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PAGE 4 - The Malakoff News - Friday, June 23, 2006 Tax and spend who? I have listened lately to the tired old axiom that the Demo- crats are a tax-and-spend party, so I thought I would get to the bottom of this myth. In 1980, when the Great Com- municator and fiscal conse .rva- tive Ronald Rehgan was elected president, the national debt was $909 billion dollars. In Reagan's 8 years in office the national debt went to $2.2 trillion, more than double the debt for the whole history of this country. Following Mr. Reagan as president, we have George H. W. Bush. Starting with a $2.2 trillion deficit, he added to this monster by $1.98 trillion more! Now here comes the liberal Bill Clinton as president, and in his 8 years sfarting, with a $290.4 billion annual deficit, he managed to end his tenure with a $236.2 billion surplus. But hold your horses, here comes George W. Bush and as a compassionate conser- vative and in just 7 months, the surplus was gone with the wind and lo and behold, in just 5 years George W. has added $2.5 trillion to the deficit. Are you beginning to get my drift? These figures are found in the Statistical Abstract of the United States as a matter of ptiblic record. Every year of the 17 years with Republican presidents has ended in deficit spending: You might like to blame Democrats and Congress, but guess what? Of the 17 years Republi- cans were presidents they had 13 years of control of all three branches of government, so let's put thespending myth to bed and start working with bi- partisanship on the problems that affect our country and our citizens every day. 'Nuff said. Ray Smith Murchison S By the time you read these words, I Jennifer will be on a beach, Stone-Hannigan God willing. Doing absolutely nothing. That is my goal for the rest' of this week: To do as little as possible. My husband Michael and I are rugged vacationers, meaning we prefer the confines of our tent to a hotel room. Well, if you can call en6ugh room to sleep eight people confines. And that is where we will be, in our tent, camping on the shores of Galveston Island. Yes, I know it's supposed to rain this weekend I don't care. I'm going anyway. Rain just means more time to sleep and get my tail kicked at rummy (Michael always wins). Since I'm gone this week, we sent the paper early in order for me to take an extra day off. So if you tried to submit something to us on Tuesday or Wednes- day - which is normally not a problem- we apologize for de- laying you until next week. Also, my being gone means our Web site will not be updated until Monday morning when I return. We apologize for the inconvienance. And, as many of you know, we're a small office with only three full-time workers. Two of us are on vacation this week. $o if you came by and the door was closed, please come back. We promise to all be back next week. I think. If you get the chance this weekend, please stop by Cross Roads A benefit garage sale for Donny Piper of Cross Roads will be held June 23 and 24. The sale will take place at 12570 FM 59. which is just out- side of Cross Roads going to- ward Athens. I'm told Piper 1: as a rare pro- gressive disorder of the liver and is in need of a transplant. He also is the victim of ulcer- ated colitis, which af- fects the lining of the large intestine. Piper is unable to work due to health prob- lems and has no medical insurance. If you would like to donate items for the sale, please call 903-677-3166. sfimmer has really slowed things down a! ?und here, so I'm putting out another call for you to send us your news. I would love to have a few photos of summer Little League or another activity. Also, I know class reunions and family reunions are going strong right now. If you would like a photo 9f your reunion in the paper, please just bring it by our office at 103 South Terry. We'll be glad to get it in. Also, I know VBS is coming up for a lot of churches. Please let us know and we'll get that in the paper too. Things might be a little slow around town, but there's still plenty going on. The new Kidsfirst daycare has just opened, as you can see on our business page. It's a great build- ing and we're glad to have a place like that for our kids to go. If you haven't been by, it's worth checking out. Also, Bubba Pogue over at Bubba Jean's has his coffee and novelty shop open. I recommend the frozen coffee. As many of you know, Bubba has another venture planned for Malakoff. Keep your eyes on The Malakoff News in the com- ing weeks for information about when that will happen. I've also heard rumors about a couple of other businesses that are looking at Malakoff. I'll let you know when I know. If you know of any local busi- ness ventures you haven't seen in the paper, please give me a call at 903-489-0531 or e-mail malnews @ earthlink.net. Tanner To Be in Senior Piano Recital By Britt Thompson From The Malakoff News Friday, June 22, 1951 Miss Loretta Tanner, senior piano student of Mrs. Finis Hardy, will be presented in se- nior recital this evening at the First Baptist Church. The program will begin at 8:00 o'clock. Miss Tanner, who will present classical numbers in this special musical program, only recently received her se- nior diploma from the Na- tional Guild of Piano Teach- ers. Others who will make con- tributions to the program in vo- cal selections will be Miss Joyce Robertson, Barbara Drake, and Jack Humphries. CONTRIBUTE TO LOOKING BACK If you have photographs, articles, or family histories that you would like to see in the Looking Back column, please contact Britt Thomp- son at the following email ad- dress: rbtnyu81 @ sbcglobal.net. Thompson can also