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Tuesday, January 15, 2002 Volume X, Number 147

did ya know?

Did Ya Know?. . .The Golden Reflections Senior Program of McCune-Brooks Hospital will have their next monthly program at 2 p.m. on Thurs., Jan. 17th in the McCune-Brooks Hospital cafeteria. Steve Cooper, from the Carthage Crisis Center, will speak then Bingo for Fun will be played. Visitors 55 years or older are welcome to attend.

Did Ya Know?. . .The Carthage Humane Society have pets that need loving homes. For more information call 358-6402.

today's laugh

Patient- "Doctor, I’m bothered with a strange pain. When I bend forward, stretch out my arms and make a semicircular movement with them, a sharp string comes in my left shoulder."
Doctor- "Why make such motions?"
Patient- "Well, if you know any other way for a man to get on his overcoat, I wish you’d tell me."

"Oh, doctor," cried a wild-eyed man, "I’m dreadfully afflicted. The ghosts of my departed relatives come and perch on the tops of the fence posts all around my garden when dusk is falling. I can look out any evening and see a couple of dozen spooks sitting on the fence, waiting, waiting, waiting. What shall I do?"
"Sharpen the tops of the posts," advised the doctor.


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

Martin McNerney Gets a Spill.

Martin A. McNerney got a bad spill from his road wagon yesterday afternoon while driving from his quarry mill to town.

He came by Kendricktown, through the Carthage Marble & White Lime Company’s yards, and there his horse was scared at a car load of timber, dumped Mr. McNerney out against the quarry mill, and ran for the brush, where he was caught by employees at the mill.

An Open Knife In His Pocket.

Murry Bradford, a student at the High School, was badly cut in the leg yesterday while exercising on the grounds, by his dissecting knife which he had open in his pocket. By throwing himself into a stooping posture, the razor-like knife blade was thrust through his clothing into his flesh, making quite a severe wound.

  Today's Feature

Lower Golf Fees To Be Discussed.

The City Council Public Services Committee is scheduled to meet this evening for a special meeting at the Park Department building in Muni Park at 7 p.m. The Committee is slated to discuss the possibility of lowering golf fees, at least at selected times, for the upcoming season.

The proposed one season adjustment is seen as a way to keep current players during the upcoming redevelopment of the back nine. The Council approved an increase in fees late last year as preparation for covering a portion of the cost for the renovation.

Annual passes typically are promoted in February. Some reluctance of players to commit to a full fee for the season has prompted the discussion. Fees for tournaments will likely be reduced during the construction also.

The Committee will also hear details of the proposal to modify the roof on Memorial Hall to a pitched design by adding a framed structure over the existing barrel shaped roof. The Committee heard the proposal during its last regular meeting but requested more information on costs and an opinion from the architect.

Martin "Bubs" Hohulin
State Representative, District 126

We started the new Session this week with little fanfare. In the coming weeks, I will be going over some of the legislation that has been filed.

This week though, I want to talk about where your tax dollars are going and for what.

Thanks to the idiocy of affirmative action, we have lost sight of what is important concerning the construction of a bridge in St. Louis.

According to the law, projects that are paid for with a certain percentage of federal money have to have a certain amount of the work performed by minority or women contractors. It doesn’t matter if this adds to the cost of the project or not. In the name of political correctness, we are dipping into the taxpayer’s pockets and spreading money around based on someone’s skin color or body parts.

Now, in St. Louis, the Missouri Dept. of Highways and Transportation is demanding that a contractor pay over $800,000.00 in fines for failing to use enough minority and/or women contractors on a job. Never mind that the job is done and was done right. Apparently it is more important that we continue to advance reverse discrimination, otherwise known as affirmative action, than it is to have a safe bridge.

It doesn’t bother me to say that I think laws like affirmative action and Americans with Disabilities Act are some of the worst laws that have been passed in the history of our country. It is easy to be generous with someone else’s money, but I wonder how many of these left wing do-gooders make it a point to first look for a minority contractor when they want to add a room onto their house. Do you suppose they will make sure they have a bathroom to accommodate a guest that might be in a wheelchair? Not likely, but you can bet they will make sure that someone who is just trying to make a living while still meeting payroll and dozens of regulations will have to spend untold amounts of money and time to make sure they are hiring enough blacks. Whatever happened to hiring the best person for the job? If I were black or a woman, I would be insulted that liberal politicians would think I wasn’t good enough to get a job on my merits, that I would need them to make sure I was taken care of.

In the pursuit of being politically correct, we have lost sight of what our main goal should be. We should be in the business of giving the citizens the best value for their tax dollars. What we have turned into is a politically correct machine that redistributes tax dollars.

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.

Just Jake Talkin'


After the 60 degree weather last week, I find myself concerned that we haven’t had a good, hard freeze yet this winter and time is runnin’ out.

‘Course it takes a good freeze to keep down the critters when summer comes around, or so I’ve always been led to believe. Hopefully we get a few cold days and get it over with and get back to this early spring weather.

From what they say on the weather reports this 40’s highs and 20’s lows are "normal" for this time a year. For some reason I’ve always thought a January as bein’ a little cooler than that. Suppose ya just remember those 18 degree highs with 40 mile per hour winds more. But then, I’ve never been one ta really recognize "normal."

This is some fact, but mostly,

Just Jake Talkin’.



McCune- Brooks Hospital

Weekly Column

Health Notes

by Judith Sheldon

Screwdrivers are about the most used of all tools. Here’s a great way to store them. Use a round salt box. Fill it with sand, and keep the screwdrivers with the tips poked in the sand. The sand keeps the screwdrivers upright and keeps the container from falling over. It’s easy to pull out a particular screwdriver when you need it. The sand also protects the tools. A drop or two of lightweight oil in the sand would give them even more protection.

Super Hint - If you keep a few basic tools in the trunk of the car and are tired of listening to them rattle around back there, store them in some rubber boots. The boots can keep your tools quiet, and with winter weather around the corner, the boots might come in handy.

Super Hint - To get a better seal on a half-used can of paint and keep it from drying out, put the lid on the can and then turn it upside down for a couple of seconds. The paint itself helps seal the can.

Q: We are planning to pour a new, circular concrete driveway this fall. Is there a rule of thumb on how far apart the expansion joints should be located in a circular drive? - H. H.

A: If the circular drive starts at a concrete walk, you must have an expansion joint at both ends. In between, shoot for additional joints about every eight feet or so.


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