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Speak Out 1/21/10

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Save Franklin

I would like to express disapproval of the proposed demolition of Franklin Elementary School. The federal-style building was built in 1926. Its classic design is in keeping with the architecture of nearby homes. It is doubtful that a new school would have the intrinsic worth and architectural appeal that is displayed in the one we already have. Regrettably, our city has already lost many of its vintage homes and buildings. Adding one more to the list would be tragic. Perhaps it is time to look at Franklin with a fresh set of eyes. The choice will depend, as always, on the passion of the community for saving a historic structure. Franklin merits being saved from the wrecking ball.

No free money

WHEN I read the "Free money" comment, I thought I would scream. It's congratulating the mayor for accepting the free federal tax money for the sign project. There is no such thing as free tax money.

Let's go to work

THE health care issue will soon be settled, and Americans will win. Next on the country's agenda, we should concentrate on domestic energy policy and national infrastructure. Plain and simple, the best energy policy would include all renewable clean energy supplies: wind, solar, kinetic energy from hydro resources, fuel cells and other nonpolluting sources. Think tanks need to be formed and brainstorming begun. I say we bite the bullet now and start to rebuild the infrastructure. The working man needs work and the dignity it gives him. We owe it to him to give him the job. Let's roll up our sleeves and fix what is necessary: clean drinking water for all communities, an electric grid with the capacity for future loads and safe roads and bridges.

Front-door delivery

I'M an elderly subscriber living in the Hillcrest Subdivision. For the past several weeks my paper has been thrown by my front door. I appreciate that so much and would like to thank the person who does it. Your thoughtfulness does not go unnoticed.

Little to offer

HOW can we thank Mayor Jay Knudtson or any of our city officials for hiring someone to tell us where to place signs in a city that has little to offer? When you drive down Broadway and Main Street, it's pathetic. Stores are closed. Buildings are falling down. Not one place to buy a dress and only one shoe shop on Main Street. It is pathetic. Why would we want to call attention to this area of Cape Girardeau?

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No free money - Fiat currency is in and of itself the definition of "free money".

Let's go to work - I am a "working man", and I don't believe that anybody owes me anything. As far as dignity is concerned, I would have much more if I were allowed to keep that which I earn.

-- Posted by Lumpy on Thu, Jan 21, 2010, at 8:40 AM

Save Franklin - No. Demolition and rebuilding on site would has to be the best choice. Maintaining this old relic would be a money pit and a step backwards for the continued advancement of our kid's education. Tough choice for the school district; and obviously the best one.

No free money - actually it could be free. We are obviously borrowing from other nations to fund this Congressional spend for all. It's very likely our children and their children will not be able to pay it all back. So our eventual default will result in this actually being free money. People do it all the time.

Little to offer - Oh ye of little faith. How about let's leaving the tough decisions to those we've elected to do so. Good job Cape, keep up the good fight.

-- Posted by blogbudsman on Thu, Jan 21, 2010, at 8:48 AM

Let's go to work...suggested reading for you - "The High Frontier..." by Gerard O'Neill.

Little to offer...since you squandered your opportunity to run for mayor, what are your ideas for "a city that has little to offer" and is "pathetic", (twice!)?

Or, do you just like to bellyache all the live long day? WAAAAAH! WAAAAAH! WAAAAAH! Your momma must have really got tired of listening to you.

-- Posted by Hawker on Thu, Jan 21, 2010, at 8:53 AM

Has there been a statement from the White House informing us that it is Clear that the Haitian earthquake was Geo. Bush's fault?

-- Posted by Herr Kaiser on Thu, Jan 21, 2010, at 10:43 AM

Herr Kaiser,

Not yet, but I am sure it is forthcoming. Will take just a little more spinning than normal to make that one stick. ;-)

-- Posted by Have_Wheels_Will_Travel on Thu, Jan 21, 2010, at 11:09 AM


Attention fellow teabaggers--Let's keep up the big MO and continue to educate the masses. Our work has just started.

