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Monday, February 15, 2010

Need groceries

WOULD the person that took the groceries at Food Giant in Cape Girardeau Monday evening please return them to the store. They are for someone in real need.

Thanks for help

I'D like to send a special thank you to Joe and Ralph of New Hamburg who cleared the side streets and driveways after the recent snow. Thanks also to the men who cleaned the church parking lot. You are appreciated. Many thanks from our little community.

Prizewinning photos

I want to compliment Fred Lynch with Tuesday's front page picture of the River Campus Park and bridge in the background, and the sports photo of the Scott City and Delta girls basketball game. All of his pictures would win a prize and -- I am not his mother.

Praise for crews

I'D like to compliment the Cape Girardeau street workers. We've had two snows so far this year, and I think they've done a good job in getting the streets cleaned. This is for the guys who are out in the freezing rain and snow all hours of the night making it safer for us to go to work. Congratulations, guys, you have done a good job this year. Keep up the good work.

Losing freedoms

MY father fought in World War II and my grandfather in World War I so we could have our freedom. But it seems like there's a small group that wants to take our freedom away from us, and we're letting them do it. There are those who don't want prayers in school. Now there's a group that doesn't like smoking. If you don't like smoking, don't go to the bars. Stay home or go somewhere where smoking isn't allowed. It's your choice. Why should I have to change my choice because you don't like the situation you're in?

Poverty and meth

THE problem in the Bootheel with meth is not the mamas working. Mamas work in plenty of other parts of the country that don't have meth problems. The problem is the poverty. There doesn't seem to be enough jobs. When you don't have jobs, it's easy to go the drug route.

All the answers

I have been reading with amusement the articles about Fox News cutting away from President Obama when he had all the answers at a meeting of Republicans. Give me a break. He has been in office for over a year and has not delivered on any of his promises. He had a supermajority of Democrats in Congress and still couldn't get anything passed. Now the whiners are saying that Obama has all the answers for the Republicans and Fox News didn't show it. I guess the next thing will be said that George Bush was watching and called Fox and told them to cut away since they blame everything on the former president. When is the left going to realize that more and more people see through Obama's agenda, and they don't like it.

Don't judge

IN response to the story "Two SEMO players charged in off-campus Cape assault have records": Even though these students made a serious decision that will affect the future of everyone involved, I would hope that anyone judging would take a minute to remember some of the regrets they have. Everyone has someone they love who has made a decision they wish they had not. These boys will face the music. But judging them without knowing all the facts is hypocritical.

Palin fan

GOD bless Sarah Palin and her efforts. She gives me hope that there are other citizens out there who are proud to be American, proud to be Christian, want less government and can take care of themselves. Maybe we aren't in the minority after all.

Stolen bike

SOMEONE came on my property and stole my bike. I was upset because this person chose to invade my privacy. I realize it could have been much worse, but that does not make it right. I have lived in this complex for four years and felt safe, but not now.

Good ideas

THERE is a new grassroots website called "Contract from America" that lists ideas to improve our federal government. You can submit ideas like "term limits" and then people can debate and rate the different ideas. The highest rated idea today is to implement the FairTax. You need to join in the discussion and find new ideas to improve government. Maybe the people can think of ways to get out of our current mess.

Who cares?

PATRICK Naeger's vicious verbal excess excoriating state Sen. Jason Crowell for not sponsoring him for appointment to some state board was inversely proportional to the degree to which the general public cares.

Me-me attitude

REGARDING the article about Patrick Naeger fussing about not being reappointed for the health care board: I feel sorry for Jason Crowell having to put up with this me-me attitude.

Merit finalists

CONGRATULATIONS to Central High School and its three National Merit finalists: Nina Scheibe, Josh Wen and Janna Trautwein. CHS is the only high school -- public, parochial or private -- south of St. Louis and north of Memphis that can say it has three National Merit finalists. I challenge every media source in the area to publicize their successes. The students' successes are not only attributed to the their personal work ethics and aptitude, but also to their parents' support at home and their teachers' efforts from kindergarten through high school. Way to go, Tigers. Let's spread some positive news for a change.

Street repairs

CAPE Girardeau is letting the streets go to ruins. It is like driving through a bomb range. If the city would repair streets the correct way instead of using cold mix all year long, we would not have these problems.

