Once there was this young who discovered a
treasure trove. Amongst the old and valuable things he
noticed a worn out lamp. He rubbed the lamp and out came
the genie. "Yes master, express your wish", the
genie howled. The man said, "Genie get me a grand
villa where I can live happily ever after with my
girlfriend". The genie looked at the man and said,
"Well, if I could make a villa like that, then why
do you suppose I live in this stuffy worn out lamp?"
"Im afraid I have some very
bad news," the doctor says. "Youre dying,
and you dont have much time left."
"Oh, thats terrible!"
says the man. "Give it to me straight, Doc. How long
have I got?"
"Ten," the doctor says sadly.
"Ten?" the man asks.
"Ten what? Months? Weeks? What?!"
A Chronological Record of Events as they have
Transpired in the City and County since our last Issue.
A METHODIST MASS
County Gathering to
President Elder Eli P. Anderson for
this district of the Methodist church announces a
Methodist mass meeting for Jasper county to be held next
Friday at Carterville, for the purpose of inaugurating
plans for a "20th century forward movement," by
which evangelistic services will be commenced
simultaneously throughout the county. At these
evangelistic services the county is to raise a sum of
money toward a $20,000,000 twentieth century thank
offering being raised by the Methodist church of America.
Some $11,000,000 of the sum is already
raised, and the fund goes to the founding of new
churches, colleges, endowment of chairs, and other
Sales Tax Vote
City Poling places will be open
today for the election to see if Carthage
citizens want to continue a half-cent sales tax
for the next twenty years to be used for capitol
"The plan," stated
City Administrator Tom Short in a memo to Council
members, "is to use the Five-year CIP
(Capital Improvement Program) as the
justification of the extension of the Capital
Improvements Sales Tax which expires in March
The tax is estimated to
generate approximately $800,000 a year, or
approximately $16 million over the twenty-year
life of the tax.
The total requests by
department heads, which are typically cut
drastically in the budget process, totaled
approximately $30 million for the next five
The City Council will meet this
evening for its regular meeting in City Hall at
7:30 p.m. The agenda includes two Council bills
that would redefine the requirements for
residency for firefighters and other personnel,
and a resolution adopting Rosenbergs Rules
of Order, as amended, as the official rules of
parliamentary procedure for the City of Carthage.
Most folks wont
remember to vote today. Its not a
typical votin date for most and it will
be easy for most to let this one slide by.
Todays vote is about
sales tax. A half-cent for ever dollar ya
spend in Carthage. The money is ta be used on
"capitol improvements," which, with
some broad interpretation, could mean
anything from a new fire sub-station to a
sidewalk, golf carts, a bridge, or a
computer. Im guessin it will mean
anything physical that the City can justify.
I havent seen much
vocal opposition to the proposal and
weve been payin the tax for the
last fifteen years or so. That money went to
pay a portion of the bill for buildin
new water towers and sewer plant
improvements. What this twenty-year tax will
buy hasnt been actually defined.
This is some fact, but
Just Jake Talkin.
To Your Good
By Paul G. Donohue,
Nose and Cheeks
DEAR DR. DONOHUE: The tip of my
husbands nose and his cheeks have become
noticeably red this past year. People ask me --
half kidding, half serious -- if hes been
drinking heavily. He doesnt touch alcohol.
This doesnt bother him, but it bothers me.
What is this? -- N.D.
ANSWER: The probable culprit is
rosacea (rose-A-she-uh). It starts as a reddening
of the nose and cheeks, and sometimes can affect
the forehead. The skin also develops webs of tiny
blood vessels. Pimples -- which look much like
acne -- break out. The final stage, which should
never be reached these days, is the bulbous nose
of W.C. Fields.
Rosacea is common. Fair-skinned
people with light hair are the most susceptible.
So are those who blush easily. The actual cause
is a bit unclear. Some believe the skin mite
Demodex is involved. It lives in hair follicles.
But people without rosacea also have the mite, so
a cause and effect is not certain.
People with rosacea often have
eye involvement, something thats often
overlooked but needs consideration. The eyes feel
gritty and might burn. They, too, can become red.
Rosacea isnt a curable
condition, but it is highly treatable. Your
husband ought to steer clear of spicy foods,
sunlight and extremes of heat and cold. That he
doesnt drink alcohol is in his favor.
Metronidazole cream, gel or
lotion, or Azelex (azelaic acid) cream can bring
gratifying results. Over-the-counter benzoyl
peroxide often works for an acne breakout.
Sometimes oral metronidazole or an oral
antibiotic is added to the program.
You or your
husband would do well to contact the National
Rosacea Society, which can provide you with
informative literature and keep you abreast of
the latest changes in treatment. The
societys website is www.rosacea.org, and
its phone number is 888-NO-BLUSH.
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