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Speak Out 10/15/07

Monday, October 15, 2007

Let the church help

I'M CALLING about the Angel Food Network. Ask the people who are complaining about the traffic created when the church helps people if they know how it feels to be hungry, not to have enough food to feed your family. People need to stop being so selfish and let the church help people like God wants it to.

They need help

I DON'T think it's fair that Pastor Jack Strong doesn't get any more help and support from our country and state to get food for people who need it. There are too many people who can't afford food because the utility bills are too high.

Paying for meals

MYSTERIOUS THINGS happen. My wife and I went to a restaurant in Jackson for Sunday dinner a few weeks ago. When we were ready to leave, a waitress informed us our meal was paid for by an anonymous person. This has happened four more times, same time, same place. We do not know who is responsible, but we want this person to know we truly appreciate the free meals. Since we have no idea who is responsible, we cannot thank this individual in person. We want him to know his kindness and generosity are truly appreciated.

Public forum

I WOULD like to comment on Mayor Cheryle Dillon and the board members of McClure, Ill. I recently attended a meeting and was appalled at the behavior of a few of the members. Questions asked by the public should be answered in a controlled and mannerly way, not like they are in a shouting match to see who can win. We have real concerns, and those concerns should be handled in such a way that the mayor and board members look like they know what they are talking about. They should explain things and help us. There should not be a public forum if they don't want to hear what we have to say.

Church traffic

I BELIEVE a church should be zoned R-4, which includes medical clinics and hospitals. I cannot image that the church's not-for-profit food distribution one day a month would generate more traffic than medical facilities.

Slow on Snake Hill

I WOULD like to tell people traveling to and from Snake Hill on County Road 645 to slow down. I asked the Cape Girardeau County Special Road District to put up signs to alert motorists about children playing, and the district was glad to put two of them up. So would everyone please slow down along this road before an innocent child gets hurt?

Follow your dreams

I BELIEVE it to be unspeakable to pigeonhole a young mind in occupational brainwashing. I believe a person should expand his mind by exploring everything possible, but most of all pursue what you love. Then one is most valuable to a society.

Keep the parking

CAPE GIRARDEAU better not remove any on-street parking to put in bike lanes. Since bikers have the same right to the road, they can go around a parked car just as easy as a car can.

Equally poor

THE PERSON extolling the virtues of European socialism needs to do some research. Most European economies are in the tank, and governments are being forced to eliminate many of their giveaway programs because they can't pay for them. The one exception is Ireland, which drastically cut personal and corporate taxes and moved toward the free-enterprise system. Today, Ireland is the fastest-growing economy in Europe. If you want socialism, vote for a Democrat. Then everyone will be equal -- equally poor, that is.

Wasting our money

THE REASON Cape Girardeau County didn't get bids is because chip and seal is no good and won't hold up. Why is the county wasting our money? If I had it to do over, I wouldn't vote for the sales-tax increase if I knew the county was going to waste money like this. I do not appreciate my tax money being wasted. The county should not chip and seal any gravel road.

Terrible sound

WHAT IS the deal with the public-address system at Houck Stadium? I went to the Central-Jackson game, and the sound was terrible. You would think the university would have a lot better sound at their football games. Somebody ought to look into that.

Totally lost

CHRISTOPHER COLUMBUS isn't a hero. It is quite impossible to "discover" an inhabited land. You may "locate" an inhabited land, but I'm pretty sure the people already having lived there for countless generations would not consider themselves "discovered." What Columbus did was get more lost than any other man in history. Perhaps that is worth a federal holiday. If so, I beat him on my last trip to St. Charles. However, I was eventually smart enough to pull my compass out of my glove compartment.

Higher power

I BELIEVE those who oppose the food ministry of Christ Church of the Heartland ought to tread lightly in their complaining. While the opposition may have the municipal code on its side, the church is backed by a much higher, ultimate power.

No GOP values

DOESN'T IT make anybody besides me furious that our so-called Republican U.S. representative, Jo Ann Emerson, keeps voting with the Democrats on important Republican issues like the Iraq war funding bill and the child health care bill? She has absolutely no Republican values.

A sad day

REGARDING CHRIST Church of the Heartland's distribution of groceries through the Angel Food ministry: I live on Sylvan Lane and have no problem with it. It is only once a month, and I have never encountered any traffic problems. It is a sad day when my neighbors and city officials would keep the church from helping people less fortunate than them.

Who will help now?

WHERE IS the compassion for the less fortunate? There are a lot of senior citizens who depend on the Angel Food ministry. Who is going to help us now? The people at the church are wonderful to those of us who have much less than the people on Sylvan Lane.

