Most folks are aware of the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life. It's difficult to criticize any organization that targets such a dreadful and wide-spread disease. Indeed, we all know individuals affected by cancer. For more information about the ACS and its financial data I suggest you check out a website called charitynavigator.org and draw your own conclusions. The site includes a lot of good information about most all charities.
However, there is a need for direct services for cancer patients in our area that quite frankly doesn't get met by the ACS such as transportation to and from treatment facilities, nutritional supplements, medical supplies, prescription expenses, for example.
That's where ICARE steps in.
The three-mile walk/fundraiser will keep all the donations raised in the community -- the Dunklin County community, not just the Kennett community. The Dunklin County Caring Council serves as sponsor of the walk and oversees disbursement of the funds.
As I write this column the forecast calls for rain on Saturday, the scheduled walk day. I'm told these stout-hearted individuals will walk unless we get the proverbial "frog strangler." Good luck to a very worthwhile charity as it finds its "legs," so to speak, in the realm of good local causes that directly benefit good local people.
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Questions to ponder
Did Jan Robertson and Cindy Wilkins really walk home from last month's Chamber of Commerce banquet?
Is walking your goat kinda like walking your dog? You'll have to ask our local goat walker that question. Frank Crafton was seen strolling along Highway M, old Highway 25, last week with his goats in tow. Although it looked like they were towing him.
Does carrot cake count as a vegetable? One local farmer, who shall remain nameless to protect the guilty, is of that opinion. We're not sure what his wife/dietician would say, though.
Will MoDot Interim Director Kevin Keith get the nod for a permanent nameplate on his office door? Keith was named to the interim position when Pete Rahn left earlier this year. The transportation commission would be hard pressed to find anyone more knowledgeable about Missouri's highways than Keith. Throughout his career he's made it a point to get out and see much of the state's transportation system first hand.
Was Hojatoleslam Kazem Sedighi right? The Iranian cleric said, "Many women who do not dress modestly ... lead young men astray, corrupt their chastity and spread adultery in society, which (consequently) increases earthquakes."
Setting out to prove him incorrect was Indiana resident Jennifer McCreight who called on women around the world to dress scantily last Monday. At about 11 a.m. Monday a 6-6.9 magnitude earthquake struck in Taiwan. I'm betting a lot of women were busy buttoning up their shirts about 11:05. McCreight said technically the quake did not count because it wasn't in her time zone. I don't think that will fly because her call was for women worldwide to dress scandalously, not just in Hoosier land.
Then again, there is the possibility no such connection exists between a woman's clothing and geological events. That may be hard for some people to believe.
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We note that the Campbell Rotary Club will be giving up its charter later this month. On May 20 at noon the group will hold its final meeting. The local civic group has struggled along for several years, according to the local Rotary newsletter, with four to five members.
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Several years ago, when one of our local lawyers was a mere child his mother took him to a local barbershop for a trim. As the lad sat in the chair a president, at that time, of one of our local banks came in the shop. As the story goes there were several other people there as well. In fact, the shop was almost full.
The banker struck up a conversation with the lad. They chatted about important things, like who the lad's girlfriend was at the moment and just generally had an enjoyable few minutes going back and forth.
At one point the banker spoke up and said something like, "Why don't I just go home and play with you this afternoon?"
"Ok," replied the youngster, "but you'll have to leave before my dad gets home."
According to the barber who relayed this tale, no one said a word for several minutes. A quick glance toward the youth's mother revealed a lady with a bright crimson-color glow to her face.
The innocence of youth was revealed in that the lad only meant that when dad came home it was time to play with dad and no other friends. The banker was tongue-tied for a few minutes and more than a little embarrassed himself. The story goes that the barbershop was awfully quiet until Mom could get her son out of there. I doubt that happened quick enough to suit her.
No names on this one to protect the innocent youth.
Bud Hunt is publisher of the
Daily Dunklin Democrat, Daily Statesman, Delta News-Citizen, Missourian-News and
North Stoddard Countian.