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“One Man’s Opinion”
Part I
I was reading about the new automobile tax laws and it got me thinking about other laws you hear about all too often. I’m talking about child support. Now please don’t get me wrong. If you have a child, you should support them the best that you can. Unfortunately, some men AND women purposely don’t live up to their obligation. When they don’t, I agree there should be some repercussions and consequences. It’s just that the administration of these laws SOMETIMES just don’t make sense to me. For instance, a young man is working, stays current with his child support and for whatever reason loses his job and falls behind. OK, now here comes the repercussions…. As soon as he finds a new job, he gets picked up and put in jail for three or four months for non-payment. Now all this time the state/county is paying to house and feed him and his child support payments just get further behind. Why not, and this makes just too much sense to me. Have the young man go to work during the day and go to jail at night, right after work and on weekends. 1. He’d be well rested and raring to get up and go to work each morning and would probably do a better job at work. 2. He’d be able make payments on his child support arrears and even save a little money since he wouldn’t have any housing expenses and 3. He’ll have a job and a little money to support himself when he finishes his sentence. Now doesn’t that make sense? Again along those same lines. Another young man, worked hard, got his CDL license and was working and making his child support payments and for whatever reason lost his driving job and fell behind on his child support payments. After diligently searching he secures another position and just as he was about to start he finds out the Child Support Administration has suspended his driver’s license. No license, no job. OK, let’s use common sense again. How about a “conditional suspension”. In other words his license IS ONLY GOOD while working. Not before work, not after work, not going to work, not coming from work ONLY at work. That way HE CAN work, earn money and pay child support. Just seems too simple to me. If I’m missing something, please point it out before I keep up this rant and make a fool of myself. Just, One Man’s Opinion. “Live Long and Prosper”

Ronald A. Gilliard, Publisher


Laughs A law firm receptionist answered the phone the morning after the firm's senior partner had passed away unexpectedly. "Is Mr. Smith there?", asked the client on the phone. "I'm very sorry, but Mr. Smith passed away last night," the receptionist answered. "Is Mr. Smith there?", repeated the client. The receptionist was perplexed. "Perhaps you didn't understand me I'm afraid Mr. Smith passed away last night." "Is Mr. Smith there?", asked the client again. "Ma'am, do you understand what I'm saying?", said the exasperated receptionist. "Mr. Smith is DEAD!" "I understand you perfectly," the client sighed. "I just can't hear it often enough."

One of my husband's duties as a novice drill instructor at Fort Jackson, S.C., was to escort new recruits to the mess hall. After everyone had made it through the chow line, he sat them down and told them, "There are three rules in this mess hall: Shut up! Eat up! Get up!" Checking to see that he had everyone's attention, he asked, "What is the first rule?" Much to the amusement of the other instructors, 60 privates yelled in unison, "Shut up, Drill Sergeant!"


Some tourists in the Chicago Museum of Natural History are marveling at the dinosaur bones. One of them asks the blonde guard, 'Can you tell me how old the dinosaur bones are?' The guard replies, 'They are 3 million, four years, and six months old.' 'That's an awfully exact number,' says the tourist. 'How do you know their age so precisely?' The guard answers, 'Well, the dinosaur bones were three million years old when I started

Laughs Two men sank into adjacent train seats after a long day in the city. One asked the other, "Your son go back to college yet?" "Two days ago." "Mine's a senior this year, so it's almost over. In May, he'll be an engineer. What's your boy going to be when he gets out of college?" "At the rate he's going, I'd say he'll be about thirty." "No, I mean what's he taking in college?" "He's taking every penny I make." "Doesn't he burn the midnight oil enough?" "He doesn't get in early enough to burn the midnight oil." "Well, has sending him to college done anything at all?" "Sure has! It's totally cured his mother of bragging about him."

I stopped at a florist shop after work to pick up roses for my wife. As the clerk was putting the finishing touches on the bouquet, a young man burst through the door, breathlessly requesting a dozen red roses. "I'm sorry," the clerk said. "This man just ordered our last bunch." The desperate customer turned to me and begged, "May I please have those roses?" "What happened?" I asked. "Did you forget your wedding anniversary?" "It's even worse than that," he confided. "I crashed my wife's hard drive!" An American visiting in England asked at the hotel for the elevator. The portiere looked a bit confused but smiled when he realized what the man wanted. "You must mean the lift," he said. "No," the American responded. "If I ask for the elevator I mean the elevator." "Well," the portiere answered, "over here we call them lifts". "Now you listen", the American said rather irritated, "someone in America invented the elevator." "Oh, right you are sir," the portiere said in a polite tone, "but someone here in England invented the language."

