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Thursday, September 2, 2010

Hate speech

PEOPLE are so quick to spread their hate speech against anything and everything they disagree with. They have forgotten what the Constitution is or want to ignore it or even rewrite it to suit their agenda. You have become liberal, conservative, independent, libertarian or some other political affiliation while neglecting to be an American.

Loud party

I read with disgust the article about the party at the 5H ranch. This event blared loud music to 1:30 in the morning, waking or keeping awake those trying to sleep. It received scores of complaints from residents in Jackson, Cape Girardeau and Cape Girardeau County. The music was so loud the complaints were coming from three to five miles away. We live two and a half miles away and could easily hear the music from inside with the windows closed. I urge everyone to support a county noise ordinance to stop this from happening again.

Making changes

TINKERING with the Constitution, as one person put it, needs to be done occasionally. If we never changed it, we would still have slavery and women would be denied the vote. However, the changes should be made by ratification and not by judges interpreting it according to their own political persuasion.

Curbing pets

THE local Humane Society takes in literally thousands of wonderful animals every year and cannot find homes for them all. So the only choice they have is to euthanize thousands a year. Please know that by not having your pets spayed or neutered you are contributing to this tragedy. If you are not able to afford the procedure, the Humane Society has funds available to assist you. It also has a spay day every year when local veterinarians lower their fees and provide vouchers to those who need to have their pets altered. Other communities have conquered this problem. Ending this tragedy is up to you.

More support

BYRON York talked about President Obama saying the Arabic call to prayer was one of the prettiest sounds at sunset. I think all religions have beauty. Recognizing that beauty doesn't make you particular to that faith. I don't think Obama should be put under a microscope. I think he's pretty much doing his best as president, and he needs more support and less gibberish.

Low-key Michelle

MICHELLE Obama does not make a spectacle of herself. She's doing nothing different from what Jacqueline Kennedy did. She might even be a little more low-keyed.

Traffic plan

I am a frequent visitor to downtown Cape Girardeau. I would like to know what the Isle of Capri casino traffic plan is. It looks like it would be a mess to get cars downtown unless the Isle of Capri has a better idea than what I think it has.

Band courtesy

I attended the football game at Houck Stadium Friday evening. It was a great game, and the Central team deserved the applause that went their way. There was another group of students on the field that evening: Cape Central Marching Band. These young people begin practice three weeks before the beginning of school year and continue to practice after school several afternoons a week. They give up their Friday evenings to perform for pregame and halftime entertainment. The disrespect shown these young men and women was disgraceful. Their director allowed them to leave the field midway through the show because no one was paying attention to them. If you don't want to listen to a fine performance, at least be courteous enough to remain quiet so those who enjoy the music can hear it and show these young people the respect they deserve. You owe them an apology. You know who you are.

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Michelle Obama is NO Jacqueline Kennedy.

-- Posted by LiveAnotherDay on Thu, Sep 2, 2010, at 7:31 AM

Curbing pets --- if the Humane Society is all about stopping cruelity to animals , why are they "euthanize thousands of wonderful animals every year" ? spayed or neutered is a form of animal abuse as well . having a pet is an enormous commitment and should not be taken lightly . if you're not serious about being a pet owner , do not get a pet for the Humane Society to kill .

Band courtesy ---- people come to watch football , not the halftime show .

Low-key Michelle --- i disagree . she's always in the news starting some kind community project .

Hate speech --- irony at it's best ! your post is a hate speech against politics .

-- Posted by ad..man on Thu, Sep 2, 2010, at 8:00 AM

A band performance at halftime is a time honored tradition be it high school or college football.

Members of these bands put in many hours of practice for their time on the field and now get absolutely no coverage except as a colorful background for jock talk.

The sports media(network and cable)is responsible for the inattention given to the bands. Every televised half-time is crammed with highlights, lowlights, and/or commentators who are enamored of their voice or opinion.

In the early days of television the band performance at half time was an intricate part of the entire package. Why don't we restore it to its rightful place. And while we're at it a little less coaching from the broadcast booth would be appreciated.

Who gives a darn what I.M.A. Sportscaster thinks the team or coach should do anyway.

-- Posted by catmandue on Thu, Sep 2, 2010, at 9:01 AM

Loud party...Cry me a river. You need to loosen up and go join 'em. I'd rather listen to the music at 1:30 am than read another one of your weenis comments.

Low-key Michelle...Wrong comparison. Try Eleanor Roosevelt. Same face, hips, and size. Now that's low-key baby.

-- Posted by Hawker on Thu, Sep 2, 2010, at 9:02 AM

Band Courtesy:

The band stopped halfway through their performance? Seriously. All because nobody paid attention? What kind of message does that send. Its ok to quit. If I worked at the school, I would be upset with the band director, not the fans. In fact, i doubt that i would let them play the rest of the year. If they want to quit durring a perfromance, then they don't want to play durring the year. What if the football team quit?

