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Tuesday, May 14, 2002 Volume X, Number 232

did ya know?

Did Ya Know?. . .Eminence Chapter #93 Order of the Eastern Star will meet at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 14th, 2002, at the Masonic Temple, 7th & Maple. We will honor 25, 50 & 60 year members.

Did Ya Know?. . .The Train Crew will have a Fish Fry at 6:30 p.m. on Wed., May 15th, at the Train Barn, west Mound St. $8 per person, stag only.

Did Ya Know?. . .Sign-ups for a "Mysterious Summer" are being taken at the Carthage Public Library YPL desk. Diane Humphrey will read Spook Light Stories for the Summer Reading Program Kick-Off on Monday, May 20th.

Did Ya Know?. . .The next Diabetes Support Group will be from 4-5 p.m. on Wed., May 22nd, in the McCune-Brooks Hospital dining room in Carthage. Mark Francis, M.S., will talk about how to handle stress and how it affects your blood sugar.

today's laugh

I even say "Thank you" when the automatic door opens for me.

Section 64, Page 31, of the Ordinances of Calhoun, Georgia, is as follows:
"Any person or persons tying a tin box or any other article calculated to frighten, to any dog or any other animal, within the corporate limits of Calhoun, Georgia, upon conviction thereof, shall pay a fine, etc."


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

Providing for Imbeciles.

Dr. Robinson Says There are 5,000 of Them in Missouri.

Dr. H. F. Robinson of Maryville, a member of the Missouri state board of charities, was in Kansas City Monday. The most important business the board of charities is looking after now is the erection of the buildings for the colony or the feeble minded at Marshall.

"This state has in the past taken very inadequate care of its imbeciles," said Dr. Robinson. "There are 5,000 of them in the state who ought to be cared for at such a place as is now being provided at Marshall. Besides there are 3,000 lunatics in the poor houses, who ought to be in the lunatic asylums. It is contrary to the state laws to keep them at the county farms with people mentally sound who are so unfortunate as to be the public charitees, but the counties have always found it less expensive to support them on their own farms, and the law has been disregarded. The state board of charities can only investigate these conditions and report to the governor what its members think ought to be done to remedy them. He has the power to execute our recommendations.

"We hope when the colony at Marshall is finished to be able to do more than we have done in the past. One of our worst hindrances is the scant appropriation made for the board by the legislature. We were given only $3,000 at the last session. One third of it has to be paid to our secretary, leaving two thousand to pay the traveling expenses of six members during two years."

  Today's Feature

Allen Building Sale Considered

The City Council is scheduled to hear the first reading of Council bill 02-33 this evening which would authorize the sale of the property commonly referred to as the Allen Building located just off the square on Third Street.

A proposal by Mariposa Ranches, owned by Dr. and Mrs. Bob Carter, has been recommended by the Public Works Committee. The sale price of the property would be $101 and would include a commitment by the purchaser to renovate the structure within about 18 months.

According to the recommended proposal, the renovations would include a complete restoration that would encompass the interior and the facade. New windows, sidewalks, and appropriate trim would also be included.

The City purchased the property from Mr. Allen for $10,000 after a long period of negotiations concerning the condition of the structure. It was eventually condemned by the City Engineering Department.

The City Council meets at City Hall on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month. Meetings begin at 7:30 p.m.

Missourians Fighting For ‘Real’ Property Tax Reform.

by Steve Hunter (R-Dist. 127)

For the past eight weeks, volunteers for Missourians For Real Tax Reform worked relentlessly throughout the state in order to collect enough signatures to force a statewide vote on an initiative that would cap property taxes for the state’s senior citizens and limit the rate of growth for other Missouri homeowners. While the group fell just short of its goal, organizers said the effort to get meaningful tax reform in the state of Missouri is far from finished.

The group collected almost 100,000 signatures in eight weeks. Nearly 127,000 signatures were required statewide by May 5 to place the proposed initiative on the November 2002 ballot.

"Time was our only enemy," said Missouri Rep. Steve Hunter (R-Dist. 127). "By the time we got the petition back from the Auditor’s office and the Attorney General’s office, we only had eight weeks to gather signatures. It is nearly impossible to collect that amount of signatures in such a short time but we almost did it. There were so many people who worked extremely hard to get this task completed in time. I am so grateful for all of the time and work that the volunteers devoted to this important issue. The dedication and efforts of the volunteers who stepped up to help with this petition demonstrates that this issue is a top priority for Missourians."

"This is only the beginning," Hunter said. "The great thing about the efforts of the initiative petition drive is that it finally forced meaningful discussion in the Missouri Legislature for the first time. The group’s efforts are important because this petition is driving change in Jefferson City. This petition finally has prompted the legislature to action and has opened the discussion on property tax reform. If we had not done the initiative petition, we wouldn’t have gotten anywhere with this. We’ve had property tax bills in the legislature for the past five years and they have never even gotten a committee hearing in the House or been voted out of a Senate committee until this year."

Hunter said he will not stop working on this issue – and Missourians for Real Tax Reform will continue its efforts as well.

