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Speak Out 1/18/10

Monday, January 18, 2010

Grandstanding

LT. Gov. Kinder is grandstanding regarding his open letter to the governor. He would have you believe he cares about bankrupting Missouri regarding health care reform. I work six days a week and still can't afford decent insurance. Please don't speak regarding public outcry when you have 40 million uninsured Americans.

Try music

SPORTS is one way for inner-city youths to find a way out. Perhaps there could be a program providing inner-city youths with musical instruments. That would also be another way out. It would also keep them off the streets.

It's not warming

WE have had record low temperatures throughout North America. Even Florida has seen record low temperatures. Europe has experienced low temperatures and massive snowstorms reaching as far south as Spain. Enough talk about global warming.

Jobless figures

IF the government would stop extending unemployment benefits, the percentage of workers on unemployment would dramatically drop, perhaps as low to 4 or 5 percent. When high school seniors graduate this year, very few will find work. There will be a lot of 18-year-olds unemployed but are not counted. Come June, alarm bells should be ringing. We are headed for another Great Depression. Wake up, America, and God bless us.

Big increases

THE school bond issue numbers are already being manipulated. Three weeks ago, engineers estimated the operating costs would increase $25,000 a month. The school website estimated the overall operating costs for the whole project would increase $250,000 a year. When this whole project started, it was estimated to cost $30 million. Now it is up to $50 million. When will the increases stop?

Thanks for lunch

WE want to thank the nice couple who lives on County Road 250 near Chaffee, Mo., who paid for two lunches at China Town. Thanks again. We appreciate it.

Tax cut

WHAT this community needs is a tax cut, and we can get that by voting no.

School costs

IT appears Cape Girardeau is headed toward a $27.3 million high school with a bond issue in April. That works out to $27,300 per student based on attendance of 1,000 students. That's more than the cost of Three Rivers Community College in Poplar Bluff, Mo. I've yet to see increased test scores or a lower dropout rate. Taxpayers, beware. When the new high school was first brought to our attention in the mid-1990s, it was going to cost $15 million.

Going nowhere

I appreciate Mayor Jay Knudtson and friends trying to justify the $40,000 expenditure to an outside agency to study the city's signage problems. What I do not appreciate is the explanation that this is not Cape Girardeau's money but rather a grant and this program will not cost the city anything. Who is paying for this project, Your Honor? It's somebody's money. This is just more pork, and it is leaving here to be paid to an outsider to tell us how to get around town. Since Cape Girardeau now has a Bridge to Nowhere, a Road to Nowhere and Sidewalks to Nowhere, it shouldn't take $40,000 to point a visitor to Shantytown -- I mean Broadway.

Deficit spending

DAVID Limbaugh recently asked, "Could we all agree that we are doomed as a nation if President Obama continues his deficit spending at unprecedented levels?" No, we cannot. For example, as a percentage of GDP, there was much more deficit spending in the post World War II period. Why was this not a big issue with Limbaugh when the Bush administration was spending like drunken sailors?

Waterpark spending

I get tired of complaints about the new waterpark that is "not needed." Have those complainers ever gone to Farmington to the waterpark? When I have been at that waterpark, I see people I know there from Perryville, Jackson and Patton. Those are people who could have gone to Cape Girardeau to a waterpark. That is restaurant money, gas money and shopping money that could have been spent in Cape Girardeau.

No school pride

I drove past Franklin Elementary School. There is a chain-link fence along the property on Themis Street. The fence looks like something that belongs on a Rocky Top outhouse. The horizontal fence bars are bent and pushed out of shape. The fence looks awful. This is an example of how Cape Girardeau schools do not take care of things. It demonstrates a total lack of pride. I will vote no on the bond issue.

Major hurdle

THERE's a water leak on Themis Street creating a dangerous driving situation. Where's the city repair crew?

Doomsday Clock

WITH all the hysteria about terrorism and the horrible earthquake in Haiti, it is good to find out that the Doomsday Clock has been pushed back by one minute.