Seriously, grow up band people. You are a secondary attraction. Grow some thicker skin.

-- Posted by lumbrgfktr on Thu, Sep 2, 2010, at 9:05 AM


Why is it do you think they show commentary and highlights over band performances? Because it is more interensting than the band performace to the overwelming majority of sports fans. maybe in the early day they dis show the band...but then they invented replay.

-- Posted by lumbrgfktr on Thu, Sep 2, 2010, at 9:07 AM

Low-key Michelle...Wrong comparison. Try Eleanor Roosevelt. Same face, hips, and size. Now that's low-key baby.

-- Posted by Hawker on Thu, Sep 2, 2010, at 9:02 AM

What exactly are we talking about with Michele Obama?

-- Posted by lumbrgfktr on Thu, Sep 2, 2010, at 9:08 AM

Making Changes --

Change the Constitution through ratification?

Tell that to the Founding Fathers.

-- Posted by grisgris on Thu, Sep 2, 2010, at 9:14 AM

Judges interpret the Constitutionality of laws.

And even though some activist right wing judges may make rulings I don't agree with, that's the way the Founding Fathers intended it to be.

-- Posted by grisgris on Thu, Sep 2, 2010, at 10:09 AM

LiveAnotherDay is right!

Michelle Obama is NO Jacqueline Kennedy.

Of Course Jacqueline was so amped up on amphetamine injections she was able to deal with almost anything AND MAKE IT LOOK GOOD. She was also married to a womanizer amd perhaps the worse President in my life time along with Jimmy.

I do not condemn her for doing ampetamines considering they were prescribed like candy in those days. Nor do I condone in anyway what happened to President Kennedy on that friday in Nov.1963

-- Posted by GREYWOLF on Thu, Sep 2, 2010, at 10:24 AM

And the band played on... but not in Cape. The orchestra played on the Titanic as she sank into the waves. Reportedly, they did not stop until they simply could play no longer.

I've seen violinists and guitarists playing on street corners to an audience of none. They play hoping someone will listen, and donate. They don't wait until they have an audience to begin playing. You can hear the music wafting from around the corner, even though they are the only one in the alley, they play. Art for art's sake.

Apparently, that lesson is not being taught at Cape Central. Obviously, not everyone was ignoring them, or this would not have been posted on speak-out. For the sake of the unseen listener, the band should have played on...

-- Posted by Shapley Hunter on Thu, Sep 2, 2010, at 10:25 AM

I live about a mile from the loud music that was played in a barn and I did not hear it. Now how would the writer of the complaint in speakout know that complaints came from 3 to 5 miles away.

-- Posted by Christ Return on Thu, Sep 2, 2010, at 11:08 AM

Christ Return:

I live about two miles away and heard it with my windows closed as well. It was annoying. We could almost make out the words when they were just speaking on stage. I'm all for parties and music, just at an appropriate venue that won't disrupt others...

-- Posted by monochromatic on Thu, Sep 2, 2010, at 11:43 AM

one poster no music at halftime....another poster too much music at party...a matter of taste perhaps ?

-- Posted by ad..man on Thu, Sep 2, 2010, at 12:30 PM

Hate speech

remember freedom of speech in the constitution. Yes people often spread hate about things but I wouldn't say they are forgetting the constitution when that is a right given to us in that sacred document. Best thing is ignore them and they go away and complain to someone else.

loud party

not sure I would want to listen to a party at 1:30 am either. Maybe I am getting old but at that time I want to be asleep.


Personaly I feel any changes should be brought before the people and let them vote on the matter. Judges are only human and like most politicians all they are in for is what benefits them.

Band courtesy

I have children, two plays sports the other is involved in band. I also did both when I was in high school and at SEMO. The work kids put into their half-time shows is hard BUT most band members know that half-time is when people run to the concession stand, make bathroom trips etc. It has always been that way and probably always will be. Half-time shows are practice for the band for when they have their competitions. Bands get their appreciation at these band festivals. As I tell my kids suck it up life ain't fair, the kids should have finished the show.

-- Posted by semoangel70 on Thu, Sep 2, 2010, at 2:05 PM


In the end it all boils down to one word "revenue". Jock talk produces it, band shows don't.


Your argument is invalid, band festivals are few and far between. Half time shows are not practice they are the culmination of hours of rehearsal and should merit the attention of the community not total disregard.

-- Posted by catmandue on Thu, Sep 2, 2010, at 2:50 PM

catmandue wrote:

"Half time shows are not practice they are the culmination of hours of rehearsal and should merit the attention of the community..."

People attend sporting events to see the sports, they attend concerts to hear the band. The band plays to provide entertainment to those that remain in their seats during halftime, If they concentrate on their music and marching, they wouldn't notice whether anyone was watching or not.