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Jane calls the doctor in a panic. "Doctor, doctor! My little Jimmy swallowed a dozen aspirin. What should I do?" The doctor asked Jane, "Are you sure it was a dozen?" The frantic mother says, "Absolutely! Doctor, I'm scared to death!" The doctor tells the mother, "Calm down. Is little Jimmy crying?" Jane says "No." "Is he sleeping?" asks the doctor. "No." says Jimmy's mom. The doctor goes on with routine questions, "Is his color funny?" Again Jane says "No." "Did Jimmy throw up?" asks the methodical doctor. "No." says the worried mom. "But I'm so scared. All that aspirin...shouldn't I do something?" To which the doctor says, "Try giving him a headache."

A couple was getting married, and it was only three days before the wedding. The bride calls her mother with some bad news. "Mom," she says, "I just found out that my fiancé's mother has bought the exact same dress as you were going to wear to the wedding." The bride's mother thinks for a minute. "Don't worry," she tells her daughter. "I'll just go and buy another dress to wear to the ceremony." "But mother," says the bride, "that dress cost a fortune. What will you do with it? It's such a waste not to use it." "Who said I won't use it?" her mother asked. "I'll just wear it to the rehearsal dinner."

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Laughs An engineer, a physicist and a mathematician are staying in a hotel. The engineer wakes up and smells smoke. He goes out into the hallway and sees a fire, so he fills a trash can from his room with water and douses the fire. He goes back to bed. Later, the physicist wakes up and smells smoke. He opens his door and sees a fire in the hallway. He walks down the hall to a fire hose and after calculating the flame velocity, distance, water pressure, trajectory, etc. extinguishes the fire with the minimum amount of water and energy needed. Later, the mathematician wakes up and smells smoke. He goes to the hall, sees the fire and then the fire hose. He thinks for a moment and then exclaims, "Ah, a solution exists!" and then goes back to bed.

Laughs When my son was in the Air Force, my wife and I visited quite often. On our first visit, we were allowed inside this top secret Communications Center, but everything in sight was covered up so we could look around everywhere -Heck, even the toilet paper in the Men's room was disguised. Anyway, at the exit, there's a sign above the door, which reads: "You have been exposed to Top Secret Material. Please destroy yourself before leaving the building." The teenage son was having trouble mastering the fine points of balancing his new checking account. "The bank returned the check you wrote to the sporting goods store," his mother said. "Oh good," he replied, "Now I can use it to buy some stereo equipment!"

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In the 1930s, thousands of formerly enslaved African-American elders dictated their full life stories during interviews conducted by the US government. The following includes their slightly edited words. Their original words in southern dialect are published in “I WAS A SLAVE,” a series of books. It is very important to remember that each owner created his or her own rules for governing their slaves. Therefore, the interviews provide accounts of vastly different experiences during similar circumstances. FOOD RATIONS The former slaves explained that, on some plantations, their food was rationed to each family and, on others, was prepared by cooks and served communal-style. Isom Norris (TX): Every Sunday morning, we all went to the Big House to get our week’s supply of food. We got plenty to last us until the next Sunday, such as meat, flour, lard, peas, beans, potatoes and syrup. Anna Miller (TX): We seldom gits meat. White flour -- we don’ know what dat taste like. ... We gits ’bout all de milk we wants ’cause dey puts it in de trough and we helps ourselves. Dere was a trough for de slaves and one for de hogs. Mary Reynolds (LA): They brought the food and the water to the fields on a slide pulled by a old mule. Plenty times they was only a half-barrel of water and it was stale and hot for all the slaves on the hottest days. Most of the time, we ate pickled pork, cornbread, peas, beans and ’taters. There never was as much as we needed. Tempie Cummins (TX): My dress was usually split from hem to neck and I had to wear them until they was strings. We went barefoot summer and winter until our feets crack open. William Mathe ws (LA): De clothes we wore was made out of dyed lowerings. Dat’s de stuff dey makes sacks out of. Cato Carter (AL): They was always good to me ’cause I was one of their blood. I did have plenty fine clothes, good woolen suits they spinned on the place, doeskins, and fine linens. Gill Ruffin (TX): They give us one garment at a time and that had to be completely worn-out before we got another. All slaves went barefoot. Preely Coleman (TX): Massa Tom made us wear the shoes ’cause there were so many snags and stumps our feets gits sore. They was red russet [rawhide] shoes. I’ll never forgit ’em. They was so stiff at first we could hardly stand ’em. Silas Jackson (VA): Each slave was given something: the women, linsey goods or gingham clothes; the men overalls, muslin shirts, top and underclothes, two pair of shoes, and a straw hat to work in. In cold weather, we wore woolen clothes made at the sewing cabin. Julia Daniels: Underwear? I never wore no underwear then. We will publish further excerpts from the “I WAS A SLAVE” series in future HOT SPOT issues.

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The rules of Sudoku are simple. Enter digits from 1 to 9 into the blank spaces. Every row must contain one of each digit. So must every column, as must every 3x3 square. Each Sudoku has a unique solution that can be reached logically without guessing. The Solution is at the end of the Book. No Peeking.

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