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Speak Out 4/13/10

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Living in la-la

JOHN Cook suggested that the person who didn't know that the Congress members had to contribute to their retirement lived in la-la land. There are lots of people out here living in la-la land, or they would have elected a much better Congress.

First job

SOMEONE said we shouldn't be hard on President Obama and suggested we might not have been so good at our first jobs. Maybe I wasn't good at my first job, but my first job was not president of the United States. His shouldn't have been either.

Overlapping patrols

AS I watched a highway patrolman pull over a vehicle in Jackson, it caused me to think of the tax dollars wasted by having three law enforcement agencies patrolling the same jurisdiction. We need to watch closely the cost-saving measure taken recently by Illinois where state police have been cut by one-third. If public safety is not harmed by this measure, Missouri should consider it also.

Penny-ante gambling

A sad story from a close relative: My mother, a widow, sold her property in order to supplement Social Security. She lives in a modest apartment. She would tell us from time to time about how she won a couple of hundred dollars on her "just for fun, nothing serious" trips to the casino. But significant funds from the sale of the property evaporated over a period of time. Now, mother must depend on us, her children, for support. Those who gamble love to tell you about their winnings and the fun they have, but the economic toll from losing is hushed up. The economic hardship from gambling on a community far outweighs the economic benefit of service jobs in a gambling casino. Short-term gain is long-term pain. Gambling interests are pressing Cape Girardeau to express an interest in a casino within a few weeks. It has the feel of the hurry-up pitch of a used-car salesman.

Which religion?

WHICH religion says it is OK for you to vote for a politician who belongs to a political party that supports partial-birth abortion?

Now they know

WHY do the Republicans have all the answers now to the health plan? When George Bush was president and the Republicans controlled Congress, they didn't do anything about our health care.

Seeking acceptance

THERE are mentally ill people in Cape Girardeau. We live among you all. Most of our neighbors don't know of our illnesses. I know mine don't. I get along with all my neighbors. They like me. What would happen if I shared information about my illness? I have schizophrenia. It has been my experience that I would be thought of and treated differently. This is 2010 with modern-day pharmaceuticals. If we pass as essentially normal, we should be accepted as such.

Highway repairs

INSTEAD of patching all the potholes on Highway 177, the highway department needs to fix the road right. Repave it. It keeps washing out every time we have a rain. Please do something to make it last longer.

Economic oversight

THE United States needs a federal economic agency. This agency could oversee employment of displaced workers. It could receive all pork money and distribute it more effectively. It could be a watchdog over all governmental spending. It could have a department focused on foreign trade. We need a more efficient, effective government. The size of government doesn't matter. Just rechanneling pork and eliminating waste is reason enough to justify this agency. These duties would pay for its existence. Let's eliminate backslapping deals and replace them with fairness in business.

Proud of GED

CONGRATULATIONS to all the co-workers from Thorngate that received their GED. I am proud of you just as much as your families. The same goes to the rest of the class. Be proud.

Managing revenue

PRESIDENT Reagan cut taxes and increased revenue. He had a Democratic Congress that he had to fight. President Clinton was forced to sign a balanced-budget amendment. He had a Republican Congress. You can thank Newt Gingrich and the Republicans for that. But now look what we've got: a deficit of $1.5 trillion a year. I read that 14 percent of the people do not believe that running $20 trillion deficit will hurt the country. These are the kind of people who say Clinton had a surplus.

Tea-party motives

THE original tea party was a protest against excessive taxation without representation. Citizens revolted against the government by dumping tea shipments into Boston harbor to avoid the tax. The basis of the modern-day tea party is the same. History is repeating itself. If you disagree with the tea-party movement, you support excessive taxation and legislation by a government with no regard for what the people want from their elected representatives.

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"THE United States needs a federal economic agency. This agency could oversee employment of displaced workers. It could receive all pork money and distribute it more effectively."

Government agency and effective distribution of funds is an oxymoron.

We are being managed into bankruptcy and economic disaster by big government and its agencies.

-- Posted by Balmy on Tue, Apr 13, 2010, at 12:46 AM

RE: Economic oversight

Just what we need, another government run agency. As efficient as our government is running currently, this should really work. (NOT!)

Pork and waste are the same in my book.

-- Posted by LiveAnotherDay on Tue, Apr 13, 2010, at 7:19 AM

good morning ☻

Economic oversight ---- yeah , right..that's what we need...more government and red tape

Seeking acceptance ---- really sorry to hear you have schizophrenia , what are your names ? i'm a skitzo myself , among many other things...

Overlapping patrols ---- some Highway Patrol reside in the city of Jackson...perhaps they nailed a speeder on their way home ....assumptions are so easy a thing

-- Posted by ..Rick on Tue, Apr 13, 2010, at 7:24 AM

Overlapping patrols... Sorry you got a ticket.

Try driving the speed limit and you won't get pulled over, and don't forget... the left hand lane is for passing, watch the signs...slower traffic keep right.

-- Posted by trekker on Tue, Apr 13, 2010, at 8:17 AM

Unfortunately, the caller claiming that the so-called tea party movement is like the original one needs to read history. In fact, most tea partiers do also. The original Boston tea party was not a protest against tax hikes. It was a protest against giving an unfair tax advantage to the East India Company, sort of the Wal-mart of the time. In order to help big business compete against the little guy, tax credits were given to big business. So where were these geniuses when Bush was around? READ HISTORY!

-- Posted by Dr. Nemo on Tue, Apr 13, 2010, at 8:18 AM

Trekker is right. ALSO, the CENTER lane is for safeling EXITING traffic, turn accross the oncoming traffic lane and off of the road. It is NOT to ENTER traffic.