be reached by mail at Britt Thomp- son, 7033 Blalock Drive, The Colony, Texas 75056. Photographs and text can be in any format. DOWN MEMORY LANE Click on the Down Memory Lane link at www.malakoffnews.net. Share your memories as new pictures from" Malakoff's past are posted regularly. /VIJss Loretta Tanner Cross ds News Another week in our life has passed. Saturday, my old car ran out of gas. Every day I needed to get gas, but would say to my- serf, maybe it will make this short trip. Well, I finally got out of a parking space and halfway across the first speed bump when it stopped. I came back into my house, called a cousin, Naomi Cogdell. She got in touch with her hus- band, Bill. Here he came with some gas. By then, my next door neighbor, James, came with an- other can. I was able to get into town and get $20 worth. Not much. I went to Cross Roads, where Ihad a gas can. Got it and bought 2 Vz gallons. Gave it to my next door neighbor. Before the day was out, he knocked on the door. Another widow lady had run out of gas, so he gave our gas to her. We will get some more. I have the best new neighbors. One neighbor, Sue Perry, came to meet me, said I had known her in-laws I was born in Anderson County, so my par- ents, Tom and Trixie Morrison, transferred me to Cross Roads school. I had to walk about a mile to catch the school bus! The Perrys, Dewey and Lily, were our neighbors. They had two daughters, Agnes and Dor- othy. ter had a son, don't know was Sue's hus- band.i at the time. Loved to go see them. Their mother made real doll clothes for their dolls, and even quilted a small quilt Clara Jo Davis for a doll bed she had made. In last week's pa- per, saw where Jimmy McIntire had died. He was the adopted son to Agnes (Perry) and late husband Chester Mclntire. Name now Lewis, married to Grady Lewis of Cross Roads. Joyce Trammell and Pearl Wd- liams came by to see me. Enjoyed their visit. Pearl filled my pill case; she needs to come back and do it again. Also visiting were Naomi and well. Also Donny Piper is on a waiting list for a liver transplant. A garage sale will be held this weekend for Donny. If you can help with donated items, take them to Scott Huddleston's office on Highway 59 in Cross Roads. We didn't get much rain, but sure was proud of it. Got a good rain at Cayuga, and six inches at Palestine. Saw that on the Tyler TV station. A 90th birthday party will be held this Tuesday for Malcom Kinsey, held by his daughter, Peggy HAlbert. J.C. Rogers brought Pearl Wtl- .her daughmr, Etl o m SIAerw alblrOS, some fresh green peas, back Boston. Mass l l laF some putptel0tflls rind.some black for What doctors' hope; y be .gyes. - the last of her surgery. Bdn sev- I don't know any more news eral months, for this week, so thanks for read- Alton Stephens is not feeling ing! Our guest columnist this week is Fran Edgar, vice president of the Cedar Lake Nursing Home resi- dent council. She is a real cheerleader for the nursing home and the residents, and is always looking for a way to make things better and more fun. I am proud to call her my friend. She wrote this col- umn on the computer the Starchers gave the nursing home residents. - Loretta H. This article is a big "'thank you" to two people who have brought much enjoyment to some of the residents at Ce- dar Lake Nursing Home. Those people are Bob and Liz Starcher of Mabank. Liz, a former drama teacher, volunteered to help some of the residents with putting on a play of some kind. We found a book from the Malakoff Library called "A New Flag for a New Coun- try," and decided since Flag Day was coming up soon we might use that as our basic story line. We took that play and im- provised our own skit. After much practice and several revisions, we had our script. We did our skit before a packed audience (l) of resi- dents and a few visitors. Thank you, Liz, for all your instruction and assistance, including borrowing cos- tumes from the Henderson County Performing Arts Center. She's quite a lady! Next comes Bob Starcher, who has been so generous to donate to the nursing home a computer, monitor, printer and desk, and then set it all up for us. Bob, we really appreciate your generous gift and assis- tance. Nursing homes need a lot of volunteers There are so many oppor- tunities here to make somebody's day a little bet- ter, or maybe a lot better. We have a number of ex- cellent volunteers in our An- gel Patrol, and we couldn't do without them. We just want more ! As a result of the Starchers' assistance, the residents of Cedar Lake Nursing Home were enter- tained by a skit entitled "A The "Skitters Club" at Cedar Lake Nursing Home recentl presented a short play, "A New Flag. "The cast of the play, (from left) was made up of Jean Jolly, Betty Crye, Strateher, Bill Weldon, Rachel Weldon and Fran EdgaJr. The play was based on the book, "A New Flag for a New Country," and was presented in honor of Flag Day. The Skitters Club plans on presenting other plays. New Flag" brought to them by the CLNH Skitter's Club. That's what we've named our group of resident actors and actresses brought to- gether by Liz Starcher. Liz was really put to the test to bring these very amateur- ish residents to some sem- blance of a cast, but she tried and so did we! Our cast consisted of Rachel Weldon playing Betsy Ross, Bill Weldon as General George Washington, Betty Crye (a residenfs daughter) playing Betsy's neighbor, Dolly, and Jean Jolly and Fran Edgar playing themselves. Again, our thanks to the Starchers. You may be hearin more about the Skitters Club's ac- tivities in the future as we spread our wings on other en- deavors. 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