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Speak Out 2/12/10

Friday, February 12, 2010

Thanks for help

I'D like to thank those who helped me when I got hung up at Trail of Tears State Park when I was watching the Polar Plunge. I especially want to thank the family that helped. Thank you all for helping.

Avoiding skids

I have driven over 1 million miles and know what works. If you're coming up to a stop sign or light and your car is starting to slide, put it into neutral so you don't have any torque on your drive wheels to cause it to go into a skid. That is the thing you're trying to avoid.

Figure it out

LET me get this straight. I'm almost 80 years old. I was told there would be no increase in Social Security. I was also told my utility bill would increase 15 to 18 percent. My cable has already increased by 10 percent. My taxes have been raised. I just received a notice that my supplemental insurance rate will increase. I just had my income taxes prepared. The stimulus money that I received was added to my income and then deducted from my refund. It looks like within a year I will be forced to sell my home to survive.

Random kindness

THERE are nice people in the world. I was at the Jackson McDonald's Sunday morning and I let a man go in front of me because the line was so long. He paid for my food when I got to the window. I was impressed. I thank the man, and I am refreshed that there are nice people doing random acts of kindness. I will pay it forward.

Teenage drinking

THE sad thing is that teenage drinking occurs in every town. It's in every school, small or large. It's an epidemic. It is going to take a village to help our teens in today's world. It's going to take all of us. Parents need to be parents, not their children' friends. There's a reason we have 21 as the legal drinking age. It's to prevent early alcoholism. We need law enforcement to step up. Teachers and coaches hear stuff going on. They need to notify parents. Parents, we're going to have to join together.

No casino

WE don't want a casino and the kind of riffraff it would bring.

Let owners decide

I used to smoke, but I quit because of health reasons. I believe it's unhealthy to smoke and unhealthy for those around you. But I also believe that an owner of a business has the right to serve whomever he wants. And if he wants to serve smokers, that's fine and dandy, I wish somebody would take this idea that the owners don't have rights to the Supreme Court, because taking away those rights is wrong.

Trash containers

YESTERDAY I was visiting in Bloomfield, Mo., and could not keep from noticing all the large trash cans in front yards. Is this the way Cape Girardeau is going to look when we get our new trash containers? I hope our city leaders have thought of what people are going to do with these large trash cans. It can give the community a junky look.

Road lighting

AT Center Junction it's almost impossible to see the street signs. We need more lighting in that area.

Fewer students

I need someone to explain to me why the Cape Girardeau School District is asking for a bond issue that includes adding 16 new classrooms all at Central High School when the high school over the last two years has lost over 100 students. Something doesn't seem right about that.

Best carrier

I have the best Southeast Missourian delivery person. His name is Jim, and I have never had a carrier like him. He goes above and beyond.

Game plan

FEB. 9 over 200 schools closed except for Cape Girardeau and Jackson because of weather. I told my son he was having school because of the Cape-Jackson basketball game that night. That's sad, isn't it?

Comic choice

I think it's time that the Southeast Missourian decided that "The Born Loser" is the comic strip that we need to take on for an everyday comic strip. It is the best of all the choices that we have been given.

Do something

PEOPLE are blaming President Obama for the high unemployment rate. When he took office, the unemployment rate was almost 9 percent. President Bush didn't do anything. People talk about Obama. I guess you have to do something so people will talk about you, which is why Bush never got recognition for doing anything.

Street repairs

I'M having some expensive repairs made on my car after hitting chugholes in the street. I have to pay to maintain streets, then I have to pay for the repairs on my car. What's wrong with this picture?

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"Game Plan"... SEMO was in session. Classes didn't get cancelled at the main campus. And really there wasn't any need to. What did we get? Like an inch? Of course I already knew Cape drivers were awful, but seriously do you need to drive 2 MPH on a road that is perfectly clear?

-- Posted by redhawkstudent on Fri, Feb 12, 2010, at 12:25 AM

No casino - "WE don't want a casino and the kind of riffraff it would bring. " Have you looked outside your back door lately? Or been to the local Wal Mart? The "riff-raff" have already descended and are quite comfortable in Cape Girardeau!

-- Posted by poorteachr on Fri, Feb 12, 2010, at 6:43 AM

Glad to hear the Missouri House yesterday passed a version of a bill to require all people who are receiving cash welfare benefits could be subject to drug testing if the social worker suspicions drug use, it is about time. This bill is long over due and needs to be passed in the senate and sent to the governor for his signature. It is time that some of these people receiving these cash benefits over and over again become responsible parents, go to work and most of all become responsible for there own actions.

