LOOKS like the liberal left has finally gotten to the place that they no longer feel they can blame George Bush for the world's problems. They have a new outlet for their political gain, Sarah Palin. Somehow, some way she has to be to blame for a lot of things going on in the world. Way to go, Sarah. Surely you are rocking the liberal boat, or they would not be attacking you so much.
ABOUT three-fourths of the increase in wholesale prices last month were due to higher energy costs. Energy prices rose 3.7 percent. Home heating oil prices jumped 12.3 percent, and gasoline prices rose 6.4 percent. A sharp rise in gasoline prices, which now top $3 a gallon, could cause people to cut spending on other things, slowing the economy. Food prices rose sharply, too. They increased 0.8 percent in December, following a 1 percent rise in November. The increase reflected higher prices for vegetables and fruits. Social Security received no raise. However, the Republicans got the tax breaks for their millionaires. Is this the party for the people?
THE smoking ban comes down to a simple question. Are smokers' rights more important than the nonsmokers' rights? Our government makes those choices every day. We all can't have our way, but you have to do what is best for everyone. Keeping people healthy by not inhaling secondhand smoke seems to be a pretty decent compromise.
WHY would restaurants have to close down if there is a smoking ban? Then everyone would be on an equal playing field. Would the people who smoke stop going out? I doubt it. I think they would probably not smoke until after they ate.
A recent Speak Out comment said, "Those who sit behind microphones and spew hot air need to do something positive." They are. They inform us of the underhanded things that go on in Washington, D.C., that mainstream news doesn't report. Also, it is called freedom of speech. They can't bully anyone because there are controls on your radio and TV so you can turn them off. Everyone should have freedom of speech, but you have the freedom not to listen.
THE people in charge of the electricity in Jackson are ridiculous. They are trigger-happy when it comes to shutting off anyone's electricity without the slightest courtesy of even making a phone call. Electricity is essential for living. They have been given a little bit of power and are abusing it.
MORE than three out of four people are nonsmokers. A smoking ban could be good for those businesses that are whining. People go to a bar to drink, not smoke. People go to a casino to gamble, not smoke. You may lose some of the smokers' business, but you will gain a lot more from the other three-fourths of the population that doesn't smoke that will patronize your business after the ban.
WHY does this rationale for restricting a smoking ordinance in Cape Girardeau remind me of the mid-20th-century? "For smokers and non-smokers in a public facility, we must have separate but equal locations."
AT the very time civility and less divisiveness seems to be in vogue, state Sen. Jason Crowell has called for a civil discord promoting vote designed to provoke anti-labor sentiment in Missouri.
IRONICALLY, autocratic rule may be on the way out in Tunisia at the same time it seems to be catching on in Cape Girardeau.
THE U.S. federal debt is over $14 trillion. It has increased more in two years while President Obama has been in office than it did in eight years of President George W. Bush. We have to stop this crazy spending. The first step is for new conservatives in Congress to refuse to increase the debt limit. Then we must stop spending more than we have in income.
IF my family spent more than we earned every year for 10 years, the bank would quit lending us money. The federal government must quit borrowing money or we will have an economic collapse like what happened in Yugoslavia, the Soviet Union, Brazil, Argentina, Romania and most recently in Ireland and Greece. It can happen here, too.
ISN'T it a shame that the news media can't do math? Illinois has a 3 percent income tax rate. So a 66 percent increase is an additional 2 percent, making their rate 5 percent, and the media is talking about people fleeing to Missouri, which has a 6 percent rate. Do the math, folks.
ANOTHER costly mistake by Bush and the Republican-controlled Congress. The new fence that they decided we needed for our border with Mexico was costing $15 million a mile. Obama has put an end to this waste of money. How many years are we going to have to pay for these bad decisions made during the Bush years?
THE new session of Congress has just started, and members are already campaigning for the next election. You can see what good they are doing the American people. They are just up there to line their pockets, as they always have by giving themselves raises and letting businesses give to their political campaigns.