Bad joke

WHO does Gary Rust think he is kidding? For him to lament that the St. Louis Post-Dispatch is biased for publishing a picture of Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder with former House speaker Rod Jetton is way beyond the pot calling the kettle black. We in Southeast Missouri are forced to go to the Internet to obtain any kind of objectivity because the Southeast Missourian has set new standards when it comes to flagrant bias. With the likes of David Limbaugh and Michael Jenson constantly repeating the same old stale conservative rhetoric, how dare anyone at the Southeast Missourian raise the issue of bias? What a bad joke.

Homeless pressure

CAPE'S (hasty?) efforts to show empathy and compassion for the homeless are in no way related to the ongoing pressure on the community from the Rev. Larry Rice.

Ethical problems

GARY Rust recently used the phrase "political problems" to describe the current state of one-time speaker of the Missouri House, Rod Jetton. Perhaps Jetton's problems will have political consequences, but I think it would have been more accurate to use as a phrase referring to Jetton's current status as "ethical" or "ethical/legal" problems.

Flying the flag

THIS is a request for help in getting U.S. and Missouri flags for the Marquette Tower in downtown Cape Girardeau. This building houses offices for various departments of the state, yet it does not fly the flags of our nation or state. After alerting the building's representatives several months ago, we were told the building is privately owned and is not required to provide nor fly flags. It is unimaginable that a building our community that identifies with the government chooses not fly our flags. But it is unforgivable that our flags are not flown at half-staff in honor our fallen Missouri heroes.

Adult problem

THE person who blamed parents of teenagers for Missouri's high meth production rate should pay attention to police reports. Those arrested in meth busts are almost always adults, some in their 40s and 50s. Missouri's meth labs are not due to mothers or fathers who fail to supervise teens.


SO Michael Devaney ("Most cultural conservatives are not 'wing nuts'") would have us believe that only those out on the left wing are nuts, while those equally far out to the right are mainstream. And he alleges that bad lending practices were the result of bicoastal lefty radicalism. This kind of intemperate broadside looks pretty wing-nutty to me.

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i hope that the person who got the groceries for the person in need gets them back and i all so hope that the person who took them really feels guilty for doing that and that they choke and almost die if they eat any of them and don't return them.

-- Posted by casey2002 on Mon, Feb 15, 2010, at 12:59 AM

Excuse me, but the term "fair tax" translated into reality means do away with income tax, and sock everyone with an 11% sales tax. This would be a sales tax that big business is exempt from of course, and in the end, the entire burden of taxes would fall on the middle class and the poor. READ THE FINE PRINT! Under this phoney shell game, seniors would get soaked and Missouri would end up with services that would rival those of a third world country.

-- Posted by wrcactus on Mon, Feb 15, 2010, at 6:56 AM

wrcactus: "Excuse me, but the term "fair tax" translated into reality means do away with income tax, and sock everyone with an 11% sales tax"

Doing away with income tax for an 11% sales tax would be an awesome deal. However not even the biggest Fair Tax backers are nearly so bold. Their proposal is a 30% sales tax (23% inclusive tax as they prefer to phrase it; either way a $1.00 good would cost $1.30). Of course that still wouldn't come anywhere remotely close to covering current Federal revenues, which would take around a 37%-38% sales tax. Tack on state & local sales taxes and we would likely end up paying $1.45 or so for a $1.00 good. Or even higher if balanced budgets or paying down the national debt were any sort of priorities.

Ultimately you are paying most of that money today via all your income taxes, sales taxes, property taxes, government fees, etc... So there is some merit to lumping it all together and making the tax burden obvious to everyone everyday they go shopping. On the flip side making it that obvious would clearly curb a whole lot of consumerism that our current economy is build on (might be a good thing in the long run, but would likely cause a deep recession/depression during the transition) and would nail a whole lot of retirees who already paid taxes on their money when they earned it and would be taxes yet again when spending it.

For any big Fair Tax backers reading this here is the big question I have never had answered by Fair Tax proponents: How would international capital flows be addressed in a Fair Tax system? Say both myself and my boss by dream of retiring to a nice home on the waterfront and doing a lot of fishing. So in a post-Fair Tax world I buy a place down by a local lake and buy a nice bass boat and my boss buys a villa in the Bahamas and a yacht flying a foreign flag. Would our tax burdens be roughly equivilent or not?

