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2-The Perkins Journal Thursday, September 29, 1977 Doe Comments -- We always had change in our Robert L. and Yvonne Evans, Owners-Publishers Published each Thursday at 133 S. Main Street, Post Office Box 665, Perkins, Oklahoma 74059 Second Class Postage Paid at Perkins, Okla. 74059 Telephone: 405-547.2411 J Subscription Prices: Payne, Lincoln, Logan and Noble Counties $6.00 per year plus tax Elsewhere $9.00 per year plus tax pockets from Autumn harvest Journal Editorials Unbelievable Of course this will be a matter for the courts to decide, but many Oklahomans feel this is so elementary that they will wonder how it ever got to court to start with. In Bartlesville, or Washington County, Sheriff Glen Codding is facing a civil law suit because he filed as a Republican for office of the Sheriff when he had not been registered as a Republican long enough as stated in State Election laws. In a news article Codding is quoted as saying he knew when he filed that he hadn't been a Republican long enough, (less than six months) and a spokesman for the election board said the board also knew it. But Pauline Harris, secretary of the Washington County Election Board, said there was no action they could take unless a protest was made by an opposing candidate and none was ever made. Codding's supporters and defense counsel hold that the petitioners asking for an injunction did not protest the apparent irregularities in time and it is now too late to cry about it. According to State Election Laws, a Secretary of the election board cannot reject a filee for office except if the application is wrong on the face of it, such as not using a proper name, or a misspelled word, etc. A case similar to this came up last year in Payne County when a person filing for the office of County Clerk was protested by an opponent. According to the Payne County Election Office they had to accept the filing papers even though they knew the candidate was not eligible under the law. The applicant signed an oath that the filing papers were correct. This seems to be a unique thing in that the state sets up laws that cannot be enforced unless they are protested by another citizen or candidate. Maybe this is something you would like to talk to Sen. Bob Murphy, Rep. Dan Draper or Rep. Manning about? Respect by all The news media and the people they represent across the state are excited about the new Open Meetings Law that goes into effect October 1. Oklahoma is fortunate to have this law. There is a movement throughout the nation to gag the news media if possible -- and for good reason in many instances. The news media has stepped on many toes, and even members of the profession agree that there has been considerable abuse from more prominent and powerful elements of their profession. Even on the state and local level there are incidents of reporting that arise to lead many to feel they have been victimized by the press. There can even be abuse in the small towns, and frankly I can cite you incidents of this going on in the small daily and weekly field. It takes responsibility from all concerned to conduct a democracy or Republic with a Free Press. There is bound to be some inadvertent or isolated abuse as in anything, but responsible people will make the situation right. Our policy at The Journal is that we acknowledge public boards are made up of responsible citizens elected by the people and they should be treated with the respect they deserve. They strive to conduct the people's business in the correct manner and do what is fight and fair. To make this process work there must be trust and respect between all concerned. The Journal's role is to report the meetings to the people. We feel that 2000 families have purchased subscriptions to this newspaper because they know we will provide them with news of that which goes on around them, that pertains to their community, their city, their school. It is important that a relationship of respect and trust be maintained between our public bodies, the press, and the people. This town and area will prosper if an attitude of cooperation can be maintained. The new Open Meetings Law is not a whip or a weapon or something to devise ways to get around. It is a guideline and generally reflects the will of the people of this state to be in on, and treated as a part of the democratic process. We welcome it, and hope everyone concerned will also. Sound Offl by LaVeta Randall This week when we received a card to pick up a catalog, l recalled how, often, in the past these were called "wish books". Of course, this was prior to television, at least in our home. Still there are apparently many who still choose to order through a catalog department. of a poor family who were sharecroppers, and the father did various other jobs such as a farm laborer or section hand. It was difficult to even