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Speak Out 8/13/07

Monday, August 13, 2007

Naive opinions

WOMEN ARE empowered when we have more choices. Kathryn Lopez is young and doesn't realize how hard these rights were fought for. Those of us who are old enough to remember don't want to go back to coat-hanger days. Lopez would do well to observe someone who's lived a little longer like Joy Behar and not give her naive opinions about women and the abortion issue.

Lashing out

I DON'T know why a smoker would lash out at overweight people. If a person's smoking to keep his weight down, it's a poor way to do it. For the most part, overweight people don't get in my space like smokers get under my nose. If you're in the hot seat, don't lash out at another group of people. Accept responsibility. There's nothing worse than hearing somebody hack because they've got smoker's cough.

Another boon

OH, BOY, I can hardly wait for this new plant to go in Cairo with all these thousands of jobs. It's going to be an absolute boon to Alexander County just like the prison at Tamms was. How fortunate can you be to live in a county like this?


SO MUCH for the tax-free weekend in Cape Girardeau. I went shopping Sunday, and every place I went charged taxes for school supplies. I think this is something city officials need to look into.

Another option

I'M IN full support of Three Rivers Community College in Cape Girardeau. Three Rivers offers two-year degrees and will give students another option other than Southeast Missouri State University.

People in need

I HAVE had about enough of this federal courthouse money-sucking joke. There are people in shelters because they cannot afford any air conditioning, and we're paying for artwork for the courthouse? This is sickening.

Nordenia's taxes

IT IS Nordenia's property taxes that support the Nell Holcomb School District.

Lack of courtesy

COMMON COURTESY has decreased. We were driving on the back roads from Cape Girardeau to Jackson and had a flat tire. I pulled over in the Whispering Oaks construction entrance. A nice man stopped and helped me pull my tire off the car. I had all three of my children with me. It was a hot day. I had to go to work, so my dad went for a new tire. In the time it took for him to get the new tire and put it back on, somebody had left a note on our car saying that this wasn't a parking lot and that they were going to have my car towed. My car obviously only had three tires.

Assessment bomb

THE CAPE Girardeau County commissioners are dancing about the 8.9 percent increase in the assessed property values. This does not bode well for future homeowners and small business owners. Every other year, reassessment is a ticking time bomb that will destroy people's ability to own a decent home. It's a mystery to me how a home that is two years older could be worth more money. Surely they wear out.

OSHA's back

OSHA'S BACK in town busting small contractors for silly infractions that are ridiculous in the first place. This does not only affect contractors, but also the public. The purpose of OSHA is to destroy small business. Then big business moves in and charges outrageous prices for construction work. Write your elected officials. If they don't do anything, vote them out of office. That's the only way to get their attention.

Campus slogan

I HAVE the perfect slogan for Three Rivers Community College when they set up a campus in Cape Girardeau: "Better parking than SEMO." I think that's all they would need to say to get students.

Hiring teachers

I HAVE never called Speak Out in my life, but when I read the comments from the person in the corporate world about the hiring of teachers in the Jackson School District, I couldn't dial the phone number fast enough. First of all, you are not in the education field, so how do know the process for hiring teachers? Obviously you have no students in the district or you would know that the previous callers were all right on the mark. My children attend school in Jackson. Every year I see young, first-year teachers hired rather than older, more experienced teachers. When I ask about the new teachers I am always told who they are related to in the district. I challenge you to find one example that proves any of us wrong.

Buying supplies

HERE WE go again with the teachers complaining they have to buy supplies for their students. My child has been in the Cape Girardeau School District eight years. I volunteered countless hours and gave donations and joined PTO. Frank Ellis and the kindergarten teachers were the only ones who thanked me at Alma Schrader Elementary School. At the middle school, the fifth grade teacher was always asking the students if they had extra supplies to give to others. Half the supplies I managed to purchase were never used. I'm not buying anything this year, because the school district and city are doing so well.

