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Speak Out 8/15/09

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Right decision

I am not heading to Jackson to shop as your misleading headline indicated everyone was doing. I am going to shop right here in Cape Girardeau. I appreciate the Cape Girardeau City Council for its decision to forgo the sales-tax holiday. Taxes are the price we pay for civilization. That is why Cape Girardeau is more civilized than surrounding communities whose locally elected leaders lacked the backbone to just say no to those agitating for a tax holiday.

New libertarian?

MISSOURI Republican Party executive director Lloyd Smith was quoted in the Southeast Missourian as saying one could argue that the federal government should never have gotten into the Medicare business. Yes, you could, but I wouldn't. I appreciate Smith's intellectual honesty in not too subtly suggesting that Medicare was a bad idea even though it is generally considered one of the great triumphs in lifting millions of senior citizens out of poverty and is a program that would cause Missouri seniors to rise in revolution if abandoned. Beyond that, one wonders why Smith didn't follow his argument to its logical conclusion and also put the issue of abolishing Social Security on the table. I have known Smith for a long time, but it seems as if he has morphed from a common-sense Republican into a crazed libertarian.

No euthanasia

I am a senior citizen. I campaigned and worked hard for Barack Obama. I am proud that I voted for him and think he is doing a wonderful job as our chief executive. In addition, I am in fairly good health. It is for these reasons that I am fairly confident I will be among the last group of senior citizens to be euthanized. Since there is no provision for euthanization in President Obama's health-care reform proposal, the preceding was a fairly sick joke.

Tight borders

THE supposed rescue of the two female journalists from North Korea is an embarrassment to our country. I can't believe we made it look like a hero's welcome when they were escorted back to this country by Bill Clinton. North Korea has a closed border and has a right to police its border as it sees fit. These two illegal border crossers were apprehended with good cause by the North Koreans. The journalists admitted to crossing the borders. Would we give back two Iranian citizens who crossed our border with Mexico? They were clearly in the wrong, and we would be better off politically if we would have let them stay there and serve out their sentences. Don't we believe in the rule of law? Just because we do a lame job of border patrol at our Mexican border doesn't mean North Korea should take a blind eye view of its border activities. I wish we did as good of a job policing our borders as North Korea does. At least they take their national sovereignty seriously.

School nurses

HEALTH experts are predicting the swine flu may well sweep through Southeast Missouri schools sometime soon. Though it is not recommended that schools shut their doors, it is important that every school have a nurse. There are area schools without nurses, probably due to lack of sufficient funds. If that is the case, I call on the Missouri Legislature to provide funding so that each school that can't afford a nurse will get the necessary funding. Education is Missouri's No. 1 mandated constitutional duty. The health and well-being of students is a part of this responsibility. Short of this, perhaps retired nurses, part-time nurses or even full-time nurses might consider volunteering to help out with the situation.

Radio disgrace

JOE Sullivan was certainly correct in claiming that talk radio must bear some responsibility for the chaos and disruption at the congressional town hall meetings. I can understand the challenge Joe would face if he came right out and wrote that Rush Limbaugh has become a national disgrace who is encouraging anarchy at these meetings and trivializing the Holocaust by comparing President Obama to Hitler and his policies. Joe, I promise that if you write such a column, specifically targeting Rush Limbaugh, I will be behind you. Way behind.

Anonymous posting

"ON the other hand, anonymous posting is the most abused capability on the Internet today," asserted Patricia Keefe, an Internet blogger whose kooky posting was splattered all over the Perspectives page. I am surprised, even stunned that the Southeast Missourian would allow such an implicit criticism of Speak Out to be published. According to conservative Thomas Sowell, there are only two ways of telling the complete truth: anonymously and posthumously. Anonymous online posters are alive and well.

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Right decision

I'm with ya.

New libertarian?

Anything the Feds touch gets trashed.

No euthanasia

They want it. It will give them money to keep taxpayers paying.

Tight borders

Maybe we can learn from this. But Acorn needs those illegal voters.

School nurses

I thought the health and well being was the responsibility of the parents. Oh I forgot we are becoming a socialist country. My Bad.

Radio disgrace

And that was the Democrat view. What about Real Time with Bill Maher on HBO. What a crock but he has the right also. So be it.

Anonymous posting

I wouldn't post my name.

-- Posted by Wiff on Sat, Aug 15, 2009, at 12:26 AM

Right decision

Taxes are the price we pay for "civilization." Like all those beautiful civilizing fountains on the Semo campus

New libertarian?

Ask our children how great Medicare and SS are in 50 yrs when there are twice as many payers as receivers. Those two systems could only work in perpetuity if the birth rate continued to climb faster than the death rate fell

No euthanasia

... I will be among the last group of senior citizens to be euthanized.

"First they came for the Communists, and I didn't speak up, because I wasn't a Communist. Then they came for the Jews, and I didn't speak up, because I wasn't a Jew. Then they came for the Catholics, and I didn't speak up, because I was a Protestant. Then they came for me, and by that time there was no one left to speak up for me."

