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Speak Out 6/28/10

Monday, June 28, 2010

Disaster ahead

I wonder if anyone else is as scared to death as I am of our current president. What is going on in our country? He does not want to close our borders because he feels it will somehow affect terrorism. I don't understand this. Our own military authorities are training Afghan soldiers to fly planes and to speak English and giving them military clearance into many of our facilities. How stupid are we? Our president is supposed to be protecting us. It sounds to me like he's setting us up for disaster.

Vote for casino

I hope a casino comes to Cape Girardeau. I hope that, if the petition drive is successful, voters will approve a casino. There's nothing in Cape Girardeau except the mall and places to eat. We have to have more than a water park. There would be more jobs created and more security, and there wouldn't be any more crime than there is now.

Need enforcement

THEY'RE talking about more regulations on oil drilling, especially in the Gulf. Regulations are not going to do any good unless they are enforced. If we don't have government employees who are willing to work for their wages and do their jobs, we are whistling in the wind.

Cape entertainment

I received a survey phone call about the proposed casino in Cape Girardeau. One of the questions was about bringing more entertainment to the city. We have the enormous Show Me Center. When it first came to town we had a lot of top names perform. Now we are lucky to have one or two a year. Why would we want to spend more money on a venue like a casino, which would destroy the morals of our family-oriented city?

Tax moratorium

WITH $15 million in the bank, VIP Industries does not need any more tax money. We need to put a moratorium on that tax.

Water project

THE Scott County Water District has been trying to put in public water to Kelly High School and the neighborhoods around it for over a year now. There are still pipes laying on top of the ground. There are pipes that have gone under roads and they're sticking up in the air. There are pipes everywhere, and there's nobody working on them. Nothing's happening. Why aren't we getting this job finished?

Too many turtles

I was just reading the comment about all the turtles in lake at North County Park. There are hundreds of them. They kill the bluegills. I see a lot of dead bluegills along the shoreline. Please, do something about this.

Speaking the truth

I think it's great that we can have a general who speaks the truth instead of trying to cover up things. He can apologize for exposing the president. I admire anyone like that. We need more of it.

Board conflicts

I think the Cape Girardeau County Commissioners should be investigated for appointing county employees to boards that oversee funds. It is completely inappropriate for county employees to be on boards. This is a possible conflict of interest. Please, someone investigate this as soon as possible.

Weedy pond

MY comment is to the Cape Girardeau Parks Department. Why has it let the pond in Capaha Park become choked with weeds? Not only are there a lot of surface weeds, the lake bottom is covered with heavy weed beds. There are a lot of senior citizens and children who like to fish there. This is not what we pay taxes for.

Recycling glass

WHY are we paying for recycling when the city won't take glass, which it took before the new single-stream recycling started? If you don't have any way to get glass to the recycling center and the city doesn't want it in the garbage, what are you supposed to do with it?

Do some checking

IF you are not sure whether you are for or against the casino issue, make a short drive to Metropolis or Caruthersville. Ask the local residents at the retail stores, gas stations and restaurants what the casino has done for their economy. They will tell you, "If you try to take our casino away, you will definitely have a fight on your hands." Are there empty storefronts there? The Southeast Missourian needs to do some investigative reporting. Are their businesses doing better now that riverboat gambling is there? What businesses are doing better for both towns?

Future pilots

THANKS for an outstanding air show. As a result of this air show I have been contacted by three youths who are now interested in becoming a pilot or enlisting when they are old enough. We need more interest in the Armed Forces, and what a way to show our support.

Good scoop

I have had a subscription to Rolling Stone magazine for almost half a century. It is a magazine of top-notch journalism of sometimes countercultural points of view, evolving in many respects out of opposition to the wrongheaded war in Vietnam. Never have I seen such an outpouring of jealousy from the so-called mainstream and alternative media about the fact that Rolling Stone scooped all of them in access to General McChrystal and his staff. Some have even pointed the finger at Rolling Stone for stirring up a hornet's nest. Talk about blaming the messenger. Kudos to Rolling Stone.

ATM benefit

CONTRARY to the headline of the Southeast Missourian, the new ATM rule will benefit consumers and protect them from heretofore usurious late withdrawal bank fees.

Why no power?

I wish someone would investigate why we keep losing our power on County Road 651. I am sure it affects a larger area. Last night we had our second outage of the week for no apparent reason.

