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Speak Out 7/18/07

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Elitist Congress

GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS wanted to solve the immigration problem. The president, Republicans and Democrats compromised on a solution. They never asked us for our ideas. It was an elite society thinking for the underling class. We disagreed, and federal legislators, wanting to be re-elected, were forced to pander to the ignorant masses. Instead of asking and listening to our ideas on how to solve this problem, they proved themselves to be members of the same private government club who's model is "It's our way or the highway." I believe it's time for the worker bees to overthrow the self-proclaimed royalty and offer their jobs to honest, hardworking leaders in our communities and states.

Noisy concerts

CAPE GIRARDEAU picks and chooses who follows the law and who doesn't. A shining example is the regularly scheduled music concerts on Patricia Street where noise and parking are always problems. This is a quiet residential neighborhood, not zoned commercial. On several occasions I have contacted city officials. Nothing has ever been done. I wonder if these concert promoters on Patricia are doing the proper sales-tax and income-tax filings for this business operation.

Excellent job

MIKE DUMEY and Robyn Hosp do an excellent job, but you've got to see Mike Dumey's presentation, "Sing, America, Sing" with all those young kids. They're doing big-band sounds for the older group. They're doing music for all the baby boomers, and they do Broadway tunes. What he does with kids is amazing. Mike Dumey rocks.

Location proposal

I JUST come through town and I was looking at Freedom Corner. It would be wonderful if the proposed war memorial could be located at the other end of Capaha Park right across from Southeast Missouri Hospital. When people are sitting in that surgery waiting room they could look out on it, plus all the people coming to the park would be able to see it and it would make that end of the park look nice.

Action, not words

ISN'T IT wonderful to watch Congress? The Republicans maligned the Democrats for utilizing the filibuster during the last Congress. Now they use it at every turn. The American people need to call every day and tell our federal legislators we want action, not rhetoric.

Vacationing Iraqis

PRESIDENT BUSH says wait for the September report to see if the Iraqi government can make a turnaround. Only one problem: The Iraqi government said it is still going to take August off. If one American soldier, sailor or airman is killed while the Iraqi government is on vacation, this is tantamount to murder. Call the White House and demand a withdrawal of our troops if the Iraqi government goes on vacation.

Disappearing hydrants

I THINK the fire hydrants along County Road 205/Bloomfield Road need flags on top of them so firefighters can find them. Weeds have completely hidden them from view. A great alternative would be to mow the weeds.

Resurfacing roads

THANK YOU, Cape Girardeau County Special Road District. You are doing a great job resurfacing county roads, especially County Road 318 and County Road 319. They have needed resurfacing for years. Keep up the good work.

Reasonable fees

I DON'T have a problem with the increases fees at the pool. That is still pretty inexpensive for a person to go to the pool.

Plenty of room

I AGREE that the veteran memorials should be placed somewhere in Cape County Park, not the Courthouse Park in Cape Girardeau. There is not enough room at Courthouse Park, and there is plenty at Cape County Park.

Use Freedom Corner

THE PLACING of war memorials at Courthouse Park is too much. It makes sense to leave the two Civil War memorials there, because it is in keeping with the historical nature of the courthouse. But the other memorials overwhelm the tiny park. It makes sense to put them around the monuments at Freedom Corner. I'd also be for moving the Vietnam memorial to Freedom Corner.

PC coaching

AS ONE could infer from a recent Speak Out comment, those like coach Leon Brinkopf, recently profiled in the pages of the Southeast Missourian, wouldn't survive in today's environment of delicate sensibilities and political correctness. As a result, student-athletes are the worse for it.

Motoring menace

I GET so tired of hearing about drivers on their cell phones. I admit that I talk on my cell phone a lot while driving, but I still use my blinker and look in all directions and pay attention to the road. It never fails that someone who seems to have nothing distracting him almost hits me because he thinks he is too good to follow the law or is just plain rude.

Time to tickle

A RECENT comment stated that we Cape Girardeauianastos (it's new) need to smile at one another more often. That person is right. However, for some of us smiling is harder than for others. I offer myself as an example. I am unemployed and not really good at anything. Most employers nowadays require a degree, and thanks to algebra and some attitude problems I have since remedied, eighth grade proved insurmountable. So here I am, dirt poor, no prospects, uninsured and somewhat toothless, and here comes Chuckie Chuckles grinning up a storm in my general direction. It isn't always easy to reciprocate. But there is one thing that always gets me to that cherished happy land: tickling. Who doesn't want maniacal fingers gyrating in his or her underarms or other sensitive areas? So let's get together. We want to smile. Well, take the initiative. We need to come together and tickle. For some of us, it's the only way.

