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Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Elevator courtesy

ONE of the most dangerous places to be in Cape Girardeau is in an elevator. Have you ever been on an elevator when the doors open and people rush in, not even noticing you're there? One time, I couldn't even get off. If you're waiting on the elevator, there might be somebody on the elevator side of that door waiting to get off. Hesitate a little bit and allow them time to get off.

Separating students

FROM what I hear from my daughter and her friends, separating boys and girls at lunch time and recess is a fantastic idea, and I applaud Jackson Middle School for having the nerve to step out of the box and try this.

Jackson fire station

THE mayor appoints a fire-station study committee. After three years, the committee recommends constructing a second fire house and to vote on a sales tax to pay for it. Two aldermen unhappy with location voted against placing the tax issue on ballot. A third alderman who was on the committee for three years said he favored the plan but now was voting against it. Does that remind you of someone else in higher office?

Cape's future

I heard a reporter ask the mayor about Cape Girardeau's strategic plans for the future. Mayor Harry Rediger replied that new industries are being encouraged to come into Cape Girardeau. Local companies are interested in expanding. There is interest in forming a minor-league baseball team. I say that, with all these excellent ideas, a gambling casino is not even needed.

Seniors at water park

I went to the senior water park day. I got to see how exhilarating it was for everyone there. What fun. What great exercise. There were quite a few who couldn't swim. They went down the highest slide. I would like to see a couple of days a week for a morning session. Don't worry that anyone will laugh at your floaties. No one cares.

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Pirates 4 , Cardinals 3....WTF ?

-- Posted by ad..man on Wed, Aug 25, 2010, at 5:13 AM

Elevator courtesy ---- u gotta understand , riding an elevator has it's ups and downs...

-- Posted by ad..man on Wed, Aug 25, 2010, at 5:25 AM

I've been taking elevators a lot lately and have yet to find a rude person. Most wait for the people to get off and then some hold the door so others can get on. I know there are plenty of rude people in Cape but guess I have been blessed in not having to deal with them.

-- Posted by LiveAnotherDay on Wed, Aug 25, 2010, at 7:26 AM

I didn't realize there were even that many elevators in Cape, let alone an etiquette problem with them. Speak-Out always amazes and entertains.

-- Posted by SteveM on Wed, Aug 25, 2010, at 8:17 AM

Elevator courtesy...I sympathize with you, "One time I couldn't get off" either.

Separating students...just like the old churches used to be - and some still are. Not a new idea, and not out of the box. History repeats itself.

Seniors at the water park...love your floaties. Pretty hot.

-- Posted by Hawker on Wed, Aug 25, 2010, at 9:26 AM

Good morning! ☺

Elevator courtesy...I could not agree more.

Speaking of the water park, I heard they cut back the hours, days they are open. Of course the fees are the same. They are only open 2-3 days a week for approx. 4 hours at a time (3-7), so I've heard. What about all the people who were happy school was back in session? The tots, elderly, handicapped could have a lil' more room to play. I'm not happy...

-- Posted by Turnip on Wed, Aug 25, 2010, at 9:56 AM

Turnip , morning..

take a look at Fred Lynch Mystery : Twin Calves...tell me if it looks like the old man is doin' something funky with that calf..

-- Posted by ad..man on Wed, Aug 25, 2010, at 10:10 AM

Thanks, Rick. Just what I wanted to see. ☻

-- Posted by Turnip on Wed, Aug 25, 2010, at 11:12 AM

Turnip , so u agree or is it just my imagination ?

hey Wheels , it's cold enuff to make things shrivel up , bbrrr....

-- Posted by ad..man on Wed, Aug 25, 2010, at 1:31 PM

Rick, I would never agree to such a thing. It's definately just your imagination. ☺

-- Posted by Turnip on Wed, Aug 25, 2010, at 2:44 PM


-- Posted by ad..man on Wed, Aug 25, 2010, at 5:28 PM


Quit worrying about the water park. It's too cold to go swimming this morning.

-- Posted by Have_Wheels_Will_Travel on Wed, Aug 25, 2010, at 11:15 AM

For those of us that are still working I am glad it cooled off. I hear the snickering from the retired guys at the coffee shop as as I walk out the door into the heat.

-- Posted by We Regret To Inform U on Wed, Aug 25, 2010, at 5:56 PM

I read the article in the paper today concerning the cities effort to reduce our carbon footprint and clean up the environment. I immediatly thought how the Green movement has gone astray. We are so concerned about the environment in Cape Girardeau. It seems the city wants to focus on our carbon footprint. Has anyone walked into an establishment in Cape Girardeau and immediately been hit by a wave of cigarette smoke. How about cleaning up the environment in these places? I realize that we are in the smoking capital of the USA and a strong majority do smoke. I really do not care what others do to themselves, I would like to go to the same establishments and enjoy the same food or entertainment without getting the same medical symptoms of the smokers. I realize that it takes political guts to make Cape a non smoking city. It is strange that we are becomming an island. We are surrounded by cities and states that currently ban smoking in public places. Why not improve our carbon footprint in Cape by reducing the smoke coming from local businesses. We can kill two birds with one stone... Improve the carbon footprint and the medical health of all...

-- Posted by orange2010 on Wed, Aug 25, 2010, at 6:16 PM

@orange2010 - I appreciate your passion about smoking in Cape Girardeau. I don't think your issue is a failure of the Girardeau Goes Green Advisory Board, however. That board is concerned with what the city government can do within their own buildings. They do not have jurisdiction over privately owned businesses within Cape. I think what you're looking for is something that would have to be handled by the City Council. Those meetings are on the first and third Monday of the month at 7pm. If you feel that strongly about it, I would advise attending a meeting.

-- Posted by SteveM on Wed, Aug 25, 2010, at 7:13 PM

We Regret To Inform U , i spent over 40 yrs out in that heat...i don't envy ya none..

-- Posted by ad..man on Wed, Aug 25, 2010, at 9:25 PM

As a non-smoker and non-drinker, I still have to object to the government telling a private business what it can and cannot do as far as smoking is concerned. I believe it is the right of the business to cater to their patrons. There are some non-smoking businesses, which you can support or you could contact the owner/operator of a business asking what it would take for them to become smoke-free. This would allow you to voice your opinion to the business you would like to support. That may seem like a novel idea for those that demand the government do something but one business won over at a time may take on a better momentum and a greater victory.

-- Posted by LiveAnotherDay on Wed, Aug 25, 2010, at 10:27 PM

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