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Speak Out 8/28/07

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Space-travel dirt

THESE SCIENTIFIC cowboys can preach all they want to about global warming, but until they address the issues concerning space travel and how it's destroying the ozone layer and the atmosphere, I'm not one bit concerned about emissions from my lawn mower and vehicle. Let them get to the real dirt.

Biodiesel costs more

THANK YOU for the story about the biodiesel plant. Soybean-based biodiesel is environmentally friendly. Soybeans take almost no fertilizer for growing. They take nitrogen out of the air all by themselves. They have virtually no byproducts, virtually no pollution while you're making biodiesel. The only thing that's left over is glycerine, and it can be used in soap. The only problem is it's not quite as cost effective as ethanol, so it's hard to make money making biodiesel.

Old Bethel thanks

I WANT to thank the Missouri Baptist Convention, Melvin Gateley and all the numerous volunteers of labor and materials who made the restoration and uprising of Old Bethel Church and Cemetery possible. It was a wonderful dedication service attended by 300 people, and the spirit of the Lord was with us. It was a special service. I want to thank all who were involved with this endeavor. Thank you, and God bless each one of you and yours.

Fewer imports

WE NEED to stop bankrolling countries like India and China by importing so many of our goods from them. I do not think a closed economy is the answer, but surely we could bring more manufacturing back home.

Dust-bowl highway

THE MESS the Missouri Department of Transportation has caused on Highway 72 west of Jackson is unbelievable. Supposedly MoDOT is widening the road, but all it seems to have done in the last three weeks is turn it into a dust bowl reminiscent of the 1920s. I guess this is our tax dollars at work.

Pray for peace

SOMEONE SUGGESTED that we pray for peace at 8 p.m. each evening. If not every night, at least on Sept. 11 let us pray for our country in this time of war at 8 p.m. Go to your front porch. Light a candle. Pray with your family. Pray for peace. Can we take time? Can we make time?

Good magazine

THE August issue of The Best Years was the best yet. All of the articles were terrific, but I especially appreciated Linda Redeffer's "Do it my way." That is so appropriate. Keep up the good work.

Close the loophole

THE REQUEST of Debbie Erlbacher to amend Cape Girardeau's liquor-license ordinance should be denied. The city's ordinance has worked for 40 years. Why should it be changed for the financial gain of one person? Weddings are one thing. Drunken wedding parties are another. If Erlbacher has been operating on a loophole in the law, the city should be concentrating on how to fix the loophole. Can the city legally issue a temporary permit to an establishment holding a liquor license to sell alcohol at a location deemed too close to a church or school?

Neighborhood watch

I WANTED to make a comment about the drug bust on Rampart Street. I want to thank police chief Carl Kinnison, all the other policemen and all the neighbors for being vigilant in keeping an eye on things. I'm glad to know that with people getting involved, we can keep that stuff out of our neighborhoods. As someone who lives in that area, thank you again to all of you who kept your eye on this and took care of it. I hope there won't be a problem in this particular house again.

Any difference?

WE ARE tired of hearing David Limbaugh talk about Bush haters. He is a Clinton hater and a Democrat hater, so what is the difference?

Approval ratings

I'M BEHIND a vehicle with one of those "Had enough? Vote Democrat" bumper stickers, which makes me laugh. The approval rating for the Republican president is much higher than the approval rating for the Democrat-controlled House and Senate. Evidently getting those Democrats didn't make a bit of difference.

Big attraction

THE ASTOUNDING 25 percent increase in Southeast Missouri State University's freshman enrollment is indeed attributable to the attraction of the River Campus. All who held up or criticized this project should publicly apologize.

Long bus ride

MY SON rides a special bus for mentally handicapped children at Central Middle School. He gets on the bus at 3 p.m. and doesn't get home until after 4 p.m. and lives just a few blocks from the school. Why?

Change the law

I SUPPORT Debby Erlbacher's request to challenge the liquor law. If she's been serving alcohol for three years without incident, what's going to change if she serves alcohol herself? Does it really matter if it's 200 or 100 feet to a church or school? Why does this law even exist? How many years ago was it enacted? What are we really afraid of?

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In response to the question of my auto burning E-85 ethanol,,, its a 2005 Ford Explorer, on the gas cap it says E-85 approved and in the owners manual says 'flex-fuel' and the window sticker showed the comparison of ethanol and unleaded. Most internet websites dont show the latest MFA or Ethanol stations locations.

