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THE PERK ER 21, 1996 :i, I I The PERKINS JOURNAL This newspaper is dedicated to the memories of Dr. IL V. and Bea Clark (USPS 42 8040) Published every Thursday and entered as periodical postage paid at Perkins, Ok 74059-0040 122 S. Main Box 40 Perkins, OK 74059 405-547-241 I Rick and Kathy Clark Publishers The publishers are solely responsible for content and any errors will be promptly corrected when brought to the attention of the pub- lishers. Office hours: 9-6, Mon.&Tues CLOSED WEDNESDAY 9-5 Thur. & Fri. 9-noon on Sat. Deadline for advertising & news submissions is Noon, Monday. POSTMASTER: Send changes of address to The Perkins Journal, P.O. Box 40, Perkins, OK 74059-0040 All contents Copyright 1996 MEMBER OF: THE PERKINS CHAMBER OF COMMERCE OKLAHOMA PRESS ASSOCIATION lille I fl/IJ mllJ mm n B n i n m i I~BJ i m n Miim m n mn nii1 PTo Subscribe By Mall Just Fill Out This Form and Mall I I I With Remittance To: The Perkins Journal, P.O. Box I I 40, Perkins, OK 74059-0040 I I I I Name ............................................................................ I I ' I I A rd[ ss ................................................................... . .... | City .............................. State ................ Zip .................... : I( ) One year in Oklahoma .... $24 I I( ) 6 months in Oklahoma.,..$14 I i( ) One year Out of State ..... $28 I I( ) 6 months Out of State .... $16 I ,--------------.--------------------------, ...... : : :!?: :i:I: ii:: LE E :i TO TH BIG WHOOPEES Rick: I wentto bed November 5th knowing I'd wake up to two big"whoop- ees". One "whoopee" - the election is finally over. The other"whoopee" - we won't have Dole for President. '~ i don't have quite as much distaste for Dole as Clinton-bashers have for Clinton, but how can a working stiff support a guy who kept the minimum wage $3.15 for 10 years (1980-1990, which you can look up)? The only other big "whoopee" I woke up to was Morgan defeating Wedel. I met Mr. Wedel at the Perkins Festival. He's very nice and sincere. But I wouldn't lie to him - I'm still apologizing for voting for Reagan and Bellman. Plus, in this state every elected Republi- can puts one more tool in the hands of a guy who already controls a large part of the state. Dole gave it a hard try; even visited Independence, Missouri hop- ing to pull-off an upset like Truman in '48. Dole is no Harry Truman. Neither is Clinton, but his landslide does bring to mind a quote from 1948: "I guess everybody was against the President except the people." Dole advisors did a very poor job. Saying (nicotine) tobacco wasn't habit-forming - egad, take the tobacco lobby's seven million, but don't think anyone is dumb enough to believe that. Dole's handlers also continued to harp on the "party of Reagan & Bush"! How weird!? Bush was a one-term President who won by beating a "pip-squeak", then lost to a young"whipper-snapper" who was the only Democrat that really wanted the nomination. As for Reagan, when he took office we owed one trillion. When he left we owed three trillion (which you can look up). Is that good adminis- tration? The only thing worse than "tax and spend" is "borrow and spend" That's Reagan. Dole even lost Arizona. This is the first time since 1948 the state did not go Republican. In fact, in 1964 1 stood in line until 7:30 p.m. to vote for Goldwater. At least we made sure he took his home state. Was Kemp any help to Dole? It didn't looklike it. And all those things said in the primaries were probably remembered. It looks like an interesting four years coming up. signed Red Cheek, Perkins To Who Cares: The environment and ecolog as taught at Perkins Elementary: Not by the teachers. Not in the cafeteria - use it once, put it in the trash can. Let someone haul it off to the landfill. Trays and bowls made of Styrofoam (expanded rigid polystyrene plastic), food grade (made with CFC's - fluorocarbon like freon). Not made in the United States but in Canada because of the laws in the USA as to the use of CFC's. Plastic knives, forks & spoons - disposable but not biode- gradable. They will be plastic in one hundred years. If the numbers in the Perkins Journal are right, as many as 454 lunches and 200 breakfasts every school day (654 trays and]or bowls and plastm flatware; 3,270 every week; 13,080 m four weeks; 52,320 in sixteen weeks; 104,640 in 160 school days. No recycling here, just more trash for the landfill that's full. Let the children clean-up the mesh when they grow up. We save pen- nies so they can spend millions cleaning up the mess. Signed, Don Harris, Perkins ~i~.