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Monday, November 4, 2002 Volume XI, Number 98

did ya know?

Did Ya Know?. . .A new series of PACE (People With Arthritis Can Exercise) will begin on Monday, Nov. 4th. Classes are held M-W-F from 1:30-2:30 p.m. in the McCune-Brooks Hospital wellness building, 2040 S. Garrison. Please call 359-2355 or 358-1670 for more information.

Did Ya Know?. . .The Carthage Water & Electric Plant’s Water Department is beginning their annual program to flush and test fire hydrants. There is a possibility customers will experience a slight water discoloration while the Dept. is working in your area. The water will be safe and will clear up within 15-20 minutes after the hydrant testing is completed.

Did Ya Know?. . .The next monthly meeting of the Friends of the Civil War Museum will be held at 6 p.m. on Tues., Nov. 5th at the museum , one block north of the square. All interested parties are encouraged to attend.

today's laugh

A man who was driving an auto with his wife in the backseat stalled his car on a railroad track. A train was coming down the track. His wife screamed, "Go on! Go on!"

The husband responded, "You’ve been driving all day from the backseat. I’ve got my end across the track. See what you can do with your end."


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

Y.M.C.A. Notes.

Next Sunday will be the Y.M.C.A. Sunday in Carthage. All the pulpits in the city on Sunday morning will be filled by Association men, who are coming to present the work and needs of the Young Men’s Christian Association. In the evening all the churches will unite in two union services, which will be held in the Baptist and Cumberland Presbyterian churches.

Among the Association men who will be here are State Secretary F. H. Burt, State Secretary Moore, Secretary Winslow of Kansas City, Secretary Hanna of Joplin, Col. F. J. Hart, president of the Joplin Association; R. A. Pearson of Joplin and others. Sunday afternoon at 4 o’clock a men’s mass meeting will be held, at which one of the visiting secretaries will be speaking.

Tomorrow evening at 7:30 the board of directors of the Young Men’s Christian Association meets for the annual election of officers.

  Today's Feature

Blunt Issues Plain Language Explanation For November Ballot Issues.


JEFFERSON CITY — Missouri voters will have the opportunity to vote on four constitutional amendments and one proposition in the November 5th election. In compliance with the Constitution of Missouri, Article XII, Section 3 (a), the following Constitutional Convention question will also appear on the November ballot:

Shall there be a convention to revise and amend the Constitution?

The current Missouri Constitution, adopted by voters in 1945, requires that the question of whether or not to call a convention to write a new state charter be placed on the ballot every 20 years.

Secretary of State Matt Blunt approved the following plain language explanations of the ballot issues. A simple majority of votes cast will determine whether these issues pass or fail. The actual ballot language is in bold print.


Shall the Missouri Constitution be amended so that the citizens of the City of St. Louis may amend or revise their present charter to provide for and reorganize their county functions and offices, as provided in the constitution and laws of the state?

The estimated fiscal impact of this proposed measure to state and local governments is $0.

This amendment would allow home rule in St. Louis. St. Louis is the only Missouri municipality with the legal status of both a city and a county in the Missouri Constitution. Currently, city voters can change St. Louis’ municipal functions under the city charter, but the Missouri Legislature can only change county duties. This amendment was placed on the ballot by the General Assembly.


Shall Article XIII of the Missouri Constitution be amended to permit specified firefighters and ambulance personnel, and dispatchers of fire departments, fire districts, ambulance districts and ambulance departments and fire and emergency medical services dispatchers of dispatch agencies, to organize and bargain collectively in good faith with their employers through representatives of their own choosing and to enter into enforceable collective bargaining contracts with their employers concerning wages, hours, binding arbitration and all other terms and conditions of employment, except that nothing in this amendment shall grant to the aforementioned employees the right to strike?

The annual costs to paid fire departments and districts, ambulance departments and districts, and dispatch agencies to enter into collective bargaining contracts are approximately $251,600 to $3,145,000, depending upon the number of entities entering into such contracts.

This amendment grants collective bargaining rights to decide wages, hours worked, and all terms of employment, without granting the right to strike, for paid firefighters, ambulance personnel, and ambulance and fire dispatchers. This amendment was placed on the ballot by initiative petition.


Shall Article III, Section 8 of the Missouri Constitution be amended to exclude, from the calculations of term limits for members of the General Assembly, service of less than one-half of a legislative term resulting from a special election held after December 5, 2002?

