[SeMissourian.com] Overcast ~ 44°F  
River stage: 14.3 ft. Rising
Sunday, Dec. 21, 2014

Speak Out 4/14/10

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Picking up trash

WHO is leading the program to pick up trash on the interstate? It looks like prisoners doing the work. Why not expand it to secondary roads and get county prisoners picking up trash on the county roads?

Meth madness

MORE meth arrests? Is the solution too simple? Oregon ranked in the top tier of meth-lab busts (Missouri leads the nation) until the state legislature passed a law requiring a doctor's prescription for any cold and other medicines containing pseudoephedrine. As a result, the bottom dropped out of Oregon's meth problem. One law enforcement official said he'd never seen a law have such a dramatic and effective result. Is the Missouri Legislature willing to continue to stigmatize our state by being No. 1 in meth madness?

Either Clinton

I hope President Obama will give serious consideration to appointing either of two extremely qualified candidates to replace U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens. I would be ecstatic with the nomination of either William Jefferson Clinton or Hillary Rodham Clinton.

Stolen hopes

SOMEONE stole my solar-powered radio and flashlight from my front lawn. These were gifts to me from my 4-year-old child for my birthday, and I was charging them for the first time on my lawn. My child was looking forward to seeing them work after the sun went down, only to be told that Daddy's gift was stolen. He did not understand this concept and was upset. I purchased replacements and had them shipped overnight so that he would not be upset over the loss of his gift to me. Whoever stole my gifts also stole the hopes and dreams of a 4-year-old child.

School priority

HOW do you reconcile the two? Missouri's top constitutional priority is public education. It is also our state government's top priority when it comes to cutting spending.

Health care supporter

SO 500 people e-mailed Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder in support of his lawsuit against the new federal health care law. I am a senior citizen and am proud to be one of the 1.1 million co-signers of the bill, and one of the 3 million who gave financial and volunteer support to get it passed.

No tears shed

I have tried but failed to be empathetic and shed at least one tear for the person who had a lousy $90,000 left after taxes and wanted us to feel sorry for him.


Fact Check
See inaccurate information in this story?


Comments
Note: The nature of the Internet makes it impractical for our staff to review every comment. If you feel that a comment is offensive, please Login or Create an account first, and then you will be able to flag a comment as objectionable. Please also note that those who post comments on semissourian.com may do so using a screen name, which may or may not reflect a website user's actual name. Readers should be careful not to assign comments to real people who may have names similar to screen names. Refrain from obscenity in your comments, and to keep discussions civil, don't say anything in a way your grandmother would be ashamed to read.

good morning ☺

another earthquake , this one in China ...

where's the people who were saying the U.S. Government had an earthquake weapon they used on Haiti ? did they use this weapon on Chile ? did they use it on Indonesia ? did they just use it on China ?

what a joke...

-- Posted by ..Rick on Wed, Apr 14, 2010, at 5:18 AM

Rick,

You forgot Mexico.

RE: Health care supporter

Glad you're happy. Glad you want to make sure the world knows you support this. You and others like you should be very proud....

Oh, wait a minute...how many arms did you twist in Congress? Or how many deals for future pork...er....projects did you hand out? Or how much Chicago style of intimidation did you use to get those final votes?

Yes, this is a bill that you and others should be proud of even tho it was a partisan bill with such tactics to pass!

-- Posted by LiveAnotherDay on Wed, Apr 14, 2010, at 7:19 AM

Health Care Supporter -

Of course you support it since you are already living off the government - social security and Medicare. I'm so glad my tax dollars pay for you to support legislation that puts further taxes and expenses on me. Thanks a lot.

-- Posted by farmwife2 on Wed, Apr 14, 2010, at 8:17 AM

Solar powered flashlight...

That is funny.

-- Posted by lumbrgfktr on Wed, Apr 14, 2010, at 8:30 AM

Health care supporter,

I am also a senior citizen...I see the social security that I paid into for fifty years now in bankruptcy because of the pillaging of the trust fund by our politicians. I am also on Medicare which is going bankrupt because of fraud, corruption, and mismanagement by our politicians. Naturally, I would want a national healthcare system that will totally bankrupt our country. Adding 20 million illegals and their extended families will be a big plus. We have to grant them amnesty quickly so they can vote and legally get the health care that otherwise they would have to lie to get. You say trust our politicians...that is like saying put a drug dealer in charge of the pharmacy vault. Makes sense to me.

-- Posted by Balmy on Wed, Apr 14, 2010, at 8:43 AM

Farmwife, how many millions have you collected over the years for farm subsidies. FARM WELFARE!!!!!

-- Posted by Dexterite1 on Wed, Apr 14, 2010, at 8:45 AM

Farmwife, how many millions have you collected over the years for farm subsidies. FARM WELFARE!!!!!

-- Posted by Dexterite1 on Wed, Apr 14, 2010, at 8:45 AM

Farmwife, how much money have you collected over the years from farm subsidies. FARM WELFARE!!

-- Posted by Dexterite1 on Wed, Apr 14, 2010, at 8:48 AM

Sorry about triple posts, same message.

-- Posted by Dexterite1 on Wed, Apr 14, 2010, at 8:49 AM

Just read on national news that Sarah Palin's scheduled speech at a university in California has sparked a probe into a 5 page contract she drew up for "perks" during her stay for the speech. Her demands for the flight, the hotel, etc. are outrageous. She needs to go crawl under a rock. She is an embarrassment to our country and to women.

