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Lima News (Newspaper) - December 6, 1998, Lima, Ohio SUNDAY, DEC. 6,1998 Newsstand 50 CENTS DAILY $1.50 SUNDAY ** The Lima News WEATHER It's still not time to break out the snowblower. Today: Mostly cloudy. Warm and windy. Showers likely in the afternoon. A near record high in the mid-60s. Tomorrow: Cloudy with a 30 percent chance of rain and an early morning high in the mid 40s. Happiness is about recognizing the happy moments of your life, not about competing with others. Smile, it's OK to say you're happy BEHAVIOR: Group challenges convention by asking, "Are you happier than you adnnit you are?" By ROBERT G. WIELAND The Associated Press DALLAS — If you're happy and you know it — shhh! There's a spot for you in the Secret Society of Happy People. "If you're happy but don't admit it because other people don't want to hear it, then we're the society for you," says founder Pam Johnson. The society, founded in August in the -Dallas suburb of Irving, promotes the idea that -it's OK to be happy, despite the lack of positive response from others. That's especially true at Christmas, Johnson says, challenging advice columnist Ann Lmders on the subject of family news letters enclosed with holiday cards. "Spare us the details of the Ivy League sch0el8 jour children are attending and the honors and awards they have received during the year ... Just let us know in a handwritten note that your family is well arid doing something useful," said a recent letter signed "Your Cousins in Illinois." Ann L responded: ."Dear Cousins: Thank you for expressing sentiments that aré'sure to be shared (and appreciated) by riiillións of reáders. Including me." In a letter to Landers, Johnson demanded an apology "to the millions of people you made feel bad for wanting to share their happy news." Happiness is about recognizing the happy moments of your life, not about competing with others, Johnson wrote. "Happy moments are good things that need to be shared more — not less," she said. Landers' editor in Los- Angeles, Kather-ine Searcy, said she would pass along Johnson's letter and request a reply from the columnist. Americans waste a lot of time discussing topics like: "My girlfiiend/boyfnend is a jerk," "I don't like my job," "I need to lose 30 pounds," "If I orüy had more money," and "I need to buy something," Johnson said. The society does not suggest that people should pretend they are content or ignore real problems, but urges people to stop grousing and answer the question: "Are you happier than you admit you are?" "Most people think about it for a moment and they reply, Tou know, I am,'" Johnson said. "I work with people ... who have suffered injuries ... They constantly inspire me by showing up at therapy in the morning with a smile on their face and a kind greeting for everyone — perhaps because they recognize how lucky they are to be alivel" "Beth" in a personal testimonial to the Secret Society of Happy People Intemet site: www.sohp.com . AGRICULTURE It's no longer heaven for hog farmers as surplus takes sizzle out of profits Price pinch: Hog marlcet losing weigiit By RONALD LEDERMAN The Lima News .-•TJSi. Jï.r T. CRAIG OROSZ photos □ The Uriia MiaWs r Karl Schumacher, who raises hogs near Columbus Grove, says he is selling' hogs for 15 cents a pound, down from a high of 60 cents he was selling at, and much lower than recent averages of 40 cents tOi45 cents. he stink once was referred to as the smell of gold. Any more, it's the smell of declining prices. And things don't look to get rosier any time soon. Since peaking in 1997, hog prices have dropped to their lowest level in three decades, said Dave Jones, Ohio State University/Allen County agriculture extension agent. That's bad news locally, as five Lima-area covin-ties rank among the state's leading hog-producing counties, the Ohio Department of Agriculture's 1997 Ohio Agricultural Statistics show. A decrease in packaging facilities combined with an increase in NAFTA-related hog imports from Canada has created a surplus, Jones said. It's a suiplus that may not soon dwindle, which wpuld keep prices low. "You hear all kinds of reports that say in a few. weeks it's going to come back," said Kiarl Schvunacher, who . r^eg Randy, near . ebWiiifc^s^iavii, ^oifte say you have' ix) wait for a while." Tfevgchuinacbets'1,000 hogs are among the 75.000 cbvinted in Putnam Coun1;y last year. That total Five Lima-area counties rank among the state's leading hog-producing counties and Ohio ranks ninth among all states with 1.62 million hogs. puts Putnam County behind only Mercer and Darke counties. Hardin County ranks seventh, while AUen and Auglaize are ninth and 10th, re-, spectively. Ohio ranks ninth among all states with 1.62 million hogs. Schumacher said he is selling hogs for 15 cents a pound, dovra from a high of 60 cents he was selling at, and much lower than recent averages of 40 cents to 45 cents. Joe Beiler, OSU extension agent in Mercer County, said it's hard to raise ► H0GS/A2 Gun checks overcome initial jam By CHAD D. LERCH The Lima News Local gun shop ovmers say the new meOiod by the federal government to conduct backgroimd checks is not aflfecting business. 