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Speak Out 6/13/07

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Doing their jobs

WHAT PART of "It is against the law for anyone under 21 to be in possession of alcohol" do you not understand? If you don't like the law, then work to get it amended, but don't badger policemen who are bound by oath to uphold the law.

From red to blue

YES, IT says a lot that many of the poor live in red states. To me, it says that by voting Republican these folks have been bamboozled into voting against their own economic self-interests and that the GOP, knowing this, has been successful in garnering their votes by playing up social issues (gay rights, prayer in public schools etc.) However, the good news is that the red-state poverty stricken are starting to realize that they've been hoodwinked and that they are voting in such a way as to turn a lot of red states purple and, soon, blue.

Paying too little

TO ALL of the people who think that fuel taxes are too high: Take a drive. Our roads are not in the best shape, and all weeds line too many miles of our country lanes. If anything, we are paying too little in fuel taxes. Comparing fuel taxes between nations is entirely acceptable because it demonstrates that we are still paying a lot less for fuel than nations comparable to the United States.

Service complaints

MY FATHER served in World War II and the Korean War. He received two Bronze Stars and a Purple Heart. After he returned home he never once complained about not wanting to have served or any post-traumatic disorders. He was proud of his service. What has happened? We hear daily about returning soldiers complaining about having to serve or post-traumatic disorders. I am proud of our soldiers, but I don't understand the ones who complain. We are still the greatest country in the world, and we have always had to fight aggressors for our freedoms. God bless America.

Enough whining

SAYING THAT our immigration system is broken is like whining that your car broke down after you subjected it to deliberate abuse and neglect.

Tony or Paris?

IS AMERICA most interested in the informative piece on British Prime Minister Tony Blair from the Economist magazine, recently reprinted by Gary Rust. Or are we more attentive to the trials and tribulations of Paris Hilton?

Disturbing dogs

I JUST read a disturbing article about the gruesome world of dog fighting. I am a dog breeder. I am against the breeding of pit bulls. People who have them think it is cool to have a dog who is tough. Whether or not the dogs are being taught to fight, the breed has a disturbing and pitiful reputation. They should be banned from the community.

Made in Mexico

FROM THE Big Book of Irony (a small book): The uniforms of U.S. Border Patrol agents are made in Mexico.

Use turn signals

I WOULD like to know why automobile drivers in Cape Girardeau think they do not have to use a turn signal. I think police should target these violations and issue citations to those drivers for not using a turn signal.

Plain silly

DAVID LIMBAUGH'S semi-polarizing piece implying conservatives (read neoconservatives or Republicans) have God on their side while Democrats don't was really not as polarizing as it was just plain silly.

Escaping responsibility

SEAMAN BURNS joined the Navy so the military would pay for the birth of his child. Yet he really wants to be around his wife and child. Didn't he know that of all the branches, the Navy is probably the hardest on family life, with all the at-sea time? Why not just get a job around here? And he could live with his mother, as he plans to do, and save on rent. This entire story doesn't ring true. He quit high school and seems to have a history of walking away from responsibility. I feel sorry for the poor child stuck with this set of parents.

Protecting teens

I AM writing this in response to the article "Group fighting drinking parties." I do not condone the parents' attitudes at the Sikeston drinking party, but I believe their intentions were good. There is not enough activities to keep the average high school student occupied. Parents can be as strict and make sure that their teenagers know not to drink, but the temptation will always be there. Students make mistakes. It happens to us all. The intent of parents who host underage parties is that they are providing a safe place for kids to party. Why is this a good thing? It prevents students from drinking and driving. Parents are present and able to make sure none of the students overindulges. It prevents students from having parties where there is no supervision. I do not think it is fair to prosecute parents who are trying to protect their children from harm.

Enforcing the law

I WOULD like to commend the law enforcement agency that enforced the underage drinking laws on the parents who hosted a drinking party at their home. At the same time, I say shame on the law enforcement agency that last year charged no one following a similar party in Ste. Genevieve County in which a drunken teenager drove his car into a lake and drowned.

Wasted space

HOW MUCH newspaper space has been wasted examining the ongoing speculation as to whether Cape Girardeau will or will not be in "Killshot?"

Bubble must go

THAT UGLY bubble structure over the Central pool has to go. It is poorly ventilated and breeds mold. People who otherwise would have a place to exercise in the winter simply don't go there for fear of becoming sick.

What we know

THE MEDIA give us more than we need to know about celebrities and less than we need to know about an omnibus immigration bill. For instance, did you know that the Senate's bill provided for only one business day to perform the background check for a Z visa? Do you know what Paris had for lunch today? See?

