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Saturday, January 10, 2009

Chaffee depot

I HEARD that the Chaffee railroad depot might close. If this is true it could really hurt Chaffee since so many from Chaffee are employed with the railroad. Layoffs have already occurred for some crews that catch the train at Chaffee. I hope city officials do everything possible to keep the Chaffee depot open.

Clean it up

THE PEOPLE of Bollinger County are never happy about taxes. We need taxes to be right where they are. We are all in this together and need to think about what it would be like to go back like it was. People who say they want to move need to get their things together and go. What they really need to concentrate on is cleaning up some of the old cars and picking up the trash in their yards. No one wants to move here and live in a junk yard. Just look around town. How awful it looks. This could be a beautiful place if only people would bend over and pick up trash and move all the old cars,

Lawful senator

IF THERE is no factual evidence that Roland Burris' appointment was any way influenced by dishonest methods, he should be seated as a U.S. senator from Illinois. Gov. Rod Blagojevich has not been impeached. He is still the governor. Under the law the seat is his to fill as he sees fit. If Burris committed no crime, it is wrong to not let him take his rightful place and get to work for the people of Illinois. God knows there's work that needs getting to.

Shameless pandering

TOBY CARRIG needs to get off this crusade calling for a Sikeston-Scott County Central basketball matchup. Carrig should leave sports activities scheduling to athletic directors and be more concerned with writing a quality sports column instead of trying to ingratiate himself with the public by shameless pandering.

Jackson burglaries

I WOULD like to thank the wonderful neighbors I have in Jackson for calling the police when my home was burglarized. What irritates me is that mine is the sixth home robbed in this area, and their has been no mention of this on the news or in the newspaper, Is there not a better way to let the public know when their is a rash of burglaries to get the public involved? I was lucky. The robber used a flashlight, and my neighbor saw the light in my home. Please warn our town of these crimes to help catch the criminals and prevent this. It is a horrible feeling knowing that someone has been through your home.

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Jackson burglaries

there's been three on my street alone .

dunno why it's kept such a secret , everyone around

here knows all about them ..

-- Posted by ..Rick on Sat, Jan 10, 2009, at 3:17 AM

Someone asked about where this is happening in Jackson in the story finally in the paper today. What part of town are we talking about Ricky?

-- Posted by grandma73 on Sat, Jan 10, 2009, at 9:38 AM

Chaffee depot: They have a depot?

Clean it up: So they don't have a right to complain that they are paying over the mandated limit in taxes? Are they under a monarch? Off with their heads!

Lawful senator: LOL! I highly doubt Burris was part of the original "pay to play" plot. Possum probably got knackered and just threw him in since Burris is such a political loser.

Shameless pandering: Heck...I'd like to see this match-up.

Jackson burglaries: Who cares really.

-- Posted by Megalomania on Sat, Jan 10, 2009, at 10:02 AM

Why would ANYONE with any ETHICS accept a seat from someone who has SO MANY CLOUDS hanging over his head? AND why would he come up against the leadership without first talking to them versus threatening with court action? There was a way Burris could have handled this without all the circus he became a part of. And to play the race card? This has NOTHING to do with race until someone made it a race issue. Were I still an Illinois resident, I would NOT want another Chicago person to represent me. Oh, wait, I forgot. I had lived in the state of Chicago and the city of Illinois. How could anyone ever forget that?

-- Posted by LiveAnotherDay on Sat, Jan 10, 2009, at 10:28 AM

JustUs....Fairway Estates subdivision...

-- Posted by ..Rick on Sat, Jan 10, 2009, at 12:04 PM

Chaffee depot

I know several railroad employees and they are over paid for what they do and the length of their runs. If the railroad is going to stay competitive, they will need to cut down on all the little stops so close together along the railways. Freight charges should not be raised and employees who are not needed should not be kept on for the convenience of a any small town.

Clean it up

Kind of got lost in mid stream there; don’t know what the point was.

Lawful senator

He should be seated and I don’t understand why there is not more of an outcry, but I certainly don’t mind the absence of a senator as we have too much government as it is.

Jackson burglaries

When that happened out here, people started armed patrols and watched each other’s homes; not recommending it; just how it was handled. It wasn’t in the paper until the guy was caught.

-- Posted by RA on Sat, Jan 10, 2009, at 1:13 PM

Jackson burglaries

When that happened out here, people started armed patrols and watched each other’s homes; not recommending it; just how it was handled. It wasn’t in the paper until the guy was caught.

