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Speak Out 3/21/09

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Give him four years

PEOPLE who are judging President Obama already should give him a chance. Wait until four years are up before you make any judgment. The man should have a chance to straighten this mess up.

City workers

THERE are two Cape Girardeau city workers who will be retiring from the sanitation crews. One had in 35 years. The other had in about 30 years. You can't replace guys like this. There probably will never be two workers like these two. We greatly appreciate the time they put in for the city. They'll be missed.

Sound familiar?

IN November John McCain said we weren't as bad off as people think we are. The news media tried to hang him. Now guess who's saying the same thing? Barack Obama. Four months later, we're in worse shape than we were, and he's saying we're not as bad off as we think we are.

Personal bailouts

IT seems like all the banks and insurance companies the government bailed out took the money and used it in whatever way they wanted to instead of the way they were supposed to. We can see that we can't trust the big companies. My suggestion: Instead of giving the money to companies that misuse the funds, give the money to the working people who need it desperately and to the people who are out of work. I guarantee you they won't mismanage the funds. They'll put food on the table and pay bills.

Bank examiners

WHATEVER happened to bank examiners and measures to keep people from going into debt way over what they were worth?

Great coach

MY daughter has played two years of organized basketball for Coach Shannon Aldridge. What he's doing with these girls is fantastic. My daughter has learned more about life, religion and basketball in two years of playing for Coach Aldridge than three years of playing for anyone else in the league. Coach Aldridge, you're doing a great job.

Plenty of warning

THE tornado siren test on March 10 was announced in the paper and on TV in advance. If someone has ideas that can better the community, call Speak Out. If you don't, don't make the call. It's that simple.

Screaming mother

I was in a grocery store and witnessed a mother screaming at her children. I wonder: If she treats them like that in public, how does she treat those poor children behind closed doors? Parents, if you have problems, don't take them out on your children. Seek help.

Voided contract

THE argument by AIG officials that they were contract bound to pay bonuses is wrong. AIG was broke. The money it gave as bonuses was the taxpayers' money. The contract should have been null and void.

Thanks, bus drivers

I would like to thank the bus drivers who have nerves of steel. I'm grateful to bus drivers for taking on that responsibility, especially those who do it in an honorable way. Thank you, bus drivers.

Wages and rent

IT may be that the wages determined by the market are not enough for workers at the bottom to afford housing. The houses in the inner city have deteriorated to the point they are uninhabitable. Still these workers need housing. But if the wages they earn are not enough to rent a new apartment in a new housing complex, how can they work if they cannot earn enough to afford a new apartment? Where are they going to live?

Fishing tip

IT may be a good idea for fishermen to wait until the corn is knee-high before they start keeping fish caught this spring. When the corn is knee-high, the fry will be developed enough to survive enough on their own and you can start taking fish.

Ludicrous charges

I too am a member of Hailey Dacus' family. To think any member of any family, much less a member of our family, thinks charges should be filed against Victoria is ludicrous. Mitchell and Victoria are two of the most loving, caring parents I have the honor of knowing. Hailey was a wonderful example of what great parenting can produce. Victoria is in no way to blame for the accident. She will never be able to forgive herself for what happened. Why in God's name would anyone think charging her would do the world any good? Most all of Mitchell and Victoria's family stand behind them and pray Prosecuting Attorney Morley Swingle changes his mind. Let Hailey rest in peace.

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Charges against Mom:

Swingle and a few others in that office need to be replaced.Yes there is a seat belt law, However I'm up and down the road every day and have seen City and County officials also Cape, Jackson, Highway Patrol and sheriff's officers without a seat belt on.Who is going to stop them and give them a ticket?

(ANOTHER OFFICER.."NOT").So the next time your out and see a City, County, State official or officer in their vehicle with no seat belt, Smoking and drinking a soda all while driving down the road just ask your self are any or all of these distraction's that could cause an accident. This family needs the support from the people around them these parent's and children are suffering a great loss.

-- Posted by Need2Speed on Sat, Mar 21, 2009, at 7:10 AM

Oh Joy ;o) I've come up with a colossal idea for all the PETA folks, and those folks who love to infringe on the civil liberties of their fellow motorists.

I in my very humble, but personal opinion that we need a SEAT BELT law for ALL pets riding in Cars or Trucks or Vans. Oh yes, nothing is more distracting to a driver than a dog on your lap or frolicking around in the seats.

Additionally, these little boogers (aka...the pets) could be hurt if the driver has an accident. We wouldn't want Fido or Fee Fee going through the windshield would we??

Yes, I see this as an absolute MUST for those worried about distractions while driving and those worried about the safety of animals. Infact, I'm soo passionate about this, I may just call my Congress woman and Senator so that this may become a FEDERAL law! Fines should be heavy and relentless for those who insist on not abiding by it.

Furthermore, PETA should lobby for it to be an actually felony punishable by death if someone does buckle in little fee fee in her certified pet automobile safety restraint system.

Additionally, PETA and those hardcore (we need seatbelts and helmets and no cellphones) people should call their politicians and FORCE the automobile industry to install PET Safety Restraint Systems in all the vehicles made in the United States.

