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Speak Out 9/2/07

Sunday, September 2, 2007

Not enough to mess with

I LIVE at Lincoln Street Apartments in Scott City. We have aluminum poles for our dusk-to-dawn lights. Over the weekend someone backed into one of the poles and bent it. The damage was reported. AmerenUE sent someone out to repair it. After looking at the damage, the workers said it wasn't enough damage to fool with. If I withheld $3 of my utility bill, would this also not be enough to fool with?

Bigger impact

REPUBLICANS IN the last presidential campaign focused on national security and family values. Republicans instilled the fear in Americans that if they elected Democrats, our national security and the war on terror would suffer. Locally, a Republican state representative, Nathan Cooper, found ways to get noncitizens into this country by illegal means. Immigration laws exist for a reason. A state representative who breaks those laws affects our national security. Many local Republicans commented that they were at least glad that his actions didn't affect his state representative position. I suggest that they did, and to believe otherwise would be quite Republican of you.

Giving to children

IT DOES not take much to be the producer of a child. However, it takes love and self-denial to be a parent. Mothers and fathers have to think of the child first and foremost. Many people who have the care and well-being of little ones charged to them do not think of anyone but themselves. This is not a new occurrence. Gamblers used to say "Baby needs a new pair of shoes" before throwing the dice. This was before my time, but it shows that it is not new to deny children shoes for one's own joy. The problem is that in today's society it is not the exception. It used to be. Then we have situations like the one in the paper where little ones do not even get prompt medical care. I have seen clean, bright youngsters with gleaming smiles whose family did not have much at all, but they did have parents who loved them and gave them all they could. We should reach out to the children who lack. If it is money, food, shelter or clothes, let us give from our hearts. If it is love and caring, let us have that in our hearts to give too.

Going downhill

I UNDERSTAND the preservation and revitalization of downtown Cape. What I do not understand is letting the rest of Cape go downhill. Pouring money and too much time into downtown Cape makes no sense when the roads to get down there are disgraceful. You have to look at many run-down businesses and homes, and there's trash everywhere.

Thanks to restaurants

I WOULD like to thank all the restaurants that participated in the Central High School tennis team's restaurant crawl. I ate more than what my ticket cost me, and my family and I tried several restaurants that we had never tried before. One of those was so good that we already have plans to dine there again this weekend.

Kids need help too

ALL THIS attention on dog fighting is great. I am a dog lover, but I can't understand how, when it comes to animals, people are so willing to donate money and put this story on every front page. There are children and babies being beaten and killed every day, and no one is jumping up to save them. Why can't more people donate money to local child abuse prevention centers or show more attention to these horrible crimes against humans? I love animals, but these children who can't defend themselves need our support also.

Never forgotten

THESE TEARS I've wept know no color for the pain endured by my fellow brother. I open my heart unto your pain, knowing our differences, no need to explain because truly we are one in the same. I refuse to take part in the racial game. Receive my comfort as I pray for you. I know not what more I can do. Trust in our Father with spirit strong. He'll give you the strength, he won't lead you wrong. May God's peace be with all of you. To all who are victims of Hurricane Katrina, you are not forgotten.

Buying grades

IF YOUR child brings extra boxes of tissues to school and other items like that, they will be given extra credit points. This is very sad for the Cape Girardeau School District. The school board needs to take a firm stand that you cannot buy or purchase any part of your grade. You can't do it in other businesses. It's sad for the families that don't have the money to buy their grades.

Poetic justice

I HAVE a suggestion for the judge in the Michael Vick case about killing the dogs. Why not sentence him to work in an animal shelter? Give me five years of weekend work in an animal shelter. Then he can see what it's like for these abused and deserted animals that people don't want. That would be poetic justice.

Waste of money

I'M CALLING in reference to the $80,000 that the city fathers spent to find out what direction Cape Girardeau should take and what the priorities should be. This is a waste of time and money by the city council and city management. Anybody who voted to do that should resign. And if Mayor Jay Knudtson thinks he's going to go any further in politics in this city, county or state, he needs to think again when he allows something like that to happen. Voters in Cape Girardeau are disappointed in our city administration.

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RE: Bigger Impact - There are as many bad apples on either side of the isle. As in that I vote Republican most of the time person, I am applaud at Coopers actions. The real difference seams to be is that Republicans tend to want to vote the bums out of their own party and some Democrats want to reelect the bums ie DC Mayor Marion Barry, impeached judge Alcee Hastings. Now really think about it and be honest. If Sen. Larry Craig was a Democrat a whole landslide of groups would be remanding that he stayed in office.

