The Mornin' Mail is published every weekday except major holidays
Friday, August 9, 2002 Volume XI, Number 38

did ya know?

Did Ya Know?. . .The Fair Acres Family YMCA is currently accepting registrations for Youth Flag Football (ages 5-12) and Youth Volleyball (5th-6th Grade). All games will be played on Saturdays. For more information contact Jarrod Newcomb or Alicia Smith at 358-1070. Financial assistance is available.

Did Ya Know?. . .The Carthage Girl Scouts will have an "Eco-Action Fair" from 1-4 p.m. on Sun., Aug. 11th at the Northeast Shelter of Municipal Park. Look for banners. For more information contact the Girl Scout Council at 417-623-8277.

today's laugh

Two goats in the desert found a tin can full of film. One of them nuzzled it until the lid came off. The film leader loosened around the spool, and the goat ate a few frames.
The second goat ate some, too. Soon they pulled all the film off the reel and consumed the whole of it.
When nothing was left but the can and the spool, the first goat said, "Wasn’t that great?"
"Oh, I don’t know," replied the second goat, "I thought the book was better."

My doctor is an eye, ear, nose, throat, and wallet specialist.


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


"The proposition to pipe natural gas into this territory from Iola, Kan., will never go through," said J. H. Enright, superintendent of the Carthage Gas company, this morning.

"In the first place, Allen county, where Iola is located, has enjoined the company promoting the enterprise from taking any of the gas out of the county. They have a right to do this, and they are wise in doing it. They don’t want their gas wells exhausted by foreign consumption. As it is, manufacturing enterprises go to their gas fields. Otherwise the gas fields are being taken to the manufacturing enterprises located elsewhere.

"Again, there is no telling when the gas wells may play out. It is too big an investment to lay such extensive lines of pipe on uncertainties. I don’t believe it will be done. The company would likely fall down if it undertook it, as many another company has done on such propositions.

  Today's Feature

Let the Games and Politics of Transportation Funding End.

news release by Charles E. Kruse
President of Missouri Farm Bureau

In the wake of Proposition B’s defeat, the opportunity now exists for our state policy makers to learn from the voters and develop a transportation funding plan that Missourians will accept.

A report issued in February by Missouri Farm Bureau contained the recommended reforms we heard from our members and the public in over 100 meetings during the last year. Restoring fairness in highway funding, ending the diversion of highway funds and increasing transporta-tion’s priority in the total state budget should all be reforms at the top of the list of the Governor, the Missouri Highway and Transportation Commission, and the Legislature during the coming months.

Proposition B’s defeat is the final chapter of a failed transportation funding approach that began in 1996 with Governor Carnahan’s Total Transportation Commission when it refused to make as a priority the implementation of the 15-Year Plan approved during the previous administration in 1992. It became painfully clear that the real controversy surrounding the 15-Year Plan was less about whether the 15-Year Plan was underfunded and more about what areas of the state were going to get the money.

The November 1998 decision by the Highway and Transportation Commission to remove the 15-Year Plan as MoDOT’s blueprint and adopt a new plan to reallocate highway funds from rural to urban projects made virtually impossible the building of much of the 15-Year Plan in the rural areas. This Commission decision is the single greatest reason for the lack of public trust that exists today. When Governor Holden appointed new members to the Highway and Transportation Commission, he and Commission members pledged to begin allocating highway funds based upon needs instead of the politically compromised allocation formula adopted in 1998. But it has not happened! This must change and fairness must return to the allocation of state funds.

Since his election to office, Governor Holden’s refusal to address the diversion of highway funds and make transportation funding a greater priority resulted in this becoming a major flaw of Proposition B. Holden single-handedly defeated the effort of Farm Bureau and several other transportation interests - both urban and rural - to develop an initiative petition for transportation that would have addressed the diversion of highway funds, improved the priority of transportation and substantially increased transportation and Highway Patrol funding.

Missouri needs additional transportation funding, but state government needs to do a better job in allocating fairly and wisely its tax dollars. If not, voters will continue to reject higher taxes.

