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Speak Out 7/13/07

Friday, July 13, 2007

Better location

REGARDING THE proposed veterans memorial: My family and I took a look at Courthouse Park. We all agreed the memorial should not be at the old courthouse. Put it in Cape County Park.

Concert booze

THE MERLE Haggard concert was great. However, the Show Me Center's open bar while the concert was going was not pleasing to a lot of us. We sat in section 109. There was a constant parade to the bar during the concert. It obstructed our view. I think booze should be sold somewhere else. As far as I'm concerned, it was a greedy attempt to make money at the expense of the fans of Merle Haggard.

Higher pool fees

I CANNOT believe the city's latest price increase at the municipal pool. I've been bringing children to the pool for a long time, but now I'm quitting it. As of July 1, the admission for adults and children 14 and older is $3. For children ages 3 through 13 it's $2.25. Even seniors now have to pay more. How could the voters of Cape Girardeau give the city council carte blanche authority to increase these prices when they want to?

More smiles, please

WHAT HAPPENED to all the smiling faces in Cape Girardeau? We need to be smiling at each other. What about the people who visit our town? Have you smiled at anyone today or has anyone smiled at you? Let's spread a little more love and pass it on. Put a smile on your face.

Great performance

MIKE DUMEY and Robyn Hosp outdid themselves again. Their performance at the Jackson Fourth of July municipal band concert was great. The "Battle Hymn of Republic" and "Amazing Grace" were awesome. Thanks again, Mike and Robyn, for a wonderful evening.

School breakfast

THIS IS response to the person that "is totally shocked" to find the schools serve breakfast to the students. I have two children who attend schools in the Jackson School District who are relieved to have a healthy breakfast waiting for them when they arrive. I pay full price for their meals. My children have no choice but to be at their bus stop by 6:20 a.m. I am grateful that the school district provides breakfast so the kids don't have to get up any earlier than 5:20 a.m. and that they can have a healthy breakfast without rushing out the door.

Mowing kindness

IT HAS been a long, hot summer, and mowing lawns is hard work, especially for people like me who are over 75 years old. I want to thank whoever recently mowed the wooded part of our backyard. It is not the easiest yard to mow. Your thoughtfulness is appreciated. I'm not sure who you are, but I want you to know that we thank you and wish God's blessings on you, because you've been a blessing to an older couple.

Coach's behavior

AS A teacher, coach, parent and former student of Leon Brinkopf, your article brought mixed emotions. Coach Brinkopf achieved great things and should be respected for his accomplishments. However, reading as former players cited his volatile temper and cursing as memorable things troubled me. Why is it OK for a coach to behave on the field in a manner a teacher cannot behave in the classroom? Why is this laudable?

Proper enforcement

CALLING THAT travesty of justice an "immigration reform bill" is like calling Sharia law "legal reform." There was nothing in that bill that would have done anything more for border security than existing laws would if their enforcement were properly funded.

Spotty fines

I THOUGHT city council members were supposed to be representatives of their constituencies. I don't see how 25 percent of the city's tickets in a two-block area of Alta Vista Drive can be representative of the entire city's constituency. It would seem perhaps that it's just in one council member's neighborhood. Taking it out on students with additional fines might be self-serving for a particular council member.

Speeding fuel

I WOULD like for someone to explain to me what type of brain the governor of Kentucky has when, during calls for conserving fuel, he increases the speed limit, which is guaranteed to use more fuel. I cannot imagine any kind of reasoning power that a person could have that would do such an act.

Orchard Road repairs

I HAVE had enough with Old Orchard Road. The road is about 40 years old, and I believe it still has the original gravel on it. Why are those of us who travel the road two and three times a day being punished? Our car and trucks need wheel alignment two or three times a year. How about putting some of the road taxes on Old Orchard Road and show that means something to all of us? It is bad.

Immigration laws

THE AMERICAN people and the majority of legal immigrants oppose any measures that condone coming to this country in any manner other than legal means. Americans understand the meaning of immigration, but the words "legal" and "illegal" seem to be deliberately ignored by our government. It seems if you have to come by boat or airplane, you have to come as a legal immigrant. But if you can walk or swim in, you don't have to be legal. So before enacting new laws that legalize illegal conduct, the government should try enforcing the existing laws.

No more taxes

REGARDLESS OF when the parks advisory board completes the information for improvements as requested by the city council, the residents have already expressed their thoughts about such a tax. Just what part of "no additional sales tax" do Mike Keefe and Dan Muser not understand?

Not to worry?

