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Speak Out 5/16/09

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Missouri damage

IF you want to see major storm damage from Friday, go north through Cape Girardeau County and Perry County: Oak Ridge, Daisy, Pocahontas, Shawneetown, Friedheim. These towns are destroyed. Uprooted trees that look like giants pulled them out of the ground and threw them at homes, vehicles, barns, anything in the path. Power lines are down, poles are broken, homes, barns, sheds are blown apart. Oak Ridge School was hit, and teachers' cars were damaged. Highways are open, but county roads are nearly impassable due to downed trees. Neighbors have to help neighbors, which we are doing, because we know major help will not come. Thankfully, Citizens Electric was a major help Sunday, and it is doing a great job restoring power as fast as it can. We are told most power will be on in two to three weeks. Even the beautiful Pensel Azalea Farm was destroyed, and Caney Fork Baptist Church was hit hard. But thank God nobody was killed.

Wasteful spending

I have been thinking of a way to save the city some money, and I think I have an idea. Why doesn't the city cut out wasteful spending like putting street extensions where they are not needed? I understand the city is planning to extend Walnut Street through to West End Boulevard. Why? It is not needed. The only thing that extending the street at that point will accomplish is to give drug dealers a secluded street to deal drugs. Everything is fine the way it is now. Maybe the Audubon Society might be interested to know that the city is going to intrude on the migratory path of the indigo bunting. I understand that the society is trying to protect that path, and I have proof that the indigo buntings are present in that area. At any rate, I do not understand why the city would want to waste money that it does not have to put in a place for dealers to sell drugs.

After the storm

I want to thank the many people who helped out after the storm came through May 8. Within hours of the storm being over, there were many people who came from all over to help clear roads and driveways. The linemen who helped to restore power are wonderful. Thank you to everyone who dropped whatever they were doing to help their neighbors out. God bless all of you.

Remembering Kemp

I enjoyed Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder's tribute to Jack Kemp. Though I long ago abandoned belief in Kemp's political philosophy, I'll always remember him as a talented, tenacious and tough-minded quarterback with the Buffalo Bills.

Not a good idea

I used to live near a shelter run by the Rev. Larry Rice's organization. Panhandlers were everywhere. This is not a good idea for an area that is trying a comeback.

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Missouri damage: That's Major!

Wasteful spending: And this is exactly what our liberal mayor wants to accomplish. Aren't they great?? Gee!

After the storm: Thanks, Thanks a lot.

Remembering Kemp: Let's drink a beer on it while wearing pink underwear...ok?

Not a good idea: Off with their heads!

-- Posted by Megalomania on Sat, May 16, 2009, at 8:34 AM


Kemp was a good quaterback.

-- Posted by Lumpy on Sat, May 16, 2009, at 9:42 AM

Good morning! ☺

Missouri damage....now hold up, I heard the police ask people not to come & view the damage, we would only be in the way causing more problems.

Wasteful spending...what n the hell is a 'indigo bunting'? I agree though no more stupid spending.

After the storm....good people! ☺

Remembering Kemp...Buffalo Bills, r they still a team?

Not a good idea ...NO 1500 BED SHELTERS

???? Exactly how long does the citizens of Cape try to revitalize downtown...the stores are not very appealing, well..I like Hempies, but how often do you really need to go there? ☻ The restaurants are pretty good. I don't drink so bars are out...it seems to me it's a lost cause...on the current path.

-- Posted by Turnip on Sat, May 16, 2009, at 10:58 AM

Oh..I forgot. DING DONG, the b*tch is gone! oflmao w/glee!!! ☻

-- Posted by Turnip on Sat, May 16, 2009, at 11:08 AM

I like Hempies, but how often do you really need to go there?

-- Posted by Turnip on Sat, May 16, 2009, at 10:58 AM

I dunno. I guess it all depends on how much exotic tobacco you smoke.

-- Posted by Lumpy on Sat, May 16, 2009, at 2:04 PM

Lumpy, that place has a strange vibe, have u ever noticed that?

-- Posted by Turnip on Sat, May 16, 2009, at 2:19 PM

What do you mean "strange" vibe?? I think it's a rather pleasant place. I agree what you're saying about a lost cause though, I've been harping for 3 years on here for them to start building more WEST of town, near the interstate.

-- Posted by Megalomania on Sat, May 16, 2009, at 2:26 PM

Megal, it's like everyones' all paranoid, including the employees. I don't know why, surely the stuff they sell is legal.

Downtown: I don't necessarily think they should give it up, just take a different direction. Like u said a park or something. I still enjoy goin' out to Cape Rock, many of us used to hang out down there. Perhaps a cruise strip running w/the river, Main st.....broadway is gone forever. Perhaps some of the merchants could start appealing more to the younger crowd, jewelry, consignment, flea markets, that ain't gonna cut it, for me anyway. where do the kids cruise these days or do they?

-- Posted by Turnip on Sat, May 16, 2009, at 2:36 PM

FYI, The film S.Darko is about Cape Girardeau.

