Speak Out 3/15/10

Monday, March 15, 2010

Struggling Americans

THE American people voted for Barack Obama. He is our president. To those who criticize him, show us something else or get over it. It may be a game for some, but the majority of Americans are struggling daily.

Federal programs

I think Congress needs to go on Social Security and Medicare like the rest of us. That would be solve a lot of the problems with those programs. We should be the ones voting on when federal legislators get raises. Until the people get wise enough to make Congress change the way things are going, we will never have anything for the poor. Those of us who are handicapped are out of luck.

Fair punishment

IF someone gets seven years for kicking in a door to a dorm room and stealing, then I think someone who tries to cut off his wife's finger deserves five years. I think one of the most horrendous things for children to see growing up would be Dad mistreating Mom. I've always been fortunate that I've had a wonderful husband who has never mistreated me. That's how it should be in a marriage. He's been a loving person. It's tragic when children grow up in a home where Mom is mistreated and Dad can't seem to manage more self-control.

Teachers' pay

SOUTHEAST Missouri State Unviersity instructors are complaining about cuts. They need to stop complaining. They're getting paid handsomely. Be realistic. Teach in the public schools for $30,000 a year and then tell me who's overworked and underpaid.

Census data

THE U.S. Census form asks for both your age on April 1, 2010, and also your date of birth. Do they think we can't do the math? A call to the toll-free Census helpline was a waste of time. The answer was if that information is left blank, someone will come to your house to get the information. I'm concerned about giving out my personal information.

Thanks for billfold

I want to thank the wonderful, honest man who found my billfold on the Lowe's parking lot. God bless you.

Changing time

DAYLIGHT saving time was instituted during World War II so that when people got home from work they could work in their victory gardens. There are no more victory gardens. Why do we still have daylight-saving time? It's ridiculous to have four months of standard time and eight months of daylight-saving time. Now kids in the morning are going to wait in the dark to wait for their school bus.

Research on Rice

WE have once again been chastised for opposing the Rev. Larry Rice's homeless shelter. The assumption is that those of us who opposed it are unchristian and don't want to help the homeless. From what I have heard from those who opposed it, many people are like me. I didn't oppose it because it was homeless shelter. In fact, I hope we get a homeless shelter in Cape Girardeau. I was against it after doing careful research into Rice. After reading about his past so-called efforts for the homeless, I could not in good conscience back him.

Dead bill

I'D like to remind our readers that, contrary to a recent comment, the health care bill didn't die on Christmas Eve. It was passed by the Senate. It died the day a Republican, who promised to vote against it, was elected senator in Massachusetts, one of the most liberal states in the nation. It's still dead, and in its current form will remain so.

Rely on the law

IF David Limbaugh is so confident that the health care proposal is unconstitutional, then why worry? The U.S. Supreme Court will declare it so.

Tax return

I heard a story about a man who wanted to save money on his heating bills by burning wood. He bought a wood stove and a chain saw. He cut so much wood that he needed a splitter. He split so much wood that he had to buy a truck to haul it. This story reminds me of the Perryville School District, which is receiving just under $1 million in grant money to burn wood in order to save $30,000 a year. They'll realize a return on the taxpayers' investment in about 32 years.

Cut athletics

SOUTHEAST Missouri State Universtiy is phasing out a business program to save money. Across the nation, schools are closing, teachers are being fired, programs for children with special needs are closing and on and on. Has even one sacred athletic program been touched? Has even one assistant coach been laid off? Has even one athletic scholarship been reconsidered? Isn't it time that high schools and colleges consider dropping all of the sports programs that have such a financial stranglehold on education in this country?

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