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Speak Out 1/2/09

Friday, January 2, 2009

Keep the air show

SORRY, AIRPORT manager Bruce Loy, but I disagree with your decision to cancel next year's air show. If the air shows of previous years brought in visitors from out of town who ate in our restaurants and stayed in our motels, how much more will the Cape Girardeau area suffer with the loss of these visitors with no air show? Now hotels will be laying off maids, and restaurants will be cutting back on their wait staff. Gas stations will sell less gas. Even if the show isn't as big as previous years due to the soft economy, canceling it will be worse. Let's rethink this decision.

No taxpayer funding

IF TAXPAYERS money is being used in any way to pay for Cape Girardeau's air show, the air show should be forever abolished.

No hope for 2009

I DON'T understand why anybody would celebrate the coming of 2009 this New Year's Eve. With unemployment expected to increase and the recession getting deeper, the coming year and most likely the next couple of years are going to be terrible. There is now reason to give in to false hope.

Gift etiquette

I WAS raised to thank people for the gifts I receive at Christmas, no matter how big or small or if you love it or hate it. This year, I gave several small, meaningful gifts to co-workers and friends and received no acknowledgment whatsoever. My feelings were hurt, but also I find this so rude. What happened to gratitude? No wonder so many of today's youths are growing up without manners.

Global records

EVERY YEAR at this time I hear comments purporting to disprove global warming because the weather is colder than usual or because there happens to be an untimely ice storm. A few hot or cold days where you live does not affect the average global temperature. Global warming does not refer to a cold or hot snap in Southeast Missouri or in the Midwest or in the entire United States. It is global warming. Furthermore, global warming is not determined by newspaper records going back 150 years. It is measured by the geologic record going back millennia.

Grading papers

I'VE BEEN teaching for 18 years and for several reasons have never had students grade papers. The main reason is that if I don't grade the papers, I have no idea what questions the students had problems with. Therefore, I don't know what skills, if any, need to be retaught. Second, grades are important, not only today but down the line for each student. The only way I can ensure the accuracy of the grades is if I grade the papers. Third, it is my job to grade papers. It is something I am paid to do. Fourth, we don't have time in class to spend grading papers. We have far too many things to cover to take instructional time away from my students. The last reason is one every district who allows teachers to pass of their work on the students needs to consider: privacy laws. Student grades, even on daily assignments, are confidential and are nobody's business but that student. To allow other students to see what their classmates have earned is not only unethical but is illegal. For those who say teachers don't have time to get it all done, I can prove that this is patently untrue. Teachers who say it isn't are wasting time. Now Speak Out will inundated by teachers saying this isn't true, but I challenge them to first honestly and accurately keep track of how they spend their time and then respond.

A teacher's choice

TEACHERS ARE not forced to give up so much of their lives by doing extra work at home as a Speak Out comment claimed. They chose to.

How it works

THE PERSON who compared the flat tax to the FairTax obviously never read the FairTax proposal. With the FairTax the government mails a check to everyone each year in the amount necessary to pay the tax on $15,000. If that's all you spend, you pay no tax. It is not regressive, because the more you spend, the more you pay.

Working at home

TO THE person who thinks teachers are not paid to take work home: I beg to differ. That is exactly what they are paid to do. They send hours upon hours of homework home with our children and expect them to learn most things on their own because there is not enough time to teach everything they are paid to teach at school. If the students can take their work home, so can the teacher. If the teachers think they are not paid well enough, then get a summer job like most everyone else who gets a three-month vacation.

Tournament coverage

I CAN'T understand why, as big as the Southeast Missourian Christmas Tournament is these days, an FM radio station doesn't broadcast it. I think an AM broadcast is a great idea, but AM reception is a little less than desirable. Even a webcast on semoball.com would be good for those who cannot be there for whatever reason. I love the tournament but can't attend all of the games, I guess my question is: With so many corporate sponsors on board, why can't this be accomplished? Or why couldn't the Southeast Missourian and KFVS12 work out some way to air the tournament?

Funds for dogs

The police department should not use our children to raise money for the new police dogs. If the police need dogs, let the police do the fundraising.

Costly power

News reports say that in the future you will be able to plug your car into your electrical outlet. Where is all this electricity going to come from? And what is it going to cost when everyone plugs in?

Gone to the dogs

FOR ALL you dog owners, use a little common sense mixed with neighborly manners and you'll be fine. All you haters, get real and grow up. I'm sure you all have issues that drive someone else crazy too, so get over it.

