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Bill Linneman

May 16 2016

An explanation of my circumstances
This is to explain why I missed several columns recently. I hope to get more regular soon and get back on schedule. I know it’s been just ages as the girls would saY—But there have been circumstances.
About a month ago I emerged from Luther Oaks theater room having seen a scintillating viewing of “Yellow Rose of Texas” or “She Wore a Yellow Ribbon” or something starring John Wayne into the brightly lit hallway and began a pirouette wall to wall before succumbing to gravity on the hardwood floor. A succession of wheel chairs took me to my bed, where I remained for 24  hours, but when I arose I couldn’t.
After a consultation between the head concierge and several Bloomington firemen, it was decided I could no longer stay at Luther Oaks. Stretcher and ambulance transported me to Bro-Menn hospital where I was properly doped and fed. Medicare decided to move me to a cheaper facility --- Heartland Manor Rehabilitation where I began intensive therapy of exercises from which I was liberated on Saturday, it is now Thursday June 9.
Now I’m back at Oaks with my H-P and letters, bills, and emails to reply to. There’s still occasional pain in left hip and walking with walker is painful but not too much. I’ll probably use wheelchair for locomotion for a while but believe I can graduate to walker probably for the rest of my life.
Heartland didn’t know what to do with me on Saturday. They have no van and the vans and buses of Luther Oaks operate not on weekends. “Don’t taxis still exist in this town?”  I asked. Problem was resolved when grandson Mitchell drove 300 miles from Michigan to transport me 6 miles from Heartland to Oaks. It was good to have Mitch here for 24 hours. He has just been accepted by NYU to study brain science. I won’t be seeing him much in the future. Grandsons pick name universities. NYU, Wisconsin, Indiana (where Casey is headed). And 12 year old Erik thinks about Stanford. The little fart—what does he know about Stanford except for football.
Anyway Saturday night after our carry in dinner, I went soundly to sleep in my lounger. I was dreaming that Hillary Clinton was going to put me to bed. I had seen nothing but Hillary and Donald for a couple of weeks. But during this sound sleep Mitchell pinched me and asked if I wanted him to put me to bed. Now I had been awakened in the midst of my dream and so was still in dream-world. I told him that Hillary was going to put me to bed. He would have to make arrangement with her.
Mitch stared at me, eyes wide and mouth agape and watched as I kicked off my shoes and climbed atop covers fully dressed. I had my best sleep in a month. I don’t  know about Mitch, I’m sure he was worried about his grandfather.
Anyway, Mitch got a good laugh out of it when I explained the next day.

Capitol Facts
by Rich Miller

June 23 2015
Governor keeps state running without budget but turning point coming
Nobody, and I mean nobody, ever thought that Gov. Bruce Rauner’s administration could ever keep state operations running for a year without an actual state budget.
State and federal courts have ordered about 90 percent of state spending since the General Assembly’s Democrats and the Republican governor deadlocked on a budget last year because they couldn’t come to terms on the governor’s pro-taxpayer/anti-government union Turnaround Agenda. Because of those court orders, employees are getting paid and Medicaid payments are being made, among other things.
When Gov. Rauner put aside his demands for things like workers’ comp reform before he’d do a budget deal, he and legislators were able to agree on releasing funds for local governments and federal programs and they appropriated some money for universities and colleges.
But state government operations have been hammered. If the air conditioning goes out in a state building and it can’t be fixed in-house, too bad. Lack of money for postage and printing costs forced the Secretary of State to suspend sending out reminder notices for license plate renewals. Enormous overdue utility bills have been piling up. The Department of Corrections uses private contractors to provide things like food for prisoners, and none of them have been paid since last year.
Rauner said last week to reporters that keeping the state functioning is a result of “an extraordinary performance by the leaders in our team.”
“We’re doing heroic things,” Rauner claimed.
Ever since Rauner asked legislative Democratic leaders for a temporary “stopgap” budget for bureaucratic operations in April, the Democrats have viewed the request as a sign of potential weakness and have so far refused to comply. Rauner has claimed the Democrats are attempting to force a crisis via a state shutdown.
So, how is the administration managing to – literally - keep the lights on?
The Rauner administration has a team of people that works on these issues and has developed all sorts of contingency plans. One of the departments they really have to watch all the time is Corrections. Some little state board might go under and almost nobody would notice. But if the state can’t feed prisoners, well, that could be really bad.
The administration has been using a special loan fund to help some prison contractors get through this rough patch. The vendors can sell their debt to a company for most of what they’re owed, which can keep them limping along.
Every now and then, the governor’s office will get calls from mayors of Downstate prison towns, who sometimes seem to have been prompted by the Democrats. A water shutoff or some such thing is threatened unless the towns receive payment on their overdue bills. The mayors are asked to please be patient while the leaders work on a budget.
If kindness doesn’t work, the mayors are sternly warned that the state won’t be able to operate a prison without water, so prisoners will have to be moved to other facilities. And once they leave, they won’t ever be coming back. Rauner, the mayors are told, believes we have too many people behind bars anyway. And, besides, once the facility is abandoned, the state would have to comply with much stricter building and safety rules if it wanted to reopen the prison. That would cost lots of money that the state simply doesn’t have.
And, of course, if the prison permanently goes away, so will all those local jobs and the facilities’ huge economic impacts. So, a mayor can shut off the water over a past-due bill, but that’ll turn out to be the most costly utility shutoff in the history of that town. So far, it’s worked.
As I write this, Mt. Sterling is facing this very dilemma. The tiny town of less than 2,000 people is owed $300,000 to $400,000 (depending on whom you talk to) for water service to the 2,000 inmates at Western Illinois Correctional Center. They’re desperate for the money, but they also, obviously, don’t want to lose those jobs.
We could be reaching a turning point. The Department of Corrections director predicted in an early June newspaper op-ed that prison vendors will eventually have to pull their services, which could, he warned, “cripple the department in a matter of days.”
The administration will have to get even more “heroic” if that happens.
Rich Miller also publishes Capitol Fax, a daily political newsletter, and thecapitolfaxblog.com