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SEMO has,apparently, fallen into the trap of thinking that since they are the only college in this area (Cape) that they are above common courtesy. SEMO had made a significant change in a long time scholarship policy and had not bothered to inform anyone...either on their web site or on the scholarship forms...the effected students who, in good faith, had fulfilled the requirements were told they had no scholarship..when we called we received a different answer from each person with whom we spoke... finally we wrote letters and sent copies to various administrators of SEMO...of the four of us who wrote...not one was shown the courtesy of an answer...

It is time for SEMO to have some competition...they are receiving money from so many third parties that they really don't care about the average student from a middle income family who must pay their own way...yet these families pay a significant amount of the taxes that support SEMO and others like them..wake up SEMO...

-- Posted by walela on Mon, Aug 13, 2007, at 7:13 AM

I agree with drdorothya, bring the competition... I think we all need competition. I think SEMO needs it, definitely.

-- Posted by youareabunchaspunks on Mon, Aug 13, 2007, at 8:24 AM

I have a feeling OVERTAXED went shopping on the wrong weekend. What a maroon.

-- Posted by Rodney King on Mon, Aug 13, 2007, at 8:48 AM

I thought Cape opted out of the tax-free weekend... was I mis-informed...?

-- Posted by Little_Mac on Mon, Aug 13, 2007, at 9:25 AM

No,Cape did not bow out of the NO TAX weekend.I purchased a new pair of shoes on

Aug 3rd and paid no tax.You must have missed it!Remember the sales tax exemption was for certain back to school items like clothes and shoes and school supplies only!Computers did fall under the no tax exemption as well.

-- Posted by GREYWOLF on Mon, Aug 13, 2007, at 9:52 AM

Hiring Teachers:

This is my first year teaching at Jackson. I'm not related to any other Jackson administrator, teacher, or staff. I attended the New Teacher Orientation and 1 person out of 15 was related to a Jackson retired teacher.

There is your "one example to prove you wrong."

-- Posted by monochromatic on Mon, Aug 13, 2007, at 10:16 AM

Just wait until all the problems with the River Campus are made public! It will make the Federal Courthouse look like a minor problem, as the plan is to shuttle audience members to the RC from the Show Me Center on the nights of big events. Why? Because there are less than 280 parking spots at the facility. The closest handicapped parking to the recital hall is over 200 yards away. Students commuting back and forth to the main campus will ride the free bus which will take 15 minutes to drop them far away from their classrooms. In addition, this bus is open to the public, necessitating 4-5 stops along the way making quick transport highly unlikely! And making security concerns on late night runs a tragic possibility. Many teaching materials have been left on the main campus due to lack of space in the new facility. Can you say "lack of planning"? To top it off, several season ticket purchasers with prime seats have had their seat locations moved by Ken Dobbins who needs the good seats for his cronies. It will be a LONG fall semester, that's for sure!

-- Posted by Truther on Mon, Aug 13, 2007, at 10:17 AM

I agree with the person commenting on school supplies. We go to Jackson and are very fortunate as far a supply list goes. I have a friend that has children in Perryville and the supply list is insane!! I would not buy it if I lived there!!

-- Posted by inallthingsgivethanks on Mon, Aug 13, 2007, at 10:47 AM

Wrong weekend??? D'-OH!!!

But in their defense---I thought Cape CITY had opted-out as well.

Me, I didn't buy ANYTHING that weekend---it was safer to stay home! People get wild and crazy---more than normal, even!---when they save a few bucks on that new PC purchase. But I do understand, saving has to start somewhere.

-- Posted by donknome on Mon, Aug 13, 2007, at 10:54 AM

It seems like every school my kids have been in, we've had to buy some of the teachers supplies. When we were growing up, my parents didn't give the teachers supplies. What happened between then and now? Why do I need to send red pens to school with my kids when I know that the teachers are going to use them and not my child? You can't tell me a teacher can't buy a couple packages of red pens when they are on sale like all the other school supplies. What's the deal with the baggies? I've never seen any of my kids bring anything home in a baggie and said they didn't use them in school? Tissues I can understand and maybe some hand soap for the elementary school kids, but come on, teachers make a heck of a lot more than my family does at the moment. And can't these supplies the teachers do buy be included on their taxes??