-- Posted by raygerry on Wed, Apr 14, 2010, at 9:12 AM

Doctor's prescription required for cold pills? That is a bad idea. Make a package that is now $3.00 would be, what, $180.00? $150 for the doctor visit and $30.00 for the prescription...

-- Posted by bobby62914 on Wed, Apr 14, 2010, at 9:31 AM

Balmy, you voted for them. Deal with it.

-- Posted by Hawker on Wed, Apr 14, 2010, at 10:08 AM

raygerry

Sarah Palin should be able to make as much money as anyone else...she is no more an embarassment then Obama is...

-- Posted by ..Rick on Wed, Apr 14, 2010, at 10:27 AM

First person I see with a solar-powered flashlight...I'm taking them down! OH YEAH!! ☻

-- Posted by Turnip on Wed, Apr 14, 2010, at 10:30 AM

I don't think the prescription for cold medicine is the way to combat meth. I'm leaning in Peter Proud's direction on this one: let's just start sentencing meth heads to the death penalty. That cleans up the streets, thins out the scum, and keeps me from paying a $40 coapy (at the very LEAST) to cure a case of the sniffles.

-- Posted by MusicMaker on Wed, Apr 14, 2010, at 10:36 AM

Balmy,

pillaging has been a problem for Social Security. However, the rising cost is the largest factor. You say you "paid in". But calculate how much have you paid in and how much you will use.

Raygerry,

I hardly dout here demands are too ourtrageous. If so, whe would not be speaking. No Brown M&Ms? You mean a California University can't provide a printer for a few hours?

Only the ignorant who have never worked with professional speakers would be confused and suprised.

What exactly do you find unreasonable?

-- Posted by lumbrgfktr on Wed, Apr 14, 2010, at 10:39 AM

Turnip , what's wrong with having a solar-powered flashlight ?

-- Posted by ..Rick on Wed, Apr 14, 2010, at 11:26 AM

Whats the different between a speaker getting perks per contract and our congress taking perks for their vote? Oh wait, the first is legal and the second isn't.

-- Posted by LiveAnotherDay on Wed, Apr 14, 2010, at 11:46 AM

Rick, didn't you read the "Stolen hopes" speakout comment? I should add solar-powered radio to my list. ☺

-- Posted by Turnip on Wed, Apr 14, 2010, at 12:03 PM

Turnip , i wonder how a solar-powered flashlight works at night when it's dark out...

-- Posted by ..Rick on Wed, Apr 14, 2010, at 12:21 PM

Rick: You turn it on!!!

-- Posted by howdydoody on Wed, Apr 14, 2010, at 12:40 PM

It is not illegal, nor unusual, for a speaker to have contractual requests at an appearance...

-- Posted by bobby62914 on Wed, Apr 14, 2010, at 1:01 PM

No Tears Shed ... Gee, usually Wealth Envy is directed to the really wealthy.

Brilliant! (Posted by Balmy on Wed, Apr 14, 2010, at 8:43 AM)

It's called 'ego,' raygerry ... It happened to Obama ... I think it's contagious among politicians.

-- Posted by gurusmom on Wed, Apr 14, 2010, at 1:42 PM

howdydoody

but , but , how does the solar-powered flashlight stay on with no solar power ?

i reckon i'm mixfused by such a simple thing...

-- Posted by ..Rick on Wed, Apr 14, 2010, at 4:20 PM

Rick, surely you're just being funny now, right? The battery charges while exposed to sunlight, then holds that charge so that it can be used when there *is* no light!

-- Posted by MusicMaker on Wed, Apr 14, 2010, at 4:44 PM

Perhaps the description "solar powered flashlight" should be changed to "solar charged flashlight".

-- Posted by BCStoned on Wed, Apr 14, 2010, at 5:19 PM

James

solar powered flashlight makes some sense in an odd kinda way...whoever thought this up is proberly a billionaire , like the dude that invented the alternating windsheild wipers...

why can't they do cars with this fancy new solar stuff ?

-- Posted by ..Rick on Wed, Apr 14, 2010, at 10:07 PM

Hawker,

You have ESP? How do you know who I voted for? I can deal with it...I am getting mine, I sincerely hope you are getting yours.

Raygerry,

Had the money been protected, there would have been more for everyone...Had that money been invested in private funds, I would get much more and so would you.

I am more concerned about those of you that hope to get Social Security,Medicare, and national health care 10-20 years in the future than I am about mine.

I just had a pacemaker implant with a hospital bill of $75,000 and Medicare paid $18,000. The other $57,000 will be billed to your private insurance carriers via inflated costs. You will pay via higher premiums. I am benefiting from the fruits of your labor...

I am getting mine and younger folks will pay for what I am getting. If you do not care...should I care? Yes I care because I care about the future of our country,

-- Posted by Balmy on Wed, Apr 14, 2010, at 11:09 PM


Respond to this story

Posting a comment requires free registration. If you already have an account on seMissourian.com or semoball.com, enter your username and password below. Otherwise, click here to register.

Username:

Password:  (Forgot your password?)

Your comments:
Please be respectful of others and try to stay on topic.