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Speak Out 6/30/10

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Power problems

Getting electricity restored is not my complaint. Rather, it is the fact that with every breeze or raindrop the power goes out. And to top that, the rate increases every year.

Debit rules

BEST of the Web comments Sunday regarding the new debit card overdraft rules were consistent. None of them seem to have an appreciation why anyone would spend money they don't have. Equally consistent in their dismay is their possible underappreciation for the banking system. Whether or not you "have the money" isn't as simple as it seems. Before you decide that only misguided people overdraw their account and opting out is best, talk to your bank. You may discover new information that will impact your decision.

Shelter of Hope

I have read numerous articles about 5K runs for various organizations but no mention of the 5K run hosted by Realty Executives called "Hope for the Homeless." I want to thank all the participants who ran and Realty Executives for hosting it. $4,200 was raised to help get the Shelter of Hope going. Thank you to all who have donated time and money to this worthwhile project.

Complaining grandma

I had an elderly woman in my nursing home van one day, along with her granddaughter, who was about 30 years old. The woman was spewing a continual torrent of vicious, hateful and nasty remarks about her family members. The granddaughter just smiled through it all. Upon returning to the nursing home, I was outside readying the lift to let the woman off the van. I was standing next to the granddaughter, and we were out of hearing range of the grandmother. I told the young woman that often when people get old, their minds aren't what they used to be and they sometimes say things they don't really mean. The granddaughter said, "Grandma has been this way forever." I said, "Poor Grandpa." Granddaughter said, "Don't worry about Grandpa. He had enough and left her 25 years ago, married a wonderful woman, moved to Florida and is the happiest man on earth." I guess staying married "until death do we part" is not always the best thing to do.

Too much crime

REGARDING residents of Cape Girardeau who have fallen victim to theft: Why do we still think our circumstance to be the exception to the rule when, in reality, being victims of theft is becoming all too common? We need more police to cover the area. The police are doing what they can with what they have. We need more funding to police the surrounding area. Show our city that this is a problem. We don't want crime in our city, and the only way to get rid of crime is to displace the criminals.

Mutual respect

CLEAN-air advocates seem to forget there are other elements in the air that are dangerous. All they talk about is smoking. What gives anyone the right to limit another's rights? If a bar wants to allow smoking, you don't have to go there. If you choose to, then you do not have the right to tell that business owner he can't allow smoking because you are there. If that bar chooses not to allow smoking, a smoker doesn't have a right to light up without being asked to leave. Mutual respect is necessary.

Show Me entertainment

COME on, Cape Girardeau. We are the largest city between St. Louis and Memphis, yet the Show Me Center continues to offer concerts that are not that enticing. I am a 60-year-old female who would love to see the Eagles or Bob Seger. If you are with me, voice your opinion.

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Show Me entertainment;

C'mon, get real! While I agree with your sentiment that the SMC should get a little better entertainment your "wish list" is laughable. The smallest venue the Eagles have played in decades is the new arena in Springfield and it's quite a bit larger than the SMC. The tickets were outrageously high and they still lost money despite an instant sell out. The only reason they booked them knowing there was no way the show would make any money was because it was the first concert in a new building and they wanted to start with a bang, sorta like when Tina Turner played here. It would be a good trick to get Bob Seger here, he's been retired for years and wouldn't play a venue as small as the SMC if he was still touring.

-- Posted by Data48 on Wed, Jun 30, 2010, at 5:34 AM

too much crime: as I agree with you there has been a rise in crime. However when you call they don't want to come or its an hour before they come. If you think its going to get bettter or not any worse then you are deluding yourself.

-- Posted by agape on Wed, Jun 30, 2010, at 5:39 AM

The 4th of July is next week . Please be considerate of your neighbor's pets while enjoying your fireworks . Nothing frightens a dog more than a mis-directed bottle rocket .

