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Speak Out 6/2/09

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Keep it up

I beg Rush Limbaugh, Newt Gingrich and Dick Cheney to keep up their attacks on Judge Sonia Sotomayor's nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court. It will go a long way toward helping her to get confirmed, make it even more difficult for the Republican Party to rehabilitate itself, make more likely its extinction and pave the way for one-party rule for at least a generation.

Food critics

IT is incorrect to say that one type of restaurant is any better than another type. A fast-food restaurant is no better or worse than any other kind restaurant. Speak Out callers should quit being such blatant restaurantists.

Honest politician

I have followed state Rep. Scott Lipke's career for years. He is too honest to be in the dirty business of politics. I wish more men with his values would follow in his footsteps.

Follow the rules

DEAR bicyclists: You are more than welcome on our streets in Cape Girardeau. Follow the rules of the road like the rest of us. No more blowing through red lights and passing on the right. It's illegal to ride on the sidewalks in a business area, so quit weaving from sidewalk to street and back and forth to avoid traffic.

City trash

I know there are some who are physically not able to mow or pick up around their residences, but some folks couldn't care less about the cleanliness of their neighborhood. Would someone in city management please explain why people in our city are allowed to contaminate and trash our city? Shouldn't this be a health issues? And the landlords have an obligation too.

Global effect

ONE of the things I like about columnist Mike Jensen is his willingness to step up to the plate and take personal responsibility when things go awry. For example, Jensen recently wrote that if the recession drags on and worsens, "At least we'll know who to blame." Yes we will, but in Jensen's defense, how was he to know that his economic theories would be adopted, much less applied, all over the world with obviously disastrous consequences?

Service area

UPON my first visit to the grand new library, I was impressed. It was beautifully rebuilt and has the most modern decor and services. As the clerk scanned my library card, she asked if my address was still current. I gave her my updated information and was told this was out of the free service area. I've been checking books for three or more years at the library only to be told that I will now have to pay a monthly fee for doing so or drive to Jackson if I want to check books at no charge. So much for a great new library.


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Food critics

steak beats MickyD's...

-- Posted by ..Rick on Tue, Jun 2, 2009, at 3:10 AM

Global effect: Mr. Jensen, advise the Republican Party to drop its infatuation with Keynesian economics and jump aboard the Austrian School, otherwise you are no different than the Democrats.

Separate yourselves from failed policies.

I must add that government is not god.

-- Posted by BCStoned on Tue, Jun 2, 2009, at 6:42 AM

Don't want to pay to use the library....Move into the city.

-- Posted by trekker on Tue, Jun 2, 2009, at 7:58 AM

Food critics

Sorry but some restaraunts are better than others. If I want a good meal then I do not want to go to McDonalds or Hardees instead AppleBees, Logans etc, if I want a quick meal then a local drive thru works. The thing is what I call good someone else may not even the critics of the 5 star restaraunts will say a place is good and the next person that goes may disagree. It is all a matter of opinion.

Honest politician

Scott Lipke is a good guy, but like most politicians sure he could mess up and be turned on just as others before him. The one thing I praise him for is the work he is doing when it comes to sex offenders. Finally someone is trying to give the rights back to the victims and not just the criminal.

City trash

think cape is bad then come to Chaffee. You will find almost as many yards junky and full of trash as you will nice clean yards. Sure the city says they will fine them but then again look at where the city keeps all there junk, dumpsters at businesses the city is suppose to empty are running over etc.

Library

I thought is you had a Cape address you were in the district, at least you have a decent library ours is a joke so yes we pay to check out books from Cape.

-- Posted by semoangel70 on Tue, Jun 2, 2009, at 8:22 AM

Keep it up - Limbaugh's biggest critics are among his most fervent listeners. Irony is so ironic.

What the hell is a restaurantist and why are they so blatant?

-- Posted by Lumpy on Tue, Jun 2, 2009, at 8:25 AM

semoangel: I prefer Logans when in Cape. The only places that I will trade in Cape are Logans, Best Buy, and Sam's. Customer service seems to be lacking in Cape outside those places.

Part of Cape is in the Jackson library district, or at one time it was.

-- Posted by BCStoned on Tue, Jun 2, 2009, at 8:33 AM

James

customer service is lacking in a lot of places anymore.

