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Speak Out 1/18/09

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Dual increases

HAS anyone noticed that the unemployment rate goes up as the minimum wage goes up?

Thoughtful ideas

CONGRATULATIONS to the teacher who shared the most intelligent way of grading papers. She was right on point with many positive ideas. This person should have the job as secretary of education in Washington, D.C. Her ideas seemed to be looking at education from a serious and long-reaching point of view not only from the children's lifelong well-being, but also the most important way to strengthen our country. Good education releases the property taxpayers of continuing tax action with little results. Our country needs more teachers like this one.

Thanks for noticing

I would like to thank the man at the stop sign this morning who told me I had a flat tire. Thank you. God bless you. I went to a filling station, called my husband and he got it fixed.

Hope for connections

THIS editorial about making connections was the most commonsense idea for helping a part of Cape Girardeau. This idea should be expanded and worked on. Without doing what is mentioned in this editorial, there's no hope for these areas.

TV conversion

THE TV converter boxes we have to get are nothing but an expensive pain in the rear. I had to buy a table to put the box on. I had to get a special antenna. I don't know why this was pushed on us this way. I wish somebody could explain it to me.

Need a roundabout

I see a house is being torn down at the intersection of Mount Auburn and Hopper roads. That is where the four-way stop sign is confusing and nobody seems to know when it's his turn to go. Why doesn't the city take this opportune time to build a roundabout there? More people would learn how convenient roundabouts are, how safe they are and how they help the flow of traffic without stopping.

Nabbing violators

I have never received a ticket, but it upsets me to drive my child to Central High School and see two or three police cruisers trying to get speeders. Go to the various intersections on William Street and Kingshighway to catch drivers who run red lights.

Medical confusion

THE government wants health records to be computerized. I agree. It would eliminate the unnecessary repeating of tests. My worry is there are about five people with name identical to mine. When I go to the doctor, I have to correct this. It happens a lot. I even got billed for someone else's visit.

Frustrating switch

I would like to know why everyone is having to switch to digital television. This is making people spend more money. It's a lot of frustration.

Who knows?

HE who knows not and knows not he knows not is a fool. Shun him. He who knows not and knows he knows not is asleep. Wake him. He who knows and knows not he knows is a child. Teach him. He who knows and knows he knows is wise. Follow him.

Wasted money

REGARDING the chip-and-seal county roads: We don't know much, but we know that chip and seal won't work. County officials thought they knew it all and they went ahead and put it down. Now they've got a heck of a mess. More taxpayer money has been wasted.

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To the people who have no clue about the digital TV conversion:

Obviously you don't watch much TV because they are explaining this over and over again. Perhaps you should forego a conversion box and get rid of the TV!

-- Posted by gehagge1 on Sun, Jan 18, 2009, at 8:58 AM

Dual increases: No, But I did notice it go up as fuel prices went up.

Thoughtful ideas: *sigh*

Thanks for noticing: Blah, Blah, Blah.

Hope for connections: Level the area, make farmland. We'll need the food and jobs for the future.

TV conversion: Ohh this is very easy to answer. It's simple mate. They wanted to force everyone to purchase new TVs.

Need a roundabout: Can't figure a 4-way stop out, but can figure out a round-a-bout? LOL! Check out the confusion at the one near St. Francis. How about some "stopping for dummies" traffic lights instead?

Nabbing violators: Oh they are there too mate. No...they need to be cruising the high crime areas instead.

Medical confusion: I'm confused.

Frustrating switch: There ya go, more frustration and more money. Seems to go hand-in-hand doesn't it?

Who knows?: Who's on first. Whats on second.

Wasted money: Off with their heads!

-- Posted by Megalomania on Sun, Jan 18, 2009, at 9:59 AM

Good Morning

What happened to Babe ?

