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Speak Out 9/21/09

Monday, September 21, 2009

Parking and trash

IT'S the day of the fair parade, and once again people are parking in our private parking lot at our business on Broadway. They have no right to park here. They need to pay attention to the signs. They also leave their trash, so we have a big mess to clean up afterward. It's amazing what people think they can get away with.

Cutting back

AS a resident of Alexander County, I'm appalled that the county commissioners have cut the sheriff's department by 75 percent. What are the citizens supposed to do for protection? Why don't the commissioners take a cut in their salaries? That would pay for one deputy. It is not fair for the taxpayers.

Spying on neighbors

MY husband and I live in the country. We have a neighbor who uses binoculars to watch all the neighbors. What my husband and I do in our house and garage is our business. It is wrong for her to watch us when my husband and I are acting silly and to tell everybody what she saw. Beware of spying on your neighbors. It can get you in a lot of problems.

Old certificate

I went to the license bureau with the same birth certificate I use all this time. This time they say they can't feel the seal stamped on the birth certificate. I have to go to the other end of town, get a new birth certificate and come back. They always come up with something you don't have.

True patriot

JOE Wilson, Republican representative from South Carolina, has apologized to President Obama for something he should not have apologized for, as far as I'm concerned. He shouted "You lie!" during Obama's health care speech to Congress. I was shouting it from the moment Obama opened his mouth until he finished. Wilson's outburst may have been perceived as inappropriate by some, but patriotic Americans owe him a pat on the back and our thanks for standing up to Obama. Subsequent to Wilson's comment, the White House admitted there was a loophole in the existing proposed bills that would have allowed illegal immigrants to avail themselves of the cooperative aspect of the health care exchange. Wilson is a true American patriot, the kind Thomas Jefferson and John Adams would have been proud to serve with.

Our solution

EMOTIONAL students need psychologists. Overweight students need dieticians. Unorganized students need professional organizers. Students with low self-esteem need motivational speakers. I truly love children, but let our teachers teach so our children can learn! My child has a problem? My husband and I will deal with it as a family outside of school.

The race card

JIMMY Carter's slandering of tea party protesters as racist is irresponsible and should be condemned by everyone, including our president. How can President Obama help us enter a post-racial era when every time anyone disagrees with him someone cries racism? It shouldn't be tolerated.

Federal power

FROM where does the government believe it derives the power to force me to purchase health insurance I do not want? Do not attempt to compare apples to oranges with liability car insurance. I will not purchase health insurance I do not want, and I will not pay a fine. The Bill of Rights denies the federal government that power.

Procession manners

I just returned home from a dear friend's funeral. There were several motorists who pulled into the funeral procession. That is one of the rudest things you can do. Every automobile in the procession had flashers on. Would it cause some of you so much grief to pull over to the side the of the road for a few minutes and let the funeral procession pass?

Who's a kook?

COLUMNIST Charles Krauthammer thinks Van Jones' recent resignation as a White House adviser was called for because Jones was out of the mainstream. Krauthammer apparently thinks Jones is a kook because Jones once expressed a belief that the Bush administration knew in advance or allowed 9/11 to happen. If that makes Jones a kook, then Krauthammer should bestow kookhood on about a third of the American people for believing the same thing.

Making apologies

REGARDING the loss of integrity: Representative Wilson apologized, but I've yet to see a liberal apologize for anything he has said. I've yet to hear the president apologize for his remarks about the Cambridge police.

Under attack

MY commentary on Obama and government-run health care: Our Constitution has termites. Taxpaying citizens are under attack by our own government. Stop dragging us into communism, Democrats. You can put a pretty boy's face on communism, but it's still communism. My family, my doctor, my health care, my life. President Obama, butt out. Obamacare makes me sick. Go green: Recycle Congress. Vote them all out. I and my children refuse to be a government-run ATM. Obama said he had a vision. You voted for a dream. What we got is a nightmare. Is this Russia? You lie.

Emotional students

I read a book that said a child with emotional problems will have difficulty learning. It would be a good idea if each school had a psychologist to help the children with their emotional problems. Some children might need therapy to help them overcome their problems so they can learn in school.


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Racism will never go away. Without minorities relying on racism, they would have to have responsibility. Agencies like the NAACP and the ACLU will make sure that this never happens. Along with the President and many many politicians because these same people rely on their programs and will continue to re-elect them.

