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Speak Out 4/2/09

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Not included

IT would be a good bet to conclude that the person complaining about President Obama's tax cut for 95 percent of the American people was not among the 95 percent.

Roaming dogs

IF you have dogs, confine them. Besides causing problems in the roads, dogs running loose are also a nuisance to your neighbors. If you really cared about your animal, you wouldn't let it roam like that.

Fish experiment

IT is springtime, so it's time for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to have two floods for the pallid sturgeon fish. It's called a "controlled flood." However, when they bring the river to flood stage and we get rain, it floods thousands of acres and water gets into people's homes. Let us at least get our levees back up and get a few years of income from our farm fields. I don't feel the Corps of Engineers has the right to jeopardize people's livelihood for a fish experiment.

Clean up graffiti

PEOPLE of Cape Girardeau: Have you seen all the graffiti? Let's clean up our town up. Have the city prisoners clean it off. Come on, Cape Girardeau. You are better than the graffiti vandals.

Signs of improvement

ONLY about 30 percent of American consumers are expressing confidence in the way the economy is going. But that's quadruple what it was in July 2008. Keep battling, President Obama. You're bringing us back.

No city raises

WHY should we pay higher taxes so that city employees can get raises in tough economic times? The rest of us are making personal sacrifices to get by. If the mayor and city council push these raises through, they should plan on this being their last term. I will do my part to ensure that my family, friends and co-workers vote them all out in the next election.

Sharing the blame

THE Wall Street Journal's Daniel Henninger must have inadvertently left out the Republican Party when he wrote that House Democrats voted to punish recipients of AIG corporate bonus payments. So did half the Republicans. Henninger also inexplicably assumes AIG is a private concern though the American public now owns 80 percent of it.

Legislative dullards

THANKS to Mark Baker for his blistering attack on the Republican-controlled Missouri legislature. Sadly, I'm not surprised that legislators are accepting federal stimulus money for bricks-and-mortar improvements but rejecting it out of hand for the purpose of directly helping human beings. There are no printable words available to express my absolute disgust with these legislative dullards.

Union benefits

I believe John Goldberg's column on the Employee Free Choice Act was way off. The act would give workers the right to get union representation faster and would take away the decision to have an election from the employers and give it to the employees. This will give workers the freedom to bargain for fair wages, job security, secure pensions and better health care.

Religious stand

SOME U.S. Catholics are protesting and signing petitions to prevent President Obama from speaking at Notre Dame University's graduation. Anti-abortion and anti-stem-cell research mark their concerns. What would Jesus do? He'd use his time to feed the poor and care for the sick. It's time for Catholics to be Jesus and stop campaigning for the Republican Party.

No common sense

IF you're in a car, you're going to be distracted from time to time, but there is needless distraction. And texting would probably be No. 1. That is why it is being outlawed. If common sense prevailed, government wouldn't have to make a law against texting while driving. It's hard enough eating a bag of M&Ms in the car. I can't imagine texting while driving.

The animals know

I enjoyed Joe Sullivan's column about the squirrels and the deer. The animals know, it seems, that the law is on their side. Anything he puts in his columns is such a relief and pleasure to read. I really enjoy his column.

No lights

I drove on U.S. 61 between Cape Girardeau and Jackson following a truck pulling a trailer. The trailer lights weren't working. The driver of the truck switched lanes a couple of times. In the lane next to us was a sheriff's car. Nothing was done. Are we enforcing the law selectively?

Proper compacting

REGARDING chip and seal: The county needs to see about getting a private contractor that's got the equipment to compact these roads if they're going to use chip and seal.

Park trash

FOR the first time in several years I walked around the Capaha Park lagoon today. I am ashamed at the amount of garbage. There were diapers and tons of bread wrappers and water bottles in the lake. If I had a visitors, I would not take them to Capaha Park. Perhaps someone who has been ticketed for littering could clean up the park as community service.

Local performers

TUNES at Twilight used to be a showcase for local and regional music and talent of all kinds. These are performers who have friends, fans and families who live and spend their money right here: Jerry Ford, Liesl Schoenberger, Saxy Jazz and John D. Hale and many others. Why does Old Town Cape think unknown performers singing unknown songs are what the people of this region really want?

County roads

THE Missourian has had three stories about paving county roads. Thirty years ago my father-in-law went from house to house on County Road 436 and collected signatures from everyone. Nothing was done. Three years ago my husband went to the property owners, and all signed but two families. Part of County Road 436 was blacktopped. One of the families that didn't sign was asked which part of the road should be blacktopped first. I find it odd that someone who gave more ground was not asked. I am tired of being told one thing after another. Commissioner Paul Koeper knows what he is doing. Why not work with him and get something done?

Appeals limit

THEY say it costs more to give a death sentence than to keep murderers in prison. That's the case as long as the justice system keeps giving convicted murderers 10 to 20 years for appeals. Convicted murderers should only be given five years at the most for appeals. And prison life shouldn't be so good so those who get out don't care to go back in.