-- Posted by TODROG on Sat, Jan 10, 2009, 12:13 pm CDT

...i believe in this instance , it's neighbor robbing neighbor...

-- Posted by ..Rick on Sat, Jan 10, 2009, at 3:13 PM


This happened where I use to live and he got caught in the act; not a pretty sight. It happened next door to me and we never heard or saw a thing.

-- Posted by RA on Sat, Jan 10, 2009, at 3:22 PM


i think it's only a matter of time before these

people pull a bonehead stunt and get caught..

-- Posted by ..Rick on Sat, Jan 10, 2009, at 3:41 PM

**Clean It Up**

"We need taxes to be right where they are." Absolutely! There's nothing like getting that personal property tax bill and seeing that over a period of almost 10 years with the same 2 vehicles, the tax due has decreased insignificantly.

**Lawful Senator**

Apparently, there is some question about that:

"...17th Amendment, which was ratified in 1913. Its first paragraph replaced the indirect election of senators by state legislatures with “direct” popular election by the voters. The second paragraph, which you may have skipped in school, deals with vacancies. It states that when seats open up unexpectedly, governors “shall issue writs of elections to fill such vacancies.

A legal 'proviso' in the amendment that comes later in the second paragraph states: “Provided, that the legislature of any state may empower the executive thereof to make temporary appointments until the people fill the vacancies by election as the legislature may direct.

-- Posted by gurusmom on Sat, Jan 10, 2009, at 4:48 PM

Meglo, you said:

"Clean it up: So they don't have a right to complain that they are paying over the mandated limit in taxes? Are they under a monarch? Off with their heads!"

We don't live under a monarch, the citizens voted for the sales taxes. If the state makes them stop collecting the sales tax, the property tax here will go through the roof, and even more people will leave this area.

I don't like taxes period, but given the choice I would much rather have the taxes be voluntary (the sales tax) than mandatory (the property tax).

-- Posted by mobushwhacker on Sat, Jan 10, 2009, at 11:02 PM

From last night: Rick, you asked why I believe it's easier for a man to give up smoking than it is for a woman ...

I've personally known dozens of people (family, friends, even my attorney) who tried to quit, but ... All of the males were successful in quitting. Of all the females I know who have attempted to quit, only one was successful.

From a Women's Health article on-line: Figures seem to indicate women have more trouble and less success in quitting smoking than men do ... and no conclusion as to why this seems to be. "Women who quit smoking tend to suffer more intense withdrawal symptoms, such as depression, anxiety, poor concentration and weight gain, a new report says." Whether men or women tend to be more successful at ending their cigarette habit was not determined by the report.

I notice one of the 'tips' on quitting mentions Chantrix, which my doctor here is pushing me to try. Problem is ... I've read all the possible side effects, which include depression and suicidal thoughts ... and finally this:

The FDA has issued a Public Health Advisory about the increased risk of suicidal thoughts and behaviors by people taking the smoking-cessation drug varenicline (Chantrix). More specifically, the FDA is saying that serious neuropsychiatric symptoms have occurred in patients taking Chantix. These include: changes in behavior, agitation, depressed mood, suicidal ideation, and attempted and completed suicide. The clinical explanation about how nicotine/Chantrix 'work' in the brain is interesting.

This is the second time that the FDA is warning the public and health care providers about the risks of the drug varenicline.

Chantrix stories from users and/or family members are scary & sad. I would hope no one I know decides to take the chance of trying it:


-- Posted by gurusmom on Sat, Jan 10, 2009, at 11:18 PM


Jimmy Soul - "If You Wanna Be Happy"

If you wanna be happy

For the rest of your life,

Never make a pretty woman your wife,

So from my personal point of view,

Get an ugly girl to marry you.

A pretty woman makes her husband look small

And very often causes his downfall.

As soon as he marries her

Then she starts to do

The things that will break his heart.

But if you make an ugly woman your wife,

You'll be happy for the rest of your life,

An ugly woman cooks her meals on time,

She'll always give you peace of mind.

Don't let your friends say

You have no taste,

Go ahead and marry anyway,

Though her face is ugly,

Her eyes don't match,

Take it from me she's a better catch.

Say man.

Hey baby.

Saw your wife the other day.


Yeah, she's ugly.

Yeah, she's ugly but she sure can cook.

Yeah?. Okay.

-- Posted by Robert Goodbody on Sun, Jan 11, 2009, at 1:42 AM

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