Racing trumps funeral

THIS IS to all elderly people. Watch out whom you put in charge to take care of things after you pass away. My mother passed away July 12. All of us girls wanted Mom to be put to rest on Saturday, but her granddaughter was left in charge. So Mom couldn't be put to rest until Sunday because the one in charge had other plans: opening the racetrack. My mother said so many times that she did not want to be put to rest on a Sunday. All I can say is I am so very sorry. We all tried, but we were not in charge.

Pathetic critics

BEFORE JUMPING on the National Council for Teacher Quality bandwagon, I urge readers to visit the NCTQ Web site. There you'll find page after page of news releases slamming state education departments and local board control. Faced with documented evidence of teaching success in the classroom, the only thing left for NCTQ is to criticize educators before they even make it to the classroom. Pathetic.

Strong influences

OVERT OR implicit criticism of the late Central High School legend Leon Brinkopf should fall on deaf ears. Coach Brink and predecessors like the equally iconic Lou Muegge were old-school coaches who did far more than most to help make men out of boys. The general feminization of coaching that has taken place since their day (with some exceptions and largely forced upon them by society) may have merit, but if you talk to those who played for Brinkopf and Muegge you'll likely find virtual unanimity of opinion that these men exemplified a rare and special quality whose positive lessons for life have served so many for so long and whose influence will hopefully never end.

Loud motorcycles

I HAVE nothing against motorcycles, but I do have something against riders who fail to comply with the loud exhaust laws of the city and state. How long do you think it would take for you to get stopped if you ran open pipes on your car or truck? Not long. Why don't our officers enforce the loud exhaust laws regarding these straight-pipe motorcycles? All motorcycles should have proper exhausts on them within the guidelines of the laws.

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As someone who is directly affiliated with veterans...the war memorials should be where all veterans can view, appreciate, and honor them...at the Missouri Veteran's Home. What better place? And to those that really see this site as fit, go in and spend 30 minutes with a lonely veteran and listen to what he/she has to say...You'll make his or her day.

-- Posted by leighann457 on Wed, Jul 18, 2007, at 2:29 AM

Michael, I bet if you would get some sleep instead of staying up all night thinking of this stuff your life would be more joyful. After Moores first film about 9/11 and all his lies I will not drop a dime in the hat for that radical.

-- Posted by freedom1776to2008 on Wed, Jul 18, 2007, at 6:23 AM

I will go see Sicko because a lot of people I know have seen it and says it is awesome. Lot of them are Republicans, not fanatics, but middle of the road. Land of rocks and ticks, you can make $10,000 real fast. Just prove any lies in Sicko and you can claim the prize. Moore was on CNN with Wolf Blitzer and made the offer.

-- Posted by cannedheat on Wed, Jul 18, 2007, at 6:53 AM

Re: Coach Brink

He was an excellant coach and a strong man with good values, Oh he would bust you but if you needed it, very respectible!!! We do not need to forget coach Allen or Coach Russell all of these men were great mentors of children of the last three or four decades in Cape Girardeau

-- Posted by Wilsonite on Wed, Jul 18, 2007, at 7:42 AM

Hey cannedheat, I didn't see the entire Wolf Blitzer interview with Moore, just a clip of the heated part...but wasn't the reason Moore was all upset was because of CNN's health reporter Sanjay Gupta (is that him?) accusations that the movie was full of "lies", or inaccuracies, etc. If that's what that whole stir was over I think I value the opinion of Gupta over Moore. I didn't get to see either the Gupta's list of what was wrong in the movie either. Anyone know?

-- Posted by Rodney King on Wed, Jul 18, 2007, at 8:22 AM

Rodney, yeah they got into a heated discussion but the reason was Dr. Gupta said the number on some issue was 86,750 verses 87,000. Don't hold me to those numbers, I wasn't writing them down. However, Dr. Gupta did later say he agreed that the system was messed up and needed to be fixed. Most of the figures were rounded off in the movie as Moore said, just like the government does in its reports such as 40 million without health care. I don't think it is exactly 40 million, could be a few less or a few more. As my daddy used to say, "You are picking fly sh*t out of the pepper". If rounding of numbers is the only thing wrong in the film, I don't have a problem with it. So far any reference I have looked up from his interview on CNN has been correct.

-- Posted by cannedheat on Wed, Jul 18, 2007, at 8:31 AM

Vacationing Iraqis: If they go on recess in August, the United States should pull our troops out, destroy anything we can't take out, and wash our hands of all operations in the middle east. I agree if the government there is on holiday any soldier killed is a crime. If the Iraqis can't stand for themselves then we need to stand down. I have read on speak out many times if the lazy welfare people won't work why should we help them. Same people should be saying same thing about the Iraqis.