God is there

WHAT IS this nonsense about God not being in the classroom? I am a teacher at Jackson Junior High School. God is in my classroom every day. He is there guiding me in my teaching of our youths. He is there in the wonder and joy of my pupils' learning. He is there in the wisdom of our administrators. He is there in the kindness of our custodial staff, secretaries, cafeteria workers and paraprofessionals. God is in our schools just as he is everywhere.

Passport punishment

IN READING about the long delays, not to mention the expense, in obtaining a passport, it should strike us as unfair, to say the least, that we would have to have a passport to get into our own country after traveling to Mexico or Canada. For those who cry "safety from terrorists," there are those of us who see this as a punishment to our own citizens for things we did not cause.

Listening to tunes

I THOUGHT it was rude of the group of women in the back of "Tunes at Twilight" to laugh, drink and be loud during the concert. I go to relax after a hard week at work and listen to the music. There were several people who had to move due to the commotion. Please take your party somewhere else on Friday night.

More parties

AM I the only person in Southeast Missouri who understands the law of unintended consequences? A well-intentioned group in Sikeston is on a crusade to stop post-high school graduation parties where alcohol is served. The result will be that, when it comes to such parties in Sikeston, there will be a 500-fold increase.

Common language

SHOULD ENGLISH be the official language of the United States? Let me answer your question in an ancient language: E pluribus unum. The Tower of Babel does not make a powerful and independent nation.


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Before we ban Pitbulls from the community, I think we should ban breeders who line or in-breed their dogs. Banning this particular breed from our community will not reduce or stop dog fighting. With so many unwanted animals being dumped in rural areas and our area shelters bursting at the seams, why would anyone willingly want to breed more pets? Breeders are more of a problem than a specific breed.

-- Posted by tammy1123 on Wed, Jun 13, 2007, at 7:17 AM

Just because the fuel tax is not being spent wisley does not mean that fuel tax should be increased. Wake up.

-- Posted by Make no mistake about it on Wed, Jun 13, 2007, at 8:20 AM

Viscious dogs should be banned from the city. Period.

-- Posted by Make no mistake about it on Wed, Jun 13, 2007, at 8:23 AM

What determines a dog as vicious? As a small child I was bitten by a chihuahua . I consider biting to be a vicious behavior. Should we ban chihuahuas? My friend was bitten by a beagle last year. So we should also ban beagles? You cannot generalize and say that all vicious dogs should be banned. You cannot blame an entire breed for the stupidity of human handlers and breeders. I don't own a pit bull, but I do own a rottweiler and several years ago, they were considered to be a vicious breed. In the 13 years we have owned our rottweiler he has never bitten anyone even with having two teenagers in our home that constantly have friends over and parents coming and going to pick up and drop off their children up. Please do not condemn an entire breed because of the stupidity of humans.

-- Posted by rodeo-mom on Wed, Jun 13, 2007, at 8:44 AM

I hate most dogs--the only one I've never been afraid of is my friend's pit bull.

It isn't the breed that makes a dog violent; it is the owner.

-- Posted by Kl1778 on Wed, Jun 13, 2007, at 9:08 AM

Ban Pit Bulls and anyone who wants a tough looking dog can just easily switch to another breed. Tosas, Dogo Argentinos, Presa Canarios, & Brazilian Mastiffs are all equal to a Pit Bull in fighting ability. Wolf-hybrids are probably even more dangerous. All the other Bulldogs, Dobermans, Akitas & large Terriers are could easily be trained and breed to be nearly as vicious.

Not like people holding illegal dog fights are going to care whether or not a dog breed is legal or illegal to keep.

-- Posted by Nil on Wed, Jun 13, 2007, at 9:13 AM

As a child growing up on a farm, we were the ones who took care of others throw aways in one way or the other. As an adult, I wanted to choose the kind of dog I had as a pet and thanks to a breeder I could. It's not the breeders who are the problem with throw away dogs - as in everything else - it's the owners. Some are responsible and others are not. I don't beleive I've ever heard of a child being killed by a beagle or chihuahua and I'm pretty sure that I'd rather take my chances with anything that dosen't have the reputation of a pitbull or rot. Too much history with these dogs. By the way, how do pitbull owners get pitbulls if they don't go to a breeder?

-- Posted by justforfun on Wed, Jun 13, 2007, at 11:52 AM

I agree with Rodeo-mom. We also have a Rottweiler. We rescued him from a family who was taking him to the pound because he was too big. He was only 7mos old. We could see someone getting him from the pound and teaching him to dogfight. He has been a very good dog to our family and our kids friends. It's all in how you raise the animal whether or not they will turn out mean or not.

-- Posted by Wildnsyko on Wed, Jun 13, 2007, at 11:58 AM

If the MDOT would stop speanding money on second level projects and spent more on re-surfacing what we already have, our roads would be fine without a increase in tax. The new I-55 ramp is a project that could have waited a few years.

