ticket agent, securing about $90, all of which with the exception of about three dollars, was personal property of the agent.

After robbing the agent they started out to flag the train. The agent had given the alarm as soon as they had left and a citizen of the town, Mr. Fordwell, attempted to give the train crew warning, and was shot by the robbers.

The posse which immediately followed the robbers killed one of their horses and wounded one of the men, who was tracked quite a distance by a bloody trail. Two suspects are under arrest at Wichita.

G.B. Simpson, superintendent of the Wells-Fargo Express Co., and Mr. Allender, a special agent of the Frisco, passed through Carthage this morning en route for the scene of the robbery, and it is probable the robbers will be speedily apprehended.


Today's Feature

Parking Pass Forgeries.

The Carthage Police Department has been made aware that individuals have been making forgeries of parking passes issued to county elected officials. The passes, that exempt the users from the two hour parking restriction on the square, apparently have been issued through the Police Department for several years, but there is no known record of how the practice began.

Police Chief Dagnan has instructed the Parking Enforcement officer to begin issuing tickets to anyone using the passes that is not an elected official, and the practice of issuing the passes may come before the Public Safety Committee for clarification.

Dagnan says that several duplicate passes were discovered last Wednesday and tickets were issued.

At this time, since there is no official authorization of the original passes, Dagnan says there is no penalty, other than paying the parking fine, for displaying the pass.

Chief Dagnan has sent a letter to the County Commission requesting a list of all elected officials that might request such a pass. The Public Safety Committee would likely review any future issuance.

AIG Versus Greenberg: The War Intensifies

by Sharona Coutts,

"Let me be clear: AIG’s business model did not fail -- its management did."

Thus did Maurice "Hank" Greenberg end his written testimony for the congressional hearing into the AIG rescue.

There is now a full-blown public relations war between the ailing insurance giant and its founder and former CEO, Greenberg.

Greenberg was ousted in 2005, following investigations by then-New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer. Since the first AIG bailout in September 2008, Greenberg has tried to cast himself as a potential sage and savior when it comes to the increasingly expensive question of what the federal government should do about the company.

Greenberg’s attacks on company management provoked a counterattack from AIG, which last night sent reporters a three-page "fact sheet" detailing allegations, a history of legal disputes and other instances of what the company sees as Greenberg’s mischaracterizations of his management of AIG.

In his prepared testimony, the 83-year-old Greenberg calls for what would be bailout version 5.0. Most significantly, under his plan, the government would wait 20 years -- instead of the current five -- for AIG to repay a $42 billion loan from the Treasury Department.

Greenberg blames his "successors" for bungling AIG’s finances in two areas. One area was run by the now-infamous Financial Products division that sold credit default swaps -- a form of insurance on financial instruments. The other involved a program that loaned out securities held by insurance companies. Together the two business lines have cost taxpayers about $100 billion to terminate.

Much of the bailout cash went to AIG "counterparties" -- the American and foreign banks at the winning end of AIG’s bad deals. Greenberg condemned paying those partners 100 percent of what was owed. Instead, the company should have negotiated a lower payout, he said.

"These cash payments to CDS counterparties should never have occurred," Greenberg said.

Now, he said, the companies should be enticed into an arrangement whereby they would become investors in AIG, which, claims Greenberg, would give them an incentive to see AIG succeed. AIG launched a pre-emptive strike Wednesday, putting out a four-page dossier attacking Greenberg’s credibility. The 83-year-old Greenberg was forced out in 2005 amid a scandal over securities fraud. The once-mighty insurance giant’s departure into exotic credit derivatives began under Greenberg in the mid 1980s -- and culminated last fall when the AIG’s bad bets came due and forced a taxpayer bailout.

"Given that Hank Greenberg led AIG into the credit default swap business, has repeatedly refused to testify under oath about a transaction he initiated when he was still AIG’s CEO, and is being investigated by the SEC and the Justice Department, we don’t understand how he can be viewed as having any credibility on any AIG issue," the company said in its statement.

Greenberg could not be reached Wednesday night. He recently has appeared on television talk shows, including the Charlie Rose show on March 17, and criticized both the government intervention and current management of AIG.