-- Posted by semoangel70 on Tue, Jun 2, 2009, at 8:47 AM

Part of the city of Cape is indeed NOT in the Cape Library District. This is because in the "old days" Cape served the city proper and the Riverside (?) District served the rest of the county. As Cape annexed unincorporated county areas, by negotiation, they remained in the Riverside District even though they joined the city.

My opinion, not that it counts, is that it is a dumb idea to draw district lines in this way.

-- Posted by rh3a on Tue, Jun 2, 2009, at 9:06 AM

Good morning! ☺

Keep it up....ahhh, yes, we love to hear it.

Food critics...what is a restaurantist? I thought we were blatant cheap arses for not leaving good tips! ☻

Honest politician...☺

Follow the rules...I must say, even though bicycles on the roads make me nervous, I don't really understand where all of these 'unruly' bicyclists comments are coming from, I have never been cut-off by a bicyclist.

City trash...eye sores, eh? does KFVS12 still run that program? how rude. ☻

Global effect...Ouch!

Service area ...how else will they maintain that extravagent building?

-- Posted by Turnip on Tue, Jun 2, 2009, at 9:10 AM

Okay, I will give you Logan's - but Best Buy and Sams? Those are self service places. The people at Best Buy seldom know as much as I do about an item I am shopping for. Sam's doesn't even pretend to have product experts.

Stereo One. Now those people know their stuff...

-- Posted by bobby62914 on Tue, Jun 2, 2009, at 9:12 AM

SD, I had the "pleasure" of following a biker a couple of days ago that was just plain stupid. The "cage" drivers behind him (including me) were very irritated that this idiot was riding in the middle of the traffic lane going 15 in a 35 with no way to get around. This road was more than wide enough for him to ride on the shoulder.

BTW, when I am driving one of my gas guzzling cages, I drive defensively like am on a motorcycle. If everyone did that, the roads would be much safer. I have avoided multiple accidents that way.

RE: Library. I would much rather pay the fee than what I pay every year in property tax for the library that I never use.

-- Posted by Just__Me on Tue, Jun 2, 2009, at 9:52 AM

When is Rice speaking downtown? ON the Southside? I think we need some protestors. Cycle?

-- Posted by Megalomania on Tue, Jun 2, 2009, at 10:14 AM

Keep it up: Blah Blah Blah...politics.

Food critics: You're right, they basically all suck here.

Honest politician: Mmmmm hmmmm. Yeah.

Follow the rules: Well said!

City trash: Agree!

Global effect: Columns...Blah!

Service area: Yeah...I have some opinions about that too. Doesn't really feel like a library. Too much wasted space, not enough library books, can't tell which section is which (other than the childrens)

-- Posted by Megalomania on Tue, Jun 2, 2009, at 10:19 AM

Cycle,

I don't know, but just about "everytime" I go down Broadway some hot shot bicyclist is ripping down weaving on and off the sidewalk, or not going fast enough in the traffic lane that folks have to pass them (obstruction), or they blow a stoplight, or pass me on the right while I am sitting at a stoplight. Must be my lucky days.

-- Posted by Megalomania on Tue, Jun 2, 2009, at 10:22 AM

Just__Me,

I thought the best defense, was a good offense? Hmmmm...no wonder I hit so many bicyclists and homeless people. Anyone see a sasquatch yet?

-- Posted by Megalomania on Tue, Jun 2, 2009, at 10:25 AM

Is this thing acting up again??

-- Posted by Megalomania on Tue, Jun 2, 2009, at 11:29 AM

Megal,

I had a verbal encounter with a sasquatch 15 years ago in Northern Oregon. He told me they do not exist and to quit looking for them.

So I did. Havn't seen one since.

-- Posted by GREYWOLF on Tue, Jun 2, 2009, at 11:40 AM

"He told me they do not exist and to quit looking for them."

-- Posted by GREYWOLF on Tue, Jun 2, 2009, at 11:40 AM

LOL! Kinda my point with the homeless here in Cape. LOL!

-- Posted by Megalomania on Tue, Jun 2, 2009, at 11:42 AM

bigdog,

You are living proof that one does not have to listen to Rush to hear a racist. The more you post the less respect I have for any of your opinions as they appear to be driven by race and race only.

-- Posted by RA on Tue, Jun 2, 2009, at 11:51 AM

I think that one party system will work better anyway. The majority of the country is on the bandwagon already.

