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A4 - THE PERKINS JOURNAL, Thursday, January 7, 2010 Opinions ................ , .... ...... /q.. ..... ,[.... ........... We welcome letters to the editor. All letters must be signed with a telephone number for verification of the writer (your telephone number won't be published). Please limit letters to no more than 400 words in length. Letters may be edited for spelling, grammar, or length. The editor reserves the right to reject any letter that is considered libelous or in bad taste. Letters do not necessarily reflect the opinion of the publishers. Thank you Thanks to Dortha Mae Pepmiller, Bill's long-time Betty and Barbara and my all of her help. If I left brother Paul, I would like anyone out, please forgive to thank all the people who me. showed such kindness, We will all miss Bill, he after we lost our brother was one of a kind. He was Bill Boyd, in a fire at his my older brother who liked home in Perkins, Dec. 9 th. to tease me and get me Thanks to the man driving riled up. We both loved all by who reported the fire, the animals so much, we would firemen who broke down the never turn one away hungry. door and let Bill's beloved Bill would stop his car and little dog Queso out. get out to help a turtle cross Thanks to David Sasser, the street safely. I drew who took Queso and got the line when it came to him bathed and got him a spiders and snakes, but Bill new sweater and saw that he wouldn't kill them. went to Steve at Hasting's Bill's cats and little dog Bookstore. Bill had told were strays who found him. me ifI couldn't take him he Queso was in the Perkins wanted him to go to Steve. Thanks to Steve for taking Queso in, he and Bill had spent so much time in his store - Queso went every- where with Bill. Thanks to Laura Gann, Bill's neighbor and friend and fellow animal lover, for her help in taking care of things. Thanks to Bill's friend Dale for going through the rubble and finding Bill's beloved other little dog and his three cats and seeing that they were buried. Shelter when I fostered him and Bill took him in, until I came back from Ca., after about a month, he called and said "You are not get- ting this dog back." I said, "I figured that." He had fallen in love with Queso. Bill loved reading books and writing articles for the newspapers. He had a good heart. He would have been 80-years old today. Rest in peace, Bill. Patricia Boyd Walker I live in California and in Perkins. remittance to: Perkins loumal I P.O. Box 667 Perkins, OK 74059-0667 I Name I I Address ,I City State__ Zip I I Rates: One year in Oklahoma...$30 One year out of state....$35 I I BE A FRIEND, BUY A FRIEND a subscription and deduct $4 I off of the rates listed above if you are a current paid subscriber. I Use the form above for your "friend" and list your name here: iil i!i a / I00c-JoP00Y ABOLE-00L DI;LAV00 YOU JLIGT CAN'T BE TOO r3iLT:FLIL Wll]-I ql.tE00 IERRORIGT Time magazine, Decem- ber 7, 2009, presents readers a 6-page history- capsule of the 21st cen- tury's First Decade, 2000 through 2009. The end of an American dream started with 9/11 and has ended with a financial wipeout. The first 10 years - The Hell Decade - will go down as the most dispirited and disillusioning one America experienced in the post- World War II era. America has endured two market crashes; first when Tech stocks tanked, 2000-2001. Looking back, that recession was mild compared with the fierce, living, decade-ending symbol - Bernie Madoff. He - prisoner #6t727-054 -rots away in Butner, NC for the next 150 years for devising the biggest Ponzi scheme in the history of humanity. The Hell Decade started with the most divisive and confusing presidential election in history; an upsetting drama that once seemed could occur only in the Third World. Then came the terrorist attacks of 9/11 which redefined global politics for sev- eral decades, and causing questions about the past security seldom worried about. The Afghani War came - now deadlier than ever, then the Iraqi fiasco, anthrax letters, D.C. snip- ers, and Wall Street scan- dals, led by Enron and WorldCom. The largest natural disaster in US his- tory, Katrina, killed more than 1,500 and caused $100 billion in damages. A housing bubble, fueled by cheap money and exces- sive borrowing, was burst by derivatives - financial Weapons of Mass Destruc- tion - and put the economy on the brink of collapse. Americans are begin- ning to paraphrase Ronald Reagan's "Are you better off than last .... " with "are you better off now than at the beginning of the decade?" The answer; a resounding NO ! ! The stock market is down 26% since 2000, making this decade the worst i'n history. The median household income in 2000 was $52,500 - last year it was $50, 303. With an unemployment rate around 10%, income will surely drop during 2010. In 2000, 11.3% of low-income Americans were living below the