-- Posted by DaveB on Sun, Jan 18, 2009, at 10:13 AM

Nabbing violators,

As Me’Lange said; darned if you do and darned if you don’t. Officers worked a lot of overtime this year due to citizen complaints about speeding and stop sign/light violations in various locations. The police will target school areas during certain times in order to protect your children, would you rather they not be there? Someone who will speed in a school zone will speed elsewhere; what difference does it make where they get the ticket?

For all of those experts in police procedure, Cape offers a ride along program so you can go one on one with an Officer and tell them how much more you know about police work than they.

-- Posted by Red_Rhino on Sun, Jan 18, 2009, at 11:11 AM


It's starting to become a mystery. Looks like the rumour mill will have to churn up this evening. Babe and Brad Pitt hit Vegas for a midnight rendezvous?

-- Posted by Megalomania on Sun, Jan 18, 2009, at 11:18 AM


Actually I have attended the ride-a-long program AND am quite educated in the area of criminal justice. Here's a simple observation. Both the Chief, and the newly retired Asst. Chief were part of the "traffic" division at one point and time.

Get my point?

-- Posted by Megalomania on Sun, Jan 18, 2009, at 11:21 AM

Re: Dual increases

Hmm, so following this logic - minimum wage should be reduced to zero so that everyone can be assured of a job? :-)~

Re: TV conversion and Frustrating switch

One suggestion is to get some stick-on Velcro and mount the box on the side or top of the TV. Further suggest that no one 'has' to buy the boxes. If you're the type that's been wishing for snow this winter - suggest you should be able to see your fill of it on TV after 17 Feb. Not sure why a 'special' antenna was needed - if one already has a VHF antenna - should be good-to-go after 17 Feb. It's only between now and that date where some of the TV stations are broadcasting the digital portion of their signal on the UHF band which would require a different, 'special' antenna. Suppose sometimes, there just isn't a John Deere big enough for some people. Then again, some people just can't be happy unless they're unhappy.

Re: Need a roundabout

IMO, the only thing tough about a 4-way stop is those that don't follow the rules or common courtesy. Not an authority on the written rules here - but it would seem that the first one to stop should be the first one to go. If both stop at the same time, allow the driver on the right to go first (learned that from the Waltons). Then if all else fails, perhaps eye contact, head nodding, and hand waving may solve any remaining issues. Suggest that a properly-built-and-sized roundabout takes up much more real estate than a 4-way. The road grade incline at that intersection would add another degree of difficulty. Then again, a 4-way stop where there are multiple lanes of traffic such as on Mt. Auburn increases the number of vehicles to watch and coordinate with by a potential 50% - maybe more than some people can handle? Perhaps avoiding that intersection altogether may be the caller's ultimate solution?

Re: nabbing violators

Hmm, so looking at two types of driving violations. The caller places red-light running as a higher priority, suggest there may be some that place speeding as the greater infraction. Seems to be a case where the police just can't make everyone happy, but they can sure make everyone mad?

Re: Who knows?

What??????? Makes about as much sense as, "is it faster to New York or by plane?". :-)~

Re: Wasted money

Well, if nothing else - look at the wealth of experience gained. Experience is many times the result of bad judgement.

-- Posted by fxpwt on Sun, Jan 18, 2009, at 11:27 AM

...BABE is in Washington , DC to see the PEBO

inauguration thing...

..folks have had two years to get the wrinkles ironed

out of their TV sets so they can watch the new

High-Deaf , never mind Charter Cable will make folks

pay extra every month if they want to see it ..

never met a roundabout i liked...

go Steelers!!!

-- Posted by ..Rick on Sun, Jan 18, 2009, at 11:31 AM


Yes, I am familiar with your background, but you are the exception and my post was not directed at you.

I am also somewhat familiar, but not greatly with the orientation of the hierarchy of the Cape PD though not with the individuals themselves. Take this and add it to ongoing civilian complaints and this is what you get. A significant proportion of Cape PD Officers prefer patrol over traffic enforcement, but when you are called in to work stop sign/light/speeding violations, that is what you do.

