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Westfield Free Press Courier (Newspaper) - May 27, 2015, Westfield, PennsylvaniaW Hen you think about certain areas of the world youve got to wonder if theress something in the water frack ing fluid. Take Texas for instance. The same state that gave us buddy Holly Zzz top Molly Ivins and Kinky Friedman then turned around and favored us with a Ted Cruz Rick Perry and the current Gover nor Greg Abbott. Gov. A Bott is the one who recently ordered the Texas National guard to queue up in Antici pation of the United states armed forces invasion and subjugation of the Lone Star state and her residents. Yes a routine military training exercise scheduled for july in the Southwest was somehow mistaken for a plan to occupy Texas. Not Only was president Obama set to turn the Alamo into an organic food cooperative but there was talk of confiscating All the guns melting them Down and making really unwieldy solar panels from them at taxpayers expense of course. Things were just settling Down from the threat of an aimed at conservatives military take Over when the bikers showed up in Waco. The Story i heard was that these rival gangs wanted to have a Parley and so agreed to meet at a restaurant for drinks and dinner. Can you imagine being the person who took the reservation for that yes of course we can accommodate 200 Hellas Angels. No problem. Would you like cocktail weenies for the meet and Greet Well then somebody ran Over somebody Elsess foot in the parking lot and things went downhill fast. Several people died and close to 200 were arrested. Gov. Abbott could have called in the National guard to help but they were Busy on the West Ern front stockpiling res for the siege. You cant blame Texas for making secessionist noises really As it seems to be continually in the crosshair but its puzzling to me that the same people who fess to place such value on states rights dont feel that Way at All about local control. In response to the efforts by some communities such As the City of Denton to ban Hydro fracturing and drilling activities particularly in residential areas the state has said no you cant do that. Gov. Abbott while keeping a weather Eye on those Black Hawks has indicated he wants to protect the Oil and Gas Industry from the heavy hand of local control. In Denton existing Well pads were grandfathered so that they could be expanded sans local control. One Industry spokesman said with a heavy sigh that some people Are just anti Oil and Gas. He suggested those types should just ride their horses to work. They might except their mounts have All been commandeered by the National guard. Gayle Morrow wears several different hats depend ing on the Day and the need but mostly she just thinks too much. She has been sharing her opinions in this space off and on since 1988. Opinion the free press courier wednesday May 27, 2015 3 letters policy the free press welcomes our readers opinions. 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June is Candy month diary month flight of the filthy Fly month nation Al accordion awareness month aquarium month Turkey lovers month National adopt a cat month National fresh fruit and vegetables month and Rose month. This week is emergency medical services week. Recognition Days Over the next week include May 27 Sun screen Day. Birthdays include wild Bill Hickok 1837 and politicians Hubert h. Humphrey 1911 and Henry Kissinger 1923 in 1919, the pop up toaster is patented and in 1941, the British Navy Sank the German battleship Bismarck. May 28 amnesty inter National Day and Sierra club Day. Birthdays in clude athlete Jim Thorpe 1888 and former new York City mayor Rudolph Giuliani 1944 and in 1937, the Golden Gate Bridge opened. May 29 learn about composting Day. Birthdays include revolutionary War Leader Patrick Henry 1736comedian Bob Hope 1903 and president John f. Ken Nedy 1917 in 1790, Rhode Island became the 13th state in 1848, Wisconsin became the 30th state and in 1953, sir Edmund Hillary became the first person to reach the top of mount Everest. May 30 water a Flower Day. Birthdays include band Leader Benny Goodman 1909 and football player Gale Sayers 1943 and in 1783, the first . Daily newspaper is published. May 31 National Maca Roon Day save your hear ing Day and world no tobacco Day. Birthdays in clude poet Walt Whitman 1819 and religious Leader Rev. Or. Norman Vincent Peale 1898 and in 1977, the trans alaskan pipeline was finished. June 1 dare Day and flip a Coin Day. Birthdays in clude actors Andy Griffith 1926marilyn Monroe 1926 and Morgan Freeman 1937 in 1792, Kentucky became the 15th state in 1796, Tennessee became the 16th state in 1843, Snow fell on Buffalo and Rochester . Cleveland Ohio and other places and in 1938, Superman comic is first published. June 2 National Bubba Day and National Rocky Road Day. Birthdays in clude former first lady Martha Washington 1731 and Tarzan actor Johnny Weissmuller 1904 and in 1835, . Barn mrs circus began its first tour of the . Again my friends As an american i am blessed. And you Are too. May god bless America and May americans always bless god thank you for your prayers and support. It. Col. Alan r. Goodrich is a retired Amy lieutenant colonel residing in Osceola. Contact him at