Speaking your mind

HOW would you like to be in a situation where you were unable to speak your mind without fear of losing your job? That is the situation General McChrystal is in. Because he said what he believes to be true, President Obama fired him. What happened to freedom of speech? This is one more example of Obama's contempt for our rights. Think about how it would affect you if your employer decided that you no longer had the right to express your opinions.

Stop the petition

I urge the Quality of Life group to stop with its petition. It is going to cost this city an opportunity for casino development that is so badly needed. A casino would improve the quality of life and add to the entertainment options for visitors and citizens of this community. A casino would also spur growth and development in the downtown area, which has struggled for years. The crime rate would improve downtown due to the increased security and law enforcement. The positives far outweigh the negatives.

Playground duty

HOW can Jackson School District dictate what teachers wear to school? Obviously, schools should expect a teacher in clean, modest attire. But knee shorts? Elementary teachers with playground duty should be allowed to wear comfortable clothing. Why should one principal be able to make decisions about how teachers dress?

Thanks, volunteers

THANK you to everyone who volunteered at the air show. It was a great show, which was hampered only a bit by the extreme heat. My family never had a problem finding wet towels or something to keep hydrated. Thanks for being on top of the situation. And special thanks to all the pilots and the Blue Angels. It was all spectacular.

Positive information

CONGRATULATIONS, Southeast Missourian. With your Paid Election Letters section, you have made reading the newspaper more entertaining than I ever thought imaginable. Plus, I get better insight into the various political campaigns than just looking at a billboard or bumper sticker. I want to know, though, why doesn't one of the candidates just state his positions on issues? So much is attack. Give us some positive information, too.

Highway spraying

THE Missouri Department of Transportation just passed the house spraying gallons of weed killer hoping to control some invasive plants. But does the highway department realize that it is also endangering rabbits, nesting birds, blackberry briars and other plants and animals that people enjoy having around? Is there some other way to control the invasive plants along the highways other than the killing unnecessarily?

City math

I would like to know how a 1 percent increase in salary for the city workers can amount to a 5 percent increase in my city utility bill. Something is wrong with the math. It doesn't make sense.


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Speaking your mind: Did Pres. Obama 'fire' McChrystal, or did McChyrstal willingly resign? Depending upon which 'news' channel one watches or which newspaper one reads, there seem to be conflicting stories about which it actually was.

-- Posted by gurusmom on Mon, Jun 28, 2010, at 1:52 AM

Do some checking;

I'm in Metropolis at least two or three times a week making deliveries. There are more boarded up and empty store fronts in a several block radius of the casino than there are operating businesses.

-- Posted by Data48 on Mon, Jun 28, 2010, at 5:29 AM

^^I agree with cadillacman. There is a protocol and McChrystal broke it. Who the president is has no impact on that whatsoever.

-- Posted by SteveM on Mon, Jun 28, 2010, at 8:49 AM

guru, I heard Obama accepted McChrystal's resignation. I'm sure McChrystal had a choice, resign or be fired.

-- Posted by Turnip on Mon, Jun 28, 2010, at 9:02 AM

Positive information thank you for your honesty. You, as well as the majority of of Americans, seem to base your votes on billboards and bumperstickers or just sticking with your chosen party instead of actually doing research about the candidates. If this wasn't bad enough, you then complain endlessly about our elected officials. Please start taking the time to do research and if you are going to get your info from a biased media outlet, make sure you watch consevatives and liberals, then make a decision for yourself. A crazy concept right?

-- Posted by Ashy on Mon, Jun 28, 2010, at 9:04 AM

I wonder what type of relationship McChrystal truly has with the Taliban . Didn't his replacement pass out the other day ?

-- Posted by Ad...man on Mon, Jun 28, 2010, at 10:48 AM

McChrystal's rules of engagement endangered the lives of our soldiers. I don't care if he was fired or if he resigned; he's gone, and that is good.

-- Posted by bobby62914 on Mon, Jun 28, 2010, at 11:02 AM

How would a General eliminate armed engagements w/out endangering the lives of our soldiers during a war ?

