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Speak Out 11/10/07

Saturday, November 10, 2007

Churches and rules

I AM tired of churches not having to follow city guidelines. They don't follow the guidelines on putting up signs in their yards. They don't have to pay real estate taxes that would benefit schools. If they did, schools wouldn't be in such poor condition to depend on federal funding. Churches get way too many advantages compared to the private business owner.

One building

THE PEOPLE of Cape Girardeau County were led to believe in the importance of having all government agencies in one secure, earthquake-safe federal building to save on maintaining security, rent and utilities elsewhere in many other buildings. Why isn't that being done? I believe this is a complete and total waste of taxpayers' money.

Caving in

I AM one of many people who are appalled that the mayor and the city council caved in to the demands of an evangelical church and refused to enforce the city zoning ordinances. What good are ordinances if they're not going to be enforced? Since when does calling something a ministry allow a church to break the law? The city council has a lot of explaining to do to people who live in quiet neighborhoods and want to keep it that way.

Favorite comics

PLEASE DON'T ever stop "Blondie" or "Family Circus" or "Peanuts." They are the favorites.

Water over art

ART GALLERIES will bring tourists to Cape Girardeau? I don't so. I might go for a water park or a zoo or something of that nature, but I'm sure not going for an art gallery. If you want tourists to come, build a water park.

Ethanol's future

WITH THE price of crude oil soaring, we need to stop arguing about the pros and cons of ethanol. It may not be the perfect answer, but it will put our future in our own hands, not the hands of a foreign country. America is a great nation capable of producing its own energy. We need to join together to solve our problems.

Magnificent band

CONGRATULATIONS TO the Central High School Marching Tigers on a successful competition year. You represented Central and the community with dignity, style and grace. A special thanks to Mr. Lamar, Mr. Keith and Mr. Casey for an excellent job with the band this year. Cape Central Tigers, you are truly magnificent.

Useless mud flaps

I DON'T know why they put mud flaps on big trucks. They're useless. I just got hit by another rock from a big truck with mud flaps. If they're going to have mud flaps, shouldn't they have something behind them to hold them steady?

County term limits

Elected officials should be term limited. When an elected county official is elected in office for life, the power trip they go on is endless. Unfortunately, people don't run against these officials, who are automatically put in office again. There should be term limits on these positions.

Abortion truth

IT'S HARD to stand up for what is right and the truth when people don't want to hear what makes them uncomfortable. But speak we must. Abortion is still murder, and whether people believe it or not they will stand before God on Judgment Day and have to tell him why they killed one of his creations. There are so many other options. Give the child up for adoption. There are many people who would love to adopt. Never give up the good fight.


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Angel Food: It is a pity that there are those who have to whine about a church. Church and State is seperate. A church progresses through its flock. The school progresses through the state. Its not the churchs' fault on a schools' appearance. Let it go.

Mud Flaps on Rigs: We had a rock hit our windshield by a rig a few weeks ago too. We were in our big rig also. Grant it, there are some mud flaps that appear useless, but rocks come off the tires of smaller vehicles too. More often than some might think. If we didn't have the flaps, as useless as one might say, there could be alot more than a rock breaking a windshield. No telling how many rocks were blocked. One got away.

-- Posted by Aggiefan/Twiggy on Sat, Nov 10, 2007, at 6:01 AM

Also Mrs Aggie and I would like to say Thank You to all the Veterans and those currently serving. It is your sacrifice and dedication to our wonderful country, why we have our freedom. God Bless you and your families.

Happy Veterans Day to all!

-- Posted by Aggiefan/Twiggy on Sat, Nov 10, 2007, at 6:25 AM

The same reason the city cannot tell Heartland Church how to run their ministry and why satanic churches could be set up in Cape in any neighborhood is the U S Constitution.

First Amendment: addresses the rights of freedom of religion (prohibiting Congressional establishment of a religion over another religion through Law and protecting the right to free exercise of religion), freedom of speech, freedom of the press, freedom of assembly, and freedom of petition.

Heartland Church feels this is a ministry and no law can prevent that. Let it go the city did not stand a chance and would have been out no telling how much money to fight this in court and lose. Then you would be griping about that when they asked for a tax increase to make up the loss.

I see where the boy scouts are collecting food. Do they have a permit as they will be making noise walking around and lets not forget about the increase in traffic then. The points you make in your comment could apply to a lot more scenarios.

-- Posted by joekool on Sat, Nov 10, 2007, at 7:09 AM

Well said, Aggiefan. I also salute the Veterans!

I also agree with the 'let it go.' The decision was made, like it or not.

-- Posted by KingsKid on Sat, Nov 10, 2007, at 7:11 AM

Well joekool,as for tax increase, I dont live in cape co. but I find your reasoning to be sacrilegious. I know people who recieve food from Angel Food. It is truely a blessing for them.

The Boys Scouts will be passing out bags today for "food pantries" around the area. Angel Food does the same, except the donation recieved. Tythes.

There are bigger issues in Cape than Angel Food, like were are youu going to put the next "roundabout" like the one near St. Francis. Talk about wasting tax-payers money.

-- Posted by Aggiefan/Twiggy on Sat, Nov 10, 2007, at 7:55 AM

Churches and rules: Problem wasn't that the church is not following the rules. Problem WAS the city did not gather enough information before making their initial ruling. Perhaps, the lesson that can be learned is to gather information BEFORE the initial ruling is made. Agreed, time to let it go.

-- Posted by coke zero on Sat, Nov 10, 2007, at 8:06 AM

Did you know? "Veterans Day is an American holiday honoring military veterans. Both a federal holiday and a state holiday in all states, it is celebrated on the same day as Armistice Day or Remembrance Day in other parts of the world, falling on November 11, the anniversary of the signing of the Armistice that ended World War I." http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Veterans_Da...

Special thoughts and prayers for all Veterans, today and everyday!

-- Posted by coke zero on Sat, Nov 10, 2007, at 8:12 AM

seMissourian wants to know what you are thankful for. Please let them know.

http://www.semissourian.com/story/129006...

-- Posted by coke zero on Sat, Nov 10, 2007, at 8:44 AM

To All Veterans (past and present): A great big "Thank You". Your services and sacrifices are appreciated more than you will ever know.

-- Posted by iago on Sat, Nov 10, 2007, at 9:38 AM

The church did not break any rules or ordinances. The city officials were misinformed about the Angel Food. Once they learned the real truth, the decision they made was correct. I commend them for being brave enough to admit their mistake.

Since churches do not pay real estate or income taxes they are able to help others. Churches have always helped people in need. Without churches supplementing people's financial needs, you would be out more tax dollars for welfare costs. Be thankful that there is a separation of church and state.

-- Posted by uscitizen on Sat, Nov 10, 2007, at 10:42 AM

Well, we are walking out the door. see ya later.

-- Posted by Aggiefan/Twiggy on Sat, Nov 10, 2007, at 10:58 AM

Well, another child is dead because of the choices made by her own mother. What was she thinking? She married a man half her age and entrusted him to care for her child. She had to have known he was not trustworthy and now she must pay the price, if she cares. And then the man's mother is no better. I wish the women could be brought up on charges, too.

-- Posted by conservababe on Sat, Nov 10, 2007, at 11:25 AM


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