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Monroe County Appeal, Paris, Mo. • monroecountyappeal.com

Monroe County

APPEAL

The Deliverance of Todd Akin

As I write this Congressman Todd Akin has only a few hours to withdraw from the U.S. Senate race here in Missouri without having to obtain a court order to do so later. Mr. Akin is under fire for remarks made in an interview with reporter Charles Jaco that aired on St. Louis television this past Sunday. His comments about “legitimate rape” and the way that victims of rape have in the female body, “ways to try to shut that whole thing down” thus avoiding becoming pregnant as a result of the rape. The firestorm of criticism was expected from Democrats, rape victims and those who treat or advocate for them. But joining in loud and clear were Mitt Romney and many other prominent Republicans who called for him to withdraw from the race so that some other candidate could challenge Senator Claire McCaskill in November. He was not only thrown under the bus but severely beaten first and his prostrate body used for a speed bump for a lot of candidates buses hoping to be a part of capturing the U.S. Senate this time around. To add to his problems in continuing in the race, Akin was advised that the Republican Senatorial Committee would not financially support his candidacy if he continued in the race. Representative Akin, yesterday and today so far, vows to continue his candidacy. He believes that his admission of a mistake and apology make things right and that it all was a minor slip of the tongue. In another time and context these or similar words may not have resulted in the same reactions by friends and foes alike. Akin could have been considered just an ignoramus from a small state putting his foot into his mouth again and his retraction and apology to the strains of the banjo duet from “Deliverance” playing in the background da da dum dum da and da da dum dum da in response, would be sufficient. Like most of us, I do not know Mr. Akin personally but do feel bad for him that he did work hard to win a primary race, didn’t really say or promote many bad remarks about his opponents and then had this short interview do the damage that has resulted. I fully expect Mr. Akin to quit the race today, stripped of support and financial assistance, and another candidate to be named by the Republicans in short order. Whatever he says about that today, I know I will hear as well the stranger and the backwoods boy and their banjos da da dum dum da in the background.

RJF

Just Ask Dave... by David Eales Publisher/Editor

appeal@parismo.net Sports! Sports! Sports! High school sports has started and the first games will be played this week in all school sports in the local area including football, softball, golf and baseball. Some people think that there is too much emphasis in the schools on sports. Maybe there is but it this emphasis that helps put schools on the map. Would someone know where Paris or Madison was if not for our teams playing in far-a-way tournaments with numerous other teams from schools we have no idea where they are? By the end of the day (in some David Eales instances an extremely long day) we have new friends or the players have new friends that not only increase our social awareness but help us with that ever important issue of self esteem. It is important to the community, the school, the players and our residents that people take part in these activities. The camaraderie we develop as a part of a group or even as a single individual attending a sporting event has immense impact on many factors. The ticket sales, concession stand profits and even just the feeling the players get from knowing that the community rallies around them helps everyone. Do you have a schedule? Do you know what the games cost? Have you ever been to a game? For a schedule see the sports preview located in this issue of the Monroe County Appeal. The games cost up to $3 per game or if you really enjoy what you are watching you can buy a season pass from the athletic department. The games are played both at Paris and Madison, at the fairgrounds in Paris, and at the school field in Madison. Or if you like golf you can watch the Lady Coyotes play at the Mark Twain Country Club. I have mentioned before that the youth sports program is the best ticket in town. The support of our youth by the community helps them grow into productive future leaders as it shows them positive role models, has a positive direction and helps them develop teamwork and discipline. Will they go on to play in college with sports scholarships ? Some will but most will not. Even the ones that do not, when asked, say that their sports days were some of their most enjoyable and memorable days in school. Academics is very important but it is also good to be tempered with a varied schedule that does include athletics and other extra curricular activities. A successful student is a wellrounded student. All these extra curricular activities are available at their school. It is up to the student, and us the community, to make sure of the results. Have a great week!

