Speak Out 11/11/07

Sunday, November 11, 2007

County salaries

IT MUST be nice to be a county official. You set your own salary, give yourself a whopping raise and make $60,000 to $70,000 a year. That's crazy.

Performing treat

People of Southeast Missouri, if you have not attended a play, a symphony performance, an art exhibit or a touring performance at the new River Campus, you are truly missing a treat. The atmosphere is impeccable, free parking, wonderful host and staff and world-class performances. Finally the arts have made their way to the Bootheel. Bravo, and keep up the good work. I can't wait to see what's coming next.

Get no respect

I think the Scott County clerk and commissioners need to work in the Scott County Communications Department for a week. They would change their low opinion of the communication employees when they step in our shoes. We have a demanding job, yet we receive no respect from our elected officials. They demean us when we don't meet their ever-changing rules. Where is the professionalism from our elected officials?

Courthouse cost

The new federal courthouse is being built on the backs of taxpayers. What would it have cost if the work was done by the private sector? The FBI and DEA should be housed there without further costs.

Autism reading

Great article on autism by Chris Harris. I recommend reading the best-selling book "Look at Me" by Asperger's-afflicted author, John Elder Robinson.

Government at work

Surely most thinking people can see a couple of obvious things about some recent city council decisions: that the mayor and council members do, indeed, attempt to stay within legal guidelines, and that they do, indeed, listen to the voting, taxpaying public who put them in office. This, I believe, is the way our government was intended to be: the will of the people. Regardless of which side you think you are on, you would have to have to agree that the church-issue vote was in the best interests of the majority.

Economy is OK

Of course the economy is going to look bad for those at the bottom, simply because they are on the bottom. The economy is in good shape, and I am sick of people complaining about it.

Political expediency

When the Cape Girardeau Planning and Zoning Commission voted unanimously to deny the request of a church on Bertling Street to go into the food-distribution business, it voted to uphold the principle of law. However, the city council unanimously reversed the decision and voted to uphold the much more time-honored principle of political expediency.

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