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Thursday, June 17, 2010

Military policy

SOMEONE said the only ones who are against the "don't ask, don't tell" policy were the Republicans in Congress. This overlooks a major group that doesn't want it repealed: the military itself.

Broadway needs help

I hadn't been down Broadway for quite a long time. Today I found it to be nothing but scary. At one time, that was a wonderful place to walk from one end to the other. Anymore I'm afraid who might pop out of some of those stores. And all I could think is "Bring the casino, please." Our nice little town needs a cleanup. A casino would help our downtown area and Broadway.

Remember Dad

FATHER'S Day is fast approaching, and I'd like to take this opportunity to remind everyone not to take their fathers for granted. I lost my father nine years ago, and at Christmastime last year I lost the closest thing to a father I had. Take time to be with your dad and remind him how much you love him, because you never know how much time you have left.

Blame the president

CONSERVATIVE Republicans around here are so out of touch with the rest of this country it makes me sick. The right-wing Southeast Missourian has an online poll asking if you think it's time for the government to take over the oil spill. I thought you were under the impression that the government cannot do anything better than the private sector. It shows that you want some way to blame this oil spill on the current president.

Party views

IT is worth reflecting on where political parties stand on the issues. By nominating Sharron Angle as their senatorial candidate, the Republican Party has identified itself with the following extreme views: Opposed to fluoride in the public water supplies, supporting legislation that would require doctors to inform women seeking abortions about a debunked theory linking abortions to an increased risk of breast cancer, that the disastrous oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico suggests that we should deregulate Big Oil, that it is wrong for both parents to hold jobs simultaneously and that Social Security, the Department of Education, the Department of Energy and the Environmental Protection Agency should be abolished.

Far-back thinking

THE tea party movement wants to take the country back. It's necessary to understand how far back they want to take it. Kentucky's Republican tea party Senate candidate Rand Paul opposes the 1964 Civil Rights Act and would repeal it. Nevada's Republican tea party Senate candidate Sharron Angle is itching to dismantle Social Security. And California's Republican tea party candidate Carly Fiorina dismisses climate change concerns as fretting about "the weather." If you want to live in the 21st century, where we evaluate the evidence and then make rational decisions, the tea party Republicans are not for you.

Proud of Robert

WITHOUT prompting, Soap Box Derby champion Robert Blessing presented his prized All-American Championship Soap Box Derby helmet as a gift to Super Kids racer Greg Swinney, after letting Greg wear it down the track during the Super Kids Classic Division race this past Saturday. A finer young person will be hard to find. We're all so very proud of Robert.

Fighting meth

IN response to a charge that Jason Crowell and the Missouri Legislature virtually ignore the meth problem: The answer is provided by Nick Reding in his New York Times best-seller, "Methland." Reding asserts (accurately I think) that state legislators lack the courage to adopt the Oregon solution and allow all products containing pseudoephedrine to be legally purchased only with a doctor's prescription. Oregon legislators had the courage to stand up to the pharmaceutical and retail-store lobbies. As a result, the bottom dropped out of the number of meth labs and meth related arrests. One can only hope and pray that Missouri lawmakers will summon the courage to take a similarly significant step and help us make real inroads in the losing battle against this scourge.

We'll all be poor

THE comment saying the "standard of living" in the United States isn't improved from decades ago is confusing the definition of "standard of living" with "quality of life." The first is an economic term to evaluate the average person's ability to buy material items, which looks at issues of income as well as the price of a basket of goods. For example, does anyone dispute that the average person has more access to televisions in their home than decades ago? It is imperatively true that the "standard of living" is better in the United States than it was decades ago. However, whether the "quality of life" is better is more debatable. Just because the average person now has a TV doesn't mean that the quality of life is better. The fact is that conservatives, according to the poll printed in the Missourian, are more in tune with objective economics. Liberals, as the comment confirms, are obsessed with issues of "income equality" and "social justice" at the expense of basic economics. Result: If liberals have their way, we'll eventually all be at the same income level: poor.

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How uninformed can you be? Rand Paul has made it clear on several occasions that he supports the Civil Rights Act. He would not vote to repeal it.

Of course, it is more than uninformed to believe that it could be repealed anyway.

The best reason to support Angel and Paul is that a vote against either one is a vote for Harry Reid (the former literally, the latter figuratively).

-- Posted by bobby62914 on Thu, Jun 17, 2010, at 12:10 AM

RE: Military policy - There were no rules regarding homosexuals serving in the military until 1947.