-- Posted by Ad...man on Wed, Jun 30, 2010, at 6:49 AM

bloodyhand, have no fear, Jackson banned bottlerockets. Not sure about Cape.

-- Posted by Turnip on Wed, Jun 30, 2010, at 7:56 AM

veggie root , some people ignore bans .

-- Posted by Ad...man on Wed, Jun 30, 2010, at 9:17 AM

I'm sure the same people will respect your request. btw, I think that's suppose to be vegroot. ☺

-- Posted by Turnip on Wed, Jun 30, 2010, at 10:21 AM

Okay , vegroot it is then . Sorry .

-- Posted by Ad...man on Wed, Jun 30, 2010, at 10:41 AM

Jackson aldermen sedate their dogs during firecracker week!

-- Posted by grandma73 on Wed, Jun 30, 2010, at 12:07 PM

Complaining grandma: Did you seriously call in to Speak Out just to share this pointless little piece of gossip?

(grandma73, you weren't the complaining grandma, were you?!?)


-- Posted by MusicMaker on Wed, Jun 30, 2010, at 1:43 PM

Smoking is not a right...

-- Posted by bobby62914 on Wed, Jun 30, 2010, at 2:01 PM

A turnip is one of the nastiest vegatables there is on this planet . Are you nasty to eat also ?

-- Posted by Ad...man on Wed, Jun 30, 2010, at 4:38 PM

Bobby, no one said smoking was a right, per se. The caller said it should be the right of the business owner to decide whether or not to allow patrons to smoke. I agree 100%. It should completely be the business owner's decision.

-- Posted by MusicMaker on Wed, Jun 30, 2010, at 5:01 PM

For those interested - looks like Ameren has posted their new rates, effective 21 June 2010. http://www.ameren.com/sites/aue/Rates/Do...


Summer Rate (Applicable during 4 monthly billing periods of June through September)

Customer Charge - per month $8.00 (was $7.25, a 10.34% increase)

Low-Income Pilot Program Charge -- per month $0.03 (NEW CHARGE)

Energy Charge - per kWh 9.67 (was 8.63, a 12.05% increase)


Winter Rate (Applicable during 8 monthly billing periods of October through May)

Customer Charge - per month $8.00 (was $7.25, a 10.34% increase)

Low-Income Pilot Program Charge -- per month $0.03 (NEW CHARGE)

Energy Charge - per kWh

First 750 kWh 6.87 (was 6.12, a 12.25% increase)

Over 750 kWh 4.61 (was 4.12, a 11.89% increase)


During the summer rate period, 1000 kilowatt-hour usage would have resulted in a total bill of $101.27. Now, that same 1000 kilowatt-hour usage will result in a bill of $113.37.

Bear in mind that one won't just be paying more for electricity itself, one will also be paying more taxes on electricity (8.25% tax rate) - $7.72 before vs. $8.64 now. Whoo-hoo, might just could pay off that water hole ahead of time! :-)~

-- Posted by fxpwt on Wed, Jun 30, 2010, at 6:13 PM

fxpwt , this information is shocking !

-- Posted by Ad...man on Wed, Jun 30, 2010, at 6:19 PM

Wheels, I think I caused enough commotion for a lil' while. ☻

bloodyhand, I think I'm insulted. I must say other than being vulgar, I can't quite figure out who you 'were'. Your username has a familiar ring to it but you are obviously Team Cycle. Care to share???

-- Posted by Turnip on Wed, Jun 30, 2010, at 7:20 PM

You have spunk . I like that .

btw , Team Cycle ? Care to share???

-- Posted by Ad...man on Wed, Jun 30, 2010, at 8:13 PM

You first...

-- Posted by Turnip on Wed, Jun 30, 2010, at 11:18 PM

Vote with your dollars folks! Nothing shows a business that YOU mean business when you take your money somewhere else!

Thanks to our past and present service members who allow us to once again celebrate our 4th!

-- Posted by EvlMcgyver on Thu, Jul 1, 2010, at 11:31 AM

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