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Speak Out 1/27/08

Sunday, January 27, 2008

For an aquatic center

THE SALES tax in Cape Girardeau doesn't bother me. I am for an aquatic center. It must be boring to buy on the Internet. I like to see the wonderful stores Cape Girardeau has to offer. I like to mingle with people. I'd hate to think I spent my life in front of a computer screen. Cape Girardeau is a progressive city.

Disorganized drives

MY HUSBAND and I give blood at the various Red Cross blood drives and have been doing it ever since we got married 18 years ago. We give regularly. I have been disappointed the last couple of times we have given blood at how disorganized the blood drives have been. Something's changed. I don't know what it is, but whatever it is needs to be fixed. I can't count the number of people I've heard say, "We will never do this again. It was a disaster."

Thanks for hospitality

I'M A Notre Dame Regional High School parent who attended the Notre Dame-Saxony Lutheran High School basketball game at Saxony last week. I would like to thank Saxony for its hospitality and wish the school well on its mission. Saxony's pep band truly was fabulous.

Courteous walking

WALKERS HAVE the right-of-way at marked crosswalks, but not over drivers. I looked it up. You still have to use caution when you're crossing. Drivers still have the first right-of-way to the road, even in a crosswalk. I drive through Southeast Missouri State University's campus often throughout every day because of my job. I'm amazed at the behavior of the kids crossing the street. If you want to talk about the rights of walkers, what about the behavior of the walkers and their interference with the rights of drivers? They stop in the street to talk or wait for someone else. As a common courtesy, I always let students cross. I've stopped for them and waved them across. Maybe once a week do I have anybody acknowledge me. College students can whine about their rights to cross the street, but there's also a certain amount of responsibility on their part to be courteous pedestrians.

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I always thought that pedestrians have the right of way....

Swan, Chelsea is going to be at SEMO sometime tomorrow..err...today. Sunday. I am not sure what time, or where. I believe it is 630pm. But not sure where. A friend of mine is supposed to be finding out, and if I am home, i will let ya know.

-- Posted by allen6177 on Sun, Jan 27, 2008, at 2:40 AM

OK, maybe I should read the home page before posting. lol.

Clinton, 27, is scheduled to show up at 7 p.m. at Grace Cafe, 818 Broadway. Fliers announcing the appearance were being distributed Saturday evening in downtown Cape Girardeau nightspots.

-- Posted by allen6177 on Sun, Jan 27, 2008, at 2:42 AM


I am sooooo confused. Peg Nichols has a post in comments section of the story of Chelsea coming to Cape which does not make any sense. I take it that she was denying that the story is true, yet Rudi Keller's article still stands without any retractions. This rag of a newspaper needs more intelligent reporters and more oversight from management.

-- Posted by conservababe on Sun, Jan 27, 2008, at 9:43 AM


A response from your yesterday post. I, too, believe the British newspapers are more newsworthy than ours. My favorite is the Telegraph because of their news gathering expertise. When you are next published send us a link?

-- Posted by conservababe on Sun, Jan 27, 2008, at 10:05 AM

"I'd hate to think I spent my life in front of a computer screen."

As a computer, I find your faith in technology amusing. User might be wishing life had an UNDO function when the sales tax passes...

Smash forehead on keyboard to continue and wait for the following response...

APATHY ERROR: Don't bother striking any key. Application has reported a "Not My Fault" in module KRNL.EXE in line 0200:103F

-- Posted by Lord_love_a_duck! on Sun, Jan 27, 2008, at 11:39 AM

The laws in Jackson concerning pedestrian crosswalks must be a full-180 degree turn from those in Cape, then, because that's not the way it's applied in the up-town Jackson area. Or at least that's what I was told in the past---maybe the law's been changed. But I THINK I remember in the Missouri Drivers Manual, that a pedestrian who is within the marked crosswalk DOES have the right-of-way, but DOES NOT mean that such can simply step-out, and stop traffic. It could be compared to the YIELD signs on Interstate on-ramps, I guess, where vehicles ENTERING the traffic are REQUIRED to yield to on-coming traffic---for the traffic to switch to the LEFT lane, if clear, is only a matter of courtesy to those entering. It is NOT a law. Maybe I'm misinterpreting the manual in BOTH instances, I don't know---but I always considered it mandatory to stop for people in a crosswalk. And I don't automatically assume that traffic will be "courteous" enough for me to enter the driving lanes, at the end of the "runway", either! That's what God created MIRRORS for---use 'em!!!

-- Posted by donknome on Sun, Jan 27, 2008, at 12:18 PM

"WALKERS HAVE the right-of-way at marked crosswalks, but not over drivers."

Who do walkers have the right-of-way over then, the squirrels?

-- Posted by nuit_de_trois_chiens on Sun, Jan 27, 2008, at 1:28 PM

Ted Kennedy is going to endorse Obama.

-- Posted by conservababe on Sun, Jan 27, 2008, at 3:45 PM

Yup. I'd have to agree that Speak Out is a yawner today, as it usually is...seems like the same ole seminar dunderheads recycling their same ole banal crud.

The only local article in the paper today that stirred a little chatter, myself included (so bored being on duty), is the thing on Chelsea dropping in on Cape. Even the D.E.S. expresses little interest, other than maybe doing some file maintenance of it's data base regarding some of the usual suspect leftist subversives, mostly from the university, who pollute the Grace Cafe now and then; monitoring cafes & taverns around the campus and in town is such a pain, so better them than me.

Speaking of pollution, however, I don't believe Chelsea's retired & disgruntled Secret Service guards (if she has any) will have anything to worry about, except protecting her from the above suspects and maybe some food poisoning, which can be expected in Cape. She's probably just dropping in for a potty break, then pressing on. The up side is, since she won't be bringing her dad (or the other beast) along, she won't have to keep him on a leash...or God help the gals on the campus if he'd break loose and chase after them!!

Geeze, I must be bored. Herr out.

-- Posted by Herr_Hauptmann_DES on Sun, Jan 27, 2008, at 4:03 PM

Chelesa is bringing a beast? Which one..George W. or Dick C.? Surely, she has better taste than that!

-- Posted by iago on Sun, Jan 27, 2008, at 4:14 PM

Many Universities give right away to pedestrians in cross walks over automobiles. Check with the University, not with Cape Girardeau City.

-- Posted by The Central Scrutinizer on Sun, Jan 27, 2008, at 6:33 PM

The Central Scrutinizer, I understand that the City has no control over "university" property, as far as zoning. Yet, I'm thinking most of the streets around SEMO are City streets, thus under City/State jurisdiction?

-- Posted by coke zero on Sun, Jan 27, 2008, at 8:24 PM

Chelsea is not bringing a beast...

Mom and Pop couldn't come! Chelsea is the beast. Didn't you hear?

-- Posted by gehagge on Sun, Jan 27, 2008, at 8:24 PM


-- Posted by Just_Me_and_My_Opinion. on Sun, Jan 27, 2008, at 10:20 PM

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