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Speak Out 7/3/07

Tuesday, July 3, 2007

Defining clutter

TO THE caller who doesn't want another memorial cluttering up the park at the Common Pleas Courthouse building, do all the flags at Cape County Park on Flag Day clutter up the beautiful park? Do all the vets at the Missouri Veterans Home clutter up that beautiful building? I think you need to think about what you're saying.

Deadbeat dads

I SAW on TV where, over Father's Day in Illinois, they arrested hundreds of deadbeat fathers who weren't paying for their children. So much of that goes on in Cape County and so many children are not being paid for. I was just wondering why Cape County does not do something like this where they go after these deadbeat dads.

Paving roads

I THOUGHT the new sales tax was for deputies and road paving. If NARS is going to hire 500 local people, they would be paying sales tax already since they live here. If we have more money than we need for this year's roads, just pave more this year. It will just be a matter of time until asphalt will go up, and we'll have to have more tax or pave fewer roads.

Coulter embarrasses

ANN COULTER does not reflect the Republican Party. In fact, she's very much a loose cannon and an embarrassment for anyone who's conservative, as far as I'm concerned. I have confidence that any Republican president will do better than most Democrats that are running, if not all of them.

Phone over e-mail

FOR THE caller who's worried about his computerized message, don't give out the e-mail. No. 2, don't even have e-mail. No doctor can get hold of me by Internet. He'd better use the phone or I won't be hearing from him.

Learning to love

FRANKLY I'M surprised that people on disability would have to pay any taxes. However, I don't think it's a good thing to exclude school taxes. The person pointed out no longer having children in school. How about grandchildren? Responsibility reaches beyond just yourself and what your latest function in life is. There's thinking beyond yourself. That's what grandparents learn, to think beyond your own immediate family. You learn to love others who are brought into the family.

Showing dissatisfaction

I THOUGHT the county commissioners were elected to help take care of the county, not the city of Cape Gir-ardeau. The only way we can show our dissatisfaction is to vote these people out of office as soon as possible. They do as they please and seem to get re-elected every time. We need new people in office.

Baptists are Baptists

I JUST finished reading the article in Speak Out about the black Baptists. I think what they're doing is great, but I'm a Baptist but we don't consider ourselves "white Baptists." Our church sign says "Everyone welcome" and that means black or white. We don't say we're a "white" Baptist church. We're just Baptists and everybody's welcome.

What girls know

There are people who think that "girls" do not know about birth control and the consequences if you don't use it because no one teaches them about it. That is ludicrous. Most if not all girls have always pretty much known, by at least the age of 12 or 13, that if they have sex they might get pregnant. They know about condoms and birth control pills. Because we have made it acceptable to have sex, and even to have babies before marriage (and let the taxpayers foot the bills for that baby), it is going to continue happening.

MoDOT doing well

Kudos to the workers on I-55. I drive from Cape to Fruitland every weekday, and I have been thoroughly impressed with the organization and speed of the work being done. Thank you for a job well done!

Pathetic preaching

How dare someone use a murder of a woman and her unborn child as a reason to preach about abortion? First, the child was at full term. An abortion at nine months? No. Second, it was not the woman's choice for the "father" of the unborn child to kill her and her baby. He deserves full punishment for stealing away two lives. Abortion has nothing whatsoever to do with this murder, and using it as a forum to preach your own opinions about abortion is both sickening and pathetic.

Hollow victory

I looked up the phrase "hollow victory" on the Internet to see what it meant. It didn't really define the phrase but gave as an example the recent defeat of the immigration bill.

Getting a permit

The "man who defied the law for a year," Dennis McDonald, has tried for more than a year to get a permit for a permanent sign without success. "No reasons given, just call me back next week" has been the answer from city officials. The U.S. Supreme Court has already ruled that unbridled discretion cannot be placed in the hands of a permitting official, that permits must be granted or denied in a timely manner. The last story carried by semissourian.com on this issue stated that Ty Metzer, the nuisance abatement officer, previously known as the dog catcher, has the discretion to issue summons. This is why you will see banners displayed at some businesses while others are hammered, as demonstrated in the case of The Mattress Guy.

