The Mornin' Mail is published every weekday except major holidays
Tuesday, April 16, 2002 Volume X, Number 212

did ya know?

Did Ya Know?. . .Staff or volunteers of Carthage area non-profit organizations are invited to attend a free grant writing workshop hosted by Main Street Carthage from 10-noon on Wed., April 17th, at the Main Street office, 335 S. Main (west side of the square). Please RSVP.

Did Ya Know?. . .The "Missouri Mules" traveling exhibit will be featured at the Powers Museum, 1617 W. Oak St., now through late April. Admission is free.

Did Ya Know?. . .The Carthage Humane Society has a yellow & white 5-month-old long hair female cat who needs a home. If your pet if missing call 358-6402 ASAP.

Did Ya Know?. . .Due to renovations at the Memorial Hall this week, the south entrance will be closed and residents are asked to enter through the north entrance.

today's laugh

My wife puts popcorn in the pancakes so they’ll turn over by themselves.

Ten percent of live is what you make it and 90 percent is how you take it.

A rabbit’s foot may be lucky; but the original owner wasn’t.

Some people can’t even tell the truth in a diary.


A Chronological Record of Events as they have Transpired in the City and County since our last Issue.


The Remains of Mrs. George Buried There Yesterday.

Mrs. George, the destitute woman taken to the poor farm, died there without ever regaining consciousness, and her remains were laid to rest yesterday afternoon in the potters field. Her invalid son was present at the burial.

Nothing is known about these unfortunates except that they had been around Carthage for about six months, the woman peddling and living with her son through all the hard winter in a tent back of Lamb’s. The boy is in the care of the Charity union, but says he will leave Carthage and seek support elsewhere.

The C. C. Club, composed of young ladies, gave a masquerade party at the home of Miss Stella Larrick last night.

  Today's Feature

Kellogg Lake Public Meeting.

The Kellogg Lake/Spring River Development Board has scheduled a public meeting this evening at 7 p.m. in City Hall. The Board is seeking input from members of the community as they develop an overall plan for the development of the area into a nature conservation area open to all.

Board member Jackie Boyer reported to the City Council last week that the group has obtained its not-for-profit status and is exploring ways to improve the area.

The Council approved initial plans for a lake side covered structure to be built on the southwest shore of Kellogg lake. The structure will protrude about four feet over the water. Ed Grundy, who has been instrumental in improving the condition of the lake area, told the Council that no City funds would be needed to complete the project.

The Council has also approved the seeking of grants to develop two of the lagoons just south of the lake into an outdoor classroom. Various wetland grasses and plants will be part of the project.

The Development Board has also considered ways to improve the area know as Walnut Bottoms.

Letter to the Editor

Opinions expressed reflect those of the writer
and not necessarily those of the Mornin' Mail.

Dear Editor,

I am writing this to bring to the attention of many senior citizens a program that the State of Missouri has set up to help many low income seniors purchase their medications. If you sign up for the program the state will issue a prescription card that will help pay for medications. The sign up date for this program has a very small window of time. It is from April 1st to May 30th. The program will start July 1st, 2002.

Seniors over the age of 65 that are single and the income does not exceed $17,000 per year or seniors married with an income not to exceed $23,000 are eligible for the plan. I urge all eligible seniors to fill out the necessary forms to apply.

Please contact your local Area Agency on Aging office, Senior Citizens Center or call toll free 1-866-566-9316 for more information. I will also be more happy to help qualified individuals fill out the application.

Please take advantage of this program. Too many seniors must make the choice between eating properly or filling prescriptions.

Donna Harlan

Citizens Advocacy Council

(417) 246-9712

(417) 359-7848


Martin "Bubs" Hohulin
State Representative, District 126

This week we sent the last of the budget bills over to the Senate. The last measure we voted on was whether or not we needed to take money out of the Budget Reserve Fund, otherwise known as the Rainy Day Fund. This measure required a two thirds vote and barely received a majority, let alone two thirds. This was an important victory for fiscal responsibility. The Rainy Day Fund was established to take care of real emergencies like the floods of 1993 and 1995, not the runaway spending policies of the Carnahan and Holden administrations. If we had dipped into the Rainy Day fund to pay for ongoing programs, we would have had to get it repaid within 3 years with interest. That would have put the state in the hole to start with for the next 3 years.

One thing this budget year has demonstrated is exactly how many people are at the public trough. There was not a day that went by where we didn’t get at least a dozen emails, calls, or letters asking that we not cut a particular program. I found out about programs that I never knew existed this way.

I firmly believe there are core functions of government. Roads, law enforcement, care of the mentally retarded, public education, and the penal system are functions that come to mind as essential services. Over the years there have been literally hundreds of programs added at the state level. While there is usually little question that these programs benefit someone, the question does still remain as to whether these should be functions of state government.

