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Speak Out 8/16/10

Monday, August 16, 2010

Giving community

TO our Cape Girardeau business community: Thank you for being so kind and giving to us who ask for items for our schools and churches. While out seeking donations, both the giving and support of this community amaze me. I am proud to live in a community like Cape Girardeau. And I am so proud of the principal and staff at Alma Schrader Elementary School and of my church family at Cape Community Church for reaching out to all and giving when asked or needed. I thank the Lord for all of you and our PTA at Alma Schrader. I pray we all have a great year.

BP challenge

HOW many people buy British Petroleum's line that it will clean up the Gulf at its expense? Gas prices are already on the rise. BP has dropped its scat in our backyard, and we are supposed to feel sorry for it. Hogwash. If BP is seriously proposing it will clean up this mess at its expense, let's see its pump prices drop independent of other stations.

Speeding tax

I think it's sleazy for small-town police officers to hide near the interstate in hopes of catching speeders. Scott City and Miner, Mo., are the worst. When they do this, they become nothing more than tax collectors, not law enforcement officials. I don't care if their cities are running short on cash. Taking money from people who happen to be going a little too fast is a scummy way to use the police.

Terrible movie

I just watched the Showtime premier of "Killshot," which is the Hollywood film partially shot in Cape Girardeau. I had it recorded and could barely keep my hand off the delete button. If there is a worse movie ever made, I can't think of it. What a waste of good actors. Too bad that Johnny Knoxville was cut. At least he would have made it completely laughable. I watched the entire movie to see some scenes from Cape Girardeau. If anyone is planning on watching "Killshot" I suggest you put thumbtacks in your underwear and scoot on the floor. It will hurt less.

Misleading effort

I think our so-called Citizens for Quality of Life's efforts to get the casino issue on the ballot has been a big sham. They came to the city council with the premise that they were not against the casino but wanted a vote again only because it passed 17 years ago. I think we were deceived. Now that they achieved their goal of getting the issue on the ballot, the same persons are organizing an effort to vote against it based on a casino's perceived negative economic effect. Are we to believe them this time?

Update the info

I received the information about Family Weekend as I have a Southeast Missouri State University student who is a freshman. I looked at the SEMO website regarding the athletics page for the home football game that day and saw that everything said 2009. When I contacted the office, I found out the rates had gone up for reserved seats. When it gets to be this time of the year you should have your website updated for the 2010 season. With the poor economy and the team not winning, I'm surprised that the ticket prices have been increased.

Help the needy

IT'S just a shame that the Quality of Life in Cape Girardeau committee does not put its hard work and effort into helping the poor and the needy and leave the casino issue alone.

No scoreboard

I can't believe what I read. There still will not be a scoreboard for Southeast Missouri State University's first home football game. It has been two years that the university has known of the need to replace the scoreboard when it was torn down with construction of the new dorm. It's terrible to think of a Division I program not having a decent scoreboard at the start of another football season.

Lack of honesty

IT'S too bad that some church people can't be honest. The spokesperson who led the petition drive to vote on the casino issue just wanted the people who live in Cape Girardeau to have a say. Now the petition leaders want to lead a campaign to reject the casino. They will try to convince us this was not their intention all along. Shame on the leaders for not being honest to this community.

Cats in the street

I was reading about the trash on Bellevue Street. It looks terrible. Cats run all over the neighborhood. Every time you go down that street, there's a cat running in front of you. They're going to have to keep those cats up or else.

Not an issue

I received another survey in the mail today in which we're supposed to give our race. With so many Americans being of more than one race, I don't think it makes a whole lot of sense to keep asking people if they're Caucasian or Asian or black or whatever people happen to be. What difference does it make? That's what Martin Luther King Jr. said. That was his dream -- that someday it wouldn't make any difference.

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Stay reasonably close to the speed limit and it doesn't matter where "small-town police officers" hide.

As for BP, I go out of my way to do business with them. I am sure they would have rather refined and sold the crude oil that spilled into the gulf.

You can stick with CITGO...

-- Posted by bobby62914 on Mon, Aug 16, 2010, at 12:07 AM

Why don't you just drive the speed limit? If you did that, you'd never have to worry about those darn "small-town police".

-- Posted by southeast on Mon, Aug 16, 2010, at 7:55 AM

There are unethical communities who "trap" speeders with hidden speed limit signs and cops, and there are other communities where speeders are fairly ticketed.

-- Posted by Observer1 on Mon, Aug 16, 2010, at 8:30 AM

Every state has laws on where signs have to be placed an how much a speed limit can drop.

Those speed traps have been long outlawed...

-- Posted by bobby62914 on Mon, Aug 16, 2010, at 9:06 AM

Frankly, I see no reason for Scott City or Cape Girardeau police department monitoring I-55

FOR SPEEDERS. Leave that for the State police.

Our local LEOs need to concentrate on City streets

and other more pressing issues. I agree that monitoring the interstate is nothing more than revenue gathering!

-- Posted by GREYWOLF on Mon, Aug 16, 2010, at 9:33 AM

BP CHALLENGE, We all want BP to "MAN-UP" FOR This

catastrophe,however, your statment seems to infer that the cleanup effort is of secondary interest to you.