-- Posted by slim_pickens on Tue, Apr 13, 2010, at 8:22 AM


The Cape area wanted a casino in 1993. The group hired to make it happen dropped the ball and nothing was done.

Fast forward 17 years, past the moratorium on casino licenses and various other logistical roadblocks, and we get to where we are currently. The president casino license will be turned over to the gaming commission this summer, and with that a new license will be available. The circumstances surrounding the timetable, yes it is tight, but should it really be a problem for a community waiting on a casino for nearly 20 years? I think not! The plan should be ready to roll out, and our city/county gov't should have already re-submitted the request to get the license.

I hope our newly elected Mayor steps up and along with the help of the citizens and our elected officials to make this happen. Mr. Rediger is a good man, and a great leader!

-- Posted by Bushman_212 on Tue, Apr 13, 2010, at 10:30 AM

If all casino visitors spent the way I do, it would be a non issue. The casinos would close down.

Go there to eat occassionally.

My observation from people watching... there is a majority of casino visitors who would fit into the non income tax paying group.

I suppose hope springs eternal.

-- Posted by Have_Wheels_Will_Travel on Tue, Apr 13, 2010, at 10:59 AM

Penny-ante Gambling

You sound like the gambling police! If my Mother wanted to spend her money at a casino I would not interfere. Gee, now you have to take care of your Mom! Well, perhaps its time to return the favor!

Do gooders telling others what they can and can't do just jerks my chain.

-- Posted by GREYWOLF on Tue, Apr 13, 2010, at 12:04 PM


Think of the money your mother will save not having to drive so far to get to a casino.

-- Posted by shortwhitebaldguy on Tue, Apr 13, 2010, at 12:15 PM

Balmy - is it your impression or hunch that the curent economic woes are government created?

The banking and financial industries AROUND THE WORLD built a house of cards . . .they are totally to blame.

I am assuming that you share my anger that the taxpayer has to bailout the country because of their greed.

There are no good guys here. The Dems, the GOP and (if the truth be told) tea baggers were all on the gravy train until it jumped the tracks.

-- Posted by one4kids on Tue, Apr 13, 2010, at 12:22 PM


i'm more pist-off because the American taxpayer is not only bailing out America's banks , we're helping to bail out or help foriegn countries too..

for example..Obama pledged 1 billion dollars to help rebuild Haiti...i know the earthquake was a terrible disaster , but a billion bucks ?

there ain't no telling how much of our tax money is sent to Africa and Darfur every year...

-- Posted by ..Rick on Tue, Apr 13, 2010, at 1:00 PM

I think it's an absolute hoot that last year the city council was so concerned about how a few garage sale signs demeaned the image of our fair city. And now we are going to have hundreds/thousands of hideous huge trash cans on sidewalks 24/7, all year long, all over town, anywhere people don't have a garage or place to store them. Brilliant!

-- Posted by geezer1 on Tue, Apr 13, 2010, at 5:59 PM

one4 kids wrote:

"The banking and financial industries AROUND THE WORLD built a house of cards . . .they are totally to blame."

You have to be kidding. The banks did not bankrupt the social security trust fund. The banks and lenders financed homes at the behest of the government to illegals and others that could not afford them. The illegals would buy, get foreclosed on and go buy again under a new name.

47% of households pay no income tax. There are in my state of residence more than 30 "welfare programs" available to illegals. Below is a good summary of what the illegal issue is costing us.

I am a tea bagger and I assure you I have not been on your alleged gravy train. No tea baggers I know have been on the gravy train. Where is your facts.

In excess of 20 million illegal aliens, all of them protected from arrest and deportation by "Sanctuary Cities" and the U.S. Congress throughout the nation--tap into a whopping $346 billion tax dollars annually across 15 federal agencies. (Source: www.thesocialcontract.com , economist Edwin Rubenstein report).

Those agencies shell out money for illegal alien's education, food programs, housing, medical, incarceration, supplemental income, social security, income tax credits and much more.

In a piece in One News Now, by Chad Groening, March 10, 2010, he said, "An immigration reform organization says a new survey reveals that two-thirds of the American people believe illegal immigrants are a major strain on the U.S. budget.

"The recent survey from Rasmussen Reports reveals that the federal budget and deficit is shaping up to be a major factor for this year's mid-term elections. In addition, says the survey, voter attitudes opposing illegal immigration and lax enforcement standards are one of the driving forces behind the budget issue, as about 66 percent of voters feel the availability of government money and services draws illegal immigrants to the United States."


Ira Mehlman, media director for the Federation for American Immigration Reform (www.fairus.org ), said, "The American public is aware of the fact that illegal immigration does not provide cheap labor, it provides subsidized labor -- and that more often than not it is they, the American public, who are doing the subsidizing."

"The survey also showed that 68 percent of respondents believe that gaining control of the border is more important than legalizing the status of illegal aliens already living in the United States," said Groening. "So the FAIR media director concludes this is not the time for President Obama to be pushing amnesty."

"Right now we have the federal government running a trillion-and-a-half-dollar deficit," Mehlman said. "We have state budgets on the brink of disaster. This is an awful time for the president to even be discussing this. What he ought to be doing is enforcing our laws and protecting the interests of the American public, both workers and taxpayers."

For further information on the immigration crisis facing American citizens, visit and join: www.fairus.org ; www.numberusa.com and www.thesocialcontract.com


-- Posted by Balmy on Tue, Apr 13, 2010, at 10:28 PM

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