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Speak Out 10/7/07

Sunday, October 7, 2007

Driving retest

WITH ALL this talk of what should be made a law, I have another one to suggest. After a certain age, you should be required to take a "get in the car and drive" driving exam. Within two hours I have seen two elderly people drive down the wrong side of the road. You should have to prove you know what side of the street you belong on and on what side of the road is yours at a left-turn stoplight. If you want to keep a privilege most have had since they were 16 years old, you need to show that you are capable of the responsibilities that come with that privilege.

Hitting animals

AM I the only person who notices people driving around a dead animal, but these same people will not swerve to miss a turtle?

Expulsion rate

CAPE GIRARDEAU School District reports low expulsion rates. The problem is the high number of students suspended who lose credit and then drop out. There is no need to expel if you strategically and repeatedly suspend.

Bright yellow shirts

GREAT JOB, Chris Pagano, on the story about La Croix Church's community blitz. What an inspiration to do great acts of kindness all the time, not just during the 40 Days of Community. It amazed me to see all the people clad in bright yellow shirts all over the town. It put a smile on my face and a skip in my step. Thank you, La Croix Church.

Always changing

IF YOU do some research and look at all the geologic evidence -- evidence that has been accumulated over more than a century and analyzed by some of the best minds around the world -- you will see that climate change has been happening since before humanity climbed out of the ooze. And it will continue long after humanity and all our infrastructure has collapsed into dust and cockroaches have replaced us as the dominant species on this planet.

No chip-and-seal

I GUESS all those who voted in favor of the tax increase in hopes of getting their county road paved feel really stupid right now. Chip-and-seal isn't what you wanted, but that's what you are going to get. The chairman of the bridge and road advisory board said, "I am convinced chip and seal is the right way to go, and we shouldn't deviate from the plan. Let's pick it up next spring and do it right if we can't get it done properly now." No, chip-and-seal is never the right way to go. If you want it done right, use asphalt the first time around.

Miss the ice rink

I CAN understand the frustration swimmers are having, but I was happy someone recognized the loss of the indoor ice rink three years ago. Like the many talented swimmers, this area had many hockey players and figure skaters, not to mention all the families who used the rink in the winter. There are many of us around who would like something to do in the winter.

Shocking pollution

I DON'T think the people in this area really understand the ramifications of three ethanol plants in such a confined area. The Department of Natural Resources stated at the advisory committee meeting that the amounts of pollution to be expected by the two already permitted plants, and it is shocking. This is a greedy industry financed by the working man's tax dollar.

Legal nicotine

IF NICOTINE is so much more dangerous and addictive than illegal drugs such as pot or cocaine, why is it legal? Anyone who accepts this without questioning is a hypocrite.

Keep those receipts

I WOULD like to urge all consumers to keep their receipts. People make mistakes, and our wonderful high-tech computers sometimes make mistakes. Almost all business require proof of purchase before you can have something refunded or replaced. Because there are professional scammers all over the place who make a living cheating people and businesses, we simply cannot replace or refund items on your word of honor.

Mascot wrath

I WOULD hope that Jackson High School could become the residence of the new Indian statue that August Birk will be working on. While it was nice to have the statue in front of the chamber office, I think it would have more meaning in front of the school. Let the school district, not the city, catch the wrath and future lawsuits of being one of the last holdouts on changing the name of their mascot to something less offensive to those of us with native-American ancestry.

Great bands

THE JACKSON Band Festival was great! I enjoyed the participation of other bands and the audience members during a couple of songs the bands played. It was such an awesome night. Maybe next year Southeast Missouri State University's band could join in like it did some years ago.

Adult bullying

ADULT BULLIES call names, repeat themselves to force you to change to their view and will call you out if you disagree with them. They also group together. For this action to be allowed and continued is to advocate bullies. It is time for adult bullies to know their views will no longer be tolerated. Everyone has the right of speech, but that speech should not be in a bullying manner.

No wooden Indian

JACKSON SHOULD not replace the wooden Indian statue with another wooden statue. The replacement will rot away in another decade unless a lot of money is spent maintaining it. If the people of Jackson like the statue that was there, have a casting made that will last. There are different options that vary in price, but it makes more sense to have something that will last for a lifetime rather than just several years.