purchase the necessities of life, he said. But that did not keep the family from dreaming. The evening hours, partic- ularly in winter, were spent looking through the catalog and wishing for things the Now that the first day of Autumn is passing with a beautiful day of pleasant weather, sunshine and cool nights, many memories cross our minds of autumns of yesteryear. Harvest seasoh  with crops ready for market, preparation of foods for winter by canning, evapor- ation and other home processing, turnip and po- totao hills, stringing red peppers, sage and dill, .bunching onions, storage of peanuts and pop corn, wrapping apples and pears while the stars and moon are so bright and appear so close it looks like you might be able to reach out and touch them with fingertips. Autumn is undoubtably the most beautiful time of year. It was the only time of year when we had a little change in our pockets from selling the money crops, fresh pork and beef for the table and a bountiful supply of fresh baked light bread, new overalls, denim shirts and shoes for the school term. Yeah, Autumn is the most beautiful time of year. Semi-retirement sure cut down on activities such as visiting with business associ. ates and friends of long standing. But this week gave an opportunity to visit tht Payne County Court House for a day with the "recuperating Mildred Starks, tax assessor and her staff of courteous personnel. Mil- dred is much improved and looks like a million. The lovely Linda G. Allensworth, county clerk and her staff, the Aimable Rose I. Jarvis and personnel where we renewed our Notary Public Commission, Wanda Kinzie, Elizabeth, Connie and Ima in the Abstractor's Office who so ably assist in record search for recorded docu- ments. The friendly courte- ous Wilma Ryan and her staff of highly qualified assistants in the County Treasurer's office, Sheriff Frank Phillips and deputies who always give a friendly wave and greeting. And in the great halls of justice were two ladies from the Welfare Department with kind words for assistance to them in appraisals and other infor- mation. Attorneys Winfrey Houston, James M. Spring- er, Donald Worthington, and Cushing attorney, Jimmie Wilcoxon, all with brief cases loaded with documents and information patiently waiting for cases to be called during a very busy court docket. There were many more but the above mentioned have been dependable friends of counsel and advice over the years and it was a genuine pleasure to have the opportunity to visit with them. The people of Payne County are fortunate indeed to have such people who are highly qualfied and courte- ous in serving their needs. It has been my priviledge to visit many court houses throughout the state of Oklahoma and the Payne and Lincoln County court houses are at the top in service and courteous treat- ment. They will be long remembered and appreci- ated. Arrivederci, T. C. (Doc) Bonner } The Journal asks you: What do you like best about Fall? Ruth Gray: When it cools off and there are beautiful colors. I don't look forward to winter. 1 have some maple trees which are an object of interest for me in fall. Ella Curtis: I like fall season better than the spring mainly because its cooler and the colors are prettier. My flowers are nicer now than they've been for a long time. Leaves are already turning in Arkansas, where we went two weeks ago. Charles Cheatham: I like* the cooler weather. Spring and fall are my favorite seasons. Barbs and Wires - Arthur Jenkins: Cooler weather that comes with fall Get tired of summer. ! believe the changing of the colors in the fall is the most beautiful season. Lima Lee McGuire: I l/ke the fall because it starts cooling off. I like the leaves when they start turning. We have a good view of trees in our yard and in the neighbors 'yards. Dale Holbrook: I like all seasons. None in particular. Inez Listerman: I love I love the balmy the October moon. It shines as brightly as it does in October. Nothing between here and Ponca City but wind and snow How many of you are --  ready to return "to a :""''::': "soddy"? (For you young -' ,..... ; . ' .... :N t! .... ':' folks that is what the first . Plains lived in; a house The Files constructed of blocks of sod.) Now there seems to be a growing interest in subter- dwellings, but of ....`..-.e......-...;.....`.*:::::::.::..