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Monday, September 27, 2010

Information request

THE Missouri Gaming Commission is a state institution and is subject to freedom of information requests. If the proposed casino company will not voluntarily disclose the overall economics of its gambling operation, it would appear that the company might not want public awareness before the upcoming vote. Granted, money goes to the city and state governments and on to worthy causes. Money is put into the economy via the casino payroll. But do any of the local voters know how much money the casino drains out of the local economy?

Give appropriate tips

As a server and bartender, I'm disgusted to receive a dollar tip from people that I wait on hand and foot. Please don't use the excuse that we are in a recession and it's all you can afford, because maybe you would have saved a little money if you stayed home. The average server makes around $3 per hour and relies on tips to survive. When I wait on someone whose bill is over $10 and a single dollar is left on the table, it makes me feel like I did something wrong.

Christianity mocked

WHILE atheism has been around a while, in the last 10 years it's become more fashionable or politically correct to be atheist. Christianity has been around far longer, but over the last 30-plus years, it's been the butt of jokes, portrayed as the cause of evil in TV shows and movies and treated as binding, limiting, enslaving of women and bigoted. Staunch, militant atheists have been trying not only to shove Christianity into the closet but out of our society altogether. Bill Maher has stated his contempt for all religion, but Christianity has been at the top of his list. Rosie O'Donnell has compared evangelical Christians to jihadist terrorists. While Christians do disagree with atheism, we do try to show that God is real without shoving him down atheists' throats. Can atheists say the same?

Give, don't gamble

I'D like to ask the ones who get a high from gambling if they would consider using their extra money to help some family or charity that is struggling financially. It's a great feeling, and you'll come to realize that there's no high like doing something for God. When I learned this, it changed my life.

Fool's gold

TO the voters of Cape Girardeau: Don't be fooled by the promoters of the casino. They're telling you about the glitz and glitter of additional profits while keeping quiet about the negative impact it would have on many family businesses in the area. The gambling industry has spent hundreds of thousands of dollars to lure people into their casinos and keep them there. The casinos don't want people spending their money somewhere else. They want it, and they'll spend whatever it takes to get it. Local business owners need more business, not less, especially now with the economy as it is.

No common sense

THOUGH I oppose most liberal types with every fiber of my being, at least their members have led us all to realize that the essential nature of man is irrational, lacking in personal responsibility, and devoid of common sense.

Thank you, Debra

THANK you, Debra Tracy, for standing up and voicing an opinion that apparently is not popular. Apparently our city council members are thinking only of the money Isle Of Capri says it will bring to Cape Girardeau.

Wrong attitude

"IF I come as an immigrant, you have the obligation to make me a citizen," Zeituni Onyango told WBZ-TV in an interview Monday. Is that a good attitude for someone who has lived and continues to live off the taxpayers without ever having contributed?

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Give appropriate tips

If you dont like your job. find another one!!!

Customers tip on the service they receive, you must be doing somthing wrong!!! Get a Life and a real job.

-- Posted by stlouisreader on Mon, Sep 27, 2010, at 5:39 AM

Re: appropriate tips

Being a waitress/waiter/server/bartender is hard work. You have to fill the needs of dozens of people at a moment's notice and take the heat if something is wrong with the meal or drink (even if it's not your fault.) Some people tip according to the service they receive but others are skinflints.

If the person gives great service, give better tips!

-- Posted by redpen on Mon, Sep 27, 2010, at 6:20 AM

Give appropriate tips: I know exactly what you mean and generally will tip 15%. But at a buffet, I will only tip $1.00 because I serve myself. If a restaurant has built in gratuity, I never return. My tips start at 15%; but, if service is less than good (I'm not saying excellent, just good) the tip will be less. If service is bad, the tip will be a quarter. If service is great, the tip is above 15%.

I have bartended and waitressed. So I am not ignorant on the subject. Maybe you should step up to the plate, take a little of the blame and improve your performance. If you are new to the field, pay attention to your coworkers who are making higher tips so you can maybe learn something you may have missed. If you are still consistently tipped low, the apply at a better establishment.

Christianity mocked: I disagree about the shoving down the throat part. I have never had an athiest knocking at my door to solicit atheism. You do have the choice not to watch these performers and to change the channel or turn the TV off. The people you have spoke of are only commedians and will say anything that they deem humorous. Turn the other cheek.

And by the way, Jews, Pagans and Native Americans were here long before Christians. History has shown that Christianity was shoved down their throats to the point of killing them if they did not convert. Thus forcing many of them to be closet religions.

-- Posted by Nanno on Mon, Sep 27, 2010, at 7:21 AM

Christianity mocked - This Atheist can. I have had several people try to convert me into Theism and they get down right offended when I tell them thanks but no thanks. I'm not the Atheist who is trying to take god out of everything. In fact, I don't care that "In God We Trust" is on our currency. It's not hurting me any and I'm not hell bent on getting it taken off. I don't care if kids pray in school. My precious son believes in God, so therefore I remain respectful of his beliefs. If he wants to pray he has every right to do so. I have to be honest and admit that I do mock religion, but ONLY in my small, close knit group of fellow Atheists. I would never mock you to your face nor would I challenge your beliefs to to your face (unless of course you were up for a good, day long debate). The same way you would never (I hope) mock me to my face or challenge me, but I 100% understand if you were to mock me behind my back.

