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Speak Out 4/26/10

Monday, April 26, 2010

Being you

IN regard to "seeking acceptance" about the mentally ill living among us: We're all handicapped in one way or another. Be it mentally or physically, we all have our shortcomings. If you are my neighbor, I will love you and accept you just for being you. I have a nephew who is paranoid schizophrenic. There are so any different mental illnesses, and we all may be struck by them sooner or later. We all have loved ones who are afflicted mentally in one or another. Continue to be yourself. God bless you.

Thanks for lunch

THANK you to the person who bought my lunch at Pizza Inn on Tuesday. What a generous and thoughtful thing to do.

Set the clock

THE downtown clock needs to be reset. It is one of our town's most recognized landmarks.

Right to disagree

A recent comment called Sarah Palin anti-American because she "blames everything on President Obama." Palin, the tea partiers and all other American citizens have a constitutional right to disagree with Obama. Remember how liberals treated George W. Bush? Now, that's hate and negativity.

Highway mowing

I would like to remind everyone, young and old, that the mowing session is upon us in Southeast Missouri. Please, when you see someone mowing along the side of a state highway or county road, slow down and use caution. There are many of us trying to keep our properties mowed, and we would all be grateful if everyone would slow down when you see us. Don't be part of a preventable tragedy.

Kelly coach

AS a parent of a junior at Kelly High School, I would like to thank coach and athletic director Corey Campbell for the hard work and support he has provided to the school this year. His practices and much-needed effort with school spirit have made a dramatic difference. My child and his friends all agree that Coach Campbell has been a great addition to the school. As a result, the sports enrollment has increased and finally Kelly is headed in the right direction with athletics. Let's go, Kelly.

Just say no

REPUBLICAN majority leader in the U.S. Senate Mitch McConnell said he is in favor of bipartisan financial regulatory reform of Wall Street. Wait. Mitch McConnell? Of all people, surely Mitch McConnell can figure out a way to just say no.

Blowing smoke

PEOPLE need to be more respectful when going to a drive-through window to make a purchase. Many people smoke cigarettes, not only blowing smoke in my face, but also sticking the cigarette out the window of their vehicle so the smoke does not get in their car, although it is going right into my face. Can't you do without your cigarettes long enough to make a purchase? I need my job, but I don't know how much of that I can take.

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Don't you read Speak-Out? Many smokers can't make it through a meal in a restaurant without a fix. Addictions know no manners...

-- Posted by bobby62914 on Mon, Apr 26, 2010, at 12:58 AM

Being You:

While I offer my condolences and sympathies, it is important to remember that these illnesses are not necessarily a detriment. All obstacles can be overcome with determination. Good luck to you and your family.

Blowing Smoke:

Your ignorance is astounding, "smoke still gets in their eyes" or at least so said Smokey Robinson. So I at least must assume you are presenting once again an argument against smoking in public and therefore how it is detrimentally affecting you personally. This means that once again I must present the facts to a woefully uninformed public. For non-smokers their relative risk of developing cancer of any kind is roughly 22% according to the surgeon general's 2007 report. The relative risk for truck divers of developing lung cancer is 25% to 153% and for heavy equipment operators it's 131% to 330%, according to the EPA. The reason is because of their exposure to Diesel fumes while running their equipment. The point is that you should not be worried about the smoke from their cigarette but from the exhaust from their vehicle. You get 3x the carcinogens from their muffler than you do do their cigarette at the drive through window. Even that level takes a minimum of 20 years to show up as a possible cause. The facts are you may not like the aroma of tobacco but that is hardly a reason to prevent your customers from enjoying it while awaiting their order. It is certainly no different than your customers complaining about having to be subjected to the odoriferous scent of your perfume or cologne. At least they are obligated to provide your company with money that is used to provide your salary.

-- Posted by non-biasedphilosopher on Mon, Apr 26, 2010, at 4:09 AM

good morning ☺

Being you ---- we all have a little crack in us somewhere ...

-- Posted by ..Rick on Mon, Apr 26, 2010, at 8:15 AM

Well manners or no manners thank God for tobbaco.

Without it most colonies would not have existed.

It was our first exported product and made millions for early settlers. It remains one of the largest exports to this day. Of course it is also highly taxed and without that revenue many would suffer. I quit smoking some time ago however, I agree with non-biased, your concerns are no worse than my dislike for cologne or perfume. Believe me when I say, you will probably NOT die from second hand cigarette smoke.

-- Posted by GREYWOLF on Mon, Apr 26, 2010, at 8:52 AM

@ Non-biased

First, if you are going to call somebody ignorant, you might want to try to avoid using facts and figures you don't understand.

You can't have a group of people with a cancer rate of over 100%. Its logically and mathematically impossible.

Think about it. How on earth is it even possible that every single heavy equipment operator, plus up to another 230% have cancer?

