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Tuesday, July 14, 2009 Volume XVIII, Number 17

did ya know?

Did Ya Know?... On July 15th there will be a CV Risk Assessment at St. John’s Medical Office Building, Suite 204, from 8-10 AM. Registration required, call 417-625-2000.

Did Ya Know?... From 10:30-1:00 on July 15th, there will be a Customer Appreciation at the Arvest ATM at the corner of Grand Ave & Fir Road. For more info, call 237-8500.

today's laugh

There are no dogs allowed here

A man goes to a bar with his dog. He goes up to the bartender and asks for a drink. The bartender says "You can’t bring that dog in here!" The guy, without missing a beat, says "This is my seeing-eye dog." "Oh man, " the bartender says, "I’m sorry, here, the first one’s on me."

Another guy walks in with a Chihuahua. The first guys sees him and says "You can’t bring that dog in here unless you tell him it’s a seeing-eye dog." The second man graciously thanks the first man and continues to the bar. He asks for a drink. The bartender says "Hey, you can’t bring that dog in here!"

The second man replies "This is my seeing-eye dog." The bartender says, "No, I don’t think so. They do not have Chiwauas as seeing-eye dogs." The man pauses for a half-second and replies "What?!?! They gave me a Chihuahua?!?"

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


Boy Preferred "Hoeing His Own Row" to Hoeing Weeds.

A 10-year old boy named Clark ran away from the farm of Owen Weeks, northwest of town yesterday afternoon, and Mr. Weeks was in town today looking for him.

He had put the boy at work hoeing weeds and at supper time he had proved to have jumped his job, taking $1.35 from a purse containing $8 of Mr. Weeks money.

Investigation shows that he spent the stormy night at the home of Billy McDaniels, a stone cutter, in town, and this morning asked Officer Drake the way to Joplin. He took the next car for the mining metropolis, and Mr. Weeks decided not to follow him. He evidently prefers hoeing his own row to hoeing someone else’s weeds.

The lad, an orphan, was brought here from Duenweg by Mr. Weeks, who undertook to raise him.

  Today's Feature

Parking Vote Set for Tonight.

The City Council is scheduled to meet for its regular meeting this evening in City Hall at 7:30.

The agenda includes the second reading and scheduled vote on two parking ordinances that have been debated for the last several months in the Public Safety Committee.

Council bill 09-46 would change the boundaries of the two hour parking zone and eliminate the parking restrictions in the downtown area except for the Square and for one block off the square on the eight streets leading to the Square. The bill has a 60 day limitation and would need to be introduced again to gain permanent status.

Council bill 9-47 would also be set up on a 60 day trial period and would allow the City to sell parking passes for $30 per month to residents of the Square. The pass would allow parking on the side streets leading to the Square but not on the Square proper.

The Council recently defeated another bill proposed by the Public Safety Committee that would have raised the parking fine to $15 from the current $1.

Are We There Yet?

by Amanda Michel, ProPublica

Some $1 billion in stimulus money for airports is all "out the door," Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood says in an interview with USA Today. The newspaper, looking at the impact the money will have on airports’ day-to-day operations, says LaHood "acknowledged that ‘there are a lot more needs in aviation’ than the stimulus provided money for, and that spending for airports hasn’t kept up with needs. ‘We’re making up for lost time,’ he says."

The stimulus cost just went up. Someone recently spray-painted "$5 million Obama pork" on an American Recovery and Reinvestment Act sign at the Indianapolis Executive Airport in Zionsville, Ind. These signs, which the Associated Press estimates cost roughly $500 to $1,200 apiece to design, make and install, are become a punching bag for critics of the stimulus.

In a Sunday op-ed placed in the Washington Post, President Barack Obama wrote: "The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act was not expected to restore the economy to full health on its own but to provide the boost necessary to stop the free fall. So far, it has done that. It was, from the start, a two-year program, and it will steadily save and create jobs as it ramps up over this summer and fall. We must let it work the way it’s supposed to, with the understanding that in any recession, unemployment tends to recover more slowly than other measures of economic activity." In sum the president asked Americans to be patient, and to wait for the stimulus to take full effect before losing confidence in the administration. In an interview with CNN aired on Sunday, Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner said the stimulus would have its greatest impact in the next six months. Obama’s op-ed followed a Wall Street Journal story Saturday reporting that "the White House has been pressuring agencies to get some money out the door more quickly." To date, the administration has spent 12 percent of stimulus money. Ed DeSeve, a senior White House adviser, is quoted in the article as saying the administration has been on a "learning curve" with respect to the stimulus.

