|Friday, October 19, 2001||ISSUE #202|
WAVERLY, Ohio: Anthrax is scaring folks in New York and Washington and Florida. Ten or so have got sick. One died, but the others are fine. Thousands across the country are afraid to get on an airplane. Automobile accidents have claimed a thousand, but nobody has parked their car. Anthrax got the House of Representatives so worried they are all went home till Tuesday. It's been said that this sets a bad example, but it's mainly the lobbyists doing the complaining. When you get 435 Congressmen all scattered in 435 different places around the country, it's hard to twist arms of more than two or three a day. Not only does it knock the lobbyist out power, if Congress ain't meeting, they can't add on any new taxes.
Down here in Waverly, they don't have a prison or a university, or even a junior college. But they've got trees and timber and saw mills. And they have a factory called Mill's Pride. It's so big it uses half the white oak in three states to make kitchen cabinets and put-it-together-yourself furniture. That's a good name for it, Mill's Pride, because the workers take Pride in their products. Next time you're in a Home Depot, you may not see their name, but you can't miss their products.
Historical quotes from Will Rogers:
(In Holland) "Forests are the most beautiful forests, all out in rows. Every time they cut down a tree it looks like they planted two in its place. Every time we cut one down, the fellow that cuts it down sets down to have a smoke and celebrate. He throws his cigarette away and burns up the rest of the forest." (From Will's book, "There's Not a Bathing Suit in Russia")
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