-- Posted by cannedheat on Wed, Jul 18, 2007, at 8:35 AM

The Prime Minister of Iraq has said they can handle security if we get out. He said they will take the month of August off, no matter what the U.S. wants. How can anyone support this civil war under those conditions. They don't want us there. They want to keep the status quo. I agree with you cannedheat that it will be a crime if that happens.

-- Posted by oldvet on Wed, Jul 18, 2007, at 8:42 AM

Re: Rodney King: Here are some things said but only a few if you would like more just google Gupta Moore interviews. Moore states in his movie that the cost per person in the U.S. is $7,000, Dr. Gupta said that was a false statement in the movie and was only $6,000 per person. If you check the facts the actual cost is $7,498 per person. This created a heated exchange. CNN did a fact check reply a couple of days later and acknowledged that Moore's figures were in fact true. All of his numbers were taken from the governments own numbers is what CNN said. Sorry this is long but thought you might want to check some of the interview out.

-- Posted by cannedheat on Wed, Jul 18, 2007, at 8:57 AM


I'm on the same wagon you are if they take August off we should pull out. But only far enough to form a circle around Baghdad. Then we should give them everything we have. In school I learned that when heat is applied to sand you get glass. Windows to support the housing boom in the states.

-- Posted by poppa on Wed, Jul 18, 2007, at 9:05 AM

What!we need to see "Sicko" so that we learn the health care system is all screwed up?I don't need M.Moore or anyone else to tell me that.I will say if anyone wnats to help bring this problem out in the open I applaud the effort even if Mr.Moore and I don't see eye to eye on many subjects.We all need to contact or law makers and let them know we are tired of their screwing around with the rich f---s who buy them and their votes.This

country is in serious trouble because of these so called Democrats and Republicans.I say get rid of every last one of them!!

-- Posted by GREYWOLF on Wed, Jul 18, 2007, at 9:59 AM


I have been saying the same thing for as long as I can remember. Its beyond my understanding how men like Ted Kennedy can spend their entire life in an elected position. Term limits, that's the only way. Restrict them to only two terms. Then we wont give them enough time to screw up much of anything.

-- Posted by poppa on Wed, Jul 18, 2007, at 10:28 AM

It seems that most of the people whining about Michael Moore know nothing about the man, and want to villainize him simply because they don't agree with his politics. Anyone who doesn't like Moore needs to watch "Roger and Me" (where he drew international attention the plight of American auto workers) and "The Big One" (which brought focus to this areas manufacturing job loses in the wake of NAFTA) before passing final judgment.

Watch a few episodes of TV Nation as he harasses ripoff artists like Man Power and other employment agencies. A wags a giant finger that the Clinton administration (GASP!).

If you are mad because Moore has made a movie inditing the heath care industry and the corrupt politicians that foster its continued decay, or shows that the Bush family as a bunch of criminals, don't shoot him, he's just the messenger.

-- Posted by Tarantulas on Wed, Jul 18, 2007, at 10:36 AM

Re: Time to Tickle

That is the best speak out to date. First, who doesn't enjoy tickling strangers? Particularly those who are apparently angry, downtrodden and toothless. You seem to have a decent vocabulary for an uneducated person, and have an apparent good sense of humor. Surely you could parlay that into something. You could also take comfort in the fact that you have just made me laugh and smile.

Thank you Southeast Missourian, for again raising the bar by green lighting another gem of humor and public commentary.

-- Posted by SteveM on Wed, Jul 18, 2007, at 11:38 AM

Action, not words: Yes we need actions, not words. We need it in health care, immigration, employment opportunities, education, and any numbers of other things. The Republicans keep saying that the Democrats want to "cut and run" in Iraq. What happens in September when the report comes back as it did in last weeks report. Will the Republicans then be "cut and run". We have to leave at some point just when is the question.

-- Posted by cannedheat on Wed, Jul 18, 2007, at 11:45 AM

Yep Papa you are right.I am tired of these old men like Kennedy and so many others holding their office till they freakin die.

Term limits!,absolutely.I totally agree.

-- Posted by GREYWOLF on Wed, Jul 18, 2007, at 12:35 PM

Nope,tickling would not work in todays society.Too many would consider it assault and then sue you for everything you love and cherish.I love the idea but most folks I run into lately need a slap upside the head instead of a little tickle here and there.I am probably one of them."Time to Tickle"

great entry into speak-out.Hope things get better for you soon.