The estimated fiscal impact of this proposed measure to state and local governments is $0.

This amendment would provide a limited exemption to the state’s constitutional cap of eight years of service per legislative chamber by exempting partial terms of less than half of a full term would be exempt from counting against the cap.

Current lawmakers would not qualify for the exemption. This amendment was placed on the ballot by the General Assembly.


Shall joint boards or commissions, established by contract between political subdivisions, be authorized to own joint projects, to issue bonds in compliance with then applicable requirements of law, the bonds not being indebtedness of the state or political subdivisions, and such activities not to be regulated by the Public Service Commission?

This measure provides potential savings of state revenue and imposes no new costs.

This amendment would allow local political subdivisions to jointly own and operate utilities without being subject to the direction of the Public Service Commission, which regulates private utility companies. This amendment was placed on the ballot by the General Assembly.


Shall Missouri law be amended to impose an additional tax of 2.75 cents per cigarette (fifty-five cents per pack) and 20 percent on other tobacco products, with the new revenues placed into a Healthy Families Trust Fund to be used for the following purposes: hospital trauma care and emergency preparedness; health care treatment and access, including prescription drug assistance for seniors and health care initiatives for low income citizens, women, minorities and children; life sciences research, including medical research and the proper administration of funds for such research; smoking prevention; and grants for early childhood care and education?

An additional tax of two and three-quarters cents per cigarette and an additional tax of twenty percent of the manufacturer’s invoice price for tobacco products other than cigarettes would generate net annual state revenues of approximately $342,636,000; local fiscal impact, if any, is unknown.

This proposition asks voters to authorize a 55-cent increase in the excise tax on each pack of cigarettes and a 20 percent increase on the tax on other tobacco products to generate new funding for health-related efforts. This proposition was placed on the ballot by initiative petition.

Just Jake Talkin'


I see there is a concern that folks will take more time in the ballot booth tomorrow and cause delays in the process. Mainly this is speculation because of all the issues on the ballot, folks will need some time to read through the language. That, plus an expected heavy turnout may put some lines up at the pollin’ places.

Hopefully today’s issue will help to speed things along a little. ‘Course I’m sure the short explanation of the various issues won’t clear up some questions likely to be asked, but, maybe it will get ya headed in the right direction.

The main thing is ta show up at the pollin’ place and cast your vote. If it takes a few minutes, so be it. It’s your few minutes. Just remember your candidate is also countin’ on ya.

This is some fact, but mostly,

Just Jake Talkin’.



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Weekly Column


By Samantha Mazzotta

A Painful Case of Shingles

Q: I was cleaning the gutters out last weekend, preparing for winter, and noticed a few torn shingles on the roof. Is there an easy way to replace them? — Richard G., Buford, Ga.

A: Replacing asphalt shingles is easier than replacing other types of roofing materials, but there’s still a bit of work involved. The important part is to pay attention to the work and take care not to puncture the building paper beneath the shingles.

Gather your equipment: Replacement shingles (one or two more than you’ll need to cover damaged area), roofing cement and 7/8 or 1-inch roofing nails, a hammer and flat pry bar, caulk gun and utility knife. Place the roofing cement canister in the caulk gun before starting.

First, gently pull out the damaged shingles, starting with the topmost shingle and working down. Be careful not to tear surrounding materials.

Using the pry bar, ease out all the old nail heads in the repair area. This is an important step, because the nail heads could puncture the new shingles. Pry them up, then use roofing cement to patch the damaged building paper.

To install the new shingles, start at the bottom of the repair area, making sure to stagger the grooves in the same pattern as the rest of the roof. Tap roofing nails in place at each of the tab slots along the top of the new shingle. Install all the new shingles except for the topmost row.

The top row is anchored in a slightly different way, and more securely, than the others. Turn the final shingle over and run a bead of roofing cement near its top edge, then flip the piece right side up and slide it into place, underneath the existing, overlapping shingle. Press the new shingle firmly into place. Then, carefully lift up the shingle that you just slid the topmost replacement under (this is much easier with a second person) and hammer the roofing nails in.

A couple of final tips. First, pick a dry, sunny day with moderate temperatures to do this work. Also, since winter is coming on, if you have to patch the roof on a cold day, bring a hairdryer up with you.

The shingles can get brittle in cold weather; run the dryer over them for a couple of minutes to make sure they won’t crack when you lift them up.


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