-- Posted by bigdogg on Tue, Jun 2, 2009, at 10:12 AM

That is not a compelling argument. For the most part the citizens of this country couldn't find their arsehole with a map. Present company excluded of course

-- Posted by Producer1 on Tue, Jun 2, 2009, at 11:55 AM

"Laugh now....cry later. watch and see. your cookie will crumble cape!"

-- Posted by bigdogg on Tue, Jun 2, 2009, at 9:55 AM

So...What do you think? Bigdogg a Native Girardeaun?

-- Posted by Megalomania on Tue, Jun 2, 2009, at 12:05 PM

BTW, I see they are putting up traffic lights at Hopper and Mount Auburn. (Glad to see this rather than a round-a-bout)

I still miss it being a two lane situation though. There's just too many people in Cape now. Jeebus...where are they coming from? And why are they picking here?

Because it's a great community?? Hmm...then why do they come and try to change it??

-- Posted by Megalomania on Tue, Jun 2, 2009, at 12:11 PM

Megal,

I have family moving down from St. Louis and if you have been there lately, you will know why some people are moving. I tried to talk them into moving to Jackson, but they just love Cape. Don't worry, they won't try to change it they like it the way it is. I will never live in any town again, but some like it apparently.

-- Posted by RA on Tue, Jun 2, 2009, at 12:22 PM

TripleS,

Oh yes, I have to run my wife up to St. Louis every couple of months to see a specialist. I know what you're talking about. I couldn't imagine St. Louis getting worse, but it sure has. We used to stay the night up there, but since things have went down hill we make it a one day trip.

"I will never live in any town again, but some like it apparently."

Lost me here. Can you explain?

-- Posted by Megalomania on Tue, Jun 2, 2009, at 12:35 PM

Meglo,

It was just an after thought, but since you asked. I grew up on a farm and like many young people I couldn't wait to leave. Well after living in cities and towns for way too many years so my kids could have friends close at hand and the "advantages" of "civilization" my wife and I moved back to the country where I will remain until I die. I can go outside and shoot my rifles and pistols, ride my RUV/ATV anytime I want, raise animals if I choose and so on.

No matter how nice Cape or any other town/city is, I prefer the solitude of country living. All of my kids but one live in towns/cities, so it is just a matter of what you like.

-- Posted by RA on Tue, Jun 2, 2009, at 12:50 PM

Well...I'm out for a couple of hours to try and make a few bucks today. I'll be hanging out on the corner of Goodhope and Lorimier if any one needs anything. I'll be the one with a chicken perched on his shoulder, and playing "If The South Would Have Won" by Hank Williams Jr. on his boom box. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w8NHVaRL_...

Code Word is: Butt Crack.

-- Posted by Megalomania on Tue, Jun 2, 2009, at 12:57 PM

TripleS,

Just wanted to respond before I left. I hear what you're saying. Pretty amazing where the County Vs. the City limits of Cape has progressed to since 1970. A friend and I used to play in the creek and woods there at Hopper and Mount Auburn. That was just about the line where "Country" began. My present address at "that" time was considered the outer rim of the city. Nothing but concrete, and empty-full-empty buildings now. A pretty ghastly sight, if you compared to looking out at green pastures.

My opinion, "The Grass is "definately" greener, if the other side is concrete."

-- Posted by Megalomania on Tue, Jun 2, 2009, at 1:02 PM

Meglo,

I am in my sixties, so I sure know what you mean about the expanding city limits; don't know where they will stop.

Have a good afternoon.

-- Posted by RA on Tue, Jun 2, 2009, at 1:26 PM

Follow the rules

DEAR bicyclists: You are more than welcome on our streets in Cape Girardeau. Follow the rules of the road like the rest of us.

That's funny. As if motorists routinely follow traffic laws. Cops write motorists tickets all day around here.

-- Posted by Ike on Tue, Jun 2, 2009, at 2:36 PM

TripleS,

You folks need to stand your ground out there. Don't let'em take more. If you need help, give me a holler!

If I was a Billionaire, (and I'm not)I would buy every piece of property I could get my hands on in the city limits, tear it down, and return it back to grass and fields. It's about the only way I think we can re-gain the valuable farm land we've lost.

-- Posted by Megalomania on Tue, Jun 2, 2009, at 4:52 PM

Will you watch Conan O'Brien's new show?