So in response, my car was ethanol approved and I did not damage the internal hosing or gas tank in my vehicle. Thanks for your response.

-- Posted by changedname on Tue, Aug 28, 2007, at 6:17 AM

Change the law: Nothing good ever came from a bottle of booze. Don't change the law and I would pull her lic.

-- Posted by freedom1776to2008 on Tue, Aug 28, 2007, at 6:45 AM

Here we go again, another long day of conspiracy theory crap from MJB. Mike, maybe you should move to the Sudan and take over I believe they are in search of some new stable leadership! Good idea whatcha think, Mikey!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

-- Posted by Wilsonite on Tue, Aug 28, 2007, at 7:10 AM

Hey, Mikey I got another brainstorm, maybe, just maybe if you watched Fox News for say maybe an hour a night from your bunker, or maybe you can pick it up on your spyware satelite receiver. I would proably say between the hours of 7:00 pm and 9:00 would suffice.

-- Posted by Wilsonite on Tue, Aug 28, 2007, at 7:17 AM

Now, Mikey I know you're not speechless, Oh I know you're writing you're six page response and searching for several email links to tell me how I am secretly setting up the people and how you can prove that I work for the goverment and have a plan of attack on one of our fine cities. See I am as nutty as you are for responding like this, Oh well. You know I bet your proably drawing a disablility check aren't you that's why you have so much time, I better stop for now because I am at work.


Coming Soon........More rhetoric from MJB

-- Posted by Wilsonite on Tue, Aug 28, 2007, at 8:19 AM

Anybody besides me having a problem getting this site to refresh...? Only seems to refresh when I make a post...


I figured you were smart enough to know, and I did not mean to preach but, hey - if my asking might save someone a major headache, I'm willing to sound preachy!

Hmmmm... MJB sitting home drawing disability... could explain a lot...

-- Posted by Little_Mac on Tue, Aug 28, 2007, at 8:35 AM

dexterite, where is the exact geographical location of this E-85 pump in Cape Girardeau? You can refer to what I said yesterday, but, in short, I need to up the overall octane rating of my petrol tank and ethanol is a safe way to do so. I am very well aware of the differences between ethanol and petrol and what concentrations are safe to run.

-- Posted by lurker on Tue, Aug 28, 2007, at 8:45 AM

Approval ratings:

What are you talking about? Hard for the Democrat and Republican controlled House and Senate to get anything accomplished when our idiot President veto's everything. I'm on some Republican website with a bunch of uneducated comments which makes me laugh.

I'M BEHIND a vehicle with one of those "Had enough? Vote Democrat" bumper stickers, which makes me laugh. The approval rating for the Republican president is much higher than the approval rating for the Democrat-controlled House and Senate. Evidently getting those Democrats didn't make a bit of difference.

-- Posted by Marine5151 on Tue, Aug 28, 2007, at 9:33 AM

Cape's leaders constantly want to raise taxes to fund their pet projects. You never hear any of them talk about increasing police patrols or hiring more police officers. I don't mean ticket writers like most of the officers are assigned to now. I mean real neiborhood patroling and real crime prevention. I might vote for tax increase for more crime fighters.

-- Posted by Make no mistake about it on Tue, Aug 28, 2007, at 9:42 AM

Nah, we don't need more crime fighters. Tell ya why, soon enough all that post on this page will be charged with some sort of crime against free speech. What ya gonna do when that big black suv pulls up in your drive way?

-- Posted by minute-man on Tue, Aug 28, 2007, at 9:57 AM

*RE: Fewer imports

The reason why our manufacturing plants are in countries like India and China is because they will work for VERY little money and the CEO's of those companies like the extra cash in their pockets, and also could care less about the customers who complain-yet still buy their products.

*RE: Pray for peace

It's not a matter of if we can make or take time to pray. It goes like this; there are just some people in this world who don't pray because they don't belong to a religion. The majority of people in this world want peace, but I don't believe that praying is the way to do it. However if praying is YOUR thing, then go for it!

*RE: Close the Loophole

"The city's ordinance has worked for 40 years. Why should it be changed for the financial gain of one person? "

Why? Because if it was you, you'd be asking to be 'grandfathered' in. If the city didn't catch it before now, it's their fault...not hers.

