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Friday, January 30, 2009, Volume XVII, Number 157

did ya know?

Did Ya Know?... On February 7, 2009, Magic Moments will be hosting the 8th Annual Bowling Round Up to benefit people with special needs in the 4 States. The bowler that raises the most money for Magic Moments will win a 31.5" Flat Panel Television. Call 417 325-4490.

Did Ya Know?... February 12th at 7:30 pm, Missouri Southern State University will host Matteo Andreini in piano concert at the Corley Auditorium inside Webster Hall on the MSSU campus. The concert is free and open to the public.

Did Ya Know?... artCentral presents Jim Bilgere in his show titled, "THE MAGIC OF SERENDIPITY". The artists reception will be held Friday, February 13th @ 6:00 pm at the Hyde House Gallery, 1110 E. 13th Street, Carthage. The show will run thru March 1st.

today's laugh

Q: How many bureaucrats does it take to screw in a light bulb?

A: Seven--one to supervise, one to arrange for the electricity to be shut off, one to make sure that safety and quality standards are maintained, one to monitor compliance with local, state, & federal regulations, one to manage personnel relations, one to fill out the paperwork and one to screw the light bulb into the water faucet.

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

Furniture Factory Running.

The Mason & Son furniture factory started up today on a sort of trial run. The factory is not yet quite finished, but they are now making mattresses and will be in full operation next week. The proprietors are doing even more than they agreed with the commercial club to do, and are putting in additional machinery to employ seven men instead of one, which was all they contracted for.

Pottery Closed Yesterday.

The pottery is located in northwest Carthage, beyond the Missouri Pacific Railway and on the western slope of the classic Tiger Hill. It was incorporated in 1892 and the principal stockholders at present are C.A. Blair, who is president, J.S. Browne, secretary, Wm. McMillian, H.L. Ross and Fred Waters. Various other parties own small amounts of stock.

The stoneware on hand yesterday when the pottery was closed consisted of about 60,000 gallons of burned crockery and 8,000 gallons of unburned ware.

The plant is a good one and an excellent trade has been worked up, and it is more than probable that an arrangement will be made to continue the business. The most pressing debts are of long standing and have always been a handicap on the concern.


Today's Feature

Blunt Votes Against Democrats’ Debt Plan.

Supports Alternative to Help Families Keep More of Their Paycheck

Washington, D.C. – Southwest Missouri Congressman Roy Blunt today voted against a trillion-dollar spending bill passed by the House of Representatives under the guise of stimulating our nation’s economy.

"President Obama and I agree that any plan designed to stimulate our economy must be targeted and timely. Unfortunately, the package mandated by the Democrat majority fails to meet either of those basic requirements.

"Just seven percent of the trillion dollars in this legislation is slated for immediate use and the rest funds everything from buying bureaucrats cars to refurbishing federal buildings. That’s certainly not a package that will help our economy recover any time soon, but it is a package that our children and grandchildren will be repaying for generations to come."

The Democrats’ plan will cost every American over $2,700. The size of the package passed by the House today is staggering compared to past stimulus plans. When President Franklin Roosevelt was facing 25 percent unemployment during the Great Depression, his entire "New Deal" proposal would cost just half of the current trillion dollar package after being adjusted for inflation.

Blunt voted for an alternative to provide tax breaks to working families and small businesses in addition to helping the unemployed and stabilizing home values.

"Unnecessary government spending and increased debt are simply not the answer to our economic woes. If that were the case, then the current national deficit would be enough to ensure our economic strength for decades to come," Blunt said. "The best way to stimulate the economy is to get the government out of your wallet by providing immediate tax relief. The government wildly spending a trillion dollars won’t create new jobs and only hurts our economy in the long run."

The plan Blunt supported would reduce the lowest individual tax rates by 5 percent, immediately increasing family incomes as a result. The Republican alternative allows small businesses to receive tax deductions that free up funds to retain or hire employees. Small businesses represent almost 98 percent of Missouri employers.

Blunt’s alternative gives homebuyers a tax credit to encourage responsible consumers to enter the now-stagnant housing market. It would also make unemployment benefits tax free so those between jobs are not further burdened by irrational tax policies.

The alternative proposal is below:

House Republican Economic Recovery Plan

Immediate Tax Relief for Working Families:

• Rather than a refundable credit based on payroll taxes, House Republicans propose reducing the lowest individual tax rates from 15% to 10% and from 10% to 5%. As a result every taxpaying-family in America will see an immediate increase in their income with an average benefit of $500 in tax relief from the drop in the 10% bracket and $1,200 for the drop in the 15% bracket. A married couple filing jointly could save up to $3,200 a year in taxes.