Now get too it!! Time is precious, we can't waste a single minute on this potential hazard to our beloved pets. Furthermore, we don't want drivers distracted with petting Fido while he is setting on their lap and trying to be attentive to the road.

I'll be out and about today, so IF I see any of the dangerous non-sense going on, I'll be calling the roziers to report it.

-- Posted by Megalomania on Sat, Mar 21, 2009, at 9:47 AM

Good morning!

WHATEVER happened to bank examiners and measures to keep people from going into debt way over what they were worth....HELLO, they r in the Bahamas living it up on our money.......!

Plenty of warning...I agree! :)~

Screaming mother.....oh no, they caught me! LOL

Seriously, do u people not understand that children act differently in public places b/c they know they may get away w/more.....plus they have an audience! :)~

Furthermore, I would say she treats those children the same way behind closed doors b/c she doesn't care what u think........

Voided contract....I agree! :)~

Thanks, bus drivers....enough said! :)~

Let's get rid of the slum lords! :)~

Fishing tip...IT may be a good idea for fishermen to wait until the corn is knee-high before they start keeping fish caught this spring....Willy r u seeing this........

Ludicrous charges....I agree! :)~

Morley Swingle....ur time is up........!

-- Posted by Turnip on Sat, Mar 21, 2009, at 10:43 AM

good morning Turnip

-- Posted by ..Rick on Sat, Mar 21, 2009, at 10:53 AM

Morning all

Lets see the bank examiners do not care if you are getting in over your head because they know in the end they will have the property you are buying to sell again AND the government will give them more money for making bad lending choices, they win no matter what and we loose no matter what.

screaming mom

well said Turnip....I hate shopping with the kiddos

Dacus case

This mother has to live the rest of her life without her child no punishment by the courts will be worse than that. Should she have had a seatbelt on sure but coulda shoulda woulda it still doesn't change anything. I do not think there is a perfect parent out there any where just as this lady wasn't but she did not do anything to harm her daughter intentionally so let it go. Morley Swingle just keeps trying to make a name for himself and the one he is making is the worlds biggest arse.

-- Posted by semoangel70 on Sat, Mar 21, 2009, at 10:54 AM

Did u all see that vicious attack from Lumpy last night? Rick, btw, he doesn't like jokes about his "secret emotionless club". :)~

-- Posted by Turnip on Sat, Mar 21, 2009, at 11:54 AM



actually it was one of the tamer attacks I have seen in here!!! Just ignore him.

by the way what is a dittohead

-- Posted by semoangel70 on Sat, Mar 21, 2009, at 12:06 PM


did Lumpy attack everyone or just you ?

maybe he's got a thing for ya , u never know ...ha! j/k

don't pay Lumpy no mind Turnip , you're a better person

then all of that...

-- Posted by ..Rick on Sat, Mar 21, 2009, at 12:18 PM


The AIG bonus "outrage" class warfare plan is proceeding as planned. Read the following link for more info...


-- Posted by Lumpy on Sat, Mar 21, 2009, at 12:19 PM

Hi, Lumpy!

Well, Rick, he said...."after reading the forum yesterday we all deserved Emerson...", or something to that effect, so i'm not really sure, I think he use to support her as well. Don't take it personally as I'm sure I was the main target, I made that Limbaugh crack! :)~

semoangel70; dittohead....i'm really not sure, I asked him but he never responded.....i think he may have let his emotions cloud his judgment...lol!

-- Posted by Turnip on Sat, Mar 21, 2009, at 12:45 PM

Just in case you really don't know what a "dittohead is, it can be a perjorative or merely a description of someone who listens to Rush Limbaugh. COPY AND PASTE:


Faithful listeners to The Rush Limbaugh Show.[24] As Limbaugh often explains in his books and radio show, these are not necessarily those who agree with his views. Rather, he believes they are people who love the show and what he's doing, and hope he never stops doing it. The term came into use because callers would frequently begin by giving praise and thanks to Limbaugh. Knowing that the caller’s and listener’s time is valuable, one caller simply said roughly "ditto to what those guys said (how much they enjoyed the show)." Thereafter, callers were encouraged to simply say, “Dittos,” and then get right to their point. Thus, long-time listeners would begin their calls with “Dittos, Rush,” leading to the term “dittoheads.” The term is also used pejoratively by critics of Limbaugh, who claim that his listeners simply copy his political views without any independent thought.

-- Posted by RA on Sat, Mar 21, 2009, at 1:11 PM

Triple S

Thanks for the definition but somehow it still sounds like a word would hear kids yeling to each other on the playground. Of course that is just my opinion

-- Posted by semoangel70 on Sat, Mar 21, 2009, at 1:23 PM


Me too, but overall I am getting pretty disappointed in poor word usage and changing the meaning of words across the board; just an old curmudgeon I guess.

-- Posted by RA on Sat, Mar 21, 2009, at 1:39 PM

Thanks TripleS, the whole "slam" makes perfect sense now.