Ethanol subsidies

I HAVE been reading a lot about Ethanol plants and how they are going to help with our energy problems. The op-ed article in Wednesday's paper by Jack Knowlan Sr. was good. One thing we know: Ethanol plants could not exist without government subsidies.

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Yes, George Bush is a big bully. Just the other day, he slugged me in passing. What a jerk! Just goes to show you why a Texan should never be in the White House.

Wait a second, we should add those from Arkansas to the list.

-- Posted by workin' them angels on Sun, Oct 7, 2007, at 6:50 AM

That Indian was carved from the beautiful 200 yo+ pin oak that the City systematically destroyed in the guise of trimming. It was over an intersection and a major maintenance problem. Then they said it was dead. They completely topped that tree & leaves still started to pop up. So much for dead. The wood was still wet & green when it was carved, that's why it fractured and split like it did. The tree is dead and gone finally.

-- Posted by mutt_jdr on Sun, Oct 7, 2007, at 7:25 AM

Before my mother past, she had more speeding tickets and accidents in her last 5 years than she had in her entire life. I finally insisted that she quit driving. Freedom is a hard thing to give up. She would not accept that I was worried about her. I finally brought up the argument that she could hurt someone else's child, grandchild, mother, son, daughter, father. Then she conceded, only grudgingly.

-- Posted by mutt_jdr on Sun, Oct 7, 2007, at 7:33 AM

Nick Charles, re: stopping for animals

That's the nicest post I've seen on here. I too stop for turtles. If anyone else is so inclined, just remember to put them on the side of the road they were heading toward.

Thank you.

Statue; that Native American statue always looked sad to me. Maybe he didn't like what he saw. (1/8th)

geological evidence: No one denies that the climate has always gone back and forth. It's the RATE of change this time that is a concern. In the past many animals and plants had time to adapt. Not this time, I'm afraid.

ethanol plants: makes no sense to me add to pollution so that a few people can make more money. What about all the people who work down there and live downwind? Remind me, why are we supposed to embrace ethanol? The words Political boondoggle (not spelled right, sorry) comes to mind. Follow the money and see who is getting rich over this farce.

Old folks: I hope my kids take away my license when I become a hazard. I won't like it, but it would be better than letting me kill someone. Whose conscience would hurt worse. My kids' for letting me drive when they knew I shouldn't, or mine? Hope we never find out.

-- Posted by calypso12 on Sun, Oct 7, 2007, at 9:00 AM

Re:Driving Test

Not sure lumping an entire group of people into a catagory of bad drivers is such a good idea. Just as offensive as saying all women or all asians are bad drivers. I have made stupid mistakes while driving and am in some cases lucky not to have been in an accident. Does that mean that all (insert my nationality, gender, age group, or sexual preference here) are bad drivers and need our licences revoked?


PS "May the light come on tonight and every night until home!!!!"

-- Posted by notsureitssafeinhere on Sun, Oct 7, 2007, at 9:40 AM

Anyone here ever try turtle soup? Pretty good stuff if you use enough pepper.

-- Posted by stevmo on Sun, Oct 7, 2007, at 9:40 AM

Steve Mo,

I have never tried turtle soup. But if you have a good recipe, I'm game.

"May the light come on tonight and every night till home safely!!"


-- Posted by notsureitssafeinhere on Sun, Oct 7, 2007, at 10:56 AM

Very cute. Road kill turtle - not so good. Can't get all those shell fragments out of the meat. If I'm not going to eat it, I try not to kill it.

-- Posted by calypso12 on Sun, Oct 7, 2007, at 11:30 AM

RE: expulsion rate

Students do not lose credit strictly due to suspensions. Those days do not count against their attendance. What may be the factor in dropping out or flunking is not making up the work missed during suspension. They can, but most often do not. Suspended students do have opportunities, though, in Cape. Suspended Cape students may apply to attend the alternative school, and students in several districts can apply to attend school during their suspension at the Options program, which is also in Cape. Ask your school district officials about these programs if a suspended student you know of would like to continue going to school. The alternative school has an incredible success rate of graduating students who otherwise would not have gotten a diploma.

-- Posted by SaviorBreath on Sun, Oct 7, 2007, at 1:26 PM

Ron Paul will NEVER be in the White House (with the exception of being a guest of the sitting President).

