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Thursday, July 30, 2009 Volume XVIII, Number 29

did ya know?

Did Ya Know?... On July 31st, there will be a Ribbon Cutting & New Member Welcome starting at 9:30 AM at 4 All Seasons Floral. For more info, call 358-2373.

Did Ya Know?... Jam Session Saturday, doors open @ 4:00 p.m., music starts @ 5:00 p.m. All acoustic instruments welcome! Salem Country Church, Red Oak II, Carthage MO., 417-237-0885.

today's laugh

Constantly complaining

A customer was bothering the waiter in a restaurant. First, he asked that the air conditioning be turned up because he was too hot, then he asked it be turned down cause he was too cold, and so on for about half an hour.

Surprisingly, the waiter was very patient, he walked back and forth and never once got angry. So finally, a second customer asked him why he didn’t throw out the pest.

"Oh, I really don’t care or mind," said the waiter with a smile. "We don’t even have an air conditioner."

New ticket technology

A motorist was mailed a picture of his car speeding through an automated radar. A $40 speeding ticket was included. Being cute, he sent the police department a picture of $40. The police responded with another mailed photo-of handcuffs.

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

Cyclist Collides With Buggy.

F.M. Rude Receives Painful Injuries in Street Accident.

F.M. Rude, manager of the Carthage Commercial college, met with a painful though not serious accident Saturday night while riding a bicycle about the streets.

About 7:30, Mr. Rude was riding west on Chestnut street and near the corner of Garrison avenue tried to pass in front of an automobile and turn in behind a buggy which was just in front of the car.

At that moment, however, the driver of the buggy stopped suddenly and Mr. Rude, who was wheeling quite rapidly, collided with the vehicle with great force. He was thrown from his wheel and for a time was unable to rise on account of a severly wrenched knee.

He is able to be at school as usual today, but his powers of locomotion are seriously impaired.

  Today's Feature

Gingrich Congratulates Missouri Lawmakers.

ST. LOUIS – Former Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives and founder of the Center for Health Transformation Newt Gingrich today commended a group of Missouri lawmakers for being the first in the nation to make it possible for anyone to be able to find what a provider charged for a health care service covered by the MO HealthNet program with just the click of a mouse. Gingrich praised the work of State Representative Brian Yates, R-Lee’s Summit, Senator Scott T. Rupp, R-St. Charles, Speaker Ron Richard, R-Joplin, and Senator Eric Schmitt, R-Glendale, at a press conference at the St. Louis County Library headquarters. Yates and Rupp sponsored and passed House Bill 577 that was signed into law by the governor earlier this month. Schmitt added language to the bill creating the MO HealthNet Data Transparency program.

Gingrich said the MO HealthNet Data Transparency program is the first of its kind in the nation.

"Missouri has taken a bold and transformational step to create a more transparent and more efficient care delivery system," Gingrich said. "Their efforts will prove crucial in a national attempt to eliminate the fraud, waste and abuse in our healthcare system."

The program works to decrease fraud and abuse in the state-run healthcare system. The Center for Health Transformation reports that outright fraud accounts for as much as 10 percent of all healthcare spending nationally, totaling more than $200 billion every year. In 2005, the Kansas City Star estimated that fraudulent Medicaid claims in Missouri could total up to $575 million a year.

"It is unacceptable that upwards of half a billion dollars a year are potentially lost to provider fraud in our state’s Medicaid system," said Schmitt, who added the transparency language mirrored after Senate Bill 549 that he introduced. "Making these costs transparent is a big step in helping us catch those providers who cheat the system, essentially stealing precious tax dollars that should go to care for our state’s most vulnerable citizens."

"From the largest hospital to the smallest health center – any provider that serves the MO HealthNet community – will participate," said Yates, the bill’s lead sponsor. "Making all this data public will allow the state to move more quickly in indentifying fraudulent providers, helping us make sure state funding goes to those in need as well as lowering or slowing the increase in cost of healthcare to everyone."

The provision requires the MO HealthNet Division, by August 28, 2010, to create a database that, while protecting the privacy of MO HealthNet recipients’ information, would make claim information available online. The provision requires the information provided be in a format that is easily accessible, usable, and understandable to the public.

"By working together to make the system more transparent, the House and Senate have put the brakes on healthcare fraud and abuse," said Richard, the bill’s co-sponsor. "House Bill 577 puts Missouri on the leader board for healthcare transformation, and we will continue to work diligently to further healthcare reform in our state."