-- Posted by foreman on Mon, Sep 21, 2009, at 12:59 AM

Re: Cutting back

If you feel at risk, buy a gun and learn how to use it. The police RARELY are there to protect you when you need them. They will usually, however, show up after the fact to mop up and fill out paperwork for insurance purposes. Your safety is your own responsibility.

Re: Federal power

Absolutely. The mandatory part of auto insurance protects others from harm you bring to them when you wreck...it does nothing to help cover your own costs unless you pay extra for that optional coverage. Even then, it does not cover damages incurred prior to buying the policy (aka pre-existing conditions). There are also no auto insurance policies which cover fuel, oil, inspections, tires, etc...which is essentially what people expect their health insurance policies to do with little or nothing additional coming out of their own pocket. The federal government has been overstepping its Constitutional powers for decades and has been relatively unchallenged in those power grabs. Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness. The quality of life is not guaranteed...only that the government cannot end your life (without due process upon conviction of a capitol crime). Liberty includes both the freedom to succeed as well as the freedom to fail. The Pursuit of Happiness does not guarantee you will BE happy, only that you can pursue that which you think will bring you happiness. That pursuit is up to each individual to undertake and fund for themselves. Work hard, strive to achieve your goals, and stay out of my pockets while doing so.

Re: Processional manners

When my grandfather passed away a few years ago, my brother (who had my grandma in the car with him) was almost t-boned following the hearse out of the church parking lot. Some idiot in a minivan had his cell phone glued to his ear and obviously didn't see the procession pulling out (or just didn't care). Luckily, my brother stopped and the guy went on his way...probably still clueless as to what had almost happened. Had it been me, well let's just say I'm not as nice as my brother. I probably would have put my bumper to the side of his van as he drove past, spinning him out and likely flipping him over. The pickup I was driving is a full size one, with a pretty solid bumper and no airbags...I doubt it would have done much damage to my ride.

-- Posted by dixietrucker on Mon, Sep 21, 2009, at 5:43 AM

True patriot

JOE Wilson, Republican representative from South Carolina, has apologized to President Obama for something he should not have apologized for, as far as I'm concerned. He shouted "You lie!" during Obama's health care speech to Congress. I was shouting it from the moment Obama opened his mouth until he finished. Wilson's outburst may have been perceived as inappropriate by some, but patriotic Americans owe him a pat on the back and our thanks for standing up to Obama. Subsequent to Wilson's comment, the White House admitted there was a loophole in the existing proposed bills that would have allowed illegal immigrants to avail themselves of the cooperative aspect of the health care exchange. Wilson is a true American patriot, the kind Thomas Jefferson and John Adams would have been proud to serve with.

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"Yep, I would represent and proudly serve our republic with Joe Wilson...he has the guts it takes, (and took) to stand up speak truth to tyranny."

-- Posted by ResistBHO on Mon, Sep 21, 2009, at 8:19 AM

Because this same comment appeared on 9/17, I copied my response.

Emotional students: I don't think the one room school houses had much trouble getting by without a psychologist. Kids are cruel, could you imagine if you took advantage of something like that and other students found out about it?

-- Posted by SilverPants on Mon, Sep 21, 2009, at 8:21 AM

Good morning! ☻

Many of these comments are 'repeats'.

Spying on neighbors: binoculaurs, that is a lil' weird. ☻

Procession manners: just a thought, but so many vehicles now a days have their headlights on ALL THE TIME, which might make it hard to differentiate between a funeral esp. towards the end.

Parking and trash: you sound like a 'ol fuddy duddy. ☻

Cutting back: I agree other things could have been cut BUT each county must do what they can do stay within their budget.

-- Posted by Turnip on Mon, Sep 21, 2009, at 8:27 AM

i've been called worse things then "kook" before..

-- Posted by ..Rick on Mon, Sep 21, 2009, at 9:07 AM

Joe Wilson should apologize because of the time and place of his outburst. Whether he was correct, or not, is immaterial. On the other hand, he went from being unknown outside of his district to being a national (even international) figure in a matter of seconds.

I would say that incidents have shown him to be correct, but still should not have done it at that time and place.

-- Posted by bobby62914 on Mon, Sep 21, 2009, at 9:47 AM

foreman.

you are wrong.

