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Speak Out 8/14/09

Friday, August 14, 2009

Paying the bills

I live in Jackson, and my utility bill was $48 more than it was last month. I made a conscious effort not to use so much electricity this month. I thought I was fortunate to escape the outrageous fees of AmerenUE, but I guess I was wrong. I lost my job last month, and we are having a hard time with our bills. You would think in times like these the people we voted for would do something to help but it seems like they would rather kick us while we're down.

Street work

REGARDING the street repairs in Cape Girardeau: They are long overdue. The streets in Cape Girardeau are so rough that you have to dodge chugholes to get around. It's about time the city started taking care of the streets and making this a better and safer place to drive.

Can't see in

I think tinted windows that keep you from seeing the drivers of vehicles should not be legal.

Health choice

I don't know where everyone gets the idea that government-run health care is going to be forced on everyone. President Obama said that if you like the health care coverage that you already have, keep it. The government is not going to force you to give up your private health insurance. If you enjoy paying sky-high insurance premiums, keep on paying them. The government option is for people with no health insurance coverage and to complete with private insurance companies to keep premiums lower. The government wants to give Americans a choice about health-care coverage.

They're Republicans

I am tired of Republicans pretending to be Democrats. There was a comment from someone who said that he and his friends are all Democrats and do not want the government intruding anymore than it already has in the area of health care. They are not Democrats. They are Republicans.

Happy pictures

I want to thank semissourian.com for letting people submit their own photos to view online and putting a selection in the Sunday paper. It is refreshing to see such happy pictures and smiling faces as we face our day-to-day struggles with the economy and war. Keep up the good work.

Highway comment

THIS is a response to the comment about the Bill Emerson Memorial Bridge to nowhere. The highway doesn't end at Highway 3. If it wasn't all the traffic from Illinois and Kentucky coming to Cape Girardeau and spending their money, your city would still be using 200-watt light bulbs for street lights. We don't have speed traps things. We have law enforcement officers just doing their jobs.

Helping out

A caller suggested placing food containers at different locations in the city to collect food for the poor and hungry. There are adequate places to make these donations. Food pantries and churches accept food, cash, services, whatever you have to offer for the poor and needy in your community.

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Health choice - on the surface, your claim takes on the appearance of some accuracy. In reality, it is not. With what little we can decipher from the bills being proposed, many of the choices y'all say we're going to have will shrivel up and die. Those choices will simply fail to exist, leaving limited choices in their wake - gov'ment dictated and funded with borrowed money (and you don't even want to dig into that one.) And there is plenty of evidence out there from well documented statements from our current crop of 'leaders' that they in fact do not want Americans to have choices - heck, they don't even want them to vote. It is encouraging to know that many otherwise silent, hardworking, thoughtful Americans are realizing the reality of this horrendous lawmaking and have begun to express their diapproval. Heck, even the White House press corpse (sic) are being let back to the fold -

Just reading the questions alone from today's (yesterday's) White House press briefing, you get the feeling some sharks are smelling blood in the water.

JAKE TAPPER: Polls indicate that the American people are not -- or a plurality of the American people are not with the president on health care reform. He's obviously trying to change that by campaigning.

ROBERT GIBBS: Well, I don't want to quibble with -- I mean, again, I think...

TAPPER: A majority of the American people are not with the president on health care reform, the bill that -- the legislation he's trying to get through Congress. How would you say it?

GIBBS: Well, I think if you look at -- I think, not to mix networks here, but (pointing to Chuck Todd of NBC) I think if -- I think your poll read...

CHUCK TODD, NBC NEWS: They disapproved -- more people disapproved of the president's handling of health care than approved, which I think is what Jake was talking about.

Gibbs couldn't get Todd to back him up? Then a little later, CBS joins the fray.

BILL PLANTE, CBS NEWS: But doesn't the fact that you've started pushing back indicate that your realize that the initiative is in trouble?

-- Posted by blogbudsman on Fri, Aug 14, 2009, at 6:25 AM


The only thing you have shown with your mammoth post is what has already been proven, "reported in the journal Language and Speech that speakers taking a more active role in tasks said uh and um , repeated words and restarted sentences more frequently than those in a passive role."

This (?) is what you are using to scare people from UHC???

Health Choice is correct! You will still be able to choose your private carrier if you like. Don't be surprised if said carrier doesn't, out of necessity, become more affordable for you as well.

-- Posted by Theorist on Fri, Aug 14, 2009, at 7:01 AM

If this new health care plan is so wonderful why is Congress exempting themselves from it? Maybe they know more than they are tellings us about it...

