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2-THE PERKINS JOURNAL T Thursdayt May 29 2003 Opinion Doesn't downtown look nice? The city crews were out Sunday morning painting bright white stripes for the parking spots and handicap parking areas. It looks very spiffy - thanks guys! CS David Sasser let us know that the deadline to get your pre-order forms in for the new Perkins history book, "Perkins - Many People, One Community," has been bumped back a few days. Now all of you procrastinators have a chance to get your order in and still save $5 off of the price. It's going to be a wonderful volume with lots of photographs, so don't miss out on getting your copy. See the form on page 7. CS I was a bit disappointed to see such a small crowd at the Memo- rial Day Service out at the cemetery on Monday. The V.EW. does such a nice job of commemorating Memorial Day each year and I thought the service would draw a bigger crowd than normal, given the events of recents months, I did note a very respectful group of young people attending the service. I believe it was the Restoration Fellowship Youth Group, since Pastor Chris Baumgarner was also in attendance. What a nice group of kids! CS Speaking of Memorial Day, Maddie and I went to Woodward on Sunday to attend a family reunion. We traveled through Hennessey on the way there and saw a very beautiful sight - both highways running through Hennessey were lined with American flags. There were flags positioned about six feet apart all along SH 51 and also along SH 81 running as far as the eye could see. I asked the publisher of the Hennessey Clipper, Barb Walter, about it and she told me that a local man and his mother placed 2,700 American flags along the two highways in memory of his dad. His mother al served in the military. What a great memorial! CS A special thanks this week to Cecil Henrick and Connie Norrie who both bent over backwards to help in identifying people who appear in some of our photos this week. I appreciate your help! CS I receive interesting and helpful things often as part of my membership in the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ). Late last week I received the following essay written by well-known journalist Bill Moyers. In the essay Moyers speaks to journalists, but I think the points he brings up are important to anyone who lives in a democracy. I wanted to share it with you in honor of Memorial Day. Enjoy. Moyers on the role of a journalist in a democracy From your letters I know some of you are curious as to why journalists like me.keep opening the Pandora's box of democracy; why we come round, and rtmad Io what ails America...the bribing of Congress, the desecration of the environment, corporate tax havens, secrecy, fraud on Wall Street, the "arrogance of ideology, PERKINS JOURNAL (USPS #42.8040) The Perkins Journal is published every Thursday at 135 S. Main and entered as periodical postage paid at Perkins, OK 74059-0040 by Pomegranate, Inc, P.O. Box 40, Perkins, OK 74059-0040. Printed by the Stillwater NewsPress. Phone 405/547.2411 Fax 405/547.5640 e-mail: theperkinsjournal@ theperkinsjoumal.com website: www.theperkinsjoumal.com Cindy and Keith Sheets-Publishers Rick Lomenick-Assistant Editor Sherry Clemens - Production Manager The publishers are solely responsible for content and any errors will be promptly corrected when brought to the attention of the publishers. OFFICE HOURS: Monday through Friday: 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. POSTMASTER: Send changes of address to: The Perkins Journal P.O. Box 40 Perkins, OK 74059.0040 ALL CONTENTS COPYRIGHTED 2001 MEMBER: Perkins Chamber of Commerce i .Perkins Main Street, Inc. ,Oklahoma Press Association National Newspaper Association " l''------------"l l" 1'O SUBSCRIBE BY MAIL, just fill out this form and mail with 1 i remittance to: 1The Perkins Journal 1 I1135 S. Main II iP.O. 40 i ]=Perkins, OK 74059-0040 ! , , , I lcity State Zi | ' P 1 ;ll One year out of state...$32 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 Ilsubscriber. Use the form above for your "friend and list your 1 name here: l'llllllllllllllll the pretensions of power. Do we delight in the dark side of human experience, you ask? Do we never see good in the world? Or was Nietzsche right: that the Christian resolution to find the world ugly and bad has made the world ugly and bad? I can only speak for myself, of course. And I confess to think- ing of journalism as the social equivalent to a medical diagnosis. My doctor owes me candor; I pay him for it. Candor could save my life. I like to think journalists are paid for candor, too; society needs to know what could kill us, whether it's too many lies or too much pollution. Napoleon left instructions that he was not to be awakened if the news from the front were good; with good news, he told his secretary, there is no hurry. But if the news were bad, he said, "'rouse me instantly, for then there is not a moment to be lost." Think of journalism as a kind of early warning system - iceberg spotting in the choppy waters of democracy. But there's another reason for what we do. I'm reminded of it every year at this time, when my thoughts about the honor and respect we pay to our nation's soldiers on Memorial Day are colored by Publication deadline Please note that deadlines for display classified advertising, and articles is 6 p.m. each Monday. Please fax, e-mail, or drop your items by that time for publication in that week'S For more information, call 405 TO its proximity to D-Day. I was just ten years old when the allies landed on Normandy on June 6, 1944. I couldn't then imagine what it must have been like on those beaches when our world was up for grabs and men spilled their blood and guts to save it. I never knew what it was like until fifteen years ago when I accompanied some veterans from Texas who had fought at Normandy and survived, and were now return- ing to retrace their steps. Jose Lopez was one of the veterans that joined me on that journey. Lopez said of his experiences as a soldier, "I was really very, very afraid. That I want to scream. I want to cry and we see other people was laying wounded and screaming and everything and it's nothing you could do. We could see them groaning in the water and we keep walkin'." Jose Lopez went on to win the Congressional Medal of Honor, our nation's highest honor for gallantry in action. But searching for the place he landed that day, he didn't want to talk about the Medal of Honor. He just wanted to be alone with his memories. Howard Randall took a bullet in his ankle and almost had his leg amputated. His buddy Ed wasn't so