June 12, 2008

What if?

by Chris Feeney

What if we didnt have President Bush to blame for all our problems? Gas is over $4 a gallon, it must be the presidents fault right?

That seems to be what the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee wants us to believe.

They sent me this wonderful press release yesterday entitled As Gas Prices Soar to New Record, Does Blaine Luetkemeyer Offer the Same Bush-McCain Energy Policies for Missouri?

Seconds later I got the exact same e-mail except it was targeting fellow Republican congressional candidate Brock Olivo, with another carbon copy just seconds later aimed at Dr. Bob Onder, the three candidates vying for a chance at Kenny Hulshofs congressional seat.

Im not going to waste my time on how unprofessional I felt the public relations was on such a canned release, simply inserting the candidates name on the dotted line on three separate, but nearly identical letters to the media.

What I will focus on instead is the message.

It states For more than seven years, President George Bush and his allies in Congress have given tax breaks to Big Oil companies earning record profits and done nothing to help lower the price of gas at the pump, which is now $3.82 a gallon in Missouri. Are these the same energy policies that Blaine Luetkemeyer (Dr. Bob Onder or Brock Olivo) would support in Congress?

What the DCCC fails to remind the readers about is in October 2006, when gas prices were $2.26 a gallon.

Then in November a Democrat majority was elected into the United States House of representatives where Onder, Olivo and Luetmeyer are trying to maintain Hulshofs Republican seat.

Considering that Missouris families are now paying dearly for the Bush-McCain energy policies that prioritize protecting Big Oil profits over lowering prices at the pump, Blaine Luetkemeyer needs to tell Missouris families whether he will support more of the same approach in Washington, said Ryan Rudominer, spokesman for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. The question for Blaine Luetkemeyer is simple: Will he continue the same George Bush policies that give tax breaks to his Big Oil pals and have Missouris middle class families now paying the highest gas prices in American history?

What the DCCC fails to ask is would any of the trio of Republican hopefuls if elected help push for expansion of energy production, such as the expansion of oil drilling, that thus far has been opposed by the Democratic controlled-house?

The DCCC press release states according to AAA, the average price of gas in America is now at a record high of $4.02 per gallon. Typical politics finds it pointing the finger across the aisle, targeting an outgoing boss as the one to blame.

Before Bush in 2001 gas was $1.38 a gallon. But that was also before 9/11, before Katrina and before China and Indias (and everyone elses for that matter) consumption of oil dramatically increased while production stayed the same or even declined. Did you know that Chinas oil consumption had doubled in less than a decade?

What the DCCC and Democrats as a whole will tell us is that the oil companies are to blame. So lets get rid of the oil guys like Bush and tax the heck out of the petroleum industry.

Does that fix the problem? NOPE.

If consumption is doubling in China, and obviously isnt going down much anywhere else anytime soon, then the only answer is upping production. Its simple supply and demand. Instead Democrats like the DCCC prefer deny and stick your head in the sand (note the nifty little rhythm there).

Lets avoid upsetting liberals by discussing disturbing Alaska or anywhere else in an effort to open more oil fields for production. Instead we can fuel the masses (get it fuel) by burning the oil companies in effigy and putting a penalty tax on them. I suspect that more taxes on the oil companies isnt going to help lower gas prices, but Im not an economics expert.

The guy who wrote Exxons tax check last year might argue we have already done that. Paying more than 40% tax rate, Exxon contributed $30 billion to the United States government in 2007.

Oh yeah, thats one other thing the DCCC forgot to mention, how will these candidates effect you when you right that tax check?

The DCCC release says In 2001, when President Bush took office, the average price of gas in Missouri was $1.38. According to AAA, the average price of gas in Missouri is $4.02 per gallon an increase of 177 percent.

In 1999 when Bill Clinton, a Democrat, was in the White House, Tax Freedom Day, that point in the year when the average American has finally earned enough to pay all local, state and federal taxes fell the latest in recent history. Not until May 3rd had we made enough money to pay our taxes.

In 2002 under Bush we had our taxes paid for by April 16th.