-- Posted by Wildnsyko on Mon, Aug 13, 2007, at 11:23 AM

I didn't think that any city was allowed to "opt out" of the tax free weekend. A city can CHOOSE to apply their own city sales tax or not on that weekend, but the state takes away their own state sales tax for those 3 days.

-- Posted by foodie on Mon, Aug 13, 2007, at 11:38 AM

monochromatic, you are definitely wrong. I'm employed in the Jackson district and have seen a list of the new hires. There are more connections there than you can shake a stick at. People are just not owning up to it because of all the complaints.

-- Posted by SEMOfan80 on Mon, Aug 13, 2007, at 11:56 AM


Cooper is not the only one we need to get away from!! There's Emerson, Bond And the biggest disappointment of all Matt Blunt. Voting Democrat wont work either, I said it before I'll say it again vote out all incumbents and make sure that the new ones know that we reserve the right to recall.

By the way do you think that Blunt came here last week to have his little town hall meeting about Cape's down town efforts or was he here to meet with Cooper and make sure

that he (Blunt) wasnt mentioned in any of Cooper's dealings??

-- Posted by Piledriver on Mon, Aug 13, 2007, at 12:13 PM

Perhaps you folks from Jackson should be more vocal about the hiring of Teachers.

Writing comments here is one thing but you need to call the superintendent and complain.

The bottom line is though folks these administrators can hire whomever they please and they DO!

-- Posted by GREYWOLF on Mon, Aug 13, 2007, at 12:16 PM

I confess in wrong doing by voting for Matt Blunt, Nathan Cooper And Joanne Emerson.

One thing for sure It wont happen again.

My next vote will be cast for the dope smoking Libertarian's. Surley they cant do any worse than the others.

-- Posted by Piledriver on Mon, Aug 13, 2007, at 12:19 PM

To the caller complaining about OSHA.

You are so stupid to think that they are just put there to shut down small businesses. Sure they do pick on some small things, but they are put here to make our hospitals and buildings and fast food resturants safer. They are put here to prevent child labor, and try to enforce building codes before you get your building completely built.

So which one do you fall under-- a hospital that has been docked funding for not filling out your forms correctly or a contractor who is allowing child labor???

and to wildnsyko:

Your red pencils are going to your kids. Teachers are trying to teach your kids how to grade their homework. They are trying to teach your kids how to nit-pick so that when they are doing their homework they can do that before they hand something in and get a bad grade on it!! And the baggies are usually for art projects!!

-- Posted by wubbens on Mon, Aug 13, 2007, at 12:32 PM

Wubbens...no need to get upset. I'm just stating a point. Ask my kids, they've never used the red pens in school. As far as teaching them to grade, obviously you've never been to a public school in a big city. The teachers have a hard enough time trying to get the kids attention to teach them a subject than how to use a red pen to correct an assignment.

-- Posted by Wildnsyko on Mon, Aug 13, 2007, at 1:12 PM

Jackson schools seem to escape the same media scrutiny that the other area schools receive.

Competition for SEMO is a good thing. Parking has been a problem for decades and now they have hornswoggled the city council to suspend action on the proposed city ordinance that was to provide sufficient bite that the ordinance has the intended deterrent effect. Not everyone needs a 4 year institution. Some need a place for some affordable trial and error before they launch themselves into a chosen degree program.

-- Posted by John Baker on Mon, Aug 13, 2007, at 1:36 PM

You better watch out before you jump on the TRCC move to Cape Girardeau bandwagon. Remember, they have sued Southeast and they are charging $113 a credit hour. Funny things are happening at TRCC - their motivation is revenge!!!!

-- Posted by Sam on Mon, Aug 13, 2007, at 2:12 PM

Hah, hah! Marie Antoinette's comment to the peasants who hungered for bread was allegedly, "Let them eat cake." However, historians now believe the later beheaded queen did not say this. By the way, the military surge seems to be working. If political reconcilliation follows, the GOP will tighten its reign of power by recapturing the legislative branch and keeping the executive. The radicalism expressed by many on this site is becoming increasingly marginalized.

-- Posted by philosopher king on Mon, Aug 13, 2007, at 2:44 PM


I resent that remark!But I will appreciate

your support for the Libertarian Party.Hearing this from you has given me a strong desire to go party!Stick that in your Republican Pipe and smoke it!