-- Posted by Grandpa1 on Mon, Aug 16, 2010, at 10:37 AM


if the cops put a mannequin all dressed up in a LEO suit , then sat it in a cop car , and parked that car in the median of I-55 , it wouldn't cost the cops nothin' and folks would slow down .

saves on revenue and lowers speeders/accidents .

-- Posted by ad..man on Mon, Aug 16, 2010, at 11:08 AM

Big Tax changes in the work

Sound to me that Gary Rust belive in what Ruch

Limbaugh has been saying about a largest tax hikes in the history of American will take effect

in Jan 1,2011 that will hurt the families and

small businesses, but what he is really saying is

that it going to hurt the people with all the big money , an that what he and all of his rich friends are a afread of .

-- Posted by Thunder1814 on Mon, Aug 16, 2010, at 11:34 AM

Rick: State of TN used to do that for peak traffic during key holidays. Worked on slowing things down. Also helped that some of those squad cars had a areal live officer in them. Introduces chance to the equation.

-- Posted by IonU on Mon, Aug 16, 2010, at 11:47 AM


since nobody really knows whats in the 2,700 page 100 lb. pork new healthcare bill , lets wait and see what happens Jan 1...

-- Posted by ad..man on Mon, Aug 16, 2010, at 11:54 AM

IonU , yeah , so i found out...

seems like if the cops parked one right over a hill , it could proberly be empty and work ..

-- Posted by ad..man on Mon, Aug 16, 2010, at 11:57 AM

I recently put my race as other...American

-- Posted by rh3a on Mon, Aug 16, 2010, at 1:36 PM

Speaking of cops...

I just witnessed outside of my window a cop not do ANYTHING with an obvious speeder.

A State Highway Tahoe just pulled into the neighboring parking lot, so we thought it was a little odd, and then a little Toyota MR2 spyder flies by at probably 50 or so mph in a 30mph zone, and NOTHING happened. So it looks like this called should just drive by fast whenever there's a State HP Tahoe haha.

Why are there so many State Patrol cars roaming the streets anyway?

-- Posted by vf43WRX on Mon, Aug 16, 2010, at 3:11 PM


I believe that would be the new unit doing mostly CVE work. They just started doing that this year as it was previously the MSHP CVE "Brown Shirts" doing this.

I am not justifying anything, just for informational purposes.

-- Posted by Red_Rhino on Mon, Aug 16, 2010, at 3:58 PM

MSHP has no business dealing with City speeders!

That's not their job. That job belongs to our Cape Girardeau police department. That is, unless the road that speeder was on is a State highway!

RICK, I still say leave the interstates to the Highway patrol unless it involves an accident or emergency. I do like your idea though. It would only be affective for a few miles However. I see no reason not to have 75mph speed limit on all interstates with slower speeds where the interstate passes through towns and cities.JMO

-- Posted by GREYWOLF on Mon, Aug 16, 2010, at 5:26 PM

Re: BP challenge

Eh, suggest if they lower their pump prices, then there would be two expenses - one for the cleanup and one for the goodwill in lowering pump prices.

Gasoline appears to be trending downward - not sure how long it takes to hit this region. From the New York Mercantile Exchange (NYMEX) as posted here - http://www.oilnergy.com/1gasoli.htm

Re: Speeding tax

It is interesting to see the innovation used by the Miner police to 'hide' under the trees or along / behind the shrub lines.

Remember a news blip a while back on how Illinois could no longer use dummy speed guns in dump trucks - something about unmanned radio transmitters. But it would be entertaining to blip a radar transmission occasionally to see who hits the brakes.

The odds are improved but not a sure-bet when one isn't the fastest car in the pack. :-)

Re: Update the info

Not just an isolated case. It amazes me how many businesses, organizations, communities, schools, and the like proudly proclaim their web presence in various advertisements and articles, but the sites have outdated information and broken links. First impressions last, and when supposedly putting their best foot forward, they give the impression of stepping lively in doggy doody.

Re: Not an issue

Ah, the fine line between statistical differentiation and outright discrimination.

-- Posted by fxpwt on Mon, Aug 16, 2010, at 6:43 PM

If a police officer is working on another case he (or she) is not likely to drop what they are doing to chase a speeder. They might call it in...

-- Posted by bobby62914 on Mon, Aug 16, 2010, at 7:53 PM


i do 75 on the interstate all of the time without any problems . i see no reason for city leo's to be sitting on the interstate with radar , it seems they would have better things to do .

-- Posted by ad..man on Mon, Aug 16, 2010, at 8:21 PM

I watched the "Killshot" movie and I must agree it was very bad. I purchased the DVD as I thought there may be some shots of Cape in it. There are some movies that are worse than Killshot. Too bad it was shot before Cape gets the new casino. It might have been a different movie. Ray

-- Posted by SunRay on Mon, Aug 16, 2010, at 10:31 PM

Save the leadfoot urge until you get to Montana. The speed limit when I was there was posted as "Reasonable." Sorta the American limited version of the German autobahn.

-- Posted by voyager on Mon, Aug 16, 2010, at 11:29 PM

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