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Speak Out 12/3/10

Friday, December 3, 2010

Smoking right

SMOKING is my right. It is not someone else's right to decide what I can do. If I want to smoke, I will smoke. This is America, not Russia. If I want to smoke and take the risk of killing myself with lung cancer, that's my decision. If you don't want to be near my cigarette smoke, then don't come near me.

Cable TV

I agree with the Speak Out comment that said we have poor choices on television. All of the good shows were taken off basic cable. Now you can't get the Hallmark or Game Show channels. Please put them back on basic cable. We can't all afford to pay the higher rate to get HDTV.

Health care poll

WE should not take serious anybody's opinion on the health care polls. I just had a foreigner call me, and I couldn't hear what she was saying. I didn't answer several questions because I didn't know what she was saying.

Waste of money

OUR federal government has an emergency program to get landowners to pump water onto their rice fields. This is so geese will have a place to live and not get oil on their feathers from the oil spill. This is just another federal project to spend money where it really is not needed.

Drinking age

I think 18- and 19-year-olds should be counted as adults. If they're able to carry a gun and fight for this country, they're able to drink beer and be responsible as adults.

Finding cures

I read that there is a pill to reduce the risk of HIV infection. Isn't it strange that anything to do with sex they can find a cure, but they can't find a cure for breast cancer. Something's wrong.

President's address

EVERY president since George Washington in 1789 has made Thanksgiving Day proclamations urging the nation to give thanks to God for our many blessings. But not President Obama. He gave no reference to God.

Black Friday

SOMEONE was quoted in the Southeast Missourian Black Friday story that she was not above grabbing something out of someone else's cart. This is low and kin to stealing.

Democrat Hoover

THIS last election was the largest turnover in the House of Representatives in modern times. The Democrats lost more than 60 seats, more than Herbert Hoover lost during his presidency. I say that Obama is the Democrat version of Hoover.

Thanksgiving eve

A special thanks to the young couple who helped get my car out of the mud on Thanksgiving eve. I was stuck, and my cell phone was dead. The couple stopped in the thick fog, loaned me their cell phone and proceeded to free my car. May God bless you. I am thankful.

Freeze bills

ALL of our insurance bills -- home, health and auto -- have increased this year. All utility bills have increased as well. Since 1999, our real estate taxes have increased over 41 percent. During this same period, Social Security only increased 30.2 percent. Without a cost-of-living increase this year and none to come in 2011, I think it is time all these bills are frozen for seniors.

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In response to the person that said President Obama made no reference to God in his Thanksgiving Day Proclamation. You obviously did NOT read the proclamation, because it does indeed reference God. If you don't believe me, go to the White House website & read it yourself.

I'm sure you probably heard some conservative blogger or right wing talk show make that claim without checking it out yourself. That is one of the BIG problems we have today. People on the right & left listen (or read) only to others on their side of the political spectrum and believe everything without checking it out for yourself.

-- Posted by helpjoannretire on Fri, Dec 3, 2010, at 6:09 AM

Freeze bills --- ...and what might be your definition of "seniors" ?


Black Friday --- ..hey , it's better than stealing your whole cart full


Cable TV --- there's more to life then TV...when's the last time you went over to The Trail of Tears ?


Health care poll ---...i'm mixfused..if you couldn't hear what she was saying , how do you know it was about health care ?


Drinking age ---- 18 yr olds , alcohol , guns , and responsible just don't go together ....

only 22 more days till Christmas...

-- Posted by ...Rick on Fri, Dec 3, 2010, at 8:03 AM

Spaniard: I agree with you. Wow, indeed.

-- Posted by donacita on Fri, Dec 3, 2010, at 8:09 AM

Smoking right - Yea and I don't like the smell, so stay away from me as well!

Drinking age - well you just proved your ignorance, 18 and 19 year olds ARE adults, they just aren't responsible enough to drink, I don't think some 25 year olds are responsilbe enough, and then there's even more exceptions.

President's address - He doesn't like the US anyways

Black Friday - Yea that's exactly one of the reasons I stay in, the top reason being... sleep.

Thanksgiving eve - EXCELLENT!!!

Freeze bills - Prices go up, social security is wilting, it happens, maybe i'll get a dollar a day when it's my turn for SS.

