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Speak Out 8/12/07

Sunday, August 12, 2007

Low-bid surgery

REGARDING THE federal courthouse delays: Remember that this is how our government works. All projects are done by the lowest bidder. The next time you start crying for government-run health care, ask yourself: Do you really want your lung transplant done by the lowest bidder?

Get to the bottom

CONTRACT INSPECTORS and periodic inspections are supposed to be involved in every government contract. Our elected officials need to get real answers regarding this gross malfeasance in constructing the new federal courthouse. Talk about an opportunity for good investigative reporting.

Link to history

THE PROPOSED project on County Road 532 is unwarranted at this time. The fact that the county wants to use time, money and labor resources of our National Guard troops on a road that accommodates only minimal traffic displays the inability of our county government to efficiently or equitably set priorities. There are dozens of other county roads that deserve more attention and resources. County Road 532 also might be one of the last roads that serves as a direct link to Missouri's history of settlement. To destroy one of the last possible icons of that era in the name of inefficient progress only highlights county leadership's incompetence.

Focus on positive

INSTEAD OF blaming the government for everything bad that happens (the federal courthouse roof), why doesn't everyone think about the good and positive things it has done. What would our country be without it? Lay off the roof thing. When have you never made a mistake?

Cutting crime

IT'S A wonder we don't have more crime in the United States than what we've got. It's because of our Justice Department. It's because of our judges. They slap a person on the back and give a little fine. But if you get on dope, you get worse than what a murderer would get. If you get a DWI, they turn you loose. If you kill someone, you can get out a lot faster than if you sell dope. If you get a DWI, you get a hardship license. It shouldn't be that way. If you get a DWI, you should have your license taken away for 10 years. If you're caught for dope, go to prison for about 15 years. If you kill someone, get the needle. This stuff is not going to stop until we get some judges who will do their job and do it right.


REGARDING THE article about Project Hope and transitional housing, I would like to offer a personal statement about my experience with Project Hope. Five years ago, as a single mom, I saw a news blip on KFVS regarding the program. I struggled for a while with whether I wanted to be open about how many poor decisions I had made, none of which had included addiction or alcoholism. However, I went to the program and met Denis Rigdon, who connected me with Cape Bible Chapel and Peg and Jerry Pollard. It was a life-changing experience, and every single aspect of my life was filled with encouragement and a support system. It wasn't an easy process. Now I get to mentor others through Project Hope, and I'm so supportive of each and every new idea that Denis Rigdon is creative enough to pursue. I wish the program well.

Roads in creeks

I WAS reading where the county is going to change County Road 532, which is in a flood area and a creek. We have the same problem out in the western part of Cape Girardeau County with County Road 384 and Granney Creek. I wonder if the county is going to change it also.

No signs, please

I CERTAINLY hope that any current city council member who is planning on running for re-election will not put any signs out. If they do, they should not receive one vote. We will see which is more important to them: Cape beautification or being re-elected.

Call for pizza

I'M SURE glad there is pizza delivery. It is too hot to go out and too hot to cook!

Fallen Republican

YET ANOTHER Republican has fallen. Shame on you, Nathan Cooper. You got caught, and you should spend the next 15 years in the big house. Yet I doubt you'll do any time. All you moral, God-fearing Republicans: Go ahead and start defending poor Mr. Cooper. He should step down tomorrow and should not serve until October.

Water for animals

PLEASE REMEMBER our animal friends during this hot spell. Our pets, as well as birds and squirrels, need lots of fresh water daily. Fill a couple shallow bowls and set them around the yard. Remember to empty and fill daily so mosquitoes won't use them for breeding. You will be rewarded.

Food concerns

HOW CAN our public schools take out soda machines and continue to serve corn dogs and nacho chips to my children? We should be just as concerned with fat and sodium as we are with sugar.

Greed, dishonesty

SO THE events of Thursday were all about Nathan Cooper's selfless desire to ensure his client had an adequate work force. How commendable. And his law practice affected his ability to serve? No, Mr. Cooper, there aren't many of us, Democrat or Republican, who will fall for that. What you call overzealousness in my book is greed and dishonesty. And your practice didn't do this to you. You destroyed your practice. Situations like this make me wonder if there is such a thing as a truly ethical lawyer or honest politician. But then I think of state Rep. Scott Lipke and am reassured, knowing that he is both. I wish there were more like him.

Honesty first

WE DO not know the details, but conservative voters will not support any representative who commits a felony. We want our representatives to be honest and legal. Now because Nathan Cooper was a dishonest lawyer, we do not have a representative.

Here's your chance

OK, SPEAK Out callers, there are three Cape Girardeau City Council seats up for grabs. Now let's see you put your complaints to the test.

Part of the family

NO DOGS at the soccer park? We take our dog everywhere we go. He's part of the family. We also take a plastic bag to pick up his doo-doo, and every good dog owner should.

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FOOD CONCERNS: These concerns are legitimate, but schools have to walk a very fine line between providing nourishing food and food that kids will actually eat. You would croak if you saw the amount of good, wholesome food that is thrown into the trash containers every single day. They have to serve USDA approved foods, but they have to get the kids to put it in their mouths, too. Corn dogs are acceptable to kids, and the USDA can count that as a vegetable (the corn batter) and a meat. Score two if the kids put ketchup on it - that's another vegetable. If kids were not so accustomed to eating junk food, perhaps the menus would be more enlightened. In the last several years, salads, pastas, and raw vegetables have made great inroads into the menus, though. Your options for improvement include talking to your child's school district food supervisor or packing your child's lunch.

