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Speak Out 9/14/10

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Channel rescue

I'M calling about Station 3 at the fire department. I would like to thank all those firefighters who went to the Diversion Channel to rescue two of my fellow fishermen when their boat broke down. The firefighters did a great job. Thank you to the Cape Girardeau Fire Department for having that service available.

Appropriate shoes

YES, Jesus Christ wore sandals, but that was the appropriate custom of the day. Sandals are still considered appropriate in the workplace, even schools, today. Flip-flops are not the same as sandals, and they aren't typically accepted in a business setting. Jesus never wore flip-flops.

Put foot down

THE Rev. Terry Jones is right about one thing. It is time for us to put our foot down. Burning the Quran is disrespectful. But we need to stand up for Christianity and our rights in our own country. We need to stop the idiocy.

Downtown living

I'M an older person who does not go to bars. It seems to me that when you choose to live in the downtown area, you choose to live with what goes on there. You need to decide if that's the area you want to live in before you invest in a house.

It's all gambling

WHERE is the petition I can sign to abolish bingo? You can't be for bingo and against a casino. They are both gambling. What is wrong with having revenue that goes to our public schools?

Middle class

YOU should read Michael Medved's book, "The Five Big Lies About American Business." It responds to the belief that the rich get richer and the poor get poorer. Chapter 2 shows our so-called poor of today are living far in excess of our middle class just 30 years ago. Using government figures Medved shows that there are poor Americans living better than the middle class of Paris, London, Athens and other European cities. President Obama and the Democrats who are trying to destroy capitalism or the free-enterprise system that made this country possible should read this book.

Income and jobs

I hope a casino comes to Cape Girardeau. If church members don't want to go to the casino, that's fine. But they shouldn't keep a casino from coming to town because it's going to generate income and jobs.

Quarry welcome

I think it's great that we're getting a rock quarry in Fruitland and a bigger rock quarry close to Route W and Route Y. This is going to add to the economy in the Fruitland area. The number of jobs will help our unemployment situation. I hope the citizens welcome these two additions with open arms.

Adult responsibility

I have no problem with a casino coming to Cape Girardeau. I don't particularly enjoy gambling. Some people do. My wife likes to go to a casino now and then. She sees it as entertainment, and she has a good time. I think it would be nice to have a casino in Cape Girardeau. I am not going to blame the casino if I decide to gamble away $100 or even my entire paycheck. I am an adult. Blaming a casino because someone blows his paycheck there is silly. If you don't like it, don't go there. If you do, then let's build it.

Animal safety

TO the people living in the Fruitland area along Route W: please be aware there are two vicious pit bulls running at large. These dogs killed our beloved family pet and came after me. One dog is gray and white. The other is brown and white, if you see them, please call the sheriff's department at 243-3551. Ask for deputy Ed Curtis.

More regulation

AFTER suffering through the most massive financial meltdown in American history and a Bernie Madoffian shakedown of thousands of U.S. investors, a German professor named Thomas Straubhaar attempted to criticize the American people by suggesting we "no longer have faith in the self-healing forces of the private sector." No, professor, we don't. Nor should we. We have learned a very hard lesson about what happens when we abandon effective government regulation and rely exclusively on the mystical guiding hand of laissez-faire economics, something thought silly even by the so-called father of capitalism, Adam Smith.

Left behind

SOMEONE deemed Jackson's new grading system a cover for further dumbing down education. I don't know if that is possible, since the standards resulting from the No Child Left Behind Act emphasize math and reading. The program pays no attention to history, art, government and the humanities in general, thus forcing teachers to throw in the towel on a well-rounded education and teach to the tests. Sadly, there is a consensus among parents and both political parties that this is the way to go. If our goal is to develop well-rounded persons and informed public participants in our democratic system, then in the name of leaving no child behind we are leaving them all behind.

Less government

IT is evident liberals do not understand simple economics. When people and businesses are taxed more, the money goes for more wasteful, intrusive government spending. Your income will be reduced to purchase goods and services to support the economy. Businesses will have less for raises or expansions that lead to more jobs. Increased taxes and out-of-control government spending have resulted in a bad economy. The administration believes spending even more will stimulate the economy. Keep in mind that the $787 billion stimulus was supposed to correct the economy but has only made it worse, since the money didn't go into the economy but into bigger government. Throwing more government money raised by increasing taxes will only lead to a worse economic condition. Bigger government is the problem, not the solution. That has been proven.

