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Speak Out 7/15/07

Sunday, July 15, 2007

Potential winner?

PRESIDENT BUSH said he would do whatever to show no one in his administration was responsible for the leak in the CIA case, to show that no one was using politics to fire the attorneys, to allow justice to prevail, to bring dignity to the White House, never to nation build. He should enter the liars competition.

War memorials

I ALWAYS look forward to seeing the flag waving in Cape County Park when traveling in or out of Cape Girardeau. What a beautiful sight. And when all the flags are displayed honoring our veterans, it stirs an overwhelming feeling of patriotism. Wouldn't it make sense to have memorials to the veterans of World Wars I and II, Korean War and the Vietnam War placed equidistant around that beautiful monument? Those were the major wars of the 20th century. Eventually, a memorial to veterans of later wars could be added. Let the Civil War memorial in Courthouse Park stand alone for that terrible war of the 19th century. Please don't clutter that small park with assorted memorials lest they lose their meaning. At the county park more people could see and honor our veterans daily on their commute. Why not get the opinion of our veterans, especially those gallant men at the Missouri Veterans Home?

Time for answers

THE CHAFFEE Police Department has been in and out of the news due to internal issues since February. Neither the Scott County sheriff, prosecutor, Chaffee police board, city Council, police chief nor mayor has ever explained what transpired in these situations, in spite of the seriousness of the situations and the damage done to individuals and their families, not to mention their reputations. This in itself leads to doubts about those involved. It is past time for some answers.

Lower speed limit

WE ARE given all kinds of guideline to conserve gasoline. But instead of lowering the speed limit, Illinois is raising its speed limit. I hoped states would lower the speed limit at least to 65. This would force everyone to conserve gas and could save lives.

A good deed

I WOULD like to say thanks to the mother and son who helped me take my yard sale sign from my yard. I had a yard sale in Jackson on the weekend of June 21-23. On the last day my niece and I received word of the death of her mother and my sister just as we had set things out that morning. When I told these people what happened and we needed to close, they walked away only to return with the mother telling me that her son suggested they help me take things in. They would not accept payment for their help. As I was still busy with things to get done, I told them to read Speak Out because not only did I appreciate what they did, I was very impressed with the young boy's suggestion to his mother and wanted to recognize his good deed. This child is headed toward something great some day. Thank you so much.

More fireworks sales

FIREWORKS COME once a year, so I'm tired of people who complain about it. To me the fireworks stands weren't open long enough. One week is hardly long enough for anyone to turn a real profit.

Locked restrooms

ON THE Fourth of July my family rented a pavilion at Litz Park in Jackson. When we got there, the restrooms were locked. We were told there was nobody available to unlock the bathrooms and that our family could have a free pavilion the next time we wanted to rent one. That was not the issue. What were we supposed to do about restroom facilities?

Misplaced blame

BLAMING IMMIGRANTS for America's problems is like blaming the janitor for Enron's problems.

Additional tax

HOW DO the Town Plaza merchants feel about adding an additional sales tax to items sold in their stores in order for Greater Missouri Builders to pay off its debts? Town Plaza shops already struggle to stay in business because of competing with the mall and downtown shops. If I had a shop in Town Plaza, I would be looking to relocate to another area of town.

Clemency numbers

PRESIDENT BUSH is averaging 18 acts of clemency a year, compared to 57 for Clinton, 19 for the first Bush, 51 for Reagan, 142 for Carter, 164 for Ford, 168 for Nixon, 237 for Johnson, 192 for Kennedy, 145 for Eisenhower, 264 for Truman, and 301 for Roosevelt.

Better locations

JON RUST'S column about the war memorial was nice, but he did not need to be so kind. The Common Pleas Courthouse is the wrong location for war memorials because it isn't big enough. The plan you printed in the newspaper would clutter up the space. It should go to County Park, the veterans home grounds or Capaha Park behind Freedom Corner. These are more suited to a war memorial.

GOP accountability

COME ON, fellow GOPers. It is not acceptable for us to accept President Bush's shady behavior because President Clinton was just as bad. I thought we were the party of accountability. Or are we?

Real issues

MINOR-LEAGUE baseball in Cape Girardeau? Where was our mayor when Marion, Ill., was putting all its plans in place to bring a team there? Now our mayor wants to jump on the bandwagon. As a Cape resident, I see too many other things that need attention rather than a new ball team. I get so tired of fighting the busted, bumpy concrete on Mount Auburn Road driving to work every day, and the mayor wants to talk about building a $4 million baseball stadium? There are a lot of things that would improve the quality of life in Cape that are far less expensive than a minor-league baseball team. Let's take care of the real issues and improvements for everyday living here in Cape.