I'M WATCHING MSNBC. The chief of homeland security is talking. He says he has a feeling that the terrorists will strike again, but if we're just an ordinary citizen we shouldn't worry about it. What about all the ordinary citizens working in the twin towers that day? So much for not worrying about it.

Memorial locations

REGARDING THE location of the war memorial at Courthouse Park: I drove by there and saw the small area they're talking about putting that huge memorial in. I think it would really not be a good location. However, I drove by several places at Cape County Park North and South where there are large areas that have easy access and lots of parking and areas that could be used for a memorial. Also, there's a large lawn area at the entrance to Arena Park that could be used for a memorial that also has good access.

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I'm really sorry to hear that Michael Moore is sick. Perhaps more should be done to preserve health by eliminating the orifice that seems to remain open allowing all sorts of filth and germs to enter in and contaminate what semblance of life are left.

-- Posted by KingsKid on Fri, Jul 13, 2007, at 6:29 AM



State Senator Crowell is hauling in campaign cash by the dump truck load. Wonder why the Missourian hasn't told us about this

-- Posted by John in Jackson on Fri, Jul 13, 2007, at 6:41 AM

Again we have the name calling. My mother always told me you knew who was winning a debate by seeing who resorted to name calling.

-- Posted by cannedheat on Fri, Jul 13, 2007, at 6:47 AM

Wonder what $40,000 buys today? Oh yes a state Senator.

-- Posted by cannedheat on Fri, Jul 13, 2007, at 6:50 AM

If you are that happy to see Sicko coming to cape I bet you will jump for joy when Satan himself comes to power

-- Posted by freedom1776to2008 on Fri, Jul 13, 2007, at 7:00 AM

Wow, is there a grown up in Cape?

-- Posted by cannedheat on Fri, Jul 13, 2007, at 7:08 AM

Re: Land of Rocks and Ticks

Comparing the movie Sicko to Satan gaining power over the world is just a bit extreme, don't you think? Just because someone has the gall (or should we say decency?) to elighten the masses on the healthcare industry's need to make money over actually providing healthcare; does not constitute a catastrophically evil event. If you don't agree with Moore, don't go see his movie.

-- Posted by cabat on Fri, Jul 13, 2007, at 7:19 AM

I am truly at a loss as to why any red blooded American would want to go see "SICKO" this guy, Moore is an idiot. We wonder why our country is in the shape it in. These people like Moore, Sheehan, Pelosi and scores of others including Ann Coulter are a true disgrace to our modern day culture.

-- Posted by Wilsonite on Fri, Jul 13, 2007, at 7:19 AM

Peace seeker how about Rush and Hannity? Do you include them or are they the intelligent ones?

-- Posted by cannedheat on Fri, Jul 13, 2007, at 7:29 AM

Re: Higher pool fees

An increase in the USER FEE at the pool is much better than an increase in GENERAL TAXES to cover the increased costs associated with operating the pool....things like insurance, chemicals, staff payroll (thank your fellow MO voters for that minimum wage increase), etc. A tax increase would be highly unlikely to find its way to where it is intended to go (which is why I oppose ALL tax increases). A user fee, however, I cannot argue with. If you want to play, sometimes you just have to pay. $3.00 really isn't all that bad for a day at the pool....after all, you are paying for the facility you have the use of.

-- Posted by dixietrucker on Fri, Jul 13, 2007, at 8:45 AM

Matt Sanders brings up a good point in his Blog about SICKO... Love him or hate him, Michael Moore brings up topics that make you think.

If you dont like Moore, that's ok...just dont go watch his movies. No need to be offended by a movie when you have the choice not to watch it.

-- Posted by Falconman67 on Fri, Jul 13, 2007, at 9:09 AM

I don't know why anyone would object to something which makes one think. Bring on the facts, not talking points, not falsehoods, but facts that can be verified and I will look at or read anything.

-- Posted by cannedheat on Fri, Jul 13, 2007, at 9:38 AM

For all the whining that people are doing about Moore's spotlight on this countries medical industry, what do the detractors really have to offer to the discourse?

Nothing, thats what.

Baseless personal attacks on Moore because you disagreed with him slamming the corrupt Bush family (all the way back to GW's grandfather, who was a known adjunct member of the Nazi party) for being the human waste they are has nothing to do with a medical industry that is bleeding you dry for many heath care items that should be free.

What has the heath care industry done to buy you off and gain your undying support? I assure you, it's billions less than they spent to buy our government.