-- Posted by Turnip on Sat, Mar 21, 2009, at 2:16 PM

May I also say this whole AIG thing is a mess. I watched some news shows this AM, some say Obama and his team knew and pushed for it anyway, Congress...well, the Republicans are saying one thing, Democrats are saying another...it's just ridiculous at best. I seen one Congresswoman, I can't remember her district, addressing the concerns of a constitution backlash..saying she didn't care and she would deal with it in court. Well, I guess in the words of Leno, what are they gonna take, America is belly up....

Legally, who could actually protest the breach on the Constitution, the recipients of the bonuses?

-- Posted by Turnip on Sat, Mar 21, 2009, at 2:26 PM

"Spread the Word to the End the Word."

This was pretty neat....an article about Special Olympics and Obamas crack.

When you know better, you do better.


-- Posted by Turnip on Sat, Mar 21, 2009, at 3:12 PM


By protecting each other, the Fed and their friends are also bracing for the inevitable onslaught of inflation.

Inflation always hits the middle and low classes last and hardest.

What is your opinion on precious metals? I am torn as to how much of an old 401k to move into precious metals. I would value your opinion very much.


-- Posted by Lumpy on Sat, Mar 21, 2009, at 3:29 PM


Here is some more news regarding the AIG bonus debacle...


I agree about the precious metals as protection against the oncoming inflation. I am going to seriously diversify that 401k. I haven't panicked yet: I am still buying certain stocks that are undervalued right now.

-- Posted by Lumpy on Sat, Mar 21, 2009, at 5:19 PM


The article states that there were only 40 protestors. Not exactly Woodstock.

The media does it's part by dutifully reporting it as news regardless.

Have a good evening. The wife and I are going to enjoy the Beatlebilly sounds of The Melroys!

-- Posted by Lumpy on Sat, Mar 21, 2009, at 6:52 PM

all of this fuss about AIG ...what does AIG stand

for ? ..is it a bank or something ? did they ask

for a bailout or did our government decide it was

in the best interest of the nation's economy to

bail them out ?

if the AIG executives receive these types of bonuses

when the company is on the brink of bankruptcy , i'm

wondering what amount they got when AIG was turning

a profit.....

-- Posted by ..Rick on Sat, Mar 21, 2009, at 9:43 PM

American International Group, Inc. (AIG) is a major American insurance corporation

they did receive bailout money and used some of it to give bonuses to employees and chairmen. this is the second time this year they have been under fire. 1st time shame on you, 2nd time shame on us.

-- Posted by Turnip on Sat, Mar 21, 2009, at 9:50 PM


What is the big deal in feeding the geese at Jackson Rotary Lake? There are signs posted that ask you not to, does anyone have any ideas?

-- Posted by Turnip on Sat, Mar 21, 2009, at 9:54 PM


i knew all of that ...did they ask for a bailout or

were they picked by the government ?

-- Posted by ..Rick on Sat, Mar 21, 2009, at 10:08 PM


thanks for the info about AIG..

..there's tame ducks over at the rotary lake ? hmmmmm..

pop one of those babies in the oven ...

-- Posted by ..Rick on Sat, Mar 21, 2009, at 10:21 PM

Rick, I don't really know much more than that...sorry.

There geese, not ducks...and geese can be hateful or at least the ones at Capaha are; they'll goose ya quick! :)~

-- Posted by Turnip on Sat, Mar 21, 2009, at 11:28 PM

Turnip , goose is too greasy anyway and all dark

meat .

have u noticed the new sirens on top of police cars ?

they are little , small , bars that are hard to

see when they are off ...the old sirens are big and

a person can see them soon enuff to slow down ...

it's just all hatefull..

-- Posted by ..Rick on Sat, Mar 21, 2009, at 11:39 PM

Turnip , i reckon i mean siren lights !!

-- Posted by ..Rick on Sat, Mar 21, 2009, at 11:43 PM

Did u get a ticket, Rick?

Guess u don't like turduckins, huh?

-- Posted by Turnip on Sat, Mar 21, 2009, at 11:44 PM

nope , no ticket yet ...but those sneaky cops with

the small lights will get me

i like duck and i like turduckin...

-- Posted by ..Rick on Sat, Mar 21, 2009, at 11:50 PM

cry....it always works for me! :)~

-- Posted by Turnip on Sun, Mar 22, 2009, at 12:06 AM

THOMAS HART BENTON TURNER DROWNED in the Mississippi River about three weeks ago. His body was found on the riverbank at the end of the River Walk. We are looking for any leads or witnesses to the events of that day. The drowning most likely took place on the morning of February 24th. If you have information regarding our investigation into Tom's death, please contact us. Tom came from a very large family and has alot of people who cared about him. Tom was a strong swimmer and due to his desire to live, he was able to get himself to shore. Sadly, once on shore he died from the water he ingested into his lungs. Any information would be greatly appreciated. You can contact us at... thomashartbentonturner@yahoo.com THANK YOU AGAIN!

-- Posted by Theresa Turner on Sun, Mar 22, 2009, at 6:40 PM

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