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Speak Out 8/30/10

Monday, August 30, 2010

Not mainstream

THE tea party crowd espouses positions that are based on the rhetoric of Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck, Sean Hannity and Sarah Palin. The group is way out of the mainstream of American opinion.

Clean up Cape

I read the article concerning Cape Girardeau's effort to reduce our carbon footprint and clean up the environment. I immediately thought how the Green movement has gone astray. 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 would like to go to the same establishments and enjoy the same food or entertainment without getting the same medical symptoms as the smokers. I realize that it takes political guts to make Cape Girardeau a nonsmoking city. We are becoming an island. We are surrounded by cities and states that ban smoking in public places. Why not improve our carbon footprint by reducing the smoke coming from local businesses?

Designer scores

I strongly believe clothes make the man or woman. When it comes to teachers, I guarantee you that if teachers started decking out in the most expensive and cutting-edge designer clothes, student standardized test scores and student performance in general would soar.

Send a message

RUSH Limbaugh has informed his national radio audience that he "owns Cape Girardeau." I do not recall the election where Limbaugh was anointed king. Isn't it time folks in this area let Limbaugh know what an arrogant, ill-informed, hate-spewing, gas bag he really is?

Doing the job

TOO many government workers are compensated according to qualifications like their degrees, bureaucratic certifications or union-salary grids rather than for the merit and quality of the job they do. If two people do the same job and one has a college degree and the other doesn't, whom do you want helping you? The one who does the best job. Government is more interested in your qualifications than your performance. History indicates that private workers doing the same job as government workers do it better and at a lower cost. The country is on a fast decline to bankruptcy. We have to control our costs.

Good president

I voted for President Obama, and I am not ashamed. I love the man. The only price I think our children are going to pay is for the Bush war. That's what put us in so much debt. I think Obama is a good president.

Political messages

I keep hearing politicians running for office say, "I approve this message." I'd like to hear more messages from these politicians when they aren't running for re-election. I'm more interested in what they do after they are elected than I am in what they say before election.

Voting choices

BEING aware that women's suffrage was less than 100 years ago, I rarely miss a chance to vote. Sadly, I can't get my mother to leave her recliner to do the same. I do my research on the candidates and propositions, and I vote from the heart. I have friends and family who are both Democrats and Republicans, and we simply agree to disagree. I greatly respect the right to vote, and I also highly respect the opinions of my friends and family regardless of which side they're on. I would never tell anyone they should be ashamed of their voting choices. Isn't that what makes us a civilization? Shaming someone for a political choice is terrorism by definition.

Burning issues

AS this country and its future are swirling in the drain and Congress continues to play shuffleboard on the Titanic, it's only appropriate that Americans are worried about burning important issues: Who will be the next "American Idol" judge? In a time when "Jersey Shore" is the No. 1 program on TV, those best qualified are obvious: Mel Gibson and Lindsay Lohan.

Sensitive choice

I don't think anyone fears a mosque near ground zero. The anger is over how Muslims could be that insensitive.

Long red light

WHAT is the deal with the signal at West Jackson Boulevard and West Lane? The stoplight stays red for the longest time. You begin to wonder if it's broken. Maybe somebody should check it out.

Naming issues

IN response to the story "Advisory board for Cape college center recommends new name": Great River College Center? The name isn't fitting in any respect and doesn't even sound right. The Mississippi is never referred to as the "Great River," and the facility isn't a college center. The name is awkward and ill-fitting. I can't believe the committee couldn't do any better than this, and I hope the name isn't approved.


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So many people so misinformed. Did MoveOn.org have an email blitz just before these calls were made? Certainly it can't be a coincidence that this many people are this wrong...

-- Posted by bobby62914 on Mon, Aug 30, 2010, at 12:18 AM

Not mainstream

I just have to comment on this colossal jewel of intolerance. These people are hardly outside of the mainstream. Easily they are closer to the center than many of our elected politicians, closer than our president and many of his appointees.

I just wonder if this caller finds Katie Couric, George Stephanopoulos, Jon Stewart, Keith Olberman, Chris Matthews or any other well known liberal commentator to be outside the mainstream?

Okay, Katie Couric and George Stephanopoulis masquerade as news people but it is with a wink and a nod; everybody knows better.