-- Posted by vf43WRX on Fri, Dec 3, 2010, at 8:12 AM

@Smoking right

Strangely, I actually agree with everything you've said. It Is your right and I respect that right. See, we can reach common ground. It doesn't all have to be vitriol. The only concession I'm asking for you in return is that although you have that right, you don't have free license to do it wherever you want. Which is the same courtesy you give me when it comes to drinking or any other vice. I think that is a reasonable compromise. I defend your right to smoke, you do it in sensible places. Ta Da!

-- Posted by SteveM on Fri, Dec 3, 2010, at 8:49 AM

Smoking right

People also have the right to be ignornat, which you seem to use very well. Russia? Really. A lot has changed over thre. But since we are speaking of rights...People have a right to petition the government and enact laws. Sorry if you don't like it. Now you could challange the law as unconstitioutional, but I don't think smoking is a constitutionally protected right.

Cable TV

When I grew up, there was no cable. We had about 4 channels. Sorry if you can't afford it. Get a Library card. In our economy, price isn't determined by one speak out caller.

Driking Age

I agree. All US service personel should be allowed to drink.

Finding cures

There is no cure for aids. How on earth do you get a possible pill for reduction equals cure? Except for homosexual men, how are breasts not part of sex?

President's address

Dead Wrong. First, he did reference God. And second, Our current Thanksgiving wasn't a Holiday until Lincoln.

-- Posted by lumbrgfktr on Fri, Dec 3, 2010, at 9:02 AM

Smoking Right: You're right, we're not Russia...they all get to smoke wherever they want.

-- Posted by clkv on Fri, Dec 3, 2010, at 9:03 AM

Love reading Speak Out and all the comments. Thanks for this community service.

-- Posted by America First on Fri, Dec 3, 2010, at 9:10 AM

I agree with the comment on drinking.

If you are in the military, defending our country you should have a right to drink while on base, post or ship. The rest get to wait until they're 21.

-- Posted by one4kids on Fri, Dec 3, 2010, at 9:15 AM

I hate cockleburrs! :)

-- Posted by thumkin on Fri, Dec 3, 2010, at 10:57 AM

we use to get those 'stick-tights' when we'd go rabbit hunting..it took an hour to get all of those things off...

how many 18 yr olds manage to get some alcohol to drink when they really want to ?

-- Posted by ...Rick on Fri, Dec 3, 2010, at 11:32 AM

I hate sandburs even worse than cockleburs.

-- Posted by Acronym on Fri, Dec 3, 2010, at 12:17 PM

Hi guys!

Smoking right...I have no dog in the smoking fight anymore, I have quit (again)! Mak'i, it's your turn.

Cable tv...I was pretty upset about the Hallmark Channel as well, I do miss my Little House on the Prairie.

Black Friday...you couldn't pay me to go near a store on this day. But I'd open up a can of whoop ars if you took something out of my cart. ☻

btw, if the backward hillbilly, bite me, would like to come out and play today, I am available. ☺

-- Posted by Turnip on Fri, Dec 3, 2010, at 1:01 PM

Maybe you could make your avatar a sandbur. ☺ ☺ ☺ ☺

-- Posted by Have_Wheels_Will_Travel on Fri, Dec 3, 2010, at 12:35 PM

Maybe use an Avatar of Roundup or Crossbow.

-- Posted by Acronym on Fri, Dec 3, 2010, at 1:42 PM

I tried to upload an Avatar, but it failed; may be Vista. I will try when I get to another computer. Of course the Big T might run me off before I get the chance, so it may not come to pass.

-- Posted by Acronym on Fri, Dec 3, 2010, at 2:15 PM

hi Turnip...☺

-- Posted by ...Rick on Fri, Dec 3, 2010, at 2:17 PM

You may be onto something there, but who knows.

I am going to go try a different computer or take a nap.

-- Posted by Acronym on Fri, Dec 3, 2010, at 2:28 PM

Hey Rick, how are you? I should have my email back up and running soon.....soon as I figure it out! :o)~

-- Posted by Turnip on Fri, Dec 3, 2010, at 2:30 PM


i woke up this mornin' so i'm doing good..

good luck with the e-mail thingy...

