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Speak Out 9/8/07

Saturday, September 8, 2007

Great opening

BRAVO TO Tyson Wunderlich for a great opening performance at the River Campus. The recital hall was beautiful, the acoustics great and the music magnificent.

Taxi concerns

IF A cab company has been established in town for many years, supposedly gives good service and follows all the proper guidelines, how can someone "throw some magnetic signs" on a van and start hauling people -- and be successful? I hope this whole deal about taxi requirements is not designed to eliminate competition. It smells that way. Those of us who use these services should be speaking up.

Cowardly hit-and-run

A COWARD hit my dog on Route C on Aug. 31 and didn't stop to ask anybody whose dog it was. Motorists shouldn't be driving 60 mph on this curvy road.

Feel-good donations

READING THE article of the donations by Laura Norton Dye and Rochelle Steffens to the Humane Society of Southeast Missouri and Safe Harbor Animal Sanctuary made me feel good. What a wonderful thing they did. They also brought attention to the needs of animal shelters. I am a supporter of Safe Harbor, a no-kill shelter. The needs of cats and dogs for food and medicine and loving care by volunteers are constant. These large donations will help fill the needs of each shelter. Even the smallest donation can add up to be a great help. If you love cats and dogs, make a feel-good donation of $1 or even 50 cents. It will all add up to loving help for animals at the shelter.

Local experts

I HAVE a question I'd like for somebody with the city to answer. Why would Cape Girardeau spend $85,000 for an outside expert who knows nothing about the internal workings of Cape Girardeau and the community? We elect council members and a mayor to run the city. The chamber of commerce has many experienced people who know what it takes to run this city and the county. They have vast knowledge that covers a period of 50 to 70 years that could be used to create a comprehensive plan. Why in the world did we not utilize those resources before we hired an outside interest?

Quiet chimes

THIS MESSAGE goes to Hanover Lutheran Church. The new chimes are beautiful, but they are too low. You can hardly hear them. Please turn the chimes up so we can enjoy them.

We're not thugs

I WOULD like to know where the question "Have you been drinking tonight?" from police officers originated. You see it on TV shows and on public-service announcements. I find that offensive. Couldn't it be phrased differently and more politely, as in "Have you had any alcoholic beverages tonight?" Many people drink in a civilized manner. They don't necessarily have to be asked if they have been drinking like they were thugs.

Unsafe buses

CAPE GIRARDEAU school buses don't have enough space for everyone who rides them. Students are having to sit in the aisle sometimes. That is not safe. Please do something about this problem.

Special workers

I WAS looking at the eight people who were nominated for doing their jobs well done, and I have to agree, especially about Paul Mackey. He is wonderful. We have many, many special health-care workers in Cape Girardeau. We're blessed. Don't forget everybody else. Give a smile next time you go in. If you're sick and have a problem, don't yell at the person who answers the phone. Thanks.

Milk prices

I WENT to the grocery store, and a gallon of milk cost $4.50. What are people with children going to do?

Running stop signs

CAPE GIRARDEAU has a problem with motorists running stop signs on side streets. People don't think stop signs mean anything in Cape Gir­ardeau. I'm talking about stop signs within the community where small children play and ride their bikes and people walk. The police cannot watch all of these side streets. It's up to citizens to enforce this. If you see somebody run a stop sign, get the license number and turn it in so the police can follow through.

County Web suggestions

THE CAPE Girardeau County Web site is in dire need of improvement. There are links that don't lead to anywhere and outdated news stories, and the information isn't pertinent enough to deserve front-page attention. There should be a separate section devoted to historical sites in Cape Girardeau County. Put more of the things that would be of interest to the community in general on the front page. It took me half an hour to find a map of the Cape County Transit Authority bus route.

Purchasing grades

THE CAPE Girardeau School District is a good school system. However, it needs to enforce a code of ethics so grades cannot be purchased. It is a detriment to children and families who cannot afford extra school supplies. We still have teachers students can earn bonus points for bringing more supplies. The school board needs to look at this and a make a policy.

Using the center lane

I WOULD like to know what Jackson police expect you to do when you have to make a left turn onto Jackson Boulevard. You wait and wait until the two lanes in front of you clear momentarily, but there might be one or two cars coming in the two lanes across the turn lane. If you can't stop for a moment in the so-called turn lane, are we supposed to zoom into traffic and possibly get hit? Whatever happened to common sense? Who designated the center lane as a turn lane only?

Lying about rape

AS A woman who has seen one too many instances of women crying rape and watching men be persecuted for something they didn't do, I think these woman should have to serve the sentence that was given to the accused rapist. If it's an honest mistake, that's one thing, but some of these women blatantly lie.

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to the person sho payed 4.50 for a gallon of milk: you need to go to save-a-lot, where milk is a little over 2.00....

-- Posted by jlj on Sat, Sep 8, 2007, at 10:03 AM

Milk Prices:

If you don't like it don't participate. I always thought that if an industry got greedy the best way to fix things was to boycott the product. Carnation makes powder milk that has all of the vitamins a child needs and it don't taste so bad that you cant drink it.

Also remember that your not really paying for the grain as they would like you to think

your just making their bank accounts bigger. Grain subsidies have not increased the price of milk as much as greed.

