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Speak Out 9/26/07

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

No merging needed

IT'S RIDICULOUS to say a person can't get across Jackson Boulevard without using the center turn lane as a merge lane. You may be required to wait a little longer. I live in Jackson and must cross Jackson Boulevard frequently, and I've never used the turn lane to merge. No one needs to.

Back in business

IN AUGUST, you reported a drug bust on Rampart Street. The owner of the house is back after getting a slap on the wrist, and nothing has changed. I live a few doors down and hear and see all kinds of drug activity going on, day and night. What can be done to put a stop to this? It was always a nice neighborhood until this dopehead got into the picture. He has caused so many problems that people are thinking about moving. Is there anything else that the police can do?

On-time appointments

THIS COMMENT is directed to the doctors of Cape Girardeau who wonder why patients go to St. Louis for treatment. Recently, my son had an appointment with a local doctor. He waited two hours in the waiting room. There were four others in the room who had the same appointment time. While they waited, drug reps brought food through the waiting room for the employees. When we finally got in to see the doctor for a first-time visit, he spent all of five minutes with him. My husband had a doctor's appointment the same week in St. Louis with a specialist. His appointment was at 9:20. He was in and out by 10. He's been going to this doctor for two or three years and has never had to wait more than 10 or 15 minutes.

Questionable report

WHEN EVALUATING Gen. David Petraeus' report, everyone should keep in mind that he was a supporter of the invasion of Iraq and thought the war was going well, even before the troop surge. That's why Bush picked him for the job. It should also be kept in mind that just prior to the general's report, President Bush made a surprise visit to Iraq to make sure that everything in the general's report would be supportive of the party line. So how seriously can that report be regarded?

Diversionary tactic

TO EXPECT students to know arcane and superfluous trivia about the U.S. Constitution is a Southeast Missourian editorial board diversionary tactic. What they really need to know is the the U.S. Constitution is whatever the U.S. Supreme Court justices say it is and that the Constitution scarily reflects the mind-set of most Southeast Missourian readers. If we can educate enough young people as to the atrocities committed by a court that ratified the stolen presidential election of 2000, then we might be able to restore the Constitution to its rightful place of honor, as the Founding Fathers intended.

Drug lure

LIBERTARIANS, HAVE you no shame? Quit trying to lure teens and preteens who attended the SEMO District Fair with promises of legalizing currently illegal drugs.

Smoking equality

I UNDERSTAND smoking not being allowed at community events inside public buildings and in private establishments. But until smoking is a crime, local governments should not be allowed to ban smoking in general. Smoking is not illegal, and rights should be equal in all areas. How am I to know when traveling what towns I can light up in and what towns consider it illegal? A law should be a law. Tobacco is lawful as long as you are the legal age. Smoking it should be, too. If a town will not allow smoking, then it shouldn't allow the sale of cigarettes in the town or be able to profit from the taxes raised by the sale of tobacco products.

Felons with guns

I WANT to thank Morley Swingle and the Southeast Missourian for informing me that as a nonviolent felon I have the right to possess a gun. In the 14 years since my conviction, I did my time, completed probation, got a college degree and can't get a job that will support me because I can't pass a background check. But I can carry a gun. That makes sense.

Before the fact

I NOTICE the big push for bridge safety now after the bridge failure in Minnesota. Why is it we act after the fact instead of before the fact? The infrastructure of our country has been in dire need of repair for the past 20 years. We ignore it until something tragic happens. An ounce of prevention goes a long way.

Not socialism

ANY COMMENTS characterizing Hillary Clinton's health care plan as socialized medicine are red herrings designed to scare area readers of the Southeast Missourian. In fact, her plan is based on GOP aspirant Mitt Romney's who implemented it in Massachusetts but is desperately trying to distance himself from it and failing.

Altenburg fair

LAST NIGHT I went to the East Perry County Fair, which I and thousands have known as the Altenburg Fair. I love it. I got to see people I have not seen in a while. My husband and I went for hours and had a blast. I hope it continues for many years to come. Thanks, Altenburg.

Drinking laws

I WAS recently at a restaurant seated next to a table with a man and three children. The restaurant served the man three alcoholic beverages while I was there, and he was still there when I left. Who was the designated driver? Let's come up with some laws that make sense, such as refusing to serve adults when obviously someone has to drive home. Too many laws are trying to enforce common sense, and too few are there to protect the general public.

Computerized grades

I AM stunned that a school system with the reputation of Jackson's hasn't implemented a computer program designed to allow parents to check student progress on a daily basis. Jackson's much ballyhooed six-week grade report system borders on the medieval.

School calendar

THIS ISN'T a sob story from a teacher but a friendly reminder that the school year is set well in advance. If we eliminate the half days, which we cannot, the school year would end a couple of days sooner.

Out-of-touch wall

THE FACT that late Cape Gir-ardeau native Lou Hobbs is in the prestigious Rockabilly Hall of Fame but not on the much lesser significant Cape Girardeau Wall of Fame is an ongoing example of the selection committee's out-of-touch elitism.

Competing with St. Louis

I CAN say from experience that I prefer to spend the money for gas, fight the traffic and only get one bill for a hospital procedure in St. Louis rather than have it done locally and get five or six bills before it is all done. I don't understand how St. Louis hospitals can bill once for a procedure, but Cape Girardeau hospitals send out multiple bills. If hospitals here could be more competitive with St. Louis, maybe I would have tests and surgeries here.

