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Tuesday, August 3, 2010 Volume XIX, Number 31
Did Ya Know?.. . The City of
Carthage will be spraying for mosquitoes Monday, August 2
through Friday, August 6. Areas will be sprayed in the
evening of the day of the areas regular garbage
pick up. Residents are asked to turn off attic or window
fans when the sprayer is in the area.
Did Ya Know?...The First
Presbyterian Church will present "Egypt,
Josephs Journey" Aug 2-6 from 6:30 to 8:30.
Families ivited. Info 358-2341
How do you tell the difference between a liberal
and a conservative?
Easy. Watch a man drowning fifty feet
The conservative will throw out 25 feet
of rope and shout "swim for it!"
The liberal will toss out 50 feet of
rope, drop his own end, and go off to do another good
As a premed student at Washington
University in St. Louis, I had to take a difficult class
in physics. A student rudely interrupted to ask "Why
do we have to learn this stuff?"
"To save lives." the
professor responded and continued the lecture.
The same student spoke up again.
"So how does physics save lives?"
"It usually keeps the idiots like
you out of medical school," was the reply.
A Chronological Record of Events as they have
Transpired in the City and County since our last Issue.
A communication from The Daily relative
to a ditch in Chases sub-division of part of North
Carthage was referred to the street committee.
The city collector reported $10,916.84
current taxes, $580.29 delinquent taxes, and $862.75
licenses collected for the month.
The police judge reported $30.00
assessed and collected for the month.
The chief engineer reported three fires
responded to by the fire department for the month.
The treasurer showed the following
balances: General revenue fund, $6,841.90; water fund,
$3,312.55; courthouse bonds, $2,641.42; and city hall
An ordinance appropriating funds to pay
citys expenses for the month was passed. The
treasurer and city clerk submitted their semi-annual
reports, and the same were approved and ordered
There are two Jasper County
contested races for the Republican primary today.
The incumbent Presiding County Commissioner John
Bartosh faces David Troyer, Jeff Hammons, and
James Pendergraft. Incumbent Clerk of the Circuti
Court Linda Williams faces Melissa Holcomb.
Prop C May
Stand on Legal Ground.
The Missouri Health Care
Freedom, Proposition C will appear on
todays statewide ballot in Missouri as an
legislatively-referred state statute. The
proposed measure aims to block the federal
government from requiring people to buy health
insurance and bans punishment for those without
health insurance. The State of Virginia has
already passed a similar proposition.
United States District Judge
Henry E. Hudson ruled last week to allow a
lawsuit to continue brought by the Commonwealth
of Virginia against Secretary of the Department
of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius on
the constitutionality of the Patient Protection
and AffordableCare Act. The suit challenges the
governments intent to require individuals
to obtain health insurance or pay a penalty for
failing to do so.
In his ruling the Judge stated:
"While this case raises a
host of complex constitutional issues, all seem
to distill to the single question of whether or
not Congress has the power to gegulate - and tax
- a citizenss decision not to participate
in interstate commerce. neither the U.S. supreme
Court nor any circuit court of appeals has
squarely addrssed this issue. No reported case
from any federal appellate court has extended the
Commerce Clause or Tax Clause to include the
regulation of a persons decision not to
purchase a product, notwithstanding its effect on
interstate commerce. Given the presence of some
authority arguable supporting the theroy
underlying each sides position, this Court
cannot conclude at this stage that the Complaint
fails to state a cause of action.
Mortion to Dismiss will therefore be denied.
Resolution of the controlling issues in this case
must await a hearing on the merits."
The County Election Office
is reportin a fairly heavy absentee
ballot count. With only a couple of County
races, the Prop C vote may be gettin
out some voters.
Course Im sure
the Congressional races are promotin a
fair turnout too. Plenty of contenders to
stir up the interest.
As seems ta be fairly
common in these parts, there are no choices
for local candidates on the Democrat ballot.
Ive often wondered how many supporters
of that party actually vote on the Republican
side in the primary.
Which ever side ya feel is
your callin, be sure to get to the
polls and register your opinion.
Like we always say, it
gives ya grippin rights for the next
This is some fact, but
Just Jake Talkin.
To Your Good
By Paul G. Donohue,
Degeneration and Cataracts
DEAR DR. DONOHUE: Is it
possible to get wet macular degeneration from a
scratch on the left eye during cataract surgery,
or could it have been a cyst that caused wet
macular degeneration? I am 85, and my right eye
is perfect. I had cataract surgery on that eye
also. -- C.
ANSWER: A scratch on the eye
isnt likely to cause macular degeneration.
The possibility of cataract surgery leading to
macular degeneration is a remote one. More than
6,000 people who had had a cataract removed were
followed for five years after the operation.
Slightly more people who had the operation
developed macular degeneration, dry or wet, in
the operated eye than did a similar group of
people who had not had an operation. This
isnt proof that cataract surgery leads to
macular degeneration. The same risks that cause
cataracts also cause macular degeneration. The
numbers that do develop it after cataract removal
are small. A cause-and-effect relationship has
not been proven.
I am not clear what you mean by
a cyst causing the degeneration. In what part of
the eye was the cyst? I have not seen a link
between cysts and macular degeneration.
The retina is the back layer of
the eye, the layer that converts incoming images
into nerve signals that can be transmitted to the
brain so we can see. The macula is a small, round
area of the retina where theres an
aggregation of cells that are essential for
central vision -- the kind of vision needed to
read a paper, watch TV and drive. Dry macular
degeneration, accounting for 85 percent to 90
percent of cases, is a wasting away of macular
cells. Wet macular degeneration results from a
sprouting of blood vessels in that region. Those
newly formed blood vessels leak fluid and destroy
macular vision. Procedures are available that can
halt the progression of wet macular degeneration.
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