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Speak Out 1/7/11

Friday, January 7, 2011

Puppy mill legislation

I believe the puppy mill legislation is terrific. Unfortunately some people don't think of the animals, only their bottom line. If people would use common sense, there wouldn't have to be a puppy mill law.

Thank you

My mother used to say a friend is a friend indeed if they help you out in a time of need. I had emergency surgery early in December and knew I would not be able to work and unable to meet my monthly obligations. It looked pretty bleak, no Christmas and unpaid bills over my head. However due to the ingenuity, compassion and kindness of my friends and co-workers, money was raised, bills were paid and a nice, big Christmas dinner with all the trimmings was fixed.

Not sanitary

IN Speak Out recently, I read about the manners of people blowing noses, scratching body parts and so forth. I have a problem with waiters and waitresses wiping the tables, then the seats, back to swipe the table. I don't see this as very sanitary.

Obama's plan

OBAMA did not lower taxes. He merely made a deal with Republicans to extend the Bush cuts so that he could achieve his dream of three years' worth of unemployment benefits.

Smoke solution

IF you don't like going to a bar or restaurant that allows smoking, don't go. We don't need a law to "allow" businesses to be smoke-free. Tell the proprietor why you aren't coming back.

Something to think about

IF the ban on smoking passes in Cape Girardeau, will our law enforcement employees be subject to this? Just last week I saw a member of law enforcement smoking a cigarette and another smoking a cigar while driving patrol cars. Aren't the cars owned by the city?

Global warming

WHICH of the following statements prove global warming? A) The climate is getting warmer; B) The climate is getting colder; C) The climate is not changing; D) All of the above. Answer: D. Who can argue with that? Proponents of global warming accept any and all ideas if it moves their agenda forward.

New earmarking process

GOOD news for earmark advocates. Members of Congress have already found ways to get around the restrictions via a practice known as soft earmarking. I knew they'd do this. I just didn't think it would happen so quickly. I'm thrilled. Long live earmarks.

Respiratory problems

In the winter when wood-burning stoves and fireplaces are going full blast, the whole neighborhood is filled with wood smoke. On a still night the smoke seeps into houses. People probably breath hundreds of times the amount of wood smoke than secondhand cigarette smoke. Equal amounts of wood smoke can be just as harmful as secondhand cigarette smoke.

Cape dancing

IN response to the nonsmoking place to take one's wife dancing: Is there even a smoking place to go dancing in Cape Girardeau?

Driving lanes

DOES anyone remember what the inside lane of a four-lane road is for? It is for the faster vehicles. If you're driving slow, get in the right lane.

Barking dogs

WHAT kind of a world do we live in when your neighbors get mad and won't speak to you when you tell them their dog is barking all day and disturbing the whole neighborhood while they're at work?

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Wood smoke doesn't have anywhere near the 800 chemicals that cigarette smoke has in it.

-- Posted by TheOneDude on Fri, Jan 7, 2011, at 2:34 AM

There was no need for a puppy mill law in the first place. There were plenty of animal cruelty laws on the books already, just enforce them. The puppy mill law was pushed by radical animal rights groups that aren't even from Missouri. They threw around a lot of money and produced heart wrenching commercials to get emotional reactions from people who they knew would never bother to look any deeper into it than just listening to the sound bites. It's so vaguely worded that they will now start using it to try to shut down farmers who raise cattle and pigs.

-- Posted by Data48 on Fri, Jan 7, 2011, at 7:17 AM

The puppy mill legislation is dangerously worded to leave it open & subjective, and inviting interpretation. Too many loop holes inviting twisted consequences. I don't trust the players involved---HSUSA or politicians, their lawyers or lobbyists. All about power & control not puppies. Be more specific and I vote for it.

-- Posted by mutt_jdr on Fri, Jan 7, 2011, at 7:17 AM

Just wait until the puppy mill legislation is inforced, the local shelters and the "in" Humane Society will be bombarded with more dogs, or they will simply be dumped on the side of the road in huge numbers, Wow sounds like a bunch of voters didnt think about any of this before they voted in favor of the law. The very people in favor of the law just caused more pain, suffering and death.

-- Posted by cdublu on Fri, Jan 7, 2011, at 7:29 AM

Glad to see some of the people who are afraid to go twenty minutes without a cigarette are back. SpeakOut could get boring without them.

Driving lanes

Good point! I try to drive close to the maximum allowed speed, without exceeding it, and only when the road conditions and traffic allow.

Because I am driving at, or near, the speed limit I stay in the left lane because I drive almost as fast as the law allows.