Republicans, the AP reports, "lined up Sunday in opposition to a second stimulus package, a rare demonstration of unity from an out-of-power political party in search of a rallying cry against President Barack Obama."

Just Jake Talkin'

I’m sure ever’one like to think that "civilized" folks don’t get down and dirty from time to time. There are prob’ly those who feel it would be a better world if ever’one could sit down at the diner table and calmly discuss various opinions and give all arguments equal weight.

The fact is, unless someone gets a little fire in their belly now and then, nothin’ much gets accomplished. It is one thing to keep some rational basis for a passion, but to ask folks with a passion to not call on that emotion to promote their case seems a little unrealistic.

The response of political candidates under pressure often offers insight into their character and composure. Like it or not, some jungle instincts are still a valuable part of our nature.

This is some fact, but mostly,

Just Jake Talkin’

  Weekly Columns

To Your Good Health

By Paul G. Donohue, M.D.

Here’s a Solution for Swimmer’s Ear

DEAR DR. DONOHUE: You mentioned a solution to prevent swimmer’s ear. How do you apply it? -- J.R.

ANSWER: The mixture is made with equal parts white vinegar and rubbing alcohol. The alcohol keeps the ear dry. The vinegar prevents proliferation of harmful bacteria. One or two drops are instilled in the ear with a dropper and allowed to stay in place for half a minute to a minute. The head is then tilted toward the shoulder to empty the ear canal.

DEAR DR. DONOHUE: I have been diagnosed with congestive heart failure. Three months after the diagnosis, I began to become fatigued after slight exertion, and was short of breath. I’ve had to have a pacemaker implanted. I was told I probably have amyloidosis, the senile form. Is there any hope of my living a near-normal life? -- L.M.

ANSWER: Amyloid is a protein produced by bone marrow cells. It can infiltrate a number of body organs. Many forms (20) of amyloidosis exist, and they all have distinctive longevity projections. Senile amyloidosis does not affect as many organs as do the other forms of this illness, so that is one thing in your favor. In this illness, when the amount of amyloid in the heart is great, the heart’s pumping action falters, and congestive heart failure is a consequence. Amyloid deposits often interfere with the generation and transmission of the electric signals that regulate heartbeats, so a pacemaker can be needed.

I can’t give you a prediction about the length of life. Of course, your life span is bound to be affected, but how greatly, no one can tell with certainty.


By Freddy Groves

Study Inconclusive on Camp Lejune Water

A study released by the National Research Council concluded there just wasn’t enough data to determine whether those living at Camp Lejeune were harmed by chemicals in the drinking water. Although the water was laced with industrial solvents that leaked from a nearby dry cleaner from the 1950s to 1985 and contaminated the water supply at multiple base housing sites where it was used by a million people for cooking, drinking and bathing, the NRC apparently couldn’t decide.

The report goes on to say that any further study is "unlikely to determine conclusively whether Camp Lejeune residents were adversely affected by exposure to water contaminants" and that even if the Agency for Toxic Substances and Diseases Registry goes ahead with its planned research, "the outcome of the efforts is unlikely to determine conclusively whether Camp Lejeune residents were adversely affected by exposure to water contaminants."

As in, don’t bother? As in, just take the NRC’s word for it and stop looking?

Not everyone is playing along, however.

Senator Kay Hagen, a newly elected senator from North Carolina, is hot under the collar about this. Specifically, she says on her Web site that the NRC report was just a rehash of prior studies, and it left out research that concluded that there is a link between VOCs (volatile organic compounds) and childhood leukemia and other adverse health issues. The report, she says, doesn’t even mention Benzene or vinyl chloride (found in the Camp Lejeune water), nor the links between those and adverse health.

In April the director of the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry said it couldn’t stand behind a 1997 report that minimized the risks of cancers from all those chemicals because the report wasn’t accurate. The report was yanked from its Web site.

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