Dave

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All yesteryears are reprinted in the exact text of the original issue

90 Years Ago Aug. 18, 1922

Hugh Dawson and Leo Smithey last Saturday bought the English Drug Store at Paris from Mrs. J. S. English and will take possession the first of September. Hugh is a pharmacist and has been connected with the store for several years. Leo is a member of the Murphy & Bodine force. These two young men should make a fine partnership. John McGinnis is receiving merited praise for the improvement he has made in a strip of road near Paris. Beginning at the W. B. Priest place and going south, he worked around to the Columbia road. John takes pride in his work and when he gets through with a job there is something to show for his efforts. Up to date only two of the candidates at the August 1 primary have filed expense accounts. Oliver W. Nolen, nominated for prosecuting attorney on the democratic ticket, spent $46.50 in his campaign. Of this, $25 went for announcement in the county papers, $16.50 for cards and $5 for filing fee. R. L. McCann, successful candidate for Judge of the Western district, was out only $24.50 in his campaign. Of this $15 went to the two Paris and one Madison papers for announcement and $9.50 for cards. A strip coal mine with a vein running from 18 to 22 inches in thickness, has been opened by R. O. Triplett in the farm if Mrs. Ida Blackburn southwest of Monroe City. The coal is said to be of excellent quality abd is being sold to the Monroe City power plant. Eight tons had been taken out Monday.

75 Years Ago August 19, 1937

Edward Nevins and Liza sproul winners of the 1936 Boatner Courtesy Award at Paris, received letters from Phillips H. Lord, Incorporated, originators of the syndicated radio feature, “We the People,” Tuesday, inviting them to come to New York in October and November fir personal talks over a nationwide hook-up. The company offered to pay all expenses and to show Edward and Liza a delightful time while there. Mrs. Ray Durtright and son, Joe, returned home Sunday from Frankfort, where they spent a week. Levering Kirby returned to work at the state capitol at Jefferson City, Sunday, after spending a two weeks vacation with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Kirby. Officials of the Farm Bureau and its affiliated organizations in Monroe County and several of the employees of the conservation association and the marketing board held a picnic for themselves and their families, Friday evening at the Paris Country Club grounds. Basket dinners were brought and served. The new postal and agricultural building at Paris is rapidly rising from the foundation. The walls were about completed ear-

ly this week and work was being started on the roof. The structure is of brick and one story high. It will house not only the post office but the agricultural extension offices. Miss Loral Ensor returned home from summer session of University Friday. Her school at Molino, will start Monday, August 16. She has taught Cauthorn School in Audrain County for the past five years. Her work ranks high in this county.

50 Years Ago Aug. 23, 1962

Charles Henderson and Estill Sharp, of the Molino neighborhood, had the first soybeans of the 1962 crop year on the Paris market Tuesday morning. The beans were bought by Bob Long at the Paris Elevator for $2.39, the top that day. The 60th anniversary of Mr and Mrs.H. C. Houghton of south of Paris occurred this week The Paris girls softball team is tied with Cairo for first place in the tournament between Paris, Moberly, Glasgow and Cairo. At an organizational meeting of the Monroe County Democratic committee at Paris Tuesday afternoon, Orville Francis was reelected chairman, Mrs, Charley Sprinkle the vice-chairman, Mrs. Mrytle Lee Carman the secretary and Stanley Crow the treasurer. Up to Tuesday afternoon, 113 people in Paris had signed voluntary agreements to take natural gas at their homes or business houses and in doing so will get free installation of the lines to the home of business. Those who do not sign up before the deadline will have to pay for running the line from the gas main to their homes or business houses.

Cleve Shearer, city treasurer of Paris, this week received a state warrant for $495.82, the third monthly payment of gasoline tax money collected under the new state law that returns some of the gasoline tax to counties and cities. The money is to be used for street repairs.

