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Speak Out 8/30/09

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Living wages

A recent story says people on Social Security don't need a cost-of-living increase because the consumer price index has gone down. People making such decisions should have to live on the money that the people make on Social Security. It's a disgrace that our government can't give us our money but they can take our money and give government employees big raises.

Good service

THERE was no one kinder or sweeter than Ted Kennedy. When my husband and I went to Washington, D.C., our two senators from Missouri breezed by us and casually said hello. Here came this big man down the hallway. It was Ted Kennedy, and he said, "How are you folks, and how are things going? Is there anything I can do for you?" Let me tell you, that was the way that whole family was. I met John Kennedy and Ted's family. No matter what your belief is, they served us well.

More parking

SOUTHEAST Missouri State University should purchase the old Esquire Theater building, which is in a dilapidated condition. Tear it down and make a parking lot out of that too. It sure needs to be cleaned up.

Good connections

REGARDING the five airlines submitting bids for service in Cape Girardeau: Past experience has proved that a code-share agreement with favorable connections in St. Louis seems to work for the majority of passengers.

More for U.S. clunkers

I'M all for Cash for Clunkers, but I think the government should have given $1,500 more for American-made vehicles than foreign vehicles. That's why our economy is as bad a shape as it is. Buy American.

Follow the rules

IF parents run to the school every time a rule is put into place that little Johnny doesn't like, they are only hurting him in the long run. Parents need to grow a backbone and teach their children to follow the rules.

Stop bickering

ALL Americans need to respect the president. We are all in the same boat and need to act like adults. I'll bet our enemies are rejoicing at all the bickering in the United States of America.

Comparing costs

I wish someone would research what Medicare was predicted to cost when it first went into effect and what it costs today. Also, the programs that have been added on to Medicare since it started. This would be something to enlighten people as to what would be the future of a national health care program.

More recess

PRINCIPALS in both Cape Girardeau and Jackson are banning or reducing recesses. Children should have 15 to 20 minutes to re-energize their brain. They're taking away recesses because they want to boost test scores. Studies have shown that students do much better after a break. Parents, we need to band together and demand recess time. I guarantee that will prove MAP scores more than shoving more academics down their throats.

Thanks for phone

THANKS to the lady that found my cell phone Saturday at the tag sale and turned it in. Thanks again.

Looks great

THE substation and new poles at Route K and Highway 25 look fantastic. Great job.

Airline safety

PLEASE carefully research the safety records of the airlines that want to serve Cape Girardeau.

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Recess: All of the kids should have some kind of a break during the day. The younger children should have recess to let off some of that extra energy. The way it is now by the time the younger ones get home (at my house anyway) they want to go to sleep this makes it harder on them & us. Because now we are the ones telling them they have to get their homework done,eat dinner,get a bath & then they can go to bed. The point is they are so tired they have a very hard time concentrating on their work at school & home. The extra testing might be a good thing,However it causes unnecessary stress to the child,teachers & parents.

-- Posted by Need2Speed on Sun, Aug 30, 2009, at 5:50 AM

Living wages

No one in politics should get any kind of raise with the economy the way it is. Social Security sure they get a raise and then if they live in government housing or anything like that their rent goes up to take the raise or their medicine etc. For those folks it is a no win situation.

Cash for clunkers

It is over and doubt they bring it back but there is more foriegn cars on the road than American to begin with. A lot of Fords cars use Mazda parts.

Follow the rules

Sorry but when schools make rules like a kid can not wear a baseball cap on school property yes I am going to complain. Some rules the kids don't like but they can get over it but some are just stupid and that was one of them here. We are a small hicktown where boys have had a cap on their head since birth, as long as they don't have it on in the building someone tell me what the problem is.

More recess

Let them do away with recess then instead of test scores they will be griping about obesity in kids again. Kids need that time to run off energy and get some excerise and fresh air. When they take it away watch out they will start labeling more kids as ADD/ADHD because they will be stir crazy wanting to get outside.

-- Posted by semoangel70 on Sun, Aug 30, 2009, at 8:48 AM

Stop bickering

Does that apply to all the presidents or just the one that is in office now? I agree we should all support our President but if it is something we do not want done and he is pushing for it we should stand up and say NO. Same thing goes for if it is something we want done stand up and say YES.

I say do away with the party lines, limit campaign time to one month, one media (covers all tv, radio and print) ad and no saying anything bad about your opponent period.

Put all the names on the ballot and the top vote getter gets to be President, the next vote getter gets to be VP and so on down the list of cabinet members. That way they could do more work and less time bickering themselves.

-- Posted by joekool on Sun, Aug 30, 2009, at 9:05 AM

Cash for Clunkers: Most of the cars you consider "foreign" are actually assembled here in the U.S. now, and Hondas, Mazdas & Toyotas are more likely to last alot longer than a ford/chevy. They're also way better in gas. The reason the government created Cash for Clunkers, was for people to trade in their junky, gas-guzzlers for a newer and more gas efficient car. These "foreign" models have a better gas mileage than fords or chevys, although Ford is stepping up the gas mileage in its cars like the Focus.

