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2.The Perkins Journal Thursday, October 27, 1977 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 tar Journal Editorials Who should do it? There are some glaring inconsistencies in our laws that can often confuse the general public. Perhaps this is what is leading to a general disrespect for our laws and law making system. The weekend headlines reported that all Oklahoma City woman was convicted by jury for forging a $16 check at a City grocery store, and was sentenced to 25 years in jail. Even the judge trying the case was appalled at the tough sentence. On the other hand, a recent defendant convicted of rape and another defendant in an aggravated armed robbery trial received five-year sentences. Now comes the baffling case in Washington County that was thrown out of court. A candidate for sheriff there switched parties and filed before he had been a Republican sufficiently to comply with the election laws. He won, but the protesting wasn&apos;t done in the two day period following his filing, and according to a District Judge, was protested by the wrong people--five Washington Countians plus four candidates who were defeated in the race. The judge threw the case out This puzzled The Journal Editorial writer, so he contacted Lee Slater, State Election Board Chairman. Slater said the candidate filed for office and signed an oath that he was qualified for office and met the election law requirements. Several people were aware that he did not qualify, but did not file protests during the two day protest period. When the protest was filed, it was too late, eligible or not, he had been elected by a majority of the people. In talking to Slater, apparently no one but the people enforce the election laws. Even though the county election board knows the candidate files erroneously, they are an administrative office and cannot protest the filing. However, if another candidate or a citizen knows in fact that the candidate is ineligible, then they can protest it. Most people think that someone is looking after their interests in enforcing most laws. However, this apparently is not so in administration of the state election laws. An ineligible candidate can file, sign his oath, and if a protest is made, declare ignorance of the law. If there is no protest, he is free to make the race. If he wins, even though a protest may be filed later, he is hQne free. What kind of enforcement of our election law is this? Our legislators should look into this. The general public should be able to expect some kind of enforcement in their behalf without having to check the qualifications Of each candidate that runs for office. The burden of the proof that they are qualified should rest with the candidate and the election board. Neither one is evidently claiming any responsibility. Inconsistencies? Brother!" Cash in your bonds President Carter is playing the consumer advocate roll in his war with the Senate and the oil industry. It is popular to make a statement like he made at Denver last week when he said, "There's a limit to how much we can take out of the pockets of consumers and give to the oil and gas industry." This is the type of talk that the consumer cheers right on, but it is not sound and responsible talk. For instance, if the President's energy bill goes through, he is going to take billions of dollars out of the consumers' pockets in increase "gas guzzlers" gasoline taxes. His plan effects everyone, including the gas guzzlers. This tax increase represents the lirgest peacetime tax increase in the history of the nation. The president wants the taxes to raise the price of gasoline so high that people will cut down on their driving because they can't afford it. If the energy bill would deregulate some natural gas, and provide for higher prices for crude oil, the improved production would react many fold to increase the economy and provide more taxes. It would be much more advantageous to provide more return to the oil industry than it would to repress them and increase the tax take to finance deficit government spending. It's the same way on Savings Bonds. That money in local banks for local investments will return much more to the economy than it will pumped into government spending. Money turns over much faster on the local market than it does in the deficit riddled government treasury. There is keen competition for the nation's money supply. If the government garners it all, it doesn't leave anything for business expansion. If there is no business expansion there is not more taxes, more people are unemployed. If people would take their money out of savings bonds and invest it in certificates of deposits in local banks, it may not pay quite as much interest, but it would create a better local economy and more jobs. Our future is in a strong private enterprise system, not a bloated up central government. Doe Comments --- Where are we going wrong? In the roaring years of the 1940s, we were still recover- ing from the great depres- sion and dust bowl days of the 1930s. We celebrated the 171st birthday of the United States. Dear to our hearts was the loyalty we felt for our country and patriotism