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Speak Out 10/7/10

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Dog park

THE Cape Girardeau city council says we need a dog park. Look at our streets. Look at all the people that are hungry. They say we need a dog park? You've got to be kidding.

Constitution Day

ANOTHER Constitution Day has passed and there was little coverage in the media. What most people forget is that our Founding Fathers were so fearful of a strong, central government, that our first form of government was not the Constitution but the Articles of Confederation. The confederation was too weak, so the process to construct our Constitution began. I wonder what our Founding Fathers would say today?

Big government

HAS anybody noticed, governments tend to get bigger and bigger over time? We need to think about a way to make government smaller. Think about our parks system. The state generally will buy a new park periodically, but they never sell an old state park back to the industry. The federal government does the same thing.

Angels among us

I would like to thank the lady at Country Mart that helped me pay for my groceries when I didn't have enough to pay for them. She is an angel. Thank you again.

Casino location

I live across the river in East Cape Girardeau and go to a casino boat once or twice a month. My husband and I are retired and know how much we can spend. It's just entertainment. Sometimes, we may spend $50 a piece. Cape Girardeau would be close for us, and I would go to Cape Girardeau before I'd go to a casino in Illinois.

Political calls

WHAT can I do to get these politicians off my phone? If they call and I can hang up on them, they still talk to my answering machine. I wouldn't mind it so much, but you can't disconnect the calls. This is a safety hazard. This is an invasion of my privacy.

Casinos are a gimmick

I hope everyone read the letters to the editor by Dr. Kamath and Terry Rollins of Cape Girardeau regarding the casino. They were right on target when they wrote how compulsive gambling overtakes a family and marriage. The children reflect this tension in their schoolwork. The city coffers always need more funds. The allure of the money for projects is comparable to a child and his Christmas wish list. You don't get something for nothing. We call that a gimmick.

Highway safety

I have lived on Highway 177 for almost 40 years. During that time, there have been nearly 20 accidents in front of our home, and at least one accident caused the death of the driver. It's not just the people going to work for Fru-Con, Procter & Gamble, Nordenia and other places. It's also the Hummer-driving mothers taking their children to school at Nell Holcomb. I've lost count of how many times parents have passed me only to whip into the school driveway at 3 p.m. to pick up their children. It's irresponsible.

Newspaper in hand

I do use a lot of technology, but Joe Sullivan, I'm with you. There's nothing like sitting and reading the newspaper.

Too many casinos

IF you want to go to a riverboat, you can go to Metropolis or Caruthersville or even drive down to Memphis -- which gives you a great excuse for a vacation. I don't see how they think one in Cape Girardeau can make any money if there's one in Caruthersville, one in Metropolis and one in Memphis.

Casinos and bingo

IF you want to go to a casino in Cape Girardeau, I don't care. However, if the casino vote fails, stop all bingo. Sounds fair to me.

Casino fun

I frequent casinos about six times a year in St. Louis, Metropolis and Tunica, and I think they're great. I'm a senior, and I especially love seeing so many seniors out and about at casinos having a good time. It's a social experience and a lot more entertaining than staying home and watching TV. Of course you do stand a good chance of losing money in a casino, but you can also easily lose your money in the stock market. Talk about gambling.

Foolish spending

THE city of Cape Girardeau is already planning how they would spend the revenue generated by a casino. They suggest spending the money, albeit foolishly, on a dog park, trees and a vegetable garden. Don't you think we need more police officers and firefighters in our city? Don't you think we need to invest in common sense needs instead of flushing our money down the toilet? Please wake up, city of Cape Girardeau.

Counting chickens

I think the mayor and city council of Cape Girardeau are counting their chickens before they hatch. We do not have a casino yet, and if I have my way about it, we won't.

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Highway safety; I lived near Jefferson school for years and saw the same thing , usually teachers and parents speeding , well 45-50 in town is fast.

I also worked the shifts at Nordenia & saw a few wrecks after the night shifts , one was directly across from the school.

-- Posted by rockman54 on Thu, Oct 7, 2010, at 1:36 AM

Newspaper in hand --- i use mine to kill those pesky flies .

-- Posted by ad..man on Thu, Oct 7, 2010, at 9:00 AM

Casinos are a gimmick

I doubt the other 12 casino towns and Cities would agree. I agree that some folks are addicted to gambling just like many are addicted to Tobacco,alcohol,prescription drugs etc. Frankly, just one of those mentioned have ruined more families and marriages then gaming EVER will!