Inspirational book

I have just finished reading again the late Jean Bell Mosley's autobiography, "And God Answered." It is an accurate, interesting and fascinating depiction of rural life in Missouri in the early decades of the 20th century. In addition, Mrs. Mosley's almost accidental entry into the field of writing is both humorous and an inspiration to aspiring authors. With little formal education in the field of creative writing (she had a teaching degree), she sold the first short story she submitted for publication to Woman's Day magazine in the late 1940s. The myriad of almost mind-boggling national and world-changing events through which she lived are discussed and add historical insight form the view of a skilled, Southeast Missouri-based author. The spiritual perspective and sustenance she continually drew upon through times good and bad buttress an absolutely beautifully written book.

Making intelligence

The newest U.S. intelligence report says al-Qaida is at its strongest since before 9-11. President Bush says he doesn't believe the intelligence. He didn't believe the intelligence before the war about who attacked us, nor about what it would take to win in Iraq, so he made his own intelligence fit what he believed. Oil was better than lives. Now he will make his own intelligence fit his need to stay and watch hundreds more of your sons and daughters die. If Congress does not impeach him, we should vote them all out. This is not politics. This is common sense.

Expensive milk

Because of ethanol subsidies, I can no longer afford milk. Maybe members of Congress can afford it, but I think it's high time they were served, along with their milk, a generous serving of humble pie.

Cell-phone drivers

As an average American biker, I see people every day on the cell phones in cars. I cannot count the number of times I have seen people running stop signs and almost getting into wrecks at intersections while talking to other people on the cell phones. I believe if you cause a wreck while you're on your cell phone, you should be held liable. Some people cannot talk, see and drive at the same time.


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-- Posted by streams4future on Sun, Jul 15, 2007, at 12:30 AM

to the person(s) commenting about the restrooms being locked.....next time just leave your "gift" on the doorstep of the facilities right in front of the doors so that the maintenance person(s) can find it...maybe they wont lock the doors again....thats preposterous that we have a city park...public facilities...and they are locked so that the public cant use them.

-- Posted by jxnmoguy714 on Sun, Jul 15, 2007, at 12:37 AM

Re: Potential winner?

Richard Armitage has openly admitted to "leaking" the information. He was NOT part of the administration at the time of the leak. Notice also, he was not charged with any crime, as he did not break any laws. Valarie Plame was NOT a covert agent.

No US Attorneys were "fired". Their 4 year terms had expired, and they were informed that they were going to be replaced, rather than re-nominated to another 4 year term. Even if he HAD fired them, it is well within his Constitutional authority to do so as the US Attorneys serve at his pleasure.

Commuting Libbey's sentence IS allowing justice to prevail. Fitzgerald knew Armitage was the leaker before Libby ever took the stand. A faulty memory caused a process crime to be committed during an investigation into a crime that was known to have never occurred. A full pardon would have been better, but Bush is letting the appeals process play out.

Dignity to the White House? I suppose renting rooms to campaign donors and foreign nationals who paid a high enough price....receiving sex from the interns in the Oval Office....yup....there was some real dignity there during Clinton's reign of terror.

Bush's nation building projects began after 9/11. When you remove a government that is friendly to your enemies, you have to replace it with something. I'm not a fan of it either, but sometimes you have to do things you don't like to do in order to make it more difficult for your enemies to land a successful attack against you. That's life.

-- Posted by dixietrucker on Sun, Jul 15, 2007, at 12:45 AM

Re: Misplaced blame

Nobody is blaming IMMIGRANTS for anything. It is those who violate our laws and come here ILLEGALLY that are the problem. If they are not here legally and they have "documentation" that allows them to work, it is not theirs. Who's is it? Identity theft is a problem. If they don't have documentation and they work for cash under the table, they are not paying taxes...yet they are taking full advantage of the social services that are paid for with our tax dollars. That is a problem. They don't have driver's licenses, yet they drive. Let one of them hit you...they probably won't have insurance either...and I bet you will think there is a problem with that too when you attempt to collect for the damage they caused to your vehicle.

I have no problem with anyone coming here LEGALLY to make a better life for themselves and their family. However, when they blatantly violate our laws, there is a problem.

-- Posted by dixietrucker on Sun, Jul 15, 2007, at 12:55 AM

Get this, I seen an old lady, driving a great big Ford truck one day. I was the passenger in my daughters car. She was smoking a cigerette, trying to shift, talking on the cell phone. Four deadly combinations, cigerettes, age, cell phone and Ford. Ha Ha

-- Posted by ITSADOGSWORLDFULLAFUN on Sun, Jul 15, 2007, at 7:29 AM

Engineering and design is already taking place for Mt Auburn project as part of Transportation Trust Fund 3.

