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Speak Out 7/2/07

Monday, July 2, 2007

Breaking the law

African-American leaders need to be more concerned that the majority of those breaking laws are black. If police officers are pulling over more blacks on purpose it is because there is a higher chance that they will find something more than just a traffic ticket. And usually there is. Let's not knock the cops. Let's fix the breaking-the-law problem.

Parisian decadence

The decadence of our culture is well characterized by more media coverage given to the liberation of Paris Hilton than was given to the 1940s liberation of Paris, France.

Election timing

November is not the right time for a vote on Cape's sales-tax proposal says Cape's mayor. In Knudtsonese, that means we must wait for another time when no one is aware of the election or (if they are) don't bother to vote.

Coverage kudo

Thank you for your extremely fair and balanced coverage of the war memorial controversy.

Fear-mongering

Anyone WHO thinks all the global warming hype isn't just about the money need only look at Al Gore's net worth from the year 2000 to the present. It was between $1 million and $2 million in 2000 and $100 million now. I'd say global warming fear-mongering is good business.

Waste of money

I see the city has wasted even more money. As I drove down Themis Street and looked where the sidewalks are complete, people were still walking in the street and not using those brand new sidewalks. Even when this project is complete I still think the majority of people will still use the street.

Parks supporter

In regard to no to the water park and the city not maintaining what we currently have, I don't believe the city actually has funds specifically for maintaining what we currently have. I have four children, and they all are involved in many outdoor activities/sports. Because we spend so much time in the parks, I see many ways the city would benefit from this tax. It is not the parks department's fault that swing set swings are coming apart or that one summer the pump was broken at Capaha Pool. I want to commend the parks department for what they continually attempt to offer my children and all children. My vote will be a big yes.

No sexiest man fan

This sexieST man in Cape Girardeau contest is ridiculous. You have talented reporters working at the newspaper, and all they can do is some sexiest man contest? Come on, Southeast Missourian, you surely have more class than this.

Defending video games

Whoever wrote in the comment about video game addiction is seriously misinformed. Most of those so-called "professionals" have no medical degrees and therefore have no business making such statements. Punishing everyone who has something to do with video games, as if they were dealing with meth? That's just plain idiocy, and is going way overboard. If that ever happened, do you realize how many people would be imprisoned? It'd be too many for our justice system to handle, especially over something so trivial. I've been playing video games of all kinds for most of my 25 years of life, and never have I ever felt that I had to play, nor has it ever taken the place of anything more important in my life. If someone has a problem with stopping themselves from playing a video game, it's their fault, not anyone or anything else's.

Racial dialogue

There should be no dialogue as to whether racial profiling exists in Cape or not. It does. The dialogue should be between those who favor eliminating it and those who want to perpetuate it.

Giving it away

Our city and county governments continue to give our tax dollars to big business as is demonstrated by the tax incentive given to Sears and NARS, while putting the squeeze on small business in this town. Sears moved out of the building to Siemers Drive. The taxpayer funded this move. Then NARS comes to town, moves into the old Sears building, and the taxpayer funded this project. If you shop at businesses in the Town Plaza you will see this pass through tax on your sales receipt as well.

Due process

THE CALLER who surmises that Dennis McDonald disobeyed the law and that is why he went to jail needs to understand that our civil rights are being eroded. McDonald went to jail because a judge overstepped his powers. The U.S. Constitution provides citizens with protection under due process. McDonald was sent to jail without due process. Giving a person a suspended imposition of sentence and then sentencing them to jail is a little contradictory. This city could pass an ordinance that everyone had to wear blue shirts on Wednesday and if no one opposed it, the ordinance would stand. If a precedent is set where a judge can put you in jail and call it shock time, maybe Cape Girardeau should consider passing an ordinance such as blue shirts on Wednesday just for people like you. Thank God for people like Dennis McDonald who are willing to make a stand for our rights as citizens of this country.

Attacks won't stop

The terrorists made it clear that it does not matter who is in office, they will not stop their attacks. The first day the new prime minister was on the job they attempted to blow up a truck. They wanted to make it clear they don't care about politics, only to kill us.

