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I I I Friday, July 28, 2006 - The Malakoff News - PAGE llA Judy Gray Greenlee That saying, "where's the beef?" was a commercial that was nationwide for many years; made a lot of money for some elderly ladies want- ing more meat in their ham- burger. But it holds even more true today. I'm sure that the majority of the average working man or woman in this day and time will agree with this col- umn, but as is everything else, there are those that will not. As I pass the gas stations today I have to look at the price of gas. It's not that I am about to fill my car up or anything like that, it's just out of curiosity that I wonder what the price is today. I can't help but think about other times when it was lower; when it didn't cost a large portion of someone's take home pay to fill it or when you could stop ancrput $10 in and get a half a tank; those days are over with folks; gone, finished. No longer can we say we don't mind stopping and fill- ing up with gas, because we Working for minimum do mind, today, we do mind. wage of $5.15 per hour, 40 We even get angry about hours per week is $206.00 a it.We ask our- selves how and why it got to this point. But there other things to think about also, before we get to the unthinkable answer. We must think about the aver- age working man and woman who is out there working their tails off for minimum wage; $5.15 per hour folks. Now you've re- ally got to think about this if you expect to come up with anything close to reality. The average rent on an apartment around this area is approximately $90 per week, if you are very lucky that's bills paid on a one room apartment. But for most, you still have an elec- trical bill to think about. week. Then you have to take out for uncle sam; at .least $40.00; that leaves you with $166.00. Now take out your rent; that leaves you with $76.00. If you are like the rest of the av- erage working man or woman you have a late model car or truck; fill it up for next week. If you are lucky, you now have $36.00 left to pay on your electric bill, buy some groceries, and pay on your water bill. Yes folks, that is $36.00 a week; it just won't stretch people. I know there are people out there making $6.50 an hour, $10.00 an hour, God Bless them. Because it's not going to stretch for them ei- ther, well, maybe the $10 an hour one is working out, but not the $6.50 an hour. The electric companies now tack on a surcharge to your bill, they say because of rising fuel costs, the cost to get the electricity to you. Ok, that's plausible. But why isn't minimum wage being raised along with everything else? Gas prices are up; food prices are up; electricity is up; housing is up, so why are we still pay- ing labor wages of 10 years ago? It's been 10 years since minimum wage has gone up. What is wrong with this picture people? And we have the audacity to wonder why there are so many people on welfare? We have the audacity to lower the length of time someone can be on welfare? WHY ARE WE NOT RAISING MINI- MUM WAGE? Yes, I know that some employers are say- ing that we are not the only ones who are paying extra at the pumps, or extra at the See SHADES, Page 14A Carwashing kept everyone cool at Norris' cancer benefit last weekend in Trinidad. dimbo's sister Leslie Casey, Tanya Estes Norris and Tonya Tart commanded the baked goods at Jimmy Norris' benefit. mere The 49er's Club is located V2 mile South of Hwy 334, on the Southeast corner of Arnold Hills Road and Channel Road. And is open each week on Thursdays at 6 pm for dancing and social- izing, for a donation of $5, Chuck and the 49er's Band plays music from 7 pm'iintil 9:30 pm for dancing. And there is a food bar for those who wish to eat, by bringing a covered dishl salad, or desert; there are also cold drinks and coffee available for .50 each. The club has a 50-50 drawing each Thursday, and "Ball Night" is observed on the last Thursday with draw- ings for door prizes. Club requirements are, you must be 15 years of age and older. No smoking inside the building, however there are areas provided outside of the building for those who wish to smoke. There is no alcohol allowed on the pre- mises. And the dress code is no shorts or halter-tops. The Club is solely a non- profit organization; it is not subsidized by any city, county, state or federal fund- ing. It is supported by mem- bership dues, donations and funds raised from the dances. Membership is open for new members for minimal annual dues of $5.00. ml RootSeekers Genealogical Society members will be on hand each Tuesday morning in the genealogy room at the Tri- County Library, between 9:30- 12, starting August 8, to help anyone wishing to search their family trees. As long as there is a need, Rootseekers mem- bers will try to help. Sadly many of us wait too late to question the older members of our families. The elderly in our families are a treasure trove of information. This is a good place to start and always write things down. Get started now while those grandparents and hopefully great grandparents are still with you. Tbe genealogy roomhas research books, as well as some film and disks, qhese books and films canr~ be checked out but we have tables andchairs to sit in while you do your research. Ancestral Charts will be available free of charge. Joining the library, which is free, will give you access to census records at Heritage Quest by computer. The first census was in 1790 but only list head of household. S gin, 1850 the census listed the head of household,name of wife and children, where they were born, age at time of census and occupation. We do have some census records in book form. All this information is very in- teresting and exciting, Come and let us help you get started. 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