Alley Trash Pick
Up Would Be Stopped.
The City Council heard the
first reading of Council bill 09-31 last Tuesday
at their regular meeting. The bill would
authorize the Mayor to extend and modify the
contract for trash hauling with Allied Waste
Services. The extension of the contract would be
for five years.
The provisions of the
modifications would include an increased rate for
residential customers of about one dollar per
month. In addition, the service would be changed
to an automated system that would require the use
of a container supplied by the hauler. These will
be provided free of charge.
Due to the mechanism that would
pick up the containers, residential customers
will typically be required to roll the container
curb side. Few alleys will be wide enough to
accommodate the modern equipment.
Public Works Director Chad
Wampler told the Council that a sample container
is at the Public Works building at 7th and
Orchard if anyone would like to see it. The
Council is scheduled to vote on the bill May 12.
NOTES from Hyde House
by Sally Armstrong,
Director of artCentral
as we introduce Friday night a new artist to our
area, and her unusual and playful work in a new
exhibition entitled "An American
Fairytale". Martha Goldman moved to Joplin
recently, and is becoming involved in that art
community as well as the art community of
Springfield. This will be her first major
exhibition in our area however, and she presents
all new work from current topics that she finds
compelling as well as disturbing. As viewers will
be surprised to see, however, her playful subject
matter is represented in unique, colorful, and
sometimes risqué ways! We certainly have not had
anything quite like these paintings before, with
their jewels and trims, tassels and ribbons. She
says, "The cute/pretty appearance of the
paintings is akin to a sugar coated pill. It
creates a chiaroscuro of dark subject matter
presented in a light and gay style. In the end,
my intention is to make the viewer aware and
stake stock of our mistakes, have a laugh, and
inspire to make the best of our future". We
invite all members, patrons and guests to the
opening reception for Martha Goldman Friday night
at 6:00 when we will unveil these 15 new
paintings and hope that many will take advantage
of this show as it remains in our gallery through
May 17th, Fridays and weekends from noon until
5:00, and as always, admission is free.
What is swine flu?
Swine influenza (swine flu) is
a respiratory disease of pigs caused by type A
influenza viruses. People do not normally get
swine flu, but human infections can and do
happen. In late March and early April, cases of
human infection with H1N1 swine flu were reported
in several countries and US states.
How is swine flu spread?
Swine flu is spread like
seasonal flu, when a person coughs or sneezes,
sending contaminated respiratory droplets into
the air where another person may inhale them.
Sometimes people may become infected by touching
a contaminated surface or object and then
touching their own eyes, nose or mouth.
What are the symptoms of
The symptoms of swine flu are
similar to the symptoms of seasonal flu and may
include fever, cough, sore throat, body aches,
headache, chills, runny or stuffy nose and
fatigue. Some people have reported nausea,
vomiting and diarrhea. In the past, severe
illness (pneumonia and respiratory failure) and
deaths have been reported with swine flu
infection in people. Like seasonal flu, swine flu
may cause underlying chronic medical conditions
Who is at risk for getting
Cases of swine flu have most
commonly occurred in people who have direct
contact with infected swine. People can also get
sick from other infected people. A person who has
swine flu may be able to infect other people one
day before his/her symptoms develop to seven days
after showing symptoms.
What is the best way to
protect myself against swine flu?
At this time the public is
encouraged to protect themselves by following
common sense, proven disease prevention methods,
Frequent hand washing
with soap and water,
Keeping a distance of at
least six feet from people who are sick, and
Avoid touching your own
eyes, mouth or nose.
Individuals who are sick are
encouraged to protect the community by
Staying home while ill,
Covering their cough or
Avoid sharing personal
items such as utensils, drinks or a toothbrush
with family members.
What should I do if I
develop symptoms of swine flu?
People who develop flu-like
symptoms AND have a history of recent travel to a
location where cases of swine flu have been
confirmed, or have had close personal contact
with someone who has a confirmed case of swine
flu, should contact their health care provider.
How is swine flu treated?
Two antiviral medications are
currently proving to be effective against the
strain of swine flu currently circulating in the
United States. However, antiviral medication may
not be necessary for most people to recover from
flu viruses. A decision can best be made by each
individuals health care provider.
More for Chrysler
by Paul Kiel, www.ProPublica.org
As expected, President Obama
said today at a press conference that Chrysler
would be filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy
Heres how it will work.
Chrysler will receive up to $8 billion more in
loans from the Treasury: $3.3 billion in
financing to carry the company through the
restructuring process and then $4.7 billion more
when it emerges as a new company. Chrysler will
be merging with Fiat, and Obama said all the
bailout money will have to be repaid before Fiat
can take a majority ownership stake in Chrysler.
As reported earlier, Canada will be chipping in
alongside the U.S. with its own bailout money. In
exchange for their aid, the U.S. will get an
eight percent stake in Chrysler and Canada a two
Our bailout database has been
updated to reflect all this and shows that U.S.
commitments now total $12 billion. The total for
the auto company bailout now stands at $34.78
billion. That figure rises to $39.78 billion if
you figure in aid the U.S. has provided to
Chryslers and GMs parts suppliers.
More aid to the auto companies
is on the way. Obama said that Chryslers
financing arm, which has received $1.5 billion in
aid,would have required "an unacceptably
large stream of taxpayer money to remain
viable"and so it wont be getting
any more aid. GMAC, GMs financing arm
(which has received $5 billion so far), will be
stepping into the breach, though not without some
more government help. Obama said GMAC would be
getting more money, but didnt say how much.
The Treasury has also launched
a program to guarantee warranties for cars sold
by GM and Chrysler. It committed $280 million to
backstop Chryslers warranties as it goes