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PAGE 2 -- The Perkins Journal Thursday, March 22, 1984 THE PERKINS JOURNAL Robert L. and Yvonne M. Evans, Owners-Publishers Published each Thursday at 133 S. Main Street Post Office Box 665, Perkins, Oklahoma 74059 Telephone: 405-547-2411 USPS 428040 SUBSCRIPTION PRICES Payne. Lincoln, Logan and Noble Counties $9.50 per year plus 6% tax [$10,07] Elsewhere in Okla, $13.50 per year plus 6% tax [$14.31] Outside Oklahoma $16.50 per year JOURNAL EDITORIAL OPINION of Christ t Perhaps this will be more of a one-sided discus- sion than an editorial, because frankly The Journal is unable to offer a solution. An editorial formula' is defining a problem and offering a solution. Recog- nition of the problem is only half of it. The problerr: is the recent Tulsa jury verdict a ward ing former member of a Church of Christ some $300,000 for being publicly wronged through what has been accepted discipline of the church. It is shaking the roots of the church and causing be- lievers and administrators of the belief to take a se- cond look. This is not the only church movement to be so shaken recently. Legislators, courts and juries are taking it upon themselves in the 1980's to enter areas that have until recently been considered bet- ter carried out under the churches as a form of reli- gious freedom. Believers of the faiths of Church of the First Born, various Pentecostal movements, and Christian Scientists have also found themselves in court, or under pressure for practicing beliefs that have been firmly entrenched in their doctrines for years There is also confrontation between state laws and church operated schools, and private colleges have found themselves at odds with various feder- al student aid programs. The Journal wonders if the average citizen is watching this closely? The results of these confron- tations will affect American citizens for years to come. There is definitely a transition in personal freedoms underway, and inch by inch, they are be- ing changed by courts and juries practicing a more modern, encompassing view of protection in spite of a person's personal beliefs. Do they have a right to be delving inside the mind of religious believers? Of c:ourse, the question the system faces is whether or not religious beliefs deprive the individual of his guaranteed rights. In the past, the welfare of a child belonged to its parents. In fact. that is where the legislature and the judges wanted it to belong. It took the responsibili- ty off society. This is reversing now. Society feels the child has rights beyond the parents, and a new jurisdictional aspect is being established. Big Brother, which is nothing but an indirect conclu- sion, of society as e majority~ knows~s~.. The. ques- tion is -- ,Io they? Courts seem to think so at this point. Church denominations have by-laws, tenents, doctrines and rules that define the movement and to which adherents subscribe when they accept the church as a part of their life. Most of these move- ments believe these rules and qualifications are given the leaders by revelation from God, and they are sacred and authorized by the Bible, and who is to say for certain that this is not correct. Therein lies the big question. Where should Big Brotherism enter the picture, or should it at all? Certainly neglect and uncaring concern should be regulated by some agency or court, but in most controversial church decisions, this is not applicable. Firm be- lievers of religious beliefs are not careless or uncar- ing. They are highly disciplined, well meaning, sincere people who base their lives on their reli- gious decisions and acceptance. They should be giw;n every break and treated with great respect. Heaven only knows that the American society of to- day is anything but highly reliable, respected or dis- ciplined, yet it is setting itself up as the iudge and jury. ls society, generally speaking, really the peer of religious believers? Hardly. Like we said, The Journal can really offer no so- lution. There is a problem in that it is becoming more difficult for the usual religious movements to pra(:tice their trade in a fast changing, more liberal society of the latter years of this century. This is not good, and shores up the oft repeated Journal obser- vation that it is best to be lenient with religious be- liefs and treat them with respect, because the next litigation may challenge your beliefs instead of just your neighbors. Alas, the old adage, "your conclu- sions are often based on just whose ox is being gored." In case you missed it, last week The Journal pub- lished a feature article written by Winnie Corley, that told about a "Good Manners" class in a small country school in Sequoyah County. This is an ex- cellent idea, and it would be nice if it spread out all over the USA. The program was designed and carried out lhrough a