I enjoy hearing the band. But I'm not willing to sit through two-and-a-half hours of football in order to catch their performance. If I want to see the band, I'll go to a band venue. The stadium is not that great, accoustically speaking, anyhow.

-- Posted by Shapley Hunter on Thu, Sep 2, 2010, at 3:05 PM

Constitutional "freedom of speech"...you can say anything you want...it all depends on how you say it...

-- Posted by ad..man on Thu, Sep 2, 2010, at 4:06 PM

Central Band did a great show. I don't believe anyone was trying to hurt their feelings. Don't let it get you down. There were people not paying a whole lot of attention to the game either, so I wouldn't get real hurt about it.

-- Posted by agape on Thu, Sep 2, 2010, at 4:37 PM

catmandu, if Friday nights weren't for practicing for the band competitions, then why do the bands play "competition music?" I know the band at my high school back home got in trouble for it (finally) last year because they played their competition routine and the administrators wanted them to play more sports-like music.

You ever notice when the color guard is wearing random colors? Why aren't they wearing school colors?

-- Posted by redhawkstudent on Thu, Sep 2, 2010, at 5:05 PM


I spent 4 years in the high school band and 2 at SEMO with the Golden Eagles never one time did EVERYONE stay in their seat and watch the performance, matter of fact it was usually the parents of the band members alongwith a few others. Students know that the main attraction is the football game and not the band. Figure up the concerts the band has, the parades they march in, the few competitions they compete in and they have just as many opportunities to shine as the football team. My daughter graduates this year and is band and even she knows the majority of spectators could care less what the band does they want to see the action of the football game.

-- Posted by semoangel70 on Thu, Sep 2, 2010, at 5:14 PM

I didn't hear the music at all.

As for marching bands, it is all a scam. Nobody can play those instruments while doing intricate drill and ceremony movements. The drums are actually big speakers and the music is all pre-recorded.

-- Posted by bobby62914 on Thu, Sep 2, 2010, at 11:13 PM

Freedom of speech goes both ways. The liberal hypocrits attack conservatives and Republicans but cry out when Obama is criticized for destroying what is left of the constitution. Their solution is to eliminate free speech and the constitution since they don't like what is said and see it as a hinderance to their agenda. But then again they did pass Obamacare with a majority of citizens against it. That is called tyranny. So much for free speech and the constitution.

-- Posted by jadip4me on Fri, Sep 3, 2010, at 9:17 AM

I am surprised to just now read about the loud party.

I, very tired and angry due to interupted sleep, wrote to the paper the following morning. I live close to Kidd's and Hardees in Jackson. A thump boom boom boom woke me around midnight. I ran out in my gown tail to yell at my son for playing music in his car at that hour. Wasn't him.

I then thought maybe someone on Corinne St. had a basement party and I called Jackson PD because I could clearly hear a drum set including symbols and guitars and a person speaking and singing into a microphone - live music. Jackson dispatch told my they had had "numerous complaints" about the matter. It was a concert at the 5H and, since it was County, they were powerless.

I put a pillow over my head but still couldn't sleep. It sounded like someone were parked in front of my house with their car music as loud as it could be.I even heard them play Alabama's 'Mountain Music'.

About 1:40 I called County PD. Dispatch assured me that they were aware of the problem and that they had officers on the scene at that very moment. Within minutes- blessed silence.

Responding to Christ Return, the reason the speak out writer and I would know is the number of other people they might have spoken with who live that far away; as well as our police departments being honest with us(they would not have sent officers if it were just one or two cronic complainers.)

Hawker - Some people work jobs that are greatly affected by lack of sleep.

Over all, at that time in the morning, it was plain disrespect for the entire surrounding community.

-- Posted by Nanno on Sat, Sep 4, 2010, at 8:53 AM

I would like to ask this question of the 'Loud Party' author: do you not think this entire country has been 'ordinanced' and 'lawed' enough already? I do.

I would just like the 5H to be aware that they created a problem. And I fully believe that the police HAD to shut down the performance before someone decided to take a little 'backwoods justice'.

-- Posted by Nanno on Sat, Sep 4, 2010, at 9:23 AM

In response to the loud party at 5H. I live within 2 miles of there and did not hear anything. Yes, I am friends with them. I know that some of you think this was just a loud party. Did you know that there were people that came in from 11 different states to attend this music festival? That means revenue for the county for the weekend. People have to stay in motels, eat out, buy fuel, and purchase whatever other needs they may have. The issue of the county making money because of the "loud music" should be addressed also. As far as the "cops" shutting it down, the band playing at the time the cops came was on their last song. If you could hear so well, you would have heard, "May the Circle Be Unbroken" (a hymn)..that was the song playing when the "cops" came. BTW, The deputies couldn't shut it down until after 1:30. If the music was too loud before that then the "cops" should have stopped in and said something, because they had been driving up and down the county road from 10:30pm.

-- Posted by semo69 on Mon, Sep 6, 2010, at 7:20 AM

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