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9  Scott Tate m -- Afghanistan Scott is a former Mt. Pulaski resident and graduated While we have our sport of kings in the U.S., this part maintenance men; women who clean the main living from Mt. Pulaski High School. He now works in Kabul, of the world has its sport of sheiks. Ever been to the quarters; men who cook our food and-tend our small Afghanistan for a contractor that provides construction camel races in Dubai? Nor have I, but it is on my list. patches of grass and rose bushes; men who guard our management support to the U.S. Army Corps of Engi- neers. Scott is keeping a diary of sorts of his work, travel, and the people he meets... Along the Silk Road By Scott Tare Horses played a vital part in the opening of the Ameri- C) can West. At one time they were our main source of " transportation. Horses were phased out as automobiles O C unproved and gasoline became more available. Yet to- this day, horses still play a role in our culture hrough their use in rodeo, the sport of kings, or as the pets we &apos;w keep in the pastu1:e and ride for pleasure as time per- O mits. Even our cars are still based upon horses through the measurement of horsepower. Without this fine < animal, our heritage in the US might be much different than it is today. While horses helped shape the course of America, the camel opened up the Silk Road and changed the course of history through much of Asia and the Middle East. ,- Horses were still used in these areas but in these harsh Want to invest in camel racing? It is for those with deep pockets. Check out the auction held west of Dubai in Abu Dhabi where racing camels have brought close to $700K. Still interested in camel sports?" Turkey is known for its wrestling matches paring two bull camels together that go through the same motions they would when trying to win the affection of the female cows. We don't have anything equivalent in our world of horses, but we are known to use them in rodeos to wrestle steers. From the horse spawned the cowboy, and from the cowboy spawned the cowboy hat. The hat evolved to shield the cowboy from the sun and the rain. With camels we have gypsies or Bedouins as they are known here. Tribes have a headdress known as a hijab. It too evolved as a form of head protection against the weather. When fully unrolled it is used as a veil to offer protection also to the face and neck. When robed up, it only covers the top of the head and is what we associate with a turban. Cowboys and gypsies; both free spirits never settling down and going where the grass looks greener or next gates and stand patrol throughout our compound. Did that very last statement surprise you? All the LNs here work hard and are serious about their jobs regardless of what they do. They are glad for a Better way .of life even though they are risking their lives to be associated with us. The guards think of us as guests and as their responsibility to protect us. After about 6 months here I realized it would greatly behoove me to go out of my way daily to be extra friendly to the guards.*I figured if trouble came, I wanted them to remember I was on their side. The cleaning.lady in my building smiles and tells me every day, "Hi, how are you?" Or how about our office janitor, who makes it a point to tell each one of us "good morning  every single day. A little respect and kindness with the LNs goes a long way. Give them small gifts like candy, worn out shoes or pants with holes and you're a hero. Last August, I had to travel in Kabul to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on the eve of the presidential election to resolve my Afghanistan visa. Violence was peaking as the Taliban used bombing and killing as necessary to horizon holds a bigger valley to see. discourage people from voting. Even though I traveled [-" climates and such extreme conditions, without the In the U.S. you can pay for a trail ride on a horse. In in an armored vehicle that day with a driver and shooter camels, survival of humans would have. not been pos- places in the UAE you can pay to ride a camel in the I wasn't excited about getting ?outside the wire" as they sible. Camels can survive a much wider range of tem- desert.  say. Matter of fact, I was dreading the trip and figured peratures and require much less hydration that would Remember the pony rides at the county fair? Go to it was my day to die. Fortunately, I figured wrong. eradicate most other animals. Not only used as a mode the great pyramids in Egypt and yo.u'll be hustled by However, the thing that I will always remember about of traVel, camels were a food source from their meat and a Bedouin to pay to ride a camel. Rather go to a more that day is the look of the Afghani people in the streets milk. Their urine could be used as a shampoo and their religious tour attraction that offers camel rides? Try St. of Kabul. They were happy and unfazed by the hostile feces as source to fuel fires. In some parts of the world, Catherine's monastery on the Sinai Peninsula. aggressions of the Taliban. These are a people who glean they are still used in all these aspects. In olden times, No plant or animal survives on the Sinai Peninsula happiness from every available moment, not troubled by these animals were a symbol of status and wealth. In except for the burning bush and camels. Camels get a what the next one could bring. modern times, Americans associate them with the ciga- rette that bears their name. While the wild horses of the American west are fight- ing for survival through the help of famous characters such as Willie Nelson, so are the two humped camels in India trying to persist. Long a symbol of freedom and independence, the horse made the cowboy legend com- plete and forever etched that legend into the icon that the world associates with America. Camels, the animals we Americans usually only see'at Christmas in a display transporting the three wise men and their gifts to Baby Jesus. Yet to the Asia and Middle East regions, these camels carry with them symbolism also associated with freedom and independence. Life in this part of the world would be quite different today had it not been for these ships of the desert. By - Sharon tane.ook With all the celebration of Mt. Pulaski's anniversary the history of Logan County came to mind. For some this is most probably 'old hat' but those of us who want to learn a little more let's sojourn together down the trodden path of 'olden days'. Lincoln's success as dn elected official put him in a place of much prominence, so much so that during his third term of office he was appointed to fourteen different committees. One such com- mittee was the Committee on Counties (government hasn't changed much, still have committees who rule over commit- tees that have subcommittees reviewing the committees' committees) and he sat as the Chairman. Among other tasks, this Committee would be responsible to review boundaries of counties