-- Posted by minute-man on Sat, Sep 8, 2007, at 11:21 AM

We're not thugs:

I think this is one of the silliest posts I have seen in a while. How does asking a simple yes or no question imply that you are a thug. Either you have been drinking, or you haven't.

-- Posted by bigdaddy200 on Sat, Sep 8, 2007, at 11:44 AM

4.50 for milk? Get a job. Or buy a cow. Don't breed if you can't feed.

Dear dog owner. I agree that speeding might have caused your dog to be hit, but if you kept him of the road, he would not have been hit either.

-- Posted by interesting on Sat, Sep 8, 2007, at 12:15 PM

People need to keep their pets to where they won't get on the road. What if the driver was not speeding and hit the dog and it caused them to have a terrible wreck and run off the edge of C road. Pets running wild are a danger to drivers who are obeying the speed limits.

-- Posted by QT-PIE on Sat, Sep 8, 2007, at 2:19 PM

RE: Cowardly hit-and-run

This caller is ignorant. Dogs are trainable; train your dog to stay off of the road and we wouldn't have this problem. If your dog is too stupid, keep it in a fenced-in area, put a chain around it's neck, or keep it in your residence.

MO C runs from US 61 north of Fruitland to MO 51 just west of the Mississippi River in Perry County. With the exception of four areas (Pocahontas, Altenberg/Frohna, Brazeau, and Crosstown) the speed limit is 55 mph throughout. Does this caller have a radar gun or some other reliable method to measure a vehicle's velocity? The caller has chosen to live on a twisty, hilly, 55 mph backroad--if they don't like the road, move. One more piece of advice: if you're going to exaggerate a velocity in Speak Out, choose a value that is greater than a measly 5 mph over the posted speed limit.

-- Posted by ynot on Sat, Sep 8, 2007, at 3:16 PM


I would say that your the ignorant one. Maybe this person lives in one of those areas. And maybe this person is like most sensible people and they can tell when a vehicle is going over the posted limit. Or maybe they are elderly and it hurt them deeply when their pet was hit and they needed a place to vent. What ever the reason the person driving should have had the decency to stop.

-- Posted by minute-man on Sat, Sep 8, 2007, at 3:31 PM

Hey Mike:

You need to relax this weekend and watch some football!

-- Posted by insider63785 on Sat, Sep 8, 2007, at 4:33 PM


Judging by the fact that that caller claimed that traffic shouldn't be traveling 60 mph on MO C, it is safe to assume that they don't live in one of the areas that has a reduced speed. Additionally, it is virtually impossible for a bystander to distinguish between 55 mph (the speed limit) and 60 mph (the claimed "excessive" speed) without some additional aid; especially if they are elderly (I hate to drag my profession into this again, but I am a civil engineer and I have all of the training and experience to back up these claims). If it hurt them so deeply, why didn't they have the foresight to prevent their dog from getting run over in the first place? If I hit a dog and it damaged my car, I would stop to find out who is responsible--not to apologize, mind you, but to collect their insurance information.

-- Posted by ynot on Sat, Sep 8, 2007, at 4:48 PM

"Milk Prices"

To the person asking what people with children are going to do.....

Heres what I have to do. I have to be sure that I spend my $4.50 on that gallon of milk, and do without other junk. Chips, cookies, candy, and other luxuries have to go to the wayside when the essentials get expensive. Other areas of the grocery world WILL suffer. Sooner or later fuel prices will go back down....more than likely after January of 09 (hint hint), thus other items will go back down respectively. Dont hold your breath though for this to happen before 01/09. The rich get richer and the poor do with out. Right Georgie boy??????????????

-- Posted by jxnmoguy714 on Sat, Sep 8, 2007, at 6:11 PM



-- Posted by minute-man on Sat, Sep 8, 2007, at 7:32 PM


Sorry I dont feel well so I thought I would make it short and just call you a name.

-- Posted by minute-man on Sat, Sep 8, 2007, at 7:34 PM

Ballou: Was glad to see you had posted some comments on the attack of the USS Liberty by Israel in 1967. For those who don't know about this or who don't know what happened there is a good website that explains how and why. www.lewrockwell.com/orig/margolis12.html

I know a lot about what happened but this guy can put it in words better than me.

-- Posted by oldvet on Sat, Sep 8, 2007, at 8:32 PM

Know that was not in speakout today but with the flying over Syrian airspace and the problems with Iran I thought we need to recognise what this country and Israel are capable of.

-- Posted by oldvet on Sat, Sep 8, 2007, at 8:34 PM

Ballou: Do you know who was the Commander of Naval Forces in Europe when the Liberty was attacked. Admiral John McCain and he wanted the investigation finished in one week with no Israelis interview or questioned. Is this another coverup of the government.

-- Posted by oldvet on Sat, Sep 8, 2007, at 8:41 PM

Hilleco the lives of sailors, soldiers, airmen, or marines are never an issue. Money is the issue and the older we get the more we realize that. Wish I knew that in the 60's.

-- Posted by oldvet on Sat, Sep 8, 2007, at 10:05 PM

Thanks, minute-man. At least we all now know what kind of person you really are as well.

-- Posted by ynot on Sun, Sep 9, 2007, at 12:56 AM

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