Jesus died for all

I'm sure I won't be the only person who responds to the caller who claimed that Jesus died for the poor, not the rich. Jesus died for all people, not just people of one socioeconomic class. It's comments like the ones made by this caller that turn people away from God.

Making breakfast

MY FIRST reaction to schools providing breakfast for students was "Why?" My parents ate breakfast before they left for school. I did the same. My children ate breakfast at home. All the political justifications years ago about children "needing" a nutritional breakfast so it should be provided by schools do not explain how generations of Americans who were responsible for their own breakfasts managed to get their educations.

Worth pursuing

THE IDEA of a transparent flood wall for Cape recently surfaced again. The unparalleled success of the downtown golf tournament may have provided the motivation to again begin a public discussion of a transparent flood wall. A few days ago, I read a Speak Out comment in favor of such a wall. However, a few days later, someone seemed to throw water on the proposal by stating he would oppose such a structure. He assumed the wall would be made of plastic and would presumably be easily scratched, ugly and not very transparent. Well, I've heard there is a new material that would be immune to scratching, defacing and so forth. I am not an expert on this matter but I do believe it is an idea worth pursuing.

The way we were

Esicar's Meat Shop epitomized the essence of Cape for decades. Its closing represents another nail in the coffin of the way things used to be in Cape, and we are the worse for it.

Mopping up

Hillary Clinton is cleverly trying to appeal to women voters, commenting, "If there was ever a time for a woman president it's now because we're going to have to do a lot of cleaning." Some of us women might view this as less clever than offensive to women. Some of us might also remember the "cleaning" that was done as the Clinton's were leaving office. Anyway, how many of us can form a mental picture of Hillary with the mop and bucket she mentioned?

Hairline break

i have often wondered why it's so hard to get help with medical care in this country. I recently had to take my child to the doctor because of a broken leg. I had no insurance and was told to just let him stay off of it and it would be fine, that it was only a hairline break. They were all gung-ho to set it and X-ray it until they found out I had no way to pay.

If we build it

I just completed reading the column about Cape Girardeau talking about and attempting to secure a minor league baseball team. This is outstanding and something this area needs, as we currently have no place around here to take our families for any entertainment during the spring, summer and fall. We must travel to St Louis, Memphis, Kentucky Lake, or points beyond and we much rather support our local entertainment industry. I commend the mayor for all of his efforts and his attempt to make this dream come true for all of us. If we build it they will come.

Taking on arthritis

The Arthritis Prevention, Control, and Cure Act (not sure why "Cure" is part of the title, since there is no cure for any of the many forms of arthritis) is a good thing. Saying that it might help ensure early diagnosis to prevent future disability is correct. If my own rheumatoid Arthritis had been diagnosed and treated in a timely manner (as my osteoarthritis was), I would not now be crippled to the point of disability. Please support this act.

Techno slaves

Long lines of people anxious to purchase Apple's iPhone reflect the degree to which we have become slaves to technology. Bruce Willis's new movie, "Live Free or Die Hard," illustrates the potential consequences.

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I have confidence, too. I know that any of the Democrat hopefuls for president would do a better job than any of the Republicans seeking that office. Were I a Republican, I do not think I would be bragging about that fact, especially now.

-- Posted by iago on Tue, Jul 3, 2007, at 5:33 AM

I think we need to quit thinking political parties or gender and look at the individuals who are running. Stop accepting the media's opinion of what we should think and start thinking for ourselves. Make our decision based on research and information and not along party lines. Don't pay any attention to their promises but look at their history..the past is generally a pretty fair predictor of the future.

As to whether we are ready for a female president, I think it depends on who is running. In the case of Mrs.Clinton, I think her background and accomplishments should be researched and studied. Is she really qualified and if so how?

It should not be if we want a woman president but do we want this one.

We need to start thinking and quit reacting.