Not in the street

THIS is to all people who love their precious children: Do not let them play unsupervised in apartment parking lots or cul-de-sacs or streets. Those areas are for cars. They are not playgrounds. It is not other people's responsibility to watch out for your children's welfare. It is yours. I don't think most drivers would hurt a child on purpose. If children need to run and exercise, Cape Girardeau has numerous parks and trails where they can explore wildlife and fish. Take them yourselves. There are also lawn areas at most apartments and homes. Most homes have large backyards. Why are these children put at risk by being allowed to play on, in or near the streets?

Talking adults

CRYING babies are disruptive to the congregation who is there to hear the sermon. However, there is one thing more disruptive than crying babies, and that is the talking adults. Last weekend there was a young couple talking behind me the entire hour, and when the congregation would sing they would talk that much louder. I couldn't get over the lack of respect these two had. And people wonder what is wrong with kids these days.

Twain was wrong

I really enjoyed the well written column by Paul Nenninger about the importance of public school boards. It made me reject out of hand Mark Twain's cynical maxim that, "In the first place, God made idiots. That was for practice. Then he made school boards."

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-- Posted by Turnip on Thu, Apr 2, 2009, at 9:14 AM

Yea! For a minute I thought you guys had finally found a way to "shut me up"....laughing

Not that I am a "conspiracy" theorist or anything...

-- Posted by Theorist on Thu, Apr 2, 2009, at 9:18 AM


Speak Out would be too dull without u !!

what would we do ? who would we pick on ??

-- Posted by ..Rick on Thu, Apr 2, 2009, at 9:26 AM


-- Posted by rockman54 on Thu, Apr 2, 2009, at 9:35 AM

Park trash :

sounds like a good job for the people locked up

in our county jails ...make them get out and

work their time off instead of sitting around

aimlessly in a cell watching the TV or playing cards ..

-- Posted by ..Rick on Thu, Apr 2, 2009, at 9:36 AM

OMG, I thought I would never make it....

Good bet! :)

Roaming dogs...I'll get 'em w/my blowgun; thumper dart of course...leaves a nasty welp! :)~

Fish experiment..never heard of it, not a farmer!

Clean up graffiti...let's start with you....lead by example.......

Signs of improvement....eh...I need more time!

No city raises....I agree! :)

Sharing the blame...hey, here's an idea, let's share a solution......

Legislative dullards...what is a dullard? I'm sure I'm disgusted.

Union benefits...on the fence, unions or no unions, I would like to see some debate....

Religious stand....I agree, practice what u preach...

No common sense...poor judgment!

The animals know...the animals know what, guess I missed the column..

No lights...he was probably on his way to eat...I see it all the time, u can speed/run lights/cut people off during lunch hour in Jackson and the cops will keep going...it's great! :)~


Park trash...again, what's wrong with you? How many bags of trash did u carry out of the park that day? Annual Park clean-up is coming, care to help?

Local performers...why can't we have both?

County roads...for gosh sakes'..this issue still...back in the day, when we wanted a road paved...we paid for it....

Appeals limit....I agree!

Not in the street...THANK YOU! CARS play there.

When I was young, we LISTENED...if u heard a car coming...move....

Talking adults...This is so "disturbing" and comical to me all at the same time...people r griping about people attending church....babies crying, people talking...turn around and say something, get some kahunas....geez...who would want to attend a place like this?

Have a great day everyone! :)

-- Posted by Turnip on Thu, Apr 2, 2009, at 9:40 AM

Don't feel bad Theorist, I paniced and starting sending emails....lol! Oh....if I wasn't so sensible I'd be just like Meg....:)~

-- Posted by Turnip on Thu, Apr 2, 2009, at 9:45 AM

Turnip...ur not like Megs at all !

when i was a real little boy , i zipped my pants

up too fast..that's what Megs is like..

-- Posted by ..Rick on Thu, Apr 2, 2009, at 9:55 AM

Here ya go....for those that want to actually do something....


Jacksons' is in May! :)

-- Posted by Turnip on Thu, Apr 2, 2009, at 12:01 PM

Rick, what's w/you & wanting the local inmates in our city parks...r u or someone u know currently incarcirated? I don't know why I keep getting that "vibe" from u? :)~

anywho, Would u feel comfortable allowing your children to play at a park where there were inmates running around, picking up trash, cleaning the bathrooms? Grant u there r some decent peps n jail but many more who are not.

I'm all for them on the side of the hwy picking up trash, that away if one gets "stupid" u can just run 'em over doing 80...lol!

-- Posted by Turnip on Thu, Apr 2, 2009, at 12:21 PM

Turnip, in the old days , inmates had to break rocks with sledgehammers while their legs were chained to a ball ..they had to wear white and black striped uniforms with numbers on the back..this should be how inmates do time , by doing something productive instead of sitting on their backside not doing a **** thing all day long...maybe it would cut down on repeat offenders if they actually had it harder in jail then with their freedoms..

