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Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Manners, please

MY pet peeve at restaurants are people blowing their nose, picking their nose, children rubbing their noses all over their hands and arms and sleeves, grown men standing there at the counter or smorgasbord or wherever scratching certain parts of their anatomy. It's gross. People standing there scratching their heads, their hair falling in the food. I lose my appetite. When are people going to learn manners?

Need earlier call

WHY is it the Cape Girardeau School District can't make a decision on whether to stay open? Are they considering the hundreds of 16-year-olds behind the wheel? Some parents are getting up and getting ready for the day at 5 a.m. They need to know before then whether there will be school or not. Other schools don't seem to have a problem.

Smoke's effect on pets

THIS is concerning secondhand smoke. I would like to get some feedback from Southeast Missourian readers. How many people out there have ever heard of a cat or a dog dying from secondhand smoke? I never have, and I'm 68 years old. I'd like to get some feedback on this.

Special treatment

I see in the news when fallen and disgraced Gov. Ryan may get an early pardon and out of prison because his wife is supposedly dying of lung cancer. How many other people are incarcerated where they have a family member dying of something or other? Well, it's no wonder the state of Illinois is in such dire straits.

Country folks have rights

THIS is in regards to smoking. I think we people who live out in the country should be able to vote on the smoking deal too. I don't think it's right for only the city people to be able to vote on it. We spend our money in town and pay taxes. There shouldn't be only a few city people trying to run our country. I'm a World War II veteran. We fought for our country and then we have a few people trying to take our rights away. I don't think this is right.

Leaf problems

OUR bold mistake in leaf pickup schedule: I've lived in Cape Girardeau for the last 45 years and there was no problem in leaf pickup until this year when they changed the first week to the last week, the last week to the first week. In this part of town, around Alma Schrader area, the oak trees had not even dropped when they came. Now there are leaves everywhere. The sewer is going to get the largest part of them. This is the first time I've had to pay to have my leaves hauled off in 45 years.

Quarry consequences

ANYONE who lives within a four-mile area of the proposed rock quarry in the Fruitland area needs to be aware of how the shocks travel from the blasting. You will get cracked concrete floors, brick walls and ceilings. I lived in Illinois across the river from the rock quarry in Missouri, and we have felt the blasting here when they were blasting. My husband worked around rock quarries for several years, and he knows the damage that the blasting causes for the surrounding area to the quarries.

Lawn ornament

IT'S been two years now since someone took my lawn ornament. It's a concrete baby lamb. It had been standing in my yard for years, but it's been gone for two years. Maybe you're tired of it by now and would like to return it. Also, I want to thank my Missourian carrier for leaving my paper at my doorstep. Cheryl, you are a wonderful person. God bless you all.

Woodpeckers won't stop

I'M calling in regard to the Styrofoam-based exterior insulation used on Cape Girardeau Central High School building. I can tell you from experience that the woodpeckers will continue, year after year, to peck through that Styrofoam. I've had real experience with it. I don't know about exterior insulation, but I think they can get through any Styrofoam. I think it should be used for only interior insulation. Any exterior Styrofoam is going to be a continual problem. They should take legal action against the producers and architects and the builder.

Going bankrupt

I truly believe the politicians in Congress and the White House are trying to spend so much money that they make the government go bankrupt. I don't know why they want the government to go broke but that's the only conclusion you can come to.

Woodpeckers attack

I didn't know before today that woodpeckers are attacking our high school. Good job giving us that information. It looks like most of the high school is covered in a very decorative nice concrete block and woodpeckers wouldn't go through concrete blocks so there must be just a few areas that have the Styrofoam and synthetic stucco. My suggestion is you rebuild that with either a rat wire inside the stucco so birds won't go through it or you rebuild it with real concrete stucco. Birds don't like chipping on real concrete.

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Hey! It's after 8:00 am, where is every body today? I don't usually have much to say but I injoy reading the various post. Some times they are more news worthy than the news is.

-- Posted by Retired93 on Tue, Dec 28, 2010, at 8:19 AM

good morning...☺

Smoke's effect on pets --- ...you can't be serious..

Country folks have rights --- ...you also have the right not to go to Cape if any non-smoking laws are passed .

Leaf problems --- ...i let Mother Nature do her thing with falling leaves..i mean , i get my yard all raked up and clean , then the wind just blows the neighbors over into my yard...i quit fighting a lost cause...

Going bankrupt --- ...hey , you might be on to something there...

Woodpeckers ---- anyone get a new pellet gun or BB gun for Christmas ?

y'all ready for New Years ? it's the one day out of the year when amateurs get and party---they give us veterans a bad name ....

-- Posted by ...Rick on Tue, Dec 28, 2010, at 8:43 AM

Quarry consequences - Did you ever stop to think that if we didn't have quarries, we'd all be driving around on dirt/mud roads?

