The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida on December 12, 1976 · Page 245
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The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida · Page 245

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Here's What They Can Do With Their 4Nice Day' Sleve Mitchell I know there are some of you who feel you're spreading sunshine by telling people to "Have a nice day." And maybe you are with some people. Others, however, are beginning to regard this little pleasantry in about the same light as extensive root canal surgery. They have had it with "Have a nice day." "I can't stand it anymore," one woman confessed to me. "If just one more person tells me to have a nice day, I think I'll bite them on the nose or something." "Calm yourself, madam," I said. "Violence is not the answer." "Then what is?" the distraught lady said. "How can this insidious niceness be stopped?" I thought about it for some time at least three minutes, perhaps longer. There is no way to stop people from saying "Have a nice day," but there may be a way to keep them from saying it to you the next time you meet. It's all in the response. If your response is cryptic, vaguely disturbing and tinged with hostility and a hint of madness, then this should have a chilling effect. I have prepared a number of such responses to "Have a "How marvelous of you to say that. You sound like the kind of person who would appreciate hearing the inspirational poems my brother wrote while serving time in federal prison for violating the Kellogg-Briand Peace Pact. Fortunately, I have them right here. "You trying to be sarcastic or something? Listen, if you don't like the way we do things in this country, then why don't you move to Russia or Cuba, you commie creep." "Thank you very much. Incidentally, did anyone ever tell you that you look good in cheap clothes?" "If you would converse with me, then define your terms. Exactly what do you mean by nice? And why just a nice day? Why not a nice night as well? Does that mean you want me to have a nice day and a lousy night? Well? Answer up, you illiterate clod. Don't just stand there looking like a turkey with hemorrhoids." You get the idea. If there responses are used faithfully, people will soon stop tslling you to have a nice day. In fact, they'll probably cross to the other side of the street when they see you coming. nice day," so take your pick. Or if you like, use all.of them. "Not for the assembly line workers at the Tombstone Pizza Co. it isn't." "I'm sorry, but I'm just learning to read lips. Would you mind saying that again, very slowly?" (Repeat as often as needed.) "Oh, yeah? Tell it to Hanoi." "My wife left me last night, I just got an electric bill for $84.75 and you're telling me to have a nice day?" . "You said that phony. Say it again, and try to sound more sincere this time." . "Judge Crater was having a nice day right up until the time he disappeared, and nobody has seen him since." "Have a nice day? That reminds me of the nice time we had on our vacation this year in Davenport, Iowa. We took a lot of pictures, and I just happen to have all 200 of them with me. "Did anyone ever tell you that you look just like Humphrey Bogart?" (This is especially effective if the person who said "Have a nice day" is a woman.) "If that's true, then why is it that the football team that scores the most points invariably wins?" The Palm Beach Post-Times Also Serving Okeechobee County News of St .Lucie Martin B SUNDAY, DECEMBER 12, 1976 SECTION Center Support Sought Arts Facility To Open Soon E- 1 1 ""M(i m ummmamm 'm i .u,u u minimi; 1 .hiimihhiuiumhiim - iTt V - ' f ' . X K if jam $ ,'v ff , , 1 f v. rJ-r-vqt ; T .11 ' -it VlC) M ' t ; " -A':. Staff Photos by Mik Durntr THE CHRISTMAS SPIRIT - The 16th Palm City Baptist Academy's cutest lit- Annual Christmas parade of Stuart was tie angels, while Margie Wilson (above) decorated with pretty little angels, portrays the famous Walt Disney marching bands, floats and an umbrel- character in the parade, sponsored by la-wielding Mary Poppins. Christina the Junior Women's Club of Stuart. Hoult, 4, rides a float (right) as one of 25 Expected To Vote Tuesday For Stuart Commission, Mayor By LINDA HARBISON Post Staff Writer STUART - The Irma Murray James Cultural Arts Center will open in East Stuart in January, but only if enough local support is obtained in the next few weeks. According to members of the new board of directors, the center will be a school for economically disadvantaged youths. "We'd like to introduce the performing arts to underprivileged children ... and also to offer a kind of outreach service to get the kids and young people off the streets," Ralph Clark said. Clark, who will serve as director, has been working for months to coordinate the project and says he hopes to obtain state and federal assistance. But before grants may be obtained, coordinators must demonstrate they have a workable program, and Clark hopes to get initial expenses paid through community contributions. He said some help has been promised but more is needed. The center, which will be in a leased building at Lincoln Street and Florida Avenue, will offer instruction in dance, drama, music, modeling and fine arts, Clark said. It is named for the first black teacher to retire in Martin County a number of years ago, a woman who taught at the old Stuart Training School for more than 30 years. Clark, a leader in the black community, stresses the center will seek black and white youths "who need an outlet for their talents and abilities. "Drugs are a big problem in the entire county and we feel this program would give the kids a new direction for their energies," he said. "We think we can save the city and county a lot of money that's now spent on law enforcement." While some students have sports to