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Friday, April 9, 2010

Library assistance

WHILE attending a meeting at the Cape Girardeau Public Library, I was notified by one of the librarians that the trunk of my car was open. A young man stood guard by the car while his mother alerted the employee. I thanked the young man but did not get his name. Please, if he or his gracious mother sees this, please contact Ms. Stephanie in person at the library.

University baseball

I haven't seen the Southeast Missouri State University baseball team play this year, but I've been following the team in the paper, and it seems like it's doing a good job this year. I'd like to congratulate Mark Hogan. It seems ever since he came to the university as a coach he has worked hard to turn that program around. A lot of times when someone does something good it goes unnoticed. I want to say, "Hey, Mark, you're doing a great job. Keep up the good work. Congratulations on the team you've got this year."


LAST week someone said Planned Parenthood was great and that, because of that organization, she didn't have any children before she was ready for them. Guess what? I didn't have children before my husband and I were ready for them either, and I didn't need somebody else's help in doing that. I kept my pants zipped and didn't have sex until my husband and I knew we were ready for all possible consequences. People need to stop expecting others to hold them accountable and instead practice self-control.

Deficit issue

THE tea party movement is united on the issue of deficit spending by our federal government. This is an easy cover for a fragmented group that, if given real power, wouldn't be able to agree on much at all. If you need proof, ask around at the next tea party rally who was the better president, Reagan or Clinton. During the 1980s, deficit spending skyrocketed. President Clinton left office with a surplus.

Dog problems

THE dogs on Lorimier Street are annoying. Something needs to be done about them. The pit bulls need to be banned.

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Here we go again....last week it was South Pacific, this week it is Lorimier. I guess I will have to go check it out for myself. People need to hold the owners' accountable and those 'problem dogs' not just lump a whole breed together. The residents of South Pacific/Lorimier whom refuse to act like responsible and respectful citizens. Banning a certain breed of dogs WILL NOT change that. Report these specific people, report these particular dogs...don't just group them all together.

-- Posted by Turnip on Fri, Apr 9, 2010, at 12:17 AM

There wasn't really a surplus under President Clinton. He made that claim, but it wasn't true.

Trivia question. What president was in office when the federal government set records for the most revenue?

-- Posted by bobby62914 on Fri, Apr 9, 2010, at 12:38 AM

Deficit Isssue

You may want to go to this link and see how numbers are manipulated as per the Clinton surplus.


Also remember 1994 and the Contract With America and how that election was key in reducing Clinton spending.

Finally Clinton sold several federal government assets including the Elk Hills oil reserve. This oil field was crucial for us to provide fuel for the military for every war since WWII.

Remember when it comes to statistics from Washington...A famous quote worth remembering is this: "There are lies, **** lies,-statistics".

-- Posted by Balmy on Fri, Apr 9, 2010, at 12:50 AM

Deficit Issue:

During Clinton's presidency the national debt grew by $1.4 trillion, according to the U.S. Treasury Department of Public Debt. If I borrow money in order to spend more than I earn for 7 years and then for the eighth year I spend less than I earn I am only fooling myself that I have a surplus of money. Why so many people have such difficulty understanding this escapes me.

-- Posted by non-biasedphilosopher on Fri, Apr 9, 2010, at 1:03 AM

The man should be in jail. he shot a dog that was on a chain in his own yard. He was defending his masters property. It is an animals nature to defend. the mans dog was on another dogs turf, he did what was natural. he saw another dog as a threat to his master and himself. Now your trying to take away the rights of people to have any dog they wish? I'm sorry for the other dog but it was the daughters job to keep the dog on the leash and in control.

-- Posted by agape on Fri, Apr 9, 2010, at 4:42 AM

"Trivia question. What president was in office when the federal government set records for the most revenue?"

That would be the much maligned, sometimes rightfully so but most of the times undeserved, G.W. Bush!

-- Posted by Data48 on Fri, Apr 9, 2010, at 5:38 AM


I agree, but what good is your advice while you sit amonst your high horse, looking down at the ones you speak to?

-- Posted by kellyma82 on Fri, Apr 9, 2010, at 7:21 AM

Turnip , i told ya dogs were dumb animals...

-- Posted by ..Rick on Fri, Apr 9, 2010, at 7:21 AM

Agree on coach Hogan. As Rocky as SEMO athletics have been, its nice to see the doing good AGAIN this year.