25 Years Ago Aug. 20, 1987 A Madison man is the latest $10,000 winner in the Missouri Lottery’s “Lucky 7”. Wayne Walker, 21, bought a lottery ticket and a soda at D.C. in Centralia on his way home from work. Air Force Sgt. Glenn E. Herron, son of Donald R. and Carolyn S. Herron of Rural Route 2, Paris has arrived for duty with the 5071st Combat Support Squadron, King Salmon Airport Alaska. Herron, an aircraft armament system specialist, is a 1982 graduate of Paris High School. Robin and Dallas Miller, Paris are the parents of their first child, a son, born at 6:59 p.m. August 13 at Moberly Regional Medical Center. He weighed 7 pounds and 11 ounces and has been named Jesse Don. Grandparents are Larry and Margaret Ragsdale, Holliday; and Ruby and Alvin Miller, Paris. Great grandparents are Herbert and Carrie Ragsdale, Holliday; Mrs. Edna Hout, Paola, Kansas; Mrs. Fred Gibler, Madison; and Mrs. Roy Stevenson, Columbia. Mr. and Mrs. Bob Sladek have returned home after a month’s trip through the northwestern states. Congressman Harold Volkmer will hold a Town Hall meeting in Monroe City, Wednesday, September 2. Volkmer will be at the Nutrition Site, 314 S. Main, form 10 to 11 a.m. to meet with area constituents. He will make brief remarks then take questions from the audience. The Paris Optimist Club held a meeting at Lake Village Monday at 8 p.m. the main item of business was the Water and Boat Safety Course the club is sponsoring this Saturday at Lake Village at 1:30 p.m.

Just a Thought My absolute favorite Michael Jackson song is Man In The Mirror. I can remember many days listening to it with tears streaming down my face. It almost always caused me to think about this world and how or if my life was making a difference. As I got older the lyrics to the song ministered to me more and more. There is so much truth and wisdom in that song. Not only does it encourage us to take a look at ourselves first before looking at everything and everyone else and pointing our fingers but it also lets us know that we can make a difference. Sometimes we might think, “Well, I am only one person. What can I do?” or “ One person or vote is not going to change anything.” How wrong that is. One person can do a lot. One person can buy groceries for a struggling family. One person can give encouragement and kind words to a person who feels lonely and depressed. One person can start the process or putting prayer back in schools. One person can have the idea to start a foundation to help sick, poor, disadvantaged children. Then another one person can help make that idea come to fruition. Our church watched a movie last week that was all about what one person can do. The main character had a friend in the neighborhood who he was really close to until they got to high school. In high school the main character was an athlete who was very popular but his childhood friend was not. His friend was made fun of and next thing you know the main character did not talk to his childhood friend at all. The childhood friend

by Lisa Talton

The Man in the Mirror

ends up killing himself which causes the main character to reflect on his own life and the way he was living. He realizes that what he says and does to others can make a difference whether it be good or bad one. He chooses to make a positive one and starts to seek out the kids who appear lonely and unpopular. Throughout the movie he forms friendships with kids at his school who are viewed as outcasts. We later find out that one of the boys he befriended had been contemplating suicide and had even written his mom a note. But because of that one person (the main character) his life turned around. That one person who came up to him at lunch and invited him to sit with them. That one person who hung out with him and let him know he had a friend. That one person who took extra time to be there for him. That one person who didn’t care about what others were saying but instead chose to do the right thing. If each one of us would wake up in the morning and say, “ I am going to make a positive difference today”, and then allow God to use us to make that difference this world truly would be a better place. We need to stop expecting things to get better when we are not doing our part. We need to know that our part isn’t the whole puzzle but our piece is needed to make the puzzle complete. One person doing something positive might not seem like a lot if we are only looking at one person but let’s broaden our view and envision one hundred, one thousand and even one million “one persons” doing something positive. We all have it in us. We all have something to offer. We all have been uniquely designed and made to make a positive difference in the is world. Let’s not only believe this but let’s do it!!!!!

Monroe County Appeal - Week 34, Aug. 23, 2012  

Newspaper from Paris, Mo.

Monroe County Appeal - Week 34, Aug. 23, 2012  

Newspaper from Paris, Mo.

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