-- Posted by ..Rick on Tue, Jun 2, 2009, at 4:53 PM

Rick,

You should have started a thread about that in the new blog. Personally, I never watched Leno after Carson, and stopped watching Letterman after he left NBC and they manipulated Larry "Bud" Melman's character.

Late night television just isn't what it used to be. Adult Swim comes just about as close as I can get to late night entertainment.

-- Posted by Megalomania on Tue, Jun 2, 2009, at 5:03 PM

"I think that one party system will work better anyway."

-- Posted by bigdogg on Tue, Jun 2, 2009, at 10:12 AM

Will work? Better than what?

A one-party system is what we have now dogg.

"If you are listening to Rush Limbaugh's commentary about the nominee for the supreme court, then you are already lost."

-- Posted by bigdogg on Tue, Jun 2, 2009, at 10:12 AM

Thanks for helping me to drive home the point that I was trying to make much earlier in the day.

"Keep it up - Limbaugh's biggest critics are among his most fervent listeners. Irony is so ironic."

-- Posted by lumpy on Tue, Jun 2, 2009, at 8:25 AM

You cannot criticize what you don't know dogg.

So, what is Rusty advertising on his show these days? You should know.

-- Posted by Lumpy on Tue, Jun 2, 2009, at 5:41 PM

Megalomania

i wouldn't know how to start a new thread

-- Posted by ..Rick on Tue, Jun 2, 2009, at 6:00 PM

Rick,

Just go back to that "New Speakout Forum" thingy on the home page. Instead of selecting a previously made thread, just click on the click on those redletters (New Speakout Forum) Then select (create a thread)

Remember...it's on your left, about halfway down.

You can do it man! Go for it!

-- Posted by Megalomania on Tue, Jun 2, 2009, at 6:08 PM

I've only been to Logans once. My mother raised me better than to throw my food trash on the floor, so I kept my peanut shells on a plate on the table. When I was leaving, the girl at the door told me that the next time I went there, if I didn't throw my peanut shells on the floor, I'd be kicked out....so I've never been back.

As far as eating out is concerned, Show-Me's is the first place I think to go whenever I am in Cape and hungry...food is always top-notch...GREAT burgers...and the staff there is always very hospitable.

Best Buy couldn't find their own rear end...

Sam's is Wal-Mart on steroids...I don't go to Sam's because I don't need 5 gallon jugs of mayonaise. I have a hard enough time using the small little squeeze jar before it expires...lol. I love Wal-Mart, though...got dang near anything a person could want...except stuff that's made in America. That stuff is kinda hard to find in there...

-- Posted by dixietrucker on Tue, Jun 2, 2009, at 6:11 PM

i think that the old fed building needs to be the juvnile building the center for everything their spaces are every where the dention center,kids court, where you pay your personal property taxes, there is a court rm, cells, plenty of office space, combine all of the offices in that one building, the girodt center, combine all of them...

-- Posted by Bosslady on Tue, Jun 2, 2009, at 7:18 PM

Very interesting video.

-- Posted by RA on Tue, Jun 2, 2009, at 7:21 PM

Willy...nice video........

-- Posted by ..Rick on Tue, Jun 2, 2009, at 7:54 PM

"i think that the old fed building needs to be the juvnile building the center for everything their spaces are every where the dention center,kids court, where you pay your personal property taxes, there is a court rm, cells, plenty of office space, combine all of the offices in that one building, the girodt center, combine all of them..."

-- Posted by Bosslady on Tue, Jun 2, 2009, at 7:18 PM

A juvenile detention center?? Or a teen town? I can't make heads or tails out of this. BUT..we sure the heck don't need a juvenile detention center! That's what Cottonwood was for! And I remember the stink that THAT raised when they wanted to build that. (Another thing I was against) Yep, more big city "ignorant" ideas is NOT what we need.

-- Posted by Megalomania on Tue, Jun 2, 2009, at 8:20 PM

Oh for the days when parents and schools could spank your kids arse without a the threat of a lawsuit or having your kids taken away from you.

Seems like their wasn't as much need for a detention center back then.

The fear of the licking I was gonna get when I got home kept me in line.

That's a fear kids don't have to face these days.

-- Posted by Red Devil on Tue, Jun 2, 2009, at 8:49 PM

Red Devil.

