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Speak Out 7/28/08

Monday, July 28, 2008

Tax assessments

IT'S WIDELY reported that our property values have gone down approximately 15 percent. I called the county assessor's office to see if it would reduce my tax assessment accordingly. I was told that the assessor's office has not seen that trend locally. I think that's probably incorrect. I don't mind paying taxes if my property increases in value, but I certainly think it's only fair that if my property is worth less, that our taxes are reduced accordingly.

Borrowing from China

I HAVE no complaints about taking our country back from foreigners. It is time America wakes up. We are borrowing money from China to pay for this war and for the stimulus payments.

Breaking the quiet

THE COMMENT about how quiet Gordonville is at night seems kind of funny. We still have gangs of fireworkers going on. Nobody seems to mind. It bothers me, but it doesn't seem to bother the mayor or anybody else.

Shopping carts

I SYMPATHIZE with the person who complained about grocery carts with bad wheels. I could never understand why all grocery stores do not use the system Aldi's does. It requires a customer to use a quarter to get a cart and then put the cart back to get their quarter back. Everyone would benefit. The store would not have to go looking for carts all over.

Talented band

I JUST returned from the Golden Eagles Band concert on the terraces at Academic Hall. I have not spent such an enjoyable time for a long time. That band is so talented, and the arrangements for the songs it will be playing in Great Britain gave me goose bumps. The band should wow them over there.

Political calls

POLITICAL candidates do not have to abide by Missouri's no-call rule. I don't like that. Anyone who bothers me on my personal time will not get my vote.

Go away

THIS IS for the south side of town, especially on Pacific Street and Ellis Street. It wasn't bad enough for those of us who own our homes and have lived here 20 or 30 years. First we got slum landlords. And now we have drug lords. They need to relocate, go back to wherever they came from. They're not welcome in this neighborhood. We don't like drugs.

Good article

I WANT to thank Rudi Keller for his article pertaining to sitting on the volcano. I learned a lot. I hope he continues to have these interesting articles. I read every word of it. Good going, Rudi.

Dead battery

I WANT to thank the Cape Girardeau Police Department for its help when I was stranded with a dead battery on the highway in front of the Olive Garden while waiting for my husband to bring back a battery from Wal-Mart. You guys are great. I appreciate it. In particular, I want to thank those unknown guys who stayed with me during the whole process. In an age when chivalry is dead, you were remarkable. I got home safely, thanks to you. God bless you all.

Gun freedom

ENOUGH OF all this nitpicking over the Second Amendment. I don't own a gun, but I certainly want the freedom to get one should I so choose. The world was different when the Constitution was written. Everyone had a gun for food and protection. If the Second Amendment was only for a militia, why didn't the government round up all the citizens of the wild West and toss them in the pokey for having a gun?

Garden shortage

I HAVE a small flower and vegetable garden. I have noticed not only a shortage of bees, but also butterflies, ants, martins and hummingbirds. What is happening?

Flood bailouts

I CAN'T believe that many individuals believe the government should bail them out of a flood when they know they will risking being flooded out again. The excuse "I can't move" is ridiculous. It's your choice to live there. Others have moved. The fact is many of the whiners are more financially secure than most other folks.

Save for disaster

MISSOURI CLAIMS it now has millions of dollars of surplus this year. Congratulations to the governor and his administration. Now everyone of these "You owe me something" Democrats will whine for their share. I say keep the surplus for a real disaster, which always comes along.

Sad news

WHAT SAD news that Joni Adams Bliss has passed away. I met Joni many years ago, and she was so wonderful. Tears are streaming down my face right now. I'm so saddened at her passing. I'll always kindly remember her back before she married Mark. What a wonderful person. The whole community should be saddened at the loss of Joni.

Lexington Avenue

LOOKS LIKE the city is getting ready to repair Lexington Avenue again. The solution: keep big trucks and heavy equipment off Lexington. The concrete is only about six inches thick. This will not carry these type of loads. Also, the city removes barricades from a fresh pour 36 to 48 hours later. I'm pretty sure wet concrete is not cured enough in 36 to 48 hours for driving cars and big trucks on it.

Support for Hillary

I WOULD be remiss if I did not comment about the harsh criticism of Hillary Clinton. Democrats support Hillary, and we are going wish that she was in the White House.

Ending racism

NOTHING IS perfect in this world. When will all this racism ever stop? When will people stop saying every act is racist? When will people stop blaming people who had nothing to do with slavery for their problems? Some talk of reparations. What's one's freedom worth? It's priceless. We're all human beings under God.

No vote for robo-callers

ANY POLITICIAN who robo-calls does not respect you as a voter. He thinks he should talk and you should listen. How does that make you feel? It makes me feel like not voting for him.