*RE: Peace Seeker

"You know I bet your probably drawing a disability checks..."

LOL, now he REALLY sounds like my ex-husband!

-- Posted by foodie on Tue, Aug 28, 2007, at 11:35 AM

RE: Change the Law

What are we afraid of? I am afraid that if that law is repealed then a person leaving a bar right next to a school may leave their personal litter and/or body excretions on the lawn, on the building, or on the playground equipment, or may vandalize like they do downtown, or maybe pass out and be found the next morning by someone bringing their kid to school.

Sounds stupid? Maybe, but not as stupid as your comment.

-- Posted by Hawker on Tue, Aug 28, 2007, at 11:37 AM

Oh, Mikey where are you_________still writing your response I suppose.


I wish I could draw a disability, but no I have to work all day and overtime sometimes, and no I'm not you're ex, sorry better luck next time!

-- Posted by Wilsonite on Tue, Aug 28, 2007, at 12:45 PM

*RE: peace seeker

I didn't mean that YOU reminded me of my ex husband, I was joking that MJB did.

I had made the same comment weeks ago to someone else...

Bad joke I guess, Never mind.

-- Posted by foodie on Tue, Aug 28, 2007, at 12:48 PM


I am glad that you out of that relationship, if MLB reminds you of your ex, WHEW that must have been torture! HAHAHAHAHA

-- Posted by Wilsonite on Tue, Aug 28, 2007, at 1:13 PM

I am shocked and surprised by the Nation. We were willing to impeach former President Clinton for inappropriate sexual acts that truly had no reflection of his ability to lead this country, yet we still have a president in office with one of the lowest approval rates in history. President Bush as spent billions on a war that will basically be another Vietam, administrators who are resigning left and right, and lacks the essential leadership skills needed, yet he's still in office. When there are members of various administration offices resigning, America that should be a sign for us to take a deeper look at whats happening! I often read about people wanting to "take back America", now's the chance. Rid America from the suffering already!

-- Posted by 2smooth on Tue, Aug 28, 2007, at 1:25 PM

I just read the article about making sex offenders register email addresses and other online profiles. You have to be joking! Does anyone truly realize the harm of the sex offender registry? The sex offender registry harms more lives that it helps! Not everyone who is on the registry truly deserves to be on it.

-- Posted by 2smooth on Tue, Aug 28, 2007, at 1:30 PM

Bill Clinton was impeached for lying under oath, not having sexual relations in the White House.

-- Posted by DARTHJASON on Tue, Aug 28, 2007, at 1:31 PM

RE: peace seeker

LOL, you have no idea how right you are!

-- Posted by foodie on Tue, Aug 28, 2007, at 1:51 PM

Re: Sex Offenders

Please do not start making excuses for these criminals who have to register. They have to register for a reason. I think they should not even be allowed to own a computer. If ti was your child they molested, raped or forced to do god knows what else you might have a change of heart. Do not start harping about the rights either.

-- Posted by Wilsonite on Tue, Aug 28, 2007, at 2:08 PM

Bill Clinton should have to register as a sex offender, take that sucka!

-- Posted by Wilsonite on Tue, Aug 28, 2007, at 2:14 PM

Please, everyone who posts here please go quickly to


and just listen to the intro, talk about speaking out of the both sides of your mouth.

-- Posted by Wilsonite on Tue, Aug 28, 2007, at 2:17 PM

Approval rating: You got to be kidding me. The approval rating of Congress is always low. Usually half the people don't like what is going on because it is not their party in control. The President's approval rating is a lot more important than Congress. Let's stick to a fact. Bush's ratings now are as low if not lower than Nixon's when he was set to be impeached. Don't believe it look it up.

This country will never be controlled by middle America again because people vote what they want everyone elses morals to be, not what they want to be held to. Look at Sen. Craig, has a 100% voting record according to the Family Research Center. Voted to not have the hate law include gays and lesbians. Vote against the gay marriage law, but is looking for some gay love in an airport bathroom stall. Oh yes, we know about the morals of the Repubican party, and if you back those morals at least have the guts to say it. Yes the religious moral majority right wing of the Republican party are in control of the Republican party and are stealing your country.

Pray for peace: How many do you think are praying for peace? Has anyone here known of a mircle? The period after this sentence is larger than the time of so called mircles on the historical time line. Get real. Now I did pray to win that lottery. Just kidding but I figure that will draw a load of crap from the so called Christians who think all life is precious if they can afford health care and are not hippies, gays, mexicans, orientals, or anything else other than white Republicans.

