August 12, 2010

What if?

by Chris Feeney

What if the White House was deaf to what the people of the United States really want?

Sounds to me like President Obama may not have heard what Missourians said last week when more than 70% of voters said no to the federal healthcare plan.

It is painfully obvious that his press secretary, Robert Gibbs didnt get the message. After reading his remarks on the topic there is a piece of universal sign language I'd like him to see.

During his August 4th press briefing, the White House press secretary was asked to talk a little bit about the White House reaction to the vote in Missouri last night against a federal mandate for insurance.

Gibbs stated A vote of no legal significance in the midst of heavy Republican primaries.

The reporter then asked what does it tell you, though, in terms of what...

Gibbs prematurely ended the question with a one-word reply. Nothing. Which drew some laughter from the press pool.

Im not laughing.

Gibbs was right, there was heavy Republican voter turnout in the Missouri August Primary Election. If you buy his logic, 7 out of 10 people voted for Proposition C and against the federal health care plan, and chalk it up to partisan politics.

But excuses are like... well you know the rest of the saying. While Gibbs wants to shrug this off as more evil doings by those trouble-making Republicans, Id like to delve a bit deeper into the numbers.

But before I do that, I just have to say, regardless of whether we are Democrats or Republicans, if 70% of Missourians vote one way or the other, it is a slap in the face to have the White House say it means NOTHING.

I guess Gibbs wasnt worried about insulting us Republicans, which according to my calculations did represent about 64% of the ballots cast in the lone state wide race, which had candidates from both parties vying for that high-profile job as state auditor.

They say you can make statistics say anything. (I guess Im making a bold assumption he actually read the election results before commenting on them since the administration has a track record of publically denouncing state efforts before ever even reading them). The White House wants us to believe that Prop C passed by overwhelming numbers because the primary was slanted toward Republicans.

I would suggest that the Primary was slanted toward Republicans because of Proposition C. I for one do not believe that the auditor race brought out Republicans - Proposition C did. More than 100,000 more votes were cast on Proposition C issue than on the state race, so it appears to have taken top billing in the election.

Another concept that Gibbs may want to consider is that voters can pick the ballot of their choice. So just because someone voted a Republican ticket, may not mean they are truly a Republican.

At the local level, most folks dont give a hoot if a candidate for county clerk or presiding commissioner is a Republican or a Democrat. That said, if there is a contested race or two at the county level, most voters will pick the ballot where they can vote on said races, regardless of their own political affiliation. I know a lot of Republicans in Scotland County took a Democrat ballot to vote on the local races.

That means that just because 64% of the ballots cast in the primary were Republican ballots, it doesnt mean that 64% of the voter turnout was Republican.

And even if it really was, who cares? People opposed to the federal health care plan voted overwhelming against it. If there are a bunch of Missourians out there who are for it, they should have got off their duffs and voted down Prop C.

Maybe the administrations dismissive attitude toward the entire referendum is why proponents of Obamacare apparently stayed home last Tuesday.

Will they stay home in November too? I dont think it is going to matter. Still, I hope the state has better than the 23% voter turnout seen at the primary, because I dont want the losers to have a similar built in excuse when a vote of legal significance will say a whole lot more nothing and send them packing.

Bar B Saddle Club Holds August Meeting

The Bar B Saddle Club of Bible Grove held their monthly meeting Monday, August 15th at the Club House.

Final plans were made for the horse and ATV’s Poker Ride. Discussion was held regarding the arena work and materials. Also, horseback riders are needed for the parades in Memphis on Saturday, August 27th (Antique Fair) and in Downing on Saturday, September 10th (Downing Appreciation).  All are welcome to come and ride with the Saddle Club.

The next meeting will be Thursday, September 1st at 6:00 p.m. at the Club House.

Scotland County Genealogical Society Holds August Meeting

The Scotland County Genealogical Society met Monday, August 8th with eight members present plus one new member.  Darlene Johnston called the meeting to order.

The secretary gave her report.  There wasn’t a treasurer’s report to give.

Under new business, Alisa Kigar inquired if we would like Dr. Heather Martin, a new member of SCH staff, to present a program.  Everyone agreed this sounded like a good program and she will be presenting at the September meeting.

