Hello again from the “great state of Logan County!” What a wonderful place to live. Good people, good schools, good churches, good kids and a good distance from the big cities. My kind of place!
I am sure the big news in the paper today will be about the tragedy that happened in and around McDonald’s Restaurant in Russellville this week. The trauma and drama that stretched out for hours has affected our entire county. I would expect that this terrible event will long be a part of our county’s history. I feel for all involved as well as their families. I hope that the churches will pray for all involved this coming Sunday.
Last week Sheriff Wallace Whitaker was the guest speaker at the Russellville Rotary Club, International. He gave an outstanding talk and informed the distinguished audience of the tremendously important and dangerous job our law enforcement officers carry out for all of the citizens of our county every day. I doubt that few in the audience would have expected something this earth shattering would have occurred this soon after his talk. Thank goodness that law enforcement officers were nearby.
Be Careful With Your Charitable Giving – There are several new lists out that list scam charities that take in millions of dollars every year and give little for the purpose the charity is named. Most of the donated money goes to high salaries, benefits and “overhead.” Little goes to the advertised purpose. A rule of thumb is that at least 75% of the donated money actually goes for the stated purpose. Listed below are just a few of the unworthy charities that should not get any of your money.
1) Kids Wish Network (2.5% for kids.)
2) Cancer Fund of America (1% for cancer.)
3) Kids Wish Foundation International (10.6%.)
4) Firefighters Charitable Foundation (7.4%.)
5) International Union of Police Associations AFL-CIO (0.5%.)
6) Breast Cancer Relief Foundation (2.2%.)
7) American Association of State Troopers (8.9%.)
8) National Veterans Service Fund (7.8%.)
9) Children’s Cancer Fund of America (4.6%.)
10) Children’s Cancer Recovery Foundation (0.7%.)
Since I am an animal lover and support local humane societies I am very concerned about two of the worst offenders. The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) (1%.) and the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) (3%.) These two organizations do a terrible disservice to local groups that work so hard to save and protect animals. Most of the money for these two national organizations goes to high salaries, expensive benefits, luxury items for the top officials and advertising to raise more money. Donate locally only.
Three Cheers for Good Deeds! From the years I was a teacher I have been impressed when I see someone carry out an act of kindness. This week I was out shopping and when I got to the parking lot of a store and the electricity of my electric cart ran down. There was a fine young man who got my cart back to the store. He was Eddie Holloway. I did not ask for the help but Eddie volunteered and cheerfully went about the task of pushing the cart back into the store. He was with Mary Thomas and baby Macy Holloway. I understand that Eddie is in heating and air conditioning. If you are looking for a tune up or repair contact Eddie at 893-4534. Thanks again Eddie Holloway for a good deed.
Things I Learned Living In The South – 1) A possum is a flat animal that sleeps in the middle of the road. 2) There are 5,000 types of snakes and 4,998 of them live in the south. 3) There are 10,000 types of spiders. All 10,000 of them live in the south, plus a couple no one’s seen before. 4) If it grows, it’ll stick ya. If it crawls, it’ll bite cha. 5) Onced and Twiced are words. 6) It is not a shopping cart, it is a buggy! 7) Jawl-P? Means, ‘Did you all go to the bathroom?’ 8) People actually grow, eat and like okra. 9) Fixinto is one word. It means I’m going to do that. 10) There is no such thing as lunch. There is only dinner and then there’s supper. 11) Iced tea is appropriate for all meals and you start drinking it when you’re two. We do like a little tea with our sugar. It is referred to as the wine of the south. 12) Backwards and forwards means I know everything about you. 13) The word jeet is actually a question. Meaning, ‘Did you eat?’ 14) Ya’ll is singular. All ya’ll is plural. 15) All the festivals across the state are named after a fruit, vegetable, grain, insect or animal.
Time to go. Good night Mrs. Calabash where ever you are.
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