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Life does get better with a little help

Sunday, January 10, 2010

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Bud Hunt is publisher of the Daily Dunklin Democrat, Daily Statesman, Delta News-Citizen, Missourian-News and North Stoddard Countian.
Questions to ponder as we

anxiously await Al Gore's

global warming thing to

hurry up and get here.

How bad is it?

- I got a pre-declined credit card in the mail.

- I ordered a burger at McDonald's and the kid behind the counter asked, "Can you afford fries with that?"

- If the bank returns your check marked "Insufficient Funds," you call them and ask if they meant you or them.

- Hot Wheels and Matchbox stocks are trading higher than GM.

- McDonald's is selling the 1/4 ouncer.

- Parents in Beverly Hills fired their nannies and learned their children's names.

- Motel Six won't leave the light on anymore. (Especially if Ameren gets an 18% rate hike).

- Goldman Sachs laid off 25 Congressmen.

- Congress says they are still thinking about looking into this Bernard Madoff scandal. The guy who made $50 billion disappear is being investigated by the people who made $1.5 trillion disappear!

These nuggets came through the virtual mailbag from some guy who calls himself "The Hammer."

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In-depth analysis

A local U.S. Army veteran of some repute posed the question last week wondering, "Who won the Battle of Houston Bay?" looking back at the Texas Bowl football game between the Mizzou Tigers and the Midshipman from the U.S. Naval Academy.

Our local vet suggested, complete with a copy of the 1945 photograph of the U.S.S. Missouri, aka "Mighty Mo" at anchor in Tokyo Bay and a picture of a Jon boat once moored at Reelfoot Lake, two different forces collided there.

In a little twist of irony, his analysis was that the Midshipman brought the "Might Mo" to the battle and several upperclassmen from Mizzou brought the Jon boat.

The final score, 35-13 in favor of Navy, would seem that Mike Mowrer learned a few things from his cohorts in bell-bottomed pants years ago.

Will the University of Missouri jump from the Big 2 (not a typo; after Texas and Oklahoma the other 10 schools fight for table scraps) to the Big 10 where the chances at a BCS bowl are more realistic?

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Bygone days

"Electric Lights

"P.L. Rose has been granted 60 days time by the city council in which to install a new 80-horse-power boiler at the electric light plant, put in new poles and make all changes necessary to furnish first-class lights as required by his contract with the city. He has had the plant brought back from the Dillman mill to its old site, and has made the usual promises that he has kept his charter alive with during the past nine years."

"John Won't Be Good

"John Paxton evidently does not want to be good. Last year, he was convicted of taking money that belonged to another; but was paroled by Judge Fort. Last week, he was arrested for breaking into Hooper Bros. saloon, at Senath, and on preliminary examination here, Monday, before Justice Price, was bound over to await the action of circuit court. Failing to give $500 bond, he was put in jail. It is understood that there is another charge of burglary against Paxton; Caneer Bros.' store, of Senath, being the scene."

A hearty New Year's thanks to the DDD's unofficial, but much appreciated historian Vivian Helton for passing along those items from the pages of the Jan. 9, 1903 edition of the DD.

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Healing

Comedian Ron White has a bit where he talks about the time he started dating the woman who eventually became his wife. Early in the relationship her dog died and she was very despondent. White says that despite her initial protests he took her by the shelter to get a new puppy, which she did.

"It healed her heart," White said.

Most folks are aware that Donnie and Sarah Burke's home was destroyed in a fire on Dec. 21. The couple lost most all of their material possessions. Anyone who talked to Donnie and Sarah knew immediately those things were not important to them. Clothes, furniture and such could be replaced.

One of the family's pets managed to escape through the pet door and heroic efforts of Kennett Fire Department personnel saved two of the family's cats.

Tragically, what could not be replaced was, "My little buddy," as Donnie told several folks. Donnie and Sarah had lost their little Maltese puppy and they were heartbroken. With the couple being so upset, so were their friends.

So, as the New Year began to approach one of those friends began to think about how to help them overcome their grief. Shirley Stephens started looking around on the Internet for Maltese puppies. She found a couple but then wondered if maybe it was a little too soon. She checked with Sarah only to learn that Donnie had already begun looking on the web at photos of Maltese puppies as well. That settled it.

Shirley got a group of Donnie's friends together and at dinner on New Year's Eve presented the couple with two plane tickets on "Jones Airlines" departing Kennett Municipal Airport on New Year's Day for Wanna Buddy Kennel in Booneville, Mo., with "Jones Airlines" pilot, CEO and head mechanic Larry Jones at the controls. Included with the tickets was a baggage claim check form that had photos of two Maltese puppies

Donnie's friends had all kicked in a little bit to buy him another "little buddy" and help with the cost of the airplane fuel.

The group flew to Booneville and as Donnie and Sarah looked at the two puppies decided it was just too difficult to make a choice -- so they got both of the pups. One evening last week Donnie and Sarah were showing off "Tebow" and "Tiger" to their friends.

While Donnie and Sarah's hearts may not be completely healed, they're a long way down the path.