-- Posted by xXAngelicEvilXx on Sun, Aug 30, 2009, at 9:10 AM

Good morning! ☻

Living wages...I always thought social security was a supplement to your income.

Good service...that was a nice story. ☻

More parking...no parking lots on Broadway.

Good connections...listen to the people who actually used the airport.

More for U.S. clunkers...it's over.

Follow the rules...as long as you follow the proper protocol you are teaching your children values.

Stop bickering...amen, amen, AMEN!

Comparing costs...they have.

More recess...yes, I agree, children need recess.

Thanks for phone...☻

Looks great...uh, I missed it.

Airline safety...is their such a thing??

-- Posted by Turnip on Sun, Aug 30, 2009, at 9:42 AM

". . . should have to live on the money that the people make on Social Security."

Social Security was designed to only be a supplement to our own retirement savings. What other retirement income have you generated?

-- Posted by Rocket_Surgeon on Sun, Aug 30, 2009, at 9:58 AM

Re: More for U.S. clunkers

Hmmm, OK, wonder what the logic was for arriving at a $1,500 value? Which value would apply when a foreign-owned manufacturer's vehicle has a greater percentage content of "Made in the U.S.A." parts than do the vehicles from American-owned manufacturers?

Suggest one contributing cause for the economy being in "as bad a shape as it is", is that many don't sufficiently understand economics.

Re: More parking

Although neither choice is ultimately desirable, would rather look at a neatly-kept parking lot as opposed to a ran-down building.

Re: Living wages

Suggest there are at least two things here -

The first being the cost-of-living adjustment (COLA), essentially intended to keep one's purchasing power, where ever it may be, at that same point across inflationary or deflationary events, as based on a benchmark - in this case, the consumer price index (CPI).

The second being whether one's purchasing power is where it truly needs to be. While this can be viewed as a cost-of-living adjustment, suggest it would really be an correction-of-lifestyle adjustment.

Re: comparing costs

Seems that many are concerned with the costs of a Universal Health Care package. Perhaps one solution to further investigate would be the inclusion of an accompanying limit on what the government can spend.

For grins, take the idea being tossed around where the total, entire, all-inclusive federal government budget cannot exceed some target percentage of the Gross Domestic Product. If UHC were added to the budget, then expenditures of minimal collective importance will have drop off - say, bridges to nowhere, studies of obscure plants and animals, thousand-dollar toilet seats, and the like. All expenditures deemed important enough to remain in the budget would then have to be adjusted and tweaked to fit within the overall frame of available dollars. If the majority truly rules, then those items most important to the majority should receive the higher percentage of their respective requested funding levels.

Those wanting to nozzle-in their pet projects would have to look for ways to reduce the amounts allocated to other projects - which hopefully would encourage efficiency and reduce waste in all things, but realistically could also encourage backstabbing, mud-smearing, and other generally-accepted actions of political sabotage.

Suggest two of the many sticking points with UHC are 'how much money' and 'how much coverage'. Perhaps this 'cap-n-trade' system of dollars in some shape or form could be some part of a compromised solution.

Or - I could just be thinking on the wrong side of the box in my fantasy world. :-)

-- Posted by fxpwt on Sun, Aug 30, 2009, at 10:08 AM


-- Posted by ..Rick on Sun, Aug 30, 2009, at 10:54 AM

Ah, Turnip, Rocket ... SS is and should be a supplement ... but for many really senior Seniors, private retirement plans weren't popular or perhaps even very available during their working years. My Grandparents had a small savings account, and that was it. For slightly younger seniors, the idea of private retirement accounts weren't really touted or popular until perhaps 25-30 years ago?

Even today, many people don't begin seriously even thinking about private retirement accounts when they are in their 20's-30's. And then of course, there are those who planned wisely ... only to see losses in their accounts ... especially difficult for those nearing retirement age.

"... the inclusion of an accompanying limit on what the government can spend." You gotta be kidding, fxpwt! ~laughing~ Doesn't our government decide what to spend our money on, and after the fact figure out how to make us pay for it?

You'll never be a politician ... you make too much sense!

-- Posted by gurusmom on Sun, Aug 30, 2009, at 2:09 PM

Pretty good suggestions, joekool ... Do away with party lines ... but without the parties, where would the majority of financial support come from? And people would be so confused ... having to vote for a person or individual issues, rather than a party?

Limit campaign time to one year (that should be enough time for people to learn most of what they need to know about the candidates). But any politician presently in office should have to resign his/her current position! No more 'we can be absent from our jobs and still receive our pay and perks.'

Might add: Limit campaign expenditures to a certain amount for each candidate ... but then, someone would surely come up with ways to get around such a rule.

While we're at it ... let's consider term limits!

Of course, none of that will ever happen.

Still confused over the 'cash for clunkers' idea: Why have a limit on how old the clunkers were?