-- Posted by swampeastmissouri on Fri, Feb 12, 2010, at 6:46 AM

No Casino? Apparently someone hasn't been down town lately, or to a casino. Down town Cape is loaded with "riffraff", while if you visit a Casino, you likely will run in to mostly affluent people, and yes, probably even a local faith leader or two.

-- Posted by wrcactus on Fri, Feb 12, 2010, at 8:00 AM


First, remmember that the bulk of SE MO U students are a captive audience - already on campus, do not have to drive to get there...I was a non-trad, lived out of town, and there were many mornings SE MO was in session and I wished I did not have to make that 45-minute drive over unsafe roads and highways to get there.

Second, remember, there was concern that the wet roadways would ice over as temps dropped that day, making travel more hazardous as the day progressed. Given the available info and the weather forecast,those schools that cancelled classes made the right call.

-- Posted by Little_Mac on Fri, Feb 12, 2010, at 8:19 AM

happy 40th B-day Turnip !!

-- Posted by ..Rick on Fri, Feb 12, 2010, at 8:24 AM

Do something

PEOPLE are blaming President Obama for the high unemployment rate. When he took office, the unemployment rate was almost 9 percent. President Bush didn't do anything. People talk about Obama. I guess you have to do something so people will talk about you, which is why Bush never got recognition for doing anything.

WRONG!! 7.6 % in Jan, 2009. And I note, it was 6.9% when Obama won the election in Nov. 2008.

Until Obama stops the spending orgy and is not holding huge taxes and uncertainty over businesses (cap and trade, health care, Bush tax cut expiration), employment will not recover.

-- Posted by rh3a on Fri, Feb 12, 2010, at 9:05 AM

Thanks Wheels! Uh, Rick.....40, I hope you didn't use those numbers for lottery! ☻

-- Posted by Turnip on Fri, Feb 12, 2010, at 9:51 AM

-- Posted by ..Rick on Fri, Feb 12, 2010, at 10:10 AM

Ditto, Swampeastmissouri......anyone who has been on welfare, as many are, for generations should be mustered out of the program. (Drug tests for all, not random, not for a few or those under suspicion)

Welfare was originally meant to be a temporary boost to those suffering from loss of income. Most recipients never had an income to loose, they were born and will die on welfare if something isn't done. They get a COLA, I don't and my retirement is being taxed even more to support their habits and lifestyle. I pay for my medical insurance and my drugs or any hospitalization, welfare recipients don't. Reverse discrimination. Soon a lot more of us will have to turn to welfare because we have been bled dry of our financial stability.

No I don't label ALL welfare recipients with the same stamp. Some use the system as it was meant to be used.

Disability payments and SSI recipients need evaluation, as well. Had a guy work for me, for cash, back when I was not thinking of fraud....later I found out he was on disability for a back injury......he sure did lots of hard work for me.......had he been 'really' disabled he wouldn't have been able to do the work !

Call/write your Senator, Representative, and the Governor to get this bill passed + signed.

-- Posted by Let'scommunicate on Fri, Feb 12, 2010, at 10:18 AM

hey Wheels

how's the weather treating you ?

are ya still having a good time where-ever ya are?

suppose to snow here this sat/sun...you're gonna miss it!

-- Posted by ..Rick on Fri, Feb 12, 2010, at 11:06 AM

People are dreaming if they think the bill to require drug screening will ever pass. Remember, it also requires LAWMAKERS to test. Having spent a lot of time at the Capitol, I have had to drive some of them home at times. They are among the biggest offenders when it comes to driving and drinking. The whole thing is an election year attention getter, designed to impress the folks back home for a while, then it will die.

-- Posted by wrcactus on Fri, Feb 12, 2010, at 11:09 AM



Wheels might as well of stayed at home.

Just curious, Wheels. How much is propane down there? ;)

Happy B-day Turnip.

-- Posted by SpankTheTank on Fri, Feb 12, 2010, at 11:27 AM


the boob tube TV keeps sayin' that the south is gonna get hit hard with snow today/tomorrow

be careful!!

if Turnip was 40 , that would make her like two 20 year olds ..i hope she has a good one!

-- Posted by ..Rick on Fri, Feb 12, 2010, at 11:30 AM

Wheels, welcome home. ;o)~

Thanks, Spank.