Revenue prospects

THUS far the opponents of a casino have refused to provide any serious proposals regarding increased revenue for the city. Instead, they have chosen to focus their arguments on moral grounds. Here is an economic issue for them that should be answered before the November vote. If a casino were to be approved, how does the city council intend to spend the additional revenue? Will it use the money to cut taxes and repay debt or buy new cars and create more programs? Without a pledge by the council on this issue, the voters are essentially being asked to give the city a blank check.

Stop all gambling

THIS town does not need a sinful gambling casino. In addition to the casino on the ballot, I wish we also could vote to stop bingo, scratch-offs and Powerball.

Pet responsibility

IF you have pets, be responsible owners. Don't let your sick pets wander the streets to get hit by a driver. Have them on a leash. Take them to a vet. If it is their time to go, do the right thing.

Right president

SOMEONE quoted Scripture to the effect that when evil people are in power, the crime rate increases. Since the crime rate in America continues to drop in most major categories, it renews my faith that we have the right president in power.

Make it louder

RESIDENTS complaining about excessive noise emanating primarily from Bel Air's bands have no legal standing. The law presumes they should have known that living where they do would expose them to a pre-existing condition. In fact, many music lovers who live in and around Bel Air specifically and downtown Cape Girardeau in general are so outraged by the complaints being lodged they are, in effect, urging the proprietors of Bel Air and other downtown establishments that host bands to pump up the volume.

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Animal safety --- pit bulls again !!

-- Posted by ad..man on Tue, Sep 14, 2010, at 5:36 AM

Here we go again about the attire of teachers. I've been reading people's complaints for the last couple of months about how terrible it is that teachers wear casual clothes and how it's leading to the downfall of society.

Here's the rub, people: having little Johnnie's third grade teacher wear a dress and pumps isn't going to improve his grade. He won't respect people any more or any less if that person is wearing a Brooks Brothers suit. You know why? Because respect begins at home. Curiosity and learning begin at home.

You want little Johnnie to get a better education? Be a more involved parent/guardian. Join the PTO, attend the parent/teacher conferences (and bring a list of concerns with you), read your kid's textbooks and find out what they're learning. And by all means, find out how government is treating education.

-- Posted by redpen on Tue, Sep 14, 2010, at 6:08 AM

Teachers' Attire

I agree wholeheartedly with you... teachers should dress appropriately and in such a way that they can concentrate on the work required in the classroom...as to flip flops...I think they are dangerous...sandals no problem...you need to be comfortable...however the main emphasis should be on teaching...it is disturbing how many young people are so uninformed about history, government etc.,,,however with all the extra duties, extra paperwork, and the number of students in the classrooms, it is amazing that teachers have time to teach anything...it is no wonder that very heavy book bags are carried home daily from school to do school assignments..of course on nights that there are ball games it is not unusual to have lighter homework...lol

-- Posted by walela on Tue, Sep 14, 2010, at 6:33 AM

Appropriate shoes- Do you happen to have a pair of Jesus' old shoes to back up the statement?

Put foot down - freedom of religion means ALL religions. We all know this was probably directed against Islam; but, AMERICANS are also Jews, Buddhists, Hindus, Pagans and Native Americans. Not all are Christian. Why should you be afraid of YOUR rights being taken away? Our nation did NOT give you your religion. It came from a higher source. Have faith in and practice your religion. Which I also believe teaches compassion, not contempt, for the misguided. Please, feel free to read your bible to see if this is correct or not.

Downtown living - I agree.

More regulation - Maybe we shouldn't have separated from England and King George. If we hadn't fought the Revolutionary War and lost so many of our ancestors (mine included), then we would have all the regulations you so desire. The citizens built this country and made it strong with little or no government involvement. Are you really telling us that we are all little children who can do nothing without Mommy and Daddy (government and regulations) telling us every move and hovering over us to make sure we don't make a mistake. We can and will heal ourselves. I really don't want to become the USSA. I want the freedom for which my ancestors died.

Less government - If we keep going in the direction that we are, we will all be government owned and operated. Next will be ration coupons and checkpoints at all city limits.

-- Posted by Nanno on Tue, Sep 14, 2010, at 7:00 AM

More Anger, Hyperbole, Fear, Uncertainty, and Doubt. Welcome, everyone, to Tuesday.