-- Posted by Megalomania on Sat, May 16, 2009, at 2:42 PM

how so?

-- Posted by Turnip on Sat, May 16, 2009, at 2:53 PM

.....a whole slew of kids hang out at Rhodes ...

what they do sitting around a parking lot is anyone's guess..

-- Posted by ..Rick on Sat, May 16, 2009, at 3:26 PM

socializing Rick. duh....☺

-- Posted by Turnip on Sat, May 16, 2009, at 3:34 PM


LOL! Paranoia: What are the common side effects of marijuana use?

The following are some of the common side effects of using marijuana; however, I decided to only list the most obvious one.

Paranoia (feeling that people are "out to get you")

Get it? ;o)

-- Posted by Megalomania on Sat, May 16, 2009, at 5:11 PM

Cruising: Parsnips, I've been out a couple of Saturdays (and nights) now searching for the answer to the cruising question and (the homeless) one. And I'm not finding either.

Furthermore, my "high schooler" says no one does that...in fact he had no clue as to what I was even talking about. I still think Broadway IS salvageable, unfortunately though....not as a cruise strip. (well could be if it was brought back to two lane all the way) Broadway SHOULD be a very popular spot. It's close to the college, and appears to have become one of the top three or four major thorough fairs.

But what I see happening is ALL of those stores disappearing, and eventually the city fathers and Dobbie turning Broadway into Four-lane all the way to the river. Then of course, new stores will probably be built, but I will probably be dead by then.

I have been examining Just_Me's Independence option though, and it could work...but we need more stores and restaurants on that street. The biggest problem though Parsnips is that this community has lost it's sense of community. There are soo many "newbies" we no longer have a common purpose.

Here's the way I see it. We have these TONS of new people and cars. Sure...the restaurants are all packed on the weekend, the theaters, but who are these people? Where are they from? What do they do? I've come to imagine that "original" Cape Girardeauns stay at home shuddering in the darkness rocking themselves in some dark corner some where.

Why do I say that? Heck, I've found myself doing it from time to time. Meet you at Cape Rock tonight for a makeout session? 8:00pm? LOL!

-- Posted by Megalomania on Sat, May 16, 2009, at 5:24 PM

Sorry, Megal...I just got the note, I hope ur not waiting....lol! ☻ No more Cape Rock for me, unless I have heavy security, every since that Angel fella who rode the rails murdering people, kind of scared me away from the tracks, ya know?

ur teen has never heard of 'cruisin'; good golly man what do they do on the weekends?

-- Posted by Turnip on Sat, May 16, 2009, at 8:16 PM

btw, Megal, if I remember correctly, u will not find the 'homeless hang-out' driving, ur gonna have to go down Independence, to the river & park and walk down the tracks towards the old bridge pilars, that use to be the hotspot. it's a hit & miss though, I don't see a huge homeless problem in Cape. Keep in mind, homelessness is just the beginning of their problems (mental, drugs, etc.) I wouldn't advise it.

-- Posted by Turnip on Sat, May 16, 2009, at 8:28 PM

Cruising used to be a great social experience - to see, and to be seen.

Perhaps that has all been replaced by Facebook, MySpace, texting, pixing, IM'ing, and cell phones. Again, 'change' is not necessarily better, just different.


"Give me your tired, your poor,

Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,

The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.

Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed, to me:

I lift my lamp beside the golden door"

Errnt, just don't give 'em to Cape, unless they're bringing wads of money that can be taxed. :-)~

-- Posted by fxpwt on Sat, May 16, 2009, at 9:00 PM

Hey what???

-- Posted by Turnip on Sat, May 16, 2009, at 10:33 PM


I thought maybe I had stood you up. I forgot I had a hootenanny to go to.

What do kids do? I'm still trying to gather that from my High Schooler. From what he tells me "nothing." Their world now revolves around video games, texting, and...?? Sounds boring if you ask me.

Also, I HAVE been walking around looking for those homeless. Downtown, near bridge, river wall, near interstate.

I really don't think they are homeless, rather more like night owls causing mischief. I mean really...Why would you come to Cape to be Homeless? If I were to suddenly become homeless, I'd move to Atlantic City or LA, or Vegas and pan handle there. A guy can make a pretty good living pan handling near the casinos.

Honestly, if you are FROM CAPE. I would imagine that the Salvation Army, A church, or the United Way wouldn't do something in their power to get you a roof over your head. Now...if you're "just passing through", then off with ya! Move on to another town.

I still want to see "TANGIBLE" numbers on this homeless thing. THEN, I want a history...relatives? ex-wife? why homeless?

Speaking of standing up on dates. Now that Craigslist has disipated their erotic forum. Perhaps Missourian On-line could pick up some slack and create a free "Cape Singles" forum. Just think of the rumours. :o)!

-- Posted by Megalomania on Sat, May 16, 2009, at 10:48 PM

Angel fella riding the rails murdering people? LOL! I was actually up their making out with some chick after my first divorce in 1999. LOL!

-- Posted by Megalomania on Sat, May 16, 2009, at 10:51 PM

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