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Speak Out 2/7/10

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Invest in teachers

I am an avid supporter of athletics and fine arts, but until the Cape Girardeau School District starts seriously investing in our teachers (raises and smaller classrooms for quality learning) I cannot support any bond issue.

Supermajority

THE general requirement for a 60-vote supermajority in the U.S. Senate in order to get anything done means our system of anti-democracy majority rules. This is awesome if you favor abolition and annihilation of the intent of the founding fathers to assure a lasting system of government.

School finances

A recent comment stated, "Voting against Cape Girardeau's school bond issue because of alleged shortcomings in school personnel is a pitiful commentary on the state of support for schools in our community." Unfortunately, though, that's about all our administration, even the current one, seems to listen to, which is our vote on financial issues.

Driving advice

I just read the comment about turning the key off if your accelerator is stuck. Don't do this while the car is in motion. All modern car steering wheels lock when the key is turned off. Turning the key off when the car is in motion could easily result in the car overturning or veering into oncoming traffic. The advice about putting the car in neutral to control a skid on ice is also bad. If you are skidding on ice, simply turn into the skid. Avoid hard braking or accelerating until you have regained control.

Terrorism prediction

EARLY on this administration mocked former vice president Dick Cheney for his stand on terrorism. Now one year later, this administration says that there is a 100 percent chance our country will be hit by terrorists in the very near future. I wonder if they have apologized to Cheney.

What 'fascist' means

WHAT kind of person throws around words like "fascist" without knowing the meaning? Mussolini invented the word, and the definition was "The mingling of corporations with government." That was the definition in the Merriam-Webster dictionary until the 1980s when a large corporation (Rand) bought them out. The definition was changed and now doesn't mention corporations. The only example of fascism we've seen recently was the Supreme Court's decision to allow corporations to influence our elections.

No principals

I had the privilege to go to Tan-Tar-A with the Jackson jazz and percussion bands. They were fantastic. We couldn't have asked them to perform any better than they did. The only disappointing part of the whole trip was the fact that not one principal or vice principal from the high school or junior high school showed up for them. I would like to know why.

Smoking ban

I love the prospect that smoking may be banned in public places in Missouri. For those who claim they will not be able to go to a bar or restaurant and smoke, what's the big deal? Either give up your cigarettes for a few hours or get beer from the gas station and fix your own dinner. You can still smoke while drinking and dining, but do it in your own home where you won't be hurting anyone but yourself.

Strokes and driving

WHY does the state allow drivers who have a medical history that includes strokes to continue to drive? That includes a family member who is a dangerous driver who had his license pulled by a doctor. He went to six other doctors who agreed he should not drive. Then one doctor said he could drive safely. This doctor had never seen the patient before. This person had failed a driving test. I guess the courts will decide this one.


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The person lecturing us on the definition of fascism has no understanding of the concept. It is government controlling business, not business being active in politics...

-- Posted by bobby62914 on Sun, Feb 7, 2010, at 12:11 AM

bobby62914,

I have a different understanding of fascism than you. Mussolini describes fascism as the corporate state. A state partnership with business.

Government controlling business would be like Hitler's national socialism (Nazi).

-- Posted by BCStoned on Sun, Feb 7, 2010, at 1:05 AM

The Italian Fascist symbol is a bundle of rods bound together with an axe. Symbolizing the strength of one bound with the strength of others creates a superior force. I think the word is derived from Latin but I'm not sure. Perhaps some Latin scholar could assist us here.

-- Posted by voyager on Sun, Feb 7, 2010, at 8:02 AM

To the person that has voice there opinion on banning smoking. I asked what about a "Fat Tax" for obesebity. I go to eating facilities and I see a lot of people that are completely over weight just stuffing the mouth, but nothing is ever said about this it is always the smokers which are the vilans. What is going to be the next item they are going to take away from us? checking in when you get up in the morning and when you go to bed at night.

-- Posted by swampeastmissouri on Sun, Feb 7, 2010, at 9:02 AM

Fat people overeating next to me does not affect my health or comfort.

Fascism is such a hard word to describe that it has almost no meaning. Every political movement has a definition that fits their opponent. Check out this link for an example: http://www.democrats.com/node/1957/9314

However, business being involved in politics is such a convoluted definition that it is hard to take seriously.