Drop football

WITH THE expected cuts to the budget from state appropriations, Southeast Missouri State University should seriously consider eliminating the football program. As I understand it, this program is heavily subsidized by the university. Cutting this athletic program would not seriously affect the mission of the university like cutting academic programs and faculty positions would, and it would save millions of dollars each year that could be applied toward academics and maintaining facilities. Given the lack of its success since making the jump to the Division I level, the football program would not be seriously missed.

Use an ashtray

THIS APPEAL is to smokers. Please use an ashtray. Cigarette butts are trash and should be discarded accordingly. I have heard so many drivers complain about being hit by discarded cigarette butts and burned. Butts make our roads look so trashy. Next time you pull up to a stoplight, look around on the ground. It's gross. It's your right to smoke, but littering of any kind is against the law. I smoke, and I use an ashtray.

Shopping apology

I WAS recently in a grocery store, and the aisles were busy as usual. People were backed up both sides of the aisle waiting for someone ahead of them to move. I did not have a cart and only wanted to see if the store had an item I needed. There came an opening between the carts, and I slipped through, not cutting anyone off from looking at the items they needed to get. I proceeded to the end of the aisle. When I turned around to return in the direction I came from, a man was blocking me with his cart. I said "Excuse me" several times before he acknowledged me and informed me that I would have to wait because I had cut him off. I didn't realize I was making it so difficult for him to shop and apologized. He finally let me through. Again, I would like to publicly offer my sincere apologies for that man's inconvenience and wish him a happy new year.

Dealing with terrorists

CONGRATULATIONS TO Israel for finally putting its foot down on the terrorists. I hope and pray that they finish the job this time, not a mop-and-shine job like in 2006.

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Global records;

Did you read your comment before you posted? If global warming is proven by records going back for millennium then that is proof that human activity has nothing to do with it! You're making the point of many credible scientists who believe it's part of the natural cycle of the earth.

-- Posted by Data48 on Fri, Jan 2, 2009, at 6:41 AM

No hope for 2009 – maybe the biggest source of hope for 2009 is that there are no political campaigns so the politicians and main stream media won’t be trying so hard to scare everybody to death to promote their own agendas. With gas prices and mortgage rates down and somewhat of a finger in the dike, it’s more likely that conditions are stabilizing already. Hang in there Sparky and this too shall pass.

Gift etiquette – you should have gotten your gratification from giving the gifts.

Global records – true, but much of the hysteria surrounding purported man-made contribution to global warming is from weather model predictions based on concocted data humanly plugged into these various models. Many of this year’s dire predictions were unfounded. Heck, many of yesterdays predictions were unfounded. Special interest group weather models and the call from those who would benefit from the bazillions of dollars at stake should be view with proper skepticism and due diligence.

Grading papers – thank you.

A teacher’s choice – thank you.

Working at home – thank you.

Costly power – keep asking questions. We deserve good answers.

Drop football – in your humble opinion. I’m guessing one that is not widely shared.

Use an ashtray – what, and give up my God given right to soil my own nest?

Shopping apology – gosh, people are so fun to watch.

Dealing with terrorists – interesting parting shot in Speak Out today. Makes global warming seem kind of irrelevant. I pray our new leaders will take this threat as seriously as the last ones did. Although I fear they won’t.

-- Posted by blogbudsman on Fri, Jan 2, 2009, at 7:04 AM

Global Records: I just love it when Green Heads answer their own questions. Records proved that Global warming is mother earth and man has nothing to do with it. So let us keep our light bulbs, and big cars thank you very much.

-- Posted by freedom1776to2008 on Fri, Jan 2, 2009, at 7:23 AM

Years that sucked more than 2008.


-- Posted by blogbudsman on Fri, Jan 2, 2009, at 8:43 AM

2008 wasn't all bad...


-- Posted by blogbudsman on Fri, Jan 2, 2009, at 8:58 AM

I see where the minimum wage automatically increases with the cost of living. Great idea. Now, why not require employers to pay a cost of living raise to all of their employees, not just the minimum wage workers. Otherwise the minimum wage will catch up with the higher salaries and then everyone will be paid the same minimum wage. But then again, maybe that's what the liberals want.

-- Posted by Observer1 on Fri, Jan 2, 2009, at 9:40 AM

Grading papers= Thank you , I thought teachers got it all done when I was in school.

Global record=I've been reading where melting ice on one pole is being replaced on the other pole with excess ice , my source was the internet so it may be false info, whatever happened to "global cooling "?

that was a major concern in the 70s as I recall, the Bible says the earth will be destroyed by fire but probably not man made.