It can even be argued that this country owes it's existence to a homosexual - Baron Von Stueben, who taught the Continental Army the essentials of military drill.

-- Posted by Lumpy on Thu, Jun 17, 2010, at 4:48 AM

Blame the Prsident;

You're comment makes absolutely no sense at all. I just looked at the poll. It's results are running two to one AGAINST the government taking over the oil spill. Maybe you should read everything in a story, not just the headline, before you start spouting your hatred.

-- Posted by Data48 on Thu, Jun 17, 2010, at 5:24 AM

Far Back Thinking

Mr. Paul did not advocate the repeal of the Civil Rights Legislation. He did advocate for the rights of individual business owners to be able to decide who can come onto their businesses. His idea was that if you were willing to forego the income from unwelcome customers than you should have the freedom to do so.

-- Posted by walela on Thu, Jun 17, 2010, at 6:53 AM

Blame the President:

The government claims they have been on this since day one....Remember? We just want the government to get out of the way as we already know Obama's capability to lead....

The government forced 5,000 feet off shore drilling by refusing 500 feet drilling off shore. Neither the feds or oil companies have any experience concerning blowouts at these depths. Again, the good people of the Gulf Coast are suffering because of big government.

Crucial offers to help clean up BP's oil spill came from Belgian, Dutch, and Norwegian firms that possess some of the world's most advanced oil skimming ships. But the Obama administration didn't accept their help, because doing so would require it to do something past presidents have routinely done: waive rules imposed by the Jones Act, a law backed by unions. Obama owes his soul to the union store.

Obama did not even consult other oil companies for their input. He just got around to talking with the BP VIPs. One more time he has been voting "present" on this issue.

The track record of government managing anything is clear. Let us look at Social Security, Medicare, Amtrak, Postal Service, and the Federal Budget just to name a few examples. Now BP has given the feds another 20 billion dollars to play with. The Department of Education houses about three thousand employees in D.C. Maybe we can set a Department of Oil Escrow Funding with thousands more government employees to oversee and manage the distribution of the 20 billion going into the fund with many more billions to come. DUH.

-- Posted by Balmy on Thu, Jun 17, 2010, at 8:05 AM

I can't speak for the whole military complex but my son, who is serving in Afgahnistan, couldn't care less about sexual orientation. The only thing that matters, according to him, is can you do your job???

-- Posted by LEGION63 on Thu, Jun 17, 2010, at 8:48 AM

Is it just me, or does anyone else have an overwhelming feeling of dread?

-- Posted by Rocket_Surgeon on Thu, Jun 17, 2010, at 9:00 AM


that's 2012 coming up that you feel...

-- Posted by ..Rick on Thu, Jun 17, 2010, at 9:08 AM

Did you know elephants come to the aid of their own when it is distressed? Recently saw that demonstrated when an elephant had a rear foot caught in a tire swing at a zoo. It's cries brought all the other animals our of the elephant house to rally around and support the distressed and trapped elephant. Many pro-lifers are very indignant about abortion, yet when an extended family member attempts to help out when abortion in NOT the choice, nor adoption, they are persecuted for trying. Friends and church turn a deaf ear. We wonder why the masses are not breaking down the doors to learn about the wonderful Good News of the Gospel and have to resort to all kinds of marketing techniques to attract the crowds today. How about genuine love, concern, sacrifice, etc. Elephants have it more pulled together than humans.......

-- Posted by just_thinkin on Thu, Jun 17, 2010, at 11:33 AM

Elephants have abortions ?

-- Posted by ..Rick on Thu, Jun 17, 2010, at 12:36 PM

Seems to me like that elephant could have used a giant shoehorn rather than rallies by the other elephants.

-- Posted by Longstroker on Thu, Jun 17, 2010, at 1:27 PM

Okay number one, where in the world did you find the information about Friedrich Wilhelm Augustin Ludolf Gerhard von Steuben, being homosexual. I have a Masters of Education in History and my thesis was on him. Please utilize legitimate resources, there are no academic reports, articles, or any other information supporting the fact he was assumed gay. Numerous men in history are in the modern day considered homosexual because they never married. The issue is the rights for homosexuals to join the military. They should have the right, but don't alter facts just to try to get your point across. This is the reason I am leaving the Cape Girardeau area. Too many people around here want to rewrite history, and not actually utilize academic research and academic practices.

-- Posted by howard30 on Fri, Jun 18, 2010, at 5:03 AM

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