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Tuesday, November 10, 2009 Volume XVIII, Number 101

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Did Ya Know?...There will be a dance at the Seniors Center Tuesday, Nov 10 from 7 to 10 p.m. featuring Crazy Clarence. $3

Did Ya Know?.... St. Anns will hold their Chili Feed St. Ann’s School Gym1156 Grand Avenue Thursday Nov. 12 Chili or Vegtable Soup, Pie, Coffee or Tea - Adults $5 • Under 12 $2 Serving Times 11 am - 1:30 pm • 5 pm -7pm Carryout 358-4902

Did Ya Know?.... There will be a Veternans Day Program Wed. Nov. 11 at the Carthage Memorial Hall. The Heartland Band will begin playing at 10:30 a.m., the program will begin at 11 a.m.

today's laugh

A drill sergeant had just chewed out one of his cadets, and as he was walking away, he turned to the cadet and said, "I guess when I die you’ll come and dance on my grave."

The cadet replied, "Not me, sir! I promised myself that when I got out of the Army I’d never stand in another line!"

What do you think about the coming battle, General?

God knows it will be lost.

Then why should we go for it?

To find out who is the loser.

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


Officer John Reno captured Frank Robinson at the band concert last Saturday night. He was taken before Justice Woodward this morning and charged with stealing a bicycle from Roy Peebles about a month ago, and selling the same to Marion McAndrews.

He pleaded guilty and was given a sentence of thirty days in the county jail.

Jesse Clayton and James McFadden were arrested on complaint of Agent R. Taaffe, of the Frisco, charged with breaking into a freight car Saturday night and stealing a hundred pound sack of sugar, valued at $6, belonging to the Wells Wigging Grocery company.

McFadden is a little chap, and when brought into court cried and accused Clayton of always getting him into trouble. They were committed to jail to await hearing.

  Today's Feature

AARP Praises House Passage of Health Care Reform Bill.

SUMMARY: November 9, 2009 - The United States House of Representatives passed health care reform legislation.

AARP notified the 111th Congress that it was tracking roll call votes on key legislation important to its nearly 40 million members and reporting the outcomes of these votes back to its members. "When Americans understand the issues and where their lawmakers stand, they can make smart decisions. AARP will be there to give our members, as well as all Americans, the most accurate information we can," Collins concluded.


Akin, Todd (R-2) NO

Blunt, Roy (R-7) NO

Carnahan, John R. (D-3) YES

Clay, William Lacy (D-1) YES

Cleaver, Emanuel (D-5) YES

Emerson, JoAnn (R-8) NO

Graves, Samuel (R-6) NO

Luetkemeyer, Blaine (R-9) NO

Skelton, Isaac "Ike" (D-4) NO


What Health Care Reform Means For: Small Businesses.

by Sabrina Shankman and Olga Pierce, ProPublica

Using results from a questionnaire we did with American Public Media’s Public Insight Network, we’re looking at how the proposed health care reforms will actually affect people facing common health care coverage situations. This is the second in a series.

Location: Fairfield, Conn. Sales: $2 million annually Payroll: $384,000 annually

Fairfield Lighting and Design co-owner Sandy Zemola provides insurance for 10 out of 12 employees, but the economic downturn has made it difficult to pay those bills.

Their story:

Fairfield Lighting and Design has been in business since 1972, but it is struggling to cope with tough economic times. It has 12 employees, whose average wage is about $20 an hour. Because of the recession, opportunities to work overtime have dwindled, and the regular hours of some employees have been cut.

The recession has also made it difficult to keep paying their health care costs: Fairfield offers health insurance to 10 of its employees, at a company cost of $550 per employee each month.

The costs to each employee are relatively low. They pay only 20 percent of the premium, or $110 per month. Their co-payments are $15 to see a doctor or $500 for a hospital, and medications cost them $15, $25 or $50, depending on the type of drug.

But that could change. Fairfield Lighting and Design was recently notified that its coverage will be taken over by a new company, probably around the beginning of the year.