government grant at the Liberty School. The ]ournal Staff BOB YVONNE EVANS EVANS The Journal Asks: Was the Groundhog right? Bobby Tyler -- No, Do you think the I don't even know Ground Hog was what he said. But, I right? don't think he was Ewing Canaday -- right. Well, what did the Debbie Kirby -- Oh, Ground Hog do? Well, what did the Ground we had some good Hog say? weather back there Dawn Hooser --No, early in February so I don't think he was. he wasn't entirely Loretta Sager -- right. Personally, I No. don't put much stock Erma Stites --Yeah, in ground hogs. it looks that way. Fred Bostian --You Earlene Reid -- No, mean about the We've had nice wea- weather? So far he's ther. done a pretty good Willis West -- No, I job. We got a pretty don't. good example of it Scott Lelde --What yesterday. Levi Charboneau- did he do? Well, he I don't know--yeah, was right wasn't he? -O- Froth the Fil Super Tuesday and Gary Hart Super Tuesday was an could have drivenReagan interesting period forto this end." He added, Democrats across the na- '~rhe die is now cast and tion with primaries and Gerald Ford won the caucus sessions struggling Republican nomination." to pick a candidate for Gerald Ford did win the President who would benomination only to lose in acceptable to the national the general election and convention. Results are may have changed history unclear in Oklahoma, but for the nation. We still Gary Hart sure threw have the possibility of some unexpected results another '~Draft Kennedy" nationwide. It's not over which I understand is in yet, as there is always the the making. chance for a candidate to Remember Pat But- stumble into a pit that tram, native of the free destroys their chances, state of Winston and a na- Remember the year of tional comedian of radio, 1976 when Ronald Reagan stage and screen? You was a strong contendermay remember him ap- (especially in Oklahoma) pearing on Green Acres when he shattered tradi- with Eddie Albert and one tion by picking a running- of the Gabor girls. I mate, Richard Schweiker. remember him best as the A strong liberal, Schweik- boy who left the farm and er nailed Reagan to the became famous on early cross. Reagan's choiceradio programs. Well, Pat received wide criticism this past week had a heart from the nation and inby-pass operation in Oklahoma: it was his rid- California. His brother, ish. Henry Bellmen the Reverend Gus But- described it best when he tram of Haleyville reports said, '~nly desperation that Pat is doing nicely. BEING AND DESTINY By Bud England When my years have been fulfilled far down the trail of time from birth, my loved ones must understand that only the shell goes back to earth. Matter is all that returns to proverbial dust as fate decrees it surely must but the Creator set soul on a higher road, out above every burdensome mortal load. "God saw all that He had made and behold it was very good." Then concerning spirit it should be understood that life started not on birthing day nor will it end when we pass away for our spirit is and was and ever shall be enmeshed in the vastness of eternity. "O" It was designed after a school teacher took a class of students to a funeral of their classmate, and the youngsters were in awe, not knowing just how to act and what to do. The result was an application for some Title monies, and a curriculum developed to teach boys and girls good manners and how to conduct themselves under all conditions in socie- ty and in the home. They were taught what was be- ing sadly neglected at home. There were such things as parties, mock wed- dings and funerals. The students wrote stories and poems and designed and put on puppet shows to teach the basic values and qualities of life. They learned how to disseminate information and to com- municate with other people. This resulted in nation- al publicity and the students and the program found themselves center stage in prominent media pro- grams, demonstrating their new learned talents. The curriculum and program is available to other schools. It was an eight-year program, all document- ed and tbe resources are available. The Journal urges the P-T schools to investigate this program and en- tertain the idea of instigating it here. CRAIG~ STELLA FUQUA SHOFF Pat built a new retirement home in the Haleyville area a few years ago but has been too busy to enjoy it. Senator Bernice Shedrick's reports are al- ways enjoyed, legislative bills she supports or op- poses and reasons for her action. I have been look- ing forward for an expla- nation from the lady with whom I seldom disagree on her support of the bill to remove the exemption on taxes for newspaper ad- vertising. We are still looking for such an explanation for the action she chose on the subject. It is the consumer being punished and not the newspapers although such an exemption would be damaging to everyone involved. As the manager