Rick, thank you. Fortunately for me....the celebration lasts all weekend, cuz' it's Valentines on Sunday! I hope you all remember your sweeties. ☻

-- Posted by Turnip on Fri, Feb 12, 2010, at 11:53 AM

Wheels, it seems Mother Nature wanted you to have some of this wonderful weather....no matter how far you ran. ☻

-- Posted by Turnip on Fri, Feb 12, 2010, at 12:02 PM

Re "Global Warming". A better term is climate change. Bill Nye, the Science Guy, said two days ago, "To deny what scientists or scientific evidence, is showing is inappropriate. And as I said earlier, to me, when I get wound up, is unpatriotic." I agree! To think that the current snowfalls are proof that Climate Change does not exists just shows that you watch FOX Noise and listen to Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity and Glenn Beck.

Oh, and by the way, has anyone heard of the TRAP the Democrats have set for the Republicans???

-- Posted by donacita on Fri, Feb 12, 2010, at 12:26 PM

Individual schools could have differing policies, but I am completely certain that MSHSAA does not prohibit holding sports events on days that school has been cancelled. There are plenty of schools down here that do it. I don't understand how the roads can be too unsafe for the bus to pick up students, yet magically become safe to pick up players, but somehow it happens.

-- Posted by eaea49 on Fri, Feb 12, 2010, at 12:59 PM


maybe you just oughta stay inside and drink a couple of beers till it passes by...

they don't use much propane down south , do they ?

i reckon it stays warm enuff most of the year round that they wouldn't need much ...

btw , ya say Turnip will be dancing on tables tonite..that's plural , as in more than one ?...hehehe

-- Posted by ..Rick on Fri, Feb 12, 2010, at 1:04 PM

eaea49, I know there are some Illinois schools that will play on snow days too. Really, at least where I'm from, it's more the fact that our buses have to go out on county roads to pick kids of all ages up early in the morning (typically the coldest part of the day). For sports, those buses are picking the kids up at the school and dropping them off at a school. At least where I'm from, buses don't take county roads when travelling with sports teams.

-- Posted by redhawkstudent on Fri, Feb 12, 2010, at 1:17 PM

I'm not a "Gloom and Doomer"...not at all. I consider myself an optimist. But I believe in science. Know what? Science is a GOOD thing. Don't be afraid!

Disclaim it all you want. Make fun all you want.

You are just willfully ignoring the facts.

-- Posted by donacita on Fri, Feb 12, 2010, at 1:17 PM


the earth is millions and millions and millions of years old...human beings have existed about 10,000 years , plus or minus a few thousand ...

isn't it sorta arrogant to believe humans short time span on earth can have such a devastating effect?

how many times has earth evolved over those millions and millions and millions of years ?

-- Posted by ..Rick on Fri, Feb 12, 2010, at 3:10 PM

Wasn't there a chemical in my mother's hairspray back in the 70's that cause a problem with the Ozone? Don't think hairspray had been around very long and it managed to do a lot of damage didn't it?????? Just saying.

-- Posted by Pups on Fri, Feb 12, 2010, at 3:37 PM


apparently everything human made does damage to the Ozone layer...like all those years ago when there were volcanoes everywhere...it's all about change , no doubt..

-- Posted by ..Rick on Fri, Feb 12, 2010, at 3:47 PM

James Nall,

So was there damage done? Or has removing cfc from airisol can sprays just a gimmick?


Wasn't supporting the issue so much as yes, some man made things can't be helping. Does it mean that we are gonna cause the earth to be distroyed? Who knows. And who cares. From what I hear, I won't be hear when it happens 100's of years from now.

Yes, I know Wheels, not the most gracious of me. :)

-- Posted by Pups on Fri, Feb 12, 2010, at 4:46 PM

On the issue of global warming, recorded history shows the Silk Route Wells were dried up for about 400 years (700-1100) from global warming. Of course scientists still have not concluded if the cause was a natural cycle or if there were an overpopulation of camels in that region.

-- Posted by Balmy on Fri, Feb 12, 2010, at 5:19 PM

Oh crap,,,, hear should be here.

Figured I better catch it before someone else did. :)

-- Posted by Pups on Fri, Feb 12, 2010, at 5:36 PM

James Nall,

"If the earth gets too hot then they can drop a few hundred nuclear bombs and cause nuclear winter."

Wouldn't that make 'Climate Change' Man's fault????

-- Posted by Pups on Fri, Feb 12, 2010, at 6:44 PM


don't forget woman , it'd be their fault too...

-- Posted by ..Rick on Fri, Feb 12, 2010, at 8:18 PM


-- Posted by kellyma82 on Fri, Feb 12, 2010, at 11:14 PM

...just an update on the war in Afganistan...


-- Posted by ..Rick on Sat, Feb 13, 2010, at 3:01 PM

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