There was no old business to discuss and President Johnston closed the meeting so the program could begin.

Bonnie Hayes gave the program this month on getting your DNA testing done through Ancestry.  We learned that 50% of our DNA comes from both our parents and that 50% of their DNA comes from each of their parents, and so on.  When getting back the results of your DNA, you will have a chart showing how different segments of DNA might have been passed down to each generation.  Siblings can have different segments than what you have.  Genetic inheritance is random and sibling’s ethnicity results are a great example of this.

Several members of the Genealogy Society have done the DNA testing so curiosity getting the best of me; I decided to give it a try to see what is in my blood line.  I know there is Irish and English so in a few weeks, I will know more.  If anyone would like more information about this, they can go in on Ancestry.com or ask a member of the Genealogy Society for help.

This was a good program and many thanks to Bonnie Hayes for having this program.

Following the program, refreshments were served by Darlene Johnston.  Thanks to Darlene.

The Genealogical Society would like to invite anyone to come to their meetings which are held once a month on the second Monday of each month at 1:30 p.m.  The meetings are held in the Genealogy Building across from the Memphis Fire Station.

Submitted by Terry Arnold, Secretary

SCR-I School Menus

Breakfast

Thursday, August 25 – Breakfast Burrito, Choice of Cereal, Toast/Jelly, Orange Wedge/Grapes, Juice/Milk

Friday, August 26 – Sausage/Gravy Biscuits, Choice of Cereal, Blueberry Muffin, Banana, Juice/Milk

Monday, August 29 – Donuts, Choice of Cereal, Toast/Jelly, Fruit Medley, Juice/Milk

Tuesday, August 30 –Pancakes, Choice of Cereal, Sausage Link, Toast/Jelly, Strawberries, Juice/Milk

Wednesday, August 31 – Ham/Cheese on Croissant, Choice of Cereal, Toast/Jelly, Fruit Medley, Juice/Milk

Thursday, September 1 – Breakfast Burrito, Choice of Cereal, Toast/Jelly, Orange Wedge/Grapes, Juice/Milk

Lunch

Thursday, August 25 – Spaghetti/Meat Sauce, Chicken Wrap, Hamburger Bar, Green Beans, Garlic Bread, Fruit Salad, Fresh Fruit

Friday, August 26 – Walking Taco, Fish Square/Bun, Diced Tomatoes, Cottage Cheese, Sliced Peaches, Fresh Fruit

Monday, August 29 – Crispy Chicken Strips, Corn Dog, 5th/6th Grade Chef Salad, Potato Rounds, Mixed Vegetables, Mandarin Orange Slices, Fresh Fruit

Tuesday, August 30 – Chicken Patty/Bun, Cheeseburger/Bun, 5th/6th Grade Taco Bar, Oven Ready Fries, Peas, Sliced Peaches, Fresh Fruit

Wednesday, August 31 – Salisbury Steak, Beef and Noodles, 5th/6th Grade Potato Bar, Whipped Potatoes/Gravy, Broccoli/Cheese Sauce, Dinner Roll, Sliced Pears, Fresh Fruit

Thursday, September 1 – Beef‘N’Tator Bake, Chicken Quesadillas, Hamburger Bar, Green Beans, Dinner Roll, Strawberries.

Lady Tigers Prevail 3-1 in Extra Innings to Win Season Opener

Julie Long puts down the sacrifice bunt during the Lady Tigers’ season opener at Putnam County on August 22nd. SCR-I picked up the 3-1 victory.

Julie Long puts down the sacrifice bunt during the Lady Tigers’ season opener at Putnam County on August 22nd. SCR-I picked up the 3-1 victory.

It took a little longer than normal, but the Scotland County softball squad opened the 2016 season in the win column with a 3-1 victory at Putnam County that took 10 innings to decide.

SCR-I jumped on top 1-0 in the top of the first inning. With one out, Stevi See crushed a double to left field which would have been out of most fields. The junior catcher came in to score on a two-out hit by Ashleigh Creek.

The lone run looked like it might hold up as Creek was perfect through two plus innings before a two-out hit and a walk created a scare in the bottom of the third. But she was able to coax a comebacker out of Kori Hornaday to end the threat.