-- Posted by bobby62914 on Fri, Jan 7, 2011, at 7:53 AM

@Respiratory problems

By this comment, I can only assume that you're for restricting BOTH secondhand smoke in public places AND wood burning in your neighborhood. How very progressive of you. But then of course you're not really saying that, are you? You, like many before you, are trying to point out that since there are some things More harmful than cigarettes, that cigarettes are not harmful. This is a completely fallacious statement. Try substituting anything else in your "X is worse than Y therefore Y is harmless" equation. Like skydiving, sword-swallowing or telling a woman she's fat. They may be more dangerous, but that has nothing to do with a smoking ordinance.

-- Posted by SteveM on Fri, Jan 7, 2011, at 8:41 AM

Puppy mill legislation

It's not only about pets. People voted thinking it was.

-- Posted by We Regret To Inform U on Fri, Jan 7, 2011, at 9:01 AM

If we are outlawing smoking because of its detrimental effect outside of the smoker then we need to make it illegal for poor people who are fat because my taxes get raised to pay for their doctors visit and medicine which makes me very angry, therefor raising my blood pressure which as we all know can lead to heart failure and even death.

-- Posted by LEGION63 on Fri, Jan 7, 2011, at 9:05 AM

in my comment below I neglected to say. poor people who are fat eating fast food should be made illegal.

-- Posted by LEGION63 on Fri, Jan 7, 2011, at 9:09 AM

Barking dogs...tell them to leave the dog in a barking lot.

-- Posted by Hawker on Fri, Jan 7, 2011, at 9:38 AM

good morning...☺

Global warming --- the Earth is nearly 3 billion years old...humans have been around for a few thousand years...are we arrogant enuff to believe humans are going to ruin the Earth ?...what are the chances that Earth hasn't evolved many times over 3 billion years , like the poles switching positions , the Earth's wobble changing , or a host of other natural events ?

btw , what's gonna happen when the Earth's oil supply runs out ? it's gonna be one ugly event , let your imagination run wild...

is it just me or does the McDonald's restaurant vans look identical to ambulances sans the emergency lights ?

-- Posted by ...Rick on Fri, Jan 7, 2011, at 10:01 AM

-- Posted by SteveM on Fri, Jan 7, 2011, at 8:41 AM

Agree completely; no equivalency now matter how hard they try.

-- Posted by Acronym on Fri, Jan 7, 2011, at 10:16 AM

Driving Lanes??? Last I heard the speed limit is enforced no matter what lane your driving in! The fast/slow lane thought is a myth! My suggestion is to leave in time so that you are not running everyone over to get where your going in time!

-- Posted by Commonsense2010 on Fri, Jan 7, 2011, at 12:47 PM

Sorry Comonsese2010 but you are 100% wrong. In many states, including neighboring Illinois, left lane riding is illegal. If you are on a divided four lane road and are in the left lane for more than 1/2 mile without being in the act of passing you are subject to a ticket. The fine was originally $75 but I think it has recently gone up to $120 along with speeding tickets. That's one law I wish they would enforce more rigidly. The only myth here is the one that the left lane is safer. Statistically there are over twice as many accidents in the left lane than there are in the right. It's a matter of common courtesy to stay in the right lane if you're not passing. Maybe that's why it's such a problem, common courtesy is pretty much a thing of the past. Since you seem to be of an opposite opinion maybe you can enlighten me. What advantage to you get from driving slow in the left lane and impeding traffic?

-- Posted by Data48 on Fri, Jan 7, 2011, at 3:07 PM

I just reread my comment and need to clarify one thing. The Illinois law doesn't apply in town. It is only in effect on divided four lanes where the speed limit is 55 or higher.

-- Posted by Data48 on Fri, Jan 7, 2011, at 3:11 PM

You're just spinning your wheels Data. People here have no concept of a passing lane. I'm guessing it's not something taught in Drivers Education. I grew up in another state and they taught us about a passing lane. Drive around Cape for awhile and it's quite frustrating that people have no idea what it is. I find driving in Cape more frustrating than driving in most major cities in the U.S. and I've driven in a lot of them.

-- Posted by SteveM on Fri, Jan 7, 2011, at 3:25 PM

Data48: I think you are correct that we did not need the puppy mill law! But you should look closer to home at who poured money into it. I heard how much our billionaire republican Rex S. poured into the Missouri Republican campaigns this year ($14 million) and that he helped sponsor the puppy mill law. Let's stop blaming everything on the people who live outside Missouri. Someone who resided in the state had to have a lot input to get enough signatures to get it on the ballot.

-- Posted by Nettie Can on Fri, Jan 7, 2011, at 5:17 PM

We call them Jackson leftlaners.