I don't here anyone advocating prohibition of these things. Dr.Kamath is a very intelligent doctor and human being and, normally I would agree with him. However on this issue I disagree.

Not too sure what part of 125 million dollar construction project, 350 plus jobs and revenue for the City coffers folks disagree with. I tire of hearing that gaming is bad for families and marriages and even immoral. Dr.Kamath and others have no right telling others what choices they can or cannot make. Casino gaming is legal in Missouri and most other States. I see NO reason for Cape Girardeau to prohibit it. In 26 days many of us who get off their butts and vote will decide if Cape wants a casino. I will VOTE YES on casino gaming on November 2nd. because it will be good for our area and City and the positives (in my opinion) out weigh the negatives that I have researched.

-- Posted by GREYWOLF on Thu, Oct 7, 2010, at 9:39 AM

I love it when people who don't read history share their ignorance about the origins of our constitution. All one needs to do is read the notes James Madison kept each day of the constitutional convention, which lasted from May until early September 1787. The federalist papers are also a good read for those serious about understanding the thoughts of our founders. Both are long and hard to follow at times, but several themes emerge immediately. The states were incompetent to depend on for needs of the nation as a whole, and a strong federal government was needed. One thing conspicuously absent, contrary to many modern day fundamentalists, was much discussion of religion. That's not what the creation of the constitution was about. It was about commerce, defense, fair representation, AND GUESS WHAT, THE NEED FOR TAXES TO FINACE STUFF, and the failure of state governments to cope with these issues.

-- Posted by wrcactus on Thu, Oct 7, 2010, at 9:39 AM

Newspaper in hand...Unless you're reading MAD Mag...

-- Posted by Hawker on Thu, Oct 7, 2010, at 9:41 AM

The problems with education today are:

1. Rules and regulations governing who teaches, what they teach are made by politicians who have no background in education other than getting to their position because someone taught them well enough to get the job they have.

2. Too many rules and regulations. Teach children reading, writing and arithmetic for their first 4 years in school. A brilliant person once said she could teach school with nothing more than a newspaper(s) Think on that one. Math, science, reading, writing, history, physical education etc.

3. Politicians need to go into a classroom for a month or two. They have to follow all the standards set up for all students/teachers. They have to live on an average teacher's salary, live in their home, have their children and community responsibilites to follow. 'Then' see just what their opinion of the educational process they still want to cut/change.

4. Change is needed in education, but it should be, '''let''' teachers teach, teach children on their own level and let them progress at a pace that is successful for them. All students are not created the same, except that they are valued for the fact that they are human beings who want to be respected. No child left behind, may mean a 12 yr old child is working at a 7 yr old's level and there are 7 year olds that are as intelligent as a 10 year old. To progress, in one year, one grade level is great and neither child has been 'left behind'. Maybe in time the 12 yr old will catch up, maybe they won't, but don't punish schools, teachers because he/she hasn't met State requirements.

5. Get parents involved in their child/children's education. Teach your children to respect the school, teachers and administrators.

6. Schools should be run as a business, not as a 'good old boys' club. We trust our children's minds (and yours, at one time) to the most under appreciated, overworked and poorly compensated people who chose to be "Public Servants", and I do mean that they are treated as Servants, but someone has to teach more Doctors, Lawyers, Ministers, Pilots, Construction workers and you get the idea. If we are so bad, how come the US has gotten as far as it has? all the way to the moon.

-- Posted by Let'scommunicate on Thu, Oct 7, 2010, at 12:02 PM

I concur with you Greywolf. I think a casino has the potential to meld rather easily into the infrastructure downtown and aside from some billboards pointing the way I doubt most will even notice much change. I expect this to pass.

You going to be at the Jackson BBQ thing this weekend? I can smell it already.

-- Posted by SWBG on Thu, Oct 7, 2010, at 12:24 PM


Wore myself out at last weekends BBQ at the River City Music fest Blues and BBQs. Might ride over on the bike and check out some of the teams and cooks. Had left over ribs today at lunch. Now, after reading Me'lang's post, I want some chocolate milk. I had forgotten how much I loved it. Use to fight over it in the Navy mess hall back in those days. There would only be so much to go around and you had to get there early.

Sorry for going off subject.

-- Posted by GREYWOLF on Thu, Oct 7, 2010, at 3:08 PM

Somebody definitely has too much free time.Time to get a job.

-- Posted by Peedo on Thu, Oct 7, 2010, at 8:22 PM

buttermilk comes from a cow with three (3) udders .

-- Posted by ad..man on Thu, Oct 7, 2010, at 9:19 PM

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