-::::.:.::>: course in more modem, up to date versions. The reason is (From The Perkins Journal October 2, 1952 -- 25 years ago) The new city water well was completed at llS feet and measures 40 feet of water. In an attempt to check the stability of the water level, the contractors baled 40 gallons per minute from the well and the water level remained the same. The well is located near the OG&E substation at the northwest edge of Perkins. Members of the Perkins Lions Club were busy setting out posts for designated areas in the Community park Monday evening. During the business meeting Don Ing- ram reported that the newly acquired blinker lights would be installed this week. The volunteer fire depart- ment saved the day at McDaniel & Son Hardware early Tuesday. Sparks from a nearby incinerator were thought to have caused some crates of new merchandise to become ignited. Employees and others managed to keep the fire under control until the fire department arrived. E. B. McDaniel estimates damage at $600 to $700. Early last Sunday morn- ing, The Perkins Izaak Walton League performed their good deed for the week by taking a commercial fishing net and lifting all game fish from Twin Lakes on the Pearl Freeman property northwest of here. All the good fish were transferred to other local ponds that have enough water to handle them. As Twin Lakes goes dry, the carp and other non-game fish will die. The Ikes thought this would be better for the pond when it did refill. Cub Scouts of Den No. 1, with their den mother Mrs. W. H. Fisher, accompanied by Mrs. Bob Engle, visited the post office Wednesday and Mr. McClain explained the sorting and handling of the mail. They then went to the depot and watched the telegraph system in opera. tion. Mr. Beeler, the depot agent, explained to them how he gave the messages to the train crew. "A Place In the Sun" starring Shelly Winters and Montgomery Cliff, was the main feature at Perkins' Lyric Theatre. "Saturday's Hero" with John Derrick and Donna Reed, was also on the bill. Curly and Arky's Eat Shop was advertising Hamburgers by the Sack, 6 for $1.00. (From The Perkins Journal September 26, 1957 -- 20 years ago) Relying mainly on pass- ing, the Perkins Demons found that the Yale Bulldogs' 15 pound average weight over the Demon line proved too difficult to penetrate and the locals went down to defeat 26-6 at the hands of a top District C Team. Mr. and Mrs. Dick Heath of Stillwater announce the birth of a son Sept. 23 at the Stillwater Hospital. The baby weighed eight pounds and three ounces and was named Robert Jack. Mrs. Heath is the former Marilyn Vassar. Homecoming at the First Methodist Church in Perkins will feature the dedication of the recently installed organ chimes. The purchasing of the chimes which through amplification can be heard through the Perkins com- munity, was a project of the Methodist Youth Fellowship. They raised over $1000 in less than a year. Curtis Fisher is president of the group. Local color, talent and beauty, as well as prizes, will be featured in this year's Homecoming Parade. Mem- bers of this year's parade committee are Jim Gardner, Larry Johnson, Jim Kirby, Arlis Riley and Bonita Warren. Mrs. Henry's Store was having their Fall sale and, offering such specials as Wash Cloths, 5c each; Men's Dress Slacks, $4.98 (alter- ations free); Dan River Sheets, $1.98 pair; Cotton ,Gloves, 24c pair; Wolverine Drillers Boots, $12.29 pair; Ladies' Wash Dresses, $1.79 each; Men's Work Socks, 5 pairs for $14 Light, Dark, and Fancy Outing, 33c yard; and Towels, 3 for $1.00. O. E. Cowley said in his Grade Talk Column: Mrs. Chesney has finally gotten the apple box furniture out of her room. Thanks to Mr. Hunt for making the bookshelves and cabinets. It would be pretty bad to have boxes for furniture and to have flies crawling over the children in the home, but it just doesn't seem so important at school (From The Perkins Journal September 28, 1961 -- 16 years ago) The resurfacing job of Perkins streets, which was interrupted several times by rain, finally was finished Friday according to Lee Kirk, county commissioner. A total of 83 blocks of city streets received the facelifting job. Cost to the town was $12,000 with the county cooperating in the project. Editor Roland Sodowsky writes, "A suggestion to the Postmaster General, USA: Sir, if you would extend the awning over the door of the Perkins Post Office to the fullwidth of the front of the building, the local editor could get to his morning cup of coffee without getting soaked on rainy days. That's just a suggestion, sir. Please don't raise the price of postage to get the job done." There was about a half dozen people from Perkins at the Yale junior high game, other than the team, that is. Even the parents of the boys playing didn't show up. It was awfully lonely, one fan reported. (From the Perkins Journal September 28, 1967 -- 10 years ago) Randy Hall was elected to be president of the 1968 Perkins High School senior class at a class meeting held last week. Other officers were R. L. Westfall, vice.president; and Donna Emerson, secretary. Bert Dodson proved good enough to carry Palmer Sadler and win the first annual dominos champion- ship in Perkins, Congratu- lations, BertI The Perkins water tower is undergoing repairs to the inside, according to Mayor Cecil Irwin. -0 o CORRECTION In printing the news concerning the Jaycee team winning the softball title in last week's Journal, a