-- Posted by walela on Tue, Jul 3, 2007, at 7:07 AM

Partial birth abortion is sickening, not the fact that we are discussing it. If, as a nation, we allow this "procedure" that kills a full term baby, then why would we prosecute someone for doing the same thing. I assume the original comment was made to point out the hypocrisy of people who would say one method of killing is OK but not the other.

-- Posted by stevmo on Tue, Jul 3, 2007, at 8:16 AM

Schools serve breakfast because it's a state funded program. I have personally seen students get off the bus who probably haven't eaten since the day before at lunch time (at school). They cram their little mouths because they are hungry. I'm glad that your family was able to provide breakfast for you - however, not everyone is so fortunate.

-- Posted by monochromatic on Tue, Jul 3, 2007, at 8:55 AM

I just had a vision. It's Hillary standing at the door of the Whitehouse with a plate of homemade cookies in one hand and a mop in the other. Ooh, nope, it's First Lady Bill. Sorry.

-- Posted by calypso12 on Tue, Jul 3, 2007, at 9:44 AM

In regards to Mrs.Clinton for President.

I again refer everyone to Timothy 1 2:12

That should clear things up for the Christian


-- Posted by GREYWOLF on Tue, Jul 3, 2007, at 10:14 AM

Breakfast at school is for the kids whose parents do not provide basic necessities. Not every parent makes sure their child has food to eat, school may be the only place that a kid gets two square meals a day. I have been on the no food end as a child. It had nothing to do with my parents not fixing breakfast as a family, they just didn't buy me food because they didn't eat breakfast. Let's not encourge the punishment of children to get back back at the parents.

-- Posted by sncvc4 on Tue, Jul 3, 2007, at 10:25 AM

I have taught public school and I have seen the hungry children whose only meals were the ones that they ate at school. I agree that it is the responsibility of the parents to feed their children, but the fact is that many parents are irresponsible and others are just barely making enough money to keep a roof over their heads. It would be an ideal world if every child grew up in a family that made sure they had enough to eat and the basic necessities of life were provided, but of course we don't live in an ideal world. I am so glad that we can help those kids by giving them something for breakfast and lunch at school. Our kids need the best start in life that we can give them. Is it such a hard thing for us to agree on this point? And whatever we do for the least of these, we do for Christ. Matt 25:40

-- Posted by thinks2much on Tue, Jul 3, 2007, at 10:57 AM

Doctors come to our area of the world not to treat patients but to get rich. Cape Girardeau doctors are the 2nd highest paid in the United States with number one being located in California.

Very few doctors in Cape are there 5 days a week. They have hired the nurse practitioners to treat the patients and still charge us the high prices.

Take a look at our "Non-profit" hospitals here in Cape Girardeau. The constant construction that is done is because they cannot show a profit from the charges that we pay on their taxes so they build and build instead of lowering what we have to pay. Very sad that we have to leave the area in order to find good care as well as affordable doctors.

-- Posted by granny30 on Tue, Jul 3, 2007, at 11:07 AM

So, back to this whole memorial thing. This is my question...If you added up all the years of military service of both Rust boys, Marla Mills, and the Wymans, how many years would that be? I think the answer would be none.

-- Posted by central tiger on Tue, Jul 3, 2007, at 11:47 AM

I would Agree that our doctors are paid well, but that was the number two reason for going to school and becomeing a doctor. I would hope the number 1 reason was to help people. However today many doctors take on the position that corperations pay better than you or I can, So they go to work for insurance companies and use their skills to minimize a personal injury or sickness in a court of law saveing millions in some cases for the insurance company as well as the corperation. Beware and research any doctor that you see. Make sure that he/she has your recovery as number the one priorty not their bank account.

-- Posted by poppa on Tue, Jul 3, 2007, at 12:35 PM

Do you really think that Cape Girardeau doctors are 2nd highest paid in the U.S.?

-- Posted by Jargon on Tue, Jul 3, 2007, at 12:40 PM

I know a few personaly, yea I do.