-. k ~/i(~2.'1~ ~ =========================================================================== ::: .~ , . . ::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: ===================================================================== . ~ g "'.'"~g:: .~.::: ::::, .:: ::: ::::: : , ' - "~ :.~. ~:: "~::::" :::::::" :$: !::: :i:i:;:i:: ..... .....', (~ , ' :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::"::i::::'~i::!i !i i :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: Kids these days get their first experience of gong to school by at- tending kindergarten. "Baby Boomers", such as myself, had their first school experience from the first grade. My first grade teacher was Edna Chesney. Mrs. Chesney's obitu- ary is in this issue if you want to know the brief, black and white details of her life, but if you want to know a little bit of what it was like to have her as your first te . cher, read on. " RVC I'm ornery. I've still got some of that "Little Demon" that comes from my genes somewhere out on a limb of my family tree that no one in my family has ever talked about. The limb that's hanging out there with the grapevines and bagworms on it. You know, you've got one of'em too-every family does. There's been more than one occasion in my growing up years that my dad would claim I was adopted, or he would tell my mother, "He gets that from your side of the family." I was ornerier in the first grade. I was less ornery after Mrs. Chesney and the first grade. She was a kind lady, but a no-nonsense teacher. Me, I liked to throw spit wads and pull Edna Mann's long braided pony tails. That was the first hour, of the first day, of the first grade, of my first teacher Edna Chesney. After the second hour and all subsequent hours I learned not to throw spit wads; pulling pony tails was not funny; and the impor- tance of the fundamentals of reading. Teaching children to read was one of Mrs. Chesney's reward's of life. She knew that if a child could not read, that child was in dire straights for the rest of his life. You cannot learn 'ritin' and 'rithmatic without the first "R". What more noble cause can a person have in life than teaching a child to read? Two people taught me the value of reading: My mother and my first grade teacher. Both are gone now, but the gift they gave me of being able to read is not. There is a special place in heaven with a chalkboard on the front wall that has finely written block letters in front of where desks are lined up with children reading. And standing in between those desks and chalkboard is Edna Chesney..."This is an A, as in Apple..." RVC Your spouse is having a heart attack. Right now! You're scared, panicked, and don't know what to do. What number are you going to call for help? "Should I call Perkins?," you wonder. "What's the number?" Is it worth 89 cents a month to be able to simply dial 911? If you had the opportunity to vote for a county-wide 911, Emer- gency system, would you? ........ ., ........... You may be getting that opportunity soon. If you read last week's Journal you know what I'm talking about. The Perkins Chamber of Commerce had a town-wide meeting on the 911 issue with questions from those in from two Southwestern Bell officials. To my way of thinking we need 911 on a need it as soon as possible. I don't think smaller communities such as Ripley can afford to go on the system up front expense, plus the costs of hiring and We all can afford it however, if we go forget that the rural, non-incorporated areas oft ties unto themselves with an under-funded vides essential services such as police commissioner), water (rural water districts), health department, postal service, and a road maintained. Most of you that live in the rural area do so idea of no government. IfI had my "druthers", druther be living too. Before long we are going to be asked to go to two issues: The 911 system on a county-wide the half-cent sales tax for the county that 1997. All of us-city, town and county residents issues passed. RVC I've been asked several times on whether I struction of SH33 to a four-lane was "real] Sure, if they can find the funding. They tomorrow if the Oklahoma Department funds. You can do all of the surveys and studieS there's not any money for roads you can forget turned. ODOT folks at these public hearings have four-laning