Helping with food

EVEN PRESIDENT Bush has said churches need to take more responsibility in helping the poor. I find it hard to believe that a handful of people and a few city officials could and would stop the distribution of the Angel Food groceries to people less fortunate. There are a lot of in-between people who don't get food stamps, but don't have a lot of money. Shame on the ones responsible for putting a stop to this.

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Tamelaj please send me a petition , Im sure I can gather hundreds of signatures supporting the hospitals need to acquire lacey street. Anything we citizens can do to further the cause of eradicating smoking in our society we should support.

-- Posted by J Purcell on Mon, Oct 15, 2007, at 6:28 AM

"the hospitals need to acquire lacey street" I'm wondering just what that is. Why not let them have Broadway from Kings all the way down to Sprigg? The tax payers bought and paid for that too so whats the difference? If the hospital really does need Lacy for expansion then pay the tax payers back for their investment. If this is about a crusade against smoking then they need to learn to close their eyes and leave others alone. And in case you might be wondering I am a non smoker. I do however believe that this is a free country and good men and women have died to keep it free. I don't believe it should be given away one piece at a time.

-- Posted by Donnie on Mon, Oct 15, 2007, at 7:07 AM

Re: Wasting our money

"If I had it to do over, I wouldn't vote for the sales-tax increase if I knew the county was going to waste money like this."

Never vote for a tax increase, because it will ALWAYS be misused...whether it is a bridge to nowhere, health care for people making $82,000/year, roads that won't last more than a year....they will always find ways to waste what they have taken from you by force. Even taxes paid into "earmarked" accounts will be used to balance the budget if the politicians in office do not feel like cutting out their pet projects. If a politician's plans include a tax increase, that politician needs to be voted out of office....no exceptions.

-- Posted by dixietrucker on Mon, Oct 15, 2007, at 7:37 AM

Tell it Like it Is:

Maybe you are right. Lets round up all the smokers in the country. Put them in "smokers" camp and if they can't quit we'll make sure they do one way or another. Smokers are the reason for all wrongs in America. They are the reason people can't get off welfare. They're the reason unemployment is so high. They control everything and it is hurting the Home Land. The leader of the Father Land almost had it right. He just attacked the wrong group of people. It should have been smokers he murdered not those of the Jewish faith.

Oh wait that won't work. America is still a free country and the selling, purchaseing and useing of tobacco products is still legal. So until it is illegal you just have to put up with us bad, horrible, unpatriotic smokers.

-- Posted by notsureitssafeinhere on Mon, Oct 15, 2007, at 7:56 AM

Public Forum:

Just wanted to let you know that it isn't any better in East Cape Girardeau. If you show up and discuss something during open forum that the council doesn't agree with..once you are done and they are heated they toss everyone out for "closed" session.

Keep going and saying your piece..and if they won't listen..start a petition and draw as much attention to them as possible!!

We need to take back our towns!!!

-- Posted by SuperBethie21 on Mon, Oct 15, 2007, at 10:14 AM


How can I include my name on your petition?

I have e-mailed the Mayor but need to sign.

-- Posted by GREYWOLF on Mon, Oct 15, 2007, at 11:07 AM

So far this month we have had 22 of our young die in Iraq, but not a word has appeared in the SEM. I guess the ostrich rule is in effect in Southeast Missouri.

-- Posted by oldvet on Mon, Oct 15, 2007, at 11:18 AM

Hilleco: You got me thinking about who controls what as far as the economy goes. A free market would be a great thing but has one ever been in existence. I have come to the opinion that corportations run the economy. I also have come to the opinion they have total control of the government. What do you call this.

-- Posted by oldvet on Mon, Oct 15, 2007, at 11:25 AM

Good luck at the city council meeting tonight; I'll try to catch a rerun this weekend. FYI: I don't know if anyone has mentioned it yet, but St. Francois Hospital has designated smoking areas.

-- Posted by ynot on Mon, Oct 15, 2007, at 11:37 AM


Your comment, "If the hospital truly wanted to help people quit smoking..." was right on target. The last 3 times (the other 4 times were on my own) I attempted to quit smoking, I did all the recommended things...that meant I paid the doctor's fees, paid for the anti-anxiety prescriptions, the nicotine gums, the patches, AND for the stop-smoking "classes."

If our governments seriously want everyone to stop smoking, they should be using our tobacco taxes to fund all of the above, even though the success rate is ridiculously low, and perhaps to strengthen the messaages to our young people to never, ever start smoking.