Watch them come into Cape every morning, all of them drive in the left lane.

-- Posted by trekker on Fri, Jan 7, 2011, at 7:41 PM

Data: I understand that it is courtesy to stay in right lane and most of the time I do except when I am preparing to make a left turn or passing, but if I am doing the speed limit then I am totally legal! My comment was aimed for the other motorists whom consider the left lane a fast lane and get on my *** when I am following the laws! If the speed limit is 35 and I am doing the limit and am needing to make a left turn at the next light, I get in the left lane, I check the lane to avoid hitting or cutting someone off, turn on the blinker a make the lane switch legally, I then get tailgated by a huge suv that is angry at me for slowing them down! I used my blinker, made sure the lane was clear, and did the speed limit however I am considered as being wrong but the suv doing 45 in a 35 in the "fast lane" is right and is privileged enough to tailgate me? Somehow that makes no sense? I planned ahead and safely prepared for my left turn! I am not wrong! On the other hand interstate travel is another story, the left lane is only to be used when passing slower traffic, and if I am passing a car and notice another vehicle coming up behind me I will gladly speed up to pass the vehicle and get back into the slow lane in order to allow the other vehicle to pass with the less difficulty! As a matter of respect! But city lines is different! If I am tailgated while respecting the laws, I refuse to show respect to a SUV who is running late for work due to not planning ahead!

-- Posted by Commonsense2010 on Fri, Jan 7, 2011, at 10:37 PM


Was there supposed to be a point somewhere in that long ramble or were you just venting?

-- Posted by Data48 on Sat, Jan 8, 2011, at 10:48 AM

in the state of Texas , the right hand lane is the "Fast Lane"...they have signs posted every 5 miles saying what the fines are for not doing so...

-- Posted by ...Rick on Sat, Jan 8, 2011, at 12:42 PM

Common, I gotta disagree with you on this one. In Jackson, signs are clearly posted: "Slower traffic should use the right lane" or something to that affect. No matter what your speed or the speed limit, you should stay in the right lane. If you are turning, then I guess you can't help it but expect me on your ars until you move. ☻

-- Posted by Turnip on Sat, Jan 8, 2011, at 1:06 PM

I should have added, more times than not, people in the 'fast lane' are on their cell phones, oblivious to what is going on around them. Just irks the heck out of me. I tend to go around people like this and then cut them off.

-- Posted by Turnip on Sat, Jan 8, 2011, at 1:26 PM

Contrary to other comment's viewed in this forum, the new puppy mill law is vastly cleaned up. Look it up. People do not need to be breeding dogs for profit.

-- Posted by happypappies on Sat, Jan 8, 2011, at 3:25 PM

Contrary to other comment's viewed in this forum, the new puppy mill law is vastly cleaned up. Look it up. People do not need to be breeding dogs for profit.

-- Posted by happypappies on Sat, Jan 8, 2011, at 3:25 PM

On the German Autobahns driving slow in the left lane you may well have some big Mercedes going up your tailpipe and out your radiator.

Where do you think we got the idea of Interstate highways in the first place?

-- Posted by voyager on Sat, Jan 8, 2011, at 4:50 PM

Does anyone know anything about the Sign Language class at SADI? I can't get anyone to return my calls. Is it a one evening a week class for 6 weeks? And is there a charge for attending?

-- Posted by Lemondone on Sat, Jan 8, 2011, at 7:38 PM


Missouri traffic law 304.015.5(3) Upon all highways any vehicle proceeding at less than the normal speed of traffic thereon shall be driven in the right-hand lane for traffic or as close as practicable to the right-hand edge or curb, except as otherwise provided in sections 304.014 to 304.025;

This clearly does not mean that if you are driving the speed limit in the left lane while others are driving faster that you are obeying the law. You are quite clearly breaking the law by not moving to the right or to a turn lane. If others are driving faster than you then you are the impeding traffic, so move over.

-- Posted by non-biasedphilosopher on Sun, Jan 9, 2011, at 12:06 AM

Well, I guess non-biased had the final word on that subject! As I was told earlier though we're just spinning our wheels here. For some reason the people who engage in left lane riding are incredibly stubborn about it even when confronted with information to the contrary. I know several otherwise reasonable people who will argue it's their right to do so even when shown the facts that it's dangerous and against the law. This thread illustrates that this myth isn't just prevalent amongst people I know but everywhere. Law enforcement needs to target people engaging in this dangerous practice and start issuing more tickets IMHO.

-- Posted by Data48 on Sun, Jan 9, 2011, at 8:14 AM

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