A patrolman stopped a woman for
speeding. She explained that she was only going 90 in
compliance with the signs.
The officer said, "Thats the number of the
The woman said, "It is? Im glad you
didnt stop me on Route 148!"
My landlord gave me three days to pay
my rent. I picked Easter, Thanksgiving, and New
"I didnt sleep a wink last
night....this fly kept sitting on my nose."
"Why didnt you brush him off?"
"I didnt know he was dusty."
A Chronological Record of Events as they have
Transpired in the City and County since our last Issue.
of Three Lights Changed.
The light committee, to whom had been
previously referred several petitions asking for lights
at different points in the city reported that they found
it almost impossible to add more lights, as the circuits
They had, however, found two lights on
Oak street beyond any house, which they thought could be
used elsewhere; also one other light could be changed in
location a little.
The light committee therefore made a
report recommending that two lights be taken from the
extreme west end of Oak street and one of said lights be
placed on Fall street and the other on Cedar street,
about 400 feet west of Sophia. Also that the light at the
intersection of Macon and River streets, be placed at the
intersection of Orchard and Tenth streets.
July 4th Plans.
A preliminary budget is being
considered for the 2001 Forth of July
celebration. The Committee appointed by the Mayor
to make recommendations to the full Council met
last Thursday evening in City Hall is estimating
a budget of between $60,000 and $65,000 for the
The 2000 fireworks display and
activities associated with the celebration cost
approximately $55,000. The City historically had
spent between $10,000 and $15,000 for a fireworks
display before the Millennium celebration. The
display alone cost $20,000 for the 2000
celebration and the Council has appropriated
approximately $30,000 in this years budget.
Contributions from sponsors and various fees are
expected to generate enough revenue to make up
Approximately $14,000 was
donated for the 2000 event. The budget
projections for next year expect that amount to
raise to between $20,000 and $25,000.
Expenses projected include
$6,000 for childrens activities, $5,000 for
entertainment/stage area, $12,000 for general
publicity, $20,000 for fireworks, and $2,400 for
rain insurance, plus others.
State Representative, District 126
I imagine as
you read this we still wont have a declared
winner in the presidential election. It is
becoming increasingly clear that George Bush has
won the election, but Al Gore is doing what
democrats have been doing a lot of lately,
whatever it takes to win. I appreciate all the
emails many of you have sent expressing outrage
over the way the elections in St. Louis and
Florida have been handled. It appears as though
nothing is going to be done about the mess in St.
Louis and I am at a loss to explain why. I am
currently looking into what legislation could be
filed to address this in future elections.
Both the House and Senate met
last week to elect leadership positions. In the
House, there was no net change in the numbers of
democrats and republicans. The democrats hold the
advantage in the House 87-76. The democrats
elected as their candidate for Speaker, Rep Jim
Since almost all elections for
Speaker go straight down party lines, it is
likely he will be the next Speaker.
The House republicans elected
as our leader, Rep. Catherine Hanaway (D-St.
Louis). Rep. Hanaway is only in her second term,
but has a lot going for her. Though only in her
early 30s, she directed the Bush-Cheney campaign
for Missouri and is largely credited for Bush
carrying the state.
I am excited about her being
our leader because she understands that as the
minority party, we need to be more outspoken and
aggressive. She also understands there is as much
honor in stopping bad legislation as there is in
passing legislation. Those are two things that
have been sorely lacking the last few years from
our side of the aisle. There is also a valid
argument to be made for electing someone to
leadership that wont be term limited out
The situation in the Senate is
a little different. Because of three vacancies
that occurred, combined with a democrat incumbent
being defeated, the republicans hold a 16-15
majority. The Senate has 34 members, but 2
democrats and 1 republican won election to either
Congress or statewide office. That makes the
16-15 majority, but with 3 vacancies.
Adding to the mix, one of the
democrats, Joe Maxwell, was elected Lt. Gov.,
who, by Constitution, presides over the Senate.
If there is a tie vote, he will break the tie.
Depending on the outcome of the upcoming special
elections to fill the vacancies, things could get
exciting in the Senate next Session. As for us in
the House, it appears as though I will be
spending my last 2 years playing defense, again.
As usual, I can be reached at
House Post Office, State Capitol, Jefferson City,
MO 65101, or 1-800-878-7126, or
email@example.com for your questions,
comments, or advice.
Turkey day is upon us.
With one more day fore the holiday,
Im figurin not much will be
gettin done cept for
shoppin till next Monday.
I heard from one that
they didnt think that takin
off for the holiday was worth it. The
same amount a work had ta get done this
week, just in three days instead a five.
Gettin out a the
routine does cause some disruption, but
Id have ta guess that most think
its worth it.
Those who use the time
to get Christmas shoppin outa the
way have always amazed me. I prefer to
wait until the crowds thin down. Usually
sometime in January.
spendin Christmas with the family,
and then havin a "gift
day" sometime later after the first
of the year.
This is some fact, but
Just Jake Talkin.
McCune- Brooks Hospital
Health & Nutrition by
the NIH Healthline, a publication from the
National Institutes of Health, there is
definitely a connection between the benefits of
exercise and our genetic makeup.
Our genes will largely
determine how we respond to exercise, regardless
of age or sex. (Please note that I never use the
term, gender, since gender actually refers to
grammatical differences. We living creatures have
sexual differences, and I wish people
wouldnt be so timid about using the word,
sex, where and when its appropriate.)
Dr. Claude Bouchard of Laval
University in Quebec, noted that response to
exercise is measured by the ability of the
muscles to take up and use oxygen, as well as fat
metabolism, performance of the heart, and changes
in glucose and insulin levels, and other factors.
However, while we may respond
differently to exercise, the fact is, all people
derive some positive effects, including reducing
the risk of developing cancer. Exercise has also
been shown to help control diabetes.
As Dr. Bouchard says,
"Regardless of your genetic makeup, exercise
is still important in maintaining overall
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