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Tuesday, September 10, 2002 Volume XI, Number 59

did ya know?

Did Ya Know?. . .Eminence Chapter #93 Order of the Eastern Star will meet at 7:30 p.m. on Tues., September 10th, 2002 at the Masonic Temple, 7th & Maple.

Did Ya Know?. . .Maple Leaf Storage and the Carthage Chamber of Commerce will host a Chamber Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony at the storage facility, 620 East Fir Road, at noon on Tues., Sept. 10th. The facility is located just east of the Fir Road and Grand Ave. intersection.

Did Ya Know?. . .The McCune-Brooks Hospital Auxiliary will meet for its Annual membership coffee from 10 a.m. till noon on Wed., Sept. 11th, 2002, at the home of Leigh Ann Brown, 711 Belle Air Place.

today's laugh

I am an old man and have known a great many troubles, but most of them never happened.

— Mark Twain

Three out of four things you worry about happening don’t happen; and three out of four things you don’t worry about happening do. Which all goes to prove that even if you’re worrying about the wrong things, you’re doing just about the right amount of worrying!


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

A Big Spider.

In the east show window of McMillan & Durham’s store is a huge, hairy, red tarantula, a wicked looking old fellow. Lee Durham brought it in this morning from the McNerney quarry north of town, where it was captured by Tom Gatlin.

It was no easy matter to get this spry and poisonous old fellow. Tom picked him up on a shovel and kept him there with a heavy stick. Lee got an old can with the lid half open, and with sticks they pushed the spider into the can. In pulling the stick out the spider clung to it. Lee pushed him back with a cob and snapped the lib shut at the same time.

The four-year-old child of C. O. Wine, living northwest of Carthage, fell from the family carriage yesterday and the loaded vehicle passed over it just below the ribs. Dr. Whitney was called but found no internal injuries.

  Today's Feature

September 11th.

From the office of Congressman Roy Blunt

It has been a year since the cowardly terrorist attacks on September 11 took the lives of nearly 3,000 innocent Americans and citizens from more than 80 other nations at the World Trade Center in New York, the Pentagon outside of Washington and at the crash site of a hijacked airliner in Pennsylvania. Despite that crisis, America remains the cornerstone of freedom. The Constitution is still the law of the land. Our nation is strong and resolute in its goal to destroy the networks of international terrorism.

While this anniversary is a day of solemn remembrance, it is also a day of recognition that we as a nation are better prepared to meet the challenges of terrorism than we were a year ago. We can attribute that readiness to the resilience of the American people, the might of our armed forces, the fortitude of our president, and the foresight of our homeland security officials.

There is, nonetheless, a lot more work to do in shoring up the defense of our homeland. America will never be 100 percent free of the terrorist threat. And Oklahoma City taught us that not all of our enemies are foreign.

September 11 was a national lesson in defending our republic from foreign threats and protecting individual liberties. Our citizens want an iron-clad guarantee against further attacks. There is not one. International terrorists have been taught to take advantage of the very freedoms we enjoy to attack the system they despise.

As long as we maintain the freedoms that have made our nation great, we will leave open the door for more attacks. But we must maintain these freedoms and, instead, marshal all of our resources to protect and defend the homeland through a new Department of Homeland Security.

Our initial successes on the battlefield in Afghanistan have shown the true professionalism of the U.S. Armed Forces. Members of the Taliban and al Qaeda have met America's best military units and suffered substantial losses in both men and material. With our allies we have made great strides at striking at their finances andinfrastructure. But they remain well armed and trained with access to sophisticated tactics and basic equipment, and they operate in hard-to-find, nomadic, small cells in many countries.

At home, Americans continue weighing individual liberties against greater personal security. As a member of Congress, I have voted for legislation that seeks to maintain the freedoms guaranteed in the Bill of Rights while granting new powers to law enforcement to identify, track, apprehend and prosecute those groups, individuals and financial resources who would commit or support terrorist acts. That legislation will be subject to a full congressional review in five years so that it may be fine-tuned or terminated to ensure that constitutional guarantees are protected.

Congress is also directing new federal money to city and rural fire departments, health departments and police departments. The men and women in first-responder jobs are the people who are going to risk their lives tending to the victims of attacks like those in Washington and New York. America is an open society country.

Freedom creates many targets for the cowardly. Every city in America has a potential target for a terrorist assault. Local first-responders' training and preparedness are more essential than ever in protecting our homeland.

