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Speak Out 7/29/10

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Reagan tax cut

SOMEONE said we should check Ronald Reagan's record before we canonize him. In 1981 Ronald Reagan signed the largest tax cut in American history at his California ranch, launching the longest economic boom in U.S. history. You can't beat that.

Good people

IF you want to meet some good people who do their job, go to the Jackson Post Office service window. Then walk across the street to the Southeast Missourian. Cathy and her friend over there really try to help you, and they do a good job. Then go to the old post office building and the license bureau and the chamber of commerce. Those three girls in the license bureau and the girl at the chamber are helpful and knock themselves out to please people. We're lucky to have them working in Jackson. I hope people appreciate them and tell them that the next time they see them.

Fourth donations

I'D like to thank everyone who came to the Fourth of July celebration at Arena Park in Cape Girardeau. If you would like to donate to help pay for the events, please write to U.S.A. Veterans, P.O. Box 840, Cape Girardeau, MO 63702-0840. Again, thank you so much for attending the Fourth of July events.

Political signs

SURELY the police have better things to do than take down the political signs. Maybe they could catch some of the speeders on Mount Auburn Road and Kingshighway.

Power outages

AMERENUE needs to focus on the power interruptions in Cape Girardeau. This isn't a large city where power interruptions might be expected. There is no logic to it. The power at our house has gone out several times in one day, and that is without any bad weather to cause it.

Casino and church

SOMEONE said, "There are many church people who would like to see a casino in Cape." That's true. It's also true that many would consider a casino a church.

Destroyed by greed

WE have a terrible plague in this country that is destroying us. It is greed.

Gambling options

LET'S be clear about this. There are a lot of "church people" who aren't Christians. Christians want no part of a casino and should be ashamed of themselves for not making their voices heard on the subject. A casino brings nothing but sin and corruption. You want to gamble? Start a Friday night poker game, Play bingo. Play the lottery. Play the stock market. That is gambling. Best of all, if you want to give your money away, give it to your local church. The payoff could be better than anything you can win on this earth.

Gambling boredom

SOMEONE suggests people hanging out on the street might rob me to have money to spend at a casino. People who are bored will always be bored, because they can't think of anything worthwhile to do. I don't include gambling as a worthwhile venture.

Political positions

POLITICAL positions are far too important to sling mud and make your opponent look bad. Any fifth-grader can put a commercial together in bits and pieces and swing innuendoes. Please take the party stickers off your foreheads and tell us where you stand on important issues and let us decide.

Stop the bleeding

CAPE Girardeau is so fortunate to be considered for a casino. Extra revenue is badly needed to hire firemen, policemen and city workers and to stop the slow bleeding of the city.

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RE: Stop the bleeding,

Is there a promise that incoming revenue from the casino is going to pay for fireman, policemen and city workers? And what 'bleeding of the city' are you talking about?

RE: Destroyed by greed

Although greed is a destructive human trait, what about wealth envy? Greed causes many to spend beyond their means but wealth envy is used to 'spread the wealth.' Some seem to have no problem taking from those they consider to be rich 'because they have too much anyway.' Perhaps if the work ethics of today reflected the work ethics of years gone by, our current economic situation would be brighter for all.

-- Posted by LiveAnotherDay on Thu, Jul 29, 2010, at 7:17 AM

Re: Gambling options - So don't build a casino, but go gamble is someone's house or gamble elsewhere is okay, but you still say that gambling is evil, but it's okay, but it's not good to have, but go do it somewhere else? Ow it hurts to try and get in your mind.

Here's one church's view that actually seems valid and makes sense...

"Games of chance (card games, slot machines, bingo, etc.) or wagers are not in themselves contrary to justice. They become morally unacceptable when they deprive someone of what is necessary to provide for his needs and those of others." ~ taken from the Catholic Catechism

-- Posted by vf43WRX on Thu, Jul 29, 2010, at 8:20 AM

Gambling Options.....

If you were a "true Christian" I don't think you would be gambling at all. At least that is what I was taught growing up. Bingo, lottery, casinos and poker are all different forms of gambling no matter how you look at it. Don't try to church it up.....ha ha no pun intended.......I love Jesus! I go to church, I am a Christian. I play Bingo when I have extra money and sometimes scratcher tickets. I would love to have a casino in Cape.

-- Posted by lovemyfamily on Thu, Jul 29, 2010, at 8:21 AM

Supposin' a fella won the lottery and after taxes ended up with $35 million cash. And supposin' that fella gave 10 percent to his church, do you suppose that church (which opposes gambling in all its forms) will turn down the money.

We'll set up a booth, post odds, and take bets on the outcome of that one.

-- Posted by voyager on Thu, Jul 29, 2010, at 8:37 AM

You do as you want, but for me, as a believer that Jesus Christ atoned for my sins and wanting to follow in His example, I do not believe it is appropriate to gamble in any of the myriad forms devised by man to swindle the unwitting of their hard earned funds. This includes 50-50 drawings, Bingo, or even football pools. I do not participate in any of these. I will not tell you not to do it, though, because that would be judgmental. I will and have voted 100 percent against gambling when it is placed on a ballot, but I will not tell you how to vote. That is your agency. Of course we all must accept the consequences of our choices.

