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Speak Out 10/20/07

Saturday, October 20, 2007

Need mediators

THE RECENT shooting at a Cleveland school is a perfect example of why we need psychologists at the Cape middle, junior high and senior high schools. Without mediators to stop this vicious cycle, violence will escalate. Yes, it may be the parents' job to be there for a place to go and vent. But let's face it, most children who resort to violence have no one to turn to. We need mediators to stop this downward and violent cycle.

Southeast relevance

I'M CALLING in regard to the announcement about Southeast Missouri State University offering a ghost-hunting class. The university's competitors -- SIU, UMKC, Arkansas State, Missouri State -- are offering law schools, pharmacy schools and engineering schools. Add the ghost-hunting class to the River Campus where we're training people to be band directors rather than some of the real needs of our area, and I wonder about the relevance of Southeast in the future.

Helps with budget

I RECEIVED groceries from the Christ Church of the Heartland. It helps my low budget. It gives me a variety of meats I wouldn't get otherwise. I recently cooked pork loin, which I've never fixed before. I'm looking forward to the fajitas that I've never eaten. I know God will bless this church for its hard work doing God's will. As for the individuals working so hard to close it down, may God bless all of you well-off people. People pick up their food between 5 and 7 p.m. That's only two hours that there are many cars there, and they really don't have to wait long to pick it up.

Church business

OTHER CHURCHES have meals and charge for them. Are they restaurants? Some churches charge for wedding ceremonies. Are they running a wedding service? If you go after Christ Church of the Heartland, you're setting a horrible precedent. I hope the people who got so upset realize that their churches could be next.

Great halftime

JACKSON HAD a wonderful halftime performance at the football game Friday. It was one of the best I've ever seen. Keep up the good work.

Highway suggestion

I THINK there's something Cape Girardeau could do to beautify the city. That ugly fencing along Highway 74 could be replaced with attractive fencing or decorative concrete barriers. They would not only be more pleasing to the eye, but could also serve as sound barriers for the residents who live in that area. Many people commute through Cape Girardeau on their way to Illinois, and I would like for them to be left with a better impression.

Thanks for road work

I WANT to thank the road crews that repaired the paved road that runs along the side of BioKyowa. It is so much safer and so much smoother. I appreciate you taking care of this.

Social workers?

I READ with interest the article about Central High School expanding its school day. Maybe principal Mike Cowan needs to think about hiring social workers like the Jackson schools. It sounds like the class he's trying to propose is more on that line. We also have accountability issues. We can keep spoon-feeding the students when they're expected to step through the high school doors and do what they're supposed to do. Maybe the alternative school needs to step up. Maybe the school should have night classes for these students so the parents can attend. These are all valid points. Maybe they need to think about those things first. There already are rules about for bullying and sexual harassment.

Best candidate

JONAH GOLDBERG makes several excellent points in his column about how Ronald Reagan was the right president for the 1980s. What he doesn't mention, however, is that there is a Republican candidate for president today who would be a perfect fit for 2009 and beyond. His name is Dr. Ron Paul, an ob/gyn and multiterm congressman from Texas. Paul, who has delivered more than 4,000 babies, has the strongest pro-life credentials of any candidate, and he embodies the leadership quality that made Reagan so popular. But unlike most of the GOP hopefuls, Paul realizes the invasion and occupation of Iraq has been a tragic mistake. Unlike our current president, Paul would uphold the Constitution after he's sworn in as president.

Stinking smokers

FOR THE life of me, I can't figure out why anybody would want to buy a brand-new car and smoke in it. Smoking is so nasty. It stinks your car up and stinks your clothes up. You people who smoke don't think you stink, but you do.

Great paved walk

THE NEWLY paved walk around the lake at the Jackson City Park is great. Thanks. Way to go.

Loyal to Bush

TO THE person who is concerned about U.S. Rep. Jo Ann Emerson voting with the Democrats: Don't be alarmed. Emerson has voted for President Bush's programs 94 percent of the time.

Sense of values

REGARDING THE "No GOP values" comment: This is one Republican who happens to admire U.S. Rep. Jo Ann Emerson for voting her heart and her conscience. I think it's high time that the Republican Party be taken back by people with a clear sense of values and not be controlled by people with far-right agendas.

Real character

WHAT HAS Al Gore's co-winning Nobel Peace Prize got to do with peace? Previous winners of this award include terrorists and murderers such as Arafat and others and a president who almost ruined our country, Jimmy Carter. The Nobel Peace Prize was started by a man who invented an explosive. Gore is the same person who claimed to invent the Internet. He was a staunch supporter of pro-life for years. but to get the vice presidency, he accepted abortion to be on Bill Clinton's ticket. That takes real character.

