“It Seems to B.” Returns
This column appeared in the Citizen-Observer for a few years until I quit writing it about six years ago. But sometimes you readers just can’t catch a break, so here we go again.
This time the focus will be a little different. In this post-truth world, too many decisions are made on falsehoods. I’m going to concentrate on factoids and numbers I find interesting.
Wow, it was nice listening to the thunder and rain on the roof Saturday night. If it didn’t come too late, the three- inches for the area might have been a “million-dollar rain.” Some places got six or more.
Glad to see the Cameron Regional Medical Center (CRMC) planning another $3 million upgrade with much of the money used to build a new clinic where Pringle’s used to sit at the intersection of Grand and Walnut. It will be fun to watch that progress on the 5,100-square-foot building. It will be adjacent to a similar-sized building being put in by Mosaic.
The clinic on Walnut will now be used for home health. They were seeing 50-80 patients a day there.
The hospital here is growing by leaps and bounds under dynamo Hospital Administrator Joe Abrutz.
At least 85 rural hospitals have totally shut down since 2010, while others have drastically cut back on services. Researchers estimate that fewer than half of the rural counties in the U.S. will still have a hospital that offers obstetric care, forcing women to give birth outside a hospital. According to the New York Times, rural hospitals are hurting financially because of cuts to public health insurance programs and a refusal by many states to expand Medicaid
The government is gearing up for the census. You may be surprised to know that eight states will be home to almost half of the US population by 2040. The most populous 16 states will account for 70 percent of the pollution by that year, according to the University of Virginia.
Cameron just fell short of 10,000 in the census nine years ago and we have lost population since then. The latest estimate is 9,703 as of July 1, 2018. Clinton County’s portion was 4,858 while DeKalb’s was 4,845.
The loss of one prison will severely cost us next year.
Congratulations to Kim Evans Carson. She was recognized over the weekend in Jefferson City as the Outstanding Choral director in the Kansas City metropolitan area. She teaches at Truman High School in Independence. She is the daughter of Richard and Linda Evans of rural Kidder.
This Apollo 11 moon walk anniversary has been interesting. In keeping with the numbers theme: The distance from the earth to the moon is 238,855 miles. It took eight days three hours, 18 minutes and 35 seconds to make the round trip. The ships top speed was 24,200 miles per hour. It was 3.5 feet from the ladder to Armstrong’s “small step” onto the moon.
Only 40 percent of teens ages 16-19 held a summer job last year --- down from nearly 60 per cent in 2000.
0-0-0-0 --- the winning numbers for the North Carolina Pick 4 game on June 22nd. It was played by 2,014 winners, setting a state record for prize money.
I like to end columns with quotes. This one is from Robert Kennedy: “Every time we turn our heads the other way when we see the law flouted, when we tolerate what we know to be wrong, when we close our eyes and ears to the corrupt because we are too busy or too frightened, when we fail to speak up and speak out, we strike a blow against freedom and decency and justice.”