-- Posted by ...Rick on Fri, Dec 3, 2010, at 2:36 PM

@President's address

Sounds like you are the same "bone head" who wrote/called into Speak Out several months ago claiming that President Obama refuse to sign the Eagle Scouts certificant. I want to thank Peter Kinder's brother writing in, stating that this claim was absolutly FALSE. I guest you still believe the world is still flat if FAUX News says so....

-- Posted by D49F11 on Fri, Dec 3, 2010, at 3:54 PM

Who gives a rat's *ss about obama's Thanksgiving address? There are more pressing things to worry about.

-- Posted by FreedomFadingFast on Fri, Dec 3, 2010, at 4:12 PM

how many 18 yr olds manage to get some alcohol to drink when they really want to ?

-- Posted by ...Rick on Fri, Dec 3, 2010, at 11:32 AM

None. They wouln't dare break the law!

-- Posted by We Regret To Inform U on Fri, Dec 3, 2010, at 6:20 PM

@President's address

Sounds like you are the same "bone head" who wrote/called into Speak Out several months ago claiming that President Obama refuse to sign the Eagle Scouts certificant.

-- Posted by on Fri, Dec 3, 2010, at 3:54 PM


Looks like you are the bone head.

NO they said he wouldn't speak at the 100th anniversary jamboree. Instead he flew to Manhattan to be on the veiw. He doesn't like the boy scouts. Its that honesty thing.


-- Posted by We Regret To Inform U on Fri, Dec 3, 2010, at 6:29 PM

My older brother told my dad his bottle of Charter must have evaporated halfway. That was a little brother learns what not to say and do moment. Stuff hit the fan that night.

-- Posted by We Regret To Inform U on Fri, Dec 3, 2010, at 6:35 PM


my step-dad bought a used pick-up truck years ago..when he first bought it , me and my brother took turns pouring the lawn motor gas in the pick-up truck's tank..my step-dad was so proud of that truck , he'd tell everyone who wanted to hear or not how good his gas miles were...

after awhile , me and my brother started to syphone gas out of the truck into the lawn motor gas can every other night...

he took the truck back to the dealer because it wasn't running right...

-- Posted by ...Rick on Fri, Dec 3, 2010, at 9:28 PM


Looks like you are the bone head.

NO they said he wouldn't speak at the 100th anniversary jamboree. Instead he flew to Manhattan to be on the veiw. He doesn't like the boy scouts. Its that honesty thing.

-- Posted by We Regret To Inform U on Fri, Dec 3, 2010, at 6:29 PM

Regret; I guess it takes a bone head to know a bone head... I was NOT talking about the boy scout jamboree but, I found out long time ago it doesn't matter to you about facts cos you will just put your on spin on the sitution. Here's my spin: Bush did not care about the people effected by hurracane Katreena because, he was at a million dollar fund raiser out west somewhere.

-- Posted by D49F11 on Fri, Dec 3, 2010, at 10:02 PM

y'all can't expect our POTUS to be like bird shat -- everywhere..

-- Posted by ...Rick on Sat, Dec 4, 2010, at 6:32 AM

To: Smoking Right

You have the right to get cancer, but you don't have the right to drive up insurance rates for the rest of us non-smokers. Keep smoking but make sure you have good insurance.

-- Posted by semo471 on Sat, Dec 4, 2010, at 9:19 AM

i believe health insurance companies penalize smokers with extra coverage...same as drinkers or the disabled...

....non-smokers get a cut rate ..

-- Posted by ...Rick on Sat, Dec 4, 2010, at 9:35 AM

Re: freeze bills

Well, on the bright side, at least the caller is focused on the expense side rather than the income side of their balance sheet.

Here is one source for historical Social Security COLAs - http://www.ssa.gov/oact/cola/colaseries....

Suggest for the insurance stuff - have a look at some alternatives, such as higher deductibles. One tip for home insurance - be sure the covered value is in line with the value of the house. Whether you want replacement coverage or just market-value coverage is another choice. Yes, you can work with the insurance agent to specify how much coverage is desired. Also, no need to insure the value of the lot that the house sits on - it ain't going nowhere.

