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Thursday, December 9, 2010

Smoke risk

EPA research indicates that the lifetime cancer risk from wood smoke is 12 times greater than from an equal volume of cigarette smoke.

Where's marriage

WHERE has marriage gone? Of the seven birth announcements in a recent birth announcement section, only one couple was married. Some announcements in the past list the mother as having six or seven children. No wonder our country is in such dire straights. Who is supporting these children?

Party of no

THE Republicans are definitely the party of no. Now they are saying no to allowing the Bush tax cuts to expire and further damage a weakened economy. The Democrats claim to be for the middle class, but while they pursue their liberal ideas and take care of their union bosses, they leave millions of middle class people unemployed and on the brink of losing their homes.

Chickens

MY husband and I feel that the ban on a few chickens in our backyard was a hasty decision by a few people that don't care to do this. We plan on moving in the near future out of the city limits to be able to have our "girls" that we enjoy so much. However, this is not financially possible for a lot of families. How sad that the opportunity to teach responsibility to children will be lost.

Ban needed

AFTER the latest report that secondhand smoke kills 600,000 people annually, you would think there would be no question about banning this nasty habit in public places that about 20 percent of the population imposes on the other 80 percent.

Smokers' rights

ARE nonsmokers' rights not to smoke more important than the smokers' rights to smoke? That's what America has come to on every issue. Women have a right to kill babies, as long as they are in their stomach. Gay people have a right to force pastors to marry them, even though it is against their faith. Stores can take my money for Christmas items, but they can't say Merry Christmas.

Scripture reference

PRESIDENT Obama will endure during his time of trials and tribulations and take solace in the passage from Ecclesiastes, "And I saw that wisdom surpasses folly as light surpasses darkness."

Unjust criticism

THESE Southeast Missourian syndicated columnists who criticize Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke (one of those who helped save our country from complete financial collapse) are absolutely paralyzed with fear that his latest steps will lead to a more rapidly improving and, perhaps, robust economy prior to the presidential election of 2012.

Bad database

FOR months now, my husband has been getting Medicare supplement offers from insurance companies in the mail. The problem is that my dear husband passed away four years ago, and it is upsetting to me to be getting all this mail in his name. You would think that if these companies have access to records about his age, they would also know he is no longer living.

Smoking in Tunica

WE go to Tunica four or five times a year. I was there a month ago and there was smoking in the Horseshoe, Gold Strike, Roadhouse, Sam's Town and Harrahs Tunica.

Smoking debate

THIS nonsmokers petition boils down to one simple fact: Nonsmokers want the right to take away the business owner's right. They already have the right to refuse to frequent any business that allows smoking. They don't have the right to tell the business owner that he or she has to accommodate their wishes.

Inconveniences

I have been diagnosed with chronic bronchitis. I have lots of allergies and have tried many medications per my doctor's recommendation. The one that works the best for me is Claritin D. I do not mind signing for it when I buy it, but it would be inconvenient and more costly for me to always have to have a prescription. I am offended by the allergist's comments in the newspaper that said you can just use other medications for the "sniffles."

Constitution question

SOMEONE wanted to know where it is written that "... the federal government has the authority to help pay for electric motors used by independent businesses." Check the commerce clause and Article I, Section 8, Clause 18. In the eyes of the courts, it's right there.

Reagan vs. Obama

IF Ronald Reagan was president, he would deal with the WikiLeaks situation quickly and firmly and protect the interests of the United States. President Obama will do nothing. He will posture and will lower his voice a couple of octaves as he talks tough, but in the end, he will do absolutely nothing.


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There is no right to smoke in public any more than there is a right to have sex in public, be nude in public, be drunk in public or any other of a large number of activities that are perfectly legal - but not in public.

A guaranteed right to smoke in public? The whole idea is laughable. Somebody needs an intervention if they are addicted enough to have deluded themselves into such a ridiculous position...

-- Posted by bobby62914 on Thu, Dec 9, 2010, at 12:07 AM

Smoke risk

EPA research indicates that the lifetime cancer risk from wood smoke is 12 times greater than from an equal volume of cigarette smoke.

Recent studies from several universities have determined that 87.2% of all statistics are made up on the spot...

-- Posted by bobby62914 on Thu, Dec 9, 2010, at 12:08 AM

Wikileaks: What in the heck could Reagan or any other US leader even do to WikiLeaks?

Sure you could block the site... until they mirrored the server and registered a new address in a new country and then it is right back up.

Sure you can target the head guy... but he is just one guy and easily replaceable within the organization

Even if you could destroy every WikiLeaks resource and murder every WikiLeaks member that still gets us nowhere. The idea is easy to replicate and a new site operated by a new group spread out amongst dozens of countries would pop up within days (though it might take a couple weeks before they would begin receiving fresh information from a few of the millions of individuals with security clearances).