Carter's interest

I READ the comment wishing Jimmy Carter was back in office. I'm a real estate agency, and when Mr. Carter was in office, we had interest rates at 18 percent. Yeah, we want Jimmy Carter back. Come on, be for real.

Learning to live

TO THE Bliss family: We watched your girls grow up in the paper. We laughed because some of us were going through similar things. I avidly read Mark's column every time that it came out. I learned to let things go and not be so policeman-like about raising my children. I learned to let them be children. I thank you for that. My kids are grown up now, and I never knew Joni, but I wish that I had. I wish you the best. I'm so sorry for your loss.

Safety rights

I PREFER to go 55 mph for a lot of different reasons, one of which is I'm safe at 55, and I'm not safe at 70. I have a right to the highway too.

Medicaid and work

SPEAKING OF restoring Medicaid cuts, I'm a disabled Missourian who used to work under a Medicaid program designed to help Medicaid recipients get out in the workforce. I made very little money, just enough for a few groceries and gasoline to go back and forth to work. Working helped my self-esteem remain high, and my goals of full-time work seemed within reach. It kept my job skills sharp and ready to use. Since the cuts, I've had to choose between my part-time jobs and my health care. I have multiple health problems and had to choose health care. Now I sit home every day and watch my skills dwindle from lack of use. I would have found the right job and gotten off Medicaid if the program had not been cut. Please allow disabled people to spread their wings and work. That's how we'll get people off Medicaid.

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good morning everyone , Me'Lange :) ,

Garden shortage : i counted 10 hummingbirds yesterday

in my rock garden . y'all know that they chirp ?

the trick is to use red , hummingbirds are attracted

to red for some reason ...or buy a cheap

hummingbird feeder at ur favorite store .

-- Posted by ..Rick on Mon, Jul 28, 2008, at 7:25 AM

Shopping carts...more are on the way !!!

-- Posted by ..Rick on Mon, Jul 28, 2008, at 7:28 AM

Shopping carts...more are on the way !!!

-- Posted by ..Rick on Mon, Jul 28, 2008, at 7:28 AM


A little Keynes is not a bad thing. The fact is while it is currently unpopular to say so we live within a Keynesian state.

-- Posted by SWBG on Mon, Jul 28, 2008, at 9:52 AM

Anyone looking for bees should come over and shake my Rose of Sharon or hibiscus. You'll have more bees than you know what to do with.

Also, too much money being made in the race business. When you see extortionists like Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson in the unemployment line, you'll know things will be getting better.

-- Posted by stevmo on Mon, Jul 28, 2008, at 9:54 AM

Garden Shortage: Perhaps you need to grow plant species that will attract the type of insects/wildlife you desire. Check out the MDC website and go to the next Naturescaping Workshop they offer. I think you will be happy with the results.

-- Posted by Hawker on Mon, Jul 28, 2008, at 9:54 AM

My cats spend most of their waking moments watching the honeybees and bumblebees that polenate my plants. I've got or have had bumper crops of blackberries, cherries and apples. Butterflies, martins and hummingbirds abound in my yard, and I've been struggling with the ants to make them go somewhere else!

-- Posted by RocketSurgeon on Mon, Jul 28, 2008, at 10:17 AM

I do hate when political parties call my home begging for money.

Speaking of political parties....I have noted that most who are running for state representative now have big neon yellow stickers on their signs stating how PRO LIFE they are. I also noted that WAYNE WALLINGFORD'S sticker reads "100% PRO LIFE".

So....if one is 100% pro life this has to mean he is against the death penalty and the war right? I am so glad that someone is finally 100% against all death.

He gets my vote!

-- Posted by tristategossipgirl on Mon, Jul 28, 2008, at 10:51 AM


hummingbirds seem to come to my red Vincas and

red Impatients for some reason ...i had no idea

that hummingbirds chirped until yesterday ...

-- Posted by ..Rick on Mon, Jul 28, 2008, at 11:23 AM

Hey fellow hummingbird lovers! We only have one lonely little fellow this year and I miss my h'birds so much! They chirp, they squabble with each other, and they come to the feeders in pairs. They will sit and guard the feeder and chase away anyone else who comes near. I've even seen them chase off wasps and bees. It's as if they have no fear of anything. To be so tiny they are tough little things.

A couple of summers ago one got into our garage. My husband found him on the hood of his truck and thought he was d-e-a-d. He brought him out and showed me, and I touched him and we gently inspected him thoroughly. My daughter came home and she was bent over looking at him closely when, with a sudden burst of new life, he flew up and away. She almost fell over with the surprise of it!

Yes, Me'lange--definately find time to watch these little guys. They will amuse you for hours!

-- Posted by Maxine_the_Magnificent on Mon, Jul 28, 2008, at 11:49 AM

Tax assessments

I donít think we should be penalized for owning things by paying ANY property tax.

