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Speak Out 5/9/07

Wednesday, May 9, 2007

Pesky dog

WE HAVE a problem in our neighborhood. There is a tiny brown male dog that is driving our neighbors nuts. I don't know if anybody knows who this dog belongs to, but please tell the owners to keep it put up or we will catch it and take it to the humane society. Please be considerate of other neighbors. We're tired of having to chase your dog off, and it won't stay out of our yard.

Successful cleanup

ANOTHER SUCCESSFUL cleanup, fix-up week in Jackson. I want to thank everyone for picking up our junk and thank the city guys for picking up the rest of it.

Marking independence

ONE TEST of how dearly we value our national culture and identity is how we celebrate Independence Day.

Follow the money

MEGA-MEDIA have dubbed Rudy Giuliani and John McCain the GOP front-runners, but thinking voters won't be led down that path. Contributions are not a valid indicator of popular public support. But the media who will harvest most of those big bucks, see "front-runner" on all those moneybags.

Fluorescent effects

NOT EVERYONE can use fluorescent lighting. That kind of lighting gives my son and me extremely bad headaches. Every time we go to a doctor's office or major office building, we leave with a head that is throbbing. Forcing this upon everyone isn't a good idea.

Dangerous dogs

I HAVE lived in Scott City all my life and have been mostly fortunate to have good neighbors. In recent years, our neighborhood in Illmo has gone to the dogs, and I mean literally. I cannot believe that our city officials allow this small community to endanger our children and grandchildren by allowing these so-called pets -- dangerous dogs, i.e. pit bulls and Rottweilers -- to live in town. I have seen them running at large. We need to get these animals out of our community or make their owners responsible. Our children and elderly should be a priority over a beast.

Secular society

THE CLOSING of one of Southeast Missouri State University's campus ministries merely reflects the larger secularization of our society.

Install cameras

I HOPE Cape Girardeau is not too proud to follow Sikeston's lead and will install surveillance cameras in the downtown area ASAP.

It's all there

THE LIST of reasons for going into Iraq are too numerous to list here. The lies from this administration are to long to list here. The limits on rights are too long to list here. But if you have a computer, Google any of these items, and you will be amazed. I was. I didn't believe my friend when he was telling me all this.

Scofflaw drivers

I DON'T understand why so many are upset over the school bus drivers when 95 percent of Missouri drivers roll through stop signs or run red lights. Most Missourians have trouble obeying traffic laws and, when ticketed, whine about the ticket. So, let the perfect driver who never rolls through a stop sign, never runs a red light and never speeds throw the first stone.

Listen to troops

WE KEEP talking about what message we are sending to the troops when we should be paying more attention to the message the troops are sending us. More and more it seems the troops are telling us that the civil war in Iraq is driving them nuts and that, though they are quite willing to do as they're told (as they should be), we need to get the heck out of there.

Restricted access

I ENJOYED your virtual tour of the new federal courthouse. I would like to be able to go there, work out, chew the fat with muckety-mucks, wave to the masses below driving by on Independence Street. However, I fear the only way I'll ever get into that building would be as a defendant.

Listening to doctors

I APPRECIATED the article about U.S. Rep. Jo Ann Emerson's surprise visit to the VA hospital in Poplar Bluff. She was exactly right when she stated that "red tape and the fact that 90 percent of the hospital's doctors are foreign-born and have difficulty speaking -- or understanding -- English are major problems." Why should our veterans fight for our freedom and then have to practically beg for care. These doctors work for the government. In my opinion most of them don't really, care for the veterans. They are getting paid to cut back. They always use the excuse of cutbacks. Many veterans are hard of hearing. My husband has one of the better doctors we have had, but I still have to go in with him to listen for him. We have found that most of the secretaries and nurses are nice and do their job well.

Is anyone listening?

FRIDAY'S "20-20" television program had a special presentation on myths, lies and scams for this year. It was interesting to see that ethanol was No. 1 scam of all. The reporter found it does not make sense to utilize ethanol as a fuel alternative. If the government was not providing subsidies, you would not see this as an alternative fuel. Again the middle class pays for the rich to get richer.

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Dangerous dogs

If these dogs are raised to be mean, That's how they will be. Pit bulls and Rottweilers that are raised in a loving family environment are not aggressive fighting dogs. I was raised with several Rottweilers and not one of them was ever mean or aggressive to anyone. It's all in how you raise the dog, You could train a Toy Poodle to attack on command. As for dogs running loose in your neighborhood their owners should keep them pinned up, But I'd feel that way no matter what kind of dog it was.