Stopping government leaks in a globalized world full of free communication is ultimately a fools errand. The only semi-effective thing a government could possibly do is join in the game and leak enormous amounts of records itself (some of it false and misleading) so that identifying the valuable real information takes far more effort.

-- Posted by Nil on Thu, Dec 9, 2010, at 3:27 AM

Nil, you make sense.

-- Posted by voyager on Thu, Dec 9, 2010, at 5:39 AM

Where's marriage --- why buy the cow when you can have the milk for free

Reagan vs. Obama ---- Reagan was the party of 'NO' , remember ?

Chickens --- chicken train running all day , can't get it off , can't get it on , chicken train takes the chickens away

only 16 days til Christmas...

-- Posted by ...Rick on Thu, Dec 9, 2010, at 6:35 AM

@Smoke risk

Well, then I guess smoking is safe for you then right? You know what else is more dangerous that cigarettes? Scorpions. So is jumping out of a plane without a parachute. Or bear wrestling. Of course, none of these things has anything to do with smoking, but I just wanted you to see how easy it is to compare two unrelated things. Smoking is STILL dangerous, even if there are things that are MORE dangerous.

-- Posted by SteveM on Thu, Dec 9, 2010, at 8:27 AM

Where's Marriage --

I wonder if the right wingnuts have something to do with the proliferation of children born out of wedlock.

As long as you put out starry-eyed notions that having a baby is a gift from God, or a miracle, you're just enabling poor choices.

"Just Say No" is not an effective method of birth control. Same with "Abstinence Only."

I suggest that we tell the truth to our kids about sex and its consequences and that birth control should be easily available to all.

"16 and Pregnant" should be mandatory for all teens and pre-teens to watch. It's a real eye-opener.

-- Posted by grisgris on Thu, Dec 9, 2010, at 8:39 AM

@ Smoke Risk - THANKS! Now there will be another group looking to take away my right to eat peacefully in a restaurant while holding a flaming log, secrets out, everything tastes better when holding a flaming log.

@ Reagan v. Obama - Reagan was able to easily suppress information, due to Al Gore not yet "inventing" the internet, Obama presides in the post Al Gore invention period. Once something makes it on to the internet, it's there, pretty much forever. Now I'm thinking of all those pictures I posted when I was in college, uh-oh.

@ Smoking in Tunica - They still allow flaming logs though... Right?

-- Posted by Kllrfsh on Thu, Dec 9, 2010, at 8:53 AM

Chickens

So you think Chickens are the only way to teach responsibility?

Smokers' rights

You are obviously an idiot. First off, non-smokers do have a right to petition government, which is what they have done. Tell me, Why is you think that smokers are exempt from all laws in this country. Second, babies are not in stomachs. Third, no religion is force to marry anybody, Forth, stores can say merry christmas if they want to. I suggest you stop being a moron and actually try and learn somthing.

Dad Database

It doesn't work that way.

Regan

Reagan would also commit an act of treason to negotiate with terrorist to do the dirty work for him.

-- Posted by lumbrgfktr on Thu, Dec 9, 2010, at 9:03 AM

"16 and Pregnant" should be mandatory for all teens and pre-teens to watch. It's a real eye-opener.

-- Posted by grisgris on Thu, Dec 9, 2010, at 8:39 AM

Yeah it teaches them if they get pregnant they can be on TV

-- Posted by Producer1 on Thu, Dec 9, 2010, at 9:15 AM

-- Posted by Producer1 on Thu, Dec 9, 2010, at 9:15 AM

i prefer baby borrowers. Anybody see that show?

-- Posted by lumbrgfktr on Thu, Dec 9, 2010, at 9:28 AM

Wheres Marriage: The show Dancing with the Stars showed off Bristol Palin as an unwed mother. Right wingers should practice what they preach.

-- Posted by semo471 on Thu, Dec 9, 2010, at 9:40 AM

Spaniard ....if i ever grow up , i wanna be just as smart as you..you know everything !

-- Posted by ...Rick on Thu, Dec 9, 2010, at 10:47 AM

-- Posted by ...Rick on Thu, Dec 9, 2010, at 10:47 AM

Rick,

Is spaniard wrong? And did you really not see the ignorance in the original statement?

-- Posted by lumbrgfktr on Thu, Dec 9, 2010, at 10:57 AM

lumbrgfktr

hopefully i'll reach your level of intellegence too...

-- Posted by ...Rick on Thu, Dec 9, 2010, at 11:02 AM

Nobody has suggested smokers can't indulge their addiction, just like alcoholics, they can't do it everywhere they please.

As far as abstinence not being an effective birth control method. What? It works almost every time it is used...

-- Posted by bobby62914 on Thu, Dec 9, 2010, at 11:18 AM

You and I are paying for and supporting all the children of unwed mothers. Plus we are paying the unwed mothers support Also The is no shame anymore in the human race anymore. The news media needs to stop announcing births ifthe mother is not listed as a MRS.

