Speak Out 7/13/10

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Crime problem

REGARDING the recent "Press is no more" comment: My question is not only why the press is not talking about this issue, but why is city counsel not discussing the issue? Responsible people look at these sort of things before making a decision to move to a city. As crime continues, people will begin to notice and move away. This will leave our ever-growing city in shambles. This is a problem, however hard it is to admit. Our beloved city has a crime problem, and if not addressed the outcome will surely be undesirable.

Trusted source

I would like to give credit for the Southeast Missourian for posting the comment "Press is no more." It takes courage and character to release such a controversial piece regarding the very business that one is invested in. I hold the upmost respect for the Southeast Missourian and hope that the issue of crime in Cape Girardeau is investigated. The citizens of Cape Girardeau deserve to know the truth, and who better to tell them then their trusted news source?

Better plan?

DOUG Austin and the Quality of Life group has obtained the needed signatures to force another vote on the casino issue, so I assume if this group is successful in its quest to protect us from ourselves, then they have a better idea for bringing something to the table to revitalize downtown Cape Girardeau. I didn't think so.

Timely fireworks

SOMEONE complained about having to wait for the fireworks at Arena Park. The organizers were blamed. The times for these events was published, so anyone planning to attend the fireworks should have paid attention to the starting time of the demolition derby, figured out it was going to last a couple of hours and planned accordingly. Don't blame the organizers.

SEMO swamp

WHILE driving to work, I was admiring the beauty of the Southeast Missouri State University campus -- until I passed the eyesore affectionately known as SEMO swamp. It is at the corner of Sprigg and New Madrid streets. Rainwater accumulates in this low area and sits and ferments. There is a scum building on top of it. I can only imagine the number of mosquitoes that will be coming from this rancid pool soon. It's a shame that, with all of the money Southeast has to build fountains, it can't seem to get around to cleaning up this stinky mess.

Rallying cry

IT was March 1775 when young attorney Patrick Henry rode into Culpeper, Va., and saw a minister tied to a whipping post. Henry asked what the man had done. He was told the man was a minister who refused to take a license. A license often becomes an arbitrary control by government that makes a crime out of what ordinarily would not be a crime. This was the incident which sparked Henry to write the rallying cry of the revolution: "I know not what course others may take, but as for me, give me liberty or give me death."

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