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A4 - THE PERKINS JOURNAL, Thursday, January 12, 2012 Opinions It's about the simple things.* This Christmas wasn't about expensive gifts but rather the simple gifts that we often take for granted. Before my father- in-law died, he told us how important the simple things were. Things like a card, a phone call, a handshake, a hug, a meal, a prayer; often the simple things that cost nothing had become the most important things to him. November 30 we were reminded of how important the simple things are. On that day, our child was fighting for his life. The community of Perkins provided us with the simple things. You held us in your arms and in your prayers. You sent cards, called us, you hugged us and dried our tears and you calmed our fears. People of all generations and faiths prayed for him and for us. Your visits, shawls, cards, hugs, calls, and winks have given us strength. Perkins is an amazing community that provided the simple things that have given Brad the desire to overcome the obstacles he faces. He feels the power of your prayers, he loves the visits, your phone calls provide him with encouragement and your cards have given him support. The gifts you have sent have given him reason to feel safe and a reason to smile and laugh. Brad is improving but he has a long road ahead of him in the healing process, Thank you Perkins for continuing to provide the simple things! Scott and Michelle Hubbard Perkins Thank You.* 4 Zot>OZ On behalf of the Perkins Ministerial Alliance and the Cimar- ron Valley Disciples chapter of the Christian Motorcycle Asso- ciation, I would like to express a hearty thank you for all the donations made to our toy boxes for needy kids and families. Because of the generosity of many in our community, Perkins' kids received a special blessing this past Christmas. A special thanks goes to D'Marios Pizza, Hidden Oasis Spa, and Payne County Bank for allowing us to have the donation boxes in their businesses. I would also like to express thanks to Lynn Kinder and the Lions Club for allowing us to parmer with them again this year in distributing these toys to families in our community. May God grant Perkins with a New Year full of His blessings, grace, and love. Bro. Robin Foster That Big Blue Button Passing a lady in the hall the other day, I asked if she was doing OK. Sometimes that question garners more of a response than you are prepared for. The lady began to cry and said, "My husband passed away 3 months ago and it's Chrismms." Fighting back the tears, she asked herself, "What am I going to do with my life?" I really did not know how to help her. I put my arms around her and prayed for her. As she began to walk away I looked at the big blue button which I had pinned on my lapel earlier that morning. It read. "Merry Christmas, God with us." I ran to catch her and pointing to that big blue button I said, "I know life is hard, but you do have a purpose. Our faith and our hope for the future lies in the fact that "God is with us!" Thank you Paylae County Bank for that "Big Blue Button." Fran Miller Perkins == == == == == 'l: TO SUBSCRIBE BY MAIL, fill out this form and mail with remittance to: The Perkins Journal, P.O. Box 667, l Perkins, OK 74059-0667 I Name State Zip I!:::: ~g Rates: One year in Oklahoma.. $30 ~!,~ One year out of state ...... $35 ~BE A FRIEND, BUYA FRIEND a subscription and deduct $4 offofthe rates listed above if you are acurrent paid subscriber. ,~i~Jl Use the form above for your"friend" and list your name here: By Cecil Acuff Campaign costs of a presidential race, as reported by The Atlantic Monthly Magazine, January-Fedbruary, 2012. Never mind the president's long-shot jobs bill; this year's race for the White House will offer Americans a surefire economic stimulus. Presidential aspirants will spend more money than ever before. President Obama is expected to raise perhaps $1 billion. The candidates will sprinkle that money across every state, lining the pock- ets of high-priced consultants and small business owners alike. With Obama's 2008's record-setting as a guide, here's a primer on how one campaign might choose to spread most of its cash. FUND RAISING, $30 MILLION. Direct Mail Forms - $3 M. Calls to high value Donors, $16 each. Printing and mailing, $40 per 1,000. Field Organizers, $25,000 for 18 months - does not include housing, meals, and pictures with the candidate. Campaign Manager, $200,000 per year. STAFF. $65 MILLION. Campaign Manager, $150,000 each election. Contract Staffer, $100 per day, plus $10 per Diem. ADVERTISING, $435 MILLION. Print Ads, $20 million. Other spot ads, $225 million. Signs and other By Superintendent Janet Barresi materials, $8 million. Intemet Ads, $27 million - one third to Google. TV ads, 15-20 million. Air Travel, full- size Jets - $6 million for 60 days. Commercial Flights. $6 million. Rental cars, $3 million. Motorcade, $1,000 per day. OPERATIONS, $54 MILLION. Office supplies. $1 million. Offices, $16 million. Food, $4000,000. Pizza, $35,000. EVENTS, $34 MILLION. Porta-Potties, $2,000. Includes a flushable unit for candidate and major donors. Hiring staging Company, Giant flag, $1,000. Hiring, stag- ing company, $70,000 per event. Lighting, stagehands. Generators, etc. - $20,000. Stage and Bleacher construc- tion. stagehands, lighting, $25,000. Hosting a Ballroom Fund-Raiser, $20,000. Includes hors d'oeuvres and a cash bar for 1,000 guests. POLLING. $28 MILLION. Won't the economic stimulus afore mentioned go to people who already have the necessary economic skills for survival in America's downward trend? As goes the cliche, "After all is said and done, more is said than done." The election's over; those billions are wafting, swirling into the atmosphere, while 25-30 % of America's kids still, at one time or another, go to bed, hungry. The two parties still seem to enjoy stalemates, reaching some kind of compromise only at the last moment. And today's children and grandchildren will need more and more education just to stay even. And many will not have the means to do so. Nice to Have Friends Sometimes it's good to know you're not out in the ocean rowing your boat alone. I had the pleasure this week of hosting at the Department of Education my fellow Chiefs for Change member Dr. Tony Bennett, superintendentof publiC instruction for the state of Indiana; and Todd Huston,,a former member of the Indiana StateBoard of Education.~ , The two spent a full day and a half with my staff talk- ing about implementation of key education reforms, our waiver requests under No Child Left Behind, teacher and leader evaluation systems and other issues important to education in both of our States. Tony said he gained as much from the meeting as he gave - listening to our strategy of our waiver request and hearing our staff talk about implementing reform initia- tives and using accountability data to improve schools. "What is most helpful is that while each state has its own context," Tony said, "I can take what Oklahoma is doing back to Indiana." Like me. Tony shares the opinion that the days of nib- bling around the edges of education reform are over. "Now we must pursue comprehensive education reform," he told my staff. "We have to reset the founda- tions our education system sits on." I can't overstate the value of the importance of such a visit. My staff left these sessions with a renewed vigor to pursue meaningful reforms that will of each student in Oklahoma. Indianais similar in l~any ways of demographics To see arid hear ~rom Tony and experience and all of the, reforms is encouraging and motivating, It's i we're notin this alone. L ': ?'/J" Continued from P ase A1 of die Perkins Volunteer andas owner of two Perkins Day: anaeDeMutli;. er- was presented to Bill Fire partment, and cur- bUs'messes, the Perkins Tag ritorial PtazgDiiiimf: Jeana Sasser. This award honors re~lZ serves as president Agency and The Perkins Coyle; Teirit0i;ia! Plaza a chamber member wh0 6fStroud Nati0nal Bank's J0umal. Dinner: