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Speak Out 8/18/07

Saturday, August 18, 2007

Work together

IT WAS ironic to read the article dealing with funds provided to place playground equipment and shelters in our city parks. It is great that our civic organizations have recognized the need and have saved the parks department substantial dollars. What's ironic is that city services, the parks department and police, do not work with each other. A large portion of the funds used to provide equipment and shelters comes from organization that raise money at Bingo World. As noted in a recent comment, the city fails to provide traffic control on Clark Avenue when bingo is over for the night. Two patrol officers on the street between 9:30 and 10 p.m. is all that is needed. Departments within the city need to work together for the betterment of all of Cape Girardeau.

No defense

LET'S GET something straight, and I am certain all true conservatives will agree with me: Nathan Cooper broke the law. He has admitted guilt and will be sentenced. Whatever the maximum sentence is for his crimes, he should get it. However, the courts always make allowances for first offenses and guilty pleas. I do not agree with that either, but that's how it works and we have little power to change that. Whenever it is clear that laws have been violated, true Republicans do not make excuses or whine about unfairness, nor do we claim it is only about sex or depends on your definition of "is." We expect the rule of law to be followed. Which means, the trucking companies involved should be next in line for investigation. So Democrats can stop hooting and hollering about how we're all going to come to his defense and make excuses, because that's not going to happen.

Cycle carelessness

TODAY A motorcyclist passed me on the right side then cut back in front of me, then cut in front of the car on my right with about 3 feet of space all the way around. This maneuver could not have been done with a car. Things like this tell everyone that a motorcycle only needs 3 feet of space. Motorcycle riders put themselves in harm's way when they exhibit this kind of behavior. Think about this next time you drive carelessly.

Just ain't so

LOOK CAREFULLY at Jesus' words in your Bible. Make note of any time he asks anyone to give him money, any time he asks anyone to build him a church, how many times he mentions abortion, how many times he mentions homosexuality. Special credit if you can find the word "rapture" anywhere in the Bible. Mark Twain said, "It ain't what we don't know that hurts us. It's what we know for sure that just ain't so."

Which laws?

COULD MORLEY Swingle, Cape Girardeau County prosecuting attorney, please provide everyone with a list of the laws we can break and not have to be concerned about being prosecuted for breaking those laws? Do we have to be an elected official and a convicted felon like Nathan Cooper in order to receive this kind of immunity from the law? Thanks in advance for prompt attention to this request.

Always surprised

I DON'T think it's at all odd that a politician's acquaintances would express shock when the politician is caught in some sort of scandal. It happens in other occupations as well when some person is found out to be a criminal. The next-door neighbor, for example, is on the news saying what a nice person they are and how shocked everyone is. This is no different. I think it's a sign that most people think the best of those around them and are surprised when they find out differently. I'd rather be that way than a cynic who thinks the worst of those I work with.

Race talk

I'M GLAD Don Imus may soon be back on the radio, even though I never listen to his show. Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton's behavior toward him is nothing short of racial discrimination, which they are so quick to attack in others. When Jackson and Sharpton get as worked up about the language of black rappers in reference to black women, which is worse and in some cases much more shocking than what Imus said, their outrage will be more credible. At least Imus apologized. Sharpton and Jackson have never apologized for their vicious and unfounded attacks on the Duke lacrosse players.

Park concerns

THANKS FOR the story about the city parks. Now I'm beginning to understand why some of the park board members believe they need more money. As a city, we shouldn't have to rely on donations only to keep our parks in good shape with good equipment. One complaint: The parks department needs to do a better job of inspecting current equipment. For example, the Capaha Park train referred to in this story as a loving memory by one Cape resident isn't what it used to be. It's dangerous. The city needs to inspect it. Someone could get hurt there. There are sharp metal ends in various areas, and the floor has holes in it with more sharp points.

Lenient judges

DO NOT blame the police for all the crime going on in the city. Look at the judges who let the people out of jail. A man sticks a gun in a person's face and gets arrested, and his bond is set at $5,000. That means the man must pay $500 to a bondsman to get out of jail. That sure must give the victim in the case reason to sleep easy. Judges must remember the same people who put them into office watch what they are doing while in office.

Don't be a butthead

I AM a smoker pleading with other smokers to not throw butts out of your cars or anywhere else. Instead, try keeping a bottle with some water to put your butts in. Screw the cap back on and throw the bottle in the trash at home or at your next stop. It is especially important to do this now during our dangerously dry conditions, but please continue this practice year-round. It's a small gesture with a big impact. The community will be glad, the fire department will be glad and you will be glad you did.


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Republicans seem to be mute these days on two of their favorite soapboxes--balanced budgets and family values. Hmmm, I cannot imagine why.

-- Posted by iago on Sat, Aug 18, 2007, at 5:44 AM

re: motorcycle

I have seen a red motorcycle driving in this wreckless manner between Cape and Jackson a couple times. As a former motorcycle rider, these type of manuevers are fun off road, or in a open parking lot, but should not be done in traffic. Besides being illegal, you never know how the driver of the cars will react. They could be startled and slam on their brakes - splat. Just because you can do something doesn't make it right or legal or safe. Also, watch your distance behind cars. If a car rearends you or can't stop and eat the bumper of the car of head of you, you will be the loser. The car WILL win. Be careful out there. Life is too precious to risk it doing a dumb stunt.

-- Posted by calypso12 on Sat, Aug 18, 2007, at 7:06 AM

No Defense: You just did.

-- Posted by lvsholeflow on Sat, Aug 18, 2007, at 7:53 AM

iago, maybe it's because there are other, more pressing issues to address, such as Iraq, Pakistan, the upcoming elections, etc.

-- Posted by SEMOfan80 on Sat, Aug 18, 2007, at 8:10 AM

Just ain't so:

Whats your point?

The word rapture will not be found in any

Bible.The word itself is derived from the latin"rapere"(to carry off,to be called up)

Although it is not found you can refer to

rev 3:10 where it speaks about how Jesus will

keep us from the hour of trial that will be coming upon us.

Also in Thes.4:16-17 Jesus tells us exactly how it will happen.These are just a few verses you can look at.The fact remains that

those who believe and who live the word will

be taken out before the Tribulation(a terrible time on earth for mankind).I bet we are getting very close to seeing this prophecy come to pass.

-- Posted by GREYWOLF on Sat, Aug 18, 2007, at 9:16 AM

No Defense: Libby, overzealous prosecutor and political theater. Tom DeLay, Democrats on witch hunt. Safavian, did nothing wrong, was in wrong place. Ney, unfortunate events for fine Representative. Cunningham, fine gentleman, great husband, bad luck. These are the things said about each of these CRIMINALS. I can name others if you wish.

-- Posted by cannedheat on Sat, Aug 18, 2007, at 9:50 AM

Iago, can tell you why you don't hear those talking points, and yes they are only talking points. It is because it is not an election year. Come next year you will start to hear the same garbage, we need to balance the budget, Democrats are destroying our way of life with their family values, gays should be banished from the earth, we will protect you, God is a Republican, and the best one. We have to fight them there so we don't have to fight them here.

-- Posted by cannedheat on Sat, Aug 18, 2007, at 9:55 AM

Cannedheat, I am with you 100%. Come election we will hear that same GOP rhetoric. I do not know how the Republicans have such gall, but, then again, they have never been short on gall.

-- Posted by iago on Sat, Aug 18, 2007, at 10:25 AM

Just Ain't So

The issue with homosexuality was not spoken on by Jesus. When an issue needed correction from the old law (ie it's not what goes in a man's mouth that makes him unclean) Jesus spoke on the correction. The issue of homosexuality not being a part of those corrections would would lead us back to the old law. Look it up there's plenty enough said about it.