Over the years, I have known a significant number of Police chiefs and Sheriffs and in spite of what many may think, quite a few are influenced by concerned citizens. If the Department is not being run as it should be, then people should present well reasoned objections to the people who can affect change. Some may find that there is justification for the way things are run and some may not.

I and my wife are often in Cape and I see nothing wrong with the traffic enforcement in that city, but we are not residents, so maybe we don't have the whole picture.

Regardless of how much you or I may know about police procedures, neither of us have ever been in charge of any police department and really don't know how we would run one. Well, actually I know I wouldn't be worth a darn; don't know about you.

-- Posted by Red_Rhino on Sun, Jan 18, 2009, at 11:43 AM

Thoughtful ideas

This may or may not be a good teacher; hard to tell, but there should be no Secretary of Education.

TV conversion

This has been explained ad nauseum.

Need a roundabout

How anyone figures a round a bout is superior to a four way stop is beyond me. They are more complicated and cost more. I hate the darned things.

Nabbing violators

If this upsets you, I hate to see how you handle a real problem. Speeding is speeding and I don’t guess it makes much difference, oh unless you care about someone hitting a child. No matter what the police do or where they do it, there will always be those who object.

Medical confusion

It seems as though we have a lot of people “upset” and “worried”. I was recently at a hospital with all computerized records and I was not impressed.

Frustrating switch

OK, now we have people “upset”, “worried” and “frustrated”, my oh my how do you people deal with such monumental problems.

Who knows?

Now that is just plain silly.

Wasted money

Imagine that, government wasting money. I am shocked I tell you, shocked and appalled.

-- Posted by RA on Sun, Jan 18, 2009, at 1:12 PM


My wife is from Pittsburgh and Steelers fan. Steeler's fans are over the top and pure torture. Long live the Bills, Dolphins, Cowboys...or just about any other team than the Steelers. LOL

Also...Jason Lindsay posted a short article on coverage LOSS when the change occurs. The numbers are pretty interesting. Charter raised their rates to "outlandish", so I went to Dish Network. Now...some of the folks at Dish Network are telling me we'll lose our local channels come February.

Thank God I'm listening to more radio. Sounds like between the rising rates, and this change. Television viewing will be going back to the dark ages. ABC, NBC, CBS, and on a clear day PBS.

Good thought on Babe though. She's probably attending all the inaugural events, partying it up, and getting high.

-- Posted by Megalomania on Sun, Jan 18, 2009, at 1:34 PM


I probably wouldn't be the best Police Chief. Infact, my approval ratings would be less than Bush's.

I'd be pulling over and ticketing those folks who drive too slow or just plain stupid, marching squadrons of policemen up and down the streets of the high crime areas in full riot gear and tactical armament, setting up road blocks on our borders to prevent the riff-raff from coming in, and leveling those troubled areas where tactical armament failed with strategic bombardment.

Meanwhile, I'd ride a horse around town with a HUGE cowboy hat on my head spitting tobacco on homeless cats and dogs heads and toting an Ithaca Double on my shoulder and a Ruger Redhawk in a gunslingers holster.

-- Posted by Megalomania on Sun, Jan 18, 2009, at 1:51 PM

Anyone else still having issues with accessing the SEMissourian web page and being initially logged in under another user's name? Don't know if it could happen - but would be concerned that some Neanderthal knuckle-dragging idiot could post something really inappropriate under a username other than his own - who would the 'powers that be' go back to in such a case?


Willy - seems backwards that the stations would want money for providing their signal. It seems to me that the station's advertisers would be pressing the station to get into as many homes as possible in the area - via airwaves or cable or dish. Also think increased availabilities would positively affect the station's Nielson or whatever viewership ranking service ratings. I suppose that it becomes a matter of leaving no revenue stream untapped? :-)~


For those that let their trash blow around the neighborhood - may want to seriously consider investing in a shredder. Bank statements and employment applications picked up out of the yard made for some very interesting reading yesterday. Besides, if one really likes ticking off the crotchety old man down the street (eh, that would be me) by all the loose paper flying around, just think of the entertainment possibilities with shredder confetti.