Rick, you passed the test!

-- Posted by gurusmom on Sun, Aug 30, 2009, at 2:14 PM

*tisk*tisk* as I have said previously...just eliminate government completely if you feel so strongly about it. NEW PLAYERS will still play the OLD GAME.

-- Posted by Ainamolagem on Sun, Aug 30, 2009, at 3:21 PM

The only way to do it vote the all out. It will never be done. Too many people are voting themselves largess out of the treasury now.

-- Posted by Wiff on Sun, Aug 30, 2009, at 7:00 PM

Limit campaign time to one year (that should be enough time for people to learn most of what they need to know about the candidates). But any politician presently in office should have to resign his/her current position! No more 'we can be absent from our jobs and still receive our pay and perks.'

-- Posted by gurusmom on Sun, Aug 30, 2009, at 2:14 PM

Many of them are on a endless campaign.

Limit them to 20 hours of TV ads and 10 million for travel and paper given to the final candidates.

No fundraisers (that we pay for) so they stay on the job.

No 501c or party paid ads. No donations period.

Then lets see how they manage that.

-- Posted by Wiff on Sun, Aug 30, 2009, at 7:12 PM

From yesterday...

Fact is, the reason Obama was elected had as much to do with a backlash against Bush as it did anything else. Couple all the people wanting handouts, the almost solid black vote, the people voting against Bush (even though he was not running), and a weak Republican candidate and you have an Obama victory. No one thing did it, as you suggest.

-- Posted by Have_Wheels_Will_Travel on Sun, Aug 30, 2009, at 12:21 AM

No...Wheels, you really have no proof or evidence. What you have is the result. He was elected by the people, the smart citizens of this great country elected him!

-- Posted by Theorist on Sun, Aug 30, 2009, at 7:37 PM


Figure the 'cash for clunkers' program surely had significant degrees of compromise required to get it passed through in short order. Two of the criteria were to energize the economy and to improve the environment.

Haven't figured out why 18mpg was chosen for a cut-off. Another way to look at fuel economy is like those who are on the metric system do - instead of distance per unit of fuel, flip it and look at fuel per unit of distance. In this case, 18 miles per gallon comes out to 5.6 gallons per 100 miles, or 13.2 liters per 100 kilometers.

At any rate, consider that a vehicle getting 6mpg less (12mpg total) will require 50% more fuel to cover the same distance - whereas a vehicle getting the same difference - 6mpg - more (24mpg total) will require 'only' 25% less fuel. It's all relative - a term which carries a completely different meaning in backwoods Kentucky. :-)~

Suggest lower mileage vehicles have a tendency to be the more expensive ones - causing more cash to be churned and burned, so the required fuel economy spread would tend to reduce the potential actions of energizing the economy as compared to no required spread - ah, but environmentally better.

As far as the 25 year cutoff - has me puzzled also. 1984 was about the time where the widespread change-overs from carburetion to fuel injection was taking place. One of the driving forces for fuel injection was the ability to better control emissions.

One choking and puking carbureted engine likely produces emissions equal to multiple fuel-injected engines. So it doesn't make sense that older carbureted vehicles were effectively excluded from the outset, towards the environmental goals of the program. Heck - vehicles of that age are pretty much depreciated out, so not much 'energize the economy' reasoning that I can see for the 25-year old cutoff in this respect.

Or - perhaps the bill's authors chose that date as a back-handed, yuk-yuk 'tribute' to some George Orwellian fixation about repressive, totalitarian regimes? :-)~

-- Posted by fxpwt on Sun, Aug 30, 2009, at 7:46 PM

i still don't believe that Obama is everything he was said to be ...yes , he's still new , but that arguement gets older every day ...will he do something historic besides a poor attempt at socialism ?

-- Posted by ..Rick on Sun, Aug 30, 2009, at 8:48 PM

No...Wheels, you really have no proof or evidence. What you have is the result. He was elected by the people, the smart citizens of this great country elected him!

-- Posted by Theorist on Sun, Aug 30, 2009, at 7:37 PM


It was an American Idol election. BO had no experience but had the charisma, youth, ethnicity (don't pull the card out), producers for his shows, and a bunch of gullible people.

Many of his voters were star struck just like the JFK election. They were impressed with someone that used texting to promote his campaign against a guy that couldn't type. He promised the kitchen sink to everyone along with a lot of fluff that he will never do. That and an economy the democrats helped trashed to win the election.

I understand you are a true believer but many were just followers. He just pulled the old tell them what they want to hear pitch.

Now he is alienating those groups one at a time and started with the seniors. They are smart and have a lot of common sense. That was political suicide.

-- Posted by Wiff on Sun, Aug 30, 2009, at 8:55 PM

Ok blah blah blah blah. I've had something really REALLY important come up, so I'll be gone for a couple of weeks.

-- Posted by Ainamolagem on Sun, Aug 30, 2009, at 11:00 PM

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