1 like the regulation," said Carl Gardner, owner of B & C Sporting Arms at 3600 Elida Itoad. "Tlie people who are not entitled to get guns won't get them." People looking to buy handguns: in Ohio previously had been required to undergo state background checks. With the new national program that went into effect Nov. 30, buyers of all guns except muzzleloaders must pass evaluations by the FBI. The new system is conducted on the telephone. For the first few da}« of the new system, local merchants said it was difficult to get through to the FBI telephone center in West Virginia. That forced some buyers Carl Gardner, owner of B & C Sporting Arms, said the longest gun buyers have had to wait for the new background checks is 30 minutes. CARL WILSON □ The Lima News > Clinton wants to extend waiting period for handgUns/A6 - Dan Reiff column: New system has room for improvemenVP7 to wait a day until the store owners could receive final approval. On the first day of the new program, the telephone system malfunctioned — leaving eager gun buyers across the country waiting. Technical problems shut down the system for 90 minutes Monday. "According to them, the bu^ weren't all worked out," said Owen Griflaths of GrifiBths EJ & Sons Inc. in Lima. "But now, it takes two or three minutes on the phone. I think it wtU get easier as time goes on." So far, the longest Gardner has had to wait to get approval is 30 minutes. "Nobody here has had to come back the next day," Gardner said. Before buyers can get guns, they must fill out an application ► CHECKS/A2 Delicate spectacle in space ENDEAVOUR MISSION: High-flying construction job faces a truly out-of-slght procedure today as astronaut Nancy Currie fits the Unity chamber to a Russian component. By MARCIA DUNN The Associated Press SPACE CENTER, Houston — Endeavour's astronauts overcame their first hurdle Saturday in building the international space station: hoisting tiie 25,000-pound Unity chamber from the shuttle cargo bay with only an inch of clearance on either side. An even tougher job awaits them today, when they attempt to pluck a much larger Russian station component from orbit and attach it to Unity without a direct line of sight. The six shuttle astronauts have been chasing the component named Zarya (Russian for Sunrise) since they rocketed into orbit Friday. They trailed the giant cylinder by 6,000 miles Saturday evening. Astronaut Nancy Currie used Endeavour's 50- ► SPACE/A2 IN rHE NEWS Guard pays $26,000 — all in quarters ^jeOoejjBp ^ I PROVIDENCE, R.I. —Aprison guard who lost her discrimination lawsuit against Rhode Island was ordered to pay the state $26,000 as reimbursement for its attorney's fees. She did — in quarters. Sheree Carter-Paulino of Pawtucket delivered 26 sacks of coins to the attorney general's office on Wednesday, a task that took her 45 minutes with a hand truck and two friends. Carter-Paulino, 39, alleged that she was passed over for promotions and given undesirable assignments because she is black and a woman. — Associated Press Plenty to do during holidays A handy calendar of -holiday events happening around the region is something you'll want to clip and save. Keep it along with a listing of holiday te evision specials. Ufestyle/Cl, C6-7 Also in today's newspaper: ' • Champions were crowned Saturday in the Tip-Off Classic and the Lima Senior/Kewpee Spectacular. Sports/01 • Jesse C. Moore of Celina has an invention that could help automobiles get better gas mileage. Business/C9 tomorrow Holiday memories being sought... Christmas is the time of year that evokes memories of the things we cherish. Thè Lima News would like to share some of our readers' memories in a special story appearing on Christmas Day. We would love to hear from you. Christmas memories stories should be no longer than 200 words. The deadline for receiving entries is Tuesday, Dec. 15. The writer's name, town and phone number must be included. Please send them to: Christmas Memories, News Dept., The Lima News, P.O. Box 690, Uma, OH 45802, or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org i What's new at the grocery? Carolyn Wyman and Bonnie Tandy Leblang offer their fun reviews of new food products. Among the items they're featuring Monday are WhipperSnapple Fruit Smoothies and the Pillsbury Homestyle Loaf. Local news • Lima City Council members will be looking at two pay proposals for administrators Monday night. Reporter Chad Lerch .talked with council members in advance to find out how they'll vote. index books ........ c8 classified...... . ,e3-20 commentary . . . . . .b6-7 entertainment . . .09-12 home.......... el-2 lifesnrle....... . .cl-7 region/state . . . .bl-5,8 sports........ . dl-8 television..... ----d9 G199S By Freedom Communications Inc. Published at Uma, Ohio 94 pages, 8 sections www.limanews.com r
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