Of course it would be nice to have these social programs if we could pay for them without borrowing money to do so...How deep in debt are we now?

Maybe we need to cancel the unlimited credit on the Congression credit cards...

-- Posted by walela on Fri, Aug 14, 2009, at 7:16 AM

Can't see in

I agree. Even though some people need tinted windows due to medical reasons, I think that the majority of people who have tinted windows are either too embarrassed to be seen driving or they have something to hide.

They're Republicans

Can we eliminate the parties already? Focus on the issues, please.

Highway comment

??? A common choice for street lighting bulbs is 150 watt.

"We don't have speed traps things. We have law enforcement officers just doing their jobs."

Like when they sit at the intersection of IL 3 and IL 146 looking for seat belt violations? Or when they have checkpoints in the middle of the day? Seems to me like they're low on funds and trying to boost revenue.

-- Posted by lurker on Fri, Aug 14, 2009, at 7:16 AM

Since a final bill has not been passed, I don't see how anyone can say with certainty what it will or won't do.

-- Posted by D'oh on Fri, Aug 14, 2009, at 7:18 AM

You are correct BN. Until it is passed, we will not know with certainty. What I restated was the fact that the current bill offers citizens the choice to keep their private health care.

If you notice, I also used the expression 'don't be surprised' to express a possibility.

-- Posted by Theorist on Fri, Aug 14, 2009, at 7:28 AM

Highway comment: This caller must not get out much. Highway 3 has MANY speed traps up and down it. I'm over there all the time and I see at least 3-4 every time.As for people coming across the river to shop,eat or whatever in Cape, They have been doing that for a long time as well as people have been going across the river from Cape to shop,etc in IL,KY,TN. So I'm thinking that Missouri money is spent over there just as much as you feel that side of the rivers money is spent here. (JMO)

-- Posted by Keep-On-Truckin on Fri, Aug 14, 2009, at 7:38 AM

BN1401 and Theorist, pretty interesting concept from the Show Me state. Back where I come from its called a Pig in a Poke. Shouldn't the lawmakers and the citizens they represent know what the bill does BEFORE it's passed? I truly believe the American citizens who have communicated directly to their elected representatives will have an impact on whatever bill finally works its way through the system. Its the democratic process coming to life to force a deliberative body to actually deliberate - and not just slap some lipstick on this pig and dump it in our laps.

-- Posted by blogbudsman on Fri, Aug 14, 2009, at 8:03 AM

shouldn't there be a general public vote on UHC

since it is such an important legislation?

let all Americans vote on it instead of Congress...

-- Posted by ..Rick on Fri, Aug 14, 2009, at 8:10 AM

If you see it, before you get pulled over, it is not a speed trap. The one that got me in Cairo was cleverly hidden behind a bridge abutment, just where the speed limit dropped significantly and nabbed as I was decelerating to the new limit. That's a speed trap.

-- Posted by Observer1 on Fri, Aug 14, 2009, at 8:15 AM


You are right, I should have said finalized or something else instead of passed.

I don't believe we can adequately judge anything until we know what it is intended to contain and from what I see so far I sure don't know.

-- Posted by D'oh on Fri, Aug 14, 2009, at 8:25 AM

The looters only interest is expanding their own power. The looter is the ruler.

The tax gobblers reward the looters with their blind allegance, and demand that I sacrifice my self interests for theirs. They require that the looters redistribute wealth from the successful, to the unsuccessful. The tax gobbler accepts self-sacrifice for the need of others as the essence of morality. The tax gobbler is the ruled.

The individual believes that his life belongs to himself, and that he should be able to pursue his happiness without interference by others, and extends this belief to all other individuals. The individual is the enemy of the looter and the tax gobbler, and their biggest fear.

-- Posted by Lumpy on Fri, Aug 14, 2009, at 8:30 AM

And this is wonderful - and downright scary:


-- Posted by blogbudsman on Fri, Aug 14, 2009, at 8:37 AM

Can't See In,

There are already laws regulating the degree of window tinting allowed due to safety issues; don't really know why anything beyond that is needed or why you need to see into someone else's car. I don't have it, but my son and son in law are Police Officers and they have it on their personal vehicles; not hiding anything.

-- Posted by D'oh on Fri, Aug 14, 2009, at 9:12 AM

Beware the Tides of November 2010.