There are limited sources as to where taxpayer money comes from. There are only so many taxpayers and businesses in the state that can have more and more tax dollars wrung from them.

On the other hand, there seems to be no end to the line of outstretched hands to receive those tax dollars. What is particularly frustrating is that when the providers of these tax dollars finally balk at paying more and more in taxes, they are labeled as the bad guys.

The time has arrived for the revenue producers to have equal footing with the revenue consumers. Hopefully this budget cycle has weeded out a few of the revenue consumers.

As usual, I can be reached at House Post Office, State Capitol, Jefferson City, MO 65101, or 1-800-878-7126, or for your questions, comments, or advice.


by Steve Hunter
State Representative District 127

Is it raining? Is it pouring? How long have we been snoring? The hot topic of the week has been the defeat of the bill that would have allowed the use of funds from the Rainy Day Fund. If you watched the evening news, chances are you witnessed several viewpoints on this. Those of us who voted against this have been labeled as mean-spirited and irresponsible. We have been accused of denying funds to every needy individual in this state. The rhetoric was great as we debated this bill for two hours. When the vote was over, I don’t think that it was a surprise to anyone that it did not pass.

I guess that some people did not want to believe that this bill would fail. Since last year we have known that there was a problem, and in simple terms, according to revenue projections, there is more going out than coming in. I could write forever about how we got there, but we should step back and learn from the past and not dwell on it. As the budget left the House, it was $53 million short. Another problem lies in the fact that over $100 million was spent counting on new legislation that raised taxes, and it looks like this legislation will not pass out of the Senate. Now the budget will go to the Senate. They will work it over, and in the end there will be a balanced budget sent to the Governor. There will be some cuts and there will be new programs that will not get started. Not everyone will get what they want. The pie is only so big, and while everyone will get a piece, it might not be as big as they would like. I have said it before and I will say it again, we have to live within our means. This state has had good times and bad times and it will continue to experience this. It is no different than our households or our businesses. I think everyone understands this.

My greatest fear with using the Rainy Day Fund is that we will have a true emergency and we will not have anything to fall back on. I think it is very irresponsible to use up our safety net. Some people will disagree with me on this and probably criticize me for not using this money. I truly believe that we have to adjust our spending and get it in line with our income. Using the Rainy Day Fund just puts off our problem until next year and then makes it worse, because we have to pay back what we have borrowed within the next three years.

One option that no one brought up was a general tax increase. Please don’t think I am proposing this, because I am not. I think everyone over here knows that the public is not willing to pay more taxes; at least that is what you tell me. I can’t remember the last time I got a letter that said "please raise my taxes so we can have more government services."

State Law says that by May 10 the Legislature must present the budget to the Governor. In the next 30 days there will be a lot of shouting, but I believe we will meet our obligation.

As usual, I can be reached at (573) 751-5458 or at Room 103 BB, State Capitol, Jefferson City, MO 65101, or by email at if you have any questions or comments or ideas.

Just Jake Talkin'


I haven’t really dove into any spring cleanin’ projects yet. I spent a good portion a this last weekend assessin’ the damage imposed by last winter.

I made a little progress over the winter gettin’ the barn where I could start to clear out some of those old projects that got shoved into the corners. I got a little supply a paint built up over the winter, but I’m afraid the list of spring things to do is already stretchin’ into late summer.

‘Course the downpour on Saturday afternoon let me find where the roof gutterin’ was clogged with twigs and leafs. Added one more project up near the top of the list. Some things ya just can’t ignore for long. Haven’t tried the air conditioner yet. Suppose those filters are just waitin’ on me.

This is some fact, but mostly,

Just Jake Talkin’.



McCune- Brooks Hospital

Weekly Column

Health Notes

By Judith Sheldon

FOOD FOR THOUGHT: The American Chemical Society cautions that "well-done" hamburger, which is supposed to be the safe way to avoid ingesting dangerous bacteria, may not be so safe after all. The problem is in the color of the cooked meat. Too many people assume that if the hamburger turns brown, it’s well done. As the ACS says, that’s not necessarily so.

Dr. Donald Kropf, professor of meat science at Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kan., says it’s true the internal color of cooked ground beef does turn from red to pink to tan as the temperature rises. However, Dr. Kropf and his colleagues have found that the well-done look in some ground meat can appear at much lower temperatures than are required to kill foodborne pathogenic microorganisms. This can cause problems for people who assume the germs are dead, but may find out soon enough, the microorganisms are very much alive and capable of causing serious illnesses that can sometimes result in death.

The premature change to brown during cooking is a result of oxidation of the raw meat. Dr. Kropf says this occurs if the beef hasn’t been kept at a cold enough temperature, or if it’s been exposed to too much air before cooking, or kept too long.


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