Thanks to road crew

I WOULD like to say thanks to all the men who were working on County Road 439. They were friendly and tried to please everyone. Thanks to all of you.


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they have haunted houses for bigger kids and grown people some one should think about making some puppets and making a haunted house for the smaller kids with puppets i think that would be a cute and interesting way to make some wxtra money for the city.

-- Posted by cmf2002 on Sat, Oct 20, 2007, at 1:08 AM

Stinking Smokers-

I smoke Djarums and smell like the cloves of India. Hello, Flavor Country!

-- Posted by Weszor on Sat, Oct 20, 2007, at 3:06 AM

stinking smokers

What about those non-smokers who stink?

-- Posted by iago on Sat, Oct 20, 2007, at 4:47 AM

Oh no!!!! To think in all these years of smoking I was misinformed that I didn't smell like smoke. Call the police, or my Senator, or Mayor!!! I have been lied to by (insert Lib/Con,Dem/Rep,Clinton/Bush here)!!! I was always under the impression that I smelt minty fresh after I smoked. Isn't that why they put menthol in my cigs?? I for the life of me wouldn't have thought that burning tobacco would smell to someone. So just to clarify, when I smoke I smell like smoke. Wonders of the intellegence of Non smokers continues to amaze and enlighten me. Thank you nonsmokers. How could I possibly ever make it through my stinky day without you??

-- Posted by notsureitssafeinhere on Sat, Oct 20, 2007, at 5:28 AM

Help, I've offended a nonsmoker and I can't get up!!!

-- Posted by notsureitssafeinhere on Sat, Oct 20, 2007, at 5:31 AM

I wish I were so perfect, my life so complete, and world affairs so settled that I had time to concentrate on such mundane matters as those nasty, evil, stinking, no-good smokers.

-- Posted by iago on Sat, Oct 20, 2007, at 6:10 AM

President Carter almost ruined our country? Well, there's a new one. Aren't we all so very happy that Reagan and the 2 Bush presidents "saved" us from utter devastation?

-- Posted by iago on Sat, Oct 20, 2007, at 6:17 AM

iago, I don't think Carter almost ruined the country but he sure gave it a shot. Inflation, high interest rates and an impotent foreign policy. He exuded helplessness, hiding in the White House while Iranian extremists, which he had allowed to come to power, held our embassy personnel hostage for over a year. I don't know if you're old enough to remember those days but I do. Jimmy Carter was terrible for this country and the only way he gets any respect at all is because most of the gullible democrats today weren't around for his miserable presidency.

-- Posted by stevmo on Sat, Oct 20, 2007, at 7:49 AM

Southeast relevance: Semo is however doing great recruiting new freshmen who have interests in both ghost hunting and broadway musicals. You got to wonder about the folks at Semo who are charged with setting the direction for the University. I guess as long as they can bring in more freshmen with money they'll be happy but I'd rather see a town full of young scientists and engineers.

-- Posted by stevmo on Sat, Oct 20, 2007, at 7:57 AM

Sense of values: Emerson-Gladney is proving that she'll vote for publicity instead of principles by voting against the president on the schip expansion. Bush was already asking for a funding increase but didn't feel the expansion the democrats wanted was wise. They demagogued the issue when they attempted to convince the uninformed that the president was trying to deprive poor children of health insurance. When Emerson_Gladney went along with Democrats she proved she'll side with whoever is winning in the mudslinging contest. That shows a definite lack of values.

-- Posted by stevmo on Sat, Oct 20, 2007, at 8:15 AM

tamelaj, Odd? I'm just glad someone other than Carter came into office. Maybe the Iranians felt they had milked the situation for all it was worth. Maybe they were afraid of Reagan. Who knows? I don't feel that it was some sort of vast right wing conspiracy, if that's what your getting at.

-- Posted by stevmo on Sat, Oct 20, 2007, at 8:35 AM

Tamelaj,

I believe one of the signs for not smoking within 50 feet has been there since before the nonsmoking campus. I believe it is because of gas/utility line near that point. If you are talking about as you come up the hill from ER.

-- Posted by notsureitssafeinhere on Sat, Oct 20, 2007, at 8:59 AM

To the person who is complaining about the Ghost Hunting class at SEMO:

The class is held through the Continuing Education as a personal enrichment class. Just like a cooking class or knitting class. It's held once a year for two days. It's a fun and informative class for those who are curious about ghosts and haunted locations. You might want to take it, it's actually very interesting.

-- Posted by Wildnsyko on Sat, Oct 20, 2007, at 9:04 AM

Former President Carter attempted to save the hostages but there was a crash that killed some of the rescue personnel. This occured in April before the election. The hostages were released AFTER Former President Reagan took office. (Just a brief explanation from: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iran_hostag...