-- Posted by ..Rick on Thu, Apr 2, 2009, at 12:29 PM

The children on our cul de sac street do not "play" in the street. They may ride their bikes, scooters, etc. in the street because we don't have sidewalks, but they play in the yards and driveways. They do have to cross the street to get to a neigbor's yard to play. We only have one family that complained on our street (out of about 22 houses) but it only takes one time for a child to get hurt. Just slow down. We don't want to fight...we just want to protect our children. Is it really too much to ask???? We don't want our children to accidentally hurt by a fast moving car. Thanks!

-- Posted by jillelynn on Thu, Apr 2, 2009, at 12:32 PM

Now u didn't say anything about being shackled/chained to a ball...I might be able to stand behind that! Now that would be a good example for my young'ens...I keep telling them fibbing is no-no....lol! I like the orange suits though, more humilating & helps to see them a lil' better! :)

-- Posted by Turnip on Thu, Apr 2, 2009, at 12:35 PM

jillelynn, I see ur point but u r essentially asking other people to take care of ur kids. When a posted speed limit is 30 and cars are doing that and u allow children to cross/play on/near the road accidents r going to happen. Common sense tells u if u see children or in a residential area, slow down but unfortunately common sense comes with age and sometimes not at all so u must prevail, as a parent. Under no circumstances do I allow my children in/near the road at any time. I made those considerations when I purchased my home, large back yard, large driveway, park near by...for my children.

fyi, my husband likes to throw balls in the road when a "speed racer" comes by and it scares the living sh*t out of them, take ur pick....

-- Posted by Turnip on Thu, Apr 2, 2009, at 12:42 PM

cycle, u seem a lil' too sawed-off to b packing 24/7....u could be the perfect "poster child" for gun-control....

-- Posted by Turnip on Thu, Apr 2, 2009, at 12:49 PM


-- Posted by Turnip on Thu, Apr 2, 2009, at 12:51 PM

Cycle, well...warm and fluffy on the inside, huh? Who'd a guessed...I was just givin' u shat...is the tongue not effective with you either? :)~

-- Posted by Turnip on Thu, Apr 2, 2009, at 1:25 PM

Appeals Limit,

Fortunately for Joshua Kezer and others who have been released when new evidence was introduced, there is no time limit on an appeal for murder as proposed by this individual.

No Lights,

If the Deputy had issued a ticket, there would be an outcry that he should have been doing something more important. I haven't checked the statutes, but I am not sure lights are required if there is an unobstructed view of th eights on the vehicle pulling the trailer. I was once told by a MSHP Trooper this was the case, but that has been a while ago.

-- Posted by RA on Thu, Apr 2, 2009, at 1:25 PM

Cyclist posted...completed the quiz "The Political Idealogy Quiz" with the result Very Conservative.

I am shocked! You mean they don't have a category for neurotically conservative and gun packing? (laughing)

-- Posted by Theorist on Thu, Apr 2, 2009, at 1:54 PM


I haven't forgotten our conversation regarding wealthy hiding assets, and failing to pay income tax....

Accountant faces charges of hiding money with UBS

MIAMI (AP) -- Authorities say they've charged the first U.S. citizen with hiding assets from tax collectors in the Swiss bank UBS

Did you read this????

-- Posted by Theorist on Thu, Apr 2, 2009, at 2:05 PM

Not included: The taxcuts will be more than offset by a future rise in the price of goods and services. The majority of those costs will fall on the 95 percent.

Union benefits: Employees have the freedom to vote themselves out of a job.

-- Posted by BCStoned on Thu, Apr 2, 2009, at 2:18 PM

Hurray! They're keeping track of how many posts have been made again!! What was the record last time??? 300 and something??

-- Posted by Megalomania on Thu, Apr 2, 2009, at 2:49 PM

Not sure if it was the same quiz: but here's my results:

This quiz has categorised you as a Liberal. You believe in the role of the government to fight poverty, both by means of welfare programs, and economic regulation. You are defined as a progressive in the US, but you are generally favouring of the retention of the current social paradigm.

Go figure, huh?

-- Posted by Turnip on Thu, Apr 2, 2009, at 4:42 PM

Did we lose SE Live?

It's Thursday.

-- Posted by grandma73 on Thu, Apr 2, 2009, at 5:31 PM


Had to laugh at the thing about your hubby throwing balls at speeders. We live on a busy street and although the kids have the yard it makes me nervous at some of the idiots that fly down this street speed is posted at 20 and I know they are doing at least 40 cops included, we might have to give the ball thing a try.

-- Posted by semoangel70 on Thu, Apr 2, 2009, at 5:58 PM


-- Posted by DAB on Thu, Apr 2, 2009, at 9:11 PM


-- Posted by concerned4all on Thu, Apr 2, 2009, at 9:26 PM

It's not just "some Catholics" who oppose Obama speaking at Notre Dame and receiving an honorary doctorate. "Some Christians" think it's ironic that a man supporting abortion and FOCA would speak at a university that definitely represents pro-life. What would Jesus expect of us? Stand up for Jesus, ye soldiers of the cross! That's why we signed the protest!

-- Posted by NewsToMe on Thu, Apr 2, 2009, at 10:11 PM

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