surged in every true American soul. Probably more than any Americans, generations were realizing the meaning of our national creeds, for it had been necessary to fight in defense of our country land for the preservation of everything we in this country held near and dear. Simply and briefly, the constitutional fathers outlined our American way of life in these immortal words: "We hold these truths to be self evident, that all men are created equal, that they be endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights, and among these are life, liberty and the pursuitOf happi- ness." The War for Independence was fought and won and in the minds of our forefathers, we fought as a united nation to preserve the liberty we had already taken for ourselves. We had every reason to celebrate the birthday of our nation with great joy, being mindful of the significance and con. sideration of our solemn responsibility to our country with acts of gratitude to God, remembering the past and those who paid the supreme price to preserve our freedom and liberty. Why can't we again today pledge to live in peace with others and make the most of the blessings and good fortune that is ours because we live in "The Good Old U.S.A.?" Where are we going wrong? We are a country divided in psychology, a madness of change and reconstruction of everything ,that made us the greatest nation in the world. Our president and members of his staff, filled with the idiosyncrasies of Populist and Socialistic government, are unmercifully attacking the very principles with unnecessary rhetoric that made us great. It's the language of a delinquent child in trouble seeking avenues of escape from a situation of their own making. This is not the time for emotional behavior. On the lighter side of the '40s: The great big beautiful car drew up to the curb where the cute little working girl was waiting for the bus. A gentleman stuck his neck out and said, "Hello .... I'm driving West." "How won- derful," said the girl. "Bring me back an orange." And a young man walked into the doctor's office. "Just drop. pod in to tell you how much I've benefited from your treatments." "But you're no patient of mine," said the doctor as he eyed him sourly. "No, but my uncle was, and I'm his heir." The energy crisis in 1948 proved reserves of crude oil and natural gas liquids rose more than two billion barrels, the biggest one-year increase in almost a dozen years. The American Petrol- eum Institute and the American Gas Association in a joint report, which revealed that proved reserves of natural gas went up almost 8 trillion cubic feet in the same period. Fortunately, the proved reserves are now much higher. If we can just replace the imaginary incen- tives to produce that, the administration is talking about to something of real substance, rationing and higher taxation will not be necessary. Of course, we need conservation also. Arrivederci. T. C. (Doe) Banner The Journal asks you: Will we have a bad winter? (From The Perkins Journal October 30, 1952 -- 25 years ago) The Payne County quar- terly Farmers' Union met at the community building in Stillwater with an election of officers held. Jim Wells was re-elected as president; Emil Kastl, vice-president; Her- bert Shonp, secretary; Mrs. Shoup, assistant secretary and reporter; and John Rains and Ben Mathis, board members. The Boy Scouts met Thursday with the group divided in two temporary patrols. Robert Borrough and Glen Martin were appointed as leaders of the patrols. Boys in Borrough's patrol include Clarence Hemphill, Curtis Fisher and Ronnie Ale. Those boys in Martin's patrol are Billy Gazaway, Billy Don Ingram, and Buster Howard. Andrew Burton has been visiting high schools and churches around the state giving lectures on temper- ance pertaining to the use of alcohol and dope. He has been northwest as far as Okeene and Enid and southeast as far as Musko- gee and south of Oklahoma City. "Pistol Pete" Frank Eaton observed his 92nd birthday October 26, with his wife and four children, nine grand- children, and three great- grandchildren present to help him celebrate this occasion. Pistol Pete said, "We had a good time and plenty to eat and drink, and I'm just as happy as if I had good sense." The Journal Staff gave Frank a pre-birth- day surprise in The Journal office Saturday afternoon. (From The Perkins Journal October 24, 1957 -- 20 years ago) Perkins figured in the recent historic flight of a TWA flight from California over the North Pole to London, when it was learned by Mrs. Russell J. Dick of Parkville, Mo., that her husband, Russell Dick, was the captain of the flight. Mrs. Dick may be remem- bered as the daughter of Nannie and Birt Chase, who live one mile south of Perkins. Captain Dick is a veteran pilot, having piloted TWA's planes for 24 years. The flight flew over nine Bill Hunt: 1 look for a hard winter. The heavy foliage on trees indicate this. Another thing, the old people used to say when the shucks on the corn grew long and twisted il over the end as if to protect from the cold this was a sign of a bad winter. Lately, I noticed some ears of corn I lik this. I remember these as a kid. Nan Luster: Yes, I do because it turned