I dont know about you, but I like that extra month of making money for myself and not for the government to waste away. As a matter of fact I hope when elected Mr. Olivo, Dr. Onder or Mr. Luetkmeyer, will remind all the other members of Congress about that fact and get us back on the fiscally responsible track their Republican constituents are expecting from one of them. That way we can continue to see Tax Freedom day sooner and sooner. And we can boost oil production as quickly as possible to bust the bubble of record oil prices. Let the economy of supply and demand give us our money back from the oil barons instead on taxing the record profits to give to the government to waste.

Do we want more oil, lower gas prices and a return of a strong economy? Or is it better to have high gas prices and higher taxes so we can expect more government handouts?

Jauflione Chapter NSDAR Hosts Memorial Service for Care Center Veterans

Tuesday, May 15th, the  Jauflione Chapter DAR members honored veterans living at the Scotland County Care Center and the Residential Care Facility with a Memorial Day Service.

A candle lighting ceremony honoring deceased veterans who had resided at the Care Center was conducted. Those honored were: Richard Allen, Clifford Wilson, Sterling Forrester, Vern Howard, Larry Fulk, and Warren Hocker.

Resident Veterans attending the ceremony were: Johnny Erickson, Charles King, Lloyd Arps, Donald Newcomb, Helen Cary, Charles Alexander, Bob Hatferty, and, Lee Wheeler. Other guest veterans attending were: Emmett Phillips, Oren Erickson, and Patricia Miller. Lee Wheeler, a resident attended wearing a military uniform.

Light refreshments of cookies and punch were served by Jauflione members. Those members were: Jeannie Bissell, Connie Bratton, Angel Chance, Nelda Billups, Maxine Phillips, Linda Larsen, Terry Arnold, Patricia Miller, Rhonda Davis, and June Kice.

Service to Veterans is a DAR objective. Jauflione Chapter is pleased to honor Veterans of our community.

Gorin American Legion Post Plans Memorial Day Gathering

The Leslie Chambers #395 Gorin American Legion Post will be hosting its annual Memorial Day gathering on Sunday, May 27th.

There will be a carry-in dinner at 12:30 p.m. at the Gorin Christian Church with a program following the dinner. The Post will present military services at the Gorin Cemetery at 2:00 p.m. and everyone is invited.

County, Mapping Solutions to Host Public Hearing May 30th to Close out 911 Addressing Project

Just over three years after the proposal initially was approved by the Scotland County Commission, the 911 addressing and mapping project for the region will officially come to a close on May 30th.

Service provider Mapping Solutions will join with the Scotland County Commission to host a public hearing on Wednesday evening, May 30th at 6 p.m. in the Scotland County courtroom.

Anyone wishing to give feedback on the project or seeking answers to addressing questions is welcome to attend the public meeting.

On May 13, 2015, the Scotland County Commission voted 3-0 to enter a two-year, $45,000 contract with Mapping Solutions of Lathrop to create the new 911 mapping system for the county.

The company constructed a grid-based map using established east-west and north-south coordinates and assigned five-digit numbers assigned consecutively from the grid origin point, which is the northwest corner of the county. The address numbering increment was 5.28′ which allows for 1,000 unique numbered addresses per mile. This increment is recommended by NENA (National Emergency Number Association).

The new addresses first went into effect in September of 2017, replacing the old rural route mailing address for county residents with the five-digit house numbers and the corresponding county road number.

Hospital Recognizes Employees’ Years of Service, Awards Scholarship

Lynn Fincher (45 years) and Debbie Ward (40 years) were honored by the Scotland County Hospital Employee Committee for their loyalty and dedication to the hospital. They are pictured with Dr. Randy Tobler, CEO, Scotland County Hospital & Clinics.

The Scotland County Hospital (SCH) Employee Committee in Memphis recognized employees for their years of service with the organization and awarded service pins this month during National Hospital Week.  The Hospital is in its 48th year of providing healthcare services in the community and opened its doors on July 20, 1970.

There are several employees at SCH that have been loyal to the organization for multiple decades and received service pins this year.  At the top of that list, working 45 years is Lynn Fincher.  She earned her 45-year pin while Debbie Ward earned a 40-year pin.

Ms. Fincher is a native of Glenwood and lives in Memphis.  She started her career with SCH in April 1973.  Her first position was in Medical Records.  She then moved to the Registration Department and in 1980 she became the Supervisor of the Business Office.  Next on the list of long time hospital employees is Debbie Ward of rural Memphis.  She joined the hospital staff in June 1978 after completing nursing school.  She became the Operating Room Supervisor in 1984 and is now a staff nurse in the Surgery Center.