-- Posted by Ad...man on Mon, Jun 28, 2010, at 11:11 AM

Cape Entertainment,

The Show-Me-Center was built too small to accomodate the so called "top names." Most touring acts won't play a venue that holds less than 10,000 people, and that is the MINIMUM. When i say that i am referring the the afore mentioned "top names." The Show-Me-Center at capacity is just over 7,000. The few acts that have came through, have had to adjust many facets of the overall performance to make it happen. i.e. the steel rafters are too low, and in some cases not strong enough to hang the rigging (lights, Speakers, etc). a Vast majority of the Stage setups are constructed to be set up in stadiums, not arenas, Stadiums with capacities well over 25,000. Another issue, the SMC has to subcontract for liquor sales. But by far the biggest issue facing the SMC is it's size and capacity. And you could even go farther and poke it's location. . .STL 90 min to the north, Memphis 2.5 hrs south, evansville IN, Nashville Tn, SpringField, all within a 4 hour drive. All those towns have a lot more to offer Capacity wise that the SMC.

-- Posted by Bushman_212 on Mon, Jun 28, 2010, at 11:51 AM

Playground duty...what is wrong with knee shorts? It could be worse, it could be capris only.

-- Posted by Turnip on Mon, Jun 28, 2010, at 12:57 PM

Re: Show Me Center

I don't think anyone has any illusions that U2 or Lady GaGa are coming anytime soon. The sad fact is that those 'top names' that were coming back when it first opened are now playing nightclubs at this point, and we can't even get that level of act. The Show Me Center would have bands like Ratt or Poison back then (and they were quite popular) and these days those guys would be quite happy to play in a venue as BIG as the Show Me Center. What do we end up with?

Barney on Ice, some gunshows and maybe,if we are lucky, some lousy comic with the same act over and over or a decent sized country band (not my cup of tea, but at least someone you've heard of.)

-- Posted by MoxFulder on Mon, Jun 28, 2010, at 1:22 PM

If you're scared of the country because of President Obama, go to Alaska, you'll love Sarah.

-- Posted by Dexterite1 on Mon, Jun 28, 2010, at 1:53 PM

when I go to the casino I spend my money there only. I do not buy groceries, gas or food in the town I go to. I can drive to St Louis in a hour and Cape thinks I will spend 30 minutes driving to that little rinky dink town.No way its safer in the hood of St Louis than it is in Cape!

-- Posted by joekool on Mon, Jun 28, 2010, at 3:25 PM

Bushman_212;

Like you I find the notion of someone calling the Show Me Center "enormous" to be hilarious. However I disagree that it's the seating capacity of the SMC that holds it back. After all there's an arena that's right at the magical 10,000 seat capacity you speak of less than an hour from Cape and they're having trouble booking acts there too. Of course I'm referring to S.I.U. Arena. The problem is simply the population demographics of this area. With the music industry industry in overall decline artists, except for the few really huge names, are generally trending towards playing smaller venues these days but they're venues mostly located in the larger urban areas. With people tightening their belts and not attending concerts like they used to it takes an ever denser population concentration to fill even small venues.

-- Posted by Data48 on Mon, Jun 28, 2010, at 5:09 PM

All this talk about seating capacities here and at other cities got me curious so I started poking around on the 'net a bit and found something interesting. Since I grew up in Western Kentucky and used to attend concerts at Roberts Stadium in Evansville all the time, I've literally been to scores of concerts there, I decided to see what's going on over there these days. They're replacing Roberts Stadium with a brand new downtown facility next year. The funny thing is, the new stadium is going to be very nice but over 1,500 seats SMALLER than the one it's replacing. Seating capacity isn't everything!

-- Posted by Data48 on Mon, Jun 28, 2010, at 6:02 PM

Cadillacman,

I believe hell froze over today. I agree totally with you on McChrystal. He screwed up big time by inviting a left wing-nut reporter to his event.

I also agree that his win the hearts and minds is the absolutely the wrong approach to fighting the war on terror.

Obama had no choice on this one.

We have to decide to win this war and Obama is not committed to that because he is still a Muslim by his own admission.

-- Posted by Balmy on Mon, Jun 28, 2010, at 6:50 PM

On the corner of New Madrid & N. Sprigg Streets, right in front of the Show-Me Center, the basin designed to help control flooding, has become a giant pool of stagnant water. It's been collecting there since early spring. Stagnant water is a health hazard, growing bacteria and creating infestations of mosquitoes & vector-born illness, and a source of numerous diseases. Why is the City & University allowing this to continue to put us at risk?

-- Posted by mutt_jdr on Mon, Jun 28, 2010, at 8:19 PM


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