Golden opportunity

H1N1 prevention: Who's idea was it to buy special spray for doorknobs and toilet handles in schools? Soap and water will do the job. The stuff being sold to combat H1N1 is nuts. Vendors are making too much money off a common dust mask that you can buy at the lumber company four or five at a time for less than one at the drugstore. It started with news media. Then the greedy thought up ways to make millions selling sprays that are not needed and not used correctly. Get the public excited and it will buy anything,

SEMO cuts

SOUTHEAST Missouri State University says that because of budget shortfalls it will be cutting around 25 positions, mostly faculty and staff. Academics will have to cut around $2 million, with the liberal arts departments taking the brunt of the hit with cuts close to $500,000. Departments will be reviewed for viability, with the likelihood of additional academic cuts. On the other hand, the entire athletic program is making cuts totaling less than $200,000. Faculty and staff are losing their jobs. Departments are being cut. Academics will be seriously compromised. But athletics will have to review recruitment strategies. Something is seriously wrong with this picture. Cut the football team. That's what other universities have done in recent years. Do the math.

Bank taxes

THE president has stated he is going to tax banks in order to get back the bailout money. Yet he is going to tax banks that never accepted the money and the banks that have already paid the loan back. So the premise behind the tax is a lie. It appears this is just another method of indirectly taxing the public.

Needless deaths

IN 2005 approximately 440,000 people were killed by cigarettes. 42,366 were killed by secondhand smoke. There were also more than 42,000 people killed by automobile accidents and three killed by pit bulls. What all of these things have in common is the irresponsibility and error of human beings. There is no law against stupidity.

More than memories

I am frustrated by all the negative talk about tearing down Franklin Elementary School. Yes, it is a historic building that has been here for more than 80 years. But consider the fact that the building is rundown. If we were to have an earthquake in this area, the students and staff at Franklin would not be safe. The air-conditioning and heating units do not work properly half the time, and that is just the beginning of the list of maintenance that I'm sure would have to be done. It would cost less to build a new school than it would to remodel. Please consider these things when deciding how to vote on the bond issue. Don't just think about your memories of the old building.

Our heritage

THE razing of school after school in Cape Girardeau reinforces my belief that those able to dictate such atrocities have no awareness of the architectural heritage of Cape that is being annihilated before our very eyes.

School bond

IF the school board and administrators would spend half as much time trying to significantly reduce the unbelievable dropout rate as they do on new construction, we might support this bond. How much money is spent on kids who don't make it? The first obligation is to our kids, and our schools are not getting the job done.

Blame the owners

I would like to respond to the "Violent nuisance" comment. I own two pit bulls and have two kids under 2 years old. Not once have those dogs tried to hurt or bite my kids. Not once have those dogs tried to attack or hurt my family or friends. I have been to places where a cocker spaniel and a lab have both snapped and have bitten my kids. Mine have not touched or hurt one person. Don't blame the breed. Blame the owners for the nuisance. Owners are the ones who train or don't train the animals.


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Good morning. The waterpark is a money maker. Now het to work.

-- Posted by Wiff on Mon, Jan 18, 2010, at 6:53 AM

Wiffle,

The waterpark is a "moneymaker" for whom, and by what means?

-- Posted by Lumpy on Mon, Jan 18, 2010, at 8:01 AM

If a waterpark in this area were a money maker, there'd be a private developer put one in. The private water park in Poplar Bluff lasted about four or five years, and it's dying now. The water park in Cape may not even turn a profit on its operations numbers, not to mention trying to amortize any of the capital expense. The other issue that makes it seemingly profitable for the city is that the water, a huge expense, will not have to be billed or paid for through park operation, since the city owns the system. The bill will still be paid, though, through increase expenses passed on to all the water system customers. Another cost that the city hasn't mentioned but the school system has debated ad nauseum is increased insurance. I'm betting that a water park is a significant risk, and will make for a significant increase in premiums.

-- Posted by Marion_Morrison on Mon, Jan 18, 2010, at 8:39 AM

mr. wiffle:

the water park is not a money maker

the water park will never make money

if the water park is or will be a money maker then the dury's or rhodes would have been all over it like stink on poop

private business create jobs and hopefully make money

government consumes money

government consumes money

government consumes money

if you don't believe me then i have a very nice building located at the airport that i will sell you.

-- Posted by Next Candidate for Mayor on Mon, Jan 18, 2010, at 8:40 AM

Bla bla bla ....... Investors won't build it because it won't turn the net they need. It will more than pay for itself. If you want private builders talk to the BO administration and tell them to relax tax on capital investments instead of killing the golden goose.

I know you guys must be the local grand masters of business.

-- Posted by Wiff on Mon, Jan 18, 2010, at 9:24 AM

Wiffle,

Explain the difference between the Bush-bomb-a adminstation taking private property from individuals, and using that property to fund entities and services that may or may not make money and the City of Cape Girardeau, MO doing the exact same thing?