-- Posted by Tarantulas on Fri, Jul 13, 2007, at 9:50 AM

Michael J. Ballou, I guess I was confused, I didn't see anything about SICKO in the Speak Out Comments. This isn't your freakin' blog.

The same goes for John in Jackson, I don't care about your link. Go to livejournal.com and fix yourself up a BLOG!

I hate to be so crabby about it, but it's an every day thing.

-- Posted by foodie on Fri, Jul 13, 2007, at 10:13 AM

Better location:

Cape country park all the way. Makes the most sense given it's proximity to the veterans home.

Concert booze:

Your complaint goes two ways. I'm tired of having to get up to buy beer. You think the SMC would realize they would push more product if they made the product easier to purchase (aka barkers walking around with beer for sale.)

Higher pool fees:

Rather than drop your patronage, consider petitioning the city to create "season passes" or discounts for frequent visitors.

Proper enforcement:

Considering that our goverment has created laws recently to protect individual citizens (Terry's law), it seems crass and two face to ignore the people who occupy the lowest labor class in our nation. Our nation has always depended on immigrant labor (legal and otherwise). Mexamericanada here we come!

Not to worry?:

Don't worry - We're the government, and we're here to help! Surely after 9/11, another terrorist attack couldn't happen in the US. The fact that you hear these strange clicks on your phone as the FBI listens in for terrorist activity lets you know the system is working! The fact that your name is Alvin Qaeda is just a coincidence.

-- Posted by Tarantulas on Fri, Jul 13, 2007, at 10:24 AM

in responce to the coach comments on mr brinkoph . i also was a student while mr brinkoph as on staff & i will never forget the impression he left on my back side for some miscevious acts myself & a couple of budys pulled. I now as a 37 year old adult still have never forgot what he said to me before my punishemnt & i often reflect to that day & wonder if not for him stepping in & talking to us like men & not boys if that was what it took to correct my path i was on & make me the person i am today . on the note of how should a coach speek to his team . you will never know the real answer to this question until you have placed your self in a real sporting enviroment . once you have done that you will relize what it takes to be a winner & how you become a looser . & you will rarely find a winner complain about how his coach speeks to them . as an athlete you learn to follow & trust you leader & this with desire & hard work get you to the top or your game & some times it takes a strong person to make you a stronger person reguardless of their tactics.

note to remeber : 2nd place is the first looser.

-- Posted by GOBBLERGETTER on Fri, Jul 13, 2007, at 11:59 AM

I'm glad to see there are supporters of Jason Crowell all over the state. He is a great guy who tries to do a lot of good for our area.

-- Posted by inallthingsgivethanks on Fri, Jul 13, 2007, at 2:25 PM

Canned Heat:::

Rush is a bit over the top for me, but I do respect Hannity's view's. I also feel Sharpton should be included in this group. Jesse Jackson is not a reverand , pause , not a politician.

-- Posted by Wilsonite on Fri, Jul 13, 2007, at 2:27 PM

I don't think Rush believes half of what his drug addicted, moronic *** says. It's an act to further the political power of people who would rather spit on you, than shake your hand. Once America wakes up to the fact that prayer in school and abortion are only political issues because we allow thieves and liars to drag us around by our smug sense of "morality", the real change can begin.

-- Posted by Tarantulas on Fri, Jul 13, 2007, at 3:07 PM


If you cannot be civil, keep your comments to yourself. Not a single post of yours I have seen has added anything of value to the conversation. You simply resort to name calling and innuendo. If you have an intelligent point to make, make it and move on. Or, better, start your own hate blog.

-- Posted by Little_Mac on Fri, Jul 13, 2007, at 4:01 PM

It's $3 to get into the pool...get over it. You'll waste that much on a latte.

-- Posted by monochromatic on Fri, Jul 13, 2007, at 4:44 PM

I am happy to see Sicko playing here. FINALLY! A voice of reason! Our healthcare system is so screwed up. It will take universal healthcare to get America healthy again. I can't wait to see this movie! Bravo, Mr. Moore! Bravo!

-- Posted by Gay Man and A Gay Journalist on Fri, Jul 13, 2007, at 6:54 PM

I am surprised the very, very few real doctors and the many, many quacks in Cape have not attempted to ban "Sicko" from being shown.

-- Posted by iago on Sat, Jul 14, 2007, at 6:02 AM

Moore's "Sicko" is full of falsehoods. One example is his trying to make Cuba's health care system appear better than ours. In reality, only the elite have access to decent health care in Cuba. Too bad Moore could not do an honest documentary.

-- Posted by Make no mistake about it on Sat, Jul 14, 2007, at 8:57 AM

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