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Speak Out 12/1/07

Saturday, December 1, 2007

More than talk

HILLARY CLINTON said she was uniquely qualified to be president because Bill talked to her while he was president. I talk to my doctor. I guess that makes me qualified to hang out a shingle and practice medicine.

Blame DESE

AS A Cape Girardeau taxpayer and parent of children who attend public schools, I was disgusted and dismayed by Central High School principal Mike Cowan's attitude toward No Child Left Behind and meeting the standards set by it. His criticism of NCLB shows an amazing lack of knowledge. NCLB is not "inherently flawed" as he states. NCLB is a system that holds schools accountable, but it allows each state to set the standard of what is acceptable and what is failure. This is a nice balance between accountability and states' rights to have a say-so in that system of accountability. What is flawed is not NCLB. The failure in the equation is the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. The standards it has set, the testing system it has crammed down the throats of every school district and the objectives and the methods of measuring mastery are what is not only flawed, but downright pathetic. Every teacher knows it, but no district has the guts to take DESE to court over it. Stop blaming the federal government and put the blame where it lies: on the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.


IF "LIONS for Lambs" is an anti-American movie because it's against our involvement in Iraq, then about two-thirds to three-fourths of Americans are anti-American.

Treating bipolar

BIPOLAR DISORDER is easily treatable. The problem is sticking with the medicine. Read "An Unquiet Mind" by Dr. Kay Redfield Jamieson, a physician who has bipolar disorder.

Wonderful city

I CAN'T believe so many people have so much to whine about while living in a wonderful city like Cape Girardeau. I was born and raised in Cape. Although I no longer live there, I come home every year and never cease to be amazed by the beauty of Cape and the friendly people who always have a smile. There is a lot of history in Cape. Preserve it. Main Street is delightful. We have never had a parking problem. If we did, we'd walk. It's not far. Someday I will come back to Cape to live, and I hope all you whiners have not destroyed the things that make Cape Girardeau so great.

Dangerous carts

WHEN I go to grocery stores, I notice people pushing carts and stockpeople pushing big produce carts. If you are in their way and don't move fast enough to suit them, they ram into you or shove you aside, using the carts as battering rams. Will it get anyone through the line faster if you keep bumping my rear with a cart? I hear that the elderly are intimidated as well. What is wrong with a society that people would do that to another human being? Why is it everyone seems to be angry and frustrated? How about a little more patience and compassion in this world?

Wise men on their way

NATIVITY SCENES are everywhere. I like them except for the wise men. The wise men should be placed several miles away. Herod had the children under 2 years of age killed. It took the wise men a while to get to Bethlehem. Matthew says the wise men went into the house and saw the child. They were not at the manger and did not meet the shepherds. It would be more true to Scripture if we place the wise men at least across the room from the manger scene. Merry Christmas.

Funeral dignity

I WOULD like to extend thanks to those people on Broadway and Kingshighway who were considerate enough to pull over and let Paula Kempe's funeral procession go by. And I want to thank the officer who led it. It was a fitting tribute to a great little lady. Thank you, Cape Girardeau, for being so thoughtful.

Dangerous situation

AROUND 2 a.m. my husband and I stopped at a convenience store close to the interstate for a few minor necessities. I was irritated to see a young woman working by herself in that location. I can't believe the store's owner would put this woman in that situation. The holiday season is here, and it is proven that more robberies take place at this time of year. This is a crime waiting to happen. It's not worth that woman's life. There should always be two people on duty at any business that is open to the public from dusk to dawn.

Need better choices

IF "COYOTE Ugly" never comes to Cape Girardeau again, it will still be too soon. That was the worst thing I've ever seen. I have to scratch my head as to why, when there is so much wonderful theater available, this was chosen. Incest is not a humorous topic. It is a tragedy. Living in a mobile home is not something to be ridiculed. People do the best they can do with the hand they are dealt. What a shame for that production to be the opening at the Rust theater. We need and want much better choices for our River Campus.