Schools not at fault

As someone who worked with Al McFerren for several years, I'm very disappointed in his comments to the Southeast Missourian. McFerren believes that the district should make more of an effort to recruit black administrators. Why? A school district's job is to advertise positions and hire the best applicant. It is the applicants' jobs, be they white or black, to search out openings they are qualified for and interested in. Do not blame the district because black administrators don't apply here. And don't say that it's someone else's fault there are few black administrators. Colleges bend over backward to attract and retain minority students, both at the undergraduate and graduate level. Perhaps race is an issue here, but the responsibility lies with the black people who do not look for these jobs and pursue them.

'Coultergeist'

Ann Coulter will say anything, and I do mean anything, for attention. Now that Bush is unpopular, she calls him a dunce. She tells "jokes" to the effect that John Edwards is exploiting his son's death in order to get votes. Coulter gives free speech a bad name and has deservedly earned the nickname "Coultergeist."

Honoring B's

Since when does a B grade become part of an honor roll? When I went to school, you needed straight A's (and some "honor" classes) to be considered an honor student. Now B grades are considered honor grades?

MoDOT on top

I think MoDOT is doing an awesome job with the construction on Interstate 55. i am the first to say I hate road construction, especially when it interferes with my morning commute, but it has actually been bearable. Thank you MoDOT for being on top of your game.


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RE "Honoring B's": Perhaps times have changed but when I graduated during the 70's there were two honor rolls. A & B. No doubt who received the greatest honor but both were recognized for achievements. It also motivates those that are capable to reach higher.

-- Posted by KingsKid on Mon, Jul 2, 2007, at 6:54 AM

In Regards to Ann Coulter. She is such a nobody, something. She has always said what would make her look good, in my opinion, that was never. She is like most Republicans in this country. I had a "Used to be Friend" tell me she was a Republican. I asked her what that meant to her, she could not answer me. She owns a very small business in Jackson, and told me, "well I just am. She is not a voter. I have never known her to vote, yet, she considers herself the Big Republican, because she THINKS that makes her Richer and More Powerful. Who Knows, I do know though that she aint nothin' (Republican or Democrat)if she doesn't even vote. VOTING is one of our rights in this country that alot of people ignore, yet when they do not like what is going on, they are the first to say that they are unhappy. On a happier note, have you seen President Bush's Latest Popularity Numbers? They are now at a new low, 30 % of the country beleive he is still doing a good job, I sure am happy about that. All those Repulicans who voted for him, the first and second time, must be Proud !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

-- Posted by ITSADOGSWORLDFULLAFUN on Mon, Jul 2, 2007, at 7:59 AM

I love this town. People here are complaining about the "erosion of civil rights" regarding whether banner signs can be put up or not. We're talking about due process for a ordinance violation.

Meanwhile, there are REAL civil liberty crises currently ongoing: the PATRIOT Act, warrentless wiretapping, Guantananoman's Land, and God knows what else that we don't know about yet.

Get your heads out of your you-know-where, the world does not revolve around Cape Girardeau. We have more pressing issues to attend to than civil disobedience over a city ordinance.

-- Posted by FriendO on Mon, Jul 2, 2007, at 8:51 AM

Trimetrov, How do you think that we got to the point of warrantless wire tapping, Patriot Act, etc. Your civil liberties are being taken away a little at a time and people like you do not consider it important enough to spend time trying to prevent this from happening. That is why we are now facing warrantless wire tapping, etc., because no one thought it important enough to oppose on a level where their influence might have made a difference.

-- Posted by ithenana on Mon, Jul 2, 2007, at 9:09 AM

Ann Coulter, like Rush, is always demonized by the left after pointing out their hypocrisy. John Edwards has repeatedly used his sons death for political advantage.

Also if Bush's poll numbers are at 30%, thats about double the numbers for the Democratic congress. Voters recognize Dems brought a true "culture of corruption" to Washington.

-- Posted by stevmo on Mon, Jul 2, 2007, at 9:09 AM

Hey Millersville

Quit the rant, You really dont know what your talking about any more than your friend. Not all republicans are rich white cigar smokeing oafs. And I sure dont here any new ideas comeing from the democrats. And another thing voteing is not a right, Its a civic duty/honor. Maybe you and your new friends can put your mommy's bra on your heads sit in a circle and come up with a reason to continue wasteing air.