-- Posted by retired1 on Thu, Dec 9, 2010, at 11:38 AM

I actually know of many cases in which the father of the child is paying child support, it makes no difference whether they were married or not.

-- Posted by Acronym on Thu, Dec 9, 2010, at 11:59 AM

-- Posted by ...Rick on Thu, Dec 9, 2010, at 11:02 AM

For people like you and that caller...You have a long way to go.

-- Posted by lumbrgfktr on Thu, Dec 9, 2010, at 12:13 PM

-- Posted by retired1 on Thu, Dec 9, 2010, at 11:38 AM

So you are for restricting freedom of the press?

-- Posted by lumbrgfktr on Thu, Dec 9, 2010, at 12:14 PM

I actually know of many cases in which the father of the child is paying child support, it makes no difference whether they were married or not.

-- Posted by Acronym on Thu, Dec 9, 2010, at 11:59 AM

Then why do the majority of inmates come from single parent homes.

-- Posted by We Regret To Inform U on Thu, Dec 9, 2010, at 2:43 PM

retired1

actually we are not paying for all those kids. some unwed mothers have good jobs with benefits and raise the child on their own with no assistance. The tax payers do however pay for a big portion of them.

Hopefully I never have to deal with one of my kids getting pregnant and not being married but if that does happen then in no way should they be forced to get married. Is it better for a child to live with both parents if all they do is fight, cheat and abuse each other because they didn't want to be married or is it better for the child to live with one parent that loves it and is happy. Two wrongs do not make a right. As far as birth control goes a girl can go to the health department and get it without her parents knowing at a very affordable price. The problem isn't not knowing better or having birth control available it is that kids think they are invincible and nothing will happen to them.

-- Posted by semoangel70 on Thu, Dec 9, 2010, at 2:58 PM

@ We Regret To Inform U

"Then why do the majority of inmates come from single parent homes."

A majority of inmates are also Christian. Would you go on the record that we should ban Christianity?

If not, then you should look up the differences between correlation and causation.

-- Posted by SteveM on Thu, Dec 9, 2010, at 3:52 PM

I just wish you could do one gracefully. ;o)~

-- Posted by Turnip on Thu, Dec 9, 2010, at 4:32 PM

Then why do the majority of inmates come from single parent homes.

-- Posted by We Regret To Inform U on Thu, Dec 9, 2010, at 2:43 PM

I was not discussing criminogenic behavior or correlation between such and marital status, only child support.

There are hundreds of books written on criminal causation and having read many of them still find myself unsure.

-- Posted by Acronym on Thu, Dec 9, 2010, at 5:52 PM

I actually know of many cases in which the father of the child is paying child support, it makes no difference whether they were married or not.

-- Posted by Acronym on Thu, Dec 9, 2010, at 11:59 AM

Then why do the majority of inmates come from single parent homes.

-- Posted by We Regret To Inform U on Thu, Dec 9, 2010, at 2:43 PM

What does the response have to do with the original statement? Did someone really take the position, and I paraphrase: No, single mothers are not receiving child support because lots of children of single mothers are in prison.

Huh? Aren't isn't the response unrelated to the statement? It's specious, too, but that is another rant...

-- Posted by bobby62914 on Thu, Dec 9, 2010, at 5:53 PM

-- Posted by ...Rick on Thu, Dec 9, 2010, at 11:02 AM

For people like you and that caller...You have a long way to go.

-- Posted by lumbrgfktr on Thu, Dec 9, 2010, at 12:13 PM

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a long way to go to be as smart as you and be like you ?...thank god !

-- Posted by ...Rick on Thu, Dec 9, 2010, at 6:16 PM

So now we have two votes for believing its ok to disregard facts and believe in nonsense.

Anyone else?

-- Posted by Spaniard on Thu, Dec 9, 2010, at 5:27 PM

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who's facts are you refering to , yours ? LMAO !

-- Posted by ...Rick on Thu, Dec 9, 2010, at 6:18 PM

Learned a long time ago not to believe anything I hear and only half what I read. The trouble with that is deciding which half is right and which half is wrong.

-- Posted by voyager on Thu, Dec 9, 2010, at 6:32 PM

Ben Bernanke i hope i spelled his name right looks like federal reserve mafia. Laissez faire doesn't work. witness 1929. But really now, to press a button to factor in 600,000,000,000.00 in the deficit without knowing where it is going? Probably straight to wall street again. It surely can't do anything but inflate the medium of exchange we us now that says in god we trust. Does Ben equate himself with God?

-- Posted by happypappies on Thu, Dec 9, 2010, at 7:16 PM

The birth of unwed mothers begins in the home of the parents that raised her. The family structure in America isn't a solid unity of morals under which our parents were raised as we experienced in our growing years. Don't be shocked if in ten years or more you start seeing grade school girls having babies if somehow todays society doesn't make some changes.

-- Posted by retired1 on Thu, Dec 9, 2010, at 7:34 PM


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