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Speak Out 5/7/07

Monday, May 7, 2007

War history

THIS IS a World War II veteran who thinks all high schools -- public and parochial -- should show one of the following movies: "The Longest Day," "Saving Private Ryan" or "Band of Brothers." If they don't have time to show it during the classroom hour, they can eliminate one basketball game a year to show one of these movies. Most teenagers don't know what happened during World War II. My grandson, who is a grown man now, didn't know that the Russians were our allies during World War II. Teenagers should know what our veterans did to guarantee them freedom of choice.

Policies backfire

THE UNITED States has lost more than 2 million jobs since 1997 as a result of a trade deficit with China, including 27,000 plus jobs lost in Missouri. This is a result of President Clinton's administration, which negotiated the trade pact with China and called it a win for our country. But the exact opposite has occurred. China is rightfully tipping the scales toward its own benefit. It suppresses labor rights, making its workforce at least 50 cents an hour cheaper than under a free market. It's an unfair ball game, and the World Trade Organization helped make the rules. Now the Democrats are in control again, and they're trying to ruin our country in every way they can. They'll probably say it's a benefit for us.

Wipers and lights

I'M TRAVELING between Jackson and Cape Girardeau. Going the same direction, counting us, are 11 cars. Out of those 11 cars, we and one other person have our lights on. The other nine are driving without their lights. It's pouring down rain, and I'm sure their windshield wipers are going. We just passed a police officer in his car at one of the fast-food restaurants. He let all these drivers go by. It is the law to use your lights when you have your windshield wipers going.

Repairing potholes

I READ complaints about potholes in Cape Girardeau. A former employee of the public works department told me the city had purchased a pothole repair machine a few years ago. He said it did a good job if it was used. So why are the potholes not repaired? In the city where I live, we use fuel-tax money to keep streets repaired and do not have any potholes. Cape gets fuel-tax dollars, and shoppers pay sales tax to help pay for streets. Cape streets should be the best in Southeast Missouri.

Ethanol concerns

IT IS amazing to me that the potential risk of multiple ethanol plants in this area doesn't bother people. This is our community, the place we choose to live and raise our children. How is it that a potential health and community threat is not worthy of news coverage? Are our local government and news media bought and paid for by the people backing the ethanol plants? I was taught that elected city officials were supposed to be the voice of the people who elected them. Has this been forgotten? We put our faith in Mayor Tim Porch when we elected him. Now it's time for him to show us that we put our faith in the right man. Protect our children and our community by making decisions based on what the people of Scott City want. Please don't let us down.

Southern substation

THE SCOTT County Sheriff's Department is putting a substation in the outlet mall in Miner, a block from the Miner Police Department and near the New Madrid County line. The word is it's to help the south county deputy better respond to calls. Or is the substation really for the deputies of Scott County having a quicker response from Mississippi County to a station closer than driving to Benton? This is more tax dollars wasted.

Bring them home

IT'S NOT about bringing our boys home. It's not about the Iraqi government taking over for themselves. It's not about making it safe for the United States, which I'm tired of being used for. It's about big business and government contracts. Bring our young men and women home.

Crazy world

WHAT IS going on with children today? School bus stabbings. School shootings. Bomb threats. This world is getting crazy. Before all of this started happening, there were no time-out sessions. Paddles were used at school. Children need to be educated more about their futures and how much it means to their lives. I sometimes wonder why we live the way we do. I think people must pay more attention to what is happening.

Buying from China

AFTER READING a long list of recalled children's toys, barbecue grills and pet food, I see they all have one thing in common: Made in China. Is there a lesson to be learned here? I also read where China will not let the FDA inspect any of its food-manufacturing facilities. So why are we buying from them?

Dangerous exit

MY HUSBAND drives from Cape Girardeau to Sikeston, Mo., five days a week for work. He gets on Interstate 55 at the Jackson exit. He turns into the turn lane to get on I-55, and almost every morning drivers coming from Jackson get on the off ramp and do not slow down for a red light. I am concerned there will be a major accident there. There is a yield sign. Slow down and look.