-- Posted by onlygoleft on Wed, May 9, 2007, at 1:17 AM

I am an owner of a rottweiller. He has been a member of our family for 5 years. He is the most loving dog we have ever had and we do not let him roam free. I to live in Illmo and have never seen a rottweiller running loose. To say that the city should ban thiese dogs is wrong. like onlygoleft said its all how you raise them. You bann one breed then bann them all no dogs allowed, then we will go for cats and next small children I see them runing free.

-- Posted by AintSkeered on Wed, May 9, 2007, at 5:37 AM

Instead of banning certain breeds of dogs, try ticketing the owners who allow their dogs to run loose. Or have them picked up by animal control.

-- Posted by tammy1123 on Wed, May 9, 2007, at 6:53 AM

Our neighbor has 2 mini schnauzers that would bite you in a heart beat if you came into their home, But if the dogs are outside in their "fenced" yard they are as sweet as they can be. Pit Bulls, Rottweilers, Dobermans, German shepherds, etc always get judged as vicious dogs. These dogs can be very loving and don't deserve the bad reputation that people label them with. My point is that even cute little dogs can be aggressive.

-- Posted by Luvthatdirt on Wed, May 9, 2007, at 8:35 AM

I have had both kinds of dogs and it all depends on what you teach them. I used to have a Staffordshire Bull Terrier..who was a very sweet baby. I still miss him and detest the individual who stole him from me. I now own two mini schnauzers (one of whom likes to bark a bit) and they are not aggressive. It would amaze you how many people assume a dog that barks is also a dog that bites. *sighs* My dog doesn't bite and doesn't wish to bite...he simply wishes to have you acknowledge him by petting him. He is an attention hound.

-- Posted by SuperBethie21 on Wed, May 9, 2007, at 8:44 AM

Am glad to hear the nurses and secretaries at the VA hospital in Poplar Bluff are friendly and doing their job. Anyone who has had to go there in the past can tell you that wasn't always the case. I had to go there in 1990 and stood in front of a person as she read the paper. I ask her 3 times where the clinic I was to visit was located and she never answered me. Lots of Veterans know this, don't know why Rep. Emerson didn't.

-- Posted by cannedheat on Wed, May 9, 2007, at 8:45 AM

It is my responsibility to keep my dog (Chow)

under control at all times.He was socialized

early on with people and other animals.Still,

he can't be trusted around young children.

My dog has slipped out of my hands a few times but only while I am present.Otherwise

he is in my home doing one of the things I

have asked him to do.And that is, to attack

with extreme prejudice anyone who enters

my home while I am not there.

-- Posted by GREYWOLF on Wed, May 9, 2007, at 8:58 AM

I don't care if bus drivers run stop signs... as long as they don't cut me off in the process.

-- Posted by ynot on Wed, May 9, 2007, at 9:56 AM

We live in Illmo. Yes, there are a lot of dogs in the neighborhood, but none of them run free...except for a little brown dog like the one mentioned above. As far as the breeds, it's all in how they are raised. There is a lab on our street that barks and growls and bares his teeth when you walk by the yard. I've seen him jump and almost go over his fence. I call him vicious and will be worried if he gets out. But, he is not one of those you listed as being vicious. What is your opinion on that one?

-- Posted by Wildnsyko on Wed, May 9, 2007, at 11:37 AM

Odd that so many folks in the Cape are concerned more about dogs than the senseless Iraq situation ... maybe Bush might change if as many letters were addressed to him about that problem !

-- Posted by dbuch981 on Wed, May 9, 2007, at 1:29 PM

Thinking voters won't be led down the McCain/Giuliani path because thinking voters don't vote Republican.

-- Posted by godblessmurrika on Wed, May 9, 2007, at 5:03 PM

How am i going to celebrate Independence Day? By watching giant robots beat up other giant robots in the Transformers movie. Who needs fireworks when you have Optimus Prime?

-- Posted by Weszor on Wed, May 9, 2007, at 6:10 PM

Response to dbuch981: Being a Navy veteran, I am against Bush and all his "we gotta save the world" antics. We can complain all we want and there are millions of people that have. And what response did they get? Let's send more troops over there! We have to keep the Arabs happy so we can keep importing oil. Why can't we use our own that we have stored for a rainy day? Why don't they keep factories and companies here in the U.S. to keep Americans employed and we would actually have items that were really "Made in the USA". There's too many greedy people in the U.S. who are making money off of it and don't care about their own. Look at all the people who lost their homes from Hurricane Katrina and STILL don't have homes. Yes, dogs are a little issue. But if whomever owns that little brown dog would keep him in his yard, then atleast I have accomplished something.

-- Posted by Wildnsyko on Wed, May 9, 2007, at 7:56 PM

All dogs should be banned within the city limits.

-- Posted by Make no mistake about it on Thu, May 10, 2007, at 12:52 PM

As should you BakersBigBurger.

-- Posted by AintSkeered on Thu, May 10, 2007, at 3:41 PM

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