I definitely understand fascism to be an economic system that has government control of privately owned business.

-- Posted by bobby62914 on Sun, Feb 7, 2010, at 11:38 AM

bobby62914, People often confuse Nazi with fascism, they are not the same. Nazi is control of production (socialism) and fascism is government in partnership with leading businesses. Fascism is an arrangement between the state and those businesses, kind of like I will scratch your back if you will scratch mine.

Large businesses provide support for a fascist state in return for restriction of competition through rules and regulations. It is a European brand of conservatism. FD Roosevelt was a fan of Mussolini and his fascism. In order for the state to stay strong and businesses to prosper under such a system, there must be wars, volatility, and instability in the economic system.

Democrats and Republicans appear to have embraced fascism in this country with their many wars and volatility. Fascism is not an economic system that promotes a strong and prosperous economy for very long. It can only last so long before a competent capitalist system in another country overtakes it in production of wealth, thus subjecting its people eventually to poverty or near poverty.

Democrats and Republicans are both conservative, neither are liberal. My opinion only.

-- Posted by BCStoned on Sun, Feb 7, 2010, at 12:34 PM

I would say you are well outside of the mainstream. My opinion only...

-- Posted by bobby62914 on Sun, Feb 7, 2010, at 12:46 PM

When will the smokers complaining about the smoking ban (or none smokers doing so) see that they have absolutely zero logic to excuse them smoking in public?

-- Posted by Artsy. on Sun, Feb 7, 2010, at 1:00 PM

What gets me are the little towns in SE Missouri that hold bingo nights and allow smoking in small

confines. I was told that if smoking were banned that no one would come. I suggested that if all the towns stuck together, that people would indeed come back to playing bingo in a healthy, smoke-free environment. It's so hard to convince people that the whole issue is about health concerns and nothing else.

I believe it's time that Cape Girardeau become a leader and ban smoking in all public areas and set an example for the other towns in the area.

-- Posted by donacita on Sun, Feb 7, 2010, at 1:36 PM

I would say you are well outside of the mainstream. My opinion only...

-- Posted by bobby62914 on Sun, Feb 7, 2010, at 12:46 PM

Thanks for the compliment.

-- Posted by BCStoned on Sun, Feb 7, 2010, at 1:56 PM

My observation is that both the Democrats and Republicans are liberal; neither are for limited government or any semblance of a free market.

-- Posted by bobby62914 on Sun, Feb 7, 2010, at 2:16 PM

bobby62914,

Classical liberalism, early nineteenth century, meant limited government and a free market. The label liberal was corrupted by progressives in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

In many parts of Europe, liberalism still means for limited government and free markets.

Many of us classical liberals see Republicans and Democrats as conservative, much like Mussolini who was conservative. Hoover and FD Roosevelt favored Mussolini style cartels as does Japan today.

-- Posted by BCStoned on Sun, Feb 7, 2010, at 2:40 PM

Many people smoke today, some stats reflect that several new smokers have now come to the forefront, due to the high stress life styles many people face today due to the economic situation we have got ourselves in to. I don't need any one telling me especially my government that smoking is not good for my health because any smoker knows it is. But we have many more health concerns besides just smokers such as our water we drink, food we eat, the increased seasonal viruses that have increased over the years, the large amount of people getting cancer in america each year so on so forth. Example go out to your vehicle on any given morning and move your finger across the hood of your car and see how much dust has accumilated on the vehicle over night, now we all are inhaling this dust each and every day from the air we are breathing and that is not coming from a smoker, so lets be fair here before targeting just one sector of the bad health issue and look at all the health issues that are alarming just beside the people that have choosen to smoke.

-- Posted by swampeastmissouri on Sun, Feb 7, 2010, at 4:06 PM

I don't mind you smoking, just don't exhale, because someday you'll regret smoking. Just hold it in.

-- Posted by Dexterite1 on Sun, Feb 7, 2010, at 4:22 PM

Aint's no more...

-- Posted by bobby62914 on Sun, Feb 7, 2010, at 9:10 PM

Just a side note re:smoking/smokers. Happened to be in Tunica, MS. the other day for a show, and had a hard time believing what a pack of cigarettes costs in a machine......$10.00 per pack! That should be a deterrent all by itself.

-- Posted by Mr."H" on Mon, Feb 8, 2010, at 9:03 AM


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