July 22, 2014

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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.

 
Many hands make productive work on Rexroat Building

By Susan Carson
Virginia Happenings
Virginia's Square One, Inc. had a productive work day on Saturday exposing the brick walls inside the Rexroat Building. Thanks to everyone who came to help in spite of the heat and humidity!  The plan is to clean and seal the interior brick walls to keep that historic look about the new space. Then it is on to heating and air conditioning, plumbing and electrical work to prepare the space for use. There will be another work day scheduled at a later date this summer to finish the brick work. In the meantime, several fundraisers will be announced as the group continues to raise money to finish the Rexroat General Store and to begin reconstructing the Old Dime Store to create the new Virginia Community Center. Donations can be dropped off or mailed to Petefish, Skiles and Company Bank, P.O. Box 18, Virginia, Illinois 62691. Your support is greatly appreciated.

 
Produce is coming on strong and should be plentiful

By Kay Brown
Kate’s Garden Gate
We certainly have had some nice days. In past years it rained a lot on Friday, and didn’t make market day very pleasant. This year it’s rained a lot but seemed to miss Friday.
Business is not what it used to be. There are not as many customers and some of the ones that used to come haven’t been back. We still have a good variety. It has been hard to have something to sell each week, because of the rain and cooler temps, but not many of the same vendors we used to have. Maybe that has made a difference. I don’t really know what the answer is.

 
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IRS is at it again

By Don Chipman
For the Star-Gazette
Once again the IRS, part of the Administration Branch of our government, finds itself embroiled in yet another controversy. This time it is over “lost” e-mails.
How is it just the e-mails from Ms. Lerner’s hard drive are missing? How is it six higher-ups who work in the IRS received the e-mails from Lerner have suddenly become “lost,” while other insensitive e-mails are still in folders or on hard drives?

 
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