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This Week In History, 6-11-09


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The following reports are taken from The Calhoun Chronicle archives:


1909, 100 years ago

A home without a newspaper is no home at all. It is kind of a dreary den where the inhabitants live in blissful ignorance of what the world is doing. It is inhabited by a class who do not know who is president or what he is president of--who never find out that a thing has happened until everyone else has forgotten it.


The children grow up in rags and dirt, while the wife finds consolation in darning socks and lugging a pipe loaded with long green tobacco and the man lives because he can’t die, and is too lazy to kill himself. He goes out on election day and does not know whom he is voting for, but just takes his ticket and a drink and spoils his ballot.



1959, 50 years ago

Congress sent President Eisenhower, at his request, a bill which would increase the national debt limit to $295 billion. The debt limit had been $288 billion.


The new ceiling is temporary, but this has meant little in past years. For example, the $288 billion ceiling would have expired and the ceiling would have dropped to $283 billion on July 1.


Congress, instead of allowing the ceiling to go back down, was forced to increase it. The new debt limit is the highest in the history of the U.S. in peace time, and with interest rates what they are, and the government using short term financing, it means that the American people will be paying somewhere in the neighborhood of $8 billion interest annually.


We think every taxpaying citizen should consider this huge interest burden and understand it. It means that of our approximately $70 billion budget, more than 10 percent of it, or $8 billion, must be paid out just to carry the interest load on the billions we have borrowed, and still owe.



 1984, 25 years ago

Although it is running several months behind schedule, the Dept. of Highways project to build a bridge to replace the low water crossing at Rush Run on Rt. 16/26 is very much alive.


A telephone inquiry to the Highways office in Charleston elicited the information that the project will be advertised in July, letting of bids scheduled for August, with construction to begin in September. It will take approximately one year to complete the 15’x70’ span.


During the construction phase, residents of the Rush Run area will presumably continue to use the existing low water bridge.




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