-- Posted by GREYWOLF on Mon, Aug 13, 2007, at 3:11 PM

What radicalism? PK you keep up the good work of carrying the water for the Bushies. The surge has had marginal success as per Generals in the field. They say starting to see some effect but nothing to brag about yet. Which means the insurgents left to come back later. Like in Viet Nam, the only ground you hold is what you are standing on. The Sunnis have quit the government, the government is on vacation, and American soldiers and sailors are dying daily. You only hope the Republicans can again control the Congress, then we peons will have no rights. And what does Marie Antoinette's supposed remark have to do with the surge. Man you are starting to sound like Bush. Oh look a kitty!!

-- Posted by oldvet on Mon, Aug 13, 2007, at 3:32 PM

People are so shocked by Nathan Cooper's crimes because he and other Republicans ran behind a cloak of Christianity. This has been a very effective way to fool so many naive and gullible voters who can't recognize a wolf in sheep's clothing. If Christians still can't see how the Republican campaign tactics have manipulated them and their preachers, I don't see much hope for electing the best candidates in the future.

-- Posted by grisgris on Mon, Aug 13, 2007, at 4:02 PM

re: Fedup: You are so right about this Republican party. The ones who preach morals are not, the ones who hate gays are, the ones who want ethics don't, the ones who want truth don't speak it. Seems the ones who protest the loudest and most often, are really protesting against their own behavior. Look at the gay reporter, so called, that was allowed in the White House, how did that happen if not someone using his services there? He wasn't a report he was a prostitute.

-- Posted by lvsholeflow on Mon, Aug 13, 2007, at 4:24 PM

I am a teacher here in the Heartland, so, let me explain to you a little something about the Jackson School District. I do not work there, and never will. I live in the area, and have interviewed there at least a couple times. I am not from Jackson and have no connections. I have been teaching for several years, and worked as a sub and para-educator for years before that. However, I was passed up for a few new teachers who have "connections" to the district. For this very reason, I will never work for Jackson. They are far too political. It's all about who you know, not what quality teacher you are. So, as for Jackson, I think they are missing out on some of the greatest teachers because they are hiring people who know someone in the district, not the ones who know what they are doing and do a good job at it!

-- Posted by heartlandteacher on Mon, Aug 13, 2007, at 6:19 PM

A substantial majority of all jobs are filled because of personal connections. Quit whining and learn how to work the system.

-- Posted by philosopher king on Mon, Aug 13, 2007, at 7:19 PM

I agree that most positions are filled through personal connections; you do have to work the system. It's all about networking. However, a lot of the people in Jackson seem to be upset because the administration is hiring family. That's a nepotismatic horse of a different color.

-- Posted by nuit_de_trois_chiens on Mon, Aug 13, 2007, at 7:33 PM

I fully support TRCC coming to cape.

A little competition never hurt anybody.

Southeast has enjoyed a very long run. They got lazy. They got greedy. They got arrogant. They are going to get what they deserve!

-- Posted by Mosely on Mon, Aug 13, 2007, at 10:31 PM

Hiring new teachers

I don't think you should have to work the system when you are talking about the best for our children. Schools should higher the better person and not a personal connection. So, if you were at the new teacher workshop and only 1 person was related to a retired teacher, what about the girl who is related to two coaches and an elementary principle?

School Supplies

I know school supplies can get expensive, but can you really put a cost on a good education? I am always spending money on my classroom for supplies and rewards for my students. I do this because I want to, but I could not do it without the parent's support.

-- Posted by love2teach on Mon, Aug 13, 2007, at 10:36 PM

"...higher the better person"---love2teach

OMG! One can only hope that love2teach is not a teacher because of the glaring and erroneous substitution of the word higher for the word hire!!

P.S. And then there's principle for principal. Can we bear this Speak Out bloggers? Can we bear this?

-- Posted by philosopher king on Mon, Aug 13, 2007, at 11:25 PM

I think Love2Teach has been toking it up in the cloak room too much during recess.

-- Posted by QT-PIE on Mon, Aug 13, 2007, at 11:30 PM

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