Is there a stiff tax on international money transfers that I am missing in the Fair Tax documentation? If not wouldn't it be in my interest to earn as much money in the US as possible tax free and then shift most of my consumption to a country with low or no sales taxes?

-- Posted by Nil on Mon, Feb 15, 2010, at 7:55 AM

@ Palin Fan:

Uh yeah, you definitely are in the minority. In a recent ABC News/Washington Post Poll 70% of the people polled (Republicans, Democrats & Independents) stated that Palin was not qualified to be President. [Source: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/con...

Even at GW Bush's worst, his approval ratings were hovering right around 30%, give or take a couple points. All but the dumbest of the dumb saw him for what he was, and I'm guessing the same fools have been bought by Palin.

If she decides to run in 2012 and the rest of the party tries to cut her out, which the intelligent among them will of course, her zombies will go apesh!t and cause a rift within the Republican party that will guarantee an Obama re-election. Either that or they will let her on the ticket, turning away many Republicans and Independents, guaranteeing an Obama re-election.

Either way, this woman who so many think is significant, could be the death of the Republican Party in 2012.

Seriously, has she ever really elaborated beyond her few talking points?

-- Posted by SmokeRing on Mon, Feb 15, 2010, at 9:18 AM

The Fair Tax has been misrepresented in this forum. Go to www.fairtax.org for the facts.

A $1.00 item would cost $1.00, or close to it. Besides, the argument that we can't help the people who pay income tax because it won't help the people who don't is pretty weak and reeks of class warfare.

-- Posted by bobby62914 on Mon, Feb 15, 2010, at 10:05 AM

Fred Lynch is a great photographer. He is a great example of a photographer who knows that there is so much more to photography than taking pictures...

-- Posted by bobby62914 on Mon, Feb 15, 2010, at 10:06 AM

In a few years when those sales taxes become 900% of the price of a good to meet the demands of a public that feel the need of an ever expanding government, will you miss what the government has in place now? There is no limits on sales taxes.

There should be no taxes period. If a person feels the need of a government let him voluntarily pay for it. The rest of us should be allowed the product of our earnings.

-- Posted by BCStoned on Mon, Feb 15, 2010, at 10:08 AM

Gas stations in Cape, they are charging 2.519/gal

St Louis is 2.359/gal Charleston is 2.369/gal

Matthews is 2.359/gal.

People need to boycott the Cape stations until they lower their price

-- Posted by grandpa3 on Mon, Feb 15, 2010, at 10:18 AM

How can a president accomplish anything when one of the political parties votes "NO" to everything that is proposed???? The voters need to take a serious look at the Republican party's tactics and realize that we are the losers when they say "NO" to even the most basic of proposals.

-- Posted by raygerry on Mon, Feb 15, 2010, at 10:27 AM

raygerry, will you pay for those proposals without hitting up those of us who prefer not to have them?

-- Posted by BCStoned on Mon, Feb 15, 2010, at 10:35 AM

Forget sales taxes and what is called a fair tax but isn't fair at all.

Which brings me to this: We go through each item in the federal budget and only those who feel a need/want for an item pays for it. All items not funded will no longer be a federal program/expense.

-- Posted by BCStoned on Mon, Feb 15, 2010, at 10:59 AM

As far as the gas price comment of 1018 - look on the bright side - at least the fuel tax rate percentage is lower in Cape.

$0.354 per gallon ($0.184 federal, $0.17 state) fuel tax for gasoline results in a -

16.35% effective tax rate at a $2.519 sales price

17.57% effective tax rate at a $2.369 sales price

17.66% effective tax rate at a $2.359 sales price

What a concept - lower your percentage tax burden by paying more! :-)~

-- Posted by fxpwt on Mon, Feb 15, 2010, at 11:09 AM

I wish Republicans voted "no" on every piece of **** piece of legislation that runs down the congressional pantslegs. If Republicans did so, then Jo Ann wouldn't be getting any press in her attempt to overturn regulation approved by her late husband. Regulatory legislation that, surprise - regulates! If Republicans did so, I might vote Republican!

Happy President's Day! Let's all go celebrate us some tyranny!

-- Posted by Lumpy on Mon, Feb 15, 2010, at 11:39 AM

lumpy, Let's celebrate the worst about America, presidents and their tyranny. We'll celebrate the best about America when the tyranny ends.

