Bob Mitchell: Family at the White House

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Technicians have provided us information and equipment that we can enjoy, providing you can operate it correctly, by keeping in contact from long distance.

That same technical advance makes it possible to have pictorial contact with family who might reside many miles away.

One such instance over the Easter holiday was a view of the White House in Washington, D.C., during the Easter Egg Roll. If you look close, you could see our grandson, Dr. Andy, and his two offspring, Henry and Kate, in one of the marked-off areas, getting ready to start rolling their eggs down the lane. Since my phone won't let me enlarge the image, it's difficult to see them, but they are there.

The Parsons family was among the 36,000 people on the lawn of the president's home for the occasion. They were there after winning the lottery that allocated tickets for the affair. For his presence, Henry came away with an egg autographed by the President and Mrs. Obama.

Mother Janna is not one to hesitate in getting the two youngsters involved in as many activities in the nation's capital as possible.

Not interested

In many instances, there was very little interest in some of those who were forced to view the pictures by the very proud great-grandparents on this end of the line. It could well be because most of those who were shown the activity were Republicans from the one-party county of Barry.

That didn't deter this grandparent from putting the phone photos on display, although they were given only a brief glance by most of those viewers. That is just the way things are in Barry County.

There's reason

We once wondered why the French were called Frogs, that's until we talked to some World War I veterans, when they existed. It seems as though the French soldiers in the conflict carried rain gear that closely resembled a frog's skin, thus they carried the nickname of Frogs from other countries' soldiers.

Now comes the information from France that those who once demanded skinny models for their fashion shows have taken a more reasonable turn for the process. Under new rules, the models must be at least 5-7 and weigh 121 pounds. Those who might violate these rules would be subject to a fine and subsequent infractions would result in jail time.

After all these years of critical attitudes toward the French, I think this might just be a sign that they are beginning to operate with some reason and in the best interest of their citizens.


Last week's elections, as far as the Cassville community is concerned, proved one thing -- residents of the South Barry County Ambulance District (SBCAD) have sufficient concern about the availability of emergency services for their residents.

Before the district came into existence, emergency services were provided by the two funeral homes located in town.

Since it was frequently my job to photograph some of the wrecks and other emergencies in the area, when both of the firms would arrive at the scene within a short time frame of each other, there was almost always some conversation between the two as to who would take care of transporting the injured. If the wreck happened to cause a fatality, then the conversation might become more audible to the spectators who gathered at the scene.

One suggestion to the ambulance district directors might be to more fully explain the revenue resulting from ambulance transportation of patients. That seemed to be the main concern of some folks who were on the fence as whether to support the sales tax.

Frankly, the piling-on of sales tax in the cities and county over the years is becoming somewhat questionable by many voters.

New blood on the Cassville City Council might be a step toward progress that hasn't really existed for a while. School district directors in the county seat won't find any change in this operation, where incumbents were returned to the board.

Arbor Day

Next Friday, our nation will observe Arbor Day, just in time for folks to get their hands dirty and plant a tree. My long-time hope is that this community might catch fire in planting ornamental trees in the City of Seven Valleys, which might become a signature for the town and its visitors.

This type of an effort has been successful in many communities. Where better to have such a program, which would put the hills of Cassville full of beauty this time of the year?

Local civic clubs could adopt this program in a similar effort like the American Legion once did to provide, for sale, U.S. Flags to businesses. Legion members would even install the flag displays for those who needed the assistance.

Bob Mitchell is the former editor and publisher of the Cassville Democrat.