Leave it to science

SOME PEOPLE are pouncing on the latest stem-cell discoveries as an excuse to repeal the protections against human cloning passed by Missouri voters last year. They claim embryonic stem-cell research is no longer needed, even though both of the scientists responsible for the recent discoveries say it is essential to continue this research. It is well worth noting that these scientists were engaging in embryonic stem-cell research when they made these wonderful discoveries. It is also worth noting that the same people who last year claimed embryonic stem cells had no potential for cures are now embracing them as the new future. Let's leave decisions about this research to the men of science and keep the politicians and zealots out of it.

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I just have to shake my head when people complain that stuff happens to them pretty often and it never happens to me. I have never seen a store employee push a customer out of the way while they were stocking. I have seen plenty of customers not get out of their way (even my kids) but I have never seen the stocker get rude in any way.

-- Posted by bobby62914 on Sat, Dec 1, 2007, at 12:13 AM

Why has "Lions For Lambs" been such a massive flop? If 2/3 to 3/4 of the American people are against the Iraq War as claimed the movie should be a box office blockbuster. Is it perhaps possible that polls are skewed by a biased media and don't reflect reality?

-- Posted by Data48 on Sat, Dec 1, 2007, at 5:36 AM

I beg to differ on the embryonic stem-cell research comment. If it were all that plus more, why did one of the top researchers decided to stop his research and concentrate on the "latest" stem cell research? If it has greater potential, one would be a fool to continue on a path just because we can. But we have many fools, don't we?

-- Posted by KingsKid on Sat, Dec 1, 2007, at 7:34 AM

elizabeth, Doesn't common sense tell us, that one should not put all their eggs in one basket. While hopeful, the "new" method has not proven beneficial yet. Would be kind of like closing on the sale of one's house before your offer is accepted on a new on. Or throwing out the brand name that could be trusted and buying a case of soup you have yet to taste.

-- Posted by coke zero on Sat, Dec 1, 2007, at 7:45 AM

In response to MORE THAN TALK. I would say that Hillary Clinton is more qualified to be President than W was to criticize Kerry for his war record. Also did you spend 8 years in your Doctors office?

-- Posted by lance623 on Sat, Dec 1, 2007, at 7:57 AM

In response to MORE THAN TALK. I would say that Hillary Clinton is more qualified to be President than W was to criticize Kerry for his war record. Also did you spend 8 years in your Doctors office?

-- Posted by lance623 on Sat, Dec 1, 2007, at 7:58 AM


Dubya never once said anything critical of John Kerry's war record.

John Kerry (JFK as he called himself) dug that little hole all by hisself. Because his senatorial record was so dismal, he made the decision to run on his military record. When the Swift Boat vets outed him with facts, he was history. I will never forget him at the dem convention saluting and reporting for duty.

John Kerry is an arrogant elitist.

-- Posted by conservababe on Sat, Dec 1, 2007, at 9:39 AM


Can you name one long serving politician that isn't an elitist?? LOL Reguardless of party, they all get 'big headed'

Off topic, you mentioned yesterday about the 'shove in' versus 'lowered into'. Just curious, do they resale the plots after so many years? What is the policy on that? Was just thinking that in places such as New Orleans they are running out of places to 'shove in' the new arrivals. Was curious if you knew how they handled the problem.

-- Posted by Pups on Sat, Dec 1, 2007, at 10:47 AM

More than talk:

If my doctor showed me how to monitor my blood sugar, and give myself insulin shots then I am qualified to do it. And if need be do it for others.

We are talking politics. Most don't know what they are talking about half the time, but they still get elected. Matter of perspective I guess.

-- Posted by Pups on Sat, Dec 1, 2007, at 11:02 AM

Eight years in a doctor's office should just about cover 2 or 3 appointments.

Cape doctors are the slowest.

-- Posted by quiksand on Sat, Dec 1, 2007, at 11:04 AM


Guess I've gotten lucky. Pretty much in room by appointment time and doctor in talking to me within 10 min of that. And he doesn't leave room until all of my questions are answered.

-- Posted by Pups on Sat, Dec 1, 2007, at 11:21 AM


Why, Dubya is not an elitist. His daddy is but he is NOT. And the recently late Henry Hyde was not, either. Tell the truth...who would you like to go out and drink a beer with...Dubya or Kerry?

re 'shoved in'

No one can be actually buried in south Louisiana because the ground water level is too high. So they get shoved in above ground tombs.

