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Tuesday, July 16, 2002 Volume XI, Number 20

did ya know?

Did Ya Know?. . .The Fair Acres Family YMCA is currently accepting registrations for a Co-ed Sand Volleyball League. The league will be held on Tues. nights and will run for 6 weeks. Cost is $100 per team and the deadline for registration is July 17th. For more information call 358-1070.

Did Ya Know?. . .The next Diabetes Support Group will be from 4-5 p.m. on Wed., July 24th in the McCune-Brooks Hospital dining room. Beckah Emeterio will speak about the services, books and resources available through the American Diabetes Association.

Did Ya Know?. . .Covenant World Outreach, 2623 S. Chapel Rd., is having a "Bug Safari" Vacation Bible School from 6:30-9 p.m., July 22nd-26th. Preschool through 6th grade are invited. Call 359-8500 for more information.

today's laugh

It does get windy up around Chicago way. But it has its benefits. During the last storm, my car got 580 miles to the gallon.

The young lady was sitting around the house knitting little booties. Watching her happily, her mother said to a visitor, "I’m so glad she’s interested in something besides men."

It really stormed last night. I saw the animals at the zoo going inside two by two.


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


Dr. Wise and Party Flood Bound in Kansas Several Days.

Dr. and Mrs. D. Wise, Dr. and Mrs. S. X. Coronnier, of Avilla, and Don Hamilton drove in last night from a two weeks fishing trip which they took in a wagon, going via Joplin, Galena, Baxter Springs, Chetopa, and Coffeyville, to Bartlesville, I. T. They encountered much high water as a result of the heavy rains, and did much wading. They were floodbound two days at Coffeyville, Kan. They caught plenty of fish enroute and had a generally delightful outing.

George Hough, the thresherman, was in from northeast of town today and reports that so great is the harvest and the rush to get done before another rain that women and children are in the fields helping handle the wheat crop.

  Today's Feature

Migration Leads to Increase in Missouri's Population.

From 1990 to 2000, the United States Census Bureau reports that 258,585 more people moved into Missouri than moved away. That shift in migration lead to a 9.3 percent increase in Missouri's population according to Daryl Hobbs, director of the Office of Social and Economic Data Analysis at the University of Missouri.

"Simply put, people moved back to Missouri because they could. They were seeking an opportunity to start a new life and new careers. They wanted to live in open country with a lower cost of living and, if they were older adults, they wanted access to Branson," said Hobbs.

According to Hobbs, in the past people moved because of a large factory opening. During the 1990s, people were moving and bringing their job or business with them.

"With this migration we see the impact of telecommunications on people whose jobs depend on working with a computer. It is now more important what the computer is connected to than where it is physically located. So, it is possible for your computer to be located anywhere and for you to go forth anywhere to make a living," said Hobbs.

In the 1980s, 55 of Missouri's 114 counties decreased in population, nearly 45,000 people moved away and statewide the population grew just four percent. However, since 1990, all but 17 counties increased in population.

"The reasons people are moving to Missouri have opened the doors to rethink what we mean when we say economic development. Jobs and wealth are moving with people," said Hobbs.

Census data shows that one significant impact of this migration trend on Missouri is that population outside the limits of any town increased by 13 percent during the 1990s. This trend contributes to urban sprawl, the development of productive farmland and has a significant impact on Missouri's economy.

During the 1990s, Missouri's metropolitan population increased by 8.7 percent and non-metro areas grew by 10 percent making Missouri less metropolitan. However, Greene, Christian, Boone and Jasper counties, had a population growth of 18 percent.

"What is significant about the migration into Missouri was that 99 of our 114 counties had more people move in than out. We are seeing Missouri's population grow horizontally (refereed to as urban sprawl). People are making a choice for quality of life and that will impact our state's policies," said Hobbs.


Martin "Bubs" Hohulin
State Representative, District 126

I hope everyone had an enjoyable and safe 4th of July holiday. It seemed especially meaningful after many of the events of the past year. We need to keep this spirit alive all year for many years to come.

You can tell we are heading into the hot days of summer because there are campaign signs sprouting up everywhere. We are headed right into the heart of the primary campaign season. Every year we hear about the need to increase voter turnout.

While I think everyone should vote, I honestly don’t see any need to expend time, effort, and money to increase voter turnout.

Voting is easier and more meaningful in this country than anywhere else. We have the most powerful nation in the world and it should be considered a privilege to help select its leaders. That should be all the incentive that voters need to go vote.

The other thing that everyone is scared to talk about is that if you don’t want to go vote, then I really don’t want you helping to decide who our leaders are going to be. We have polls that are open twelve hours on Election Day and we have absentee voting. We even have a process where a ballot can be brought to the person. Unless a person is just completely lazy it is very easy to vote. Honestly, if a person is that lazy, I don’t want them being a part of the election process.

I have always said that people get the government they deserve. With all the candidates running and all the money being spent on campaigns, there is a huge choice of candidates to pick from and the information of what they stand for is readily available. You owe it to yourself to make an informed decision. It is easy to pick on people in politics, but you also owe it to the candidates to make an informed choice. Sadly, sometimes there is an advantage to being first on the ballot because voters will pick the first choice they come to. What a poor way to select leaders. If you are going to vote, at least vote for someone that will represent your views. What I am getting at here is that if you don’t vote or if you make an uninformed vote then you will get the government that you deserve and what’s more, you really have no right to complain about it.