Not sure the federal government should care about your real estate tax situation. Given the volatility in housing prices over the last decade, one might be paying more tax since the house appraises for more value. Also, since the majority of that tax goes to schools, and since local voters have shown an overwhelming willingness to approve any and all tax increases or extensions that come along - suggest your real estate tax increases are a local problem.

Social Security is based on a national cost-of-living scale. One challenge is that, by nature, it is calculated on historical changes and not future expectations. Better hope that inflation doesn't take off in a hurry before the COLA can adjust - would make for a tough year.

As I've heard tell, Social Security was never intended to be a complete income replacement program for the golden years. Perhaps there has been some error in one's retirement planning?

-- Posted by fxpwt on Sat, Dec 4, 2010, at 1:00 PM

I'd like to thank Congress and the White House for playing their childish games instead of getting down to business and preventing our taxes from going up. Now, I'd also like to know if they have taken up a bill to prevent themselves from getting their yearly raise. (And I DO let our representatives know EXACTLY how I feel.)

-- Posted by LiveAnotherDay on Sat, Dec 4, 2010, at 1:43 PM

Finding Cures -- "Anything to do with sex..."

You ignorant old curmudgeon, HIV isn't only about having sex. Babies infected from birth haven't been having sex, or people who've been transfused with tainted blood or treated with non-sterile needles.

President's address -- You're such a liar. What does God say about that?

Freeze bills -- Let me clue you in on a dirty little secret. Most Social Security recipients have taken out two to three times more money than they ever paid in. Quit your belly aching.

-- Posted by grisgris on Sat, Dec 4, 2010, at 4:08 PM

Smokers raise premiums for all of us, as do overweight people (heart disease, diabetes, skeletal problems, etc.). Why not have lower rates for non-overweight non-smokers???

-- Posted by MoMomma on Sat, Dec 4, 2010, at 9:11 PM

Some policies do have that degree of separation.

My employer has a program where one is penalized (gets kicked into the higher contribution rate bracket) for having a BMI (body mass index) greater than or equal to 30, or a nicotene-positive blood test - taken annually as part of the mandatory enrollment into next year's program.

Perhaps not lower for the 'non' people, but certainly significantly higher for the perceived violators.

Kinda like the cash vs. credit price for the same gas - where nobody is happy about the price.

-- Posted by fxpwt on Sat, Dec 4, 2010, at 9:23 PM

only 21 more days until Cristmas !

-- Posted by ...Rick on Sun, Dec 5, 2010, at 3:00 AM

I listen to former budget director David Stockman the other night. He was President Reagan budget director for many years, and he said making the Bush tax cuts permament is unheard of and not recommended. He further stated that we are right at the verge of being completely insolvent if we don't start cleaning this financial mess up pretty quick. He spoke clear and to the point told it like it was, he was not like the republicans and democrats in congress right now that a day don't go by they blame one another. It was good to finally hear some one from back in the day that has common sense something many of our elected officials don't have today.

-- Posted by swampeastmissouri on Sun, Dec 5, 2010, at 7:16 AM

BCStoned: We all got a mess on our hands and it is going to take all of us to get out of it. Some people are going to have to learn that the government hand outs are not going to be there at the same level they are today such as the free for all welfare system that has been created, the downsizing of governmentis right before us and it is coming in a matter of months it has to be done whether we like it or not. I agree with Mr. Bowles and Mr. Simpson the co chairs of the debt commission they laid it out there on the table this is what has to be done or like Mr. Stockman said we will be completely insolvent and out of business. This is going to take every american to roll up there sleeves and start pulling this country out of the hole it is currently in.

-- Posted by swampeastmissouri on Sun, Dec 5, 2010, at 7:43 AM

BCStoned: I'm beginning to feel the same way we are so deep in debt we can not even see daylight at the end of the tunnel. Men like Stockman, Simpson and Bowles are good men and know what they are talking about I don't believe many every day americans really know how bad of shape we are in, reality has not set in with many of them, some I talk too say they don't want to hear it but sooner or later they are going to have to face reality we are broke and basically bankrupt and we have to stop this borrowing now you can not borrow yourself out of debt.

-- Posted by swampeastmissouri on Sun, Dec 5, 2010, at 12:27 PM

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