Tight borders

Here we actually agree! And...Don't we believe in the rule of law?-Not when it affects me!

School nurses

Education is Missouri's No. 1 mandated constitutional duty.- Yes it is!

The health and well-being of students is a part of this(the state's) responsibility.-No it is not! That is the parents responsibility. The state's responsibility is to make sure that I do it.

Radio disgrace

A brief history lesson-Freedom of speech, ya know! Electronic media is the 2000's equal of the 1700's newspapers and pamphlets. Then-didn't like it, they refuted it or didn't read it; today-don't like it, refute it or don't listen! Without "Poor Richard" and the anonymous "Pamphleteers" you'd now be bowing to the Queen or "Heiling Hitler"!

Anonymous posting

See last sentance above!

-- Posted by John in Jackson on Sat, Aug 15, 2009, at 7:29 AM

If Lloyd Smith is a libertarian, I'm a 90 lb. underwear model.

Two oxymorons in this moron's comment - common sense Republican and crazed libertarian.

This big brain needs to go read a book, and flunk a test.

-- Posted by Lumpy on Sat, Aug 15, 2009, at 8:20 AM

New libertarian: A Republican with common sense would be a libertarian.

No euthanasia: "I campaigned and worked hard for Barack Obama." Was that the part that was a sick joke?

Anonymous posting: All postings should be anonymous. That is why I use my neighbor's name. I couldn't use mine, it might embarrass my children or other relatives. To those who feel embarrassed, I have some advice that I didn't get off a tomato can wrapper; just tell people that he is one of the other Nalls, a different group. If you are not embarrassed, you should be.

-- Posted by BCStoned on Sat, Aug 15, 2009, at 9:03 AM

My former party, the Republican one, is in danger of extinction if it does not get a clue, and stop trying to rely on outright misinformation in order to enjoy equal status to the Democrats. Right now, they are more likely to enjoy equal status with the luckless libertarians, and we all know how many seats they have in Congress. As for euthanasia, the entire notion passed on by the likes of Sara Palen, beats any lie I ever heard from a fisherman. If you are gullible enough to fall for it, you deserve to be condemned to a life of sitting all day watching Glenn Beck lose all of his sponsors, a reasonable punishment for his attempt to profit through yellow journalism.

-- Posted by wrcactus on Sat, Aug 15, 2009, at 9:21 AM

Good morning! ☻

Right decision...more civilized?? You are kidding, right? beating up the elderly, stealing purses from women walking on the streets...these are just a few examples of your civilized headlines as of last week. nutterbutter. ☻

New libertarian?...crazed, eh? that's nice.

No euthanasia...lol. ☻

Tight borders...ah, I'm dumbfounded. A person who supports N. Korea.

School nurses...how is a nurse gonna determine swine flu?

Radio disgrace...Limbaugh is a nutterbutter.

Anonymous posting...we are not anonymous, we have names. thank you.

-- Posted by Turnip on Sat, Aug 15, 2009, at 10:37 AM


I think that you are confusing libertarians with Libertarians.

-- Posted by Lumpy on Sat, Aug 15, 2009, at 10:59 AM

Oxymoron-Sarah Palin, oops...I got that confused. She's just a moron.

-- Posted by Ainamolagem on Sat, Aug 15, 2009, at 12:15 PM

FYI to all you republican/Neo-Conspiracists. I just received a call from the NRA and they want donations because the United Nations is going to take our guns away. You guys better start blogging and drumming up support. It sounds serious. As a Life member, I just told them to kiss my arse.

-- Posted by Ainamolagem on Sat, Aug 15, 2009, at 12:22 PM

There is exactly one libertarian in Congress.

-- Posted by Lumpy on Sat, Aug 15, 2009, at 2:50 PM

Thank Heaven.

-- Posted by Proud_Democrat on Sat, Aug 15, 2009, at 4:40 PM

What in tarnation is goin' on in some of them threads?

-- Posted by Turnip on Sat, Aug 15, 2009, at 5:51 PM

For every conservative using a Nazi comparison on liberals there are five liberals using the Nazi comparison on conservatives. Why the selective outrage?

-- Posted by bobby62914 on Sat, Aug 15, 2009, at 6:01 PM

What in tarnation is goin' on in some of them threads?

-- Posted by Turnip on Sat, Aug 15, 2009, at 5:51 PM


somebody really thinks highly of their self is all....

-- Posted by ..Rick on Sat, Aug 15, 2009, at 8:40 PM

Oxymoron-Sarah Palin, oops...I got that confused. She's just a moron.

-- Posted by Ainamolagem on Sat, Aug 15, 2009, at 12:15 PM

She is acomplished...... What have you???????

-- Posted by Wiff on Sat, Aug 15, 2009, at 9:04 PM

If Sarah wasn't such a threat to certain people/parties, nothing she says would matter. She still seems to be a threat because those certain people/parties still won't leave her alone. Hmmmm. Makes me wonder more and more why is little ole gun toting female such a threat to big old all knowing/all controling Dems like....

-- Posted by LiveAnotherDay on Sat, Aug 15, 2009, at 9:43 PM

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