-- Posted by bobby62914 on Mon, Aug 30, 2010, at 12:27 AM

Nationals 4 , Cardinals 2 ...they couldn't beat Notre Dame's cheerleaders right now..

-- Posted by ad..man on Mon, Aug 30, 2010, at 5:23 AM

Yes! People DO FEAR a mosque that close to ground zero. Just picture a building that big stuffed with explosives.

-- Posted by hotshot202 on Mon, Aug 30, 2010, at 7:11 AM

a new Mosque was burnt in Tennessee this weekend...i wouldn't be surprised to see the NYC Mosque go up in flames too..

http://www.kfvs12.com/Global/story.asp?S...

-- Posted by ad..man on Mon, Aug 30, 2010, at 7:27 AM

Good president - That's because you're naive and blind

-- Posted by vf43WRX on Mon, Aug 30, 2010, at 8:13 AM

More hate. More divisiveness. Another Monday.

-- Posted by SteveM on Mon, Aug 30, 2010, at 8:33 AM

RE: "RUSH Limbaugh has informed his national radio audience that he "owns Cape Girardeau." I do not recall the election where Limbaugh was anointed king."

In radio and television lingo, one 'owns' a city if their radio station or programme dominates the ratings thereof. Mr. Limbaugh's programme continues to be very popular here, so he does, by that defintion 'own Cape Girardeau'. Chill out. How are you harmed by his pronouncement?

"THE tea party crowd espouses positions that are based on the rhetoric of Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck, Sean Hannity and Sarah Palin. The group is way out of the mainstream of American opinion."

This has become a tired mantra of the left. The 'TEA Party crowd' espouses its own viewpoints. I had the pleasure of addressing one such crowd this weekend, and I can assure you my comments were not generated by anything heard from Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck, Sean Hannity, or Sarah Palin.

And where, exactly, do people think the mainstream of American Opinion is flowing?

-- Posted by Shapley Hunter on Mon, Aug 30, 2010, at 8:39 AM

Re: "I keep hearing politicians running for office say, "I approve this message." I'd like to hear more messages from these politicians when they aren't running for re-election. I'm more interested in what they do after they are elected than I am in what they say before election."

I hear Jo Ann Emerson's weekly commentary on the Perryville radio station most every Monday year round. I read her commentary on the Perryville news website each Monday year round. Same thing for Jason Crowell and Steve Tilley. If you are not reading these you must be looking in the wrong place.

-- Posted by Observer1 on Mon, Aug 30, 2010, at 9:23 AM

Re: IN response to the story "Advisory board for Cape college center recommends new name": Great River College Center? The name isn't fitting in any respect and doesn't even sound right. The Mississippi is never referred to as the "Great River," and the facility isn't a college center. The name is awkward and ill-fitting. I can't believe the committee couldn't do any better than this, and I hope the name isn't approved.

There is some precedent for the use of the "Great River" name. For example: The Great River Road runs the length of the Mississippi River from Canada to New Orleans. (Yes I know the river doesn't begin in Canada, but if you Google "Great River Road" you'll see the road does.) I was told when I was young native Americans referred to the Mississippi as the "great waters" but that maybe re-interpreted today.

-- Posted by Observer1 on Mon, Aug 30, 2010, at 9:27 AM

Hotshot --

When I was a Catholic school kid, back in 1959-60, when Richard Nixon was running against John Kennedy, the Republicans propagated the rumor that Catholic churches were armed fortresses with guns and ammo stored in their basements, ready for a takeover if Kennedy were elected. This falsehood was actually printed in their campaign literature. As a child, I was stunned by this, and it opened my eyes to this kind of ignorance.

People forget that Catholics were victims of religious intolerance not so long ago.

Fear can be crippling sometimes.

-- Posted by grisgris on Mon, Aug 30, 2010, at 10:42 AM

I would have to see that official campaign literature before I believed such a story.

I remember once attending a prayer service while I was in the Army (1980). The opening prayer included this line, "...and bless those that used to be atheist, agnostic or Catholic..."

-- Posted by bobby62914 on Mon, Aug 30, 2010, at 11:01 AM

Wake up America and understand that concerned citizens care about our country. The Cape County Tea Party is trying to educate all of us to the critical need of restoring our constitution, through political activism.

