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Speak Out 10/26/10

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

City chickens

THE city of Cape Girardeau is not the place for chickens. I have enough trouble with barking dogs and people who allow their pets to use my property for a toilet. I can imagine the noise and the smell coming from a chicken coop, and I guarantee most people won't be very good at cleaning the coup. Next it will be cows for fresh milk.

Addiction help

WE have the Missouri Gaming Commission Problem Gambling Program, the Missouri Alliance to Curb Problem Gambling, gambling help line 888-BETSOFF, the Compulsive Gamblers Fund, the Voluntary Exclusion Program and Gamblers Anonymous. Could gambling possibly be a problem for people?

No to casino

DOWNTOWN Cape Girardeau is not struggling on Friday and Saturday nights. We went to Broussard's last Friday night and every table was practically full. If a casino comes to Cape Girardeau, downtown businesses on a Friday and Saturday nights may not continue to thrive. Cape Girardeau doesn't need a casino. We're doing just fine without one.

Cape farm

IF you're going to have chickens for fresh eggs, how about a cow for fresh milk. Let's make Cape Girardeau look like a farm.

Political commercials

I am looking forward to not hearing anymore political commercials. I am so sick of them.

Don't blame Bush

I hear people complaining about the eight years of former president Bush. I wish these individuals would go back to 2006 when the Democrats took control of the Congress and look at what the unemployment rate and the state of the economy was then. It wasn't until the control of Congress went to the Democrats and their tax-and-spend methods that the bottom fell out for our economy.

Playing politics

IT makes me sick to think that there are hungry children out there with parents looking for work, and the politicians are throwing billions at each other playing politics.

Slinging mud

I don't know how we are supposed to know who to vote for. The candidates are so busy slinging mud at their opponents that you can't tell what they stand for.

Liberal lecture

I recently attended the fall Athenaeum Series Lecture at Kent Library. The professor giving the lecture spoke about the inequality in America. I would like to know why some professors promote their liberal politics when many of our problems could be solved with common sense. They are always opposed to the FairTax. It appears their only solution is the redistribution of wealth.

Casino name

IF we do get the gambling casino in Cape Girardeau, I think they should name it "House of Horrors." The casino would horrify individual gamblers and their families -- especially the children.

Casino negatives

I wish the city of Cape Girardeau would be as enthusiastic about trying to fix the streets as they are about the prospects of a casino. All we hear about on the casino is how positive it's going to be. I'm sure there may be some positive things that come from the casino, but the problems the casino would introduce would outweigh the potential benefits.

Casino hype

I am so disgusted with all the hype about how the proposed casino will help Cape Girardeau. Our mayor and city fathers cannot see the forest for the trees. Any jobs will probably be minimum wage, at best, because the casino will bring in their own people for the higher-paying jobs. Our local eating establishments will suffer. The only thing going on in the downtown area will be the casino.

No on Prop B

What enforcement tools does Prop B have that will shut down puppy mills? Operation Bark Alert already shuts down illegal breeders. Prop B is just another set of useless laws that the illegal breeders will ignore. The real truth is that Prop B will regulate the good breeders out of business. Vote no on Prop B.

Phone booths

I have noticed that the phone booths have been disappearing in the Cape Girardeau area. Does this mean that the city is being cut off to those that may be stranded and passing through the city? Is this good for attracting business?

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We may all soon need to raise chickens, cows, pigs and plant a garden. The economy is busted, our government is so far in the red the ink has turned purple and the only ones making any money in America are foreign countries carrying the note on our debt. Hope you like Chinese food for we may all be eating it soon.

-- Posted by all seeing eye on Tue, Oct 26, 2010, at 6:42 AM

City chickens --- this sounds awefully foul to me too !

Political commercials --- me too...if a person were to believe these commercials , none of the current "politicians" are worth a **** ..

Playing politics --- it just don't seem right or fair , does it ? what's worse , the USA is sending billions of dollars all over the world to feed the hungry...

Phone booths --- can we say 'cell phones' ?

October 30th is National Candy Corn Day

all seeing eye ... you make a good point , the time may be closer then we think...

-- Posted by ad..man on Tue, Oct 26, 2010, at 6:54 AM

Cape Girardeau has a chance to become known as "Little Las Vegas" or "Cow Town." Maybe both? But "Chickenville?" No way.

-- Posted by voyager on Tue, Oct 26, 2010, at 7:30 AM

As far a Prop B, most voters will read the items that are on the ballot and say "Are we not doing that already?" Like feeding the animals everyday. How in the world can you fight a bill that says that the animals must be fed EVERYDAY? They also must be in a cage that allows them the ability to be able to turn around. How in the world can you say that is humane? The dogs can not even turn around in the cage.

40% of the dog population is from breeders. Do we not have a problem with overpopulation from animals now that we have to keep breeders and puppy mills in effect?

The breeders that really care about the dogs and not just making money will take care of the animals and comply with the bill. The farm bureau will fight over and over to allow people to make money, no matter how hard it is on the animals. Do you remember that the Farm Bureau was also against outlaw cock fights?? Sounds like they are against any reform to stop abuse to animals.

