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Speak Out 10/3/10

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Buy insurance

I agree with the person who said some people could have insurance, but just don't want to buy it.

Casino support

I don't see a problem with the possibility of a casino being built in Cape Girardeau. I see any economic development in this area as a positive source of much needed tax revenue and jobs. And if you are against the idea of a casino, don't go. The casino could only benefit this town, not harm it.

New vote

CONCERNING Planning and Zoning in the County, I think it'd be interesting for this to be voted on today. There are quite a few more residents in the county today than there were a decade ago that aren't big land owners protecting their own interests. With the current example of a quarry arriving in people's backyards, I suspect the vote would go differently than it did in 2000. Cape County Commission: now might be the time to bring this issue back into the discussion.

Drug problem

PEOPLE are always talking about the drug problem on the south side of Cape Girardeau. People on the north, west and east side of Cape Girardeau have drug problems too, but for some reason they focus on the south side. All of Cape Girardeau needs cleaning up, not just one section. I'll go a step further: Let's clean up Missouri's record of being the meth capital.

Trust GOP?

THE Republican Party has just issued a document. The essence of much of its message is to the tea party and is summed up by "trust us." My response: why?

Bad change

I agree with the Speak Out comment that said Republican control of Congress will bring about change. It will -- for the worse.

Tests relevance

SPEAK Out and the national media have been filled with items about school and teacher performance recently. I wonder just how much the tests used to measure that performance, such as the MAP and EOC, cost the taxpayer. Some schools spend four weeks preparing students for the tests. This is all done to evaluate the school and teachers. Do these test results indicate to the parents how well their children will compete in our new economy or how well they memorize information?

Better feedback

COULDN'T Missouri employers, technical school educators and university professors provide valuable feedback to the Missouri Department of Education regarding new high school graduates? They might provide more valuable information, perhaps at a lower cost. Passing tests isn't the point of school. Getting the interview, getting the job, keeping the job, and surviving in this new difficult economy are the point of school.

Jackson maintenance

PLEASE tell me why Jackson School District keeps building new buildings when they don't take care of the ones they have. The new football locker room has a floor that needs replaced and an air conditioner that doesn't work.

Quarry problems

FRUITLAND quarry supporters, you don't know what kind of mess you are getting into. The quarry on Highway 74 in Cape Girardeau County is owned by the same person. The trucks leaving the quarry with a load do not cover their loads as required by the state. Those around the truck haver to dodge the large rocks bouncing out of the trucks.

All my best, Joe

I would like to wish Joe Sullivan all the best during his retirement. I loved all of his columns and stories about his life, especially those about his family and his cat. I'm really glad to hear he is going to continue to write his column. I also loved Mark Kneer's column about Mr. Sullivan that appeared in Wednesday's paper.

Thank you

I'M an Army veteran resident of the Missouri Veterans Home in Cape Girardeau. I wish to thank the person who found and returned my binocular case that I lost while attending the recent Mel Tillis/Ray Price musical performance at the SEMO fairgrounds.

Parole problems

If the courts allows parolees to associate with someone convicted of drug related charges, then someone needs to be voted out at the next election. Probation officers should be reminded that they are state employees. The tax paying residents of the state are the employers. If what we read is true, it would be best that they do their job or find another one.

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Missouri Probation and Parole Officers must follow the policies and procedures set out by MDC/MBPP which essentially prevents them from doing much of anything about "association". Many probationers/parolees never even see an Officer.

-- Posted by Red_Rhino on Sun, Oct 3, 2010, at 6:18 AM

Thank you --- ..you are welcome !

Quarry problems --- it's the pits , i tell ya...

Better feedback --- the new grading system started this year . how are they gonna monitor graduates right now ?

Drug problem --- drugs saved my life .

Buy insurance --- i agree . people can afford cell phones , they can afford insurance .

anybody seen a UFO lately ?

-- Posted by ad..man on Sun, Oct 3, 2010, at 7:30 AM

Rick: Many people especially the working middle class family of four can not purchase health insurance because of the extremely high cost of it far costly per month than cell phone charges. Many people have shifted to higher deductables ranging from $2,500 to $20,000 so they could have at least something. As you know the higher deductable the less cost and less benefit of health insurance. The health insurance industry is out of control no doubt about it, the cost at these doctors offices and hospitals is unbelievable. I don't care what Limbaugh and Beck say this country needs health care reform in a big way right now the every day middle class person can not afford the cadiliac plans and the small businesses can't either. The middle class continue to be trapped in the middle taking care of the wealthly and the poor.

-- Posted by swampeastmissouri on Sun, Oct 3, 2010, at 8:13 AM

Parole Problems.

From DOC website:

5. ASSOCIATION: I will obtain advance permission from my probation and parole

officer before I associate with any person convicted of a felony or misdemeanor, or with

anyone currently under the supervision of the Division of Probation and Parole. It is my

responsibility to know with whom I am associating.

As you review your past life and think about how you got involved in difficulty with the law, many times you will find that your association with some other person, who previously had legal difficulty, played a role in your situation. This condition is to help you avoid this mistake in the future. It will be your responsibility to know with whom you associate. We would caution you to select your friends and associates wisely.

Naturally, there will be times when your work and place of residency will place you in contact with persons who have been convicted of felonies and misdemeanors or with persons who are currently under the supervision of the Board of Probation and Parole. The mere fact that you live in the same dwelling or work in the same place of employment does not mean that you have to associate after working hours or outside the place of residence. If, because of place of residency or employment, you find yourself in association with someone as defined above, discuss the situation with your probation and parole officer. You need advance permission from your probation and parole officer before associating with these individuals.

Additionally, if you have family members who have been convicted of a felony or a misdemeanor, or are currently under the supervision of the Board of Probation and Parole, you need advance permission from your probation and parole officer before associating with these individuals.