Use an ashtray= Amen to that , I had another thing happen on my bike at the rest area north of Cape , I pull into a space & remove my gloves (its in the 40s)to warm my fingers, a lady pulls into the space on my right & rolls down her window & throws a 32 ounce cup of slush on my leg & front wheel , I could think of nothing to say that would of been good so I did not say anything ....

-- Posted by rockman54 on Fri, Jan 2, 2009, at 10:09 AM

TEACHERS are wonderful people but SOME not ALL tend to whine too much. Especially the new generation. It's almost as if when they graduate from college they get a diploma and a self-entitlement card. Log on to theangrypharmacist dot com and read his thoughts on teachers who demand brand name scripts because they are entitled to it.

-- Posted by thegreatmosely on Fri, Jan 2, 2009, at 10:24 AM

TEACHERS are wonderful people but SOME not ALL tend to whine too much. Especially the new generation. It's almost as if when they graduate from college they get a diploma and a self-entitlement card. Log on to theangrypharmacist dot com and read his thoughts on teachers who demand brand name scripts because they are entitled to it.

-- Posted by thegreatmosely on Fri, Jan 2, 2009, at 10:24 AM

THE TOURNEY was carried on an FM radio station 107.1-The Star. I enjoyed very much listening to the games. I however like the rest of you couldn't pick up the AM stations and relied on this website for updates.

-- Posted by thegreatmosely on Fri, Jan 2, 2009, at 10:28 AM

BEFORE I get picked apart, I was able to listen to the games that 107 the Star carried but they didn't carry all of them. The AM station games that were carried were horrible to try to listen to. You can't pick up this outdated form of radio.

-- Posted by thegreatmosely on Fri, Jan 2, 2009, at 10:33 AM

No hope for 2009

Just a regular little pollyanna, aren't you.

-- Posted by BABE on Fri, Jan 2, 2009, at 10:37 AM


You have reason to be displeased. Cross these unmannerly folks off your list.

-- Posted by BABE on Fri, Jan 2, 2009, at 10:40 AM

Grading papers


-- Posted by BABE on Fri, Jan 2, 2009, at 10:43 AM

Grading papers: Teacher for 1 years, huh? Please don't end a sentence with a preposition (with).

Drop football:? Did you see the 200 people that showed up for the basketball game? Drop it while you're at it.

-- Posted by grandma73 on Fri, Jan 2, 2009, at 10:54 AM

Well, Bock has retired from county commissioners now. Can anyone recall how much he is drawing in retirement and perks?

-- Posted by BABE on Fri, Jan 2, 2009, at 12:44 PM

Troops wary of Obama....


-- Posted by BABE on Fri, Jan 2, 2009, at 1:27 PM

Obviously, there are "observers" on this forum that have very little knowledge of economic issues. All employers should be "required" to give cost of living adjustments?

Most certainly you have never had to make a payroll. Your ignorance is shining brightly.

-- Posted by cycle_ride on Fri, Jan 2, 2009, at 1:29 PM

..only two DWI on the police reports for Jan1 ...

either lots of folks stayed home or lots of folks

took the back roads to avoid the police ...

-- Posted by ..Rick on Fri, Jan 2, 2009, at 1:49 PM

Kindof Bummed about the air show.It was starting to become a tradition for my family and I and I also hope its not canceled forever. not to mention as posted above it certainly helps our local economy, and its really cool, fun, neat, etc.

And with the idea of dropping football, im 50/50. i must say, SEMO's football team has not been that succesful in terms of winning, but one should put into perspective that Semo football, and the sports program in general is a source of opportunity and not to mention scholarships for students that either cant afford another school or dont want to move away from home. thats what i think.

-- Posted by J_S_92 on Fri, Jan 2, 2009, at 3:00 PM

No hope for 2009

People like you are one of the reasons for the problems. It is so much easier to sit around and complain with the old doom and gloom outlook rather than to try to do something about it or make the best of a bad situation. We WILL get through this as we have survived much worse.

Gift etiquette

If you cannot give gifts selflessly without expecting someone to fall all over you then do us all a favor and don’t give any.

Global records

Good grief, read something before you post it.

Grading papers

How did the teachers ever survive without someone telling them how they should do their job.

How it works

ANYTHING has to be better than what we now have.

Working at home

All of the teachers I know work at home and don’t complain.

Funds for dogs

Agreed and we should not have kids selling overpriced cookie for about everything either; tired of getting hit up all the time.

Costly power

Now there you go making sense again.

Gone to the dogs

Not me, I have no issues and am loved by all.

Use an ashtray

Most people litter too much whether it is cigarette butts, paper, cups or cans.

