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Speak Out 5/15/07

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

What if ...

THINK ABOUT this: What would the difference be if we had not escalated the action in Vietnam? Where would we be today? We left Vietnam and are normalizing relations. We would have 58,000-plus Americans alive and 400,000 veterans not eating up tax dollars. How do we think this goofy war in Iraq is going to be viewed in 30 years?

Liberal professors

I HAD a handful of college professors who pushed liberal causes in their classes, none of which were related to politics. There were only a couple who would give you a lower grade if you disagreed. One in particular enjoyed being challenged but never strayed from the party line. I never experienced a professor pushing a conservative agenda.

Dangerous act

THE SO-CALLED intellectual diversity act being pondered by the Missouri General Assembly is the most dangerous piece of legislation since the early 19th century's ill-fated federal Alien and Sedition Act.

Gentleman scholar

I HAD George Suggs as a Southeast Missouri State University teacher of constitutional law in the tumultuous 1960s. He was a level-headed scholar and gentleman. He remains so to this day. He has become a prolific and successful writer, and one wishes him much success with his latest endeavor.

Ethanol worries

I HAVE a bundle of literature titled "Citizens for a Quality Environment." It includes a cover letter of Monty Keesee's presentation to the Scott City City Council. There are more than enough red flags in this information to strongly suggest that the citizens of Scott City will not be well served by ethanol plants in our neighborhood. And if they are built, Cape Girardeau residents should prepare to hold their noses when the breeze blows from the south.

Downtown security

I SEE where some merchants in downtown Cape Girardeau want to use surveillance cameras, and it sounds like they want the city to pay for it. I do not believe placing cameras in the downtown area is a good idea. Surveillance cameras could cause people not to visit the downtown as much as they have in the past. People don't like being under the eye of Big Brother all the time. What the merchants need is more uniformed security downtown at peak periods, and the merchants should pay for it.

Left-turn lanes

THERE ARE many intersections in Cape Girardeau where two lanes are making left turns. When you are making a left turn in one of those two lanes, please do not switch lanes during the middle of your turn. If you start turning in the left left-turn lane, stay in the left lane on the road. If you start in the right left-turn lane, stay in the right lane on the road. When I am beside you and we both begin to make the left turn and you start switching lanes in the middle of the turn, it makes me have to run off the road to get out of your way. I prefer to stay in my lane. Please stay in your lane.

Too expensive

IT IS a shame that Southeast Missouri State University can't find a better way to recoup its cost for the River Campus than by raising the tuition for kids trying to get an education. We don't want to pay for the River Campus, we parents are trying to put our kids through college and not frivolous things like that. We want a college education for our students. This is one parent who won't be sending his next kid to SEMO, because it is just as expensive to go to SEMO as it is to another college.

Thoughtful teacher

DR. JOE is a teacher at the Career and Technology Center. He is the one of the most overlooked instructors in the area. He is thoughtful and kind and has helped so many people. Because of his quiet, unassuming personality, he is overlooked. I would like to say thank you to Dr. J for helping an so many other kids get through the mess that their life turns into sometimes.

Great performance

MIKE DUMEY and 160 Central Junior High School students entertained and wowed the audience during the Thursday evening performance of "Beauty and the Beast." The singing, dancing and acting were superb. Mr. Dumey, his students and his assistants should be commended for pulling it all together. Mr. Dumey, you truly are amazing, and your love for your students, past and present, and their love for you is beyond compare. Bravo to Mike Dumey and staff for an over-the-top performance of "Beauty and the Beast."

No four-wheelers

WHAT BOTHERS me is people who feel they have the right to take their four-wheeler on a church's property. You don't own the property. You should not have the four-wheeler on it unless it is public property. If you don't have a private place to ride a four-wheeler, then don't get one. Mothers of teenagers, don't you ever see what your teenagers are doing?

McCain's first wife

THE PERSON who recently commented about John McCain -- praising him for how devoted through the years he has been to Cindy, his present wife -- should read one of the books about McCain, whose first wife was in a terrible car accident while he was a prisoner of war and whom he divorced when he got out of service.

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As an undergrad and grad student, I had many liberal professors, but not a single one made an attempt to "liberalize" us. Their intentions were to get us to see both sides of the issues. I cannot say the same for the ultra-conservative professors I had, who felt as if they were right and those who disagreed were wrong.

-- Posted by iago on Tue, May 15, 2007, at 5:15 AM

Dont worry about your countries heros eating up your tax dollars. The Veterans Administration is doing every thing they can to not give the disabled Veterans who are unable to work support for the injuries they recieved while on Active Duty. I think all soldiers need AFLAC. Some families of us Veterans who gave body parts defending this country are living in poverty starving, and thier life turned upside down by thier situation and they have no control over it.How do I know? I am one of them. The comment that you made of Veterans eating up Tax dollars is why we are in this situation. While you sit there worrying about your tax dollars I am worring about how to feed my family.I gave half my life and body parts to the Military.

-- Posted by AintSkeered on Tue, May 15, 2007, at 5:55 AM

I had an ultra-liberal ENGLISH COMP professor at SEMO who spent his class time griping about Bush the first, Rush Limbaugh's undeniable truths, and other conservative ideals. I deserved a refund after that semester was over as I enrolled in eng comp not polisci.