Goodrich enter . Busted fingers w Ell i busted another Finger this past week. Ism pretty sure ill lose the Fingernail but ism used to that. You see Ive busted More fingers that you can shake a stick at. The first time i did it was probably the worst time. I actually broke the Finger. In fact it was the same Finger that i smashed this time the ring Finger on my right hand. This poor Finger has seen its share of trouble in its lifetime let me Tell you. I even dropped a piece of melted plastic from a Coffee can lid i had set on fire. You see you can set a Coffee can lid on fire while holding it up with a stick and the melted plastic will Start dripping off. You dont want to hold the stick up too High or the plastic will hit your hand. I Learned this the hard Way. Poor Finger. Why did i set fire to a Coffee can lid you ask Back then we did not have fire ants but we did have big red ants. I dont know if thatus the proper name for them but thatus what we called them. What you would do is you would find a big red ant bed and take a toy Soldier or in my Case a plastic Coffee can lid and Yourd set it on fire and try to hit an ant with the dripping plastic. I know it sounds cruel but ism just telling you what we did. An who we Usu ally ended up in As bad of shape As the ants. How did i get on this subject of yeah busted fingers. Like i said the first busted Finger was the worse. My dad and i were up at or. Toddes getting our hair Cut. Now this was an old timey Barber shop. It had a Barber pole out front and a pile of magazines for All the men to read while waiting to get a haircut there a snot anything about making an appointment to get a hair Cut Back Thena Shoeshine stand and three old Barber chairs. There were Only two Barbers in or. Toddes shop or. Todd and another Man. I cant remember what the other mans name was but mom said that if my dad Ever let him Cut my hair again shed skin him alive. See or. Todd was Busy once and my dad was in a hurry and he let that other Man Cut it and i came Home looking like i had the Mange. I thought my mom was going to cry. An who Back to the Finger busting. You re probably not going to believe this but i was a pretty rambunctious child. I sit still. I still cant. Now my mom was pretty Good at keeping me corralled but my dad Well my dad was pretty rambunctious himself so he knew where i was coming from and All and head let me get away with a Little More than mom would. You see you had to wait to get your hair Cut. There were always a few men in front of you. Barbers Back then we rent that interested in getting in any hurry either. The eyed Cut a while and then Stop and talk a while and then Cut some More and then Stop and talk some More. While this was All going on id look through the Hunting and fishing Maga Zines and then jump up and go outside and slide Down the pipe Handrail on the Concrete Steps and then go Back inside and climb up in the Shoeshine chair and finally end up in one of the old Barber chairs that was not being used. Or. Todd had three chairs but he and that other Man were the Only ones working so it left that one chair. Those old chairs had a big handle on the Side so that the Barber could re Cline the Back of the chair so he could shave you. They used to shave you Back then. He could also pump that lever up and Down and the chair would move up and Down so he could make it the right height. Well i was sitting in that empty chair and i my hand on that handle and started pumping. Quit Messing with that chair boy my dad said and i did. I jumped out of the chair and went around looking at that handle. I was trying to figure out How it worked. Well i my right hand on the armrest of the chair and my left hand on the handle and i dont know what i did but All of a sudden the Back of the chair fell Back and my Finger was caught in some kind of joint and we All heard it snap. I hollered. My dad jumped up and ran Over and Between him and or. Todd they finally figured out How to get me Unsung. My hand was pointing up and my Finger was pointing toward the Wall. Now a Days the kid would get a whole Bunch of sympathy and the Barber would get sued. I got chewed out for not obeying my dad and then he made me apologize to or. Todd for Messing with his chair. Ism pretty sure i would have gotten a whip Pink if my Finger had been pointing up. Then my dad grabbed my Finger pulled it out and straightened it. He made a few minor adjust ments and told me not to move it. Then we got our hair Cut. On the Way Home he stopped at Skillerns drug store and bought a Little Metal splint and some tape and them on my Finger. No we did not go to the doctor. Back then you did not go to the doctor unless you had blood Spur tiny or there was a Bone sticking out or guts hanging out. Of Well now you know about my fingers. One of these Days ill Tell you about my toes. Rusty Mitchum lives in new Harmony Texas where he writes a regular column for the Lindale news and times. He says the Only reason he writes is to keep the voices away. Rusty Mitchum humor column Westfield Public Library news front line through the eyes of a Soldier by it. Col. Alan r. Goodrich dirt Road deers face off in upcoming event what goes on Down there a Ridge runners View by Gayle Morrow
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