Borrowing from China

If we are not borrowing money from China we will borrow it from somewhere else and if not for the war or stimulus checks it will be for something else. According to some, we are always on the verge of being taken over by another country. Oh look, the sky is falling again.

Breaking the quiet

Do something and quit complaining to Speak Out; not aware of any problems solved via this forum.

Shopping carts


Talented band

The Golden Eagles is an excellent band.

Political calls

Gee and to think I was worried about world peace and hunger in Darfur.

Go away

A neighborhood will have the amount of crime it is willing to tolerate.

Good article

Sorry didnít read it.

Dead battery

While Cape PD has its detractors, there are some pretty good people who work there; donít know that it took that many to help out, but I donít know the situation. There are such a thing as slow nights even in Cape.

Gun freedom

The Second Amendment did not establish a right to individual firearms ownership, it recognized an existing natural right and that the right should not be infringed. The court could not take that right away no matter how they ruled. Most state constitutions contain less ambiguous wording recognizing the right to keep firearms for protection as does Missouriís.

Garden shortage

Havenít we been down this road before with Rachael Carson?

Flood bailouts

I agree; we are no longer a nation of self reliant individuals. We have become too dependent on government and private entities to bail us out of our poor decisions. I was homeless and lived on the streets or in my piece of crap car when I had one for a while and didnít die; my choices, my problem.

Save for disaster

When it comes to whining for money, Republicans do not hold the high ground on this; everyone wants something from government no matter what they say.

Support for Hillary

Not me.

Ending racism

You are either a racist or you are not. While you may not be able to control whether or not you are, you can certainly control your actions and speech. Racism will be with us for many, many years, but hopefully we can mitigate the effects by our own actions.

No vote for robo-callers

I donít answer the phone anyway.

Carter's interest

When Jimmy Carter came into office, we were living off of my paycheck and putting my wifeís in the bank. By the time he left office, it took both of our checks to pay our bills. Carterís presidency was a disaster.

Safety rights

Well, no one said you donít, just stay in the right lane.

Medicaid and work

Sadly, donít know enough about the program to comment, but I agree in principal that individuals with disabilities should receive assistance in transitioning into the workforce. You might consider doing volunteer work to keep your job skills current.

-- Posted by D'oh on Mon, Jul 28, 2008, at 12:04 PM


Many have used Keynes as a way to justify big government spending. He did advocate as much during the depression to help spur the economy (and I believe he was eventually proved right when WWII pushed government spending to the limits for that time). However they seem to forget that he advocated of paying off the debt during times of plenty. I believe in the power of the market as did Keynes and some of the governmental regulations choke off some initiative by business. Keynes did not advocate for this. Compared to Friedman Keynes does appear to be a bit of a socialist

-- Posted by SWBG on Mon, Jul 28, 2008, at 2:26 PM

re: flood bailouts

I have to smile everytime I see one of these posts complaining of people living in a flood zone. Evidently these midwesterners are not as resiliant as portrayed by some here in comparision to the victims of New Orleans after Katrina.

re: racism

Racism will always be with us in any society. It is between people of different colors as well as those of the same color. Bigotry and predjustice, also, will remain of a religious, nationality, sexual lifestyles or class nature. But none of them are a crime, or shouldn't be, I must add. Just lately have the 'thought police' made the 'hate crime'. Hang on for the ride as we slide to Europe's definition of criminality where one can be arrested for even criticizing another's race, lifestyle, religion etc.

(pulling on my abestoes underwear) giggle

-- Posted by BABE on Mon, Jul 28, 2008, at 3:11 PM


Traditionally individuals living in a rural area have been more self sufficient than those in an urban area, but I don't know how clearly those lines are now or if they have disappeared altogether with the amount of aid given to farmers. I doubt that any of us are as resilient or resourceful as we would like to think.

As to racism, I agree with another poster essentially, you can't help how you feel, just what you do about it. You can have or should be able to have racist, sexist etc. feelings/thoughts as long as these thoughts do not lead to actions. I am opposed to "hate crime" designation though I am very much opposed to discrimination in any form or targeting someone based on race, religion, sex or sexual orientation.

-- Posted by Red_Rhino on Mon, Jul 28, 2008, at 3:29 PM

Red Rhino

What do you mean by leading to 'actions'? Are you speaking of criminality exclusively? Discrimination laws is an entire different debate.

-- Posted by BABE on Mon, Jul 28, 2008, at 3:43 PM

Don't know any fiscal conservatives anymore; may be some, just not enough from either party.

Surely you have no bigotry or prejudice against free spending politicians...

-- Posted by Red_Rhino on Mon, Jul 28, 2008, at 3:43 PM

No, I am not limiting my comments to criminality only.

