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Speak Out 2/14/10

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Disabled drivers

WHAT about drivers who are on disability due to the fact that they cannot drive to work but are allowed to keep their licenses and drive everywhere else? I know of factory workers who have been on disability for almost two years who drive everywhere but are drawing full disability because their doctor has said they can't drive. The state hasn't pulled their licenses.

District issues

As staff members of the Cape Girardeau School District, we have lived through renovations and construction and still see our buildings not completed amid results of shoddy work, HVAC systems that still don't work and work orders not honored for safety issues. At the same time, we have trouble with "deferred maintenance." Are funds available? We think so. We see classroom teachers with fewer than five students while others have packed classrooms, even in core subject areas. It's great that the district finally did something about the extra-pay stipends, as we had favored teachers and coaches making thousands of dollars of extra money. These position were never offered to the rank-and-file staff. Please use that same reasoning to make sure our buildings are run efficiently. It is difficult to support a bond issue when the main problem we see is not if the district needs it, but how lacking is the management of the district.

Just the facts

SOMEBODY recently claimed the current administration predicted there is a 100 percent chance there will be a terrorist strike against the U.S. in the very near future. I'm an avid follower of the news, but I missed this story. I've searched news archives and found nothing to indicate such a difficult-to-believe remark is true. If people choose to spread ideas like this as factual information, please back it up with a source. Otherwise, look out, because the sky is falling.

Scrooge opposition

A lot of Speak Out callers are coming up with some pretty high-minded reasons to rationalize their ridiculous Scrooge-like opposition to a nontax raising public school bond issue.

Gas pedals

DURING a recent trip to a car dealer, I was told that all late-model vehicles use their computers to translate gas-pedal movement to throttle response. Don't believe that your vehicle is immune from the type of computer glitch found on Toyota models. I believe that gas pedals were upgraded to digital throttle controls to meet the fuel-efficiency requirements, but for the sake of safety I'd like my old-style gas pedal back.

Dangerous idea

I thought columnist George Will was a smart man. His endorsement of Paul Ryan for vice president in 2012 stunned me. Ryan is an advocate of privatizing Medicare. Can you imagine what would have happened if we would have implemented such an idea before this recession. Most of us seniors would have had our medical savings account wiped out.

Sensible reforms

EVEN though unemployment stood at 25 percent, FDR was able to adopt enough sensible reforms (jobs bills, banking regulations, Social Security) to stave off the wild-eyed populist threat from the Huey Longs on the left to the Father Couglins on the right. With a much lower unemployment rate, President Obama should be able to do the same with sensible banking and financial reform, although he will need the help of Congress.

Need the space

I find it humorous that someone would vote against a bond issue until the Cape Girardeau School District creates smaller class sizes. How can we have smaller classes until there is more classroom space which would be provided by the bond issue? I can think of buildings that have no space to put extra classes. Closets are being used for purposes they were not intended. If you want to support the teachers and students of the community, vote for the bond issue.

'Pretty good'

"PRESIDENT Bush did a pretty good job after 9/11," said a recent comment. I agree only if we stretch the meaning of "pretty good" to include his wrong-headed decision to invade Iraq, his establishment of a police state in the U.S. and his responsibility for a near cataclysmic, worldwide economic meltdown.

Mailboxes replaced

I live on Mount Auburn Road. During the big snow we had a couple of weeks ago, the snowplow took out about 12 mailboxes. I would like to thank the city of Cape Girardeau for quickly replacing these mailboxes within two days. Thank you.

Too much speeding

I would like to mention the speeding on Mount Auburn Road. The speed limit is 35 mph, yet I see people driving well more than 40 mph. Please be aware that speeding causes accidents, especially when people who are going the speed limit must cater to those who are speeding.

The real power

Sarah Palin's double standard on the "r" word -- a derogatory connotation for the mentally disabled -- is a testament to Rush Limbaugh's overwhelming influence. If you doubted who is the most powerful conservative in America, this latest episode should put things into perspective. Like him or not, Limbaugh wields unparalleled power.

Dangerous roads

It amazes me that some of the schools are in session after the snow of Feb. 8. While the city roads are in good condition, the county roads are not. I would not allow my junior high school student to attend school. I had trouble going to work in my four-wheel drive. But I'm supposed to let my children get on a bus or drive themselves to school? What happens when a student or a busload of students get hurt because of the bad conditions?

Our survival

President Obama has thrown down the gauntlet by stating facts and asking for a bipartisan effort to solve America's problems. He is not always right, but he is right this time. We have a recession, a huge national debt and a system of health care so expensive that it will bring down our economy all by itself in a few years. At this point, I do not want to know if my elected representatives are Democrat or Republican. I don't want to hear who is a capitalist or a socialist. I don't want to be lectured about the evils of liberalism or conservatism. I only want to know what each elected official will do to help solve my country's devastating problems. And any representative or senator who has the courage to put that cushy job of his or hers at risk to join in the solution is a hero to me. This should not be a nation of career politicians. Let's stop the sound bytes, blame games and partisanship and let our president lead as we work together. It's a matter of national survival.