Help for America’s Small Businesses:

• Small businesses (those employing less than 500 individuals) employ about half of all Americans, yet they can be subject to tax rates that siphon away one-third or more of their income. House Republicans propose to allow small business to take a tax deduction equal to 20% of their income. This will immediately free up funds for small businesses to retain and hire new employees.

No Tax Increases to Pay for Spending:

• The stimulus proposal pending in Congress includes record levels of government spending that will substantially increase the current deficit. House Republicans are concerned that this level of spending will result in some proposing near-term tax increases on American families. House Republicans are insisting that any stimulus package include a provision precluding any tax increases now or in the future to pay for this new spending. House Republicans believe that any stimulus spending should be paid for by reducing other government spending, not raising taxes.

Assistance for the Unemployed:

• Incredibly, the Federal Government actually imposes income taxes on an individual receiving unemployment benefits. House Republicans propose to make unemployment benefits tax free so that those individuals between jobs can focus on providing for their families.

Stabilizing Home Values:

• The real-estate market is paralyzed as potential buyers wait on the sidelines waiting for prices to fall even further. This is becoming a self-fulfilling prophecy. In order to encourage responsible buyers to enter the market and stabilize prices, House Republicans propose a home-buyers credit of $7,500 for those buyers who can make a minimum down-payment of 5%.


ART NOTES from Hyde House

by Sally Armstrong, Director of artCentral

Having promised to devote this week’s article to additional information about our first artist, Jim Bilgere, I hope readers will forgive me for digressing on another subject? I promise to deliver the information on Jim next week. In the meantime, I want to devote today’s writing to thanking my friend Sandy Higgins for a great honor that she has surprised me with. Last Friday evening I had my reservation in place to attend the annual Chamber of Commerce banquet at Memorial Hall. I attend yearly as a Chamber member, and to support the artist award given each year. ArtCentral renewed our membership in the Carthage Chamber of Commerce three years ago, because, as I told my board of directors, I felt it was important to be an active member in the local business community no matter if we were benefitting directly or not. It is difficult, if not dishonest, to ask a local economy to assist you when you do not put forth the effort to join with the local economy! The Chamber of Commerce has been good to us to publicize our various activities when it is appropriate, and for this we are grateful. Back in 1996, local art promoter and gallery owner Sandy Higgins suggested to the Chamber that they add to the list of awards given annually to businesses and outstanding individuals who contribute to the community, an artist award. This award has since been given annually, to a number of local artists and art leaders as well, from our town as well as surrounding communities. Since I have been the director of artCentral, winners have included artist and former director Robin Putnam, painter and sculptor Jorge Leyva of Joplin, Jo Mueller, artist and current director of SPIVA Center for the Arts in Joplin, and last year, Sandy Higgins of Carthage. Sandy is not only the originator of the award, she is a driving force in the visual arts scene here in Carthage still. Sandy not only was a founder of Cast & Co., the founding organization of artCentral back in 1991, she has been a promoter of artists and an artist-agent, a gallery owner of "Imagine" which was on the Carthage square for a number of years, and long time director of the still ongoing "Midwest Gathering of the Artists" which began back in 1979. I had the honor, and the genuine HUGE surprise of receiving the award from Sandy at this year’s banquet this past Friday! Each former winner is responsible for "fashioning" the one-of-a-kind trophy for the new winner, but Sandy instead presented me with a check in the amount of $500.00 for our kid’s summer artCamp, to assist children to attend this year. I am most humbled by this award from her, the originator, and will use the money to enhance and build this year’s camp in a way that I think she intends. Thank you, Sandy, from all of us here at artCentral!

Just Jake Talkin'


The thermos bottle is an ingenious device. But, the question is asked, "how does it know to keep hot, cold things cold?"

The commercial showin’ some generation X’ers sittin’ ‘round the campfire sippin on a brew. "It doesn’t get any better than this," one of them says. I would ask again, "how does he know?"

I can understand a statement such as "this is the life," or "things could be a lot worse," but I have never been one ta think it is impossible to be better. Once that thought process begins, all innovations cease.

Even Edison made modifications on the light bulb. His work has been improved over the years. "Course he prob’ly didn’t spend much time sittin’ ‘round the campfire.

This is some fact, but mostly,

Just Jake Talkin’

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