A motorist, after being bogged down in a muddy
road, paid a passing farmer five dollars to pull him out
with his tractor.
After he was back on dry ground he said
to the farmer, "At those prices, I should think you
would be pulling people out of the mud night and
"Cant", replied the
farmer. "At night I haul water for the hole."
Three friends - a surgeon, an engineer,
and a politician - were discussing which of their
professions was the oldest. The surgeon said "Eve
was created from Adans rib - a surgical
procedure." The engineer replied: "before Adam
and Eve, order was created out of chaos, and that was an
engineering job." The politician said, "Yes,
but who do you suppose created the chaos?"
Christopher Columbus was the first
ever-successful politician of the world because he
didnt know where he was going, he didnt know
where he was when he got there, and he did all of it only
on borrowed money!
A Chronological Record of Events as they have
Transpired in the City and County since our last Issue.
Mr. and Mrs. L. S. Durham entertained
the Matrimonial club and a number of invited guests in a
most delightful manner at their pretty home on south Main
street last night. Bid euchre was the feature of the
evening, Mrs. W. S. Crane and F. W. Steadley proving most
proficient and winning the ribbons.
At 10:30 a dainty lunch was served at
the card tables.
Those present besides club members were
Messrs. and Mesdames W. S. Crane, F. W. Steadley, W. K.
Caffee, A. F. Beneke, Paul Davey, Capt. A. B. Deutsch,
Mrs. C. W. Rinehart, Misses Cora and Alice Beneke.
A graphophone added to the pleasure of
the evening, with music and amusing speeches.
Lawrence Daniels, a graduate of the
Model City Business college, has taken a position with M.
Mayor Backs Tax
The City cant legally
spend taxpayer money to promote a ballot issue
one way or the other. It can distribute
information that explains the issues.
It is legal to issue media
releases that dont cost tax money, and the
following was released from City Hall last
"On Tuesday February 8,
2011, the City Council will be asking the
citizens of Carthage to vote YES on continuing
the current ½ of 1% Capital Improvements Sales
Tax for another term. The continuation will be
used to fund the Citys Capital Improvements
Program which includes over 190 items and
The continuation of this tax is
supported by the City, the Carthage Chamber of
Commerce, the Carthage Convention & Visitors
Bureau, Carthage Emerging Leaders and the
Carthage Water & Electric Board.
Currently 95% of the proceeds
are used by Carthage Water & Electric to
retire voter approved debt for water and
wastewater system improvements identified in the
late 1990s. The remaining 5% (approximately
$605,000 to-date) is used by the City on
stormwater projects. The City has been able to
use these funds for matching grants to more than
double the money to complete over $1.2 million of
stormwater improvement projects. The City plans
to use all the proceeds on community identified
capital and capital improvement projects. The
most current five-year Capital Improvement Plan
has identified over $44.5 million of needed
Mayor Mike Harris said
"although no one likes taxes, including me,
this is the most equitable and feasible way to
help the City to continue to grow and progress
for the future." The Mayor further stated,
"one of the strongest points for continuing
this tax is that it will have no change on rate
that anyone who shops in Carthage will pay. The
only change will be how the City is able to use
Over the past two fiscal years,
the City has had to cut its budget almost 17%
because of reduced revenues as a result of the
current economic situation. At the same time,
services that the City provides to its citizens
were able to be maintained without significant
cuts. If this sales tax continuation is approved
by the voters, the City will be able to take care
of much needed improvements to the City. A number
of these projects are critical to positioning the
City in a positive position when the economic
situation turns around. However, if the tax is
not approved, more operating funds will be needed
to pay for capital projects inevitably affecting
service level in the City.
The City Council appreciates
the support given by the citizens of Carthage in
the past, and asks that they continue to support
the City by voting YES on February 8, 2011."
Had a teacher once that was
big on pragmatism. Course growin
up in the Midwest, I always called common
This teacher explained
pragmatism by tellin the class if ya
saw a big rock fallin off a cliff onto
the road, you may not have ever seen someone
get smashed by a big rock, but youd
probly figure out ya didnt wanna
be under the rock when it hit the ground.
The thing that amazed me in
this college level class was the small number
of folks that caught on to what the teach was
tryin to get through. The class seemed
unable to cope with not havin a
question with an answer hooked to it. This
teacher didnt believe in right answers,
just a pragmatic approach to solvin a
problem. Required some thinkin and
communicatin, right or wrong.
This is some fact, but
Just Jake Talkin.
THIS IS A HAMMER
in a Tiny Garage
Q: I dont have a lot of
workspace, but I want to have a good variety of
tools for any repair job and want to make sure
theyre stored properly. Can I have a decent
workspace in a tiny garage that has to be shared
with my car? -- Karl in Philadelphia
A: Its very possible to
build an adequate workspace in a small area and
have room for storage besides. First, evaluate
how much space you can create during a repair
job. Can your car be moved onto the driveway or
parked on the curb for a few hours while you
work? This would temporarily open up more space.
For storage, since youre
starved for floor space, think up. A pegboard
installed on a wall is ideal for hanging up hand
tools and gardening equipment. Folding
workbenches and tables can free up space as well,
and its even possible to install a
worktable that hinges to the wall, flips down for
use, and then can be folded flat to the wall at
the end of the day. Tool sets, like wrenches and
drill bits, can be purchased in long, flat boxes
that can then be tucked away into storage niches
or inside a rolling tool chest.
If most of your money is going
into tools at this point, take a look at
construction sites and note how work areas are
improvised on site. For example, a piece of
plywood set atop two sawhorses allows painters to
place their paint and brushes within reach but
can be quickly broken down and stored in their
The important thing with
creating a workspace in a limited area is
simplicity. You need to be able to set up and
break down quickly, just as the pros do. Stick to
just one repair or home-improvement project at a
time. If the project is going to take more than a
day, plan it in stages so that at the end of each
workday, when its time to put the car back
in, you have a good stopping point and can put
away all the project materials and clean up
without too much effort.
Stay disciplined about cleaning
up and storing everything away. Its easy to
put it off, and then suddenly its two weeks
later and your spouse is asking when shes
going to get the garage back ... and oh, by the
way, since its your fault, you get to clean
all the snow off the car since it was stuck
outside during the snowstorm. (Not that
thats ever happened to me.)
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