I'm still amazed that the current President of Iran was believed to have been one of those militant students that participated in the hostage taking and yet the world turned their head to his taking absolute power.

Isn't it amazing that this is another individual the world chose to ignore and now he is standing there strutting his power and thumbing his nose at the world?

-- Posted by KingsKid on Sat, Oct 20, 2007, at 9:38 AM

Sorry I was late in posting that about Former President Carter. I opps!

-- Posted by KingsKid on Sat, Oct 20, 2007, at 9:41 AM

Ron Paul also is winner because he supports a full and complete investigation into 911.

911 truth will come out and our current leadership will go down hard. Read David Ray Griffin's "Debunking 911 Debunking" for hard evidence of this earth shattering reality!

-- Posted by Truther on Sat, Oct 20, 2007, at 10:40 AM

hilleco, I understand presidents only sign bills, they don't write them but compare the Carter years to the Reagan years. Night and day. Reagan's morning in America campaign slogan really did set the tone for those years whereas Carter's message was that the US wasn't the world power we used to be and we might as well accept it. Hard to be inspired by defeatism. Presidents make a difference.

And thanks for the humor, Truther. I assume this was meant to be funny since no one that's graduated middle school could believe this "inside job" stuff.

-- Posted by stevmo on Sat, Oct 20, 2007, at 2:24 PM

The science of the controlled demolition includes eyewitness testimony to many secondary explosions, Norad failing to intercept even one of the four hijacked aircraft that morning, the discovery of thermite residue (as used in controlled demolition) on the steel from the WTC site, the tower that fell that wasn't hit by an airplane - WTC7 fell into its footprint at freefall speed (6.2 seconds), and much more.

Why don't you try using facts and science instead of calling names? There are many scientific studies which actually show that the NIST report is full of egregious errors which flaw the conclusion.

911 was an inside job!

-- Posted by Truther on Sat, Oct 20, 2007, at 2:58 PM

tamelaj, My cousin Earnie could help with habitat for humanity but he would be woefully inept at setting the direction for a country. Much like Jimmy Carter.

-- Posted by stevmo on Sat, Oct 20, 2007, at 10:32 PM

The importance of the watergate scandal was magnified by the media well beyond it's actual relevance. The press HATED Richard Nixon. Anything unethical that Nixon did leading up to the '72 election had little to do with the landslide defeat of George McGovern, who was recognized by the country as someone who should definitely not be leading this nation. If Nixon would have had more confidence in himself and the country he wouldn't have attempted to break into Democratic headquarters which lead unnecessarily to his resignation and 35 years of Democrats winning points through his fall from grace. This lead to the Ford years with constant berating by the press and no voter mandate from the people. I look on Ford as a president more concerned with not making waves than of leadership. His mediocrity paved the way for Carter whose incompetence paved the way for Reagan.

-- Posted by stevmo on Sat, Oct 20, 2007, at 10:50 PM

android24 and hilleco, Remember the USS Pueblo? Win buttons that stood for Whip Inflation Now? The Nixon pardon which guaranteed hatred from the press? The debate goof when he said Poland was a free country while under Soviet repression? Every stumble captured by news photographers then ridiculed regularly on Saturday Night Live? I will agree with the residual hatred of Nixon statement but I would stress that the hatred was from the Democrats and their press which at the time was the only game in town.

-- Posted by stevmo on Sat, Oct 20, 2007, at 11:05 PM

Conservatives are always going to have a hard sell trying to convince people raised in public schools that self-reliance is better than dependence on government. The press likes to slam conservatives that try to slow down the expansion of government with the schip program being a good example. Once again an increase in funding for a program supported by the president is viewed as a cut by Democrats. It becomes a battle of political spin and the press is always happy to help the democrats.

-- Posted by stevmo on Sat, Oct 20, 2007, at 11:18 PM

hilleco, I think that Ford's SNL treatment did make a difference to young voters who had an oversimplified view of the world around them. A complicated man was reduced to a buffoon on SNL much the same way Bush is treated today only you can multiply it by a hundred. Lil Bush, Colbert, Jon Stewart and practically every movie or TV show that comes out has to take a shot at the president. This takes it's toll on young people who will eventually become young voters. While I don't feel Bush is truly a conservative for a lot of reasons, I still don't think it helps the country by constantly pushing the story that our president is a buffoon. I know Clinton was also made fun of usually for being a philanderer, but I think with a lot of folks on the left that just added to his credibility. Enough for tonight. Have a good one.

-- Posted by stevmo on Sat, Oct 20, 2007, at 11:40 PM


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