Finally, am glad to see Hawker post something that is not a smart a$$ comment about something someone else posted. Bet he/she can't continue that. Just have to ask Hawker if he/she has ever had a drink at home with the kids there?

-- Posted by cannedheat on Tue, Aug 28, 2007, at 2:57 PM


-- Posted by Little_Mac on Tue, Aug 28, 2007, at 3:20 PM


The only thing that will make the war in Iraq "another VietNam" is when people like you finally get your way and we turn our backs on the Iraqi people, cut and run, leaving them in the hands of the terrorists who are currently doing their best to destroy any future they might have.

If you REALLY think, like many of your brethren, we can not win, that we have lost - I suggest you find a Marine who has been there and ask him how he feels to be a "loser". How fast can you run the 5-miler...?


I love it when people call our President an "idiot". By the way, what was your GPA at Harvard and when did you get your Yale MBA...?

I agree sex offenders should register, however, there needs to be some common sense attached to the application of the law. There will be no doubt of the true sex offenders, but, recently a 12-year-old boy was charged with, and found guilty of sexual assault and will be registered as a sex offender for the rest of his life - for pinching a 13-year-old girl on the bum! Inappropriate? Oh, heck yes! Does he need to be taught that it is inappropriate to do such things? Again, heck yes! But, a registered sex offender??? Come on!!!

-- Posted by Little_Mac on Tue, Aug 28, 2007, at 4:18 PM

Bill Clinton should have to register as a sex offender? That's a new and novel idea to me. On what grounds? Because he is a Democrat? Get real!

-- Posted by iago on Tue, Aug 28, 2007, at 5:05 PM

Jason said something correct for once. Thanks for sticking to the facts, see how easy it is when you speak the truth.

-- Posted by cannedheat on Tue, Aug 28, 2007, at 6:08 PM

I guess Clinton should be registered as a sex offender because he had sex with a woman. Notice I said woman, not young male, not grown male, not a male prostitute sneaked into the White House {another story Republicans don't want to discuss}, not in an airport bathroom stall, nor was he having an affair while his wife was under going cancer treatments. Yep bet that is it.

-- Posted by cannedheat on Tue, Aug 28, 2007, at 6:11 PM

Doc05: Even you can't really tell me you want to get into a discussion on the intelligent quotient of George W. Bush. How much do you think a passing grade at Harvard cost? How much do you think an MBA at Yale cost? If you want to have that discussion lets go for it.

-- Posted by cannedheat on Tue, Aug 28, 2007, at 6:15 PM

MJB: You will never see the Franklin cover-up on any news stations because they are all liberal stations. Why would a liberal station ever cover anything on the Republican party?


-- Posted by cannedheat on Tue, Aug 28, 2007, at 6:28 PM


See Cannedheat comment. That would have been my response to your back row sitting "C" average student at Harvard. Not to mention his skipping out on military service. Any other questions on our President's intelligence level or integrity?

-- Posted by Marine5151 on Tue, Aug 28, 2007, at 9:38 PM


Guess What? You have found a Marine that has been there. Yes, We have toppled and ousted the regime. No, never in history has an occupier force lasted. 2smooth: you can ask me all day if we lost the war because all we won was the battle.

Losing the war has nothing to do with American military power or pride, but everything to do with dealing with different beliefs, culture and attitudes.

-- Posted by Marine5151 on Tue, Aug 28, 2007, at 9:52 PM

Some of these pin-headed comments are amusing. I do not support and condemn any sexual abuse homo or hetero.

However, Where was the outrage with Barney Frank's "partner" running a meat house out of Mr. Frank's basement. He remains idolized by the liberals. Oh! I forgot, Barney did not know about it. And I am Robin Hood.

Congressman William (cold cash) Jefferson is still being protected by the Libs.

Mr. Clinton is still the Libs idol even though he violated every law known to man regarding sex in the workplace and using his power to violate these laws.

I do not know why the jury gave Mrs. Winkler the sentence they did as I do not know why the jury allowed O.J. Simpson to walk free.

Amazing country in which we live. We do not hold ignorance to account.

-- Posted by Balmy on Wed, Aug 29, 2007, at 2:00 PM

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