Unfortunately, the SCR-I offense went completely quiet after the opening frame. Kendall Ingersoll retired six straight batters before See launched a deep flyball to center field that was misplayed for a two base error.

But the Lady Midgets’ pitcher worked out of the jam, going on to retire seven straight batters.

SCR-I’s best threat came in the sixth inning when Abi Feeney reached on an error. She stole second base and moved to third when the throw skipped into centerfield. But See ripped a liner down the third base line that was snagged by Jordan Holland at the bag to easily double off the runner and end the threat.

That proved costly, as Putnam County finally got on the scoreboard in the bottom of the sixth. Kennedy Childers led off with a double. Following an SCR-I error that allowed Sara Webb to reach, Putnam County used a sacrifice bunt followed by an RBI groundout by Riley Rouse to knot the score at 1-1.

SCR-I was unable to take advantage of a leadoff walk to Kaylyn Anders in the eight, and then left two runners in scoring position in the ninth inning after a base hit by See and an error that allowed Creek to reach base.

After a leadoff single in the bottom of the seventh, Creek retired nine straight batters.

SCR-I finally broke through in the 10th inning. Anders walked to start the rally. Katie Feeney followed with a base hit. Abi Feeney reached on an error to load the bases with one out. See delivered a sacrifice fly to leftfield. Anders tagged up and beat the throw home. An errant throw to third trying to get Katie Feeney, allowed the freshman to come all the way in to push the lead to 3-1.

Creek worked around a leadoff error to retire the heart of the Putnam County order to secure the win.

See led the offense, going 2-4 with a run scored and an RBI. Creek was 1-4 with an RBI.

Creek picked up the win, allowing one unearned run in 10 innings of work. She allowed just four hits and walked one while striking out six.

19th Annual Ag Day Golf Tournament at Timber Ridge

J & J Ag Equipment Sales is hosting the 19th Annual Ag Day Tournament at Timber Ridge Golf Course on Friday, September 9, 2016.  Sign-in opens at 9:00 a.m. with a 10:00 a.m. shotgun start.

The tournament is an 18 Hole, 4 Person Scramble.  Cost per team is $360 and includes lunch and beverages all day.  Teams are encouraged to sign-up early to reserve a spot and can pre-register by contacting Randy (660-216-7306), Kris (660-341-0465, or the golf course (660-883-5341).

In addition to free food and drink, there will be a silent auction and games.  The Hole in One contest is being sponsored by Pepsi, The Farm Shop and Gas & More.

Timber Ridge Golf Course is located on Hwy 15, south of Memphis.

Area Moving On Program to Meet August 30

The Scotland County Area Moving On Program will hold their monthly meeting on Tuesday, August 30, 2016 at the Methodist Church starting at 11:30 a.m.  After lunch, the group will travel to Edina to the Baker Cemetery.

If you have suffered a loss, the Area Moving On group helps provide support through caring confidential visiting and fellowship with others than have lost love ones by sharing support and friendship with each other.  This is a monthly meeting with the time and meeting place decided on by those attending.

For more information or to arrange for a ride, please call Nelda Billups (660-328-6367), Laura Schenk (660-465-7363) or Chris Tinkle, Program Coordinator (660-465-7322.

Local sponsors of the program include The Daisy Patch, US Bank, Rose Hardware, Payne Funeral Chapel, Memphis Funeral Home, Countryside Flowers, Community Bank of Memphis, and Exchange Bank of Northeast Missouri.

Gorin High School Alumni Board Meets to Plan Reunion

Gorin High School (GHS) Alumni Association Board President, Billy Davis, called a meeting of the Board at his home on August 16 to make final plans for the upcoming 61st Annual GHS Alumni Banquet.  Vice President Connie Ward, Secretary Mary Lou Kraus, Treasurer Leon Buford and Board member Elaine Forrester attended to finalize plans for the event to be held in Gorin Saturday, Oct. 8.  The old Gorin School gymnasium has been reserved for the meeting where memories for alumni abound.  The doors will open at 4:30 p.m. with the evening meal being served at 6 p.m. by Steve’s Catering in Kahoka.

The program will include the short annual business meeting and memorial service for those fellow alumni who have passed away over the last year.  In addition, arrangements are being made for some musical entertainment by graduates.  Bill Davis will make sure the PA system is adequate.