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In regard to the comment about the Libertarians at the fair, they are not trying to LURE kids for the idea of legalizing drugs, but that is one of the main issues uninformed folks know about the Party. I agree with almost every platform of the party but hate that the drug issue is always the one people discuss. The party is for self relaibility, tiny government, protecting our country first, minimal taxes, and NO socialized medicine. Now for a parallel idea...Socialized health care. You can call it what you want but at it's essence it is government controlled health care. Why would anyone want the government to be in control of their healthcare. I've been a participating blogger for a very short time but I have realized that the folks on this site on a regular do not want government control of any aspect of their life. Funny thing is the same people that cry about the Partiot act are the same people that are champions of Socialized health care. You think we are taxed now.....Canada, who has this form of health care, pays on average 40% or higher tax rate for just the health care. For those that wonder about the source of this information, I read it in "The Terrible Truth about Liberals." (It's actually a good little book, that is am easy read. Even for us conservatives.)

Any way you look at it, the two party system is not working anymore and we need a change, but we know that will not happen in our lifetime. Back to the purpose of my point, The Libertarian party has a lot of great ideas but will never be accepted due to the legalization of drugs. Even if it follows their parties platforms of less government and more individual freedoms.

-- Posted by Dr._Will_B._Inebreated on Wed, Sep 26, 2007, at 7:38 PM

I'm so blessed in the fact that entitlements - 'free' give-aways - politicians use to 'get' (or buy) votes has never been the reason for my voting for them. Having worked for Democrats for years, I understand the political system and those that will say anything but NEVER produce what they promise. The most difficult thing for individuals to believe is that it is impossible for a president to do everything they promise, especially when their party is not in complete control. Even then, there are the 'pork barrel' projects, such as the bridge to no where, that are attached and take millions of tax payer dollars in order to get the bills past. You understand the old buddy system - you scratch my back and I'll scratch yours? Until Americans wake up and realize that this government, with all the career politicians, is not going to do anything with its 'entitlement' mentality. There will be no real fixes, especially with health care. Missouri has already added more children to the rolls. I do believe that children, the disabled and the elderly need coverage. Problem is that able bodied individuals that know how to work the system, also are busy destroying it for those truly in need. Find a way to really get them out of the programs meant to help those in real need, and I will support it. Until then, Hilary's 'free' health care scheme is nothing more then vote buying of the worst kind.

-- Posted by KingsKid on Wed, Sep 26, 2007, at 10:22 PM

zoieian97: You're rather incorrect about the difference between US & Canadian tax rates. Canada does indeed have a significantly higher top rate, but the vast majority of US taxpayers would actually pay less in Canada(around 60k is the cut-off point for who would do better or worse taxwise).

If one also factored in the additional cost Americans pay in higher insurance premiums (don't forget to add in the amount you employer pays); you easily have another 10%-15% that most Americans pay on top of their taxes. Working that in would probably make paying Canadian taxes for Canadian benefits cheaper for the bottom 95% of US earners.

Unfortunately advocates of free market healthcare seem to be stuck in a trap of bashing any reform as "socalized medicine" instead of proposing their own ideas of how to radically change the healthcare market to force it to become more open and competitive. The status quo is indefensible and makes any other choice look good in comparison. The threat of government controlled healthcare doesn't seem any worse to most people than hellishly bureaucratic Aetna/Cigna/Humana controlled healthcare they are already stuck with.

-- Posted by Nil on Wed, Sep 26, 2007, at 11:09 PM

Healthcare is not available to everyone???? Okay, I'll get bashed for this one but here we go...how many insurance companies are on Kingshighway alone? There are commercials for insurance companies on TV all the time. A lot of these commercials focus on low cost insurance. It all comes down to pesonal choices an the results of those choices. When I first got out of the military and moved to Cape to go to school I had to pay for my own insurance while working a part time job. Yeah it sucked, both paying for it and the coverage I had. It was very minimal but it covered me in case I had a major accident. I did what I could to take care of me. Once again it came down to choices. I could have chosen to pay for more insurance but I was putting myself through school and working part time. That's what young adults do. I also made the choice to pay for a gym membership, play softball, ate out a few times a week, and went out with my friends. This too had expenses that I could have used to pay for insurance. If there is a will there is a way. Now the real bashing will begin. For those that choose not to work, had kids before they could afford them, dropped out of school, did not extend their education, or just had to have the delux Dale Earnhardt collectable set instead of paying for food one month there is always the current socialized medicine..Medicaid. I work for the department of mental health and see the results of the Medicaid attitude. WOW

The question was posed though...how can we improve this. I have heard of two options. One is allowing tax cuts for employers who provide health care for their employees. I have not been paying close attention to politics/etc. for a while due to my disgust so I cannot remember the source but I remembering hearing one of the main opponents of this was the Democrats and Hillary because this would greatly hurt their desire for socialized medicine. Once agian, DCs desire to have more control instead of serving us. A second option is a me medical savings account. For those that are unaware of this, the basic premise is this. For my simplicity, say you pay 100.00 a month for insurance. $60 is your premium, and $40 goes to your saving portion of the account. The saving portion can be used for co-pay, ect. At the end of the year if you do not go to the Dr. than you get the 40% savings back. This will give the individual incentive to not go to the Dr. everytime they get a boo-boo.

Just my two cents.

-- Posted by Dr._Will_B._Inebreated on Thu, Sep 27, 2007, at 5:34 AM

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