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Tuesday, October 20, 2009 Volume XVIII, Number 86

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Did Ya Know?..."Spare Cat Rescue would like to let everyone know that the Low-Cost Spay/Neuter Clinic that is scheduled for Thursday, October 22 is completely booked. If you would like to be put on a waiting list, please contact 358-6808 and leave a message

Did Ya Know?... "Paws for Books" R.E.A.D. dogs, Emmit & Truman will be at the Carthge Public Library from 3 to 5 on Wednesday afternoon, October 21 to listen to young patrons read aloud.


today's laugh

Susie’s husband had been slipping in and out of a coma for several months. Things looked grim, but she was by his bedside every single day. One day as he slipped back into consciousness, he motioned for her to come close to him. She pulled the chair close to the bed and leaned her ear close to be able to hear him.

"You know" he whispered, his eyes filling with tears, "you have been with me through all the bad times. When I got fired, you stuck right beside me. When my business went under, there you were. When we lost the house, you were there. When I got shot, you stuck with me. When my health started failing, you were still by my side. "And you know what?"

"What, dear?" she asked gently, smiling to herself.

"I think you’re bad luck."

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

Flower Girls, Clowns and Nuns.

A mask party was given by the Misses Mary and Algie Dodson last evening. Nearly all the guests were masked and some of the costumes were strikingly unique. A number of the young ladies represented flower girls, nuns, little red riding hoods, etc., while James Hollingsworth was a very old lady, and Joe McMahan was a prim old maid, too modest for anything. There was also an abundance of clowns and people of different nationalities.

The evening was certainly one of the most enjoyable of the season, and after appropriate refreshments were served at 10:30 the party unmasked and disbanded.

On her way home from her visit in Illinois Mrs. M. E. Parsons will stop at Warrensburg, Mo., and visit with Miss Eva Bowen, who is there attending the state normal.

  Today's Feature

Free Law Seminar Offered.

St. Luke’s Nursing Center will offer a free seminar addressing the importance of and questions about Durable Power of Attorney, power of attorney, living wills and advance directives at the Center on Wednesday, October 21 at 6:30 p.m.

Presenters will be Carthage attorneys Kevin Checkett and Mariann Morgan. Mr. Checkett established his law firm in 1977 and has narrowed his practice to estate and business planning. The Kansas City Magazine and 417 Magazine of Springfield recently named him as top Missouri lawyer.

After graduating cum laude from the University of Georgia School of Law, Ms. Morgan clerked for a federal bankruptcy judge, followed by positions with large law firms in Atlanta and Winston-Salem. She joined Checkett and Pauly in 1999.

A question and answer session will follow. Refreshments will be served. For more information call 358-9084.


The City of Carthage Public Works Committee will meet this afternoon at 5 p.m. at the Public Works Department.


Do Direct Stimulus Jobs Really Cost $533,000 a Piece?!

by Christopher Flavelle, ProPublica

On Thursday, the government released a flood of data about the stimulus, showing how 9,000 federal contractors spent their stimulus dollars — including the value of the contract, each project’s status, and how much each of the contractor’s five highest-paid officers were paid.

But when it came to presenting that data,, the government’s official site for stimulus information, highlighted one number in particular, posting it on the site’s main page in large font: "JOBS CREATED/SAVED AS REPORTED BY FEDERAL CONTRACT RECIPIENTS: 30,383." To make extra certain of getting viewers’ attention, the number itself appears in bright green.

As the economy continues to shed jobs, it’s easy to see why the administration is keen to highlight the number of jobs created by the stimulus. When the numbers were released, Jared Bernstein, the administration’s chief economist, said the job count "exceeds our projections," adding that it supported the conclusion "that the Recovery Act did indeed create or save about 1 million jobs in its first seven months."

But do the 30,000 jobs represent a good return? And since the federal contracts for which data was reported this week represent just a sliver of the overall stimulus package, what do they really say about the impact of the stimulus as a whole?

Let’s start with the 30,000 jobs themselves. The federal contracts in question represented $16 billion in stimulus spending. Assuming the number of created or saved jobs reported by each contract recipient was accurate—which, as we’ve reported before, is still an open question—that breaks down to $533,000 for each job. That’s more than five times the projection of the president’s own Council of Economic Advisers, which estimated in May that every $92,136 in government spending would create one job for one year.