Next on the list of long time hospital employees is Angela Schmitter earning a 25 year pin. She is the Director of Health Information/ Compliance Officer. Twenty year pins were presented to Jean Hull from Registration & Admissions; Jennifer McMinn from Therapy Services and Diane Tague, Ancillary Services Assistant.

The Employee Committee recognizes employees, annually, with service pins in five year increments.  Other employees receiving pins this year include: 15 year pins – Thelma Norton, Ella Neagle & Ryan Elliott.  10 year pins – Jennifer Folker, Shelly Girardin, Berniece Kenny, Rodney Baldwin, Tonya Harrison, Kerri Shirkey, Jason Moss, Tammy Wheeler, Bethanie Grubb, Kristi Frederick, Robert Miller and Dr. Julia McNabb. 5 year pins – Travis Onken, Lindsie Kelley, Tara Neeves, Missy Smith, Kaitlin Grubb, Katie Tuck, Stephanie Henley-Pippert, Jonathan Holton, Trinity Davis, Dave McGinnis & Dr. Lisa Rollison.

The Scotland County Hospital Employee Committee awarded a $500 scholarship to Knox County High School Senior, Lindsey Alexander who plans to attend the University of Missouri – Kansas City and study in the anesthesiologist assistant program. She is pictured with Alisa Kigar from Scotland County Hospital & Clinics.

Recently, the Scotland County Hospital Employee Committee awarded a $500 scholarship to a Knox County High School Senior, Lindsey Alexander.  Ms. Alexander  is attending University of Missouri – Kansas City and plans to study in the anesthesiologist assistant program.  She is the daughter of Stacy & Lora Alexander of Edina.  Each year the SCH Employee Committee offers the scholarship to one student that applies from either Clark, Knox, Scotland or Schuyler County school districts.  This year the Employee Committee reviewed nine scholarship applications from the four school districts.  Because hospital employees come from all of these counties, it’s only fitting to offer the scholarship in these four school districts.

Irritable Jowl Syndrome

I once made a ‘feller’ down around Rutledge, MO so mad, with one of my letters to the editor, that he went into the “Constricting Heaves”, which then caused “Abdominal Vapors”, complicated by “Carbonic Bunions” on his toes! He hopped around for three weeks, like a ‘Frozen Toed Rooster’, until he finally calmed down!

Yes, I seem to have that effect on some folks, especially when I pen one of my well-written, provocative, yet witty, letters to the editor!

Take what happened to my friend (he still is by the way) Chris Feeney, editor of the Memphis Democrat.

Upon reading my recent letter “The Board of One Accord”, Chris had smoke rings coming out of his ears! He went into “Bilious Spleen Vapors”, which then progressed into “Irritable Jowl Syndrome”!

This sad situation got started by the article in the Memphis Democrat “City Marshal Position in Question Following April Election”.

First, let me say at this point, that I have nothing personal against any city council member. And I have NEVER said anything against Bill Holland. I think he is a good man.

I also know, that it isn’t easy, being a city council member, or for that matter the member of a hospital board, school board, or even some church committees. It can be frustrating, and make one feel that it is a thankless job.

I expressed some ‘misgivings’ I had about the article ‘in question’. It just sounded to me like the city council wielded a proverbial “Sword of Damocles” over the position! With the power of the ‘purse strings’ for example, and the example of a past city collector position being done away with by simply defunding the position.

There also seemed to be an inordinate fear of, what candidate, the voters might elect.

Now, if I’ve got it wrong, I apologize. I just don’t know why these things would be alluded to, if not for the purpose of eliminating what the “Board of One Accord” considered to be an obsolete office. Obviously the voters felt differently. The big difference here, is that the county collector position is still an elected office.

Now, back to Chris’s malady of “Irritable Jowl Syndrome”. You never know what he might say next! Downright mean stuff!

I’m ‘gutshot’ over those “Peanut Gallery” remarks Chris! I mean, damn, now everyone thinks of me as being like that “Lounge Lizard” over at the Texas Road House, that just hangs out in the waiting area, gobbling buckets full of peanuts, all the while hurling insults at the paying customers as they come in! Shish! (Actually this could be partly true.)