line was inadvertently omitted which made the list of Jaycee team memebers incomplete. The team members that should have been included were Terry Grooms, Randy Hall and Randy Jarvis. The Journal strives for accuracy and appreciates it anytime an error is brought to their attention so it can be corrected. "0" that underground houses offer great security, require far less maintenance, and use a whole lot less energy than conventional houses. A number have been built in Oklahoma recently and more are under construction. The folks in Engineering Extension at OSU have been offering seminars on the subject this year, and according to Dr. Bill Cooper, who is charge of the effort, each one has been a sellout. Personally, I am all for the idea. Particularly when you take a look at some of the figures on energy savings. In fact, I think our next home will definitely be an under- ground one. Some of the examples I've seen are quite handsome as well as practical. Not being a native Okie, I didn't know any better when we bought our current house and purchased one facing the north. There is nothing between us and Ponca City except wind. So that when it does snow, we usually have about four feet stacked up against our garage door. This winter I'm going to fool everyone. I'm stocking up now and at the first flake, plan to hibernate until at least six week after Ground Hog Day. But at least during the-winter you have to water, trim, weed, etc., etc. *** Right now however, doesn't' even feel outside, much less Which is all right no particular hurry paying a big gas splitting firewood weather or no, fall pretty depressing house taxes, car Christmas shopping of lumped like at least one could be eliminated, they could be throughout the how. I guess the move to someplao Arabia where celebrate unlicensed tents which can and moved away tax assessor comes -0" Journal Readers Write Dear Editor: As in the case of welfare reform, National Health Insurance is a top priority of the Administration. The Secretary of Health, Educa- tion and Welfare, Joseph A. Califano, Jr., is calling for an all-out HEW effort to ask the general public how national health insurance can best be achieved. Because national health insurance will affect almost everyone, it is particularly important to consult with a broad cross-section of the American people as the Department prepares a proposal for the President. For more than fifty years, national health insurance and related health care financing questions have been debated in this country while over the same period, national health insurance systems of various types have been implemented in all other major industrial nations. Now more than ever there is a need for a program in which every citizen would be entitled to the same level of benefits; a program which would have uniform stan- dards with strong quality and cost controls. An estimated 26 million people in fiscal year 1976 (about 12 percent of the U. S. population) had no health insurance coverage through private insurance or public programs such as Medicare and Medicaid. A majority of the uninsured comes from families with incomes but less than $10,000. While a large majority of Americans do have some form of health insurance, there are some serious problems with respect to the adequacy of protection pro- vided. An estimated 25 covered private insurance policies have inadequate protection against very high catas- trophic expenses. For the elderly, the Medicare pro- gram currently pays less than 40 percent of their health care costs. An important consider- ation in a national health care program is the equal access to health services. Today, over 35 million Americans live in areas where there are not enough health care providers. Lack of transportation prevents many aged and poor persons from seeking care. Many physicians refuse to accept Medicaid patients. Some state medicaid programs will not pay for services provided by clinic (a primary source of care for poor people). A new system must be devised to provide facilities, care, ser- vices to all Americans. Of grave importance is the cost, financing and adminis- tration of any national health insurance program. Ram- pant inflation in health care prices threatens to erode the protection of many Ameri- cans with private commercial insurance Federal tures for health rapidly escalating, ing for an over yearly increase in and Medicaid Who should pay insurance, either individual increased taxes; run the L, should be local or companies; and costs to a increase are vital which must be A public forum' in this state in gather comments issues. Persons their opinions health insurance to the Principal Official, Health, fare, 1200 Ms Dallas, Texas merits must be 'October 31, 1977 Acting Princip sl tion and Welfarec Us HelP You Sell Y OUr Used Furniture And A ...For More Infom Consignment Sales Call 372-3390 00FURNITI00E 5 Miles *'