-- Posted by kadillac on Mon, Sep 21, 2009, at 11:12 AM

foreman.

you are wrong.

-- Posted by kadillac on Mon, Sep 21, 2009, at 11:19 AM

Spying on Neighbors...either spy right back at 'em...or...really get obnoxious and give 'em something to have a look at!!

-- Posted by Hawker on Mon, Sep 21, 2009, at 11:27 AM

Joe Wilson was very disrespectful for what he did. if he had opinions he wished to express that night, he should have made it to President Obama later when he could have pulled him to the side and told him. but what he did was a cowardly move to draw attention to himself. It may cost him his job. that is not being a patriot, that's called being a fool. It is okay to disagree with the President, but don't try to embarrass him or "punk" him out in front of millions of americans. Too bad they were in front of the cameras and on television. I bet Wilson would not have went up to Obama if it were just two of them all alone in a room. He would not have said that to Obama like that then....if he did, he probably would have gotten the "dog*&*&" slapped out of him by Obama himself! Remember this........you ain't gonna disrespect the average black man like that to his face without consequences!

-- Posted by kadillac on Mon, Sep 21, 2009, at 11:31 AM

Okay, kadillac, ignoring your racist rant I want to ask if it was also disrespectful when President Bush got booed (yes, BOOED) during his 2005 State of the Union Address?

-- Posted by bobby62914 on Mon, Sep 21, 2009, at 11:58 AM

Parking & Trash ... Perhaps that should be it's amazing what people can get away with?

Spying on Neighbors ... Send them a bill for 'entertainment fees?'

Old Certificate ... You have to show a birth certificate to renew a driver's license?

Our Solution ... Thank you!

Emotional Students ... See Our Solution.

Federal Power ... Good luck with that, then, if Baucus's bill passes.

-- Posted by gurusmom on Mon, Sep 21, 2009, at 12:10 PM

bobby

why didn' anybody do anything about that back in 2005......because they must not have thought it was inappropriate too boo his tired a#@@ back then....now we got a man in the white house and people overall are tired of the biggots who are hiding under their "congressional seats and suits" and trying to say anything they want to say because we have a minority president. ain't gonna happen. this is a new day and s%^$$% is gonna hit the fan now. Times is changing and new blood is taking it's rightful place! America can still be America, but you gonna respect and be respected or you pay....simple policy to follow....or do you want to debate that too!

-- Posted by kadillac on Mon, Sep 21, 2009, at 12:10 PM

Gurusmom, yes, it is true. Renewed mine earlier this year and you have to show a birth certificate. Not a copy, it must have the seal on it. No biggie for me, copies are available at the Health Dept. IF you were born in MO, if not, I'm sure it can be quite a hassle.

-- Posted by Turnip on Mon, Sep 21, 2009, at 12:51 PM

kadillac....Yes, because Obama slapping the dog-sh*t out of Wilson for giving his opinion is so much more tactful. And why even mention disrespecting the "average black man"? Where exactly does race fit in here?

-- Posted by runswithscissors on Mon, Sep 21, 2009, at 12:53 PM

kadillac, It is ridiculous to say Obama would have physically attacked Wilson. I would like to think most GROWN men have a lil' more self-control than that.

-- Posted by Turnip on Mon, Sep 21, 2009, at 12:57 PM

Oh. So everyone would support socialized medicine, huge bailouts and a weakened USA if only the President were white. The rest of your screed I will let speak for itself.

-- Posted by bobby62914 on Mon, Sep 21, 2009, at 1:00 PM

bobby62914,

Wise choice.

Turnip,

They do, but apparently there are a few who think that violence is the answer to being "disrespected", oh of course that depends on who is doing the disrespecting and the the one being disrespected is...

-- Posted by D'oh on Mon, Sep 21, 2009, at 1:11 PM

Speaking of renewals, my plates are up this month. Anyone know of any NEW 'verification' I might need for that?? tire prints, perhaps??(j/k)

-- Posted by Turnip on Mon, Sep 21, 2009, at 1:17 PM

I am still not convinced that we need the new waste pickup system. Many people do not have that much trash. I know families do. Where to store those big containers, how do you buy the large plastic bags that they use? I think it would be better for the city to keep hiring the 4 extra persons. That's 4 families that have a working adult who can provide for them.