Also, you never here anything really all the negative about the baseball teams. It seems Hogan can recruit quality kids as well as quality players.

-- Posted by lumbrgfktr on Fri, Apr 9, 2010, at 8:51 AM

Rick, I've had many dogs through my life. One would wake me up when my daughter was having a seizure. I've also had one who thought b/c of his size he could 'mount' a horse. (shaking head) Dogs are like people, they come in all sorts of shapes and sizes. Some smart, some not so much. ☺

-- Posted by Turnip on Fri, Apr 9, 2010, at 8:56 AM

Trivia question. What president was in office when the federal government set records for the most revenue?

I would guess Richard Nixon

-- Posted by Observer1 on Fri, Apr 9, 2010, at 9:14 AM

Turnip , my grandpa was a mechanic and owned his own garage on HWY 72 for a long time...after his garage got broken into , he got a trained german shepard for a watch dog ..when i was a kid , i would go to the garage with my grandpa and sometimes take the german shepard for a walk...the dumb dog ran across HWY 72 chasing a rabbit , i called and called for him to come back...when he finally did , a pick-up truck rounded the bend and hit him as he crossed the HWY...killed him dead..

..not only did i get a switch when i got home , i learned from then on that dogs were dumb...this was a trained german shepard , for christ's sake...

-- Posted by ..Rick on Fri, Apr 9, 2010, at 9:36 AM

Look at the owner of a dog and how they raise the dog, not just the breed of the dog. I have known Chihuahuas who were much meaner than any pit bull. I have been bitten twice by little yappy dogs that I never touched in any way, but my dear frind's pit bulls try to climb into my lap with big puppy dog "I love youu please pet me eyes". If you see a mean or undisciplened dog, no matter its size, know that the owner is the ultimate source of the problem.

-- Posted by tweakers on Fri, Apr 9, 2010, at 10:47 AM


i disagree...some dogs are bred to handle livestock..the pups are taught by the grown dogs how to manage livestock because of thousands of years of doing just this exact thing...

greyhounds are built for speed so they race , is this an accident or thousands of years of heredity ?

-- Posted by ..Rick on Fri, Apr 9, 2010, at 11:00 AM

Rick: Yes, heredity makes a difference. But a caring owner can take a Doberman bred to kill and turn it into a well disciplined easily approachable animal. Of course, any dog raised by its animal parents to be true to its breed will do what nature intended. Nature never intended dogs to be dependent on humans, so the human factor is the qualifying event. A good human will train the dog, irrespective of its breed, to be a good dog. A bad owner will not train the dog and this always leads to trouble. Does that help us get closer to agreeing?

-- Posted by tweakers on Fri, Apr 9, 2010, at 11:06 AM

Rick- I wish you'd lay off the "dumb dog" stuff. It's actually starting to bother me quite a bit. :-(

Self-Control: Well well, aren't you haughty? I hope those kids you waited to have aren't half as self-righteous as you, or they're going to get beat up a lot in school...

Dog problems: Oh just shut it, will you? I'm getting so tired of this. So now, based on what you just said, you want pit bulls banned because "The dogs on Lorimier street are anooying"?!?

-- Posted by MusicMaker on Fri, Apr 9, 2010, at 11:51 AM

it's easy to leave office with a surplus when you don't spend money on NEEDED things and just let the enemy walk by

-- Posted by vf43WRX on Fri, Apr 9, 2010, at 1:39 PM

Having lived next to the owners of the infamous "pit bulls of lorimier street," I know that it is the owners of the dogs that are unfit. The dogs are relatively nice, but confused as to who is friend and who is foe.

I don't know how many drunken fights or drug induced stupors I have observed with the family and friends of the owners of the pit bulls.

-- Posted by generation_why on Fri, Apr 9, 2010, at 3:54 PM

Brian Stupak is from Michigan , not PA....

-- Posted by ..Rick on Sat, Apr 10, 2010, at 9:39 AM

His name is Bart Stupak, not Brian.

-- Posted by grisgris on Sat, Apr 10, 2010, at 5:25 PM

WTF ever ...

-- Posted by ..Rick on Sat, Apr 10, 2010, at 9:22 PM

Re: Self-Control,

Sadly in a lot of families, sexual self control is never discussed. The subject of sex is laughed, sniggered and sneered at, but never rationally discussed.

Thank Goodness for Planned Parenthood. They help people from remaining ignorant.

-- Posted by redpen on Sun, Apr 11, 2010, at 10:12 PM

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