-- Posted by fxpwt on Sun, Jan 18, 2009, at 3:58 PM

Megal, did you send out an e-mail early this morning?

-- Posted by gurusmom on Sun, Jan 18, 2009, at 4:31 PM


Were you one of the victims of my cyber-heist? I'm glad you said something, it appears someone has compromised my email and password and used me as a catalyst for spam. Thanks for letting me know. I need to get right on that! Those cyber prats!

-- Posted by Megalomania on Sun, Jan 18, 2009, at 4:41 PM

Sorry about that Mom, I think I've addressed the issue. (Hopefully)

-- Posted by Megalomania on Sun, Jan 18, 2009, at 4:58 PM

Glad I asked, Megal! Hestitated about putting it on SO, but didn't know really what else to do ... always suspicious of e-mails in which the grammar and/or spelling isn't what one would expect ... especially from someone like you, whom I consider well-educated and intelligent enough to do better.

Hope the problem is resolved for you--as well as everyone on your e-mail lists! Things like this are why I don't save anyone's e-mail addresses on the computer--one KAK worm was all I needed! What a nightmare that was!

-- Posted by gurusmom on Sun, Jan 18, 2009, at 9:16 PM

Thanks for understanding Mom. Now...as for my spelling...LOL. It is quite questionable at times, but thanks for the compliment. Yeah. I automatically save all emails (stupid stupid me). And since my computer skills are also questionable and weak, I'm unsure how to get them off or who half of them are. LOL

-- Posted by Megalomania on Sun, Jan 18, 2009, at 10:13 PM

HE who knows not and knows not he knows not is a fool..

i had to read this 3 times before i gave up

making any sense out of it..what's it mean ?

-- Posted by ..Rick on Sun, Jan 18, 2009, at 10:31 PM

In case you're still up, Rick:

"HE who knows not and knows not he knows not is a fool.."

If one does not know something, but doesn't KNOW that he/she doesn't know something ... then ... I always figured that was directed toward those sort of 'Know-It-Alls' who really didn't know it all and didn't know they didn't know it all. ~chuckling~

-- Posted by gurusmom on Sun, Jan 18, 2009, at 11:19 PM

Megal ... wow ... I didn't think 'spammers' could pick up the e-addresses just from the e-mails, but use your 'e-mail contacts' file/list--if I remember correctly what my son told me after the KAK worm. Norton had discovered it, but it couldn't be deleted, so had to completely wipe Outlook off the computer. He 'blasts' my computer every year or so (which is so traumatic for me!), and guess that's one thing a person could do.

Wish I had the time some of those people who spread the 'infections' seem to have.

-- Posted by gurusmom on Sun, Jan 18, 2009, at 11:33 PM

I think it has already been said but I still would like to say it. On the issue of the Police I would just like to say unless you have been there done that then do not pretend you know how to do the job. If you would like to change how the Police do something join the force otherwise let them do their jobs. Just because you see them somewere does not mean that you know what they are doing there. Maybe they are looking for speeders maybe they are looking for a specific car or person that is traviling that way. Do you have any idea or are you just assuming that they are there to give you a hard time. If you are not violating the law who cares what they are doing. There are not enough officers to cover every square inch of the town at all times. They have your best interests in mind and do the best they can with what resources they have to best protect the community. Yes there are going to be things that they can not stop they are humans performing a job but they are trained professionals. Are you!! As it was mentioned earlier if you really want to see what these guys go through every day for you go on a ride along maybe then you would have a greater appretioation for what they are dealing with every day.

Main thing is let them do their job they let you do yours. Have you ever had an officer go to your office and tell you how to do your job. Then show him the same respect and do not go to his and tell him how do do his.

-- Posted by my-view-of-this on Mon, Jan 19, 2009, at 3:58 AM

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