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Speak Out 7/8/07

Sunday, July 8, 2007

Fighting crime

There is only one new tax I would vote for and that is to hire more crime fighting police officers. The tax provision would need to stipulate that the officers be used only to fight real crimes, and not as ticket issuers like most of our officers are forced into now.

Executive activism

Was Scooter Libby a "victim" of politics? The prosecutor in his case is a Bush appointee, as is the Judge and two of the three Court of Appeals justices. If the president thinks a 30-month sentence is too harsh for a first offender, he could have reduced it to fewer months rather than to zero. The only thing worse than judicial activism is executive activism. Libby is no victim, he is a beneficiary. We should all be so lucky to be that kind of victim.

Open downtown for 4th

My family and I were extremely disappointed in the downtown on the Fourth of July. At the music, they announced that there would be no vendors as they wanted people to support the local restaurants. That was a little difficult for people as there weren't that many open, and who wants a $13 meal inside on the Fourth? Give me a hotdog, funnel cake, hamburger. They could have really opened up the downtown area and shown all the folks from the rural areas coming in for the fireworks what a beautiful downtown Cape has, but instead these people were left staring through darkened windows. Bring in a bounce house, wading pools, a fair ride or two.


Wow. The 3/5 compromise counted slaves as 3/5 of a person when counting the U.S. population for determining representation in the U.S. House. Now comes a proposal to count illegals as not 3/5 of a person but a non-person altogether. I knew we had regressed, but I didn't think it was this far. Of course, an unintended consequence could be that if it passed constitutional muster it might make it impossible to deport a non-person.

Inaccurate alliteration

"Flags, fireworks and freedom." Good alliteration in your July 5 headline but you get an F for accuracy. Flags? Yes. Fireworks? Yes. Freedom? No. The Bush administration has destroyed freedom in America as we knew it, and I fear it will be permanent.

Pearly judgment

For the second time since I have lived in Cape Girardeau, my car was broken into and some of my belongings were stolen. The first time was downtown, the most recent was at a house on Perryville Road. What is going on here? I work hard for what I have only to have it taken from me. Whoever you are, you will get your punishment, even if it doesn't happen until you stand before the pearly gates to be judged.

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The reason illegals can't be counted in our census is because they displace the proper representation of actual Americans. To tie this to a pre-civil war arguement is simply not relevant to this problem. I'll bet you already know that. Even if we counted illegals as a 1/5 there would still be Americans somewhere losing representation in the House because of the illegals presence. If the illegals don't like not being counted in the census or represented in the Congress then please by all means go back to the country where they legally belong in the first place. In the 1850s the slaves did not have that option.

-- Posted by Donnie on Sun, Jul 8, 2007, at 3:51 AM

John Edwards is telling us that votes count. That's true but it all depends upon who is doing the counting as we witnessed in Florida and Ohio.

-- Posted by iago on Sun, Jul 8, 2007, at 5:25 AM

Concerning again all the hoopla of E85 Ethanol, Ford Motor Co has no cars they're building in 2008 that uses the 'flex fuel' E85. Check it out, so all the plants being built may be obsolete before they're finished.

-- Posted by changedname on Sun, Jul 8, 2007, at 6:48 AM

iago, democrats invented voter fraud. The same dead democrats that voted for the first Mayor Daley are probably still voting in Chicago. As far as the Florida recount goes, why were recounts demanded in only democratic counties? Because the dems only wanted to pad their vote count, not a fair recount of the entire state.

-- Posted by stevmo on Sun, Jul 8, 2007, at 7:02 AM

How could you compare the struggle of slaves brought here against their will to illegals wanting to take advantage of our countries standard of living? If I sneak into Japan, am I entitled to representation in their government, the vote and whatever social welfare benefits they offer their citizens? If illegals want to vote, they can go home and vote any time they want.

-- Posted by stevmo on Sun, Jul 8, 2007, at 7:12 AM

Democrats invented voter fraud? That makes about as much sense as telling me George W. is a great president!

-- Posted by iago on Sun, Jul 8, 2007, at 7:20 AM


Quit the small blurbs and name calling.Why dont you give us the real reason that you hate republicans. Is it because your mom and dad told you to?

-- Posted by poppa on Sun, Jul 8, 2007, at 7:42 AM

steve mo, you've spent much too much time in the Cape Girardeau area.

-- Posted by iago on Sun, Jul 8, 2007, at 7:43 AM

Truth hides from no man. Man hides from truth. Some still refuse to see the truth of the past. In the words of an old song, "there is none so blind, as he who will not see."

