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2-The Perkins Journal Thursday, October 6, 1977 'i0000PERKINS joun00 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 Subscription Prices: Payne, Lincoln, Logan and Noble Counties $6.00 per year plus tax Elsewhere $9.00 per year plus tax Journal Editorials Third Largest Town Payne County's third largest town is still on the grow. All the meetings one attends and most of the conversations in which one is involved centers around the growth of the community. Many call the growth of this community "problems", when they should be called benefits. Perkins is a much better town than it was 15 years ago because it is a bigger town and has a larger base upon which to build and support it. The schools are stronger, the city utility systems are better; the police department more complete and quite efficient and responsive. The business community is expanded and quite healthy with new business and new services. There are more recreation facilities and activities for all ages. Everyone that wants to work is working and the hourly wage higher than it has ever been. The town and community and people are bigger, better and sounder than they've ever been. This is not a problem, but a welcomed benefit. And more is coming. Community education, a new neighborhood park in the Cimarron Heights addition. A sewer improvement program. Street work. A new highway to the cemetery and industrial tract. Main Street drainage improvements. A new housing subdivision. At least a hundred new families will establish homes here. These things are not happening all at once, but are coming into the picture gradually. Even though it is exceptional for a community this size, the growth is progressive and orderly and has not developed into a stampede like some of the suburbs of Tulsa and Oklahoma City. The community is fortunate. Maintaining quality and balance is important in Perkins' progress, Residents should get involved and work in the community, the school and churches. Individuals should assure that their family is effective and contributing rather than detracting. If Perkins has "problems" aren't they nice. It's a new experience for this community. The problem before has been how to keep from going backwards. Zipped Fly is not news Just what news is and how it should be presented is sometimes a confusing subject. Newspaper editors are always very aware, or should be, of the goals and purpose of their publication. They are often more objective and concerned than many people might think. A fellow editor, Bob Myers, has evidently given this considerable thought. His interpretation is stated more plainly and cleverly than we could ever say it, so we are taking the liberty to reprint it here. Don't you think he makes some good points? Brother Myers says: We try to keep an eye open for the good news and accent it. That's not always easy because it's the bad that is often unusual and therefore news, If the mayor gets up to speak and his fly is open, that's news (even though we wouldn't print it). If it's neatly zipped, that's not news (at least not among the mayors I know). And there is the news that is good to some and bad to others. We recently had a story about the possibility that school employees might be able to draw unemployment pay during the summer months. School officials treat it as the worst news they had heard in years. So did many taxpayers. But what could be better news to the school employees? Announcements of international peace pacts can cause acute economic depression in the aircraft and munitions industry. A spell of dry, sunny weather can make the vacationer think his prayers have been answered. It can also spread gloom in the umbrella trade and panic among drought-stricken farmers. There is something to be said for bad news. It has an element of rugged honesty about it. And like Grandma's castor oil, it makes the orange juice that follows seem twice as good. At your own risk Motorists traveling north out of Perkins must negotiate two very dangerous intersections. The intersection north of Perkins, known as the Perkins Y, and the intersection at the Perkins Corner a mile west. should be treated in considerable serious- ness by motorists because anything and everything has happened there in the way of driver misjudgement and error. There are ways these intersections could be made safer, but alas, because of lack of funds or planning, or interest or something, they don't get the needed attention. Many major intersections on Oklahoma highways have been rebuilt with traffic islands and lanes and substantial warning signs. This treatment needs to be applied to Perkins Y north of town. Reduced speed limits and "Dangerous Intersection" signs should he installed. The Perkins Corner intersection jeeds a right turn lane and better lane identification system. Dangerous intersection and reduced speed signs should be installed and enforced. Perkins people learn to live with these dangerous intersections. However, the unaware motorist doesn't make it. The Journal feels the highway department should spend some money to bring these intersections standards. Doc Comments, .