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Speak Out 6/1/07

Friday, June 1, 2007

A teaching column

I AM surprised that David Limbaugh would devote an entire column to Christopher Hitchins. He seems to assume that the average Southeast Missouri resident knows of Hitchins, which I doubt. I would suggest that Limbaugh write many more columns addressing Hitchins in order to educate the average Wal-Mart shoppers in Southeast Missouri about Hitchins' philosophy.

Reasons to invade

I KEEP hearing people mention Iraq didn't have anything to do with 9-11. Whether it did or not is not important to me and shouldn't be to other people. Iraq did not live up to its major promises made in a peace agreement to get out of Kuwait. Iraq evidently had weapons of mass destruction to start with but either destroyed them or hid them.

Justifying drinking

I AM 50-plus years old. I got drunk one time in my life, and I'll never do it again. I have never used illegal drugs. A recent comment said everyone gets drunk or high. Parents who allow underage drinking in their homes and justify it by saying they can keep an eye on the children have fried a few brain cells themselves.

Behind bars

YOU DID a fantastic job, SEMO Drug Task Force, by putting your lives on the line to catch these people. I can only pray that the judges will follow up with harsh sentences. The only thing between these people and using and dealing again are bars.

Loving others

WHEN THE illegals are working, they have to present some form of papers. Social Security taxes are being taken out of the money they're earning, so I feel they should be paid Social Security benefits if they paid into the system. I feel our Social Security system can handle anything as long as the people who are working are paying into it. It's sad times we live in when everybody seems to be so self-centered and self-involved that you don't love others and try to love those who are different than you.

European illegals

EUROPEANS ARE here illegally too. I lived in Cincinnati. One of my friend's best friends was German who was here illegally. Just because they happen to be across the border in Kentucky doesn't change things.

Affecting minds

REMEMBER WHEN they took the "Three Stooges" off TV because children were mimicking them and were afraid they would get hurt? Now they're telling us that these horrific video games have no adverse effects on their behavior.

Muy loco

I GOT up Memorial Day morning, slipped into my Mexican-made Levis, put on my Peruvian-made T-shirt along with my Cambodian-made sandals and drove out to Memorial Park in my Korean-made car. When I arrived, I looked around at all the veterans who had suffered the horrors of war and remembered their fallen comrades. So I placed my hand upon my heart and saluted the American flag made in communist China and whispered to the fellow next to me, "Isn't America great?" He said, "No comprende, amigo."

Mowing in parks

THE MEMORIAL Day service at the Cape Girardeau Capaha Park was an outstanding event. However, the event could have been better if the city had mowed the property. And 20 percent of the lights in the bandshell were out. Why the city wouldn't have the property properly prepared is kind of bewildering. The municipal band will begin playing Wednesday nights. It would be nice if the city could mow the property a day or two or the day of the event.

Deadbeat who?

IF A father is a deadbeat dad for not providing financially for his children, what would you call a mother not providing financially for her children? Not only providing financially for children but sucking the system dry through welfare and food stamps. Sounds like an extremely deadbeat mother to me.

Worst enemy

THE SYSTEM'S worst enemy is itself. If you take a child away from its father and give little visitation, then place them in government housing on welfare and food stamps with nothing to do or no hope of that situation, then who is to blame for the dropouts of school, teen pregnancy, crimes or drug usage? The system. Try giving teenagers more time with their fathers with more structure than the mothers.

Prayer problems

GARY RUST'S May 29 column titled "God's answer" is right on the mark." It's amazing to me that people will want to search for answers as to what's wrong with out school system and will fail to see the connection. Every year since prayer has been banned in school, these problems have gotten worse. In spite of these facts, there will be misguided, ignorant, foolish people who would argue that there are some other problem and try to throw solutions that don't work.

Making choices

IF SOMEONE chooses to break the law and then makes the choice to run away, if they crash in the process of being apprehended by the authorities, the only blame there is on the person who made these choices.