The company’s titled its salvo: "The Greenberg Legacy." The first section includes 11 bullet points that recap history of the Financial Products division and Greenberg’s role in originating it. Greenberg has tried to distance himself from the unit, which lost billions selling a form of insurance on toxic mortgage securities.

The next section deals with "Mr. Greenberg’s Ouster." It recounts Greenberg’s decision to "take the Fifth" when confronted by questions from investigators examining securities fraud by the company.

The campaign appears to be AIG’s effort to seize the agenda after weeks of public outcry over payment of millions in retention bonuses to employees in the Financial Products unit who are trying to unwind the trades helped sink the company.

Greenberg remains a major AIG stockholder. He was forced to resign in 2005 after a series of scandals, including the prosecution of senior executives from AIG and the reinsurer, Gen Re, for fraudulent deals made to cook AIG’s books. Greenberg has never been charged with a crime.

Democratic Rep. Edolphus Towns, D-N.Y., chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, told the Reuters news agency that the hearing will delve into the Financial Products division’s genesis.

"We want to take a very serious look and see if legislation is needed to prevent this from ever happening again," Towns told Reuters.

Greenberg was AIG’s chief executive for 35 years. The government has committed up to $180 billion in taxpayer funds to rescue the firm, saying its collapse could cause widespread damage through the world financial community.


ART NOTES from Hyde House

by Sally Armstrong, Director of artCentral

We are thankful for the way the weather held off last Friday night, to enable a nice crowd to assemble for the second exhibition opening of the year at Hyde House Gallery. It threatened rain outside, but inside there were beautiful spring and summer flowers to enjoy, the combined works of fine art photographer Mary Ann Soerries from Joplin and Carthage artist Lora Waring with a nice group of watercolor and watercolour pencil florals in the Member Gallery. Both artists were on hand to greet visitors, and we had a nice combination of artists, patrons, families of the artists, and several of my board members were present to assist me in execution. I thank them and my student intern Megan Hudson, a MSSU student fine art major from Mt. Vernon, who manned the gallery for me on Sunday. I was in the gallery on Saturday, when the weather was "not"so co-operative! Needless to say, no visitors ventured out that day, but I see we did have some folks on Sunday. Please remember that this beautiful floral art show will remain in both galleries weekends noon to 5:00pm, until April 12th. Come over and see this interesting exhibition of art.

I have had requests already regarding our children’s artCamp later this summer, and put letters in the mail this week to all the potential teachers, asking for their curriculum ideas for the new year. I am always excited to see what themes they think of each year, and look forward to putting together the student information sheets just as soon as I get the teacher information compiled. It can be quite a process, but once we get the "puzzle" put together, we can begin signing up out students once again. For those that may not be familiar with artCamp, it is a two week period of time in late July into August, when we offer daily classes to area children ages 8-14 who are truly interested in art, and enjoy artistic expression. A class lasts for a day, and a child can sign up for as many classes/days as he desires. Some students come for one, some come for all! We meet from 9:00- 3:00 daily, with an hour at noon to eat a sack lunch outside under the trees. An afternoon snack is provided, and drinks can be purchased for .50 if desired. Sometimes, more than one class is offered each day. If you have a child that might be interested, who is not already on the mailing list, call and leave your name and mailing address on my machine, and I will be happy to mail a form (s) to you. The # is 417 358 4404. Last year had 60 area kids from eight towns in a three state area attend! Come see our current exhibit at artCentral!

Just Jake Talkin'


There’s lots a big words I’ve never had the occasion to use. I figured there may be other’s who never heard the term "avigation" that appeared in a newspaper I was readin’ a while back. I checked with several dictionaries and didn’t have a bit of luck. I’d seen the word used several times in an airport appraisal contract, so I had ta figure it wasn’t just a typo.

Accordin’ to good authority, it is a term that is specifically relatin’ to the government obtainin’ airspace adjacent to an airport. I didn’t get into the full definition, the guy I was talkin’ to said it was about eight paragraphs long. Whatever it boils down to, it evidentially has a value and needs to be appraised and will account for about $1,200 of the $3,5000 for the appraisal.

This is some fact, but mostly,

Just Jake Talkin’.

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Taking your children on the path with you allows you to get to skip, rest, laugh, play, pray, learn and use your imagination too! Isn’t it amazing how things go full circle?

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