-- Posted by Red_Rhino on Mon, Jul 28, 2008, at 3:45 PM

Red Rhino

Do you think the free rights of folks to speak their minds about race, religion, homosexuality, nationality should be denied if it is deemed 'distasteful' by the government? And to go further, do you think it should be deemed a criminal act as is being done in other free countries?

-- Posted by BABE on Mon, Jul 28, 2008, at 4:18 PM


That is kind of a loaded question in that what one might consider "free speech" another might consider incitement. Essentially, I feel that the First Amendment is the first for a reason in that it seems to be a preeminent and fundamental right that should have very narrowly defined restrictions such as the old "shouting fire in a crowded theater". I am not in favor of expanding restrictions on that freedom beyond what we already have. I am not one of those people who believe all ills of society should be addressed with new laws as I feel we already have too many. I think as a country we have all too often been willing to give up our freedoms for the "common good". One of my favorite quotes is as follows:ďWhen liberty is taken away by force it can be restored by force. When it is relinquished voluntarily by default it can never be recovered.Ē Dorothy Thompson (1893-1961)

Hope some of that made sense.

-- Posted by Red_Rhino on Mon, Jul 28, 2008, at 4:35 PM

Folks are already foaming at the mouth about this little article of Rush Limbaugh wanting to buy an NFL team....


-- Posted by BABE on Mon, Jul 28, 2008, at 6:52 PM


I've seen the same things in my hummingbirds. They are pretty territorial and do seem to have no fear. Perhaps your d-e-a-d looking bird knocked himself out. My sister has feeders on her back patio and a large sliding glass door. One of the birds smacked into it one day trying to get into her red bowl on the kitchen table, presumably, and knocked himself out cold. They thought he was dead too, but in a couple of minutes he came to with a start and was fine. They had to tape a piece of paper to the door so the birds would realize it wasn't an open space.

-- Posted by happy1a on Mon, Jul 28, 2008, at 6:56 PM


Hard to say 'people' when there is only one other comment besides yours.

Who Me?

Always wondered if the people could refinance a home built for them by that show. Not too bright if the original home is paid for when they tear it down to build a new one and they are given the new one clear and free (guessing it is free and clear except taxes). I can maybe understand the temptation, but if you had problems with the first why take one out on the new? Again, maybe not the brightest thing to do.

What do you know Who Me?, you and I do agree sometimes. lol

-- Posted by Pups on Mon, Jul 28, 2008, at 7:50 PM

Re: Safety rights

Just bear in mind that if everyone were to drive 55 on the Interstate, such as through the result of a speed limit change - and if the same number of people were to continue to travel the same distances - then suggest that the Interstates will become more crowded by an approximate ratio of the change in average speeds.

For a drop from 70 to 55, could expect 21% more traffic on the road. With more traffic on the road, there will be more 'targets' with which to trade paint.

So, if higher speeds are less safe, and more traffic is less safe - then by driving slower, it's just gonna take you that much longer to travel all the way to the scene of the crash. Eh, yep. :-)~

-- Posted by fxpwt on Mon, Jul 28, 2008, at 8:05 PM

In regard to babe's earlier question regarding free speech and racial slurs etc.

My suggestion is that if you can find an audience for such derogatory remarks speak all you want. Go to a Klan rally if one would chose.

However it should be against the law to use incendiary remarks to incite any group. There is an amount of culpability involved in such actions. The reason is history shows us that such talk can lead to violence.

-- Posted by SWBG on Mon, Jul 28, 2008, at 8:23 PM

with that logic, lets make the speed limit 120, and we'd never have a problem.

-- Posted by changedname on Mon, Jul 28, 2008, at 8:24 PM

Support for Hillary? You bet!

-- Posted by iago1 on Mon, Jul 28, 2008, at 9:02 PM

Hillary?..haw haw haw

-- Posted by ..Rick on Mon, Jul 28, 2008, at 9:04 PM


I have said many times that if someone does not 'get' the point of my post, then that is 'my' failure. But, in this case I'm going to make an exception. 'You' are the one totally at fault here for not realizing 'my' point.

Otherwise free countries are outlawing free speech in the arena of dicussion of religion, gay rights, illegal immigration etc merely because it 'offends' someone.

What are your opinions conserning this issue?

-- Posted by BABE on Mon, Jul 28, 2008, at 10:18 PM


please be advised that these are ur opinions and

not necessarily the truth . what free countries are

outlawing free speech ? please site examples ...

-- Posted by ..Rick on Mon, Jul 28, 2008, at 10:30 PM


Just the first article I came across when googling....


-- Posted by BABE on Tue, Jul 29, 2008, at 1:46 AM


I realize this is taken out of context , but

according to the article :

"The new law aims to catch those who do not explicitly call for attacks or discrimination against homosexuals, as this is covered by existing incitement laws."

-- Posted by ..Rick on Tue, Jul 29, 2008, at 5:20 AM

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