-- Posted by poppa on Tue, Jul 3, 2007, at 12:43 PM

A question for teachers (or others) who personally witness that children are not being well cared for by their parents...Should the teacher report the kids parents to family services, or something to that effect. I mean if the kid is dirty that's iffy, and if his clothes are tattered (that's not something to make a complaint about) BUT if the kid hasn't had a meal since lunch the day before at school -- isn't that child abuse? That's so sad, and makes my blood boil that parents can't send their kids to school with SOMETHING in their belly. I get even angrier if I hear that these parents have money to buy cigarettes instead of a box of poptarts. What are food stamps for? Why aren't these kids being fed? What about when they aren't in school -- who feeds them then? This is ridiculous.

-- Posted by QT-PIE on Tue, Jul 3, 2007, at 1:17 PM

steve mo you hit the nail on the head.

And the person has a right to stand up and say that there is no difference btween killing the baby the way it was killed or having an abortion. After all life is life. There is another example of how the laws are twisted to suit someone the way they think it should be. that is not pathetic. Abortion is sickening.

-- Posted by joekool on Tue, Jul 3, 2007, at 2:55 PM

Isn't the substance that could be used for the construction of a transparent floodwall known as transparawallolene or something like that?

-- Posted by philosopher king on Tue, Jul 3, 2007, at 3:26 PM

If I remember, it was those right wing, holier-than-thou ones that help elect George W. That has certainly cleared many things up for many of us.

-- Posted by iago on Tue, Jul 3, 2007, at 4:17 PM

You really dont compare life as we know it to a cartoon Do You?

-- Posted by poppa on Tue, Jul 3, 2007, at 4:48 PM

Ann Coulter and Bill O'Reilley are real examples of how many (NOT ALL) Republicans think that Democrats do not have a brain in their head. It is Time To Step Up and Elect the Right Person for the Presidency of this United States. With All the Candidates lined up, Barack Obama stands out amongst them all. He is smart, has a good head on his shoulder, has a good family life, isn't a lifelong politician, and is a moral person.

-- Posted by ITSADOGSWORLDFULLAFUN on Tue, Jul 3, 2007, at 5:51 PM

What...no complaints about new sidewalks today?! I'm shocked.

-- Posted by dmm86 on Tue, Jul 3, 2007, at 7:41 PM

Congressman Ron Paul is a libertarian masking as a Republican. This slick maneuver makes him fair game for charges of hypocrisy.

-- Posted by philosopher king on Tue, Jul 3, 2007, at 11:32 PM

Yes, Baptist are Baptist. I know because there are several in my family. Yet I have never met 2 Baptists who believed the same things other than that they will be no other demoninatins in heaven.

-- Posted by iago on Wed, Jul 4, 2007, at 7:32 PM

To the person who says that they have to go to St. Louis, or Kentucky to find something to do in the summer, how about this for an idea...Trail of Tears State Park, it's beautiful, Arena Park, Capaha Park, & the Shawnee sports complex...they have ballgames there all summer long, and they are a lot more fun the professional games, at least these players are in it for the fun and sport of the game instead of the money and fame. Of course you could also just start up a game of your own in your backyard.

-- Posted by lilmisangel on Mon, Jul 9, 2007, at 9:21 AM

To the person who says that they have to go to St. Louis, or Kentucky to find something to do in the summer, how about this for an idea...Trail of Tears State Park, it's beautiful, Arena Park, Capaha Park, & the Shawnee sports complex...they have ballgames there all summer long, and they are a lot more fun the professional games, at least these players are in it for the fun and sport of the game instead of the money and fame. Of course you could also just start up a game of your own in your backyard.

-- Posted by lilmisangel on Mon, Jul 9, 2007, at 9:21 AM

To the person who says that they have to go to St. Louis, or Kentucky to find something to do in the summer, how about this for an idea...Trail of Tears State Park, it's beautiful, Arena Park, Capaha Park, & the Shawnee sports complex...they have ballgames there all summer long, and they are a lot more fun the professional games, at least these players are in it for the fun and sport of the game instead of the money and fame. Of course you could also just start up a game of your own in your backyard.

-- Posted by lilmisangel on Mon, Jul 9, 2007, at 9:21 AM

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