-- He forgets that Medicare eroded insurance programs On September 29, 1977, The Perkins Journal carried a letter to the Editor from S. H. Clarke, Acting Principal Regional Official for the Department of Health, Edu. Medicade is a combination of Federal and State partner- ships established to provide health care for the needy persons in certain specific categories, namely the aged, cation and Welfare, Region the disabled, the blind, and 4, 1200 Main Tower, Dallas, families of dependent chil- Texas 75202. The letter calls dren. attention to the fact that Now, Medicare is a giant National Health Insurance is operation with so many top priority with the adminis- technicalities, departments tration and invites the general public to express their opinions of how National Health Insurance can best be achieved. Clarke points out that rampant inflation in health care threatens to erode the protection of many Ameri- cans with private commercial insurance. Also who should manage the program, Fed- eral, State, local or private insurance companies. Now what Clarke forgets is that the Federaly operated Medi- care program was the first to erode insurance programs of people who spent all the working years planning insurance protection for the years after retiring. Upon reaching the age of 65 years there was no feasible choice except to sign up for the federally funded program to provide health care benefits for all persons over the age of 65, with private insurance picking up a percentage of cost above that provided by Medicare. On the other hand, and loads of paperwork that communications between are poor, opaque, and opinions are divided in processing that no one knows for sure who is right. Legislative guidelines in certain services indicates that the patient be transport- ed to the closest approved facility and the powers-that- be says this in no way deprives the patient of freedom of choice because Medicare guidelines indicate that it is the hospital's equipment, personnel, and capability to furnish the necessary support for medi- cal care required by the patient and his doctor's recommendations which de- termines "approved facility" and the Regional Director points out that although the regulations setting forth the criteria simply reflect con- gressional intent, we expect, however, that care will be exercised in the application of "approved facility" rules because we recognize that a hospital in which certain specialized services are never performed because of lack of a specialist on its staff, is unlikely to be otherwise equipped to sup. port such procedures. Many of the hospitals on the approved list come under the above described circum- stances. What the director of H.E.W. forgot to do was to communicate the directions to their handling agents. Our U.S. Senators and Congressmen from Okla- homa are watching verbage to be included in any new Medicare program which will be detrimental to those in need of medical care. The Federal Bureaucracy has never been known to successfully manage, oper- ate or direct any agency under its care or to finance without subsidy or direct grants. The Department of Health, Education and Wel- fare is no exception. After 40 years of federal supervision, why should we expect the secretary, Joseph A. Cali- fonia, Jr., to give us something different? He knows that and that is the reason he is calling for an all-out HEW effort to ask the general public how national health insurance can best be achieved. Every person should respond regardless of age. As the sign Said on the 1908 automobile, "Don't laugh. You'll be old some day, your self. Arrivederci, T. C. (Doc) Bonner (From The Perkins Jouranl October 9, 1952 -- 25 years ago) Perkins is planning its second annual Fall Festival for next weekend. The event will be kicked off with a football game at the home field Thursday night. On Friday Perkins merchants will open their stores with smiles on their faces and bargains galore on their shelves. The Perkins band will parade to herald the opening of the Fall shopping season. Several events are scheduled for Saturday in- cluding the Wonder Bread circus wagon, a Mystery Window Display Contest, and a double drawing in the afternoon. Roy Crabs, chairman, appointed several commit- tees to plan the Former Students and Teachers' Alumni Association meeting scheduled for November 8. Those present for the planning meeting were Roy Crabs, Mr. and Mrs. Dale Holbrook, Verlin Nelson, Mrs. Guy McClain, Bob Chesney, Ronald Holsinger, Jim Gardner, Mrs. Tom Chrystal, and a guest, Tom Chrystal. Mr. and Mrs. G. E. Kirk held open house Sunday in honor of Mr. Kirk's mother Mrs. Mildred J. Kirk, better known as Grandma Kirk, on her 99th birthday. Bill Krater tells us this week that .Tuesday night the tree tops and building roofs in Perkins seemed to be alive with hoot owls. They stayed in Perkins for perhaps thirty minutes, according to Bill. (From The Perkins Journal October 3, 1957 -- 20 years ago) In their second game of the year, the Demons put together a last quarter rally to deal the Marshall Dragons a 14-7 loss. A passing motorist called Police Chief Ray Harral and reported two drunk drivers headed toward Perkins. The local officer was waiting on them here when they came through. After repeated attempts to get them stopped, Harral reported he finally gave up and concen- trated on giving approaching his red light. He was in radio contact with highway and county officers who set up a road block at the bridge east of Lee Kirk's place. The two turned off on a county road before reaching the road block and officers converged on them from all directions. They were taken to Okla- homa City to face check writing charges. During tne uirectors meeting of the Lions Club, the chairman and one member of four committees were selected to investigate the project of a swimming pool for the Perkins Com- munity. Weekend specials at Del- Mar's included Fresh tur. nips for 5c pound; Three pounds of Yellow Onions for 10c, Mix and match canned vegetables, 10 cans for 95c. Luster's Dairy Raw Milk, half gallon bottle. 