Lastly, you may encounter other offenders when participating in a program. Any association outside the program must be specifically approved by your probation and parole officer. This includes transportation to and from programs.

-- Posted by Red_Rhino on Sun, Oct 3, 2010, at 8:48 AM

Jackson Maintenance: ever been in an elementary building in the district. Hard telling how much black mold is growing from all the leaking roofs in the district. It is just amazing to walk in some buildings. They get new tiles on the floors so the kids can make sure they walk in a straight line, but you might kill yourself for all the buckets out in the hall way catching the rain water that poors in.

-- Posted by becauseicare on Sun, Oct 3, 2010, at 8:51 AM

Just a reminder - October is Fire Prevention month.

This is the month where the various fire departments traditionally remind people of the value of smoke detectors and to change their batteries at least annually.

Personally, I would much rather bemoan the loss of my stuff than to have others bemoaning the loss of me. :-)

One thing that came to my attention is that these smoke detectors do have lifespans - on the order of 8 - 10 years, according to this source - http://www.usfa.dhs.gov/citizens/all_cit...

How Long will my Smoke Alarm Last?

Most alarms installed today have a life span of about 8-10 years. After this time, the entire unit should be replaced. It is a good idea to write the date of purchase with a marker on the inside of your alarm so you will know when to replace it. Some of the newer alarms already have the purchase date written inside. In any event, always follow the manufacturer's instructions for replacement.

Just a friendly reminder for your consideration.

-- Posted by fxpwt on Sun, Oct 3, 2010, at 10:29 AM

Bad change

Huh? The history is clear; things were better the last time the Republicans held the majority than they are now. Still, they did a bad job - just not nearly as bad as the current bunch.

-- Posted by bobby62914 on Sun, Oct 3, 2010, at 10:49 AM

The police report has a 20 year-old getting arrested for stealing at Walmart. He had weed on him.

Of course, he is innocent until proven guilty in a oourt of law.

If he is guilty, he is also dumb. Dumb. Dumb.

-- Posted by bobby62914 on Sun, Oct 3, 2010, at 10:52 AM


people on entitlements have way too many accessories to be getting their healthinsurance paid for buy the USA .

-- Posted by ad..man on Sun, Oct 3, 2010, at 11:57 AM

Jackson Maintenance:

Agree with the comment about football locker room. And to think we taxpayers spent money on a locker room no high school football team should have. For several months (3 at least) the mainetnance guys have been working on a new concession stand/restrooms INSTEAD OF upkeeping the current buildings. Granted the restrooms are needed, but not at this time when upkeep maintenance on the buildings is not happening as it should. Have you been in some of the schools? Allot needs done, but no, we need more buildings that won't get kepted up. Could it be from lack of personnel? Come on School Board and Superintendant, where's the priority here?

-- Posted by iceprincess2000 on Sun, Oct 3, 2010, at 1:36 PM

Quarry problems,what problems? Just think what we would do without them. You wouldn't have your concrete or asphalt driveways.You would be driving on dirt roads.As for rocks falling off trucks,very doubtful.Dump truck drivers are too afraid of DOT for that to happen because people call in too many false reports on them.As for living near a rock quarry I grew up about a quarter mile from one.Our family and neighbors never gave it a second thought.Remember,if you can't grow it you have to mine it

-- Posted by Peedo on Sun, Oct 3, 2010, at 3:22 PM

i'm disabled and don't have a new van or cell phone .

-- Posted by Rick... on Fri, May 2, 2008, at 8:23 AM

i've paid into SSI my whole life and i don't feel

guilty about getting it back now...nope , not at


-- Posted by Rick... on Wed, Apr 1, 2009, at 6:12 PM

-- Posted by ho ho ho on Sun, Oct 3, 2010, at 3:40 PM

I agree with the others about Jackson Public Schools...what really irks me though is when your kid asked for your help and you ask them to see the book their response is " oh sorry we only have books for classroom use only we cant bring them home" strange we can afford to build these buildings but cant afford for each student to have their own set of books for their use?? Oh well guess we'll have to raise the taxes for that too....jmo

-- Posted by countrygirl71 on Sun, Oct 3, 2010, at 5:40 PM

swampeastmissouri You are100% on this one.It's the working class people who get the shaft every day they go to work.We have to pay the taxes that the wealthy doesn't have to pay.While the ones that are too lazy to work collect social security that we pay in.I know of at least 10 people that collect social security under false pretenses.Women have more kids so they can collect more money.Working people have to pay everyone elses salary that don't work so they don't have enough left over to afford insurance.while others collect benefits they don't deserve they cause health care to rise by running themselves and their kids to the emergency room every time they get a runny nose,and guess who pays for that.Medical costs are high because the government pays whatever the industry charges without question.It has to stop somewhere.Now think about it ,who is responsible for the high price of health care.

-- Posted by Peedo on Sun, Oct 3, 2010, at 7:11 PM


that's the sorry part ..we pay for the uninsured now..ObamaCare wants us to pay for the uninsured in the future too...why not put a stop to it all together except for the infirmed ?

i personally know people who play the system . they get EBT cards , that they swap for cash with their relatives , and receive federal monies now...but they use all these monies on cell phones , Charter Cable , beer , dub-sacks , etc .., when they could be buying health insurance with it .

btw , they don't have auto insurance either ...

-- Posted by ad..man on Sun, Oct 3, 2010, at 7:55 PM

Taxes the wealthy don't pay? Wealth and high income are not the same thing. We have INCOME TAX not wealth tax.

The high income earners pay almost all of the income taxes now. If you didn't already know that, the question is who has been lying to you and why do you still trust them?

-- Posted by bobby62914 on Sun, Oct 3, 2010, at 10:30 PM

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