THE EDITORIAL about the bicycle race forgot one important thing: safety. Bicyclists go up and down Route Y and Route V in Oriole. They are pushy and try to stop traffic so they can practice race. It is unsafe because there are no shoulders on those roads, and there are a lot of hills. They should be banned from the two-lane roads. They should use the pricey Osage trail. There are no cars on the trail, and there should be no bikes on two-lane roads.
IF MISSOURI legislators had any courage, they would save no telling how many lives by banning texting while driving. They won't. They will continue to target teens who aren't old enough to vote by telling them the driving age has been raised into the stratosphere.
HOME REMODELERS in the Cape Girardeau area and Lowes are saying good-bye to a legend. Ollie Benefield, who has managed paint departments at both Riverside Hardware stores before they closed, Central Hardware and for the past 15 years at Lowes is retiring. Many beautifully painted homes in the Cape area can thank Ollie for her perfect palette of paints, stains and wallpaper. Many people would seek out Ollie for her knowledge of paint, eye for great color combos and delightful customer service. Happy retirement.
IN WAR nobody wins. I am still trying to figure out why we are in Iraq. What happened to Osama bin Laden? What about our debt for this war? What about all the deaths of our soldiers and of innocent civilians? Don't give me the line we are fighting terrorism. It makes me fighting mad when our soldiers are used as political pawns.
Greed, no accountability
THE BLAME for the financial meltdown is not due to Reagan deregulatory practices nor is it a recent result of the Democratically controlled Congress. No one forced any institution to make the loans that these once trusted bankers made despite knowing that these people did not have the means to repay the loans. Personal and corporate greed and lack of personal responsibility are solely to blame. The blame also rests with Joe Consumer who bit off more than he could chew. We need to quit playing the blame game and get back to the basics this country was founded on: personal responsibility and accountability.
NOTICE TO all Perryville Road and Perry Avenue residents. There have been several break-ins and attempted break-ins reported in this area over the past week. Be alert and keep an eye out on your home and your neighbors homes.