A motion was made, seconded and passed to leave the cost at $12 for advance reservations (sent to Leon Buford, 309 E. Madison, Memphis, MO 63555) and $15 at the door.  Invitations will be sent via email, Facebook and postcard mailing.

The Board is looking for new members to serve next year.  Alumni are asked to volunteer themselves or send suggestions to Bill Davis.

Scotland County Senior Nutrition Center

MENU

Thursday, August 25 – Roast Pork, Mashed Potatoes/Gravy, Sauerkraut, Cranberry Sauce, Slice Bread, Ice Cream

Friday, August 26 – Catfish Nuggets, Macaroni Salad, Baked Beans, Cornbread, Strawberry Shortcake

Monday, August 29 – Tenderloin/Bun, Onion Slice, Pasta Vegetable Salad, Green Beans, Fruit Crisp

Tuesday, August 30 – Chicken Strips, Scalloped Cabbage, Buttered Corn, Bread, Watermelon and Cantaloupe

Wednesday, Aug. 31 – Fried Chicken, Mashed Potatoes/Gravy, Peas, Wheat Roll, Jell-O Fruit

Thursday, September 1 – Taco Salad, Lettuce, Beans/Chips, Tomatoes, Peas, Applesauce, Cookie

ACTIVITIES

Thursday, August 25 –Card Party at 5:00 p.m.

Sunday, August 28 –Center is rented today.

Thursday, September 1 – Card Party at 5:00 p.m.

Chancellor Reunion Held July 16, 2016

Descendants of John and Grace (Billups) Chancellor held a reunion July 16, 2016, at the Kahoka Senior Center in Kahoka, MO. Representatives of each of their nine children were present with Garnet Tripp being the last living child.

Those attending were Phillip Chancellor of Keokuk, IA, Terry Chancellor of Ft. Madison, IA, Larry Chancellor of Texas, Shirley Ruth, Don Chancellor, Kendal and Braydon Anderson of Memphis, MO. John, Megan and Payton Chancellor of Downing, MO., Ray Chancellor of Rutledge, MO., Jerry Chancellor of Kentucky, Greg Norton of Kansas, Blanche Quincy, Dave and JoAnn Stockland, Tom and Barb Zorr, Richard Chancellor, Pam, Rex and Kayden Bye, Alvin Tripp, Janet Haas all of South Dakota, Garnet Tripp, David and Peggy Perry, Chris, Becky and Anna Bertschi of Kahoka, Chloe Bertschi, Cody Cook, Pat and Karen Tripp of Revere, MO., Mike and Debbie Tripp of Elmer, MO., Roberto, Angela, Inara and Mary Guerrido of Milwaukee WI., Michele, Nora and Reznor Hoffman and Matt Roth of Platte City, MO., Andrew Tripp of Hannibal, MO., Brian, Kasen, Dana and Dalanee Tripp, Taylor and Courtney Carter of Luray, MO., Lori and Courtney Petty, Lacey and Isabella Beagles of Hamilton, IL, Dianna and Daron Mullinix of Greentop, MO, and Kevin and Ben Tripp of St. Patrick, MO.

After lunch, the afternoon was spent visiting, taking pictures and playing Bingo!

Submitted by Garnet Tripp

Rutledge Renegades

Bette Wiley’s son, Tary and wife Yukiko from Virginia, came and visited for three days.

Reva Hustead picked up great-grandsons, Will and Waid, and went to Hannibal.

Charlene Montgomery and Neta Phillips went to Kirksville.

Reva went to Kirksville.

Martin Guinn and Reva Hustead went to the LaBelle Fall Festival on Saturday.

Anyone wishing to be in the Rutledge Fall Festival Parade September 17th please call 660-341-0680.  Bikes, politicians, horses and antique vehicles are all welcome.

Some of those in this week were Dale and Lisa Tague, Ronnie and Bonnie Young, Bob and Dorothy Hunolt, Martin Guinn, Reva Hustead, Oren and Celina Erickson, Bill and Margie Delaney, Ann Shaw, Jamie Shaw, Charlene Montgomery, Mark Mazziotti, Marjorie Peterson, Ben Wheeler, Mitch McClamroch and Darrell Shultz.

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