lucky. (Edward J, Myers, First Lieutenant, fought in the 17th Infantry, 76th Division.) Randall spoke of his friend Ed during our trip, "He's from the State of Washington, Puyallup, Washington. March 1, 1945. That was the same day I was wounded. He was behind me probably a hundred yards, maybe 200 yards. And he caught a piece of mortar fragment in the stomach, lived until that night. I didn't know he'd died until a couple of days later." Every Memorial Day I think about what these men did and what we owe them. They didn't go through hell so Kenny Boy Lay could betray his investors and workers at Enron, or for a political system built on legal bribery. It wasn't for corporate tax havens in Ber- muda, or an economic system driven by the law of the jungle, or so a handful of media buccaneers could turn the public airwaves into private sewers. Sure, to paraphrase Donald Rumsfeld, freedom makes it possible for people to be crooks, but so does communism, and fascism, and monarchy. Democ- racy is about doing better. It's about fairness, justice, human rights, and yes, it's about equal- ity, too; look it up. ....... I was never called on to do what soldiers do; I'll never know if I might have had their courage. But a journalist can help keep the record straight, on their behalf. They thought democracy was worth fighting for, even dying for. The least we can do is to help make democ- racy worthy of them. -Bill Moyers We welcome letters to the editor. All letters must be a telephone number for verification of the writer number won't be published). Please keep them as Letters may be edited for spelling, grammar, or length. reserves the right to reject any letter that is or in bad taste. Letters do not necessarily reflect the the publishers. Studio owner expresses I would first like to thank God for all the us, including the tremendous support we munity at the dance recital Saturday, May 10. This year's recital was called "No Place Like Home..; outstanding success! With over 450 in attendance, so proud of their accomplishments at the end shouted as the curtains closed!! And since then, we hava hearing about how great it was!! I wish to thank all those who came and gave our studio, and have been so helpful to all of us. ate your hard work and efforts! I also wish to Jones for not only choreographing and helping helping me get on my feet with the studio. I could it without her.Thank you, Barb! And last but not least, I wish to tell all that I am so proud of them for doing this! It was the many and I am amazed at how well they did! I have the very best studio. Once again, a great big out to the community for all their support!! Sincerely, Miss Morgan Reynolds Owner, Rhythm Alley School for the Performing Arts The Supreme Sacrifice Memorial Day is a fitting time to honor those Americans who have made the supreme sacrifice in war for the sake of our nation. Operation Iraqi Freedom, thankfully, saw a comparatively low number of U.S. casualties, but the war's death toll did include several men with ties to Oklahoma. It is an appropriate time to reflect upon these exemplary Ameri- cans. A 24-year-old Broken Arrow man, Lance Cpl. Thomas Alan Blair, was among those killed in battle outside the Iraqi city of Nasiriya. Tommy, as he was known to friends in his hometown, had joined the Marines shortly after graduating from Broken Arrow High School. Another Marine who died in battle, 2nd Lt. Frederick Pokorney, lived for several years in Wynnewood, Oklahoma. The 31-year- 01d man's love for the Marine Corps was eclipsed only by his love for his family. Fort Sill lost three soldiers in the conflict. Army Sgt. 1 st Class Randy Rehn leaves behind a wife and infant daughter. The 36-year-old Colorado native, who had survived the first Gulf War, died in fierce fighting when coalition forces seized control of Baghdad's airport. Two other Fort Sill soldiers also died in Iraq while in service to their country. We mourn the loss of 33-year-old Sgt. Todd Robbins of Michigan and 20-year-old Spc. Donald S. Oaks of Pennsylvania. As recently as last week, a 27-year-oli Marine from my home- town of Shawnee, Sgt. Aaron Dean White. died in a helicopter crash in central Iraq. The sacrifices of these men remind me of what Robert E Kennedy once said about how heroism leads to further acts of greatness. "Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice," Kennedy said, "he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and - those ripples build a cur- rent that can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance." Let us remember the bravery of these soldiers and keep their families in our thoughts and prayers. 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 at www.gover nor.state.ok.us. SENATE REVIEW by Senator Mike Morgan The 2003 legislative session marked my first to serve as Senate Appropriations Chairman - a post many here said they did not envy given the difficulties inherent with a nearly $700 million shortfall. But my position has always been that the current circumstances represented both tunity for our state. The challenge is passing a that prioritizes the resources we have in a way Oklahoma not just this year but in years to come. is for us to revisit how things have been done in more efficient ways of addressing the needs of our This session I have authored legislation calling budgeting. This ensures we will have the thorough examination of all state expenditures eliminate any possible waste or duplication resources to areas doing the most I've also authored legislation that calls for tightening guidelines on when and how the state's I can be accessed. Under current law, up to half fund can be spent if estimated revenues are less for the previous year, and up to half can be gencies. The proposed constitutional amendment to three-eighths to be spent for current year the total amount spent could not exceed the amount c It further states that no state governmental entity than its original appropriation. Up to if revenue estimates are less than the Up to one-fourth could be spent We're continuing to look at other ways redirected to offset the effects of the bud Senate Bill 438 would end the automatic reminding vehicle owners when their car tags I realize many of us appreciate these reminderS. consider that the total cost of this service is $600 obvious that this is a convenience we can forego more teachers and highway patrolmen on the job protect other vital state services. Our economist point to various indicators that : an improvement the economy. But in the we are implementing will put us in a better with future economic downturns and make conditions do improve.