-- Posted by MotherMary on Mon, Aug 30, 2010, at 3:08 PM

bobby62914, My father voted for a Democrat for the first and last time in the 1960 election. He was not fond of the Nixon camp claiming that the Pope would be in charge if Kennedy won.

He stopped voting when Nixon ran in 68.

I wasn't old enough to vote.

-- Posted by BCStoned on Mon, Aug 30, 2010, at 4:16 PM

Bobby --

Ask around, look into it, and you'll find the stories about the churches and the weapons. Ask some Catholics from that era.

I often wish I had saved that campaign brochure that I picked up that day at the Republican HQ on my way home from school. I read it as I slowly walked, feeling like a moving target in my school uniform, in a state of shock and wonderment that so many people could believe such an absurdity. But they can and they did.

And when I recently saw Franklin Graham blathering about the "Muslim seed" and the "Jewish seed" nonsense, I recalled that his father, Billy Graham, was a great propounder of the dire warning that if Kennedy was elected, the pope would be running America. The old reverend later expressed regret for having said that, but this kind of rhetoric is damaging to everyone.

Have Wheels --

You're so right about the bigotry on both sides of the political aisle.

-- Posted by grisgris on Mon, Aug 30, 2010, at 4:30 PM

I've tried to find some evidence that Nixon issued campaign literature that included such nonsense about Catholics, but couldn't find any. Norman Vincent Peale was behind much of the anti-Catholic bigotry, but there was no evidence connecting his campaign to the Mr. Nixon.

President Truman, in campaigning for Mr. Kennedy, attempted to tar Mr. Nixon with an association with Dr. Peale. However, his only weapon was Mr. Nixon's silence on the matter.

-- Posted by Shapley Hunter on Mon, Aug 30, 2010, at 4:31 PM

I also attended a Catholic school in the seventies. I heard about the anti-Catholic campaign used against President Kennedy many times. Nobody has ever claimed before that there was literature detailing the campaign and I don't believe it.

The way any criticism of President Obama is often called racist, I wonder how much of the 'anti-Catholic' rhetoric was actually legitimate criticism.

I am now skeptical of any claims of bias...

-- Posted by bobby62914 on Mon, Aug 30, 2010, at 4:39 PM

...--'剤 ...-- !

-- Posted by ad..man on Mon, Aug 30, 2010, at 4:46 PM

bobby --

You can deny it all you want. I know what I saw and heard.

-- Posted by grisgris on Mon, Aug 30, 2010, at 6:54 PM

grisgris: I was in high school in SE Missouri during the time JFK was running for the Presidency and my history teacher blatantly said that if he were to be elected the Pope would rule the United States. I'm not Catholic, but I took her on for a long and heated debate. PS: Her spouse was a Baptist minister. That's when I became an avid supporter of separation of church and state.

-- Posted by Nettie Can on Mon, Aug 30, 2010, at 10:33 PM

Okay, Katie Couric and George Stephanopoulis masquerade as news people but it is with a wink and a nod; everybody knows better.

-- Posted by bobby62914 on Mon, Aug 30, 2010, at 12:27 AM

Yes, and what do you suppose Glenn Beck, Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Bill O'Reilly and Sarah Palin are masquerading as? How's that "wink and nod" thing going for ya?!

-- Posted by Nettie Can on Mon, Aug 30, 2010, at 10:37 PM

Gee were to start. Obama has spent more in a year and a half than ALL the money spent on Iraq war since it started.

I suggest that you turn off CBS NBC CNN MSNBC because poll after poll has the country at center right.

Someone already touched on Rush and what the term means.

back to the war .. more troops have died per month under Obama than ever under GW.

Beck Sean and the others are popular because their listeners agree with MUCH of what they have to say.

-- Posted by Solelicious on Tue, Aug 31, 2010, at 5:18 AM

grisgris wrote:

"You can deny it all you want. I know what I saw and heard."

There was literature printed by a protestant coalition headed, as I said, by Dr. Peale. That literature may have been found in some Republican campaign headquarters. However, I can find no evidence that the Republican Party nor the Nixon Campaign produced any such literature.

You may recall the famous photo of one of Mr. Obama's campaign headquarters with a prominent picture of Che Guevera on the wall. Does that mean Mr. Obama was espousing the doctrines of Mr. Guevara?

-- Posted by Shapley Hunter on Tue, Aug 31, 2010, at 8:05 AM


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