-- Posted by GREYWOLF on Wed, Jul 18, 2007, at 12:40 PM

Term Limits will just hand more control to the parties & lobbyists while giving less voice to voters. The parties will gain because if faced with two lesser known candidates voters will vote based on party affiliation rather than any knowledge of which individual they strongly like or dislike. The lobbyists will grow even stronger because if the politician is out of office after 2 terms they will work even harder to suck up to lobbyists. Term limits makes the corruption much easier for the "you pass this bill & we take care of you after you term ends" dealings, at least active congresspersons have all their financial dealings made public we don't have the same access to the records of ex-politicians.

The voters will suffer since if half of the politicians cannot face reelection again they will care even less about how the average voter feels about a subject.

I dislike the vast majority of old lifelong politicians as well, but before advocating term limits consider who will benefit the most from them; it's certainly not the public.

-- Posted by Nil on Wed, Jul 18, 2007, at 1:12 PM

I'm not sure what imposing term limits does to help. If you look back, we didn't always have presidential term limits. Franklin Roosevelt served 4 terms, and likely would have served longer had he not died in office.

Ultimately, when politicians stop doing their duty, it's voters jobs to remove them from office (for a example, see the recent midterm election).

-- Posted by Tarantulas on Wed, Jul 18, 2007, at 1:34 PM

Please go to www.TheNation.com and take out a free trial subscription. Dave Matthews will be very proud of you.

-- Posted by philosopher king on Wed, Jul 18, 2007, at 3:35 PM

I thought Dave was already proud of me for ghostwriting half the songs on "Under the Table and Dreaming"?

-- Posted by Tarantulas on Wed, Jul 18, 2007, at 3:47 PM

Peace seeker, no woman who was ever subject to swats by a particular Coach mentioned would agree with you. When he was assistant principal at Jr. High, it was common knowledge that if you wore a short skirt the day you went to see him he would barely swat you, but if you wore pants, look out. I'm not denying I needed the swats but what I got instead was neither strong or of good value. I was 14 and didn't know any better. If it were today and my child, not only would she receive swats at home, but he would be selling cars somewhere instead of "teaching".

-- Posted by capetoo on Wed, Jul 18, 2007, at 3:54 PM

That tickle comment is really creepy. I'll shoot even the most undeserving person a smile and a "howdy!" -- but I don't want to be tickled by strangers nor do I want to give strangers a tickle.

But the point of that comment may be... stay in school, do your homework, and brush your teeth when your mom says so.

-- Posted by Rodney King on Wed, Jul 18, 2007, at 4:53 PM

Mr Ballou,

Just curious.... I understand why you do the first aka on Ms Emerson's name, but do you not think we are smart enought to realize who you mean for the rest of your post?? Just asking because being "beat'n" over the head with it doesn't help someone want to read further. I definately enjoy your enthusiasm even if I don't alway agree with your point of view. Just thought I would ask though. Have a great day!!

-- Posted by notsureitssafeinhere on Wed, Jul 18, 2007, at 5:14 PM

Come on, enough of these long posts. I'm tired of having to scroll over such lengths to get to comments I actually read.

-- Posted by QT-PIE on Wed, Jul 18, 2007, at 7:36 PM

Ballou: I dont recall asking you what you thought about my comment, dont really care either. Why dont you take all of your comments that you have posted in the last month to Marvel Comics? Maybe you can get published.

-- Posted by poppa on Wed, Jul 18, 2007, at 7:43 PM

Mr. Ballou:

If I were in your family I would have to organize an intervention and see to it that you got help.

-- Posted by Piledriver on Wed, Jul 18, 2007, at 9:08 PM

Mr. Ballou,

Thank you for the response. I will admit that I was not aware that she had remarried, but figured it out from you post. As far as a Republican marrying a Democrat or visa versa, it happens even in the best of families. :-) Have a great day.

-- Posted by notsureitssafeinhere on Wed, Jul 18, 2007, at 10:48 PM

Ballou: Google is your friend because there are a ridiculous amount of forums on the internet that are a better match for you and your topics. This blog has lost all interest to me because your lengthy posts. YOU are missing the entire point of Speak Out: Keep your comments short, sweet, and to the point.

As my simple scannings of comments over the past month have revealed: YOU need help. Like I said a few days ago, I drove by your home; please evaluate your position in life. Vietnam is in the past, "our" government screwed you a whole hell of a lot than they are ever going to screw me. I am truly sorry.

Ballou: If your ramblings must continue, please go elsewhere.

-- Posted by ynot on Wed, Jul 18, 2007, at 11:30 PM

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