-- Posted by BCStoned on Mon, Feb 15, 2010, at 12:40 PM


if you're lurking , i'm sorry about yesterday...

-- Posted by ..Rick on Mon, Feb 15, 2010, at 1:02 PM

grandpa--- u can make the trip to st louis or matthews to fill up ur gas tank for 2.359/gal and save 16 a gal, but i live in cape and im not going to make a 100 mile round trip in order to save 80 cents filling up my gas tank! do i like gas prices as they are??? no!!! but i do look for cheapest gas in area and will support them, i refuse to get gas at any station in town out by I55 especially who charges more basically due to location! i have found that kidds on broadway and kingshighway and also hucks on kingshighway usually maintain a more fair price compaired to others in the area... for some reason rhodes usually adds 10 cents more to their stations gas price compaired to other local prices... bistate automatically debits $50 out of my acct anytime i prepay which i consider rediculous considering it only takes $30 to fill my car! i understand why they do it but i dont like it! but it will cost 4 gallons of gas atleast to make it to matthews and almost $10 in gas to get there and only save $2 filling my tank???? just doesnt make sense!!!!

-- Posted by Commonsense2010 on Mon, Feb 15, 2010, at 1:51 PM


Which proposals did the GOP stand in the way of that you like? Is it National Health Care? is stimulus spending not enough for you? Do you want to spend billions prosecuting foreign terrorists in the U.S. Court system? Is it the surge in Afghanistan? As Wheels stated, it was the Dems standing in the way as the Republicans had no vote.

Evan Bayh announcing today that he is not going to run for re-elction is one more in the line of reasonable minded Democrats that understand where the Progressives in his Party want to take us.

Those that believe business pays no taxes has never had the pleasure of owning and operating a business. About half of wage earners pay no taxes, many get tax credits (welfare). They have no concept of the taxes involved with running a small business.

-- Posted by Balmy on Mon, Feb 15, 2010, at 2:00 PM

Two sisters, each have two children, both work part time, put their kids to bed at 8:00 pm or at least in their rooms at 8, then on friday thru Sunday pass their children out to aunts or grandparents to watch and they wonder why their kids struggle in school, when do they actually spend time with the kids they gave birth to? They are your kids to raise not the responsibility of your family while you lay up with men you are not married to. What has happened to personal responsibility for raising your kids?

-- Posted by Smartblonde on Mon, Feb 15, 2010, at 3:10 PM

Balmy and Wheels,

Which is it? Business pay no taxes or people have no concept of the taxes involved in running a business?? Or am I the only one that I noticed this little contradiction?

-- Posted by Pups on Mon, Feb 15, 2010, at 9:41 PM

This would be a sales tax that big business is exempt from of course, and in the end, the entire burden of taxes would fall on the middle class and the poor.

-- Posted by wrcactus on Mon, Feb 15, 2010, at 6:56 AM

Wrong! The wealthy will spend much more on taxable items which means they will pay more than the middle class. The poor get a check to pay their taxes with. Business never pays taxes. They just pass it on to the consumer. You need to get off Democrat Underground.

Now if you want lopsided, how about Obama's Cap and Trade?

-- Posted by Wiff on Mon, Feb 15, 2010, at 10:11 PM


Now why would I ever want you to reconsider your position? :)

-- Posted by Pups on Mon, Feb 15, 2010, at 10:28 PM

If you are not aware of the pre-bate with the Fair Tax then you cannot intelligently comment on the subject. If you are commenting on it, and the source of your information did not explain it, then you need to question their motives. You should also mistrust that source because they have misled you at least once...

-- Posted by bobby62914 on Mon, Feb 15, 2010, at 10:37 PM


So businesses not only pass on the taxes to their customers, but also write them off as expenses?

So, Mr Wiffle collects taxes imposed on him by the government from his customers, then writes them off as expenses, and then gets it back from the government that taxed him in his tax refund. Now I get it. :-)

Just razzing..... out for the night.

-- Posted by Pups on Mon, Feb 15, 2010, at 10:42 PM

Oh I don't know.... maybe to start a discussion that neither one would convince the other of anything. :-)~

-- Posted by Have_Wheels_Will_Travel on Mon, Feb 15, 2010, at 10:41 PM

Now would I ever do that??????

-- Posted by Pups on Mon, Feb 15, 2010, at 10:45 PM

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