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Paul Osborne

     It’s been six decades since President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas which means anyone who has personal recollections of that Nov. 22, 1963 day, is today in their sixties in age, or beyond.
For those of us who were alive on that day, and were old enough to remember what was happening in the world, the assassination of President Kennedy, and everything that happened that day, and for days following that day, that was a period that is permanently burned into our mind — and our soul.
This week’s “Scrapbook” feature is about President Kennedy and his visit to Decatur in 1959, when he was a senator, and the reaction of local residents when they received the news that he had been assassinated.
     As I write in   this week’s “Scrapbook” in the print and online editions of the Decatur Tribune, I happened to be home with the flu when newsman Walter Cronkite broke into the regular tv programming to announce that President Kennedy’s motorcade in Dallas had been fired upon and the President was wounded.
     Most of us will never forget Cronkite choking up a little when he received and read the dispatch that President Kennedy had died from his wounds.
     It was a tremendously sad time.

     I remember the young president’s challenging words in his Inaugural Address on January 20, 1961: “Ask not what your country can do for you – ask what you can do for your country.”
     I certainly was challenged by that phrase — and so were many others regardless of their political party connection.

     • PORKER OF THE MONTH —Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) has named Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) its November 2023 Porker of the Month for “trying to take away everyone’s credit card benefits.
“In 2010, Sen. Durbin led the effort to pass the Durbin Amendment, which set a limit on fees that banks charge retailers for debit card transactions. This caused banks and card issuers to lose billions of dollars and forced them to eliminate popular and widely used rewards programs for debit cards. Now, Sen. Durbin is at it again by proposing legislation that would expand the Durbin Amendment to credit cards. Sen. Durbin’s bill will take away benefits used by tens of millions of consumers across the country, including travel and loyalty reward programs. The 84 percent of Americans who have a credit card with a rewards program use them to pay for groceries and gas, family vacations and holiday travel. Airline credit card benefits alone paid for 15 million flights and generated $23 billion in economic activity in 2022.”
     Do you think “congratulations” to our senator is an appropriate response?

     • APOLOGIES to Macon County Coroner Michael Day for writing in the last few City Beat columns that he has been serving in that office for 20 years.
     Actually, on Dec. 1st, he starts his 30th year in the coroner’s office — and I’ve known Mike since before he was elected coroner.
     He has done, and continues to do, an outstanding job in that office.

     • LIGHT BLUE REJECTED — I received a call from one of the tellers at a downtown bank where I had just made a deposit of checks for subscription payments.
     I was told that one of the checks was filled out properly, but a pen with light blue ink had been used and the bank’s scanner couldn’t read it!
     The teller told me that she didn’t have any problem reading it, but the scanner rejected it because it couldn’t read the light blue ink!
So we had to call the sender for a new check made out in darker ink.
     It seems that banks are getting really picky about checks. I never dreamed that a check made out in light blue ink that human eyes had no problem reading would be rejected because the scanner couldn’t read it!
     So, be sure you make out any check you write in dark ink because some bank scanners must have cataracts in their digital make-up somewhere!
     It seems the more we depend on modern technology the less efficient we become when even a check is rejected because of the ink used to fill it out!

     • I OFTEN get emails and letters from readers who tell me how political figures personally write to them to keep them informed of what’s happen.
     I get a lot of emails from officeholders (usually wanting money) and they do address me personally.
The only problem is that they refer to me as “Decatur” instead of “Paul”. (They must think I’m named after the city.) Actually, they are using the first name of the Decatur Tribune without realizing its a newspaper, not a person.
     The emails come from both Republican and Democrat officeholders who are concerned when “Decatur”, that’s me, has stopped donating money — as if I ever donated anything to them.

     • ENJOY the Thanksgiving weekend and thank you for all of your support of this newspaper — and its editor and devoted staff.

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