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Off the Editor’s Desk – 11-5-2014

I get a lot of e-mails with information that is very interesting, but is there any truth in that information. Sometimes a story or joke catches my attention and I would like to reprint it.

But the most interesting items come across the table at morning coffee. The following is one that caught my eye Monday morning at the Downing Café and I just cannot refrain myself from reprinting it. Its title is “Debt Ceiling.”

It starts out by explaining that the writer likes it when a complicated situation can be explained in such simple terms!

• Democrats don’t understand the Debt Ceiling

• Republicans don’t understand the Debt Ceiling

• No one understands the Debt Ceiling.

• So, allow me to explain. Let’s say you come home from work and find there has been a sewer backup in your neighborhood. Your home has sewage all the way up to the ceiling. What do you think you should do?

1. Raise the ceiling, or
2. Pump out the poop!

Another item that a friend sent to me is “There are compassionate Christian Seniors”:

A woman had just returned to her home from an evening of church services when she was startled by an intruder.

She caught the man in the act of robbing her home of its valuables and yelled: “Stop! Acts 2:38!” (Repent and be baptized, in the name of Jesus Christ, so that your sins may be forgiven.)

The burglar stopped in his tracks. The woman calmly called the police explained what she had done.

As the officer cuffed the man to take in, he asked the burglar, “Why did you just stand there? All the old lady did was yell a Scripture verse to you.”

“Scripture?” replied the burglar. “She said she had an axe and two 38’s!”

Thanks for reading! — Carlton

The Glenwood Area Historical Society honored Ellen Ainsworth at their annual meeting on October 26th. Ellen was the only Wisconsin woman to die in hostile action during the Second World War.

Last week as I was looking over a file of old pictures, I came across a Glenwood City School annual from 1927. I received that annual from Helen Holmson some time ago.

While paging through the annual I noticed the three Ainsworth children were in school in Glenwood at that time. Ellen was in First Grade, brother Bill was in Junior High and sister Lyda was a graduating senior. The verse accompanying Lyda’s picture stated, “Webster’s only rival.” Lyda passed away only two years ago at the age of 103.

Thanks for reading! — Carlton