The information will be available to those interested in improving the quality of care provided to individuals eligible for MO HealthNet programs and services, as well as researchers, healthcare providers, and individuals interested in reducing the prevalence of waste and fraud under the program.

"Making this information public will help more Missourians make better-informed decisions on where to seek their services, as it helps identify good providers as well as targets those who cheat the system at the expense of taxpayers and Missourians who truly need the care," said Rupp, who handled the bill in the Senate.

To learn more about the bill, visit and keyword search HB577.

Just Jake Talkin'

Saw onea those shows ‘bout animals the other evenin’. I don’t ‘member what they were, but these two little critters were facin’ opposite directions diggin’ their respective holes in the ground. Both of ‘em goin’ a mile a minute. The fact that they were throwin’ all the dirt outa their hole into the hole bein’ scraped out by the other didn’t seem ta bother ‘em any. They just kept their nose down and kept movin’ the dirt back and forth between ‘em.

I suppose as obviously futile a situation those two critters were in, it’s sometimes a good idea to stick your head up and take a look around. Could be that by shiftin’ just a little, the work might get done a little better, or at least not hinder those makin’ progress.

This is some fact, but mostly,

Just Jake Talkin’

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Weekly Columns



Dear Tom and Ray:

We’re buying a car for my 17-year-old son. I’ve found two cars locally that appeal to us - a classic 1968 VW with a few thousand miles on a rebuilt engine, and a 1992 Honda Accord with power everything, a four-cylinder engine and 162,000 miles. From my experience, having owned a Bug in my glory days, the delight of working on the vehicle and maintaining it myself might outweigh the practicality of a new car that could have subsequent issues - you know used cars! The price of each is comparable ...what do you guys think? - Mindy

RAY: Like most of us do, you’re conflating your glory days with the car that you drove in your glory days. During that period of your life, you were single and carefree, you had long, flowing, not-gray hair, you wore a size 6, and you drove to Woodstock with four boyfriends competing for your attention and Hubert H. Humphrey bumper stickers on your car. That was a good, old time.

TOM: But it wasn’t the car that was good. Even in its day, it was a cheap, dangerous car. And now it’s infinetely more so - due to the greater number of cars on the road and the percentage of them that are now enormous.

RAY: And since young drivers - and especially young male drivers - tend to crash their cars at higher rates than other people, you don’t want your teenage son in a VW Bug when that happens.

TOM: So, get him the Accord. While there are things he won’t be able to do to the Accord, he can learn to do the basic maintenance.


By Monte Dutton

Bowyer’s Got to Keep Up -- Or Else

Clint Bowyer finished 29th in the Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway. He can’t afford another misstep in the eight races leading up to NASCAR’s Chase for the Sprint Cup.

After the first six races of the season, Bowyer ranked second in points. Now he’s 16th and has eight weeks to work his way into the top 12 and make the Chase. Kasey Kahne presently occupies 12th place. Bowyer trails him by 135 points.

He’s still got time, but it’s not going to be easy.

Two years ago, Bowyer finished third in the Chase. Last year he was fifth. At age 30, Bowyer is one of NASCAR’s bright young drivers. He came up driving the dirt tracks near his hometown, Emporia, Kan. He won races in Loudon, N.H., in 2007 and Richmond, Va., in 2008.

Now, however, Bowyer faces a stern challenge. A year ago his team, Richard Childress Racing, placed all three of its drivers in the Chase. This year, at least for now, all four (Casey Mears was added) are outside the top 12.

What’s it going to take to make the Chase?

"Just be consistent," said Bowyer. "I’m fairly confident we can get at least two of us in. You know, (Jeff) Burton has been on a little bit of a down slide, but I feel like we, with the ‘33’ team, have really capitalized on learning some things and had a good, at least a solid, last few weeks.

"I think we’ve stopped the bleeding, so to speak, on the bigger race tracks, the mile and a halfs (like the next stop, Chicagoland Speedway). ... We had some bad luck and had 250 or 300 points wiped out from right underneath of us there within a month, and it takes a while to get those points back."

Bowyer, by the way, is a fan of NASCAR’s new "double-file restarts" rule.

"We are all about our fans," he said. "We can’t do this without our fans, and we’ve got to make sure that we are putting on a good show for them. If they are enjoying our show and our product on race day, that’s what it’s all about.

"So I feel like it’s added a new level of excitement and kind of given NASCAR a wake-up call. ... Those double-file restarts will definitely pick up the pace a little bit."

Bowyer hopes it’s his pace and not just the sport’s in general.

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