keep them busy, Clark said others could benefit from the performing arts. "We also hope with this program to be able to develop students to continue in the arts ... and maybe receive scholarships to further their education," Clark said. A number of professional persons have been lined up to teach. Clark said he is writing grant proposals to send to state and federal agencies in the next few weeks. He already has filed incorporation papers for the center, which will be a nonprofit organization. Clark, who has an extensive background in dancing, said students will be recruited through the schools and on a referral basis. "We will actively seek out the socially or economically disabled youths," he said. "The fees they pay will be minimal and based on family income." About half the students will pay nothing, he said. The Rev. Ed Smith, chairman of the board of directors, may be contacted at St. Monica's Church, by those wishing to contribute. "We believe this center will help young people to develop themselves," board member Jackie, Green said. "There are so many kids who don't have anything to do but hang around in the bars, and they need help and a direction in life." Organizers of the center hope students will form a dance company, a theater group and possibly a band and vocal group. Other members of the board include Jerry .Bowers and Janet Hutchinson'. Harshbarger was defeated in his first bid by Commissioner Kenneth Stimmell. The three-way race for mayor is between Stimmell, Commissioner Dale Anderson and Commissioner Cephas Gipson. The winner will be the candidate receiving the most votes with no chance for a runoff. Anderson has promised to try to shorten City Commission meetings by urging groups to select a single spokesman instead of "12 different people all getting up to say the same thing." He also claims to have more experience than either of his opponents, since Gipson has been on the commission nine months and Stimmell won re-election just three months ago after several years' absence. But before that string of election losses, Stimmell served 17 years on the City Commission. Gipson suggested at last week's candidates forum that the city hire someone to try to obtain federal funds and that attention be given to public transportation, beautification and housing programs. Stimmell claims other candidates are promising too much and they can't do anything without three other votes. "All the mayor can do is preside over meetings," Stimmell said. "He has no power over any other By JIM REEDER Post Staff Writer STUART - A 25 per cent turnout of the city's 4,600 registered voters is forecast by City Clerk Janice Clark for Tuesday's election of two commissioners and a mayor. If that becomes a reality, it would be a record for recent city elections except for September's special election. Mayor Charles Foster is fighting for re-election to the commission against former city Finance Director Ken Foote. The two ended in a dead heat with 377 votes each in the Nov. 23 primary which eliminated J.C. Williams from the race. This marks the second time Foster has been in a tight political race, winning re-election two years ago by just 19 votes in the midst of a controversy over a junket to California paid for by a land developer seeking annexation with the city. The second commission race on Tuesday's ballot pits veteran Ray Cooke against Vista Pines resident Howard Harshbarger, who is making his second bid this year for a commission post. Fort Pierce Chief Drops College Plans segments of the community favoring either a local man or a black. This episode should point out to the City Commission the dangers inherent in hiring a stranger to take over an important job when there are qualified men here who could handle it and have a stake in the community. They have paid taxes here for maybe 20 years, worked here for maybe 20 years and just about everything, good or bad, is known about them by somebody. Chief Merritt is now with us and it looks like he's going to stay for awhile. He appears to be well qualified and he's likeable so maybe it will work out well for all concerned. As he said during his press conference, "Let's get back to work on police business. Judge me on the results. Give me a chance to do the job." weren't mentioned during his interview with the City Commission. He said he told City Manager Charles Jackson of the leave-of-absence arrangement after getting the job. The start for the chief doesn't make him feel too good but I imagine the commissioners who voted for him not knowing all the facts feel upset now and the Fraternal Order of Police and the other candidates for the job, especially the local ones, must also be bothered. After all, would the City Commission have voted for Merritt, knowing he was coming to Fort Pierce on a leave of absence from another city and planning to go to college here and maybe return home after a year? The vote was very close with one commissioner finally changing his vote to Merr;itt after holding out for a local man in the job and with FORT PIERCE - Police Chief Gerald Mer-ritt said Friday he's decided he doesn't have the time to take college courses and solve the problems of the Police Department. Wednesday he said he was sure he could handle both. He since has talked with city officials who were miffed to find out after they hired him that he may only be here to continue his education. Merritt said he reached that decision after studying the problems of the department. "After evaluating the department for the past week I can see it's going to be a fulltime 7 day-a-week, 24-hour-a-day job," he said at a press conference. He also explained that the problem of his continuing education and his leve of absence from his Knoxville job came about because they i John Bartlett Fort Pierce Bureau

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