America should be using the best technology to keep track of visitors in our country. The terrorists who struck on 9-11 had been to America before, and they had walked off airplanes and stayed. They blended in with law-abiding, freedom-loving Americans. We have to do a better job of securing our borders, so Congress has provided the funding and reorganization necessary to fingerprint, photograph and track virtually all of the millions of foreign visitors entering the country. Thousands of new agents are involved in this effort. Congress has also demanded that various federal law enforcement agencies share their intelligence information and tear down internal policies and bureaucracies that hinder border security. Every effort must concentrate on preventing future attacks, not merely responding to them.

Moreover, streamlining our internal security process requires creation of a new federal department to oversee homeland security. America needs a seamless, comprehensive approach to protecting our homeland. The House has passed legislation to develop an unprecedented Department of Homeland Security, which will ensure that our security is consolidated, flexible, and accountable to a single chain of responsibility and command. The new department will employ 170,000 employees who will be moved from various departments of the federal government into a single homeland security entity. They will oversee the nation's borders, aviation security, bioterrorism security, and other areas of homeland security.

Airport security has become a matter of national security, so more than 52,000 trained federal employees will be checking bags and people by the end of this year at the country's 429 commercial airports. New technology will be used to look for explosives and biological weapons. Before September 11, airport security was designed to protect people in airplanes. Today, we know that a jumbo jet with a suicidal terrorist at the controls is a weapon of mass destruction. Now, airport security will be designed to protect the people on the ground, as well as those in the air.

America's strength, as well as its new attitude toward terrorism, were on display on 9-11 in the brave actions of a group of American citizens aboard Flight 93. Armed with the knowledge of events in New York and Washington, they took action against their attackers. Their heroic determination to confront and take on the hijackers to prevent a potential attack on the nation's capital at the risk of their own lives was a remarkable act.

America's strength is in the resolve of its people and the freedoms they enjoy. Those who have put their faith in a credo of intolerance, repression, hatred and destruction face a nation that values knowledge, compassion, democracy and individual liberty. America will prevail.

Just Jake Talkin'


I was witness to the extraordinary typical response to devastation over the weekend. I became aware of a nest of those yellow tailed wasps that like ta build their home under my porch roof. After applyin’ my secret "go away bee" solution to the problem, I carefully (I mean with a long stick) removed the hive from my premises. A few minutes later, as I was sippin’ on some ice tea and hopin’ for some slight breeze to soften the heat, I noticed a lone bee. After a little while another, and then a third bee joined in the search. Up and down the porch they flew, always returnin’ to the spot where the hive had been.

I know the incident must have caused lifelong trauma for the trio, thinkin’ that they collectively lost contact with their impeccable homing instincts. The three gathered eventually at a new location a few feet away to begin anew, blissfully ignorant of their fate.

This is some fact, but mostly,

Just Jake Talkin’.



McCune- Brooks Hospital

Weekly Column


By Paul G. Donohue, M.D.

DEAR DR. DONOHUE: Could you please rehash the DASH diet for me? I want to put my husband on this diet. He has high blood pressure. — J.R.

ANSWER: The Dietary Approach to Stop Hypertension — DASH — is a diet that emphasizes fruits, grains and vegetables and de-emphasizes meat. It calls for four to five fruit servings each day. A serving is: a medium-sized apple, pear, fruit, etc.; 6 ounces of fruit juice; or 1/2 cup of fresh, frozen or canned fruit.

The DASH diet requires four to five daily vegetable servings, where a serving is 1 cup of leafy, green vegetables; 1/2 cup cooked vegetables; or 6 ounces of vegetable juice. Six to eight grain servings a day are on the menu. A serving is one slice of bread, or 1/2 cup cooked rice, pasta or cereal. One ounce of dry cereal is a serving. Meat, poultry and fish are limited to two daily servings. A serving is three ounces — about the size of a deck of cards.

The DASH diet permits two or three dairy servings a day. They should be low-fat or nonfat. Eight ounces of milk, 1 cup of yogurt or 1/2 ounce of cheese constitutes a serving. Nuts, beans and seeds are permitted four to five times a week. The serving size is 1 1/2 ounces of nuts, 1/2 ounce of seeds or 1/2 cup of dry beans. Fats and oils are kept to a minimum. Three servings a day are the limit, with a serving being 1 teaspoon soft margarine, 1 tablespoon of mayonnaise, 1 tablespoon light salad dressing or 1 teaspoon vegetable oil. Five sweet servings are allowed every week: 1 tablespoon sugar, 1 tablespoon jelly or jam, and 1/2 ounce of jellybeans are servings.


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