-- Posted by Rodney King on Tue, May 15, 2007, at 8:17 AM

To those griping about professors being liberal:

Think about it---a group of highly educated professionals have liberal leanings. A group of less educated people have conservative leanings. Perhaps this should tell you something.

-- Posted by Kl1778 on Tue, May 15, 2007, at 8:50 AM

Frankly, I believe

all of us should be willing to make sure our

countries Veterans are taken care of.The Veterans Administration is a joke.Were loosing our World War II Veterans so fast now that there are very few left.We have Korean war vets who are now in the winter of their lives.Oh yes, now the Vietnam Vets are

reaching retirement and don't forget the Gulf War vets as well as these War on Terror

Vets.No matter what your political view or your opinion on what War was justified, we all need to make sure all of our Heroes are given the best medical care and a place to retire at the tax payers expense.And while we are at it, we should all celebrate Veterans day in November just as we celebrate July 4th.This should be a time to reflect and honor all of these inceredible

men and women who fought and died so that I could have the right to write the words I have written here today.I thank God for every Veteran who ever served for my Country.

And I thank them for their service and their

ultimate sacrifices.God Bless every one of you.

-- Posted by GREYWOLF on Tue, May 15, 2007, at 9:16 AM

Well said AintSkeered!

-- Posted by Allen77 on Tue, May 15, 2007, at 9:16 AM

I was disgusted by the shameless begging for cash by the leadership of SEMO during the graduation ceremony last Saturday. SEMO always has their hand out and is more than willing to rip off its students to pay for projects that are a complete waste of time and money. As a graduate student that is almost finished with my degree, I am ashamed to admit that I go to SEMO. The only reason I went to SEMO for my master's degree is because nothing else was closer. I don't have time to commute 2 hours to St. Louis or Murray to get my degree.

-- Posted by farmwife1 on Tue, May 15, 2007, at 9:35 AM

This is my third time to say it: The proposed law favors no one set of politics. I'm as liberal as any American can be, but I still remember when I was a student at SEMO way back when. I took a French history course, taught by George Ketchum. He spent a large portion of every class condemning the current conservative politicians.

As this had nothing to do with the course I was taking from him, I wrote a letter to the student newspaper, complaining about his unethical handling of the class. His response was to give me the only "F" I ever received in my life. When I complained to the university administration about this, I was ignored.

This proposed law is not about suppressing an instructor's right to speak out or provide different viewpoints in the classroom when it's related to the course he is teaching. It only demands that a university provide the state with its plans to prevent the type of unethical treatment of students that I endured those many long years ago.

-- Posted by JoJax on Tue, May 15, 2007, at 11:08 AM

Why should the residence if Cape hold their nose for. The Ethenol plant isn't producing wastewater, or a paper mill. It isn,t Biokyowa. Mr. Keesee, you need to stop writing "false" statements, when YOU have never smelled a plant in person. I know what a refinery smells like,everday, 24/7. This Ethenol plant sure won't smell as bad as your comments do. You don,t have a clue what your talking about.

-- Posted by Aggiefan/Twiggy on Tue, May 15, 2007, at 11:23 AM

Vets deserve everything they can get. Yes I know veterans on food stamps, on the dole as used to say in England. But until the veterans quit siding with a party and start to vote as a pact to get the men and women what they deserve, they will divide and conquer. All I ask is look at the present history of what has happened to the VA. Who started to dismantle it, who voted to let it happen. Vote with your brother, not with talking points.

-- Posted by cannedheat on Tue, May 15, 2007, at 12:01 PM

Kl1778 reminded me of a very old saying I used to hear in my long-ago youth, which went something like this: Those who can, do; those who can't, teach.

-- Posted by gurusmom on Tue, May 15, 2007, at 12:40 PM

Aggiefan, before you start blaming others for not having a clue, perhaps you should learn to spell ethanol.

-- Posted by Axxov on Tue, May 15, 2007, at 12:48 PM

aggie fan,

For every gallon of ethanol produced, it takes five gallons of clean water.

-- Posted by Lucca Brazzi on Tue, May 15, 2007, at 1:34 PM

Gurusmom, a lot of professors have had a lot of prior experience working professionally in their field and go into teaching after a professional career to share this knowledge with others. This isn't necessarily true at SEMO (although it is to an extent) but it is the norm at better schools. Of course, SEMO's faculty on the whole is a LOT more conservative than most schools...

-- Posted by godblessmurrika on Tue, May 15, 2007, at 2:34 PM

I am shocked the above person never had an outright conservative professor.... I guess it depends on your major, though. I have had approximately 8 different professors in classes related to the social studies on campus and I would say three of the instructors were conservative, three were liberal, and two refused to voice political opinions. None of them harshly pressed their agendas, though. None.

-- Posted by Fisticuffs on Wed, May 16, 2007, at 3:24 PM

Here is the link the the EPA's Regulatory Impact Analysis:

Renewable Fuel Standard Program


In this report is where you will find the EPA's testing of the air quality around several ethanol plants and the changes (if any) to the air quality. This comes directly from the EPA so read up.

-- Posted by NickeyB63780 on Wed, May 16, 2007, at 9:02 PM


One last thing to look at here is a forum much like we are going through that may help some of you with the elusive smell issue

-- Posted by NickeyB63780 on Wed, May 16, 2007, at 9:09 PM

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