-- Posted by poppa on Mon, Jul 2, 2007, at 9:17 AM

I am proud of G.W. Didnt you see what happen in England and Scottland over the weekend? If that happen in the states all of you tree huging dems would be blameing him for not doing enough to protect us. Why dont you thank him for keeping you safe?

-- Posted by poppa on Mon, Jul 2, 2007, at 9:28 AM

Yep, just had to tune in to see if the name calling continues. Fanatics are fanatics. The political parties want you to keep hating each other over politics. Can't the people in this area see that?

-- Posted by cannedheat on Mon, Jul 2, 2007, at 9:32 AM

Lead us to salvation, cannedheat. What is the true path to enlightenment?

-- Posted by stevmo on Mon, Jul 2, 2007, at 10:34 AM

Seriously, why is everyone so hateful on here?! I don't understand why everyone has to rage about politics everyday and disrespectfully bash anyone who has a differing view from their own.

Also, I wonder how anyone could expect another person to take them seriously and respect their intelligence when they are unable to proof read their comments. How can you call someone else stupid when you don't even check the spelling and grammer in your own comment?

-- Posted by hisgirl321 on Mon, Jul 2, 2007, at 11:22 AM

Mosley get off it! The truth is that Coulter and Limbaugh are cut from the same bolt of cloth. They are entertainers not gurus. When people ignore them they have to find something new and outrageous to do or say. You are correct that they have plenty of company from the dems and the left. . .that doesn't make it right.

If we all ignored the mindless chatter from both sides of the aisle we might actually hear a meaningful discussion by people who actually care about this country.

-- Posted by one4kids on Mon, Jul 2, 2007, at 11:44 AM

Re: Wasted Money. The new sidewalks on Themis are a great addition. Last night I saw a little boy, who I used to see riding his bike in the street in front of cars, riding on the new sidewalk. It's a great improvement. For the idiots who continue to walk in the street, it's a violation of a city ordinance, so they will receive tickets and learn to walk on the sidewalks. These improvements were not a waste of money.

-- Posted by semostudent on Mon, Jul 2, 2007, at 1:12 PM

cannedheat is absolutely correct in commenting that our political parties want us to keep hating each other over politics. And no, the majority of people in this country obviously cannot see that.

Consequently, we will continue to sheepishly follow whatever our party of choice is, and will continue to convince oursleves that the other party is evil.

The bottom line is, neither the Democratic Party nor the Republican Party agendas are good for America. It is all about money and power, people, not about us whatsoever.

-- Posted by gurusmom on Mon, Jul 2, 2007, at 1:21 PM

Hisgirl321:

Grammar, not "grammer".

-- Posted by Cape Tape on Mon, Jul 2, 2007, at 3:20 PM

You can fool too many people too much of the time.

-- Posted by philosopher king on Mon, Jul 2, 2007, at 3:35 PM

Other than anarchy, what do you achieve if you believe in nothing?

-- Posted by stevmo on Mon, Jul 2, 2007, at 3:40 PM

Stev mo, the true path is to think. Do you want someone to tell you how to think. Take in all information you can, then make a decision based on that information, we won't all agree but we can have an intelligent discussion without the name calling. I don't want Moore, Limbaugh, Coulter nor any fanatic on either side think for me and tell me who to believe in. So yes you could try thinking for yourself.

-- Posted by cannedheat on Mon, Jul 2, 2007, at 7:51 PM

c'heat,if it makes you feel better to imagine that you are the only person capable of thinking then, I guess, good for you.

There are lots of complicated issues out there and it certainly doesn't hurt to check out the thoughts of like minded people. Getting input from others then filtering out the bunk is good, not bad. How can you form an intelligent opinion about anything without listening to others?

-- Posted by stevmo on Mon, Jul 2, 2007, at 10:11 PM

I gave up trying to explain the law to this board. I mean, who says that having a degree in something means you know anything on the topic? But, I still skim over the ranting. There is one thing that I hate on informal internet message boards and that is when people make fun of others for spelling and grammatical errors. Really, who cares? We all get the point. But, someone making a mistake themselves while criticizing someone else...that's the good stuff.

But, looking past that...hisgirl has a good point. The name calling has gotten childish.

-- Posted by semoatty on Mon, Jul 2, 2007, at 11:47 PM


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