Shopping apology

Firstly, don’t cut through without asking if it is OK and second it is not that big of a deal that you have to apologize in a public forum.

Dealing with terrorists

Read some history on the formation of Israel and the actions their leaders were involved. No one has clean hands over there when looking at it from an historical perspective. It seems all of the countries in the middle east have a similar mindset.

-- Posted by RA on Fri, Jan 2, 2009, at 3:28 PM

Keep the air show: Move the fireworks to Arena Park!

No taxpayer funding: I agree.

No hope for 2009: Why? Maybe because we're hoping 2009 will be better? Just a hunch.

Gift etiquette: Completely agree, don't give anything year...and listen to the whinging.

Global records: I agree.

Grading papers: Thank you for bringing this to the table. Please endow your skills, knowledge, and experience upon the younger generations of teachers...they need it.

A teacher's choice: hmmm.

How it works: Wow....according to all of these comments about Fair Tax, Huckabee should have won be a landslide.

Working at home: Cheers!

Tournament coverage: Bring back Kevin Phillips! AND...post the daily bracket in the paper please!

Funds for dogs: I said this!

Costly power: Hmmm...doesn't everyone with diesel powered cars plug them in in the winter? Nothing new here folks.

Gone to the dogs: I think we should have pet friendly neighborhoods, and not friendly pet neighborhoods.

Drop football: Yes! I said this too!

Use an ashtray: Hmmm..anyone see the new stats on how stopping smoking in public places has saved lives and cut down on heart attacks?? Pretty interesting I must say.

Shopping apology: LOL...citations for angry shopping now?

Dealing with terrorists: Gaga...I mean Gaza.

Whew! ok...keep it up, and I'm going to start charging for my commentary!

-- Posted by Megalomania on Fri, Jan 2, 2009, at 3:33 PM

H.R. Puff-N-Stuff?? What??

-- Posted by Megalomania on Fri, Jan 2, 2009, at 3:48 PM

The problem isn't the fact that the holiday tournament is covered by an AM station. The problem is that it is covered by a LOW POWER AM station.

AM radio is far better than FM. The signal can travel much further. I can usually pick up stations from Boston, New Orleans, Chicago and Cincinnati on the AM dial.

-- Posted by SEMissouri70 on Fri, Jan 2, 2009, at 4:15 PM

BABE in reference to your link to the the military article, I thought this comment, found in the article, was an interesting one,"The responses are not representative of the opinions of the military as a whole. The survey group overall under-represents minorities, women and junior enlisted service members, and over-represents soldiers". After reading your link, I also thought the title was misleading. It does sound like they support his plans for Afganistan. JMO

-- Posted by concerned4all on Fri, Jan 2, 2009, at 6:20 PM

AM vs. FM

Depends on what one considers better.

IIRC, AM radio only has 10 kilohertz (KHz) of bandwidth alloted, where FM has 200 kilohertz (0.2 megahertz) available. Don't think either format uses the entire bandwidth alloted, but one can get an idea of magnitude of the difference. AM radio has a characteristic tinny or hollow sound, FM radio can approach CD-quality sound for the non-audiophiles - a benefit of the added bandwidth, not to mention the wider FM bandwidth's ability to carry 2-channel stereo - both a left and a right channel, well, actually (Left minus Right) and (Left plus Right) channels. Add the two channels together - get the Left, subtract the two channels - get the Right, and tune to just the (Left plus Right) channel and you get the Mono broadcast.

There was an attempt to launch an AM stereo format, but, in the terms of our English friend, it went over like a Led Zeppelin. There was also an attempt to launch a 4-channel FM stereo (remember quadraphonic?) back in the 70s that suffered a similar fate.

Sound quality is inverse to distance here. A 50,000 watt AM station may be able to reach half the country, where a 50,000 watt FM station likely won't make it much in excess of a 100-mile radius - due mainly to the energy required to push the wider bandwidth. Also, don't forget that area is a function of the square of the radius - for the same type of signal to go twice as far, need four times the power.

AM - amplitude modulation

FM - frequency modulation

then there's an unpopular, little-used critter -

PM - phase modulation

Just different approaches towards mixing the desired broadcast with a higher frequency analog signal suitable for longer distance transmission. It would take one heck of a Mr. Bullhorn to broadcast an unmodified audio signal one-hundred miles!

AM radio is more susceptible to static or lightning interference only due to its broadcast frequency, and not its modulation format - in the 540-1610 kilohertz range (0.54 - 1.610 megahertz). FM is relatively immune only due to its placement at a frequency approximately 100 times greater than AM - in the 88 - 108 megahertz range.