-- Posted by KingsKid on Sun, Jul 8, 2007, at 7:46 AM

Pappa Clause, for your information, my dad was a Republican. My disdain for the Republicans comes from the fact I disagree with everything the GOP (Greed Over People) stands for. Does that confuse your thinking? I have yet to see one thing the Republicans have done for the working class of Americans. I, however, can name many things they have done to help the wealthy. I don't adhere to the belief that "if it's good for General Motors" it's good for America, as one of the GOP Presidents used to pride himself in saying. I happen to believe it's the working middle class that makes this country great. When I hear a Republican advocating the things I feel are important, I'll listen. In the meantime I'll vote for Democrats, and I hope my vote will be counted.

-- Posted by iago on Sun, Jul 8, 2007, at 8:00 AM

Iago. Thanks for your opinion. But what has the democratic party done for middle class america?

Lowered taxes? No

Created jobs? No

-- Posted by interesting on Sun, Jul 8, 2007, at 8:20 AM

Nice to see the politics of the far left and the far right are still in place. Both parties love the politics of polarization. Where have we seen this before and millions died.

-- Posted by cannedheat on Sun, Jul 8, 2007, at 12:01 PM

This isn't all the speakout comments that were printed in today's paper. Wonder why they are cutting most of them out?

-- Posted by QT-PIE on Sun, Jul 8, 2007, at 12:54 PM

The reason some of the Speak Out comments appearing in the print edition of the Southeast Missourian do not appear online may be that the voluminous and, at times, mindless blogged responses to the comments are taking up too much memory.

-- Posted by philosopher king on Sun, Jul 8, 2007, at 3:05 PM

interesting, let me begin with a few: the 40-hour work week, Social Security, Medicare, vacation with pay, minimum wage increases, etc. Most Americans take these once "liberal concepts" for granted. This is the only developed, civilized country in the world without a national health care plan, but guess which party opposes it? Let's not even mention the GOP's most recent tax break without mentioning who the big winners of that were. It certainly didn't do a thing for me. It makes a nice story though. Granted, I really shouldn't be so hard on George W. and Dick Cheney; they have become the best friends the Democrats ever had.

-- Posted by iago on Sun, Jul 8, 2007, at 4:17 PM


I cant believe that you are stupid enough to start spouting off about a National Health Care System AGAIN. Let me set the the record straight once and forever. America is the land of oppertunity right? Well any and all doctors are basicaly self employed people that create jobs for other people like a nurse or nurse assistant or even a janitor (do you see where I'm going) Ok now if we nationalize health care first you have to tell the Doc. that he must pay a minimum wage of $5.50 to all employees. (even though most pay more) Then of course they get the free health care, not to mention paid vacation 5 to 7 paid holidays matching SSI

and unemployment benifits matching 401K uniforms and a safe work enviroment that he still has rent and utilities to pay for. Now he has to pay for all of this on about two thirds less than what he made before the national plan (because that is all the insurance companies will allow),And try to show a profit so he can pay for his family. You make health a government run system and in 2-3 years you will be going to canada to see a doctor. See my question is do you own your own business? If so are you going to let me tell you how to run it? Ok thats about as simple as it gets. So shut up and sit down you big dummy.

-- Posted by poppa on Sun, Jul 8, 2007, at 8:05 PM


Dont tell us that crap that you didnt get a refund check from the tax cuts. Unless you already owe back taxes or you just dont pay them because your under the table scum, you got the check. I forgot you cry baby dems. always want more of every thing because your boss drives a better car than you.

-- Posted by poppa on Sun, Jul 8, 2007, at 8:12 PM

I would just like to make a list of all the things that **** off people like iago:

America The Home Of 24 hour electric running water houses made of wood and stone (not cardboard) heat (winter) AC (summer)

food-more choices than I care to discuss entertainment choices in the hundreds new clothing, shoes that didnt come from a dead man police to help when you need them,firemen to keep you and your cats safe the right to drive any where any time you want in YOUR car, clean drinking water. I could go on and on but I think you understand this is without a doubt the best place on earth to live Yet iago you continue

to complain as if the end were here. Even with all that is great we have flaws, And yet with every thing that I have read that you wrote I see No New Ideas, just ******** and cry baby whines. You have that right for sure but its always a good idea to see what the rest of the world looks like before you curse all that is good. Some people just aint happy unless they are gripeing.

-- Posted by poppa on Sun, Jul 8, 2007, at 8:39 PM

Just wondering how much energy was wasted in the Live Earth concerts vs how much was raised to fight global warming.

-- Posted by nephi on Mon, Jul 9, 2007, at 8:50 AM

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