35c. Pork Steak, 49c pound. Marilyn Youngker repre- sented Perkins in Oklahoma City as FFA Queen candi- date. In the second grade news it was pointed out that Monday, September 30 was Randy Hall's birthday. We sang "Happy Birthday" and all the children drew and colored pictures of toys, cakes, and foods they would like to give him. Randy liked the pictures quite well when he showed them to us. Dennis Scott was adverti[;-. ing 150 bushels of seed oats for 90c a bushel. Jennie Busch wrote in her Clayton News, "What would be meaner than a two-legged thief that took a Winchester gun out of John Barth's car at the river bridge Saturday when he was a fishing? The gun was a birthday gift he had received a year to the day it was takenl" (From The Perkins Journal October 5, 1951 -- 16 years ago) Mr. and Mrs. Frank Evans have been appointed as co-chairmen of the 1961 Perkins Combined Drive. The board set this year's goal at $1 363.50. O. T. Myers, Oklahoma City, has been hired by the Perkins board of education to give band instruction on a Larry Lyons, who has been called for military duty. Perkins town board mem- bers voted Monday night to purchase a pickup truck to replace the present vehicle. The new one is a 1958 Chevrolet six-cylinder model purchased from Grady Gard- ner. James R. Cowley of Perkins is one of 145 outstanding Oklahoma High School graduates who have been awarded general uni- versity freshman scholar- ships to Oklahoma Univer- sity. The Oklahoma Highway Commission has approved a $16,000 rock bank protection project for the Cimarron River bridge south of Perkins on State Highway 40. Monday night the board of education members were busy discussing school af- fairs when one of them noticed a large snake l!terally climbing the wall in the hall of the high school. A recess was called by chairman Verlin Nelson immediately, and the chase was on to catch the 5' 1" blacksnake, which had escaped from Marvin Buck's science laboratory several days before. Princi- pal Jimmie Black, as chief reptile handler, led the chase with help and advice from Ross Duckett. Board mem- bers helped by giving them--and the snake--plen- ty of room to maneuver. Your courageous editor (Roland Sodowsky) not wanting to miss any of the action, backed off several yards to get a better over-all view. The culprit finally was trapped in a waste basket and then transferred to a cardboard box. School board members resumed their meeting. (From The Perkins Journal October 5, 1967 -- 10 years ago) October 17 has been set as the date of the election for the proposed water and sewer election. The decision will be to set up a Public Trust that will be given permission to borrow $57,- 000 for imvrovements. The Journal asks you: Did your Diet ever work? Have you ever tried a diet that works? If so, what was it and did it work? "ii Beverly Evans: Weight doctors can take it off, but tt doesn't stay off unless you have the will power to push away from the table. Irene Hazelbaker: I've never been on a diet. But l've found eating about half of what you usually eat, you can lose weight. Staying off starches and sweets helps. Margaret Coate: I always am/ A low calorie, high protein diet works with lots i of exercise, butlalways start eating again. J. G. Tabor: I don't diet. I don't have too. I've never been on a diet. I can eat !ii about anything I want ::: including cake, pie, and ice cream. I feel lucky, but I work and exercise a lot, too. LaVeta Randall: Always/ I've been on a diet most of my life because I enjoy all the wrong kinds of foods. A low carbohydrate diet is best for me it seems. " Mrs. Kenneth Hill: I lost my weight over a period of about two years. First, you need a goal, a reason for losing. Next, you need medical supervision. I prefer a calorie diet. I belong to TOPS, and when you face the scales weekly, there's a th erapeutic value in being with a group oriented toward the same goal. It is also rewarding when people say, "You're looking great/" Barbs and Wires - Shouldn't local democracy come by Ken Anderson On Tuesday, October 11, the residents of Stillwater Independent School District 16 will go to the polls to vote on a school bond issue. Or, at least hopefully they will go to the polls. Historically, rela- tively few voters bother to turn out to vote on school matters. This is unfortunate because not only are Our property taxes affected on the one hand, on the other the future of our society may well depend on the quality of education we make available to our children. But events do occur that