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Helen Leake's Gardeners Tips
by Helen J. Leake

June 23 2016
Watch for emergence of Japanese Beetles
Now is the time you can sow seeds of perennials directly into the soil for next years flowers.  You can also start seeds for broccoli, cabbage and cauliflower for a fall harvest.  In late June, you can plant bush beans for fall harvest.  You can place the seeds a little deeper in the soil and be sure to keep the soil moist.
It won’t be long until the male Japanese beetles will start emerging from the soil.  Shortly afterwards the females will emerge.  They will start looking for food.  When they find a good place, they release an odor to tell others they found food. If you watch for them and kill them early, you might not have a lot later. By  putting out beetle traps you could have more beetles than without one. It will draw them in and they could stop and feed on the way.
  You can kill them if you put a few drops of dish soap in a can and add water.  In the morning and evening, when the beetles are the least active hold the container under the beetle and touch its back with your finger.  The beetle will fold its legs and fall into the water.   The soapy water  will coat its wings making it unable to fly right away.

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The Rest is Still Unrwritten
by John Colclasure of Lexington

June 23 2016
Mother Knows Best
Hardly a week goes by that I don’t hear the words and voice of my Mom & Dad. Especially during situations that seem so familiar from the early days of my youth. Remember those troubling years as teenagers, when we knew more than our parents. It seems that the older I get the smarter my parents have become. If I had only known the value of their wisdom, life might have been a little bit easier. Perhaps you remember some of those words of wisdom as well. “Don’t judge a book by its cover,” “When you lay down with the dogs you get up with fleas,” “Eat everything on your plate, children are starving in China,” “Life is unfair,” “One day you’ll thank me,” or “because I said so.”  Just a few of the many words to live by.
Perhaps the one statement that I heard more than any other was: “If I had my life to live over again and know what I know now, I would sure do things different!” She always said that with a smile on her face and love in her heart.  Mom was ahead of her time as this same saying was used years later by the late Erma Bombeck. Dad & Mom were right about so many things that I only wish I had one more day to tell what they meant to me. But I digress.
If we had our lives to live over, what would I do or better yet, what would you do? Would life have been a little easier, knowing what we now know? For example, I now know that when Ruth and I were married, I listened but maybe did not hear.” I listened to the words, “marriage is not to be entered into inadvisably or lightly, but reverently, deliberately, and in accordance with the purposes for which it was instituted by God.” I had absolutely no idea how much life was to change after the pastor said, “You may kiss the bride!” The journey of surprises was about to begin.
No one had prepared me for the 42 things that change when you have a baby. Nor the 12 reasons babies cry and ways to soothe them. So many changes!! Anyway our oldest daughter arrived and my swollen ring finger got better (my wife had held my hand during contractions and bent my wedding ring flat against my finger). Once mother and child came home I thought that life would get a little easier. Changing took on new meaning and I got better at it. However, just when I thought I had it down pat, a second daughter arrived and then our first boy and then our second boy. Now our family was complete. Two girls and two boys. Did I mention that you must be on your toes when changing a boy? Got a surprise, not once, not twice, but thrice. Life wasn’t getting any easier though.
Would you believe that I thought if the baby would just sleep all night that life would get easier? Or, if I could survive the terrible two’s and just get our child in school for a full day, life would get easier. Or if we could see our children graduate from high school, college, get married, have children of their own, then life would get easier. Life never got easier for us and probably not for you either.
Mom and Dad told me a number of times that you never pay for your raising until you raise your own, how right they were. How right they were.
But you know, really, if I had my life to live and knew what I know today, “there would have been more “I love you”s, more “I’m sorry”s, but mostly, given another shot at life, I would seize every minute... look at it and really see it and live it... and never give it back. to visit either the Triple R or the Double R Bar Ranches, I did get to visit the Museum in Branson. 
“Yippee Yay,Yippee Yi, Yippee Yo!

Till next time…john
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