Hi folks! Several years ago, I shared a story with you that seems just as appropriate today as then. When I watch the news, I become upset and wonder if there is any decent news to report at all.

We do seem to have lost one of the most basic of guides for living so I dusted it off and present it to you again.

The Death of Common Sense


Today we mourn the passing of a beloved old friend, Common Sense, who has been with us for many years. No one knows for sure how old he was, since his birth records were long ago lost in bureaucratic red tape.

He will be remembered as having cultivated such valuable lessons as:

 Knowing when to come in out of the rain;

 Why the early bird gets the worm;

 Life isn't always fair; and

 Maybe it was my fault.

Common Sense lived by simple, sound financial policies (don't spend more than you can earn) and reliable strategies (adults, not children, are in charge). His health began to deteriorate rapidly when well-intentioned but overbearing regulations were set in place. Reports of a 6-year-old boy charged with sexual harassment for kissing a classmate; teens suspended from school for using mouthwash after lunch; and a teacher fired for reprimanding an unruly student, only worsened his condition.

Common Sense lost ground when parents attacked teachers for doing the job that they themselves had failed to do in disciplining their unruly children.

It declined even further when schools were required to get parental consent to administer sun lotion or an aspirin to a student; but could not inform parents when a student became pregnant and wanted to have an abortion.

Common Sense lost the will to live as the churches became businesses; and criminals received better treatment than their victims.

Common Sense took a beating when you couldn't defend yourself from a burglar in your own home and the burglar could sue you for assault.

Common Sense finally gave up the will to live, after a woman failed to realize that a steaming cup of coffee was hot. She spilled a little in her lap and was promptly awarded a huge settlement.

Common Sense was preceded in death, by his parents, Truth and Trust, by his wife, Discretion, by his daughter, Responsibility, and by his son, Reason.

He is survived by his 4 stepbrothers:

I Know My Rights

I Want It Now

Someone Else Is to Blame

I'm A Victim

Not many attended his funeral because, so few realized he was gone.

If you still remember him, pass this on.

If not, join the majority and do nothing

Birthdays being celebrated this week include: April 3 – Marie Dennis, Ruth Ann Wise, Kay Kick and Marion Stinemetz; April 4 – Doug Winters, Coleston Conner, Chris Tuttle, John Donley, Donell Bird and Nick Mott; April 6 – Stacie Pierce and Jason Kline; April 7 – Gary Young, Luther Sipes and Alice Schopher; April 8 – Linda Brown, Dan Newcomer and Roger Bickhart.

Many happy returns of the day!

Practice is underway for "Steel Magnolias". Beauty shop owner Truvy, played by Mona McMullen, and her assistant, Annelle (Hannah Cooper) invite you to their shop with clients Claire (Renata Lunt) Shelby (Bethany Herman) her mother M'Lynn (Sally Hollenbach) and crazy Ouiser (Traci Cooper). Performances are Thursday through Saturday, April 12-14 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, April 15 at 2 p.m. at the Ohio Theatre. Tickets can be purchased at the door.

A police officer found a perfect hiding place for watching for speeding motorists.

One day, the officer was amazed when everyone was under the speed limit, so he investigated and found the problem.

A 10-year-old boy was standing on the side of the road with a huge hand painted sign which said "Radar Trap Ahead." A little more investigative work led the officer to the boy’s accomplice: another boy about 100 yards beyond the radar trap with a sign reading "TIPS" and a bucket at his feet full of change.

Wedding anniversaries being celebrated this week include: April 3 – Wes and Dee Lint (their 54th); April 5 – Bill and Carol Herman; April 8 – Jim and Leslie Weber; April 9 -Jerry and Cathy Quickle.


Finally — "There is an option still left to the United States of America, that it is in their choice and depends upon their conduct, whether they will be respectable and prosperous or contemptible and miserable as a Nation" — George Washington