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Tuesday, January 29, 2002 Volume X, Number 157

did ya know?

Did Ya Know?. . .The Carthage Civil War Museum will be celebrating the birthday of Jasper County from 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. on Tuesday, January 29th at the museum. Historians Marvin VanGilder, Steve Cottrell, and Steve Weldon will speak about the history of Jasper County at 12 noon. The public is encouraged to attend. Refreshments will be provided.

Did Ya Know?. . .The Carthage Senior High Band Salad Luncheon will be held from 11a.m.- 1:30 p.m. and 5-7 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 5th at the Fairview Christian Church. The cost is $4 to help pay for the band trip.

Did Ya Know?. . .Staff or volunteers of Carthage area non-profit organizations are invited to attend the Free Grant Writing Workshops at the Main Street Carthage offices, 335 South Main, west side of the Square, from 10:00-11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 30th and Wednesday, Feb. 13th.

today's laugh

"On a recent survey of the question it was found that the college that produced the most U.S. Presidents was —"
"Yes, go on," (breathlessly).
"—the electoral college."

Soph- "But I don’t think I deserve an absolute zero."
Prof.- "Neither do I, but it is the lowest mark that I am allowed to give."


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


Frisco "Steel Gang" Say They Have a Double
Mission Here—The New Steel.

It is probable that the Frisco steel gang now here will be utilized for putting in two switches instead of the one alone mentioned previous. In addition to the McDaniel switch they will probably soon run over to Stebbins & Johns’ "Spring river quarry." At least the gang themselves say that they understand that is to be part of their work here, though others connected with the road say they have no definite information about it. Such a switch is much wanted at the quarry, but it is quite an undertaking to build it as the mill race, the river and a good-sized branch will have to be bridged to reach the quarry from the Frisco.

Pending the city council’s action in arranging the routes for switches, the special gang of eighteen track layers are busily engaged in re-laying about a mile and a quarter of track west of town.

The re-layed track includes the curve west of town and reaches from there nearly back to the city limits.

The Frisco is laying a heavy new steel track extending from Pierce City as far west as Wentworth, and further continuation is delayed because the supply of steel cannot be obtained any faster.

The new track will likely be extended through Carthage during the winter, and what with building switches, repairing old track here and laying new steel, the gang now in Carthage say they will probably be located here most of the winter.

  Today's Feature

Joint Lodging Tax Proposal.

The Tourism/Lodging Tax Committee is scheduled to meet Wednesday morning at 7:30 a.m. in City Hall. The Committee was appointed by the Mayor to find the most efficient way to utilize approximately $130,000 in annual Lodging Tax revenue.

A proposal is scheduled to be discussed submitted jointly by the Chamber of Commerce and Main Street Carthage. Committee members have received a copy of the proposal in advance of the meeting to allow consideration of the document.

The proposal includes the creation of a Convention and Visitors Bureau with a board of directors to be appointed by the Chamber and Main Street. The Board would consist of two Main Street Board members, two Chamber Board members, a representative of the local Lodging/Hotel/Banquet industry, a representative of the local attractions industry, and one business/community member. Victorian Carthage and Carthage Historic Preservation representatives could be considered for appointment to the Board.

The CVB would then Contract with the City for services rendered. Administrative/operations fees start at $48,000 per year.

2002 Budget Proposal.

by Steve Hunter
State Representative District 127

On Wednesday, January 23, the Governor delivered his annual State of the State speech and presented a broad overview of his proposed budget for the next fiscal year as required by the State Constitution. After reviewing the limited information in the Governor’s budget summary contains, many of us are stunned at his proposal. This proposal is a shaky house of cards at best and a fiscally irresponsible plan at worst.

For months the Governor has insisted that his highest priority is to fully fund the Foundation Formula that provides State funding for Missouri’s public schools. The Governor’s funding plan is betting on spending money the State does not currently receive. His plan assumes that the Legislature will pass legislation to increase taxes on riverboat gambling by two percent or an estimated $31.5 million. The Governor is also betting on passing legislation to increase the boarding fees by one dollar to generate an estimated additional $50 million. Although attempts have failed repeatedly in prior years, the Governor is betting that the $500 loss limit on riverboat gambling will be repealed this year to generate an additional estimated $75 million. The Governor is also creating a new quick draw lottery game which he is betting will generate an additional estimated $20.8 million. If these proposals do not pass the legislature this session, and there is no guarantee that they will, the house of cards will collapse.

The Governor has also proposed raiding the State’s "Rainy Day" fund to pay for existing, on-going State services and programs in next year’s budget. The Budget Reserve Fund was approved by voters on the November, 2000 ballot and is commonly known as the "Rainy Day" fund. The purpose of this fund is to ensure that the State has a pot of money to be used for emergencies such as the floods of 1993, an earthquake, or a terrorist attack, etc. The Governor is proposing taking $135 million out of this fund to replace General Revenue money he cut from transit funding, OATS transportation, Amtrak, ports, alcohol and drug abuse treatment services, healthcare services, and social services. It requires a 2/3 vote of both houses of the Legislature, not just a simple majority, to appropriate money from this fund and then the money must be paid back within three years.