-- Posted by SpankTheTank on Tue, Dec 28, 2010, at 8:59 AM

Twitty Bird crokes and won't sing any more due to having lung cancer due to secondhand smoke. Makes us fall off our perch from laughter!

-- Posted by voyager on Tue, Dec 28, 2010, at 9:05 AM


didn't Fred Flintstone work in a rock quarry with his buddy , Barney ?

-- Posted by ...Rick on Tue, Dec 28, 2010, at 9:06 AM

Rick, I ain't real sure. I know Fred worked at the quarry, but not sure about Barney. I did find this on Wiki.

Barney was Fred's best friend and next door neighbor. He and Fred are both members of the fictional "Loyal Order of Water Buffaloes"

-- Posted by SpankTheTank on Tue, Dec 28, 2010, at 9:43 AM

City ordinances are written only for the cities population and have nothing what so ever to do with people who do not live in the city. Country folks handle their venues with their own set of rules and regulation. The argument that country folks should be permitted to vote regarding a nearby city ordinance is faulty. City folks are subject to country ordinances when they are in that venue, country folks likewise with city ordinances.

-- Posted by catmandue on Tue, Dec 28, 2010, at 9:49 AM

Rick, I wish you hadn't got me started on this. This is what Wiki has to say about Barney.

"While the subject of Barney's occupation (or even if he had one) was never given during the original series, subsequent spinoffs suggest Barney went to work at the Slate Rock and Gravel Company quarry alongside Fred at some point after the original series; possibly in some office role. An episode of the original series does have a brief scene of Barney working at the Granite Building. When speaking to an upper-crust snob in another episode, Betty declares Barney is in "top-secret" work; but that might have been a cover for a low-level job or unemployment, or perhaps an in-joke meaning that Barney's job was unknown even to the show's writers. It could also be possible that both Fred and Barney work at the quarry, but may work in different sections of it, under different bosses. In one episode, Barney's boss tells him to "put down his broom," which implies some sort of janitorial works is involved. In a majority of spin-offs and movies, Barney has been portrayed as working in the quarry as a dino-crane operator, alongside Fred."

-- Posted by SpankTheTank on Tue, Dec 28, 2010, at 9:54 AM


i often wondered if Fred and Barney were on the kinky side a little...i mean , trading Wilma and Betty a few times ...

i could of swore Barney worked with Fred but i've been mixfused so many times before , i wouldn't be surprised what job Barney had...

-- Posted by ...Rick on Tue, Dec 28, 2010, at 10:05 AM

Manners, please...you forgot chewing with mouth open, silent but deadly's, picking teeth, butting in line, dropping food on floor, picking scabs, eating scabs, sweaty/dirty serving spoons and tongs, and of course smoking. Maybe you should just stay home and enjoy your perfect habitat.

Smokes effect on pets...you are 68 and never heard of that? Amazing...have you ever heard of the hairy ball theorem? Check it out, and the smoke effects on pets while you are at it. How's that for feedback?

Leaf problems...there's a first time for everything. Congratulations.

Quarry consequences...really. So, what if I live 4 and 1/4 miles away? No shock?

Lawn ornament...Geez Cheryl, would you just return her little lamb so we can all move on?

-- Posted by Hawker on Tue, Dec 28, 2010, at 11:13 AM

Manners, please --

I'll add people who use a toothpick to dig food out of their teeth to that list of peeves.

-- Posted by grisgris on Tue, Dec 28, 2010, at 11:44 AM

Sometimes you just gotta use a toothpick; like when you don't have a fingernail long enought to bite off and use...

-- Posted by bobby62914 on Tue, Dec 28, 2010, at 12:02 PM

i agree with Hawker ...if going out in public makes a person sick or offended , mayhaps they oughta stay at home...

-- Posted by ...Rick on Tue, Dec 28, 2010, at 12:03 PM

Oh, and there is no right to smoke...

-- Posted by bobby62914 on Tue, Dec 28, 2010, at 12:03 PM

Rick, you may have a point. Barney has always acted like a wuss. I did think Betty was pretty hot.

Which got me to thinking. I know, that's dangerous. Why in the older shows the husband and wife always slept in seperate beds. How did they have kids?

The first show I can remember that they slept together was the Brady Bunch. I guess since Mike Brady was gay, it was no harm no foul.


Oh, and there is no right to smoke...

-- Posted by bobby62914 on Tue, Dec 28, 2010, at 12:03 PM

There is no right to **** in the woods, but people still do it.

We, in Jackson, hope you do pass your silly law. It just means more revunue for us. Especially if they put that new night club out by Center Junction.

