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February 24, 1996

Just wondering: When did it become wrong for candidates in this country to identify themselves with groups or individuals that support traditional moral principles? The term "religious right" is now applied derisively to any politician who dares stand by the qualities most of us have admired all our lives. A certain network TV commentator with slicked down hair and a chronic smirk, both of which appear to be glued on, questions guests on his talk show about their religious convictions as if he were conducting an inquisition. Separation of church and state is guaranteed by the Constitution, but how did we ever get to this point?

If I may interject an obvious thought, several Perry families are in need of our prayers right now because of various personal tragedies. When one of us hurts, all of us hurt. Remember them in your daily devotions.

Perry's annual midweek community Lenten services were launched last Wednesday noon and will be continuing the next five weeks, sponsored by the Ministerial Alliance. They start at 12 noon each Wednesday in the First United Methodist church, then dismiss at 12:30. A light lunch is served for $3.50 in the Methodist fellowship hall for those who care to stay. You can be sure of a worthwhile time of meditation on the theme of the season and a wholesome meal afterward. Ron Motley, Christian education director at the First Presbyterian church, will be the speaker next Wednesday.

From our Department of Amplification and Clarification: In my column of Feb. 1, the mother of King Kirchner was incorrectly identified. The lady's name was Thelma Pouder.

Several big events are coming up in this community, and I hope you've marked your calendar accordingly. The annual four-day Noble county junior livestock show kicks off next Monday at the fairgrounds and runs through the following Thursday. The climax will come that evening with a free chuck wagon feed served by the Perry Chamber of Commerce with the premium auction sale following.

On Saturday, March 2, a Bridal Fair will be held in the Perry armory sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce, with a large number of exhibitors lined up to take part. This event is drawing wide public interest not only in this community but in some of our surrounding cities. More than 100 gowns will be modeled along with displays by florists, wedding consultants, travel agencies, makeup specialists and photographers. You don't have to be planning a wedding to attend. It's free. Come on out and look things over!

On the night of March 25, the Perry Study Club will present their annual style show in the high school auditorium. The sponsors have promised some new twists this year and seating is limited. Better contact a club member soon to assure yourself a seat.

And on March 29-30 the Chamber of Commerce and Perry Memorial Hospital will bring us the annual Expo '96 and community health fair at the fairgrounds. Hours will be from 5 to 9 p.m. on Friday, March 29, and from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. the following day. This event always brings a good turnout and this year's is expected to be another fine show. Be sure to have your vital signs checked at the health fair and then look over the business displays at the Expo.