"We intend to re-file the ballot language on Nov. 6, 2002, and will work tirelessly to get this important issue on the ballot for a statewide vote," said Hunter. "This is a total grassroots effort. I am grateful to all of the volunteers who gave their time and support to this importance cause. Without them, we would never have been able to accomplish as much as we did in such a short time."

The proposed initiative, known as the Missouri Homestead Preservation Petition, reads, in part:

"Shall the Missouri Constitution be amended so that the assessed value of residential property, excluding new construction or improvements, shall not increase during any two-year reassessment period more than the consumer price index or five percent, whichever is less, except that the assessed value of residential property owned by any person age sixty-five or older who has used such property as a homestead for five years or more shall not increase while that person resides on that property, and all revenue losses by any political subdivision as a result of these limitations shall be reimbursed by the state of Missouri?"

In order to get the proposal on the November ballot, the initiative petition required the signatures of 8 percent of the people who voted in the last statewide election from six of the state’s nine congressional districts.

"We are fortunate to live in a state that allows our citizens the opportunity to make changes in state laws and the Missouri Constitution through the petition process," said Jan Klarich, the group’s organizer. "This initiative shifts the burden of proof from the taxpayer to the taxing authority, where it belongs. It is clear from the overwhelming response that we received for this petition effort that we can accomplish the goal of getting real property tax reform now that the issue has been forced into the forefront of the state’s priorities."


Martin "Bubs" Hohulin
State Representative, District 126

As you read this, it is probably already obsolete information. We are in the next to last week of the legislative Session and the budget is still first and foremost on everyone’s mind.

As I mentioned last week, Gov. Bob Holden announced that actual collections for the 2002 fiscal year were $250 million short of the projections. For that reason, he is now calling for us to dip into the Rainy Day Fund to fund 2002 projects. We are currently working on the 2003 budget and he has already been calling for us to use the Rainy to fund ongoing projects in that budget.

I know I have written about the Rainy Day Fund in past columns, but with all that is going on it is worth mentioning again. In order to get into the Rainy Day Fund, it takes two thirds of the House and Senate to agree to go along with it. That is one of the few scenarios where republican votes are actually needed to get something passed. There are currently 75 republicans, 87 democrats, and one vacancy. The vacancy exists because Gov. Holden refuses to call a special election for a district where a republican representative resigned.

It is totally irresponsible for us to use Rainy Day money to fund ongoing projects. We have been expanding the budget by $1 BILLION per year for the last ten years.

Unfortunately, much of that expansion was in starting programs that go on and on. Very little of it was one time expenditures. Now Gov. Holden is asking us to pull money out of a reserve fund that was set up for emergencies to pay for these programs. Further, he is saying that if we don’t go along with it, we are being irresponsible.

I am having a really hard time understanding this logic. If we use savings to pay for programs that go on and on, how do we pay for them in the following years? Add to that the fact that if we use money out of the Rainy Day Fund this year, we have to pay it back within three years with interest. That means that in future years we still have the programs to pay for plus we now have to come up with the money to pay back the Rainy Day fund. That puts us in the hole double to start the new fiscal year. Sure, it would be very easy to use reserve money to put a quick fix on a problem this year, but to do that and put the next General Assembly behind the fiscal eight ball for next year would be one of the most fiscally irresponsible things we could do.

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'


Got to experience the rain storms out on 44 last Sunday. Didn’t see any serious damage, but a couple a vehicles did end up in the ditch.

What was prob’ly more obvious was the spirit of cooperation those on the roadway were showin’. ‘Course most didn’t have much choice but to fall in line and accept the 40-45 mph speed imposed by the lack of any long range vision. Some choose to get in behind an 18 wheeler and follow no matter what. Prob’ly gave some amount of relief from the downpour, but looked a little scary to myself. I wasn’t in that big a hurry.

As I turned onto 71 it pretty well cleared up and the drive into Carthage was a snap. It was still good to get back to the leisurely pace of Grand Avenue on the way in.

This is some fact, but mostly,

Just Jake Talkin’.



McCune- Brooks Hospital

Weekly Column

Health Notes

by Judith Sheldon

Many languages have phrases that indicate a concern for the well-being of those who meet. Among the Chinese, the various dialects have expressions that are more specific. One of the more common greetings can be translated as, "How’s your stomach?"

The Chinese, who have the benefit of 4,000 years plus of civilization, know that all other things being equal, if you have trouble with your digestion, you have problems, which can range anywhere from mild discomfort to serious illness.

For many people, stomach problems can mean a lifetime devoted to finding newer and, one hopes, better antacids, laxatives, "binders," etc.

A change in diet, which includes cutting back on dietary fats, may be helpful. Mild exercise, such as taking a walk after a meal, can also be beneficial since it appears to help the digestive process. Stress control is important. The more pressure you’re under, the more hydrochloric acid your stomach is likely to secrete. (This may be a genetic protective device. Apparently, if you’re going to fight, you do better on an empty stomach; the excess acid is meant to digest food more quickly. The same device may trigger sudden bowel and bladder emptying both in animals and people who face danger.)


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