Just because it is on a smaller scale does not mean that it isn't facism.

-- Posted by Lumpy on Mon, Jan 18, 2010, at 11:16 AM

Regarding Global Warming ... If you pay attention, it is no longer being referred to as global warming. It is now called "global climate change," which actually covers the record lows as well as highs.

-- Posted by Prince_of_cats on Mon, Jan 18, 2010, at 12:34 PM

Deficit spending,

I once seen a list of Bush/Congress policies compared with Obama/Congress policies, and they were almost identical. If David supported Bush, I cannot see why he would not support Obama (as lumpy calls him Bush-bomb-a).

Both economics were Keynesian. Both foreign policies are/were made by the Military-Industrial-Complex. Domestically, both support police state tactics.

-- Posted by BCStoned on Mon, Jan 18, 2010, at 1:07 PM

What should be clear to Americans by now is that the policies of the Democratic left are nearly identical to the policies of the Republican right.

Many of us thought that during and after the Nixon Administration.

-- Posted by BCStoned on Mon, Jan 18, 2010, at 1:43 PM

If you honestly believe that all the pollution, waste, and ecological destruction humans have caused in the past 100 years has NOT taken a toll on our planet, you are a fool.

Do us all a favor, go stand in a garage and start your car. Give it 15 minutes and see how you feel then.

-- Posted by the_eye on Mon, Jan 18, 2010, at 2:10 PM

Bank taxes ....good ol' BO should of had this bright idea when he bailed the banks out .

are we going to survive his on the job training?

-- Posted by ..Rick on Mon, Jan 18, 2010, at 2:13 PM

Re: Waterpark spending

"Daytona's water park built with a $15 million CRA funds closes. Later resold for $5 million. Taxpayers stuck with paying for the $10 million loss." from http://www.standdaytona.com/shame.html

" The city faces a deficit of approximately $40,000 at the River Springs Water Park " from http://www.owatonna.com/news.php?viewSto...

"Their goal was to make Storm Lake a more popular destination for travelers, but in the process, the city's lost more than $1.6 million." from http://www.ktiv.com/Global/story.asp?S=1...

"How can the Park District make it work when the current owners could not?" from http://www.mandanparks.com/pdf/PSAwaterp...

Lakeside Water Park 5-year revenue $475,366; 5-year expenses $745,125; 5-year profit/loss $(269,759); Average annual profit/loss $(53,952) from http://www.ci.galesburg.il.us/finance/20... page 8 of slideshow.

"The Denton aquatic center has received more than $5 million in city and school district subsidies to cover operating losses since opening in 2003" from http://www.txcn.com/sharedcontent/dws/ne...

"The operating cost of the facility and concessions was $468,484 with a net loss of $316,339 for the year." from http://www.saginaw-mi.com/Government/Dep...

"Splash Moraine operated at a annual deficit of about $400,000 in recent years" from http://www.daytondailynews.com/news/dayt...

A feasibility study guide for outdoor water parks - http://www.wlha-inc.com/uploadedDocs/THE... The section on Demographics is an interesting read as applied to this area.

-- Posted by fxpwt on Mon, Jan 18, 2010, at 6:34 PM

Bush-bomb-a adminstation taking private property from individuals, and using that property to fund entities and services that may or may not make money and the City of Cape Girardeau, MO doing the exact same thing?

-- Posted by lumpy on Mon, Jan 18, 2010, at 11:16 AM

Did they do eminent domain on the water park property? I don't know.....

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FXPWT

It was interesting how the Hispanic population will attend water parks in larger groups compared to angelo and black. I have never used them as a example in demographics before..

I think by looking at the feasibility study (which I usually take with grain of salt) that Dan will make it work. The city is not going to cut a fat hog with it but it will pay it's way and expand itself. With the economic outlook people are going to stay close to home which will increase attendance.

People flipped out over the golf course expanding but it will make money also. Now Cape has one of the best park systems I have seen. Cape is blessed with a good manager. We do a lot of work for other cities in a 500 mile radius and Cape is one of the best managed.

If they lose I will eat my words and I am sure I will be asked to..

-- Posted by Wiff on Mon, Jan 18, 2010, at 8:03 PM

Wiffle,

The private property that I am speaking of is in the form of taxpayer money, not real estate.

-- Posted by Lumpy on Mon, Jan 18, 2010, at 8:10 PM


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