August 20, 2014

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Family makes the Fourth fun

By Kay Brown
Kate’s Garden Gate
What a nice weekend, the Fourth turned out to be. We haven’t had family here for the Fourth in many years.
My oldest son from Missouri was here with his fiancee and her children and grandchildren. His daughter and her son came also.
My daughter and her husband had been staying but went to his family’s party for the weekend.
My second oldest son came from Macomb, and my third son came from Beardstown along with his wife and oldest daughter. Her husband and daughter were here too. She has passed her boards for Physicians Assistant so its off to work in August. Congrats’ Granddaughter!!

Fireworks on TV not the same as in person

By Roy Roberts
Trivia Too
This is an after-the-Fourth of July column. Friday, July 4th, Saturday, July 5th, Sunday, 6th wasn’t it nice to have a three-day holiday? It was the 238th birthday of our country and I noticed in an area paper that there were 32 towns here in central Illinois that were going to have fireworks on the Fourth. If that many had fireworks in one 50-mile radius just imagine the millions of dollars that were spent for the celebration in the towns all across the country.

Hiding head in the sand is not a pretty picture

By Freida Marie Crump
Coonridge Digest
Greetings from the Ridge.
My cousin Bernice drives me crazy. She’s cancelled her subscription to the local newspaper because in her words, “There’s nothing in it,” she doesn’t listen to local news on the radio, she only goes online to play games and check her Facebook page, she watches news on a biased cable channel when Wheel of Fortune isn’t on, and she complains about how she never knows what’s going on. It’s the “Duh” syndrome.

Lippincott fights a duel that scars his life

By Leigh Morris
Our Place in History
It didn’t take long for Charles Lippincott to establish himself in California. Within a year he was elected to the California State Senate.
Then trouble began to brew in the summer of 1855. The Democrat party, of which Lippincott was a leader, had procured two columns for its use in every edition of the Downieville newspaper, the Sierra Citizen, with Lippincott as the editor. The sharp witted Lippincott decided to take aim at young attorney named Robert Tevis, an outspoken member of the American (Know-Nothing) party.
In early July 1855, Lippincott roasted Tevis in print. A gifted writer, Lippincott used his pen to lampoon Tevis and the xenophobic Know-Nothings. Lippincott’s prose caused a great deal of amusement in town while angering Tevis. For his part, Tevis published a vitriolic response that labeled Lippincott “a liar and a slanderer.”

What Do You Think? Should We / Shouldn’t We?

Should We / Shouldn’t We?

The “Civil War” in Iraq has escalated to a very serious stage, whereby the US could possibly be drawn back into another long drawn-out conflict.
Vietnam began with President Kennedy sending in Military Advisors to help the Vietnam puppet regime; from there it escalated into a full blown “War”.
Will President Obama do the same thing by sending 300 Military Advisors to help the present Iraq Regime?
Are we to stand by idle and let ISIS take control of a great portion of Iraq, including the Iraqis’ oil fields with Iran just licking its chops to gain control of Iraq?
Should we have sent air strikes against the ISIS long before now when they were vulnerable and an easy target for our Air Force and Drones?
Weren’t Drones available early on as they are now being used this very day for surveillance?
Why did we beef up all of our Embassies in this area if we thought ISIS and Al Qaeda were not legitimate threats to the US and our allies?
My son (Matt) was a MI Analyst (Military Intel) for over 20 years. When I spoke to him when this first began he said, “Dad, we know where they are, and how many. If they say they don’t know the numbers then why in the Hell did we fly our (Spy in the Sky) over Iraq on a daily basis? The Brass knows what’s going on.”
Once again it seems the various branches of the government, executive, DOD, Pentagon, and State Department, and Congress all differ on what kind of action should be taken.
Someone far wiser than me once said, “Seize the Day.” It may be too little too late.
I don’t believe this country is ready to go to
What do you think?
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“War” again. However, we can’t stand by idly and let ISIS or Al QUADA get a stronghold over our friends in the Mid-East which includes Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Kyrgyzstan and others. They even have their sights set on Africa.
The President, the DOD, State Department, Pentagon, Congress and the CIA must put their heads together and work out one plan and then take decisive action.
What Do You Think?

A miscellaneous column of ‘Did you know?’

By Roy Roberts
Trivia Too
This is another trivia column, kind of a miscellaneous,“Did You Know: type.”
*** For example, did you know that Gov. Bill Haslem of Tennessee is promoting a program to let any high school graduate go to college free. They will be able to go to a community college for two years, which reminds me of Mexico where a college education is free, but only for the brightest students.
*** In two years all new cars will have a TV screen in front of the driver that will picture what is in back of the car when backing up. Too many children have been killed by cars backing into them.  When our children were young I recall a grandfather did just that.  Our garage on the farm at that time was an unusual double garage, only it was a long building where two cars could park one in front of the other. I quickly put doors at the other end so that grandmother, Christine or I could have a clear view when pulling out of the garage.

Many hands make light work! Volunteers have opportunity to have a ‘Demo Party’

By Susan Carson
Virginia Happenings
Virginia Public Library's "Paws to Read" July 9 program is "Brrr! It's cold in the Artic" and the July 16 program will be "Puppy Dog Tails and Kitty Cat Whiskers."

Making decisions with the family

Kids want to keep the homestead in the family

By Kay Brown
The Garden Gate
It sure was a busy weekend with all the kids home. We got some chores done even though it was too hot.
For our family confab we must have talked for three hours with several breaks. I wanted everybody to be completely honest about what they wanted to see happen on the homestead, and they all want it to stay in the family.
I want to live here until otherwise, and of course they never want to talk about that. It’s been too soon since they lost their Dad, and they want me to be around a while. I’m certainly going to give it my best shot.
It’s Monday morning, and my oldest son and grandson just left to go back home to Missouri. They’ll be back this weekend. My daughter and her husband are still here and might be here for the rest of the month. It depends on when the new grandbaby comes, which is due the 22nd of July.

Marching on the Fourth of July: then and now

By Freida Marie Crump
The Coonridge Digest
Greetings from the Ridge.
There’s nothing that shouts the Fourth of July like a parade so Herb and I plan to plant our lawn chairs on the nearest shady curb this week to take in the great American spectacle.
I’m one of the surviving veterans of high school marching bands and can well remember the days of polishing my trumpet on the night before the big parade, hoping for maximum reflection power from the next day’s sun. And speaking on behalf of the marching musicians of the world, I’d like to say that marching in formation on the Fourth is every bit as an athletic event as playing in that afternoon’s baseball game. Times have changed and fabrics have improved but in those steamy days your band uniform was made of pure 100% wool. The temperature on the hot asphalt may be over the century mark and you’re standing there covered with a dark-colored uniform that has been worn, altered, snipped and amended by generations of marching trumpet players long gone.

Charles E. Lippincott adopts Cass County

By Leigh Morris
Our Place in History
Once hailed as a Civil War hero and a rising political star, few today know the name Charles Ellet Lippincott, M.D. Ah yes, fame can be fleeting.
The son of a minister, Lippincott was born on Jan. 26, 1825, at Edwardsville, Ill. Lippincott was a bright, creative lad who at an early age developed an unquenchable thirst for education. He also displayed a puckish sense of humor, a quick temper and an exaggerated sense of honor. As an adult, he was described as a handsome man, clean shaven with a fair complexion. He was short in stature, stocky and quite strong.