-- Posted by SpankTheTank on Tue, Dec 28, 2010, at 1:05 PM

Well, spankthetank, this is country area, and if you don't like toothpicks, why don't you head up to the CITY with all the other people who don't like "country" living

-- Posted by Small Towner on Tue, Dec 28, 2010, at 1:51 PM

Manners, please--Add uninformed speakout comments.

-- Posted by ho ho ho on Tue, Dec 28, 2010, at 1:58 PM

Smoke's effect on pets: As a kid I kept parakeets while growing up in a smoking household. 2 out of the 3 parakeets I owned developed raspy coughs and eventually died from lung problems (the other died from unknown causes).

I had to stop owning birds because their respiratory systems were just too sensitive to survive alongside my parents bad habits.

-- Posted by Nil on Tue, Dec 28, 2010, at 2:29 PM

Well, spankthetank, this is country area, and if you don't like toothpicks, why don't you head up to the CITY with all the other people who don't like "country" living

-- Posted by Small Towner on Tue, Dec 28, 2010, at 1:51 PM

I'm not exactly sure what that means. Please enlighten me.


Manners, please--Add uninformed speakout comments.

-- Posted by Odyssey on Tue, Dec 28, 2010, at 1:58 PM

I'm not sure what that means either.

To steal a quote from Rick. I'm mixfused.

-- Posted by SpankTheTank on Tue, Dec 28, 2010, at 2:46 PM

does anyone know what happend to pondarosea

-- Posted by tipsi on Tue, Dec 28, 2010, at 3:16 PM

Ponderosa was closed by the corporate office. With little notice.


You're way behind times. They announced the Ryan would not be allowed to visit his wife or to go to her funeral.

-- Posted by LiveAnotherDay on Tue, Dec 28, 2010, at 3:49 PM

SpankTheTank, mixfused, precisely

-- Posted by ho ho ho on Tue, Dec 28, 2010, at 5:44 PM

Good evening.

Manners, please...oh, don't get me started. ☻

Need earlier call...watch the news. What did you do before they started their automated calling service?

Smoke's effect on pets...iyiyi.

Country folks have rights...There are many Cape issues I wish I could voice my opinion on, oh..wait I do.

Leaf problems...some heads are gonna roll over this....how dare them schedule w/no regard to autumn.

Quarry consequences...I lived close enough to Lonestar many, many years ago where the blasts would shake my walls. No big deal. You guys have to decide, do you want jobs or not?

Lawn ornament...for gosh sake's...return her lamb.

Woodpeckers won't stop...reminds me off bumblebees and wood. They won't stop either.

-- Posted by Turnip on Tue, Dec 28, 2010, at 6:37 PM

Maybe I'm not making myself clear enough. It seems to be zinging over some peoples heads.

I never said that smoking was a right. It's a choice. The same way I have a choice to go into a smoking establishment or a nonsmoking one.

For nonsmokers to set the rules for smokers and businesses is flat out wrong.

As far as being in a country area, I lived so far back in the sticks we didn't have indoor plumbing until I was 12.

All the halo wearers need to build their own town and live in peaceful harmony.

-- Posted by SpankTheTank on Tue, Dec 28, 2010, at 6:53 PM


Secondhand smoke kills pets, too.

-- Posted by southeast on Tue, Dec 28, 2010, at 7:06 PM

People Stop and THANK

If people would stop and do some thanking about

this so call second hand smoking that people are

wenting other to stop doing. Look at all the TRUCKS that run up and down Cape Girardeau Highways and what about all the other public roads, all the burning that go on all around and

all the smoke that come from chimney from people home also leaf burning that go on in Cape Girardeau . I am a Retired military person and a veteran of Viet Nam and for myslf I thank that the ccity should put it to all Voters that come to Cape Girardeau to shop here .

-- Posted by Thunder1814 on Tue, Dec 28, 2010, at 7:48 PM

Plenty of people clearly think they have a right to smoke in public places. They are letting their addiction control their opinion and should be pitied, I know, but I just can't bring myself to pity them.

Crackheads seem to be more reasonable about their addictions...

-- Posted by bobby62914 on Tue, Dec 28, 2010, at 8:00 PM

"Think" you for the comments, Thunder. Not sure why you refer to it as "so-called secondhand smoke" as hundreds of scientific studies have proven it's risk.

The truck exhaust, chimney smoke, leaf burning are all outside. Smoking in restaurants or any other business is inside so everyone is exposed to carcinogens for extended periods of time.

-- Posted by southeast on Tue, Dec 28, 2010, at 8:03 PM

Quarry consequences,,,,,,,Just what exactly did your husband do in the quarry? I have lived and worked around quarries for 50 years and have failed to see the devastation and health issues everyone talks about.Rock quarries are no more dangerous or unhealthy as any other heavy construction job. Maybe all you cry babies who think mining is so bad should learn a few things about MSHA.

-- Posted by Peedo on Wed, Dec 29, 2010, at 4:01 PM

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