-- Posted by Balmy on Thu, Jan 21, 2010, at 1:23 PM

Gulf Shores, AL......... 68 degrees.

-- Posted by Have_Wheels_Will_Travel on Thu, Jan 21, 2010, at 1:27 PM

i got up in the middle of the night to answer nature's call and on the way back to bed , i wrapped my pinky toe around the bed leg .

my pinky toe is now purple/green bruised , the doc said it's broke and taped it to the next toe over , she said it's all she could do for it.

the doc gave me some happy pills to dull the pain but every time i bump my pinky toe it hurts like 5 kinds of hell .

btw , what are pinky toes good for--what do they do?

-- Posted by ..Rick on Thu, Jan 21, 2010, at 3:49 PM


While I admire your enthusiasm you need to refer to the movement as "tea party" not "teabaggers." Teabagging is a slang term for a sexual act and meant to be an insult to this grass roots movement.

-- Posted by Data48 on Thu, Jan 21, 2010, at 4:49 PM

Re: Let's go to work

Well, isn't someone a blazing ball of sunshine and optimism today? :-)~

Suggest one key component to include with 'the best energy policy' would be energy efficiency. Increasing efficiency, or getting more 'bang' per kilowatt-hour of electricity or therm of natural gas would lessen the overall demand for new energy sources and related infrastructure, reducing the transition and improvement costs for those areas - as well as reduce the environmental footprint per widget produced or consumed.

'Neg-a-watts' is quite likely one of the more cost-effective methods by which to get a handle on whatever particular burr is in one's saddle - environmental impacts, diminishing fossil-fuel supplies, rising energy costs, infrastructure limitations, etc.

However, the faster one wants to proceed, the greater the cost per unit time. Just how deep is your checkbook these days?

-- Posted by fxpwt on Thu, Jan 21, 2010, at 5:55 PM

No Balmy... You're right on track with your "teabaggers" comment.

-- Posted by rivertales on Thu, Jan 21, 2010, at 5:56 PM

Me'Lange, thanks for the support.

Wheels, have you been missing me? ☻

Rick, balance. Imagine how many mishaps you would have without it. Broke your 'piggy' toe....only you! ☻

-- Posted by Turnip on Thu, Jan 21, 2010, at 6:49 PM

btw , what are pinky toes good for--

-- Posted by *Rick* on Thu, Jan 21, 2010, at 3:49 PM

Moving furniture in the dark???

The devil made me do it Rick... sorry about your toe, I have done the same thing but with less disastrous results.

Anymore, I walk very slowly in the dark, kind of like a Tim Conway shuffle actually.

-- Posted by Have_Wheels_Will_Travel on Thu, Jan 21, 2010, at 7:26 PM

Wheels, have you been missing me? ☻

-- Posted by Turnip on Thu, Jan 21, 2010, at 6:49 PM


About like a toothache. He he he!

You doing OK? Thought they may have had you in the slammer for husband abuse or something over the no smoking.

-- Posted by Have_Wheels_Will_Travel on Thu, Jan 21, 2010, at 7:33 PM

Wheels, lil' ol' me in the slammer? Nah, doubt they'd keep me for very long either. ;o) I've been doin' alright, just having to change some of my routines to adjust to this non-smoking lifestyle.

-- Posted by Turnip on Thu, Jan 21, 2010, at 9:48 PM


Good going on the no smoking. I knew you were hard headed enough to make it work. :-)

-- Posted by Have_Wheels_Will_Travel on Thu, Jan 21, 2010, at 10:34 PM

Thanks, Wheels. Nite.

btw, ICP: Insane Clown Posse. ;o)~

-- Posted by Turnip on Thu, Jan 21, 2010, at 10:56 PM


Thank you for once again confirming that my opinion of liberals is correct. You can't have a discussion based on facts, it's all name calling and destroy the ones you disagree with.

-- Posted by Data48 on Fri, Jan 22, 2010, at 5:33 AM

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