And how do you know this person was wearing perfume? (Though I agree with you about people who seem to bath in it).

-- Posted by lumbrgfktr on Mon, Apr 26, 2010, at 9:47 AM


I think it is meant to read that those percentages are that much greater than that of nonsmokers perhaps. It is a confusing read.

-- Posted by shortwhitebaldguy on Mon, Apr 26, 2010, at 10:09 AM

@ Short,

Yeah, i am not sure what his point is, or where those figures come from. I only brought it up because they said the orignial OP's "ignorance is astounding"...Then followed it up with that rediculous post.

-- Posted by lumbrgfktr on Mon, Apr 26, 2010, at 11:06 AM

..i went to Great Clips for a hair cut this morning and the gal that cut my hair had tattoo's all over her arms...she said she had them in other , um , "discreet places too" ..

..i don't mind ladies with tattoo's but like everything else , excessive is a turn-off IMHO...

do any of you ladies out there have a tattoo ? if you do , what is it a tattoo of ? do you have more then one ?

-- Posted by ..Rick on Mon, Apr 26, 2010, at 11:43 AM

Mower - We will slow down, but please direct grass, debris, rocks, etc. away from our cars.

-- Posted by SEMO72a on Mon, Apr 26, 2010, at 1:27 PM


Reread my post, you will see I did not state anything about cancer rates, I addressed relative risk which is vastly different, both logically and mathematically.

-- Posted by non-biasedphilosopher on Mon, Apr 26, 2010, at 2:52 PM

@ non-biased: I'm not sure it's really fair to call that person ignorant just because they don't like having smoke blown in their face. They didn't say anything about cancer rates, or the danger of second-hand smoke. They just said they didn't like it. I think that's a fair enough statement to make. After all, it *is* speakout.

@ Rick: Why is the person cutting your hair telling you *anything* about her..um..."discreet places"?!? I think you may have just doubled the male clientele of Great Clips!

(And one, on my ankle, a treble clef.)

-- Posted by MusicMaker on Mon, Apr 26, 2010, at 3:37 PM

Thanks, non-biased & GREY ... Perhaps our president should instruct the EPA to do studies on the 'effects' (and of course EPA would understand the desired results just as they did with the 'smoking' issue) of breathing in second-hand perfume, vehicle and mower and airplane emissons, leaf burning, barbecue grills, even frying meat, etc.? It could very well be that everything we're breathing in is killing us ... ~just a little sarcasm directed at those who believe second-hand tobacco smoke is the only culprit.

Myself ... I'd hate to give up smoking, driving (would be a long walk to Cape doctor's offices!), mowing, barbecueing, frying bacon, etc.

cadillac, I don't comment much on Palin, but must say that she has a long history of blaming others for pretty much everything with which she does not agree, and making it a personal vendetta against them.

Despite that, she has come a surprisingly long way, so guess it's worked pretty well for her. However, anyone who knows much about her background should know to just 'shrug it off' as part of her persona. She is, after all, just another politician ... well, ex- or hopeful-politcian, I guess.

-- Posted by gurusmom on Mon, Apr 26, 2010, at 3:45 PM

Good evening! ☻

Being you...who cares what anyone else thinks.

Thanks for lunch...lots of 'pay it forward' going on around here. ☻

Set the clock...I can't believe anyone actually pays attention to that clock, other than to avoid hitting the darn thing.

Just say no... NO! ☻

Blowing smoke...look here, I try to be courteous but for some reason my smoke just flows right into your window, try shutting it while you make my soda! ☻

Tattoos...none! ☻

-- Posted by Turnip on Mon, Apr 26, 2010, at 4:59 PM

Your imaginary right to smoke ends at the same spot your imaginary right to flail your arms wildly ends - at my nose.

Caddy-Daddy, I think we would get along fine in person but you are very prejudiced, at least in your on-line personality...

-- Posted by bobby62914 on Mon, Apr 26, 2010, at 5:08 PM

If individuals can not respect these who provide us service, then I believe they should get off their lazy "seats" and go inside and get their items their self! Once again, they have the "right" to effect their self but not to effect others. It's pure respect, like saying "yes sir or yes ma'am" to your elders.. Unfortunately, many here in southeast Missouri lack it!

-- Posted by student1@semo on Mon, Apr 26, 2010, at 8:38 PM

..i don't use the drive-thru..it's a waste of time and gas , it's a lot quicker to run inside and get what i want plus i get to flirt with the girls behind the counter ..☺

-- Posted by ..Rick on Mon, Apr 26, 2010, at 9:12 PM

Student one, respect is a two way street! Like it or not respect does NOT end if someone smokes!

Non smokers are indeed as disrespectful as smokers and in many cases worse!

-- Posted by GREYWOLF on Tue, Apr 27, 2010, at 8:05 AM

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