SH33 from Guthrie to Cushing to be dollars a mile. Roughly $35-40 million. "Okay, wise guy," You say. "You've got the some solutions. Where does the state come up Since our State Senator Mike Morgan and Dale Wells subscribe to The Perkins Journal finding the funding for the reconstruction First, you cut the Oklahoma Department in half and earmark those dollars to SH33. Commerce Department has not brought ing, Coyle, or Ripley. Put a four-lane highway that connects us to 1.35 jobs come here through private investment. Evans of CuShing are two examples of: resulting employment. The Oklahoma had nothing to do with the existence of any other private enterprise, is there capitalism. The greens are pretty, but the is appropriately called "green" fees. Second, you cut the Oklahoma Tourism 75 percent. Tourists will travel tive Oklahoma) are nice, but Winnebagos like slick ad campaigns and pictures of Will RogerS boards. If these two ideas are implemented we ,177 four-laned, the two intersection's , lec d president. Is SH33 really going to happen? Yeah, about the same time you see bum Rick for prez. You can count on what he sez." Center POTLIGHT By Jim Campbell, OPA Capitol News Bureau to boost state farm economy For too long, Oklahoma's economy has suffered because products from its farms and ranches have been shipped out of state for final processing, packaging and distribution. Piecemeal solutions have been tried, but now a comprehensive approach approved by the 1987 Legislature is under way. It was placed in orbit with dedication of the Food and Agricultural Prod- ucts Research and Technology Center at Oklahoma State Univer- sity. To be successful, the center will require support from a variety of academic and other specialists including experts in banking, mar- keting, manufacturing and environmental and bio-technical science. Men and women with such credentials took part in a symposium held as part of the dedication. Several legislators who sponsored the concept, including a $16.2 million headquarters building, par- ticipated. HHH As far back as the 1950s, lawmakers, agricultural leaders and OSU officials lamented Oklahoma's lack of"value added" food and fiber processing industries. Gov. Raymond Gary and Sen. Robert S. Kerr, both reared on hard scrabble farms, had surveys made then asking why so much Oklahoma wheat was converted into cereal in plants in Michigan, Minnesota and Illinois. Kerr later told an interviewer cereal makers and bankers in Michi- gan told him processing was more profitable there because of lower freight rates there for bulk and packaged products. Gary and Kerr were worried that flour and feed mills in many Oklahoma commu- nities had gone out of business. Kerr was promoting proposed construction of the billion-dollar Ar- kansas-Verdigris navigation project, with a key argument that it would lead to lower freight rates for Oklahoma products. The wa- terway alone, however, did not provide sufficieat i HHH OSU officials, lawmakers and others will be boosted when joint research and development projects pices. Such arrangements also could grain and hog producers. An OSU spokesman says the center also will producers of milk and dairy products, peanuts, etables, fruits and other crops. It should pollution problems and other environme business ventures. Broad focus of the center was dem Gilliland, an OSU dairy foods director. The center's role will be similar passed 10 years ago establishing the Oklahoma vancement of Science and Technology in agency, with a staff of 20, connects collegi in need of high-tech assistance. Oklahoma Secretary of State Tom Cole ing in for Gov. Frank Keating, who gency. Former Gov. David Walters, whose office when the funding bond issue was speakers. Former Gov. Henry Bellmon HHH For at least one Democrat, Sen. Ed been helpful if the dedication had election. Long was an OSU regent before in 1988. As a regent he proposed the center concept Robert Kerr, D-Altus, credit for passage of led to its establishment. The dedication hoop enhance Longs re-election hopes. He lost his Waukomis Republican. HHH The first local telephone service case new competitive arena, between AT&T and now before state corporation commissioners. decide whether to accept recommendations law judge, including a 19.8 percent reselling by AT&T. Bell says that's too n Butt-By Sam White I JUST I.IAV QU .STiON... THAT? OIlY/5 IT (Jtt(N 17.t( 5TilVI,(IN' The i !:WeWel mei:i:,:i:i: :ii,i,ii!i;i? :: ..o w *. % ! #/o'