-- Posted by nuit_de_trois_chiens on Sun, Aug 12, 2007, at 1:09 AM

Low-Bid Surgery: Well, having life-saving surgery performed by the "lowest bidder" might be preferable to not having it done at all because one has no insurance.

-- Posted by gurusmom on Sun, Aug 12, 2007, at 3:05 AM

My thoughts exactly, gurusmom!

-- Posted by iago on Sun, Aug 12, 2007, at 4:49 AM

OR having the surgery done and then the insurance denying the claim leaving YOU to pay the huge bill.

-- Posted by calypso12 on Sun, Aug 12, 2007, at 7:31 AM

amen nuit de trois...when i was a kid, we didnt know what soda, potato chips, candy, or pizza was. We were raised on beans, potatoes, cornbread, tomatoes,lots of stuff from the garden. We either drank milk, sometimes with ovaltine in it, or we drank water....Kids today are spoiled rotton on fast food, junk food, hi energy soda products, no wonder they have attention deficit disorders and have to take ridilan.

-- Posted by jlj on Sun, Aug 12, 2007, at 8:19 AM

Another thing about kids and lunches is they do not give them enough time to eat properly. Theymay get 30 to 40 minutes for lunch from the time class ends to they have be in their seat for the next class. That might leave them 20 to 30 minutes to wash up, stand in line, get a seat then they have to wolf the food down so they can go to the next class. Then there is no PE for them to help them burn the calories and to strenghten their bodies. Also my son comes home and heads straight to the bathroom because he is allowed 4 minutes between classes and you cannot have a bathroom break when the lines are that long. They do not want them out of class.

-- Posted by joekool on Sun, Aug 12, 2007, at 8:34 AM

Gurusmom, Iago, Yomama, Amen to you. The ones who have health insurance talk trash. When their time comes that the company, yes company, takes away their insurance they will sing a different tune. Have met many who talked that trash, but lost their health insurance for one reason or another and now talk about how the company screwed them. Have a friend you said he would never accept anything from the VA even though he served in Viet Nam, told me anyone who went to the VA for medicine or care was a lazy welfare person. Now he has to have medicine that cost about $3,000 a month and he now wants the VA to give him the medicine.

-- Posted by oldvet on Sun, Aug 12, 2007, at 9:12 AM

Would like to expand on health care in the United States verses around the world. The United States ranks behind 41 countries in longevity. Every industrialized nation in the world is ahead of us, and yes they have nationalized health insurance. Instead of name calling and throwing out talking points of the "socialized medicine" opponents, look up the facts and the way the other countries handle their health insurance. People here keep saying "everyone wants to come to our country for the health care and freedoms", that is true for the opportunities, but certainly not true for the health care except for the third world country people who have none. If all would become informed on the health care issue, then a knowledgeable debate could be formulated.

-- Posted by oldvet on Sun, Aug 12, 2007, at 10:00 AM

old vet, isn't it amazing how some change their tunes when circumstances change to unravel their cloaks of certainty, absoluteness and comfort? This goes far beyond the subject of insurance coverage but reaches into many of life's unseen, often-changing situations.

-- Posted by iago on Sun, Aug 12, 2007, at 10:02 AM

C'mon, everybody knows the whole thing about the "improvements" to County Road 532 are about ONE thing---DEVELOPER-FODDER!!! Go ahead, read the article again. It says so, right there in black and white. All about the money, like always. No such thing as having pride in your past anymore---it's all about DEVELOPMENT, and where the most MONEY can be found....

-- Posted by donknome on Sun, Aug 12, 2007, at 11:46 AM

Low-bid surgery:

Most of those with health insurance are covered by the "lowest bidder" already. Those in need of a lung transplant will goto the doctors that the lowest bidding insurance company has in its network(unless they want to pay at least an extra 20k-30k out of pocket to go outside the network). Odds are the low bidding insurance plan is going to pay rather low rates leaving roughly the same pool of surgeons that would accept a "lowest bid". Oh, and then you'll have to fight to get payment because it's very likely that the low bidding insurance company will have a policy of automatically denying all claims above a certain dollar amount in the hopes that a small percentage of patients will forget or screw up their appeal.

So for the vast majority of the population that do have health coverage whats the major difference difference between lowest bidding surgeon and lowest bidding insurance company?

-- Posted by Nil on Sun, Aug 12, 2007, at 12:52 PM

Nil, you are correct, just go through reading a piece on bankruptcy in this country and that most come from medical defaults. Wish this country would wake up and know the rich are controlling them.

-- Posted by oldvet on Sun, Aug 12, 2007, at 1:28 PM

jlj - There is a funny (tragic?) picture going around the net nowadays:

Ritalin - So much easier than parenting.

-- Posted by nuit_de_trois_chiens on Sun, Aug 12, 2007, at 2:41 PM

joekool - Most lunch periods at Cape's secondary schools are 23-25 minutes. That's from bell to bell.

-- Posted by nuit_de_trois_chiens on Sun, Aug 12, 2007, at 2:45 PM

Noticed this today in the city council minutes:

* Approved Family Video's request to rezone property at 506 West End Blvd./1330 Broadway from R-2 single-family residential district to C-1 local commercial district.

Apparently the old Hardee's will become a video store.

-- Posted by nuit_de_trois_chiens on Sun, Aug 12, 2007, at 3:27 PM

Insurance and the School Lunch:

Maybe if we quit stuffing greasy corn dogs and sodas down our kids' throats in school, there won't be as many health problems.

Then again, when has a school lunch ever been healthy?

-- Posted by Mosely on Mon, Aug 13, 2007, at 10:41 PM

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