Hollywood typecasting

I FIND it funny and hypocritical when Republicans routinely bash Hollywood. I guess Hollywood is OK when it involves Ronald Reagan, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Fred Thompson.

Done in by make-up

OF ALL the TV networks, Fox News has ruined any chance of Fred Thompson becoming president. Preceding an interview on "Hannity and Colmes," the make-up people must have really messed up. He didn't look nearly so good as he did on "Law and Order." He's done for.

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To the caller who cannot figure out Republicans: Republicans remember only what they want (selective memory), see only what they want, believe only what they want (regardless of the facts), and hear only what they want. So why would you want to figure them out?

-- Posted by iago on Mon, May 7, 2007, at 5:24 AM

As far as the Mayor Tim Porch he has allready stated his intrest in the Ethanol plants in Scott City. He is for it and I believe has money invested in them. I as a resident of Scott City will be at the polls on election day and will not vote for this man.I am so tired of greed and money controlling the decisions and future of the people. I do not want the pollution of the plants! And if it is found to have any, maybe a lawsuit is in order for polluting the town.

-- Posted by AintSkeered on Mon, May 7, 2007, at 5:59 AM

Some day when you start thinking for yourself you'll figure it out.

-- Posted by stevmo on Mon, May 7, 2007, at 7:56 AM

To the person who called in to complain because people were driving in the rain without headlights...I would MUCH rather be driving next to someone who is driving without headlights in the "pouring down rain" than someone driving in heavy rain talking on a cell phone. Am I the only one who noticed this? 1) on a cell phone and 2) upset enough to call a newspaper Speak Out...not a very safe combination

-- Posted by Allen77 on Mon, May 7, 2007, at 9:42 AM

It cracks me up that "Wipers and lights" has SpeakOut on speed dial. RELAX.

-- Posted by sideshowbob on Mon, May 7, 2007, at 11:14 AM

I thought it was a law to have wipers & lights on during the rain too.But, I also one day in traffic counted 20 people on cell phones,going from Jackson to Cape.And on top of that also saw a cop,who did nothing about that.

-- Posted by CARDS42 on Mon, May 7, 2007, at 1:31 PM

Sideshowbob, you are ignorant, just like the Simpsons character. The law states that, when you are utilizing your wipers to clear your screen, you must have on your headlights. You must only travel at low speeds. Do me a favor and inform me on your visibility while traveling at 70 mph during a daytime thunderstorm behind a whole bunch of eighteen wheelers. The people who refuse to turn on their lights are a triple threat because one can hardly distinguish smaller traffic submerged by big rig spray--whether they have their lights on or not. Now try to do it at 80 mph and let me know.

-- Posted by ynot on Mon, May 7, 2007, at 2:09 PM

Another thought with the wipers and lights...to those who have daytime running lights which are seen in the front, but no rear lights... very hazardous to those who are travelling behind you.

As well as using cell phones while driving, I see a man on a regular basis who uses his laptop in the passenger seat while driving. How safe is that and how much attention are you giving to the road??

-- Posted by Wildnsyko on Mon, May 7, 2007, at 6:04 PM

The law does state that the lights should be on when the wipers are one. The problem with enforcing said law is that its raining on a busy road (Kingshighway). I'm assuming these incidents occured during morning rush hour, which is quite dangerous for our men and women and blue to get out in. If drivers didn't rubber neck so much the cops may feel safer to get out and write this ticket. There are also a lot of traffic calls on rainy days from all of the people having accidents because they don;t allow for stopping time at intersections.

-- Posted by semostudent on Mon, May 7, 2007, at 8:43 PM

I didn't say that one shouldn't follow the law. I just think we should relax and maybe wait until we get home to complain to our Heavenly Father... I mean SpeakOut.

-- Posted by sideshowbob on Mon, May 7, 2007, at 9:27 PM

I keep seeing complaints of potholes in SpeakOut. I don't seem to find them...how about exact locations?

-- Posted by chas111 on Mon, May 7, 2007, at 11:30 PM

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