of Bell Telephone says: "Let's Talk." While resting at the barracks during the past month, many things have been discovered. One was books, bookcases full of books, boxes of books many of which have been stored since the children's school days. Most are in good condition but some we found in boxes had cobwebs around the edges. We are in the process of gi~ng them away to peo- ple who have expressed in- terest with some being used for forming small libraries in schools. One of interest this week was ' hoice Read- ings For The Home Cir- cle" by George H, Scott. It was entered according to an act of Congress in the year of 1905, copywrit- ed in 1905. During brush- ing the edges the book came open at pages 183 and 184 with a perfect four-leaf clover perfectly pressed and in good condi- tion. I will leave it for whoever happens to get it. Some of them had been autographed by the authors with dates and names. They have served their purpose well, but I am not going to read them again although I am tempted to do it. ale Irv from the free state of Winston says: 'Tou can tell when a boy has reached the years of maturity, he stops asking where he came from and refuses to tell where he is going." Arrivederci T.C. "Dec" Banner 67 Years Ago old oil lamp, and the lamp ball and is usually in the other place. The audience at the Airdrome theatre went home in the middle of the {From the Perkins Jour- ' show. However, the acci- nat April 13, 1917 -- 67 !dent was not the fault of Years Ago) the electric company. The In recent school laws,wind caused a mix be the legislature gave Okla- tween the telephone and homa A & M College the electric lines. $200,000 for an armorySign up a contract with and a science hall. The the electric company if we school of Mines at Wilbur- all want day electric serv- ton was discontinued. It ice. If the owners get was decided to fix the se enough contracts, they cond Tuesday in May for will start generating elec school boards to meet and ~ricity during the daylight prepare their school budg- hours as well as the night et for the next term. hours. Another important law is Next Saturday, Perkins the %ransfer" which re- will organize a Land Own quires the district to pay office, the meeting to be in tuition of high schoolthe Odd Fellows hall. pupils where such districts do not provide high school 52 Years Ago facilities. ~: ~ ~n the Perkins Jour- The church at Mehan hal, March 31, 1932 -- 52 Years Ago) will be dedicated next week. The bishop will be W.S. Dickey was re present from Kansas City. elected to the school A short circuit on theboard. His opponent was wires at the Perkins elec- Earl Hullett. Dickey tric plant last Saturday received 182 votes and night caused much ill feel- Hullet 88. ing in town. The fact is Next year's school that it is anything but a budget was set at $15,000, a cut of $3750. It was vot- short circuit to go feeling around in the dark for an ed 146 to 73 to keep foot- i /J i There ere seven differences in the second picture, Can you spot them ? school Mr. and Mrs. Waggoner and 1 Baker visited first of the 3O (From Ml March Years Ago) J.L. elected to board. He votes, Color Oklahoma 1o grams over work facilities York. WKY equipment in for broadcast state. 25 (From the md March 19, Years Ago) John council race defeating Don to 34. Baker the Fred Kolosicl~ 1 to California. In the election Weems house, and Lewis will Hughes. J.L. bent, will face I election. Lee Kirk is new Lee said would do an hour and horsepower Del-Mars iugas Hamburger, 3 and a pound. 2O the nal March Years Ago) and nounced by increase lion dollars. wwor]I ACROSS 37. Molt i. Allude beverage 6. Entire 38. Land I 1. paint 40 Mouth part 13. I~ovr~e of measure 14. Like " 411 Carp 15. Appear to I~ 42. Guide 17. Parent 43. Note of scale 18. Dr~g 44 Wild west show ~!i Lay hold of Kind of fuel 47. Small cog wheel 22.. Submissive 50. Struck 24. Compass 5}. Canvas paint 25. Give up shelters 26. New, DOWN comb. form 1. Kingdom 28. Arm bone 2. Follow 29. Cook slowly 3. Musical note 30. Hawaiian 4. Printing food measure 31. Assist 5. Pause 32. ~aces 6. Domesticate 34. 7. Hypothetico! 8. Toward 9. Spanish fl~t 10. Rent 12. Meadows 16. Piece out 19. Kindly 21. Cordial 23. R~mtn 25. Stop up 27. Exclamation of pain Sk e Not often 31. Bristles 32. High card 33. Snare 35. Plane operator 36. Bridges 38.39. Type of lily Prepare foe publication 45. Act 46. And (Fr.) 48. Paint of compmm 49. Within filed with * CODlm~slon. Kenneth only candidate the school 10 md March 14, Ago.) Perkins city limits are | to okay the kins taking kills tion The election is of the cexnetery, bright, take over ties. The owned ly enforeed statutes. In a rare educatJDn selves in basketball patrons were l uss -0" Publisher-Editor Manager/Editor News Editor Adv. Manager BENNETT LAND Advm , DEB .MILUF Production Manager "i JANET REEDER Reporter/Writer LIL MeDANIEL