cold so sudden. This quick change in the weather seems like we will have a bad winter. There's been a lot of red sunsets, but I don't remem- ber what that's a sign of. Mrs, I, L. Newport: I don "t know enough about it to comment. But they do say if " the bark on the trees is thick this is a sign. Jerry Leigh: I feel like it is, but for no real reason, just that it is? Anna Karnes: I really don't know. Sometimes I think it might be. We hardly ever have two years in a row that are bad so 1 haven't made up my mhzd yet. l've read statements and saw on TV where they say we are. Aita Hughes: 1 wouldn't be surprised as the trees are full of leaves. Old timers did have signs, but I really don't know. Ran Warren: D(l)'erent peoph,, hwlu.lhtg nO' mother-bt-hw, say we are. T/ds .l'{'ar or tiC.V! |Y'a/" will be a wetter season because of the past dry season. Every seven years there's a weather change so i think this winter will be wetter. Journal Readers 1Frite :.:.%'.:.x.:.xo:.:o'.x....s..,,...,.g.:.:,:.:'.:..x.:.:.x..x Axtell of Mehan, Oklahoma reliving my childhood. My 1 I ,  [ ::: telling me of the book child bride of 52 years rom  "Cimarron Valley Legends". enjoyed the tay as much as " ' ....... "! .....  ii I sent a check to her and I. , ThFile i she placed the Order fOr my Eva s sister' Helen' alng copy. i soon began receiving with her brother Dale Lewis e s weekly copies of your and Mrs. Lewis drove down w.,.,.......y.  t Jurnal and I must cnfess frm Wichita fr a visit" And the first few issues were although we had not seen '.-""-'--"- ................ .-.:..'..:.:..x,-<..: hardly looked at until I read each other in many, many of Lee Kirk and the new years, our recollections and time zones and made the record flight to London in 18 hours and 32 minutes flying at 19,000 feet. Following a long and thorough campaign to nom- inate Frank Eaton and Billy McGinty to the National Cowboy Hall of Fame, it was learned by John H. Melton, president of the Payne County Historical Society that by rule of the National Board of Trustees of the Hall, they will only consider deceased persons for this honor at the present time. crowned Friday was Miss Debbie Arthur. Others in the party were Wendy Sadler and Charlette Shaffer, Co- captain George Hill; Merry Nelson and Marilyn Brixey; Danny Kastl and Tom Erwin, co-captains, and Denise Earp. A letter to the editor praised Stanley Moffat de- scribed as a "young man who delivered the Sunday message. This young country boy has something to say and he does it in a sincere way. He is a champion for the The deer hunters returned young people of this country over the weekend and report today." five deer in the deep freeze. Breakdown of family is cluttering courts Dale Holbrook, Lee Kirk, Buzz Fiolle, Elmo Barnes and Cegil Redus are the successful hunters. Duck hunters reported for duty Saturday morning. Melvin Sager said he was sure they would start flying in by Tuesday or Wednesday. We told Jim Hillhouse about hearing some ducks fly over and he said they must be geese because ducks didn't make noise when they fly. Shows what this editor knows about hunting. (From The Perkins Journal Oct. 26, 1961 -- 16 years ago) The 1961 Homecoming Queen was Miss Patti Kasti. She was escorted at the ceremonies by co-captains Bill Little and Jerry Braziel. FFA officers elected Nolan Arthur. president; Donnie Cundiff, vice-president; R. Wayne Woolsey, secretary; Bill Graves, treasurer; Le- land Tester and Joe Rylant, reporters; and Bill McDan- iel, sentinel. Editor Roland Sodowsky writes in his column, An Item More: "The death of E. The breakdown of the family unit is glutting the police and courts with juvenile delinquents, accord- ing to Lt. Ran King of the Oklahoma City Police depart- ment Juvenile Division. During testimony Thurs- day (10-20-77) at the House-Senate Subcommittee on Juvenile Crime headed by Rep. Terry Campbell (R) Bethany, Lt. King said: "In the past we had success with the juvenile problem: if the juvenile did commit a crime, one of the members of the community would notify the parent, the parent would take disciplinary action against the child due to the local community pressure." King went on to say that today such is not the case and that much juvenile misconduct which used to be handled in the home and community is now referred to your paper closely, occasion- ally seeing familiar names 3203 Shoal Creek, #211 along with many more items Austin, Texas 78703 of interest. October 10, 1977 On our way to the Grand Mr. Bob Evans Old Opry in September we Perkins Journal detoured by Perkins to Perkins, OK 74059 Mehan and parked our Dear Mr, Evans: Winnebago in Eva AxteU's About a year ago I driveway fora few days. We received a letter from a unhitched the little car we lifelong friend, Eva Lewis pull and had a real nice time reminiscences brought forth the best laughter we'd had in a long time! Other friends we enjoyed visiting were George and Lois Stewart and Harold Huchison, now of Stillwater. I went to Sooner Valley School with them, and they helped me recall the name of Ruth Kirk who was one of the teachers with whom I fell in love when I was about 10. We thoroughly enjoyed a bridge. Mr. Kirk's story set me to