-- Posted by voyager on Fri, Aug 14, 2009, at 9:19 AM

Can't see in:

You are no friend of freedom. Please take all your bad ideas for more intrusive laws elsewhere. You have suggested further criminalizing more behavior by the government and you failed to list any of the ills said prohibition would address.

This is why the govt gets bigger, more laws restricting freedom get passed, and we all get dum(b)er.

-- Posted by Ike on Fri, Aug 14, 2009, at 9:27 AM

Beware the Tides of November 2010.

-- Posted by voyager on Fri, Aug 14, 2009, at 9:19 AM

um , what tides?

-- Posted by ..Rick on Fri, Aug 14, 2009, at 9:44 AM

morning all

Utility bills

They are all higher not just in Jackson or with Ameren. Call and check into budget billing perhaps to make the payment the same each month.

Street work

Again not just Cape but every where even the highways are getting rough.

Can't see in

Under the law your windows can only be tinted to a certain degree and beyond that you have to have an order from a doctor or you will be fined and made to remove the tinting. How is a law going to stop people from doing it if a doctor gives them a piece of paper saying they need it.

Health choices

We have insurance through Health Link/Principle and guess what it is lousy. My daughter had to have major sinus surgery back in May and we are still fighting with them to get the bill paid, it will not cover three of the medications that I take on a daily basis, refused to pay when my husband got his thumb in the table saw etc. We pay $59.78 a week to have the insurance and it never pays so we also right checks out every month to the doctors, hospitals, labs etc. The way I see it is if you already have insurance that wont pay or you have none then UHC can't be any worse. For those that have great insurance keep it and then it wont affect you.

Highway comment

There are speed traps every where. If you are going to speed be prepared to pay the ticket if not then slow down.

Helping out

Yes there are locations to drop off donations but more would help out if the store had a bin right there to drop it in.

-- Posted by semoangel70 on Fri, Aug 14, 2009, at 9:47 AM

Good morning! ☻

Paying the bills...$48. more, that's not too bad considering it's August. IMO.

Street work...speaking of road work; has anyone else seen what they are doing to uptown Jackson? I guess this is the road repair MoDot promised using 61 as an alt. route.

Can't see in...nutterbutter. Why do my tinted windows bother you? legal, legal, legal. HAH!

Health choice...some people like to exaggerate. ☻

They're Republicans...actually, I believe many AMERICANS feel the gov. is too intrusive.

Happy pictures...agreed. ☻

Highway comment...lol. good one. ☻

Helping out...yes, I believe we covered that.

-- Posted by Turnip on Fri, Aug 14, 2009, at 10:27 AM

Mornin' Parnips/Turnips/Me'lange.

-- Posted by Ainamolagem on Fri, Aug 14, 2009, at 10:29 AM


I have never known of an Officer shot through auto glass; not that it has never happened, it's just not that common. Auto glass is very tough and it is really hard to shoot through it and hit anyone. Some LEO duty ammo is designed for better perform ace in defeating auto glass, but is not available to the public.

I don't see this as a safety issue except for operator visibility.

-- Posted by D'oh on Fri, Aug 14, 2009, at 10:47 AM

Mornin' Megalo. ☻

-- Posted by Turnip on Fri, Aug 14, 2009, at 10:47 AM

I like my tinted windows. It keeps the glare at bay esp. for the kiddies. Those lil' roll down sun blockers are gaudy. IMO.

-- Posted by Turnip on Fri, Aug 14, 2009, at 10:50 AM

Mel, you threw me under the bus. Where's the girl power here?

-- Posted by capetowndown on Fri, Aug 14, 2009, at 10:57 AM

The speed limit goes from 70 to 65 when you cross from Missouri to Illinois. The bridge abutment is two miles into Illinois. That must have been some momentum you had going. I would also bet that the speed you were clocked at would have also exceeded the speed limit in Missouri...

-- Posted by bobby62914 on Fri, Aug 14, 2009, at 10:59 AM


I agree, I wouldn't be a Police Officer, but glad so many are willing. With the number of stops Police Officers do, it is hard for them to maintain the desired degree of "Situational Awareness" as they tend to become complacent. I have accompanied Officers who have completely disregarded their training in approaching vehicles and structures because it is so commonplace. We had a checklist of things to look for upon approaching a residence in addition to how to park our vehicle, but...


Several publications report on LEO deaths and I use to keep track of these things.

-- Posted by D'oh on Fri, Aug 14, 2009, at 11:24 AM

..it's easier to smoke a joint with tinted windows , jeez....