-- Posted by Solelicious on Sun, Sep 2, 2007, at 3:51 AM

Bigger Impact: The real difference is most Democrats do not take the "holier-than-thou" attitude, do not spout their family values ad nauseam, and do not vote because their evangelical preacher told them how and for whom. I do agree with you in that there are bad apples on both sides. We are all human beings and to profess otherwise is a grave error.

-- Posted by iago on Sun, Sep 2, 2007, at 5:55 AM

If Larry Craig had not been from a state whose Governor is a Republican he would still be in the Senate. Look at Vitter in Louisiana, he actually broke the law and is staying in the Senate. Why because he has a Democrat as a Governor, and she can appoint a Democrat to fill his seat, therefore he is safe. Yes there are bad apples in both parties. We all know this, but it is politics. Craig just happened to be from a state where his seat is safe so was a good way to get rid of him. Oh and Cape4Life, they have known of his propensities for a very long time, he just got in the news, so lets not say they take care of the bad apples and you know that.

-- Posted by cannedheat on Sun, Sep 2, 2007, at 8:26 AM

Bigger Impact

Cooper's scheme was too illegally make money. It was theft pure and simple. It did not effect national security are any of that other stuff you mentioned. Too many people make these political issues. I do not care what party a person belongs to, if they break the law they should be punished.

Kids need help too

Too many people equate child abuse with spanking. Child abuse should be illegal, spanking should be encouraged.

-- Posted by bigdaddy200 on Sun, Sep 2, 2007, at 8:28 AM

Now, now children, remeber religion and politics do not mix.

-- Posted by Wilsonite on Sun, Sep 2, 2007, at 8:29 AM

Peace Seeker: It has worked and mixed well for the Republican party. But the religious wheels are coming off their bus.

-- Posted by cannedheat on Sun, Sep 2, 2007, at 9:48 AM

Re: cannedheat

There is one glaring difference between Sen. David Vitter and Sen. Larry Craig that you seem to be overlooking: Whereas Craig was charged with a crime and plead guilty to it thereby acknowledging that he had done something wrong and thus was convicted, Vitter has not even been charged with committing any crime.

-- Posted by dixietrucker on Sun, Sep 2, 2007, at 12:58 PM

Dixie Trucker: You are correct except Vitter did admit in his press conference that he had in fact employed the services of the madam which is against the law. He admitted as much, but since he wasn't charged it is in fact different. However, I still hold that he would have been run out of the Senate if he had been from a state with a Republican governor. As far as Jefferson is concerned, I hope they throw the book at him. But you are correct in what you said.

-- Posted by cannedheat on Sun, Sep 2, 2007, at 1:52 PM

Dixie Trucker: Think you would agree that it really isn't any of our business what these people do in their private lives. Just don't be a hypocrite about what you say to the American people. And if you are going to be a hypocrite, don't get caught. Doesn't matter if they are Republicans or Democrats.

-- Posted by cannedheat on Sun, Sep 2, 2007, at 1:54 PM

Wanted to buy: Logs to build more cabins. Contact the Republican National Committee.

-- Posted by iago on Sun, Sep 2, 2007, at 4:36 PM

80,000 is not unreasonable for a consultant and developing a plan. I have seen private businesses spend twice that and gotten a lot less. let's see how it all turns out before complaining. I bet the speak out caller has not even read the draft report yet.

-- Posted by insider63785 on Sun, Sep 2, 2007, at 9:04 PM

Think Long_time_cape_resident was the consultant for the consulting firm. If he/she has read the draft report that tells me a lot since it is hard to get a copy of anything from the city.

-- Posted by cannedheat on Mon, Sep 3, 2007, at 5:24 PM


I've skimmed the draft of the comprehensive plan (see link above) and talk about a joke! We need to fix what's broken first. Focusing on our infrastructure: underground utilities are placed too close together, our streets are not up to today's smoothness standards, a surprisingly large percentage of our streets possess drainage issues, our traffic lights suck (and that includes the new ones), I have long term sewerage concerns--especially the older parts of the system--ditto that for our water supply, all above ground utilities should be a thing of the past in 2007, and I'm sure you all can name some more.

That report is redundant and it seems as if they consulted nobody from around here. It's $80,000 worth of bs.

-- Posted by ynot on Mon, Sep 3, 2007, at 10:34 PM

Our honorable mayor and his cronies should be ashamed of themselves.

Didn't we vote them in, to make those kinds of decisions.

Not to pass the buck...or 80 thousand of them on to a consultant firm?

-- Posted by Mosely on Tue, Sep 4, 2007, at 12:55 PM

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