The kinds of "not there" issues we should worry about are time when people say things like "cleanlyness is next to Godlyness" or "God helps those who help themselves". Those are things you won't find. Your problems could be solved if you just looked in the right place

-- Posted by Donnie on Sat, Aug 18, 2007, at 10:37 AM

religion and politics. can I play??

-- Posted by minute-man on Sat, Aug 18, 2007, at 11:09 AM

religion is what makes man feel good about the way he screws his neighbor, politics is the gateway to the next war. put the two together and you end up with the United States Congress.

-- Posted by minute-man on Sat, Aug 18, 2007, at 11:13 AM

Dang it Minuteman you is one smart cookie. The 2 biggest frauds ever perpetrated on mankind has been religion and corporations.

-- Posted by cannedheat on Sat, Aug 18, 2007, at 11:19 AM

Democrats don't have hate-filled rhetoric? What about:

"Elect a Republican and another black church will burn."

Or

"The Republicans want to eliminate Social Security."

How about the doctored video that made it look like Newt Gingrich wanted Medicare to "Whither on the vine" that was ran a few cycles ago?

Not defending Republicans, just saying that both national parties are disgusting.

-- Posted by Elder on Sat, Aug 18, 2007, at 11:49 AM

Hey Ya'l

don't confuse Religion with faith.

Yes Religion does nothing but divide people!

That is why I tell everyone that I am not a religious Man.I am however,a Christian.That is, I believe in Jesus Christ and why he had to come.Indeed no matter what any of you may think their is a creator no way was all this just by coincedence!But that being said I will say no more about that.Politics on the other hand,is what most of us want to rant about anyway.In the near future(not sure when)none of what we discuss here will matter

anyway.By the way my definition of faith is "HOPE"there is none without Jesus.No need to respond guys I realize this is a very argumentative issue.

-- Posted by GREYWOLF on Sat, Aug 18, 2007, at 11:50 AM

I cannot think of a thing the Republicans have done to help Social Security other than wanting to get their hands into that pot. Ronald Reagan loved it. Isn't he the one who didn't believe in "double dipping"? He was the master of it.

-- Posted by iago on Sat, Aug 18, 2007, at 1:05 PM

Speak Out was odd today; it seemed to me that the same person had written many of the "speaks."

Thanks to the caller asking smokers not to toss their cigarette butts out, especially in our dry conditions. If you cannot be considerate, at least be safety conscious.

-- Posted by gurusmom on Sat, Aug 18, 2007, at 2:47 PM

who declared a war on the war, or fascism, globalism and all that other stuff?? who is this developing group that Michael J. Ballou is speaking of?? did I land on a web page for some kinda cult or something??

-- Posted by minute-man on Sat, Aug 18, 2007, at 5:07 PM

god almighty does indeed need your help in the gathering of souls. that's kind of a stupid thing to say unless your an atheist!!

are you an atheist Michael J. Ballou?? if I looked into your eyes would they be black or could I see a warm loving soul created by GOD??? its hard to tell by your writings alone. tell me Michael J. Ballou are you a man without God??

-- Posted by minute-man on Sat, Aug 18, 2007, at 5:16 PM

To become engaged in a debate over religious beliefs, or, lack of, could cause a separation within this developing group that is in unity on the War against the Iraqi people, globalism, corpratism, and, the fascsim and tyranny expanding at a rapid rate within this country.

Posted by Michael J. Ballou on Sat, Aug 18, 2007, at 1:29 PM

Who is this group that you speak Of???

-- Posted by minute-man on Sat, Aug 18, 2007, at 5:21 PM

I really don't think that you are qualified to call any one paranoid, Michael (9-11 was an inside job)Ballou!!!

-- Posted by minute-man on Sat, Aug 18, 2007, at 11:34 PM

that was very liberal of you to make that comment, I should have known that you are a homophobe as well as a hypocrite. sorry I just call them like I see them. nothing personal you know!!

-- Posted by minute-man on Sat, Aug 18, 2007, at 11:50 PM


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