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Speak Out 7/28/07

Saturday, July 28, 2007

Abe's adage

A WISE Abe Lincoln once said, "We the people are the rightful masters of both Congress and the courts, not to overthrow the Constitution but to overthrow the men who pervert the Constitution."

Teaching math

I WAS wondering if the Jackson School District could explain to me why it teaches one style of new math from kindergarten to fifth grade but teaches conventional math from sixth grade on. Doesn't this create a confusing learning environment for the students?

Say it with flowers

WHEN A man sends flowers for no reason, there is a reason. Maybe it is because he appreciates his mate and wants to show it with flowers. Better to send one dozen roses now for no reason than 20 dozen when a spouse has passed on.

Low rates, high revenue

OUR LOCAL government needs to remember that there is a difference between tax rates and tax revenue. During his first term, President Bush lowered tax rates. Now the federal government is taking in the highest tax revenue in history. Low tax rates encourage high tax revenue.

Not so neighborly

THERE IS a man who has bought a run-down home in a nice neighborhood in Jackson and is fixing it up. But all the neighbors can think about is the trash pile (which you can't see from the road) in the back of his home. These people aren't thinking of how much the man has increased their property value. They call the police, take pictures and get the mayor to stand behind them pushing this man to clean up the trash pile before he is finished with the house. He is working a full-time job, going to school full time and raising a family. Stop and think about what you can do to help this man and what he has done for you.

Out of touch

THE CENTRAL High School principal is once again showing how out of touch he is with parents and how little he cares about what the parents think. We don't want our children to have a longer school day, and we feel our teens deserve their Tiger Time break.

Better teaching

I DON'T mind a longer school day, but please get better teachers and stop the Accelerated Reader Program, which causes children to lose the desire to read. Drop the MAP tests, which cause hard feelings when school administrators spew the blame game on a bunch of kids of one particular race. If schools taught the students instead of badgering them, they would learn.

Restaurant hours

A RESTAURANT employee says the customer should be more polite and not come in late. But what about the customer who has had a long hard day and expects dinner to be served during the hours that are advertised? If a restaurant doesn't want to serve after a certain time, it should post that at the door. We walked into a restaurant three months ago 30 minutes before the posted closing. The waitress ignored my daughter's leaking cup, ignored the object I found in my food, rushed to give us our bill and made it clear we were not welcome. She received no tip, and we have not been back. Keep it up and you won't have to worry about working such long hours.

Fountain memorial

THE WAR monument debate continues. Has anyone thought of creating a memorial that attracts visitors? A beautiful fountain perhaps? A fountain large enough for children to play in would attract people to see the monument -- many more than would see it in the shadows of the old courthouse.

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Again I ask MJB!

How would you secure the borders?Your all mouth but you don't mention any answers at all.Oh,if you do answer please refrain from talkin about your conspiracy theory.

-- Posted by GREYWOLF on Sat, Jul 28, 2007, at 4:19 PM

Michael J. Ballou, I'm pretty sure I know you! You haven't answered any of my questions, except to sidestep the one about being an educator, so you've pretty much made me think I'm right.

I have to admit that I see the sense of SOME of your comments & suggestions, but certainly not all. But you certainly do make me think :)

-- Posted by SEMOfan80 on Sat, Jul 28, 2007, at 6:23 PM

I am a neighbor of the man in jackson who is remodeling that home.

I am not one of them who has been causing him grief.

I think it's great what he is doing and can't wait to see the finished product!

-- Posted by Mosely on Sat, Jul 28, 2007, at 6:34 PM

Your comments, your choice of restaurant, your knowledge of math education in Jackson schools, and a few other things are the things I noticed. By any chance do you enjoy brewing beer? Just wondering.

-- Posted by SEMOfan80 on Sat, Jul 28, 2007, at 10:57 PM

It's probably too late to bother posting this about the man in Jackson fixing up his home. It sounds like a great thing he is doing, but it's possible he may not realize just how quickly some rodents may move in and call his trash pile home. Then ya got your big problems. He sounds very busy; perhaps some kind neighbors could pitch in and help him get it cleaned up some weekend.

-- Posted by SaviorBreath on Sat, Jul 28, 2007, at 11:17 PM

All of a sudden, the "Boycott Ballou" movement seems to have taken hold.

-- Posted by philosopher king on Sat, Jul 28, 2007, at 11:17 PM

MJB said: "What have you got to be proud... your kids are dummies, the Communist Chinese own you financially, you owe the credit card companies out the ***, your daughter emulates Britnay Spears, you and your wife are overweight, and, you're late on your mortgage..."

MJB, speak for yourself only. My children are very intelligent, gifted, in fact; I buy as little Chinese-made product as is possible; I have ZERO credit card debt; my daughter thinks Britney is a loser; my wife, well, I don't have one of those; and finally, I pay about 25% extra on my mortgage every month. So, if you were listing the problems in your own life -- speak only for yourself!

-- Posted by SaviorBreath on Sat, Jul 28, 2007, at 11:33 PM

Darn, Philo, and then I had to go and make a remark to him! Dang me!

-- Posted by SaviorBreath on Sat, Jul 28, 2007, at 11:34 PM

reply posted on 7/29

-- Posted by SaviorBreath on Sun, Jul 29, 2007, at 6:45 PM

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