and deter- mine if they needed to be expanded or in some cases reduced and sections of said county be redistricted and form a new county. Sometimes areas of growth outside of an established county required their own county seat and thus changes in boundaries and redistricting were per- formed so a new county could be formed, sometimes from a single formed county and other times several counties will have portions redistricted for the formation of a single county. little help from the Bedouin tribes {vho reside there. The burning bush gets a little help from God. The way of the pre-WWI military in the U.S was done upon reliance of the horse. We even had some assis- tance from camels. Say that again? Yes, camels were used in the pre-Civil War years experimentally by the U.S. Army as a way to re-supply the desolate forts in the southwest. Americans like to think as horses being native to our country, but in fact they were actually imported by seagoing Spaniards. Ironically, camels evolved in North America and wandered over to the eastern part of the world. Most of us working in our compound here in Kabul also originated in North America and wandered over here s.o. The exception is those Afghanis wtio work here and are known as local nationals or LNs. From Horses and camels; cowboys and gypsies; Americans and those we call foreigners. We are all creatures of God and regardless of our stations in life, we all serve a pur- pose and we all are trying to survive. Just because we live in a place doesn't mean we started there. Like the horses who traveled from Spain or the camels who left North America and populated the continents of Asia and Africa, we are all nomads or were in the generations of our forefathers. Remember to be nice to all and especially those who only do the perceived little things that make our lives better - good food, clean surroundings, and protection when we-alone cannot protect ourselves. Kindness is free so be generous and give it away. A'smile and a nod have no language barrier. And finally, live for the day with no worries about tomorrow. ..... And the rest of the story Lincoln had' already moved to a special committee of three, which was of major importance. Where the from New Salem into Springfield, which included not only Lincoln himself but also John Calhoun, a long standing old friend of Lincoln's. Lincoln's sagacious political nature was going to be neces- sary as he had to be very cautious with an issue that carried such a controversial and volatile nature. Lincoln drafted a bill and drew the spe- cific boundaries for several new counffes - one of which was Logan. However, to deflect as much controversy as possible, Lincoln had the bill presented as a com- mittee bill. Lincoln even named the new county "Logan", after his friend Dr. John Logan. Rather for political pay back or as a friendship it is not known for certain. Dr. Logan was an Irish born Democrat who represented Jackson County in southern Illinois and served with LincoLn in the legislature. On February 15, 1839 Logan County was created. The bill proved for the appointments of three named who were to select the County Seat. At this time the new Logan County was comprised of three towns: Mt. Pulaski in the South- east corner a Middletown in the South- west corner and Postville in the center. All were jockeying into position for the coveted Courty. Seat. Postvflle was the smallest with a population of less than 100 people; however, geographically it town was short'on population to win the vote as County Seat it was big on pro- moters, three big ones in fact. Lucien Adams, Seth Tinsley and Dr. Moses L. Koapp laid down the offer to donate the land for a public quare and construct a courthouse on skid square. Post- ville (located then near Salt Creek) was founded in  !837 by Russell Post, a ship's chandler from Baltimore. It was this same Mr. Post that conveyed his under- lying land to the town's three promoters. So it was this little town of three stores, one tavern and a few families was now the new County Seat of the newly formed Logan County. Wasting no .time, the new County held elections on 1 April 1839. James Primm, who was the manager of Seth Tinsely's store in Postville, was elected Circuit Clerk, Dr. John Deskins was elected the first sheriff of the county and Jabez Capps of Mt. Pulaski was elected its first recorder. The legislative bill Ikn created placed Logan County in the-:judicial circuit until 1841 when it becam?pc-t of the 8th judicial circuit and remained as that throughout Lincoln's career. was the largest town in the district and the county seat of Sangamon County. The power brokers and voters of Spring- field wanted the boundaries of Sangamon County to remain intact and expected Mr. Lincoln to reciprocate with that desire" as the Chairman. Lincoln had performed the survey for the newly degeloped town of Petersburg, which was quickly growing with new settlers as well as those migrat- ing from the lying village of New Salem and they wanted a new county formed out of Sangamon County. So was the conundrum of Mr. Lincoln: he had voters from both Springfield and the New Salem / Petersburg area that got him elected as well as those with much power in Spring- field assisting" in his continued success in the legislature through numerous appointments to prominent committees each wanting their own way. Springfield voters wanted the county to remain in tack while people of northern Sangamon County as well as the Petersburg area" wanted a new county formed out of San- ga_mon. A petition that was presented to the legislature was referred to Lincoln's demanding that Sangamon County be redistricted with new boundaries. As the Chairman, Mr. Lincoln referred it - c This "n' That By Mike A pastor is walking down the street one day when he notices a very small boy trying to press a doorbell on a house aross the streeL However, the boy is very small and the doorbell is too high for him to reach. After watching the boy's effort. for some time, the pastor moves closer to the boy's position. He steps smartly across the street, walks up behind the little fellow and, placing his hand STEVE HAHN attended 6ne of the from a state grant and contributions, with a full set of "whiskers" kindly on the child's shoulder leans over and gives the doorbell a solid ring. . "History Comes Alive" program, at the Fritz Klein portrayed Lincoln in the How was Klein as Lincoln? Steve - a Great Western Railroad Station Spring- presentation "Farewell to Springfield" great diplomat - said, "(f he causes a Crouching down to the child's level, the pastor smiles benev- lleld. Programs end August 15. Steve " About 100 people attended, person to read about Lircoln that's ali olently and asks, "And now what, my little man?" To which the said the programs are an expensive With a bow to tourism, dioramas in that counts. ' boy replies, "Now we runI" proposition; cost is $325,000. Funds are the station portrav Lincoln leaving town