-- Posted by gurusmom on Mon, Oct 15, 2007, at 11:54 AM

Just read this article about people in England not being able to access government funded dentists so they are pulling their own teeth and glueing their own crowns back on with superglue. I sure hope any government funded healthcare system here does not get this bad.


-- Posted by cal on Mon, Oct 15, 2007, at 12:34 PM


FYI- After more than 40yrs smoking I used the new product Chantix! It worked great. It only took me 3 weeks to quit and that was 10 months ago with no urge to start again. The success rate for this product is about 40% with in 12 weeks.

-- Posted by minute-man on Mon, Oct 15, 2007, at 12:59 PM

Jo Ann votes her concious and what she feels the majority of her constituents would like her to vote. I personally think that we should stay in Iraq, but just because Jo Ann voted against keeping troops in Iraq doesn't mean she doesn't have republican values and it doesn't mean that I will no longer like Jo Ann. It just means she votes her heart and for the good of her people back home. Jo Ann is one of the few politicians that will sit down and listen to a complete stranger in her district about problems they are having. She has good conservative moral values. Thankyou Jo Ann for giving good quality leadership to the 8th district.

-- Posted by redhawk2011 on Mon, Oct 15, 2007, at 1:07 PM


Just breathe through the nose, smile when you get heated up, and act with utter disdain towards the counsel.

I'll try to swing by and sign, been out of town all weekend, kind of out of sorts to say.

Would love to show up 2nite, but I got the kid and the wife's got to go boozing.

Good luck.

-- Posted by fajar154 on Mon, Oct 15, 2007, at 1:10 PM

Lacey Street,

I don't think that SE Hospital should be able to AQUIRE (?) Lacey St under the obviously false pretences of "A Smoke Free Zone."

I think that it is your duty as the City Council to stop any land acquisition which resembles to Manifest Destiny.

If smoke is such a big deal, ban automobiles within five city blocks of SE Hospital. They put out more pollutants than any average smoker. Make it the beacon of health for ALL of Southeast Missouri, but this isn't really about health, is it?

Then don't put it under the guise as such. Call it for what it is, land acquisition

-- Posted by fajar154 on Mon, Oct 15, 2007, at 1:12 PM

Some place now won't sell a package of cigarettes to anyone (regardless of age) until the buyer produces a picture i.d. Then fat people who buy a quarter pounder and fries should have to produce such a document, right? Welcome to America and "Big Brother", the land of the not-so-free.

-- Posted by iago on Mon, Oct 15, 2007, at 2:16 PM

SuperBethie21: You can't go to 1 city council meeting and say what happens everytime. From experience I can tell you that executive session doesn't happen everytime a concerned citizen comes in. They, at times, do have legal issues to discuss. It just so happens that that was the 1 time you made it to the meeting.

-- Posted by SISTERSUE on Mon, Oct 15, 2007, at 2:28 PM

Higher power,

Wow! A threat from above. Okay Mr. Branch Dividian we'll leave your compound, but just after you update your fire insurance.

Maybe if there was a different location for the food drops. Or a less congestive time that could be scheduled.

It is a worthy cause so there must be a viable solution. Unless, quoting bible text will bring about four lanes instead of four horsemen of the apocalypse, don't bother.

-- Posted by fajar154 on Mon, Oct 15, 2007, at 3:08 PM

Hilleco is there ever a time when markets are without force. Do you see anyway to have a free market without a monopoly.

-- Posted by oldvet on Mon, Oct 15, 2007, at 3:39 PM

Republican values? Now, there's an oxymoron for you.

-- Posted by grisgris on Mon, Oct 15, 2007, at 4:48 PM


I stand in agreement to several of your posts especially the Lacy St issue. While I am not attempting to call you any names or call down curses on your head I would like to point out that the caller didn't quote any "bible text". Most often when a Christian makes a point in reference to ones faith we are immediately branded as homophobic, self absorbed or somehow unenlightened as the rest of society. I am a Christian. I believe what the bible tells me and I vote in respect to those morals and beliefs. I am not a "Brand Dividian" but I do believe in God's ultimate rule. I do not believe that the Great Commission mandates me to forcibly convert or jump in a boat with 10,000 of my closest friends and go take back Jerusalem is case that was going to be your next point. It is difficult to interface with society and hide ones beliefs. Actually I don't even try; I don't think I should have to. While I wouldn't have made the post that the caller made (they could have phrased it much less combatively) it wouldn't have been for the reasons you might think. I wouldn't have done it because it is not a successful way to witness to people to simply tell them "you should do it my way". I would however point out that even though the caller might have come off a little course it doesn't make them a cultist and they in all likelihood are not going to burn down anybodies house.