I guess what I am really getting at is personal responsibility. It seems like all we hear about is how government should make it easier to vote. It is already easy. The best way to increase voter turnout is for everyone to just go vote. It wouldn’t cost any tax dollars and no new government programs would be needed. I know that is an odd concept to liberals, but it just might work.

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 Representative Steve Hunter, District 127

Only hours after the Legislature defeated a raid on the rainy day fund for 2002 and adopted a balanced budget for 2003, the Governor announced massive, draconian withholdings from the 2002 budget in retaliation for the defeat of his plan to spend the rainy day fund. This rainy day money would have to be paid back with interest. Among these withholdings were $20 million aimed at assisting our state's senior citizens, $83 million from higher education institutions, and $1.7 million that would be gained through the furlough of up to 6,000 state employees. He also said Missouri tax refund checks would probably not be mailed until August and threatened deep cuts in elementary and secondary education, funding which never came to fruition. At about the same time, the Office of Administration revised its general revenue projections and indicated that the state would end the fiscal year, which ended June 30, $14 million below the $200 million minimum balance that executive officials indicated would be needed to protect Missouri's AAA bond rating.

Not long after the Legislature adjourned in May, the Governor reversed his position on state employee furloughs and announced they would not be necessary, casting doubt on the projections that our state's financial situation has been as dire as he had once claimed. Despite calls to also reverse his decision to withhold funds from nursing homes and slash the last two payments to higher education facilities by 60 percent, the Governor refused to restore his withholdings.

However, the 2002 fiscal year ended June 30 and the state retained a cash balance of nearly $326 million, which was $140 million more than even the Governor's worst estimates had projected, and all refund checks have been mailed to taxpayers even faster than last year. Meanwhile, the Governor continues to refuse to release funds that the legislature had earmarked to be used by higher education institutions and to provide nursing home care for senior citizens. The Governor could have restored his cuts and still had more money left over than he projected. Despite the fact that the Governor had the cash reserves to restore his cuts to higher education and nursing homes, he has chosen to make these institutions and the people they serve suffer.

In fact, these cuts were never necessary, even without spending our rainy day fund. Under the Governor's cuts, quality of care at our nursing homes will be diminished and nursing homes may not be able to take in additional Medicaid patients. College students and their families will have to pay even more in tuition increases and surcharges or drop out of school. Schools are spending reserves, cutting jobs, eliminating programs, and reducing student aid. But still the Governor refuses to show genuine leadership and protect the future of our state's higher education institutions and nursing homes.

For over a year I have supported alternative solutions to our states financial woes including performance-based budgeting, revisions to how our state derives revenue estimates, and the consolidation of duplicative government services. I have also supported other alternatives that would have more than covered the Governor's projected budget shortfall, but he refused to even discuss the options. Now that the 2002 fiscal year has ended, we know that revenues didn't fall nearly as much as the Governor had predicted, and the sky has not fallen.

It is now clear to everyone that spending the rainy day fund would have been a big mistake. Despite the Governor's rhetoric, the Legislature was able to balance the budget without deficit spending or raising taxes. If we had spent the rainy day fund, we would already be reapaying this debt and we would have put our state at risk in case of a natural disaster. If the Governor had wanted to protect Missouri's most vulnerable senior citizens and our state's higher education institutions, he could have done so.

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.

Just Jake Talkin'


The ads for the "perfect pancake" maker rate right up there with the "Mr. Tea." The contraption is built like the old waffle irons. You pour in the batter, close the hinged lid, and turn it over to cook on the other side. Supposed ta be easier than just flippin’ the flap jack. "But there’s more." Ya also get a batter dispenser. One more thing to wash.

I’m thinkin’ of a "how-to" book that would teach folks how to spoon batter outa the bowl ya mix it in onto a decent sized griddle. Wait till the pancake bubbles up on top, and flip it with a spatula. It would be a little book, ‘bout the size of this column.

"How to Cook Pancakes," only $5.95. But there’s more, included at the same price you also learn "How to Make Tea." And, as a special bonus, "The Secret Ingredients for Ice Water."

This is some fact, but mostly,

Just Jake Talkin’.



McCune- Brooks Hospital

Weekly Column

Health Notes

by Judith Sheldon

Last week, a young, well-educated woman who is connected with a major educational system, told me she has various allergies for which she demands - and gets - antibiotics.

If her doctor is really giving her these medications for a non-bacterial problem, shame on him. If she’s really intent on getting them, shame on her.

It’s been shown that the misuse of antibiotics over the years has rendered many of them useless against bacteria which have developed immunity to them.

As a result, we can face a time in the very near future when bacterial diseases we once thought we’d conquered come back even more dangerous than before. We need to learn our lesson with the re-emergence of tuberculosis as an antibiotic resistant strain.

We’re also seeing antibiotic-resistant strains of syphilis in the Philippines.

The simple fact is, antibiotics are designed to kill bacteria. They don’t kill viruses or alleviate allergies. They may be useful if an infection occurs because of an allergy.

For example, scratching at a rash could break the skin and cause infection. But not otherwise.


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