And, I am still reeling from that “non-resident” tirade of yours Chris! To me, it sounded a lot like Obama’s “You Didn’t Build That” speech. Gosh… you don’t talk like that to the guys on the police department, and they’re not residents of Memphis either.

Furthermore, I’m heartbroken, over those mean comments about my personal hygiene problems. That hurts!

I’ll have you know, that where I grew up, we didn’t even wear shoes or socks all summer! Socks are important to me now.

And, so what, if I do get a “little Gamey” toward the end of the week. I want you to know that I take a bath every Saturday nite, whether I need it or not! (goin’ swimmin’ counts as bath.)

So… you readers oughta tune in next week to see what “slings and arrows of misfortune” ‘mean Chris’ will throw at me, Dave, a poor non-resident of Memphis, who is diligently striving for World Peace and Harmony!

Cipherin‘:

When you add up the votes.

The side that wins, is the one with the most.

“What if it’s a tie?” someone jokes.

Them I’m takin’ the last train to the coast!

At least I’ll still have the Father, Son and Holy Ghost!

Davis M. Burrus

New Replacement Trees Planted by Rutledge School Restoration Society

One more entry has been removed from the bucket list of the Rutledge School Restoration Society. Bob Hunolt, Lonnie Triplett, Oren Erickson, and Leon Trueblood recently rounded up their spades, water buckets, and measuring sticks to get two new American Linden trees planted (exactly as instructions for planting read) in the school yard.

These trees, when fully grown, will graciously replace the ever-popular Ash and Maple trees which, until early spring this year, had graced the school lawn for many decades. It was determined by the utility company the trees were a detriment to the electrical lines, so they had to go.

Thanks to Aaron Dannenhauer, the stumps were removed; and the sawdust from this grinding has appropriately mulched the new trees. The nursery-provided information claims the new trees to be well-adapted to Missouri daily weather change… so with hopes for fast growth, there will be shade on the Rutledge School lawn once again!

Three Teens Hurt When Vehicle Crashes Into Bridge

Three area teenagers were injured in a one-vehicle crash in Schuyler County at 6 p.m. on Thursday, May 17th west of Greentop.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, Allyssia J. Jackson, 17 of Queen City, was southbound on Ranch Road when she lost control of the 2003 Ford Escape on the gravel and collided with a bridge rail. The vehicle ran off the right side of the roadway, collided with a bridge support and overturned.

Jackson suffered moderate injuries in the crash as did a passenger in the vehicle, Paige A. Humphrey, 15, of Queen City. A second passenger in the car, Cobe J. Coop, 18, of Memphis suffered minor injuries.

Jackson and Humphrey were transported by Schuyler County Ambulance to Northeast Regional Medical Center in Kirksville. Coop was taken by private vehicle to the Kirksville hospital.

The vehicle sustained moderate damage in the accident and was removed from the scene by Lakeside Towing of Memphis.

The Patrol was assisted at the scene by the Schuyler County Ambulance Service and the Schuyler County Sheriff’s Office.

Memphis Man Killed in Crash Near Arbela

A Memphis man was killed and another seriously injured in a two vehicle accident over the weekend in rural Scotland County.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, Harley D. Stone, 24, of Memphis was killed when the 2015 Polaris Can Am all-terrain vehicle he was driving collided with a pickup truck on a hill crest on County Road 456 west of Arbela.

The Stone vehicle was eastbound when it crested the hill and met at the center of the road a westbound 2001 Dodge truck driven by Christopher M. Chabert, 29, of Memphis.

Stone and a passenger in his vehicle, Jacob A. Blessing, 21, of Memphis both were ejected from the ATV. Stone was pronounced deceased at the scene at 4:40 a.m. by Scotland County Coroner Dr. Jeff Davis. Blessing sustained serious injuries in the crash. He was transported by Scotland County Ambulance to University Hospital in Columbia.

Chabert was not injured in the crash, which occurred at 4:00 a.m. on May 20th. Chabert was ticketed for driving while intoxicated.

The Patrol was assisted at the scene by Scotland County Fire and Rescue, Scotland County Ambulance and Scotland County Sheriff’s Office.