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Adolph Hitler had unparalleled but we didn't need to like or dislike him.

-- Posted by Dexterite1 on Sun, Feb 14, 2010, at 7:58 AM

happy VD !!

-- Posted by ..Rick on Sun, Feb 14, 2010, at 10:21 AM

Sorry, but Adolph Hitler also invaded other contries for trumped up reasons. So, what recent President have we had who did that?

-- Posted by wrcactus on Sun, Feb 14, 2010, at 10:49 AM


George W Bush ?

am i correct ? do i win a prize ?

-- Posted by ..Rick on Sun, Feb 14, 2010, at 11:48 AM

..um , Me'Lange ...what is ur pic of ?

-- Posted by ..Rick on Sun, Feb 14, 2010, at 11:49 AM

Caught ya Stick500 ☻.

-- Posted by SpankTheTank on Sun, Feb 14, 2010, at 12:00 PM

I live in Jackson and I am hardly ever in Cape. I happened to go yesterday and drove down Mt Auburn. I never knew what the fuss was about with the mailboxes until I saw it myself. They are placed rediculously in the middle of the side walk. I'd be annoyed by that too.

When I first moved to Missouri almost 10 years ago I lived on Mt Auburn and I enjoyed it. I really never had a hard time getting out of my driveway. But I would hate to live there now.

-- Posted by kellyma82 on Sun, Feb 14, 2010, at 1:25 PM

Good afternoon.

Happy Valentines' Day everyone!

Everyone who thinks straightening Old Bloomfield Road will help with the accidents/speeders should take some notes from the people who live on Mt. Auburn.

Rick, I think Me'Lange tried to make a heart. ☻

-- Posted by Turnip on Sun, Feb 14, 2010, at 2:24 PM


if that's a pic of a heart , it looks broken....

-- Posted by ..Rick on Sun, Feb 14, 2010, at 2:35 PM

Just the facts

SOMEBODY recently claimed the current administration predicted there is a 100 percent chance there will be a terrorist strike against the U.S. in the very near future. I'm an avid follower of the news, but I missed this story. I've searched news archives and found nothing to indicate such a difficult-to-believe remark is true. If people choose to spread ideas like this as factual information, please back it up with a source. Otherwise, look out, because the sky is falling.

There is nothing worse then people demanding that people post proof of their assertions because they are too inept to research themselves and find the information, its just sad. Here ya go


Now brilliant one, stop assuming that people "spread ideas like this as factual information" when you're the one who needs to take a research class.

-- Posted by kevleddy on Sun, Feb 14, 2010, at 2:45 PM

I think it looks very nice. ☻

-- Posted by Turnip on Sun, Feb 14, 2010, at 3:13 PM

I appreciated the Valentine Day's heart, thanks Me'Lange.

-- Posted by Dexterite1 on Sun, Feb 14, 2010, at 4:31 PM


I heard this the other day...

"Al-Qaida can be expected to attempt an attack on the United States in the next three to six months, senior U.S. intelligence officials told Congress Tuesday."

That was from this article...


It was all over the **** news. The state will never pass up the chance to spread a little fear.

-- Posted by Lumpy on Sun, Feb 14, 2010, at 6:36 PM


sorry , i don't see a heart there...

the part of my brain the picks up these types of things is burnt out...

-- Posted by ..Rick on Sun, Feb 14, 2010, at 7:44 PM

There have been several attempts at terrorist attacks. So 100% is pretty accurate. I see God's hand preventing it from actually occurring so far.

-- Posted by GrandPappyC on Sun, Feb 14, 2010, at 9:43 PM



"One way or the other, we are determined to deny Iraq the capacity to develop weapons of mass destruction and the missiles to deliver them. That is our bottom line."

--President Bill Clinton, Feb. 4, 1998

"If Saddam rejects peace and we have to use force, our purpose is clear. We want to seriously diminish the threat posed by Iraq's weapons of mass destruction program."

--President Bill Clinton, Feb. 17, 1998

"Iraq is a long way from [here], but what happens there matters a great deal here. For the risks that the leaders of a rogue state will use nuclear, chemical or biological weapons against us or our allies is the greatest security threat we face."

--Madeline Albright, Feb 18, 1998

"He will use those weapons of mass destruction again, as he has ten times since 1983."

--Sandy Berger, Clinton National Security Adviser, Feb, 18, 1998

"[W]e urge you, after consulting with Congress, and consistent with the U.S. Constitution and laws, to take necessary actions (including, if appropriate, air and missile strikes on suspect Iraqi sites) to respond effectively to the threat posed by Iraq's refusal to end its weapons of mass destruction programs."

Letter to President Clinton, signed by:

-- Democratic Senators Carl Levin, Tom Daschle, John Kerry, and others, Oct. 9, 1998

"Saddam Hussein has been engaged in the development of weapons of mass destruction technology which is a threat to countries in the region and he has made a mockery of the weapons inspection process."

-Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D, CA), Dec. 16, 1998

"Hussein has ... chosen to spend his money on building weapons of mass destruction and palaces for his cronies."

-- Madeline Albright, Clinton Secretary of State, Nov. 10, 1999

"There is no doubt that ... Saddam Hussein has reinvigorated his weapons programs. Reports indicate that biological, chemical and nuclear programs continue apace and may be back to pre-Gulf War status. In addition, Saddam continues to redefine delivery systems and is doubtless using the cover of a licit missile program to develop longer-range missiles that will threaten the United States and our allies."

Letter to President Bush, Signed by:

-- Sen. Bob Graham (D, FL), and others, Dec 5, 2001

"We begin with the common belief that Saddam Hussein is a tyrant and a threat to the peace and stability of the region. He has ignored the mandate of the United Nations and is building weapons of mass destruction and th! e means of delivering them."

-- Sen. Carl Levin (D, MI), Sept. 19, 2002

"We know that he has stored secret supplies of biological and chemical weapons throughout his country."

-- Al Gore, Sept. 23, 2002

"Iraq's search for weapons of mass destruction has proven impossible to deter and we should assume that it will continue for as long as Saddam is in power."

-- Al Gore, Sept. 23, 2002

"We have known for many years that Saddam Hussein is seeking and developing weapons of mass destruction."

-- Sen. Ted Kennedy (D, MA), Sept. 27, 2002

"The last UN weapons inspectors left Iraq in October of 1998. We are confident that Saddam Hussein retains some stockpiles of chemical and biological weapons, and that he has since embarked on a crash course to build up his chemical and biological warfare capabilities. Intelligence reports indicate that he is seeking nuclear weapons..."

-- Sen. Robert Byrd (D, WV), Oct. 3, 2002

"I will be voting to give the President of the United States the authority to use force -- if necessary -- to disarm Saddam Hussein because I believe that a deadly arsenal of weapons of mass destruction in his hands is a real and grave threat to our security."

-- Sen. John F. Kerry (D, MA), Oct. 9, 2002

"There is unmistakable evidence that Saddam Hussein is working aggressively to develop nuclear weapons and will likely have nuclear weapons within the next five years ... We also should remember we have always underestimated the progress Saddam has made in development of weapons of mass destruction."

-- Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D, WV), Oct 10, 2002

"He has systematically violated, over the course of the past 11 years, every significant UN resolution that has demanded that he disarm and destroy his chemical and biological weapons, and any nuclear capacity. This he has refused to do"

-- Rep. Henry Waxman (D, CA), Oct. 10, 2002

"In the four years since the inspectors left, intelligence reports show that Saddam Hussein has worked to rebuild his chemical and biological weapons stock, his missile delivery capability, and his nuclear program. He has also given aid, comfort, and sanctuary to terrorists, including al Qaeda members ... It is clear, however, that if left unchecked, Saddam Hussein will continue to increase his capacity to wage biological and chemical warfare, and will keep trying to develop nuclear weapons."

-- Sen. Hillary Clinton (D, NY), Oct 10, 2002

"We are in possession of what I think to be compelling evidence that Saddam Hussein has, and has had for a number of years, a developing capacity for the production and storage of weapons of mass destruction."

-- Sen. Bob Graham (D, FL), Dec. 8, 2002

"Without question, we need to disarm Saddam Hussein. He is a brutal, murderous dictator, leading an oppressive regime ... He presents a particularly grievous threat because he is so consistently prone to miscalculation ... And now he is miscalculating America's response to his continued deceit and his consistent grasp for weapons of mass destruction ... So the threat of Saddam Hussein with weapons of mass destruction is real..."

-- Sen. John F. Kerry (D, MA), Jan. 23. 2003

-- Posted by Balmy on Sun, Feb 14, 2010, at 11:03 PM

im amazed by the people in the area who think school should be called off because an inch of snow! i drove many times that day and never had an issue! in fact ive never had any wreck in this type of weather! the difference is knowing how to respect the weather when ur driving in it! if its snowing or any type of frozen precipitation outside and u have to drive, do it with extreme caution! drive alot slower, put ur phones away and keep the distractions away! too many ppl in this area drive crazy... they expect their big bad 4x4 suv's to handle the hazardous road when in fact the 4x4 helps nothing until their driving causes them to hit a ditch then the 4x4 will help getting u out! but if u drive more carefully u will usually make ur destination unless u get hit by the careless 4x4 driver.... dont get me wrong... u still have the chance of getting into a wreck anytime conditions are bad but taking precautions will lower that risk.... and if driving in it scares u then ur best to stay home cause u are too timid to be driving in it and can easily cause a wreck.... just know the conditions when driving just is commonsense!!!

-- Posted by Commonsense2010 on Sun, Feb 14, 2010, at 11:14 PM

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