However, even if the Legislature was supportive of this proposal - it is unconstitutional. The Governor cannot use the money in the "Rainy Day" fund for a future fiscal year. The "Rainy Day" fund can only be tapped during a fiscal year, like the current one, where the governor has reduced State department budgets below the level at which they were originally authorized because tax revenues collected are actually less than projected. The "Rainy Day" fund revenues can be only used to fund existing authorized appropriations. The Governor wants to tap the "Rainy Day" fund for a budget that does not yet exist. Again, this proposal is unconstitutional. Beyond that, I have a hard time justifying raiding the "Rainy Day" fund and spending $7.5 million on transit and $4.8 million on Amtrak. I do not consider these emergencies.

For months we have all known that we are in a recession and that the State budget is tight and is going to get tighter. We have been anticipating that the Governor was going to propose a leaner State budget with deep cuts in programs and spending to match the reduced revenues. Instead the Governor chose to gamble with our children’s education, propose an unconstitutional partial solution, future tax increases which will probably not be enacted, and further delay the day of reckoning. Last year, in the Governor’s 2001 budget proposal it says, "His first commitment after taking office was to put Missouri’s fiscal house in order. The Governor has met this challenge and presents a balanced Fiscal Year 2002 budget." The Governor’s budget proposal this year does not say that anywhere because this proposed budget is not balanced and comes no where near putting Missouri’s fiscal house in order.

The Governor has dealt Missourians a losing hand - and he knows it.

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


Martin "Bubs" Hohulin
State Representative, District 126

This week we heard Governor Bob Holden’s State of the State address. There were very few surprises. Most of the speech centered on the budget situation in state government. At first glance, it appears as though this year’s budget may not be bigger than last year’s budget. If this actually happens, it will be almost unprecedented.

What is so strange about this is that if the numbers hold, last year’s budget will be $19.52 billion and this year’s budget will be $19.16 billion.

Where else but in government is a crisis declared when a budget stays virtually the same?

When I finished serving my first year in the House of Representatives back in 1991, we passed a state budget of about $8 billion. At that time we had a little over 5 million people living here in Missouri. Now we are on the verge of passing a budget of over $19 billion and we still have a little over 5 million people living in Missouri.

I have always maintained the only way to rein in the growth of government is to cut off the money supply. Of course, I had hoped we would be able to show enough courage and restraint to be able to do it when we weren’t in a time of economic slowdown.

Two proposals that were mentioned deserve some very close scrutiny. One is a proposal to take money out of the rainy day fund to fund some programs. The rainy day fund was set up to draw from in case of emergencies. It has been used in the past to do things like pay for damage caused by floods in 1993 and 1995. That is what it is supposed to be used for. I would have a real problem using it to pay for what has amounted to nine years of over spending and runaway government growth.

The other proposal is to issue bonds against future tobacco revenues to pay for programs.

First of all, the tobacco settlement was always touted as being used to pay state incurred expenses stemming from tobacco use. Somewhere along the line, that went by the wayside.

Also, if smoking decreases, the amount of the settlement goes down. We could very well end up having bonds issued, the money spent, and an inadequate revenue stream to pay them off.

We are eventually going to have to wake up and realize that all the giveaway programs that were started and expanded in the 90’s are now coming due. Government can’t, and shouldn’t, be everything to everybody. We the people simply can’t afford it.

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'


Now that St.Louis is in the Super Bowl, I’m guessin’ folks in this part of the country will have next Sunday pretty well blocked off for an afternoon/evenin’ of football.

I’m not a big follower of the in’s and out’s of the game, but try to keep an eye on the playoffs and at least know who’s playin’ in the final championship games.

I see the big concern for this year’s game in New Orleans is security. Lots a reasons for the additional caution and personnel dedicated to this year’s game.

I’m more than happy to sit in the comfort of my livin’ room and get a birds eye view of all the action.

I’m just hopin’ the game is a contest. Nothin’ worse than a Super Bowl party where the game is over in the second quarter.

This is some fact, but mostly,

Just Jake Talkin’.



McCune- Brooks Hospital

Weekly Column

The Super Handyman

by Judith Sheldon

"C" YOUR WAY THROUGH THE WINTER: One of the best things you can do for yourself during the winter is indulge in citrus fruits. Not only are you getting vitamin C which, as an antioxidant, helps maintain your immune system so you can fight off colds and other winter woes, the fruits also provide fiber. Folate, which is found in oranges and other citrus fruits, is a B vitamin that helps prevent anemia, and is also important for normal cell multiplication.

Folate is also vital in the diet of pregnant women since it appears to help prevent certain birth defects. (You may be more familiar with it by the name folic acid or folacin.) To store citrus fruits properly, keep them in the crisper of your refrigerator up to three weeks. Store orange or grapefruit juice in tightly covered containers. Do not allow them to be exposed to the air since this can lead to loss of vitamin C.

I suggest offering children the whole fruit, whether it’s grapefruit, or any of the tasty orange varieties which are also fun to eat, such as navel oranges, tangerines, clementines, etc. In this way, they get all the benefits of the fruit. One industry trade organization says to pour boiling water over citrus and let stand for several minutes to help remove more of the white membrane when peeling. I suggest you avoid this since you risk losing some of the fruits’ nutrients.


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