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Tuesday, November 15, 2011 Volume XX, Number 105
Did Ya Know?...Carthage Business
Women of Mo. have Black Walnuts, Pecans for sale.
Walnuts, $10 lb, Pecans, pieces/halves $13 lb.358-3505.
Did Ya Know?...The Carthage
Crisis Center will have their Thanksgiving Day Family
Dinner from noon to 2 p.m. at their location at 100 S.
Main. Free - Everyone is welcome that needs a place to
My last flight was on a real no-frills airline.
They didnt serve lunch. Instead, we landed at a
McDonalds and they gave us fifteen minutes.
Carrying her baby, a woman rushed into
a doctors office and said, "Help me. Please
help me. My baby swallowed a bullet."
The doctor said, "Give it some of
this castor oil, but for the love of heaven, dont
point it at anybody."
I must be in great shape. Ten years
ago, I used to huff and puff bringing home twenty
dollars worth of groceries. Now, I dont even
know Im carrying it.
Pity poor old George Washington. He
couldnt blame his troubles on the previous
A Chronological Record of Events as they have
Transpired in the City and County since our last Issue.
Said a prominent Methodist this
morning, "I see that there is some kind of a fish
story in the paper today about one of the gamblers
arrested at the fair grounds last week having once been
well off and a good member of the Methodist church, and
that his wife was also a member of that church. The story
goes on to say that when ill luck came the man had to
take to gambling so that his wife could have enough money
to keep up appearances and thus not be shunned in her
church. Now, I dont know anything about the gambler
or his history, but anyone who intimates that any poor
woman who is a member of a Methodist church is shunned,
willfully misrepresents the case. The Methodist church,
above all others, reaches after the poor and needy and
gladly takes them into the fold. I wish youd just
state that theres false philosophy in that
Missouri Lieutenant Governor
Peter Kinder on Monday said he will ask the
Missouri Housing and Development Commission to
suspend a rule that prevailing wage be paid for
construction of low-income residential housing in
Joplin in the wake of the devastating tornado
there in May.
Lt. Governor Kinder and a
delegation of lawmakers representing the Joplin
area discussed the proposal at the Joplin Senior
Center. The lawmakers included Reps. Charlie
Davis of Webb City, Tom Flanigan of Carthage,
Bill Lant and Bill White of Joplin and Bill
Reiboldt of Neosho.
Kinder said high wages could
reduce the number of homes the MHDC can afford to
finance. A member of the MHDC, Kinder will offer
a motion at the commissions Dec. 16 meeting
to remove the recently imposed mandate that
prevailing wage rates be paid on MHDC projects in
Joplins tornado zone.
A recent revision of federal
wage rules significantly increased the prevailing
wage, which had not been changed for many years.
One example cited by local contractors was the
prevailing wage for a carpenter in the Joplin
area, which increased from $7.98 an hour to
$21.47 an hour, plus $12.65 in fringe benefits.
"Our priority in Joplin
must be to replace the homes that families lost
in May, particularly homes for low-income
families," Kinder said. "Because of the
higher costs, contractors will be forced to cut
back on the scale of projects for low-income
housing in Joplin."
More than 4,000 Joplin homes
were destroyed by the May 22 tornado. City
officials have said 3,100 housing units are
needed, including about 560 for low-income
"Either you will lose
numbers, or you will lose quality," Kinder
said. "Joplin needs the numbers, but we also
dont want to lose quality in the
County Jail Count
? November 14,
Including Placed out of County
I saw a while back that a
guy servin a few months in jail out
west was given a bag of M&Ms for
doin some extra chores. At the time it
was reported that the guy had won the million
dollar prize offered by the M&M folks.
What a story.
Then yesterday I see that
after checkin with the candy company,
the million bucks had already been given
away. The Jail bird had actually won a 16oz.
bag of M&Ms. Almost as good as a
The guy is supposed ta get
out of jail by late summer. Im
guessin hell always have ta
wonder "what if?".
I was pretty disappointed
to hear the bad news, but Im
bettin not near as bad as he does.
This is some fact, but
Just Jake Talkin.
To Your Good
By Paul G. Donohue,
Make Better Grafts Than Veins
DEAR DR. DONOHUE: I had a
triple coronary artery bypass in April 1998. The
vessel used for the grafts was taken from my leg.
A cardiologist tells me that
the leg vessel graft needs replacement in eight
years. It is not as good as grafts taken from
arteries in the arm or the chest wall. I feel
fine. It has been 10 years since my operation. Am
I living on borrowed time? Why isnt the leg
vessel as good as the others? -- W.P.
ANSWER: Hold on a minute.
Predictions about the longevity of grafts for
clogged arteries are hazardous. The source of the
graft is not the sole factor in its life span.
The general health of the person getting the
graft is most important. Diabetes, for example,
has a negative effect on all blood vessels,
including grafts. If graft recipients make major
changes in how they live -- watch their weight,
keep their cholesterol low, get exercise, pay
attention to blood pressure and dont smoke
-- then their grafts are bound to stay healthy
for a long time.
The leg vessel you speak of is
a long and large leg vein. Veins are not the same
as arteries. Arteries have to stand up to
pressure that is much higher than it is in veins,
so arteries are tougher. At five years, 75
percent of vein grafts are functioning well, and
at 15 years, 50 percent are still in good shape.
Some last much longer.
The "chest wall"
graft isnt from the chest wall. These
grafts come from arteries within in the chest.
They are directly hooked up to heart arteries, so
they have long lives -- as long as arteries have.
Most of these grafts stay open for 20 or more
Many heart surgeons use an arm
artery as the source of their grafts. The arm
does quite well with only one major artery. These
grafts are better than vein grafts. Theyre
arteries. They have a life span between that of a
vein graft and that of the inner chest artery
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