Better jobs

MAYOR JAY Knudtson needs to focus on bringing technology-based jobs to Cape Girardeau. We need jobs that pay real wages. Hotels don't pay squat.

Strict judges

WITH THE new regulations on our waterways, it will mean a lot more time and work for all involved. Citing offenders is only half the program. Where are the strict judges who were on the bench when I was a child?

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The Speak Out comment above about Gary Rust's column is so far off the mark that it belies the same intolerance that Rust himself exhibits.

The facts are exactly the opposite of what Rust and the writer above cite. In fact, violence in schools has gone down every year since 1991. I say this as a retired juvenile probation officer and follower of facts, not political windbags like Rust. I know this information will be a disconnect for the Sound Off writer above. Politicians frequently make the same claims about rising juvenile crime and crime in general, in order to sound tough on crime and get elected. They know better, but it sounds so good.

The writer sees so many broadcasts on the 24-hour media about crimes that he comes to believe that there must be more juvenile crimes and school violence. The media need something to fill up their hollow broadcasts, and they find it. So does Rust.

Again: Every FBI and state law enforcement report that you can get your hands on has shown that juvenile crime and school violence in particular has diminished every year since 1991.

And another thing: Teen pregnancy is down too. It's lower now than it has been in recent years, and I suspect that's in part to teens being better educated regarding sexual matters, but I don't really know. In recent years, teen drug use has also decreased.

Now, I'm not saying that this decrease in teen crime and pregnancy and drug use is due to official school prayers being banished. It might be in spite of it for all I know. The fact is, any student can pray in school at any time....they just don't have the right to impose their religious preferences on the entire student body.

But if you're going to preach to me, use facts, not preconceived notions about cause-and-effect like Rust frequently uses. He knows better, but he's banking on your ignorance of the facts in order to convince you of his brand of morality and religious intolerance.

-- Posted by JoJax on Fri, Jun 1, 2007, at 9:57 AM

Which prayer would you like in the public school? Who would you like to lead it?

Has any student that you know ever been prohibited from praying? Or reading the Bible at school?

This argument that God isn't allowed in public schools is absolutely ridiculous.

-- Posted by sideshowbob on Fri, Jun 1, 2007, at 10:01 AM

Methinks they protest too much, Mr. Rust. Hmmmm.... Must be hitting a nerve. Keep up the good work. I agree with you wholeheartedly.

-- Posted by thinks2much on Fri, Jun 1, 2007, at 10:18 AM

Frankly JoJax,

you can tear every nail,board or brick from any Church in this Country or any other place on the planet and you will not find God!Churches contain Religion and Religion does nothing but divide people.He can although, be found about 12 inches south of your brain!There is a fact for all of you.

-- Posted by GREYWOLF on Fri, Jun 1, 2007, at 2:17 PM

To say prayer has been banned from schools is one of the most irrational remarks I have ever heard. I know many students who pray daily and silently. Guess where they do it? American classrooms. Imagine that!!

-- Posted by iago on Fri, Jun 1, 2007, at 7:25 PM

Re: Loving Others

The "papers" the illegals present to obtain employment and have taxes withheld are not theirs...they belong to other people. This is a prime example of Identity Theft. So not only did they break the law when they illegally entered this country, they broke the law by falsely representing who they were with a fake ID, which again broke the law because that ID belongs to someone else.

So now the taxes are being withheld on the illegal's wages are being credited to the person the identity belongs to, a fact this person is seldom aware of until the IRS sends them a notice of an audit heading their way for not claiming all of their income on their tax return.

-- Posted by dixietrucker on Fri, Jun 1, 2007, at 11:25 PM

JoJax & sideshowbob: are you a parent of a child in public school? Have you ever volunteered in a public school? Have you ever taught in a public school? Believe it or not I have first hand knowledge (fact) of students being told they could not pray and I have seen a Bible confiscated. That is what I call ignorance and it is still very alive and well.

-- Posted by verKlimt on Mon, Jun 4, 2007, at 2:19 PM

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