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Speak Out 12/20/09

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Save Bloomfield

IN most areas of this nation, a beautiful pre-Civil War road would be protected and preserved as an irreplaceable part of the colonial landscape. That is what Bloomfield Road is. Leave it alone. We have something beautiful all the way to Highway 74. Where are the historic preservationists?

Sign violations

I'M not sure what the fine points of the sign ordinance passed a few years ago are, but if I understand them at all there are seven illegal signs posted on North Kingshighway. If we aren't going to enforce this ordinance, shame on us for jailing the mattress guy.

Big footprint

I don't want to come off as a curmudgeon, but all Christmas and other seasonal displays using electricity must cease. Combined, it simply leaves too big of a carbon footprint. I would hope that people would do this voluntarily. If not, legislative and executive officials should do it by fiat.

From the center

PRESIDENT Obama is governing from the center, leaving the extreme left of his party disillusioned and wannabe Republican critics wondering what to say. Thus, they have little alternative than to just say no to anything and everything the president does or suggests in the hope that the American people are so dumb they'll buy this schtick. They won't.

Go whole hog

IN response to the editorial "Texting, driving": Yes, we need more laws to protect us from ourselves. Only the government knows best. We need more fines and criminals among us. We need video cameras in all our vehicles, too, so they can record us in our criminal acts.

Park display

THANK you to all of the businesses and families that decorated the county park for the holidays. It's rare to find such a display free of charge. It's really beautiful.

Losing control

UNLESS there's a revolution at the ballot box in 2010, the courts will continue to be stacked with activist judges like Colleen Kollar-Kotelly, who gave Larry Rice and his New Life Evangelistic Center a second chance at Cape Girardeau's old federal building. These judges live hundreds of miles away and do not have to live with the consequences of their decisions. They will increasingly poke their noses into our local business if we will allow President Obama and the Congress to continue to appoint them to the bench. Soon Cape Girardeau County residents will have little or no say about what goes on in our area.

Wonderful program

I enjoyed the Christmas program at Cape First on Silver Springs Road. It was absolutely wonderful and so professionally done. I sure am glad I went to see it.

Waiting for water

TO those who consider the boat on the Diversion Channel abandoned, let me put the subject straight. It is not abandoned. The boat had engine trouble and is sitting there because I'm waiting for the water to come up. How do I know this? It is mine.

Stop to think

AFTER reading Alan Journet's explanation on how these e-mails are not important, we know now that these were hacked or were released by a server in Russia. He asked for cool reflection. After watching what's going on in Copenhagen, all I see is people saying "Act now. Act now." The global warming mentality is to act now without thinking. Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain.

Keep Franklin

I'M against demolishing Franklin Elementary School. We have gone through this scenario before. Lorimier School was closed because officials said there wouldn't be students in that part of town. Then L.J. Schultz School was said to be unsafe for children. Look what has happened to both of these buildings.

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Bloomfield road could use a few improvements. It does not need to be a major highway costing millions. Fix a couple narrow culverts and slightly straighten the hard to follow turn/hill situations. Keep it to a minimum and wait untill traffic is diverted via the new Blomeyer to Nash rd. 55 connection.

-- Posted by Old John on Sun, Dec 20, 2009, at 12:43 AM

wow ! folks so bitter during the holidaze....spend some time with your loved ones , chill out , 'tis the season to be jolly ..

btw , Christmas is only five days away , y'all have a happy holidaze..

-- Posted by ..Rick on Sun, Dec 20, 2009, at 12:47 AM

BHO governing from the center?

The center of what? He is a socialist that is like a deer in the headlights trying to govern (destroy) our republic.

He wants the terrorists to have citizens rights in our court system. He wants to move terrorists to our country so he can apologize once again to the enemy.

He is a Chicago born and bred corrupt poltician.

Dishonest about his own ethnicity, transparency, no earmarks, bankrupting our country, etc.

He has done so well in Iran, Russia, China, and Europe with his foreign (apology) policy.

He advocates abortion and partial-birth abortion for birth control. He advocates Gay Marriage.

He has stated publicly that belief in Jesus is not necessary for salvation, He has said that Islam is just as valid a path to God as Christianity.

BHO opposes private school vouchers not allowing school choice.

He is very open about his commitment to redistribute wealth.

Having his way will make the former USSR look conservative against his America. Again I ask the center of WHAT?

-- Posted by Balmy on Sun, Dec 20, 2009, at 2:05 AM

Good morning! ☻

Save Bloomfield...I agree, leave this road alone. People should slow down and enjoy the scenery.

Sign violations...do what? The mattress guy was jailed?

Big footprint...now that's a bah-humbug if I've ever heard one. I enjoy all the festive decorations.

Park display...yes, it was very nice.

Waiting for water...finally got to see it, yes...I would say you definately need some water.

Keep Franklin...ahhh, Franklin...sooo many memories. ☻

Happy Holidaze, Rick! ;o)

-- Posted by Turnip on Sun, Dec 20, 2009, at 7:42 AM

Re: big footprint

Ahhh, the drawback of reading comments - missing all the non-verbal cues from which to determine the degree of sarcasm versus seriousness. Although, suppose it would be difficult to call-in an emoticon :-)

C'mon now - mandating no illuminated or motorized displays would be just too easy.

Some suggestions follow so as to elevate any such regulation to the appropriate level of complexity and cumbersomeness necessary for consideration and approval by a government entity. Of course, the verbage may need to be further word-smithed to put things in the standard language understood only by the legislative and legal professions.

1) Permits for energy-consuming holiday displays shall be issued at a zero cost-basis fee, with appropriate accompanying certification that the total amount of energy consumed will be derived solely from renewable resources.

Absence of certification shall not prevent the fine citizens from celebrating their respective holiday season, independent of race, ethnicity, religion, color, national origin, age, gender, familial status, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, Veteran status, or genetic information.