thinking and I realized he had to be the same man I remembered from sixty years ago, when my father ran the general store, post office, hardware and what have you in Mehan. My father was Frank Austin Jones and, I believe, bought the store from a Walter Eppler around the turn of the century. After the Kirk story, I began reading OPEN LETTER Dear President Carter and Fellow Americans: What is happening to those great documents of American freedom--.the very foundation of our country-.. the Declaration of Indepen- dence, the Constitution and the Bill of Rights? Not only is there dictatorship rule in America's Judicial System, but one of the most cruel, and inhumane acts ever used in all mankind...the Habitual Criminal Law. What crime have we committed to have judgment passed on our poor misRuided souls? Saying we're not fit to live among society anymore!!! short visit with Ruth Kirk. We then went Perkins to see you Evans said you pocket somewhere. I liked to have idea George Stewart talked over; that of Sooner Valley reunion. Our suggestion to include those who attended from 1912 u the school's big fire. think enough interest be generated by time next year? Any suggestions would be preciated, but some ads in The would be necessary. I'm sure your ads many people, l always Dei Mat's ad and in Perkins I enjoyed and leaving a few dollars with him. knows, he may regularly before stranger things have pened. I would appreciate thoughts about our for a get-together are all gone. Kenneth "Casey" An Open Letter Now the Habitual Criminal Statute, court records, prison records will show that Tennessee, Oklahoma, Ken- tucky, Texas and 36 other states are violating the 8th and 14th Amendments by letting one person, the "Our Great American prosecutor,use despotic dic- tatorship rule and pick and choose who to try as habitual criminals. (Since the statute is used randomly and vindictively by prosecutors without guide- lines or standards, consti- tutes Cruel and Unusal Punishment. The Eighth Amendment prohibits Cruel and Unusual Punishment and incorporates the Equal Protection Clause of Fourteenth Amendme# requires that t handed out uniformly.) In America, all created equal, judged by the same Sound Off! age." On behalf of founding fathers Americans past and who have given blood, limbs, very "Sacred Honor", documents---I would issue a challenge to in the "Whole Judicial System" these allegations TRUTH THINGS!![ Sincerely, Thomas Joseph Stni Station A Tennesse Nashville, Readers g/rite Dear Editor; Our actions can difference in the others around the October 30 UNICEF Day as Presidential thousands of corn like ours will events to raise support UNICEF's children in Asia, Latin America. What does this millions of children Vaccinations againS tating diseases, educational Ichance for a productive life. We can help. generous when people in our Trick or Treat for Sunday, Oct. 30 at Sincerely, b Virginia Ha x Y bread and rolls" our mothers made on the farm. This was made from "ever-lasting" yeast. However, farm women often had to obtain fresh starters when their ever-last- ing yeast "died:" As I remember, the starter had to be kept effective by adding sugar ever so often. Today many of us take such items as bread for granted. It is only when source which supplies us with this everyday commodity is threatened by natural ele- rnents and inflation that one realizes how much bread is used daily. There certainly is some. thing "rotten" in the U.S. Government's inability to protect the farmer and the consumer as well as the business man. Perhaps we should take more seriously (Continued on Back Page) by LaVeta Randall The Honorable Leon J. York's comments in regard to the price of wheat as related to the cost of bread is certainly "food" for thought. Bread has been called the "staff of life." So much so, in fact, that it is used figuratively for food in general. In ancient times, bread was principally in the form of thin cakes baked upon the hearth or in the oven. Bread eaten by the poor was made of barley meal with oil instead of butter. These breads were either leavened or unleaven- ed and kneaded in a trough, Flour ground by hand between two stones in the beginning has been refined with many delightful vari. ations. Yet there is nothing more appetizing than the aroma of fresh baked "light B. "Sig" McDaniel leaves a ' the authorities. dearth in our community which isn't likely to be filled. Whether. you wanted a fishhook or a refrigerator, McDaniel and Son Hardware had it -- and if you went into the store, you knew Sig. We doubt if anyone in the community knew more people by their first names. His friendly greeting will be missed for years to come." Questioned by Rep. Camp. bell about the role of the school and juvenile prob- lems, Lt. King said: "If the child disobeys, if he vandal- izes or he steals something within the school, then the school administration should be able to take some immediate action whether it be punitive or restitution." Rep. Campbell's Subcom. mittee on Juvenile Crime is the first subcommittee in state history to investigate the problems of juvenile crime in Oklahoma. (From The Perkins Journal Oct. 26, 1967 -- 10 years ago) The 1967 Football Queen