-- Posted by SteveM on Tue, Sep 14, 2010, at 8:17 AM

More regulation,

Regulations serve the interests of those being regulated. They are used to protect the mercantilist interests of the partnership between business and government. Mussolini, Hitler, Hoover, and Roosevelt carried this partnership to depression and war. There is no evidence that laissez faire will not work, since we have never tried it, except maybe at yard sales.

Less government,

Government is an expense, just as insurance, groceries, homes, and vehicles are expenses. But neither political party are willing to reduce this expense.

-- Posted by BCStoned on Tue, Sep 14, 2010, at 8:21 AM

Put our food down?

What Christian "rights" are being challanged. Please, name one.

Less Governement.

Its obvious you don't understand politics. It's not only the Liberals that tas and waste money.

-- Posted by lumbrgfktr on Tue, Sep 14, 2010, at 8:34 AM

Pit Bulls again.....I bet they bought a house out on Rt. W and decided to terrorize the neighbors instead of going to work. You know of course Pits are smart enought to read and sign contracts, make a living without a paying job and decide what they want to do each and every day. Holding these dogs responsible for their own behavior is not going to fix the problem. Find the owners and make sure they are held responsible for the actions of the dogs they have chosen. You can kill these two dogs but these people will simply get more. Hold them responsible, fix the problem.

-- Posted by Melanie Coy on Tue, Sep 14, 2010, at 8:57 AM

Downtown living...here, here!

It's all gambling, Income and jobs, Adult responsibility, Revenue prospects, Stop all gambling, et.al...If the vote for a casino passes we will have temporary construction and then some permanent employment. We will have a renovated Broadway and Main Streets with signage - "follow the yellow brick road". And of course some of the local Big Shots will build some condos, etc., near downtown. Okay, fine. The casino folks want their patrons to stay put in the casino, so they will put in amenities to make that happen. The expected huge influx of visitors to the downtown area will be disappointing. However, the City will have some additional funds in their coffers. What happens then is anyone's guess. Let us hope some good planning is going on.

Animal safety...Bang! Bang!

Make it louder...Rock on, dude.

Right president...Hey Humphrey, quit Bogarting and pass it on.

-- Posted by Hawker on Tue, Sep 14, 2010, at 9:04 AM


Cape currently has no noise ordinace regulated by decibels.

As far as the noise ordinaces, the court favors the "noise makers". It might be hard to overturn given the fact it resides in a business district.

-- Posted by lumbrgfktr on Tue, Sep 14, 2010, at 11:39 AM

Cities, with their noise ordinances, are starting to go after church bells, it seems:


This particular bell should be 'grandfathered' in, as in 'no ex post facto laws', but that won't keep it out of court, as has been the case in Phoenix:


The Arizona Court cited the enforcement of the ordinance against church bells as a violation of the right of religious expression.

-- Posted by Shapley Hunter on Tue, Sep 14, 2010, at 11:49 AM

The Speak Out submission about how government taxing and spending contributes to businesses not having enough money for raises or expansion just misses one little inconvenient truth about where the government spends tax money: Government spends tax money by buying goods and services from private businesses. That's why the War on Iraq bankrupted us as taxpayers, but resulted in the largest transfer of our tax funds in our nations's history. It all went to the rich industrialists. The Republicans looted our treasury and handed it all over to their rich buddies in Big Business. That's what got us into this mess.

-- Posted by JoJax on Tue, Sep 14, 2010, at 12:12 PM


I'm afraid you are misinformed. The 'spending binge' of the Republicans pales in comparison to the spending binge that followed. The War cost us $1 trillion over the course of six or more years, whereas the failed 'stimulus' cost us nearly a trillion in only a few months.

If you will look at the Treasury's website, you'll find that the deficit exploded, non in the years 2001-2006, when the Republican's held Congress, but in the years 2007 and after, when Nancy Pelosi held the gavel.

The war was costly, but it did not 'bankrupt' the nation. In fact, GDP grew by about $1 trillion more than the deficit during the six years of Republican Congressional control with President Bush at the helm It has grown by a whopping .3 trillion on the years since, even as spending has accelerated.

-- Posted by Shapley Hunter on Tue, Sep 14, 2010, at 12:18 PM

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