However, such absence of renewable certification will result in a permit fee with a cost basis at the current price of carbon credits and the declared energy consumption of such display, plus 10% for shipping and handling.

All permits are subject to a $100 administrative budget shortfall make-up fee, and the all-inclusive 7.975% sales tax.

2) Whereas renewable energy is, in itself, a limited resource, and conventional energy has been suggested to have a negative influence on the health, safety, and welfare of the general population - permits for the energization of such displays shall be valid only for the period beginning at 12:01am on 01 December and ending at 11:59pm on 31 December.

A grace period of seven days both prior and afterward shall be allowed for the erection and deconstruction of said displays. Energization of the displays during this grace period is strictly forbidden and violators will be subject to the full penalty phase of this act.

3) Violators of such provision shall be required to pick up trash along public roadways and thoroughfares, parks, and common areas until such time that either the monetary value of the recyclable refuse collected meets or exceeds the value of the appropriately applied permit fee, or until the weight of material collected is greater than or equal to ten times the weight of the violator's person at the time of citation.

Heheheh - all seriousness aside, I thinks we may be on to something here. Gots a little sumptin' sumptin' in it for everybody - reducing the carbon footprint, cleaning up the area, and adding to the government coffers, all in the same bill. Uncle Sam and his various offspring really do know best!! :-)~

-- Posted by fxpwt on Sun, Dec 20, 2009, at 10:34 AM

Waiting for water

I saw you walking to it Thursday or Friday night. The river is a strange beast. Good luck.

-- Posted by Wiff on Sun, Dec 20, 2009, at 11:08 AM

fxpwt, you know I already pay out the ars in electric & taxes living in Jackson...now you are suggesting I get a permit to light my house like a Christmas tree.....well, I oughta........ ☻

-- Posted by Turnip on Sun, Dec 20, 2009, at 12:20 PM


You're preaching to the choir. Jackson has went nuts on the electric bills. There is no reason a persons electric bill should be over a hundred dollars in the winter when you heat with gas and wood. That's the reason I quit putting up Christmas decorations. They brag about being fiscally sound? Between the electric and property taxes, they should be rolling in money.

-- Posted by SpankTheTank on Sun, Dec 20, 2009, at 1:18 PM

Big Footprint ... You mean ... We're all supposed to cut back on things like our electricity usage, as well as our gasoline usage, etc.? Wow. Gosh ... we didn't realize the 'climate change' solutions would include ... you know ... US?

Good point about electric rates during winter months ... Our co-op electric bill has never been below $100 (with summer bills averaging almost double that with the AC going) ... and that's with gas heat and even a gas clothes dryer. Gee, I didn't realize that a computer and a TV must really be major electric hogs.

-- Posted by gurusmom on Sun, Dec 20, 2009, at 1:47 PM

Well guys...I guess I'm not as 'green' as I thought, I like all my 'perty' lights. ☻

Wheels, now that I rattled your cage a lil' on this wonderfully cold Sunday...what do you want to argue about next??

-- Posted by Turnip on Sun, Dec 20, 2009, at 2:09 PM

thank ya Turnip ! ☺

Merry Christmas to you and yours...

-- Posted by ..Rick on Sun, Dec 20, 2009, at 2:31 PM

Rick, you are very welcome. Merry Christmas to you and yours as well.

Wheels, OK, odd topic but I'm game. Let's see....marcipulus butterfly....never heard of it, much less their sexual doings. Did you mean monarch butterfly? ☻

-- Posted by Turnip on Sun, Dec 20, 2009, at 3:15 PM

OK, Wheels...I say they have no sex life cuz' they don't exist. I demand PROOF! ☻

-- Posted by Turnip on Sun, Dec 20, 2009, at 3:30 PM

Turnip - nah, not suggesting anyone cut back on their expressions of holiday cheer. Just having a bit o' fun with taking the original caller's comment to an unlikely but not impossible extreme.

But if I do say so myself, I think I've come up with the legislative equivalent of the 'perfect country and western song'. :-)~


Electric rates - don't forget that a portion of the bill is the standard meter or connection fee. For Black River Cooperative - $17.00 per month. For Jackson - $7.00 per month. For Ameren customers - $7.25 per month.

For those with natural gas service, there is usually a separate meter fee. For Ameren, it's $15.00 per month. So for those with Ameren electric and gas within the city of Cape - the base utility bill will be $22.25 plus tax, coming to $24.09 - before any usage charges are added in.

Suggest that while gas heat may seem less expensive, it would need to be at least $180 cheaper per year than electric heat just to offset the additional meter fees ($15.00 per month x 12 months) .

-- Posted by fxpwt on Sun, Dec 20, 2009, at 3:31 PM

I'd say you were a confused 9 year old. te he he

-- Posted by Turnip on Sun, Dec 20, 2009, at 3:35 PM


what would i look under , horny butterflies?

-- Posted by ..Rick on Sun, Dec 20, 2009, at 4:12 PM

i found this under horny butterflies :


-- Posted by ..Rick on Sun, Dec 20, 2009, at 4:31 PM


i wonder why they chose a butterfly over other bugs/animals ...seems like a wren would be more suited for this kind of thing , i mean , they could sing while they shoot for goodness sake..

-- Posted by ..Rick on Sun, Dec 20, 2009, at 6:09 PM

They obviously use the butterfly b/c it is not suspicious. If a wren/crow flew in, it would be a dead give away. Wonder if they could neuter said butterflies, this would help with the overactive problems. ☻

-- Posted by Turnip on Sun, Dec 20, 2009, at 6:58 PM

Guess you learn something new everyday, huh? ☻

-- Posted by Turnip on Sun, Dec 20, 2009, at 8:13 PM

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