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Speak Out 3/2/10

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Bigger monsters

THIS was my first year of going to the monster truck show. I was a little disappointed. I would like to see the show expanded. We'd like to see a good show instead of just a few pieces of it. If you could pass the word on to the appropriate people for next year, that would be wonderful.

Street riots

GREECE is having riots in the streets because the country is out of money. It has spent so much on giveaway programs it's out of money, and the country will have to stop doing some of the giveaways. People are rioting because they want their giveaway programs. The U.S. is in the same boat. We have spent too much money, and our government is out of money. What's going to happen when we quit giving away money to people who have become dependent on it? They're going to riot in the streets. The only reason it's not happening yet is because we're borrowing money from the Chinese.

Background checks

CONSIDERING the behavior of some of our elected officials lately, we better start paying closer attention to whom we vote into these offices. This didn't happen overnight. Let's check their backgrounds before we vote for them.

Driving advice

WHENEVER my friends visit, I tell them, "You've got to watch the drivers down here." Just because a light turns green don't mean you can go. Wait a second or two and then proceed. And don't expect turn signals to be used. Drivers will pull out in front of you. My friends all say they found the advice to be sound.

School cuts

SCHOOLS need to cut out sports, arts and music. They need more reading, writing and arithmetic and spelling. These things are important.

Recycle drugs

I think we should regard expired medications as a resource. We recycle garbage. We need to regard expired medications as a resource that can be recycled. We shouldn't throw them down the toilet. There's a buck to be made here.


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Street riots ....stop sending billions of dollars to every third world country on earth and we would have some money ...take care of the USA first then worry about everyone else...

Recycle drugs ....leftover meds ? LOL

-- Posted by ..Rick on Tue, Mar 2, 2010, at 6:54 AM

I agree, Rick ... And find it almost humorous that we send money to other countries while we are 'borrowing' money from other countries because we're so far in debt.

But then, I'm no financial expert so what do I know? Grandma always told us "Charity begins at Home," and that always sounded reasonable.

-- Posted by gurusmom on Tue, Mar 2, 2010, at 7:17 AM

While I agree reading, writing, math, and spelling are important, I must disagree with your idea to cut extracurricular activities. It is a school's job to encourage students and help them be the best they can be. There are many students, past and present, that made straight A's in school while participating in other activities. The valedictorian and salutatorian in my class were both involved in the musical and choir. The valedictorian was an excellent swimmer on our swim team and the salutatorian was a fellow band member. I was personally involved in choir, band, the musical, and different sports and managed to become a member of the National Honor Society and get a great scholarship to SEMO. In regards to sports, schools typically have rules in place to ensure students are passing their classes before playing. I can't speak for every school, just from my own experiences.

-- Posted by teacher_guy11 on Tue, Mar 2, 2010, at 8:58 AM

Recycle Drugs - ... Really? Good concept, given the economy and the out of this world name brand drug prices, but personally I think it's a wee bit to risky. Here's a little article that relates: http://www.associatedcontent.com/article...

Street Riots - I really don't think we'd see that in America, unless things really got out of hand. You see a great deal, relative of course, of political riots in EU countries.

School Cuts - I agree with you teacher_guy. I realize that our school budgets are being hacked and slashed, but to cut out sports, art and music would be cutting our children short. Valuable lessons and skills are still taught through these programs. To only exercise the "left" brain may cause the "right" to become severely underdeveloped. Have you ever spoken with someone who is nearly total "left" brained? Yea, that's interesting isn't it.

-- Posted by Kllrfsh on Tue, Mar 2, 2010, at 9:39 AM

Monster trucks in Cape are pathetic. We started going to St. Louis a couple years ago to a bigger arena. You can't expect much out of a monster truck show inside the Show Me Center......by the time they hit the gas, it's time to hit the brakes. Well worth the drive to St. Louis if you want to see an awesome Monster Truck show (tickets are cheaper, too).

-- Posted by snowdreamer on Tue, Mar 2, 2010, at 9:56 AM

snowdreamer

did you get to see Big Foot in Cape...i mean , did they appear ?

-- Posted by ..Rick on Tue, Mar 2, 2010, at 11:51 AM

Recycle drugs ....leftover meds ? LOL --

Ok, the expired meds go a little far.

According to federal guidelines when you are in the hospital or a rehab facility, you are not allowed to bring in your own medications from home. We all know that, right? This is to prevent tampering, overmedication, and of course lawsuits against the facility.

However...

That facility is required by law to purchase prescribed medications while in a hospital or rehab facility for that patient, obviously. This ultimately gets charged to the person or insurance/government program/whatever is paying the cost of a stay.

These medications (the precription only ones)typically come in a special tamper-proof packaging and are often placed in an expensive machine used to control user access and inventory to prevent theft, called a Pyxis MedStation System.

If you stay a week then leave, you are not allowed to take those medications home with you, despite paying for them. This is a federal guideline, for -- I'm sure -- SEVERAL reasons.

Then you go home, and your "expired" medications are no longer good, so you go BACK to the pharmacy to pick up more in some cases.

The meds you left behind--Can we reuse them for someone else with the same dose? Even though the packaging is expensive and tamper-proof?

Nope-- they are throw into an incinerator and burned. Perfectly good medications that someone paid for, are burned. While we may not be able to reuse immediately on someone else for good reason, could they not be recycled and saved instead of throwing out? Sent back to the pharmacy in the same protective casing -- similar to sending back your empty printer ink cartridge to Dell, but under some control?

And we wonder why the cost of medications are so high, and why the Federal government has such a rapport with drug companies.

-- Posted by Rizzo on Tue, Mar 2, 2010, at 12:22 PM

Rizzo

there's never any leftover Meds over here , that's why i was laughing...

it's like a recipe that calls for leftover wine...

-- Posted by ..Rick on Tue, Mar 2, 2010, at 12:30 PM

****, the earth moved and I missed it. Wonder if it has anything to do with the lost time from the other earthquake?

-- Posted by IonU on Tue, Mar 2, 2010, at 5:50 PM

IMO, the Show-Me-Center is not the proper venue for monster trucks. The exhaust, smoke and noise was overwhelming, especially for small children.

Sorry Rick, no info on BigFoot...it was several years ago.

-- Posted by Turnip on Tue, Mar 2, 2010, at 9:09 PM


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