Amen brother! I completely agree with you. Just one reason things are going down the tubes.

-- Posted by Megalomania on Tue, Jun 2, 2009, at 8:59 PM

Tried to submit the following in response to a previous Letter to the Editor about "Find ways to reduce spending" - however, I was cut off at 250 words - doggone, barely got out of the gate and wound up.

Not wanting to waste one of my better cases and most intense efforts of typewritten diarrhea - thought I toss it out here for comment. :-)

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It seems that many do not fully understand the crushing financial impact of what a cap-and-trade program for carbon dioxide emissions would mean for this area.

Focusing on electricity only, one biased semi-Cliff-notes explanation starts out with a total allowable quantity of emission units being set and mandated by the powers-that-be. Current 'players' in this game - for this case, the electric utility companies - will be 'given' a proportioned quantity of these emissions units that they can emit without penalty. Should they emit less than their given quantity, the balance of their allotted units becomes available for sale to others. Should they emit more than their allotted quantity of units, they must purchase additional units from those with surplus units in order to cover the shortage - or typically must pay a very hefty fine and face the prospect of plant closures or shutdowns.

The goal is that the sum of all emitters' emissions is equal to or less than the total allowable 'cap' set by the powers-that-be. The users of these units will be forced to follow supply-and-demand market pricing to sell or to buy ('trade') the surplus units. Should there be an abundance of surplus units - the price per surplus unit will be relatively low. Should there be a scarcity of surplus units - the price per surplus unit will increase as the excess emitters bid up the price per unit in order to acquire sufficient units to cover their needs.

As time progresses in such a program, the total available allowable quantity of emission units will be decreased in the name of even cleaner air. This forces the excess emitters to either buy more and more units on the open market to cover their needs (increasing operating costs), revamp their business model and practices so as to produce less excess units (increasing capital and debt servicing costs), or worst case - cut bait, throw in the towel, and close shop.

Coal is a very carbon-intensive fuel, producing some 2.1 lbs of carbon dioxide per kilowatt-hour generated, on average. Natural gas is a bit friendlier, generating some 1.3 lbs of carbon dioxide per kilowatt-hour. Sources such as nuclear, wind, solar, and hydro release close to or equal to 0.0 lbs of carbon dioxide per kilowatt-hour. Data from http://www.eia.doe.gov/cneaf/electricity...

The Midwest, in general, has a much higher percentage of its power generated from coal as compared to the rest of the country. Unless an unusually liberal cap is set, Midwest utilities will likely be the very first ones going to the market to buy surplus credits due to their heavy reliance on coal-based power. This would be money that your local utility is going to pay out that won't make the power of any better quality or any more reliable, and won't build new power plants or infrastructure to meet future growth needs - it's just going to cost someone somewhere more out-of-pocket in order to bring that kilowatt-hour to your present electric meter.

A few numbers have already been tossed out as target or expected market prices for these excess credits, ranging from $20 - $50 per ton. Depending on the given utility's mix of generation assets - coal, natural gas, oil, hydro, nuclear, etc. - suggest that a VERY rough rule-of-thumb would be that the whatever the market price of these credits per ton turns out to be - will be the amount that one's personal utility bill should increase by - assuming an average usage of 1,000 kilowatt-hours per month.

In short - a cap-and-trade practice will put significant upward price pressures on one's residential electric utility bill - suggested to be on the order of $20 - $50 per month on average - as well as apply similar proportional upwards pressures on the electric utility bills of the businesses one patronizes and the company where one is employed. No matter how these costs are distributed, they will tend to trickle down to the end-user - Joe and Jane Consumer.

AmerenUE's current summer residential rate for a monthly usage of 1,000 kilowatt-hours within the city of Cape is $101.27, their winter residential rate for the same monthly usage is $68.68, including the flat-fee customer charge and all applicable taxes at a rate of 8.25%. What would another $20 - $50 on top of those current charges mean for most individuals, should this legislation pass and the given expectations play out?

How much clean air do we really need, and how much are we willing to pay for it? Is this really where we want to go today?

-- Posted by fxpwt on Tue, Jun 2, 2009, at 10:14 PM

fxpwt,

Post it to the "New Speakout Forum" and start a thread.

-- Posted by Megalomania on Tue, Jun 2, 2009, at 11:31 PM


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