poverty, line. Now, 2008, the number is 13.2%. The percentage of Americans without health insurance increased from 13.7 to 15.4 during this decade. Added to the First Decade's dismal financial woes are the dreary and baffling behavioral activi- ties. There are more public and school shootings than in any other decade. The large-scale bombings and attacks in other coun- tries may not be great, but people are appalled, knowing that terrorists can and will attack any time, anywhere. The magazine's writers ask, "What went wrong and why - so much bad stuff happened this decade?" It may have been luck or random- ness, but a strong case may be made that more than change got things so Snafu-ed. Financial problems, lack of regula- tion, radical Islamic wars, auto makers, and lack of foresight in Louisiana's Tell them: "Please pledge now to oppose FE4!" ,o,.,, ........ ......................... , ................ Winter and Oklahoma warmth .  t4 iii  .::iiill :;::i:! .!:" 's@:s :: 1 For Oklahomans, dreams of a "White Christmas" might never be the same again. As you know, a blizzard on Christmas Eve dumped snow and ice on much of the state. Some areas saw accumulations of as much as 14 inches. Thousands of motorists caught in the ferocious weather had no choice but to abandon their vehicles. It was a pun- ishing winter storm, one that Oklahomans -- no strangers to severe weather conditions -- will not soon forget. And through it all, Oklahomans responded with the strength, steadfastness and neighborliness that have come to define who we are. People pitched in to help friend and stranger alike. There was a myriad of daunting needs -- extricating cars trapped by snow, providing shelter and warmth for those who had nowhere to turn -- but, as so often happens when Oklahomans face a challenge, our people excelled. Good Samaritans abounded. Of course, many state and local entities worked round the clock in the recovery. Highway Patrol troopers, National Guardsmen and state Department of Transportation crews assisted in rescues of stranded motoristsvas did local fire- fighters, law enforcement and emergency medical per- sonnel across Oklahoma. Many hospital staffs worked extended hours because colleagues were unable to make their shift. That commitment also extended to Oklahoma's meteo- rologists and news media. As severe as the blizzard was, its consequences would have been far worse had it not been for the dedication of print, broadcast and online media giving people useful information. It is easy to take those folks for granted, but the winter storm was another reminder of the crucial work they do. In the end, witter's fury proved to be another indication that Oklahomans are a very special people. As a proud and lifelong Oklahoman, I am continually impressed by the extraordinary warmth of our citizens -- even under the coldest conditions. If you have questions or comments, please write me at the Office of the Governor, Room 212, Oklahoma City OK 73105 or visit the "Contact the Governor" section of my website, www.governor.ok.gov. Katrina all contributed. America bears the blame: * Neglect. US inward-looking culture did not heed warnings in the country and of the world about past Islamic terrorist events. * Greed. Absolute faith in open markets, fed by Wall Street, combined with little regulation. * Self-interest. The auto industry deteriorated - management and labor argued about wage con- tracts, ignoring customers and competition, aided and abetted by politicians. Deferral of Responsi- bility. Infrastructure and power grids getting little survival help for lack of popular and political will-power. New Orleans drowned because authori- ties failed to act. Neglect. America procrastinated; why do today that which can be done later? The war against al-Qaeda was barely on the radar in the early 1990s, but Osama founded his group, 1988- 1990. The US helped the Afghanis fight Russia in the 1980s, al-Qaeda bombed a hotel in Yemen 1992, the first Trade Center bombing - 1993, later - Khobar towers, embassies in Kenya and Tanzania, the Destroyer Cole in Yemen. All that, and America couldn't fathom, a bombing on American soil? Time says that good times will not necessarily follow bad, but there are hopeful signs. There is no guarantee that the next decade will be any better than this one, but America leads in technology inno- vation and has the world's strongest military - if the money remains. China may continue to grow faster than the US, and America's global domi- nance may erode. But The US is still the nation others try to emulate. Can and will American High Schools and Univer- sities be instrumental in preparing future voters to elect representatives to Congress to correct the ills of the last decade? Readers will surely enjoy and benefit by read- ing this history capsule. Check your local library. The Perkins Thomas-Wil- hite Library has a Dec. 7, 2009 Time on reserve.