give rise to the question, "Are we really concerned about our children and the education they receive?" Last year a bond issue referendum failed in part in Stillwater. Another 63 or 64 votes would have carried the question. Would it have passed if the voter turnout had been larger? The portion of the issue that failed dealt in large measure with eliminating overcrowding at the Middle School. After the vote, an advisory committee of Stillwater people from many professions and many walks of life was formed to- study the issues and advise the School Board on possible answers. During the past year this committee has met scores of times in open session and the School Board has met at least monthly. Unfortunately only a hand- ful of people, and usually only the same ones, have attended these meetings. Some are in favor of the new bond issue that is now proposed and some are against it. But at least they have been interested enough to sacrifice their time; attend, and take part in the debates. This is the demo. cratic way. But the great majority of the parents of the children in the district have been conspicuous by their ab- sence. Not much has changed during the past year except that now the schools are more crowded than ever and construction costs have risen sharply. So if the issue passes this time it will cost more to build a new school or schools now than it would have last year. But that is all in the past. Now it is almost time to go to the polls and vote on the issue at hand. There are people who are very much in favor of passage and people who are very much against it, and in the final days of the campaign rumors, innuen- does, and half-truths are being widely circulated. How many people will bother to go and vote? And, on what will those who do cast their ballot base their decision? Will they allow themselves to be swayed by propaganda, or will they take the trouble to seek out the facts from authoritive sources? There is a lesson many communities. Too many of us do realize that democracy, charity, begins at home. often ignore local issues being unimportant while the same time gettin! steamed up over that happens a continent hemisphere away. much effect will the Lance Affair, the Canal Treaty or the gift scandal have on County? True, affects our nation also us one way or another. shouldn't our local affairs come first? After; this is where we live and I local government andl services that we must with and depend on to day. How many of taken the time or attend a county or Commission or School meeting? We hire people when we elect and we are the furnish the money for to operate our system so why shouldn't we interested in what theY Believe it or not, elected officials are honest folks. But if theY dishonest, we'd never about it if we never to participate. Get your a reliable source. Base decision on facts, unfounded rumors the polls and vote. Sound Off! by LaVeta Randall Listen to the peoplel This was the bold type in an advertisement for a large state paper in regard to the publication itself and its advertising policy. However, it is applicable in every facet of life. Communication is more than words. A. Kaiser Alumnium quote states, "Words have no meaning. Only the people have meaning." The truth of such state- ments is quite obvious in communication break- downs. It is most easily observed in the people's relationship to the govern- ment and in personal or family affairs. The latter, however, usu- ally has opportunity to clarify the issues and correct the situation. But in govern. mental programs, some on county as well as state levels, individuals do not always take advantage of their right to speak. If commercial advertisers recognize the need to "listen to the people" through the printed page, it would seem make same effort in government affairs or in personal opinions as a citizen. It is pretty much the consensus of those in 'communications that most of us do not listen. Words are so easily misinterpreted. A body gesture can change the total meaning. Dr. Walter Menninger asked, "How often have you been in a conversation and sensed there was more being communicated than met the ear?" Words are symbols and often have different meanings to different people. The tone of voice, posture, manner of speech and even the look in the eyes or the turn of the mouth conveys as much or more than a subtle phrase to reveal the hidden meaning. Therefore, one has little opportunity to more than "listen" when our govern- mental body speaks through the .press. But when one takes time to voice_.his ,opinions carefully through the written word it is a beginning. For communi- cation is a two-way process. on As I kneel beside nJY each nite/at the close weary day/I bury my my trembling haw tears fall as I pray. Lord, as worthy as I one thing of bless the people I love. them remember me./ are only human, know,/so when the done,/They may be I am now/and turn to other ones./l can no Igo to them/To make understand./A chilly and them will never though tonight we apart/I love them God. Amen by Bill Pace, Still' In Memory In Memory (who passed year ago) Days of sadness still o'er us/Hidden te often flow,/Though one year a heavenly winds bloc O'er the spot,/Where the lies sleeping,/And forgot, His sister,