I have to second Nanno and BCStoned and their entire comments.

-- Posted by kellyma82 on Mon, Sep 27, 2010, at 8:09 AM

@Christianity mocked

When Christian's are in the minority in the United States, then your argument will hold water. Until then, the only thing you have to fear from Atheists is a rational discourse.

-- Posted by SteveM on Mon, Sep 27, 2010, at 8:12 AM

Give appropriate tips - As a former pizza delivery person, I understand, however we were also forking out our own money for gas, oil change, and all the regular maintenance, tips were a little more important! However, when I go to an average priced restaurant I keep track of how many times our server visits our table to refill drinks, take plates away, ask if we need anything. If it's my wife and I at dinner, I usually tip a dollar for every EXTRA time we are visited, which usually comes between 10 and 25% tip. So I tip on how good the service was!

Christianity mocked - Bill Maher is such a liar. I watched a promo clip of his talk show, there are so many things that he stated as fact that were completely wrong, either his writing team doesn't properly research or he's just dumb! But I do agree, I don't throw religious talk into my non-believing friends, but I do bring the topic up every once in a while, and they fire back, it's good for us.

Fool's gold - It's a legal business, of course it's going to want to attract customers!

RAMS WON!!!!!!!!!!! I actually got to see a touchdown! or two... or three

-- Posted by vf43WRX on Mon, Sep 27, 2010, at 8:23 AM

To the server complaining about tips. I guess if everyone were to take your advice and stay home when they cant afford to leave a bigger tip..... You would be out of a job completely then.

-- Posted by thumkin on Mon, Sep 27, 2010, at 8:40 AM

Give, don't gamble...True, and a good way to get out of a depressed state is to go help another person. You help them change their life a little, and yours is changed too, sometimes a lot.

The high is great, as long as it not on your high horse.

-- Posted by Hawker on Mon, Sep 27, 2010, at 9:26 AM

Christianity mocked,

So christianity has only been mocked the last 30 years? Actually, it has been mocked much longer than that. And are you actually saying that Christians are mocked more than jews? In this country we mock everything. Its part of our fabrick and its part of our culture. Sorry if you don't like that. Feel free to go somewhere and start your own country where only Christianity can be practiced and free speach is outlawed.

I also love you people like you say things like "Shove Christianity in the closet". Please explain that. What most of you actually are saying is that you can't impose your will on everybody so you call it an attack? How is it "put in the closet". Are you being stopped from practicing your religion? Are you not allowed to build a church in certian areas like muslims?

Please explain yourself.

-- Posted by lumbrgfktr on Mon, Sep 27, 2010, at 9:51 AM

Regarding tips......

We tip for many reasons.....good food and good service being two of the reasons. Lousy food but good service doesn't get as big a tip as good food and good service.

Times are tough for everyone and we do stay home a lot instead of going out......some places we go are nearly empty so we aren't alone in the not going out as much idea.

Servers know what they are up against when they take these positions. No one is quaranteed anything for a tip...if you get a dollar, be grateful....it could have been nothing. Also look to yourself as a server before you look at the person you served.

-- Posted by Bickiestew on Mon, Sep 27, 2010, at 10:44 AM

Give appropriate tips ---...want a good tip ? don't bet on the casino coming to Cape...

Christianity mocked ---- hmmm , losing a little faith are we ?

yep , the RAMS won..what is that now , 2 games in 2 seasons ?

-- Posted by ad..man on Mon, Sep 27, 2010, at 11:14 AM

WOW, Rick. That is exactly what I said to the hubby last night. He is not happy. ☺

Give appropriate tips...for appropriate service. You have the right to change jobs.

No common sense...realize that the essential nature of man is irrational, lacking in personal responsibility, and devoid of common sense!

Ahhh, another comment that reminds me of my husband. ☺ ☻ ☺ ☻

-- Posted by Turnip on Mon, Sep 27, 2010, at 1:13 PM

The customer is already paying a pretty good amount for the food. The customer should not be expected to also pay the salaries of the employees at the restaurants. The employers need to pay better and quit expecting the customer to make up the difference.

-- Posted by redhawkstudent on Mon, Sep 27, 2010, at 1:15 PM

Me'Lange , did you participate in the live casino meeting ? you make valid points..

-- Posted by ad..man on Mon, Sep 27, 2010, at 2:59 PM

Tips...Don't fry bacon when your naked.

If the server is good he/she will get a good tip.

If my glass stays empty or if the server never shows up to check if everything is ok...not so good a tip.

-- Posted by trekker on Mon, Sep 27, 2010, at 3:07 PM

If the waitress looks hot and is dressed slutty - big tip!

Otherwise, not so much...

-- Posted by bobby62914 on Mon, Sep 27, 2010, at 4:13 PM

Diner, truck stop, coffee shop or Chinese buffet - doesn't matter...

-- Posted by bobby62914 on Mon, Sep 27, 2010, at 6:54 PM

Me'Lange, I don't go to those places, they demean women...

-- Posted by bobby62914 on Mon, Sep 27, 2010, at 11:26 PM

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