"Hopefully when this whole thing goes through maybe we can find something less expensive," D’Agostino said. "Otherwise the employees may have to contribute a bit more."

What health care reform would mean for them:

Two of the reform bills require that employers provide some minimum health insurance to employees or pay a penalty. The exception is the Senate Finance Committee bill, which has no employer requirement.

But small businesses are exempt. Because Fairfield Lighting and Design has only 12 employees and a payroll of less than $500,000, it would not be required to provide health insurance under any of the health reform bills.

Each of the three bills gives small businesses tax credits for several years to provide relief from high insurance premiums until more comprehensive reforms are in effect – until 2015 for the House bill, and 2017 in the Senate Finance bill. The Senate health committee bill would offer a credit until state exchanges are up and running—up to three years. But some plans offer a lot more help than others. The health committee bill would offer Fairfield a tax credit of about $10,000 per year. The others use sliding scales based on employee income, and because Fairfield pays near the top of those scales, it would get a credit of only about $5,000 under the House bill and $2,500 under the Senate Finance Committee bill.

Small businesses would also have the option under all three bills to buy insurance through a health insurance exchange, a pooling mechanism that would allow them to choose from a menu of private plans, which the Congressional Budget Office projects would be cheaper than private plans currently out there for small businesses.

Help won’t arrive right away under any of the proposals. The House bill, which phases small businesses into the exchange based on their size, would make Fairfield wait until 2013. The Finance Committee plan would make Fairfield wait even longer – it won’t set up exchanges for small businesses until 2017. The Senate health committee plan would authorize the Health and Human Services secretary to start giving grants to states to start up health care exchanges right away, but it is unclear how quickly states would move.

Just Jake Talkin'

As are most I’m sure, I’ve been checkin’ out the best place to snag a big turkey for Thanksgivin.’ So far I haven’t spotted any sign out in the woods, so I suppose it will be one a those store bought birds again this year.

I haven’t investigated the turkey tradition, other than the early school lessons about the Pilgrims. Seems I’ve heard those stories weren’t always that accurate anyway. I’ve never lived where wild turkeys were gatherin’ either, so I’ve never actually been on an honest to goodness turkey hunt.

The best turkey I’ve had was cooked in a smoker with a ham above it. ‘Course the ham wasn’t bad either. Tasted kinda like chicken.

This is some fact, but mostly,

Just Jake Talkin’.

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Putting Out the Fire of Burning Tongue


DEAR DR. DONOHUE: I have burning tongue syndrome. At times, it is almost unbearable. The only thing that helps somewhat is a saltwater mouth rinse. My dentist, my internist and a neurologist haven’t offered any relief.

I also get sores in my mouth and on my tongue. Any insight? -- P.H.

ANSWER: Burning tongue syndrome is also known as burning mouth syndrome because the gums, roof of the mouth and lips also can feel like they are on fire. It happens mostly, but not exclusively, to women after menopause. Although painful and disturbing, it’s not a health threat. No one knows the exact cause, but it might be that nerves serving the tongue and mouth are malfunctioning.

Let me give you a few home remedies for it: rinsing the mouth with cold apple juice; and combining equal parts Benadryl elixir and Kaopectate as a mouthwash. Don’t swallow these rinses, and use them four times a day. Another remedy is six drops of hot pepper sauce (Tabasco sauce) in a teaspoon of water and swishing it around in the mouth four times daily. It might increase the burning at first, but after a day or so it should lessen it. If it doesn’t, abandon it.

Don’t eat or drink spicy or acidic foods or beverages. Don’t use mouthwashes with alcohol in them. Change your toothpaste brand. Chew sugarless gum.

When burning mouth fails to respond to the above, the medicines Klonopin, Elavil or Neurontin might help.

Have your doctors looked for things like dry mouth, B vitamin deficiencies, anemia, diabetes, lichen planus, thyroid problems and Sjogren’s syndrome?

Sores on the tongue and in the mouth are not ordinarily a part of burning tongue syndrome. Get to a doctor when the sores are present. You might have recurrent canker sores and not burning mouth syndrome.

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