-- Posted by Observer1 on Thu, Jul 29, 2010, at 8:53 AM

Yes! Oh my lord! Ban the evil gambling dins. Donate your money to the Church instead! So they can ship it over to Africa to support more breed and feed missionary operations. We all so enjoy watching those emaciated stick people on TV who the Churches feed without providing any birth control, so of course, they can breed more starving stick people. What grand morality! Seriously, bring on the new casino.

-- Posted by wrcactus on Thu, Jul 29, 2010, at 9:01 AM

Me'Lange I was more mocking the caller than anything stating that Bingo and the lottery weren't forms of gambling. Observer1 has it correct.....they are all forms of gambling and you can either play them all or none. I don't care. Do what you wanna do. I should clarify that I have met a lot of older people that go to church Sunday morning, evening and Wednesday and I would say are very good Christian people that beleive gambling in any form is "evil." Even playing cards......to me that is extreme....however to each their own. "True Christan" vs "Christian" I may have mistyped.....I more meant on the lines of someone that sits in church each weak "listening" to the sermon getting nothing in return. There for looks not for Jesus. I can be a Christian and read God's word from home each day and never set foot in a church. Am I missing out on fellowship???? My grandfather doesn't like the fellowship part of it and would rather read his Bible at home and watch sermons on tv....

-- Posted by lovemyfamily on Thu, Jul 29, 2010, at 9:51 AM

I sure wish someone would talk about the casino...

Seriously people, my ears are bleeding.

-- Posted by MusicMaker on Thu, Jul 29, 2010, at 10:42 AM

The fireworks at Arena Park were good, I urge people to donate to help pay the expenses.

And PLEASE do not target the speeders on Kingshighway or Mount Auburn Road, often one of them is ME.

Greed and envy. I see a lot more envy. Envy is considered a legitimate political plank in the platform of the far left...

-- Posted by bobby62914 on Thu, Jul 29, 2010, at 10:54 AM

I gambled this weekend, it was a pleasant experience. I was in downtown St Louis, no crime, saw the Lumiere, sat down for a shoe of blackjack, walked out, no harm done.

I'd like to ask all of the people that are 100% against gambling what their feelings are towards other religions, like, Catholics, Muslims, Jews, etc... I bet you'll hear the HATE (that they speak out against) from them coming out then!

Is this casino thing going to be voted on for sure now or is it still up in the air whether it's on the ballot for SURE?

-- Posted by vf43WRX on Thu, Jul 29, 2010, at 1:13 PM

Me'Lange you make good points and those are all forms of gambling. In a way we gamble everyday. Maybe that needs to be brought up. Perhaps you are correct and it isn't as black and white as I had originally thought. I am not against the casino. I like to go to the casino's in STL when we are up there and I have a little extra money. Nothing crazy and we always set a limit. I wish we would vote over it already and be done with it. I just fear that either way it goes people are going to be mad and still be calling the newspaper and news and Cape City Council. It won't end until we get a casino.......

-- Posted by lovemyfamily on Thu, Jul 29, 2010, at 2:15 PM

Hmmm, wonder why I haven't heard too much about this, seeing how it's taking place next weekend and a yes-or-no decision had to be made beforehand somewheres along the way. Then again, I've been known to let a few things get by me.

Back to School Sales Tax Holiday - Section 144.049, RSMo, establishes a sales tax holiday during a three-day period beginning at 12:01 a.m. on the first Friday in August and ending at midnight on the Sunday following. http://dor.mo.gov/tax/business/sales/tax...

List of the cities that have elected not to participate in the 2010 Tax Holiday. http://dor.mo.gov/tax/business/sales/tax... Hmmm - well, at least Cape has a lot of company.

Tax Holiday Rate Tables - 08/06/10 - 08/08/10 - http://dor.mo.gov/tax/business/sales/rat... Along about page 13 - Cape Girardeau .... 2.75%. D'OH! ! !

Hmm, well at least there will be a savings of at least 5.225% 'on qualified purchases', as each and every one of the other sales taxing entities - state (4.225%), Cape County (1.000%), and even the Town Plaza CID (1.000%) - appear to be participating.

So, as can hopefully be seen, I gots a bit confused by this absence of participation, in light of - "Sales tax revenue for the first six months of 2010 was up both in Cape Girardeau and Cape Girardeau County" from http://www.semissourian.com/story/165134..., dated 22 July 2010.

Eh, suppose that's one way to keep tax revenues up - not just only tax more, but more often. :-)~

Hold the phone - doggone - call me Rip Van Winkle - guess I have been asleep at the wheel - doesn't look like Cape participated last year either. http://dor.mo.gov/tax/business/sales/rat...

-- Posted by fxpwt on Thu, Jul 29, 2010, at 7:19 PM


-- Posted by Ad...man on Thu, Jul 29, 2010, at 9:34 PM

Thank you Me'Lange

-- Posted by vf43WRX on Fri, Jul 30, 2010, at 8:11 AM

I just wanted to point out, I think we all know that tax cuts don't cause economic growth. It might have correlated with it...but that's not the same thing... Trickle down and supply siders have not been proven correct

-- Posted by Kurt2020 on Fri, Jul 30, 2010, at 3:43 PM

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