-- Posted by conservababe on Sat, Dec 1, 2007, at 11:45 AM


You were asking me what the cemetaries do when they run out of room. I suppose they just drain another swamp for a new one.

-- Posted by conservababe on Sat, Dec 1, 2007, at 11:54 AM

Re: Wise men on their way

Duh, uh am I the only one that moves the wise men a little closer to the manger everyday after I put my nativity scene up? Also, the baby Jesus doesn't get put out in the nativity scene until Christmas, duh.

Oh, on a side note... Santa was probably never ever seen kneeling by a manger either.

-- Posted by user Vast Right Wing Conspiracy on Sat, Dec 1, 2007, at 12:22 PM


Actually I wouldn't sit and have a beer with either of them. Just a personal preverance mind you. lol

Wisemen: Jesus wasn't actually born on the 25th of December either. What's your point????

-- Posted by Pups on Sat, Dec 1, 2007, at 12:34 PM

I need a good recipe for a Christmas trifle since I finally found a dish. Surely, someone's grandmother had a tasty recipe?

-- Posted by conservababe on Sat, Dec 1, 2007, at 1:06 PM


Not my grandmother's but, Paula Dean had a recipe for a pumpkin trifle. It should be on the www.foodtv.com web site. I'm sure you can substitute any cake/pudding combo that you like.

I personally make one with yellow cake and chocolate pudding and whipped cream. Also with crushed oreo's on top. Or you can do one with yellow cake and fresh fruit and whipped cream. Endless combinations. Just would depend on what you like.

-- Posted by Pups on Sat, Dec 1, 2007, at 1:14 PM

Thanks to whoever chooses the Speak Outs to be printed! Nice variety of topics today.

-- Posted by gurusmom on Sat, Dec 1, 2007, at 1:39 PM

PUPSLOVER: You're the very first person I have ever met who knows (or admits) that Jesus was NOT born on 12/25, or even in December! For some silly reason, that makes me feel good--Thanks!

And Vast: Nice to know I'm not alone in thinking that manger scenes plus Santa scenes in the same "decorating" scheme is REAL tacky.

-- Posted by gurusmom on Sat, Dec 1, 2007, at 1:56 PM

Thanks Gurusmom. I try. lol Missed you at lunch. Maybe this friday? Hope you are feeling better.

-- Posted by Pups on Sat, Dec 1, 2007, at 2:16 PM

I see that the Ron Paul groupies (one of them a short, fat guy with a camera) hanging out at the corner of Silver Springs and Rt K today.

Looks like the loons have taken to demonstrating....

-- Posted by workin' them angels on Sat, Dec 1, 2007, at 3:30 PM

I hardly think that research has yet proven that destroying embryos has benefited anyone other then the researchers. Otherwise this researcher would have stayed with it instead of switching. (He changed by choice not because he was forced.) I can't believe that you would compare unsuccessful/unproven research with a name brand. If anything could be said to be proven effective it has always been the adult cell research which from my understanding treats 19 different diseases.

At this point, there is no need to argue. We are at opposite ends of this spectrum and neither of us is going to budge. Guess we have to really wait for this to be played out to the end to see who is really right.

-- Posted by KingsKid on Sat, Dec 1, 2007, at 11:32 PM

Ten Four on the bumping carts. You should go to Wal-Mart in Jackson. they have a creepy little dude gathering carts off the lot, he has run over me more than once, I've seen him hit cars. I've complained to management to no avail, so the next time the little jerk hits me or smarts off to me about moving out of his way I'm going to punch him, and then sue Wal-Mart for something.

-- Posted by olebluehair on Sun, Dec 2, 2007, at 6:29 PM

"Who would you like to go out and drink a beer with...Dubya or Kerry?"

And here is the problem with people in this country: we elect presidents based on questions like this one. I'm sure Dubya is a fun-lovin' good ole boy who was a blast to hang out with in the frat house.

How this qualified him to run a nation of 300 million when he couldn't run an oil company, or the Texas Rangers, or Texas itself, I'll never know...

-- Posted by FriendO on Mon, Dec 3, 2007, at 7:09 AM

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