-- Posted by gflandre62 on Mon, Sep 21, 2009, at 1:26 PM

gflandre62, A article last week stated the City would not be firing those men, just transfering them. I have a can similiar to those proposed that I use outside. I use a bags in the house and toss them in the can as needed. It is very easy to move, rather lightweight considering it's size and very sturdy. I have never had a problem with animals getting into it or falling over. I clean it every once in awhile & when a bag leaks, it's really not that big of a deal. IMO.

-- Posted by Turnip on Mon, Sep 21, 2009, at 1:33 PM

Turnip,

As of my registration two months ago, no new verifications needed. Though giving them ideas (tire prints) could make them think. lol

gflanders,

You don't need large trash bags. The bag you use in your home are put in the containers then dumped. Won't be a mess if you tie properly before putting in the one that goes to the curb. If you don't need it picked up every week don't put it out. They also store where you currently store your trash bins or on the side of the house. And as some would point out, hiring 4 new employess adds to the tax burden of everyone. (just thought I would add that last one to keep my fiscal friends happy. )

-- Posted by Pups on Mon, Sep 21, 2009, at 1:35 PM

sounds like the trash business is still picking-up...

-- Posted by ..Rick on Mon, Sep 21, 2009, at 2:18 PM

I wish to God that they would have had a psychologist that I could talk to at school. I had major life changes at a very young age and my mom and stepdad couldn't afford to send me to a good psychologist. Now I am 24 years old and finally facing the things that happenened in my life 15-20 years ago. The school could do it in a way that other students wouldn't find out...or better yet lets make mental health a socially acceptable topic. Why should a person with major depression and anxiety be any more embarassed than a person with a broken leg. It is not our fault and we can't just pull ourselves up by our boot straps and get over it.

-- Posted by CheriLMT on Mon, Sep 21, 2009, at 2:27 PM

Good one, Rick. ☻

Thanks, Pups. ☻

-- Posted by Turnip on Mon, Sep 21, 2009, at 2:40 PM

I agree, Turnip.

It appears to be a good day to sit back and not get involved. It looks like I'm inferior to some folks. Maybe I can do some research on these Keynesian's I've heard so much about. Geez!

-- Posted by SpankTheTank on Mon, Sep 21, 2009, at 3:03 PM

Ladies nite out, guys....later gators. ☻

-- Posted by Turnip on Mon, Sep 21, 2009, at 3:09 PM

bobby62914,

I understand Socialized Med and bailouts, but weakened US? Thought forces were at constant level at this point. Not argueing, just asking.

-- Posted by Pups on Mon, Sep 21, 2009, at 3:15 PM

Oh and bobby be kind, it was a rough weekend and a rougher Monday so far. ha ha

-- Posted by Pups on Mon, Sep 21, 2009, at 3:16 PM

LADIES nite out? Where's Wheels when you need him?

-- Posted by SpankTheTank on Mon, Sep 21, 2009, at 3:21 PM

Spank,

Here you go...

http://www.lewrockwell.com/north/north75...

-- Posted by Lumpy on Mon, Sep 21, 2009, at 4:52 PM

Pups. I agree that the President has been mostly responsible on his Iraq and Afghanistan policies, which is (luckily) just the opposite of how he campaigned. However, the evidence suggests to me that President Obama shares former Secretary of State Albright's theory that the world would be better off if the United States was not the most powerful nation.

-- Posted by bobby62914 on Mon, Sep 21, 2009, at 4:55 PM

bobby62914,

Thanks. Many feel that US interests would be better served if our forces were on our soil. Not sure we can ever put that jeanie back in the bottle to be honest. Or if I would want us to.

-- Posted by Pups on Mon, Sep 21, 2009, at 5:30 PM

Rick,

Thought you might like this....

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_lon...

-- Posted by Pups on Mon, Sep 21, 2009, at 5:42 PM

thanks Pups...

-- Posted by ..Rick on Mon, Sep 21, 2009, at 7:43 PM

Huh! Not going to show anyone but Pops the Expired Stamp on my rosy cheeks, Wheels!

Guess that means ... If a person is over 65, they don't have to be 'legal' residents? Assuming that's why birth certificates are required?

-- Posted by gurusmom on Tue, Sep 22, 2009, at 12:10 AM


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