-- Posted by ..Rick on Fri, Aug 14, 2009, at 11:32 AM


I remember that one, but I was fairly young then.

-- Posted by D'oh on Fri, Aug 14, 2009, at 11:36 AM

Mel, you said Mega was Mary Jo. haha. I see where this is going.

-- Posted by capetowndown on Fri, Aug 14, 2009, at 11:57 AM

First time poster, long time reader. Want to say you guys are always interesting and glad to finally register and add my two cents.

-- Posted by nuffsaid on Fri, Aug 14, 2009, at 12:16 PM


I think Mary_Jo is insinuating to you that she is capedowntown.

Additionally, you said, "Most know Megal uses multiple personalities/names" They do?? How do they "know?" That's news to me. Again, I'd be careful posting allegations you can't back up. Oops, my post will be approximately 6 minutes after yours. I guess we are the same person...LOL! *Shaking head* Judging my character...lol

-- Posted by Ainamolagem on Fri, Aug 14, 2009, at 12:18 PM


-- Posted by capetowndown on Fri, Aug 14, 2009, at 12:19 PM

YES!!! Thank you capetowndown!!! your post came one minute after mine! PROOF! I am not you!

-- Posted by Ainamolagem on Fri, Aug 14, 2009, at 12:27 PM

My name was tossed under the bus too!

-- Posted by Chief_Sagamore on Fri, Aug 14, 2009, at 12:36 PM


Apparently you know it all. If you know something I don't, then please expound. Seriously, you're annoying me in your tone. You can think what you want, but you're wrong. I have NO control over who and who does not post in this forum. All I worry about is my statements and my statements only.

Unlike you, I DO have a following (for and against) that awaits my every post with baited breath.

Baits and Sinkers? LOL! On the contrary. One thing that has been established today is that YOU ARE Turnip. LOL!

I think capedowntown proved my point. She posted immediately (one minute) after I did. There is NO WAY anyone can log out, then log in and post in that amount of time! Geez...

-- Posted by Ainamolagem on Fri, Aug 14, 2009, at 1:30 PM

Unlike you, I DO have a following (for and against) that awaits my every post with baited breath.

-- Posted by Ainamolagem on Fri, Aug 14, 2009, at 1:30 PM

Everyone put your boots on, it's getting real deep in here

-- Posted by Producer1 on Fri, Aug 14, 2009, at 1:53 PM

LOL Oh Mel, you just a little instigator too aren't you. Decide who's side you're on yet?

-- Posted by Ainamolagem on Fri, Aug 14, 2009, at 2:11 PM


Gee thanks, now they also think I am you. LOL Welcome to the forum. lol

-- Posted by Ainamolagem on Fri, Aug 14, 2009, at 2:21 PM

Again, Megalo, why are you dragging poor lil' me into it?

-- Posted by Turnip on Fri, Aug 14, 2009, at 3:11 PM

MeLange, I'm, you are in rare form today...I'm impressed. ☻

-- Posted by Turnip on Fri, Aug 14, 2009, at 3:16 PM

...hey , can i be somebody too!

-- Posted by ..Rick on Fri, Aug 14, 2009, at 4:58 PM

What I restated was the fact that the current bill offers citizens the choice to keep their private health care.

-- Posted by Theorist on Fri, Aug 14, 2009, at 7:28 AM

Yes you do until you change jobs or lose your coverage. Then you can no longer have private health care and will automatically placed on Tyrone's SHC.

Such a fool for an educated person.

-- Posted by Wiff on Fri, Aug 14, 2009, at 5:30 PM

Where was all of these people for the past eight years when the Bush administration was going to congress and requesting fifty to hundred billion dollars every three to six months for the past six years for the Iraq war I didn't hear a peek, but one of the most important issues on the table right now that this country needed fifty years ago called affordable Health Care you think the world is coming to an end. I know many hard working middle class people that have no health care at all because the employer can not afford the high preminums any more the great insurance companies placed on them and now the insurance companies are pushing for people to take higher deductables which would throw a family in to bankruptcy. We need affordable health care in this country, the american health industry has become a racket off the backs of the american people. We spend all of this money on wars all the time surely we can can fine common ground on this issue and get our citizenship covered.

-- Posted by swampeastmissouri on Fri, Aug 14, 2009, at 6:04 PM

To Megla a.ka. Jerry a.k.a grandpa sassy, grandma, snoops, and many other aliases this quote comes to mind---Me thinks you protest to much.

-- Posted by J Purcell on Fri, Aug 14, 2009, at 10:16 PM

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