-- Posted by Donnie on Mon, Oct 15, 2007, at 4:57 PM

Nick Charles,

"It is not the problem of the NHS in England, it is that more dentists are not partcipating in the program."

Your statement is correct and that is my point. The payments the NHS are paying dentists is so low, dentists decided not to participate in the program and only serve patients willing to shell out their own money for the care. Medical and Dental providers in this country have already removed themselves from our government programs because the reimbursement is unsatisfactory. In fact, sounds like it is dividing good dental care between the lower and upper financial classes.

If we are going to have a fully governmentally funded healthcare program here in the states, we must figure out a way to keep the compensation level adequate so we do not fall into the same trap.

I know you are probably thinking doctors need not be greedy. I work for a family doctor and the rates we get from government and private insurance is not very good considering what specialists get. In fact a family doctor's take home pay is a lot lower than you think it is. The doctors I work for accept all government programs and will always try to keep it that way. They believe they must do their service to society and accept these low payments from our government programs so patients can be helped.

-- Posted by cal on Mon, Oct 15, 2007, at 5:10 PM

Love Politics,

I for one appreciate the Dr.'s you work for and commend them on their belief that government program payments are better then not getting paid and there patients suffering.


-- Posted by notsureitssafeinhere on Mon, Oct 15, 2007, at 5:26 PM

Oldvet, I'm with you on being mindful of the dead and dying in Iraq. These bloggers are obsessed with the inanity of cigarette smoking and pay lip service to "supporting the troops." They're not really that concerned about our military, because their own behinds are not on the line. Bring back the draft and see how quickly the streets would fill with anti-war demonstrators.

-- Posted by grisgris on Mon, Oct 15, 2007, at 5:40 PM


good luck, it's always easier when your right and you are.

-- Posted by Donnie on Mon, Oct 15, 2007, at 6:14 PM


I'm only a few years removed from being in Iraq and it looks like next year I might get another tour (my third). Just because we don't blog about it doesn't mean it isn't important.

-- Posted by Donnie on Mon, Oct 15, 2007, at 6:16 PM

Fed up, I could not agree with you more! Republican values????? That's not only an oxymoron; it's a real hoot.

-- Posted by iago on Mon, Oct 15, 2007, at 6:28 PM


I believe an addendum to your post might also be that not all of their comment may have been posted. I have written & called only to have my posting shortened. In doing so, they try to keep the thought (at least I hope they do!) but in some cases they haven't.

RE: redhawk2011

I use to believe that JoAnn Emerson was someone you could put trust in but she has been turning a lot lately. Her taking a stand for entitlements and pork projects has me wondering which side her bread is really being buttered on. How can she have 'mid-west' values and represent us when she is backing our tax dollars going for things that will cry higher taxes shortly? When she started turning up at places that only Democrats were invited to before, that also makes on think. Is she a 'RHINO' now? Just my thoughts & opinions.

-- Posted by KingsKid on Mon, Oct 15, 2007, at 6:45 PM

tamelaj-- i was tuned in to watch it all on tv and was really surprised. it all seems a little too easy if you know what i mean. i am skeptical. keep an eye on them.

-- Posted by QT-PIE on Mon, Oct 15, 2007, at 8:18 PM


That's wonderful. Though I agree with you and QT-Pie. Will have to keep on eye out.


-- Posted by notsureitssafeinhere on Mon, Oct 15, 2007, at 8:56 PM

"SuperBethie21: You can't go to 1 city council meeting and say what happens everytime. From experience I can tell you that executive session doesn't happen everytime a concerned citizen comes in. They, at times, do have legal issues to discuss. It just so happens that that was the 1 time you made it to the meeting.

-- Posted by SISTERSUE on Mon, Oct 15, 2007, at 2:28 PM"

SISTERSUE--Well, I'll be able to speak more to the truth of that, as they've insured that I'll be attending every one from now on. I do understand how the process works (and they probably could use some legal advice...)

I'm intrigued to see the future issues being brought before the board. I know there were plenty of hot topics just waiting to be raised...so if at the next meeting they decide to toss us all out to talk to their "lawyer", the 9th man of the board...then I'll be sitting there to see it. And I'll smile, because past behavior predicts future action.

I believe in freedom...it's time for our little community to get some!

-- Posted by SuperBethie21 on Mon, Oct 15, 2007, at 9:17 PM


I agree that the battle may be won but the war is yet to come. Had you not brought this out as you did, they would have gotten away with it. Keep us informed on what you find out and what is happening.

-- Posted by KingsKid on Mon, Oct 15, 2007, at 10:37 PM

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