SCR-I Band to Make ‘Long March’ to Washington DC to Take Part in National Memorial Day Parade

As residents of a rural school district, Scotland County R-I students are used to long bus rides. However on Thursday, some three dozen SCR-I musicians will be boarding a bus for a trip that will exceed their bus mileage for the year, just one-way.

At 4 p.m. on Thursday, May 24th the Scotland County R-I band, along with support staff, boosters and chaperones will be boarding a charter bus departing the SCR-I high school parking lot bound for Washington D.C. The public is invited to line the road to show the band support on its departure.

“Last minute preparations are well underway as the Marching Tigers are putting on the finishing touches on their performance,” said band Director Nathanial Orr. “You may even hear the band marching around town.”

The trip to the nation’s capital is more than 900 miles, with the group expecting to arrive on the East Coast  in time for lunch on Friday.

After the meal with tour manager Barbara Longnecker at Union Station, the group will take a tour of the U.S. Capitol before enjoying dinner at Bertucci’s Italian Restaurant. That evening the group will be treated to a parade at the Marine Barracks featuring the US Marine Band in full dress uniform.

Saturday will feature a full day of tours including stops at Lafayette Square, the White House and the National Archives Building, home of the Declaration of Independence, Bill of Rights and the Constitution.

After lunch they will visit Ford’s Theater where President Lincoln was assassinated before touring Arlington National Cemetery to witness the changing of the guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. The evening will conclude with tours of the US Air Force and Pentagon 9/11 Memorials, as well as the Jefferson, FDR and Martin Luther King, Jr. memorials.

The nation’s history will be on display again on Sunday as tour members will visit the Lincoln, and Vietnam and Korean War memorials as well as the US Holocaust Memorial Museum before spending the afternoon at the Smithsonian Institution’s museums. The evening will be capped off at the National Memorial Day Concert on the west lawn of the Capitol. The event will broadcast live on PBS.

Finally on Monday, the band members will get to work, participating in the National Memorial Day Parade.

“The band will be performing ‘Colonel Bogey March,’ a tune featured in ‘Bridge over a River Kwai’,” said Orr. “The color guard will be wearing homemade uniforms representing a different branch of the armed services.  Each member of the guard has a connection as parts of the uniform they will be wearing are from the uniform of their family members.”

Orr said the parade will be televised on the Armed Forces Network as well as streamed on YouTube.com, Military.com or NationalMemorialDayParade.com.

“Due to time constraints and commercial breaks, there is no guarantee that SCR-I will be televised,” he said.

Later that evening, the group will visit the World War II Memorial and place a Scotland County High School wreath at the base of the Missouri state marker.

Tuesday, day 6 of the event, will feature a trip to Mount Vernon, before boarding the tour bus at 2 p.m. for the return trip to Memphis. The group is expected to arrive back home Wednesday, May 30th around 9 a.m.

The trip has been made possible through the hard work of the band students and boosters as well as the generous contributions of local supporters. Work began last May after word was received the band had received the honor of participating in the national event. Numerous fundraisers were held over the next 12 months to fully fund the more than $1,000 price tag per band member for the trip.

Larry Gieseke to Address 72nd Annual Memorial Day Services

Larry Gieseke will be the featured speaker on Monday as the Wallace W. Gillespie Memorial Post #4958 of the Veterans of Foreign Wars hosts the 72nd Annual Memorial Day Services on the lawn of the Scotland County Courthouse.

The services will begin at 10 a.m. with Post Commander Lloyd Erickson and program chairman Donnie Middleton welcoming the crowd.

Veterans Floyd C. Baker and Mike Stephenson will perform the traditional wreath placement at the soldiers’ memorial on the southeast side of the courthouse. Fellow serviceman Bill Camp will lead the gathering in the Pledge of Allegiance.

Sonny Smyser of the Lancaster Church of Faith  will lead the invocation prior to the performance of the National Anthem by the Memphis Community Players, who will also provide additional patriotic music for the service.

Judge Gary Dial will again have the honor of introducing the service’s guest speaker.

Following Gieseke’s speech, veteran Jamie Parker will sing Sleep Soldier Boy.

Following the benediction by Smyser, the VFW members will present a 21 gun salute before the performance of taps by service member Melinda Briggs with ECHO played by Chris Kempke.

The service is open to the public. In case of inclement weather, the program will be moved indoors at the VFW post.

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