Five hundred thousand dollars per job might sound like a lot of money, but wait: The data released this week covers only the jobs directly created by federal stimulus money so far. It doesn’t cover indirect jobs — the people who make the materials that contractors need to complete their project, or make the sandwich when a construction worker buys lunch from the proverbial roadside diner.

So, if the $16 billion in federal stimulus contracts generated 30,383 direct jobs, how many indirect jobs were created or saved? We asked the White House, which told us they believe that for each direct job created or saved, there is one indirect job. Assuming that’s right, that $16 billion created or saved some 60,000 jobs — which still clocks in at $267,000 per person.

What about the second question — the relationship between the 30,000 direct jobs reportedly created or saved by that $16 billion, and the job impact of the stimulus as a whole? We asked the White House for the logic behind Bernstein’s statement that this week’s numbers "point to the conclusion that the Recovery Act did indeed create or save about 1 million jobs in its first seven months."

Their response: Because the $16 billion in federal contracts represents about 5 percent of the $339 billion spent so far, they multiplied the 30,000 jobs by 20. The result is 600,000 direct jobs; and, relying again on the assumption that each direct job produces one indirect job, the White House doubled that number to 1.2 million.

Of course, that assumes that for every part of the stimulus will have roughly the same job-creating impact as federal contracts. That’s contradicted by the Council of Economic Advisers’ own report, which said that while every $92,136 in government spending creates one job for one year, it takes $145,351 in tax cuts to achieve the same result. As much as 28 percent of the stimulus is going to tax cuts; if the Council’s estimates are right, then the White House’s assertion — that every part of the stimulus will produce the same job impact as federal contracts — starts to look a little less certain.

The bottom line, it seems, is that knowing for certain how many jobs the stimulus is producing remains, for now, as tricky as ever.

Just Jake Talkin'

I guess we just expect it.

Another Maple Leaf pulled off with the majority of the community seein’ little strife or confusion.

The fact is of course, that hundreds of man and woman hours go into the preparation and execution of the event. Most all of it by volunteers with little of the effort driven by motives other than makin’ the celebration successful. This year’s parade was telecast regionally by a network station, adding to the publicity for Carthage.

From what I’m hearin’, most think this year drew a record settin’ crowd. The Square was still very active into the late afternoon and the shops seemed ta benefit from the traffic. The car show and the band contests added to the sustained crowd. Another outstandin’ community effort.

This is some fact, but mostly,

Just Jake Talkin’.

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To Your Good Health

By Paul G. Donohue, M.D.

Interstitial Cystitis Causes Bladder Pain

DEAR DR. DONOHUE: I am writing to ask if you would give me information on interstitial cystitis. I was told I had this after I had a polyp removed from my bladder. I know it has to do with the lining of the bladder wall. What causes it? What’s the treatment? Does it get worse? -- J.M.

ANSWER: Interstitial cystitis is also known as painful bladder syndrome. It’s a fairly common condition that is commonly misdiagnosed. It affects more women than men. It occurs at any age, but typically, the onset is around age 40.

Frequently, a woman has symptoms for years and years and is told she has repeated bladder infections. Antibiotics, however, provide no relief. Trips to the bathroom are numerous, and nighttime urination disrupts sleep. Bladder pain can be severe. Urination often relieves the pain temporarily. Intercourse also can be painful.

One explanation says the protective covering of the bladder lining has thinned or has disappeared, and urine irritants come in contact with the sensitive bladder lining to produce pain. How this comes about is something that isn’t known with certainty.

Symptoms can get worse, but treatments exist. One is the oral medicine Elmiron. Amitriptyline and gabapentin are also used for pain control.

If you find that a particular food causes increased pain, stay away from it. Spicy foods, citrus fruits and juices, tomatoes, chocolate, coffee, tea, carbonated drinks and alcohol are some things on the list of irritants for many with this problem.

If you feel lost about the diagnosis and its treatment, contact the Interstitial Cystitis Association (800-435-7422; for information on treatment and support for this mystifying ailment that can completely throw life into turmoil.

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