-- Posted by cartman on Tue, Oct 26, 2010, at 8:05 AM

R.I.P. Alexander Anderson Jr.

-- Posted by ad..man on Tue, Oct 26, 2010, at 8:34 AM

Phone Booths.

Really? Do you think an industry decides to locate in a city because of phone booths. Another classic speak out comment.

-- Posted by lumbrgfktr on Tue, Oct 26, 2010, at 8:43 AM

@Phone Booths

Yes, that is how we get new people to move here. They get stranded and can't telephone their way out. :)

-- Posted by SteveM on Tue, Oct 26, 2010, at 8:46 AM

Without phone booths, where is Clark Kent going to change into superman?

-- Posted by FreedomFadingFast on Tue, Oct 26, 2010, at 9:19 AM

Why do we need more laws to restrict those that already obey the laws? And WHY are the commercials using 'puppy mills' as an excuse to pass this law? There will always be lawbreakers. They don't care how many laws are passed restricted breeders. They won't obey the laws anyway. Those need to be prosecuted but we do NOT need more laws that can be used by PETA or others to fulfill their agenda but is totally different then the voters intended.

I am a responsible dog owner and make sure my dog is treated properly. She has a better life then some children do. Lets start making sure children are taken care of and fed properly and less time wasting taxpayer dollars with legislation that restricts responsible breeders.

-- Posted by LiveAnotherDay on Tue, Oct 26, 2010, at 9:22 AM

Phone booths

Do we really want to attract people who get stranded and don't even have a cell phone? I've seen homeless people with cell phones.


Again a casino will be what it is...another entertainment choice. The downtown area will improve. Downtown resteraunts will have an oppoertunity to participate in comp awards so patrons of the casino can utilize their discounts at those places. People will have an opportunity to be trained to work at the casino. Sure some top jobs will go to people with experience from other casinos looking to move up. This is a no brainer.

-- Posted by SWBG on Tue, Oct 26, 2010, at 9:24 AM


The present law already requires the dogs be fed everyday. Prop B would require dogs have access to outdoors at ALL TIMES. That includes the freezing cold winter. To expose young puppies to freezing cold, or to allow them to wander out in the freezing would endanger them, and by a violation of animal abuse law for failure to provide shelter. This Prop is purposefully at odds with existing law, to make it impossible to own or raise dogs.

-- Posted by docksider21 on Tue, Oct 26, 2010, at 9:36 AM

"Any jobs will probably be minimum wage, at best, because the casino will bring in their own people for the higher-paying jobs"

Well so be it! I am not concerned about who gets what job or where they come from. These people will have to rent or purchase a home locally as well as purchase food,clothing,fuel and hundreds of other goods. They will also pay taxes on these things. This arguement does not hold water! Over 200 jobs will be filled just to build the darn thing and that means puting people in the construction industry to work for a couple of years. As for gambling problems, less than 2 percent of folks that gamble have an addiction so that arguement is also mute. Exactly one week till the election. I hope everyone who is registered to vote does so whether or not they are for or against the casino issue.

-- Posted by GREYWOLF on Tue, Oct 26, 2010, at 9:44 AM

LiveAnotherDay wrote :

"Lets start making sure children are taken care of and fed properly and less time wasting taxpayer dollars with legislation that restricts responsible breeders."....i agree , let's feed our hungry children--human beings (people!) , before going off on dog owners...

docksider21 wrote :

"Prop B would require dogs have access to outdoors at ALL TIMES. That includes the freezing cold winter. To expose young puppies to freezing cold, or to allow them to wander out in the freezing would endanger them.." ....uummm , dogs have been living outside for thousands of years and will proberly continue to do so long after human beings--(people!) are exstinct .

SWBG , i guess i'm a dinosaur..i refuse to purchase/rent/use a cellphone...

-- Posted by ad..man on Tue, Oct 26, 2010, at 10:35 AM


A dinosaur with a computer?

-- Posted by all_i_hear_is_blah_blah on Tue, Oct 26, 2010, at 12:29 PM

Methinks the cost of maintaining a bunch of public phones, which are subject to weather, wear, and vandalism, would probably exceed the value gained by offering them in this age of cell phones and personal communications devices. Once they become liability rather than a source of revenue, it makes little sense for the phone companies to continue to maintain them.

It's sort of the same reason businesses took down the hitching posts from the front of their buildings about a century or so ago.

-- Posted by Shapley Hunter on Tue, Oct 26, 2010, at 12:31 PM

how smart are you ?


-- Posted by ad..man on Tue, Oct 26, 2010, at 5:26 PM

What's wrong with Cape looking like a farm. I lived on a farm all my life, until a few years ago we moved into town... I dislike living in town. Due to the neighbors barking dogs, people speeding down our street like they think they are at Indy 500, their radio or disc player playing so loud that the walls in my house vibrate, getting holiday decorations and our American Flag stollen out of our yard, just to name a few drawbacks for living in town... I take chickens, cows, swine, and horses over putting up with any of these human activites. We are moving back to the farm to obtain the peacefulness.

-- Posted by D49F11 on Wed, Oct 27, 2010, at 7:03 PM

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