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The Wisdom Of Barnyard Bruke:"Cancer"

Greetings to ever one in western Illinois and all readers of The Quill.

We had some nice showers over the weekend with warmer weather help'n us appreciate the convenience of air conditioners in home, car, and business alike.

A lot of hay was made last week but it appears that a lot more is yet to be baled. The weather always seems to complicate that job.

Work'n with livestock can be a dangerous endeavor. Our best wishes go out ta the Stronghurst-Olena area vet who received a blow ta the head by the kick of both feet of a Bovine.

A feller never knows fer sure, when he starts out in the morn'n, where he'll end up come night fall. Maybe safe at home with his family, maybe in the hospital, or maybe in a funeral home somewhere. Such is life, day by day, take it as it comes.

I discovered something interest'n and odd the other day, when I purchased a yard tool with a 4 cycle gasoline engine from a local hardware store.

Included in the manual and materials fer operation of the machine was a small packet of STA-BIL supposedly to protect my new engine from ethanol.

The makers of STA-BIL also make "HEET," an additive for water in your fuel. With ethanol in your gasoline the need to buy "HEET" has been eliminated.

It is enteresting ta me that a farm store, such as Farm King, Menards, Lowes, Huffmans, etc., who are all dependent on a prosperous rural economy would sell such a product such as STA-BIL that defames one of our rural economies most successful economic drivers-ethanol.

I read the STA-BIL literature very carefully. What do ya know, there was a warning label on the package of STA-BIL. It read:

"WARNING: (in big red capital letters) this product contains a chemical known to the State of California to cause cancer." It also sez avoid contact with eyes or skin. Use in a well ventilated area. KEEP OUT OF REACH OF CHILDREN.

Those warnings seem enterest'n ta me. Those stores that sell STA-BIL not only are selling a product that is not in the best interest of our corn farmer but they are selling a product known to the state of California to contain a chemical that causes cancer.

Now that is a fine how do ya do! Did ya ever wonder where some of this cancer comes from? And what do ya know, but they included it with my newly purchased machine.

Passing cancer causing products to me and my family with out my permission is not "terms of endearment".If'n you've lost a loved one or friend to cancer you know what I'm talk'n about. It's no fun and not to be taken lightly.

I'm take'n the machine back right away and include'n their cancer cause'n STA-BIL with it. They can use it on their own family and loved ones if'n they so choose and want to take the health risk of if'n they have a "death" wish of some sort.

Cancer Warning Signs

While's we's on the subject. There are 14 warning signs of cancer. Key warning signs are:

1) Change in bowel or bladder habits

2) A sore that does not heal

3) Unusual bleeding or discharge

4) Thickening or lump in the breast or elsewhere

5) Indigestion or difficulty swallowing

6) Obvious change in wart or mole

7) Nagging cough or hoarseness

Secondary Warning Signs:

8) Chronic fatigue

9) Prolonged depression

10)Sudden loss of appetite

11) Unexplained and chronic pain

12) Any unusual and troublesome changes in your body

13) Long term paleness

14) Unexplained bruising

There are things that

Cancer Cannot Do:

Cancer is limited-

It cannot cripple Love

It cannot shatter hope

It cannot corrode faith

It cannot destroy peace

It cannot kill friendship

It cannot suppress memories

It cannot silence courage

It cannot invade the soul

It cannot steal eternal life

It cannot conquer the spirit.

There ya have it then, some facts on cancer. Probably you've heard them before, but with the STA-BIL warning on cancer it brought ta mind it's time to be prepared.

Good bye, Jack Brokaw and Bill Heller of the Henderson County area. These veterans were both good men and in their passing we are reminded of our own vulnerability and terminality.

Remember Raritan State Bank's long time President and retired employee and another veteran, Art Kane's 70th birthday open house this Sunday, June 14th. How's about showering him with cards and a nice visit at St. Pat's Community Center. After all, the boys sez he almost never missed a community event. They said, in fact, if'n you schooled in the area, he probably attended your graduation.

Hope'n ta see ya all in church this weekend.

Wherever ya is, what ever ya be a do'n, "BE A GOOD ONE!"

Keep on Smile'n

Catch ya later

Barnyard Bruke