-- Posted by chas111 on Sun, Jul 15, 2007, at 10:52 AM

The Real Issues commentator has a point. Where WAS the Cape Mayor and everyone else who is on this minor league ballpark in Cape bandwagon? Why did Marion get one before us? There's been "talk" for years to get one in Cape, way before Marion probably was considering it. I think it would be a great boost for our area if we could sustain one here since Marion already has one. What does everyone else think?

-- Posted by QT-PIE on Sun, Jul 15, 2007, at 11:17 AM

Sorry dixietrucker but Bill Clinton hasn't been President for some time now. Stop trying the same stale Limbaugh line that because someone did it in the last century, it is ok for Bush. Not so! Also, how do you know Libby forgot? If we have learned anything from President Bush's administration, it is that what ever they say will be proven wrong after enough blood is spilled needlessly.

-- Posted by mkm on Sun, Jul 15, 2007, at 12:38 PM

Dixietrucker: Lets put one thing to rest, Plame "was" a covert agent. The CIA ask the Justice Department to investigate. That lie has run its course as even President Bush agrees she was covert, or at least he said as much at the last news conference, then said that is in the past lets forget it. As far as Libby is concerned, I once again say he was "convicted" of obstruction of justice and perjury. That again is a fact, not a talking point, not spin {read lie}, not my opinion nor the opinion of anyone else, just fact. I again, say if you want to play, but Johnny did it so I can do it, stay in the elementary school, but that is something that needs to be laid to rest also. President Bush and his Administration are adults, even if you don't like or want it, they are responsible for their actions.

-- Posted by cannedheat on Sun, Jul 15, 2007, at 1:45 PM

Dixietrucker you need to get into the real world. Let me get this right you don't like illegals because they broke the law but you don't like Libby's conviction. Seems like you want to say who is breaking the law and who isn't or is it you don't like Mexicans, but love Republicans.

-- Posted by oldvet on Sun, Jul 15, 2007, at 1:59 PM

re Potential Winner? Yea I think he is in the top 2-3 and with a couple more news briefs he will surge into first place. re Making Intelligence. This guy lied so he could be a war time President like his daddy and to satisfy the Neo-Cons who placed this puppet in the White House. Dixie Trucker turn something on other than Fox News and Rush.

-- Posted by cannedheat on Sun, Jul 15, 2007, at 2:04 PM

Thank you, dixietrucker. Sure, the past is gone...and what former presidents did does not excuse what a current president may be doing.

It must be human nature, though, to feel justified in ranting and raving against politicians outside one's party affiliation, while keeping silent when the politician doing something wrong is on "our" side.

How many Clinton-ites kept silent during all the Whitewater hearings (How many times did Hillary's memory fail her?), the embarrassing and juvenile sexual activities in the White House and the President lying under oath about them, Foster's mysterious death and Hillary's subsequent invasion of his office before the authorities got there, and so forth right up to the outrageous pardons at the end of Clinton's reign?

Be fair, and honest, people. It's okay to disagree and rant about our politicians...but not if you only pick on one party.

-- Posted by gurusmom on Sun, Jul 15, 2007, at 2:04 PM

I supported the impeachment of Clinton for lying under oath, perjury. I support the conviction of Libby for lying under oath, perjury. The difference was Clinton was never convicted, Libby was. Libby also was convicted for obstruction of justice. Clinton's pardons were for cash, Bush's pardon of Libby was to keep him from testifying against the White House. I am not picking on one party but think this Administration has never told the truth on anything except when Cheney said we don't care what the American people want. You can't justify any action by saying someone else did this or that. So yes Dixie Trucker needs to get the facts and think for himself.

-- Posted by cannedheat on Sun, Jul 15, 2007, at 2:15 PM

I am disgusted with the people in this country. You live your lives on 30 second commercials from the Republicans and Democrats. When would one of them in office even speak to you if they didn't want your vote. Grown the hell up.

-- Posted by oldvet on Sun, Jul 15, 2007, at 2:20 PM

Oldvet wish I had said that. You are totally correct and yes both parties are as bad as the other, just seems a lot of people here support Bush no matter what he does.

-- Posted by cannedheat on Sun, Jul 15, 2007, at 2:46 PM

I can see that today is no different than any other. Bush, bla,bla,bla. Clinton, wah wah wah, sniff,blubber ****. I want to know if anyone grew a good crop of tomatoes??

-- Posted by poppa on Sun, Jul 15, 2007, at 7:08 PM

Yeah Papa I got a good crop, been eating BLTs all week and don't think am gonna stop till the mators or bacon run out.

-- Posted by cannedheat on Sun, Jul 15, 2007, at 9:30 PM

Maybe all the memorials from all over Cape should be moved to one central location.... such as Cape county park.

-- Posted by Make no mistake about it on Mon, Jul 16, 2007, at 10:45 AM


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