-- Posted by freedom1776to2008 on Wed, Jun 13, 2007, at 12:10 PM

First of all breeders ARE an issue because they over breed dogs, over price dogs and continue to overpopulate the pet population. It'd be different if breeders only had puppies once or twice a year. Heck, a lot of "breeders" sell their dogs at top prices, but they are products of inbreeding!

I know two women that I work with who have families and other animals in their homes. They both state that they cannot live without their pit-bull dogs. Their dogs are sweet and loving. They are protective, yet gentle with their children and their friends.

The breed should not be banned because low-life trash raises them to be killers. Those dogs that are rescued from dog fights are euthanized.

Many people who do own pit-bulls get them from rescue groups who do serious background checks. Also it's sad that this breed is targeted, apparently it's hard to get home owners insurance if they know that you have a pit-bull. It's just sad that people want to kill what they don't know about.

It's also sad that there are uneducated people who own large breed dogs that have a reputation to be violent.

-- Posted by foodie on Wed, Jun 13, 2007, at 1:03 PM

I wasn't at Tunes this past Friday, but I knew it would not be long before the complaints would start rolling in. I don't know which is worse, the "rude" people or the whiners.

-- Posted by verKlimt on Wed, Jun 13, 2007, at 2:52 PM

On the subject of parents giving alcohol to minors. Two years ago this past Memorial Day, friends of ours were enjoying a family day at one of the regional parks enjoying their new boat they had saved to buy and were using it for the first time.

On their way out of the park going home, they suddenly were face to face with two oncoming cars racing with one of them in their lane. The car hit them at a speed in excess of 100 mph. killing the wife and mother of two young girls ages nine and eleven and critically injuring the father. The car that was racing (underage teenage girl driver) had her best friend riding with her who was also killed. This happened inside the park with a maximum speed limit of 25 mph.

The cause of the accident was attributed to a wild day on the lake drinking. The driver's blood alcohol was more than 3 times the legal limit. The alcohol was purchased and given to the driver and her friends by the father of the underage driver.

The father had been cited about three months before the accident for providing alcohol for his daughter and her teenage friends at a private party.

The father and daughter both were convicted and currently serving time.

Two people dead, one critically wounded, and three families lives devastated because of parental good intentions.

I have children and grandchildren and know the difficulties of monitoring their activities. However, I believe by supporting and providing a drinking environment for them is definitely not setting a good example.

-- Posted by Balmy on Wed, Jun 13, 2007, at 5:06 PM

I've been trying to stay away from here albeit to no avail. Balmy, I am sorry for your loss, and I, also, have just recently lost a friend to alcohol induced rage. He was severely beaten and left on railroad tracks to die (I'm very, very serious here). Not cool. However, the event you described happened on PUBLIC PROPERTY. The debate here is the events that happened on PRIVATE PROPERTY. Let me say that again, PRIVATE PROPERTY. If we can't feel safe on our own piece of Earth, we can't feel safe anywhere. I have been priveleged enough to travel around the world and this is the only country that I've known to view alcohol as evil. I was in Ulm, Germany when I was 14 and the locals were buying rounds for my father and I. It's unfortunate that people drink irresponsibly, but the vast, vast majority of people know when to stop; regardless of age.

-- Posted by ynot on Thu, Jun 14, 2007, at 12:13 AM

Balmy, I too am very sorry for your loss, and I do appreciate the gravity of this situation. No doubt that those who were convicted should be in jail. Why did the father allow them to drink and DRIVE? It's apparent to me that this had very little to do with alcohol and more to do with an irresponsible parent who never taught his daughter right from wrong, drinking in moderation, or to respect an automobile. There are many different factors here, not just the alcohol. While I don't really agree with parents handing off alcohol to their under age kids in copious amounts, my parents let me have a drink or two at a family functions when I was under age, but I was NEVER allowed to drive or have more than 2.

-- Posted by foodie on Thu, Jun 14, 2007, at 9:34 AM

I appreciate the sympathy expressed for the loss. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

Another point I was attempting to make was that this parent had been cited earlier for providing alcohol not only to his daughter but other minors as well. This was on private property. What one does in one's own home with family members is private as long as it does not effect the public at large. When you as a parent bring other minors into that environment, in many cases it is a recipe for disaster.

-- Posted by Balmy on Thu, Jun 14, 2007, at 2:34 PM

First off to set the record straight, Mr. Burns did not "Quit" high school. As a matter of fact I distinctly remember the principle of Jackson High School handing me my diploma. So, to whoever felt that they're lives were so dull that they had to divulge themselves in a subject that they were clearly not involved in; I hope you feel very proud. Not only are you completely pathetic in the fact that you comment on the life of someone who doesn't even concern you just so you can stop feeling so inferior to other people, but then you post inaccurate information. Congratulations moron!

-- Posted by jburns on Thu, Jun 14, 2007, at 7:59 PM


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