Ahhhh, I'm just full of sh*% - er, useless information - er, too much news tonite! :-)

-- Posted by fxpwt on Fri, Jan 2, 2009, at 7:53 PM

Re: costly power

One benefit of the proposed method is the relative ease to monitor and to regulate the emissions of a few thousand power plants as compared to millions of cars. A 40-year old power plant can be required to meet 2009 emission limits. A 40-year old car only has to meet the emission limits in effect during its production year. Power plants can't vote, people that own 40-year old cars can.

Another benefit is that a power plant can produce fewer emissions per unit of motive force than can a gasoline or diesel fueled vehicle.

A third benefit is that this method may be able to reduce the rate of growth in the numbers of power plants - by using the plugged-in vehicles as a storage system that could be drawn upon in times of heavy electric demand. This would reduce the need for the short-term 'peaking' plants. However, don't know that Joe the Plumber would be happy when he jumps in his car to go somewhere only to find that the power company had drained his batteries. But that's something for the R&D boys to cipher on.

Clean and cheap are just about polar opposites when it comes to energy. If one wants it real clean, it won't be cheap. If one wants it real cheap, it won't be clean. There are a few exceptions, but most all of these are still commercially-unfeasible on the magnitudes of scale necessary.

One benefit of the current recession is that it will reduce the overall need for new power plants - gives a little more time for the R&D boys to work on bringing clean and cheap closer together within most people's comfort range.

-- Posted by fxpwt on Fri, Jan 2, 2009, at 8:29 PM

Re: Global records

Still like one of the ideas heard to explain global warming. Airports.

Yep - where are a lot of the 'official' temperatures taken? Airports!

Most airports have grown over the last several years - more concrete runways means a bigger local heat sink to capture and to hold heat. Sounds good to me.

And just how did they measure temperature way back - how many decimal points of accuracy? How does that compare to today? Hate to think we'd spend gadzillions of dollars over what turns out to be a simple measurement error.

Could the claimed polar cap melting be due to a change in the salt level of the ocean?

Is it truly global warming - or just better averaging? The poles are getting warmer and the equator region is getting cooler? If so, now what?

Still have too many questions not answered satisfactorily. Then there's the credibility issue - how can the guy who invented the Internet (Gore) also be so smart as to be able to solve global warming? The odds are just uncalculable! :-)~

-- Posted by fxpwt on Fri, Jan 2, 2009, at 8:41 PM

...it's not nice to fool mother nature..

-- Posted by ..Rick on Fri, Jan 2, 2009, at 9:04 PM

Seems that I deal with the effects of Mother Nature better than I handle the wrath of Father Time. :-)~

-- Posted by fxpwt on Fri, Jan 2, 2009, at 9:09 PM

**How It Works**

Certainly have seen nothing indicating the proposed 'fair tax' would mail a check to 'everyone' each year for $3,450 (23% tax on $15,000). It's tough to read the entire 'proposal,' but there certainly are some odd things...such as the 'tax calculator' indicating an approximate savings in income taxes of over $1,000 to seniors living primarily on SS--Odd because they would owe no taxes in that case.

One imaginary calculation of a person with $7,000 annual income of SS says there would be a prebate of about $875 annually. That would definitely benefit people I know who are on SS and pay no income taxes. Remember, too ... that 23% sales tax would be in addition to state/local sales taxes, so we're talking about 30% in sales taxes at the point of purchase. AND we're still replacing IRS with a huge bureaucracy to 'oversee' the program.

Agree with you, Data48 & blogbudman, on the 'global warming.'

fxpwt, agree with your airport comments, too...as well as reports I've read about airplanes being one of the largest contributors to so-called global warming ... yet all the biggies in the warming hoorah, like Gore, are flying around the globe in their jets ... very concerned about the 'warming.' ~wink~ Heck ... fly all they want as long as we all use those curly bulbs with the mercury inside them, and the problems will be solved. I mean ... okay, I'll come right out and say it--when the global warming proponents are willing to give up all their conveniences and lifestyles (trying to recall how much energy Gore's house(s) and houseboat consume), then I'll be more of a believer. Until then, looks to me like a good money-making career right now. Reading the same as you mentioned ... ice caps melting but more ice forming in other regions.

Yikes, rockman54 ... You're a MUCH better person than I am, because I can think of a few things I could have said, but probably would have hustled inside the rest area building, bought a cola, and ..

-- Posted by gurusmom on Fri, Jan 2, 2009, at 11:39 PM

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