For decades Missouri has enjoyed a transportation department and commission that is constitutionally shielded from manipulation by the Governor and the legislature, gaining the Department and Commission tremendous credibility throughout the state. But that changed in the mid 1990’s when power politics for political gain became the sport. Let the games and politics of transportation funding end!

Letter to the Editor

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

To the Editor:

As I drove around the streets of Carthage, two days after the Primary Election process, I really wondered if we are truly a Christian nation.

The proliferation of "Vote for Me" signs in residential yards, public areas and parkways and church property now sport keep out, no trespassing, stay away and other such anti-visitor messages.

Are we really being honest with ourselves and our Creator, or are we floundering in the malaise of reducing everything to a single denominator - greed?

I hope to clean up my act!

Dick Ferguson


news release artCentral

ArtCamp is over and these are observations of some of the participants:

Tre Knight says, "I like to get a lot of culture in my life and I have something exciting to do. I like when I get my craft done and I like to look at it. I might use it to decorate my room and look at it and remember the days when I was in artCamp."

Deandra Sexton has been in artCamp for three years. She states, You get to do different art projects that you wouldn’t get to do at home. Like you probably wouldn’t get smashed tiles to make mosaics with. If kids are bored in the summer they should try it."

Elliot Fredrick said, "I liked the one about painting Chinese stuff and making Chinese dragons and fish kites. It’s lots of cool art that I’ve never done before."

Alex Eissinger observed," You have a lot of choices. You use your own imagination. A friend told me that it’s not just the art ability you have; it’s the patience to work on projects."

Julie Wacker said she likes artCamp because, "I like art. I like to paint, and make stuff and get messy."

Ginny Wiley is a repeat participant. She said she might hang her creation on the living room wall.

NEW HOURS: T – F 11 - 5
Sunday 12 -5 Closed Mon. and Sat.
1110 E 13th 358-4404

Just Jake Talkin'


One of the perils of self service gas is the tank filler cap.

I did ever’thing I’d been taught. I removed the cap, placed it on the fender so, as my dad taught me, if ya did forget to put it back, it would fall off near the station.

As I pulled out about a half block I heard the thump and saw the cap slidin’ along the road. I turned around at the next intersection and returned to retrieve the cap.

It was nowhere to be found. I searched the neighborhood, wanderin’ through yards, lookin’ under parked cars, but not a trace.

After ‘bout a half hour I retreated to Metcalf’s and was relieved to find that my episode was common enough that they stock a variety of gas caps. Supply and demand, it’s the American way.

This is some fact, but mostly,

Just Jake Talkin’.



Oak Street health & herbs

Weekly Column

Natural Nutrition

By Mari An Willis

Dandelion: a bitter, but nutritious herb, may be used in many ways. The earliest leaves are a delicious addition to a salad. It has been traditionally used as a digestive tonic, blood cleanser, mild diuretic and an aid in weight loss. It has been suggested to relieve inflammation of the liver and gallbladder; as well as skin disorders. Some have suggested it may be useful as a preventative for high blood pressure.

Feverfew: a bushy perennial, has been used in Britain for many years as a deterrent to migraine attacks. The flowers and leaves are used in the preparations. The dosage used in Britain for prevention of the headaches has been 50 to 100 mg daily. It has been used by some as an anti-inflammatory and anti-spasmodic. Of course, as the name implies, it has been used to help bring down fevers.

Chickweed: growing so profusely at this time, has been used in many diet formulas as it is said to have the ability to stop cravings and aid in digestion. Many folk herbalists use it as a poultice to treat skin disorders.

Brudock root: has been used to cleanse the blood and "heal" the liver and kidneys. It is one of the best known blood purifiers. Some people report when it is used on a regular basis, it is useful for weight loss. To make a tea; bring water to boil, pour in about an ounce of root, simmer for approximately 20 minutes and allow to cool. Drink between meals to curb appetite. Nice mixed with some lemongrass.

* The Nature Doctor ... Dr. H. C. Vogel

*Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine by Dr. Murray and Dr. Pizzorno


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