-- Posted by workin' them angels on Sun, Oct 7, 2007, at 1:32 PM

Legal Nicotine:

Maybe because nicotine is not a mind-altering drug like marijuana and cocaine are...except for the fact that it does enhance concentration. And then, too...it creates a huge money windfall into our government coffers.

Hey, hilleco! Legalizing pot and cocaine would give our governments a great new opportunity for more taxation, too! Then, some of the pressure would be off smokers while people shout for laws against smoking pot in restaurants and bars...I'll have to think about that a while. ~grin~

-- Posted by gurusmom on Sun, Oct 7, 2007, at 1:56 PM

Taxpayers better hold on to your wallets, because JoAnn Emerson is on a full-blown crusade to push through her favorite pork barrel boondoggle known as the St. John's/New Madrid Project. She and other politicians are pushing an $85 million government handout to a few large landowners, while doing irreparable damage to the few remaining wetlands in the state.

What is their justification? Allegedly, to protect a small town from flooding. The real tragedy is that East Prairie, the small town said to be saved by the project, would still flood once every ten years even if the project is built. Unfortunately, this information is buried in a six-inch thick government document and is curiously not repeated by those who support the plan. Nevertheless, the cry to save this small town remains the single biggest political ploy of those who want the project built.

Adding insult to injury is the fact that a workable solution to protect the town of East Prairie from flooding exists, and it could have been built years ago if the region's politicians hadn't tried to shake down the American taxpayer for more government pork.

According to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, only $11 million would be needed to put a levee along St. James Ditch and to build a modern storm water system for East Prairie.

St. John's/New Madrid is a deceptive attempt to enrich large landowners at the taxpayers' expense.

And there's not enough space here to begin to cover the disastrous effects this monstrosity will have on the Big Oak Tree State Park and the entire ecosystem of the region.

There's a better way to save the town, and to save the wetlands.

-- Posted by grisgris on Sun, Oct 7, 2007, at 3:01 PM


funny YOU mention global expansion, keep your stupid mouth shut and then global expalnsion will never be a problem.

-- Posted by Wilsonite on Sun, Oct 7, 2007, at 8:11 PM

That turtle darted in front of me...

-- Posted by bobby62914 on Sun, Oct 7, 2007, at 8:19 PM

Illinois turtles are just insane - the way they dart...

-- Posted by SaviorBreath on Sun, Oct 7, 2007, at 8:42 PM

Expulsion rates...

School districts have policies for attendance wherein students are allowed a certain number of unexcused absences and then they lose grades. I know of one district that lowers the grades one level for each unexcused absence over the specified number. Suspensions are counted as unexcused absences and there can be no making up of assignments for those days.

Parents are usually given a school manual which includes the district attendance policy.

-- Posted by walela on Sun, Oct 7, 2007, at 8:45 PM

Expulsion rates...

School districts have policies for attendance wherein students are allowed a certain number of unexcused absences and then they lose grades. I know of one district that lowers the grades one level for each unexcused absence over the specified number. Suspensions are counted as unexcused absences and there can be no making up of assignments for those days.

Parents are usually given a school manual which includes the district attendance policy.

-- Posted by walela on Sun, Oct 7, 2007, at 8:46 PM


In Cape public schools, a suspension is NOT included in the 5 unexcused absences and students CAN make up their work.

-- Posted by SaviorBreath on Sun, Oct 7, 2007, at 8:50 PM

The city of cape girardeau can't afford an Ice Rink for say like....52 people that play Ice Hockey around here. You might want to learn how to play football or basketball.

-- Posted by NoDisclosure on Mon, Oct 8, 2007, at 1:28 PM

No, I don't believe that ALL old or ALL "nationality" should not be able to drive or label them as "bad" drivers. I am saying, you should have to re-test to keep your license and the oppertunity to drive. Everyone, in some point in their life, must retake some test to continue their job, family, life in general. Lawyers have to pass the Bar. Ins. Agents have to take tests to keep their selling certification, even law breakers go on probation, testing their ablility to change their ways. EVERYONE should have to retest their driving test. It just so happens that the older generations do not keep up with the changing laws and how new roads are being pieced together.

-- Posted by wake up on Mon, Oct 8, 2007, at 3:41 PM

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