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Speak Out 1/25/11

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Smoking sickness

I went out Saturday night to a private club and then downtown to hear a band. The next day my lungs were wheezing and my ears were draining from the smoke. I cannot go out anymore because of my severe allergies to smoke. You smokers really don't know how sick your smoke makes us.

Workload passed on

OVER the past several years Congress has pushed more and more onto the states to take care of. However, it seems like with less money going out to take care of the things they passed down to the states, they gave themselves raises, great health care and a lavish pension.

Mailing meth

WITH all the heightened security at the airports, would you be as surprised as I am to know that you can receive illegal drugs (meth) through the mail? How about some "heightened security" at the post office? Drugs are every bit as much a danger to us as the things people are being screened for every day at our airports. Yet meth can be mailed, undetected, from California to Missouri. How can this be?

Dupnik no hero

PIMA County Sheriff Clarence Dupnik was the hero after the Tucson shootings? Please, Sam Blackwell, get realistic and learn the facts. This guy was the only person to possibly prevent this tragedy. The congresswoman's office had been vandalized in the months leading up to the shooting, and one would think the sheriff would put at least one officer at that event.

Smoking right?

CAN someone please show me where any law in the U.S. gives someone a right to smoke?

Be prepared

AS someone who came from a town in the north of less than 3,000 people, I am saddened that a few inches of snow here gets students out of school. It takes ice plus about six more inches for my school to cancel. Even then it is only a day at most. The "blizzard" of 1993 had the schools here shut down for a week. I was out for two days. People need to be prepared for winter weather, this includes the city workers and schools.

Right-to-work

WE already have right-to-work in Missouri as far as Congress goes. They don't pay any dues. The people of Missouri pay their dues for them. They reap the benefits of a high salary, health insurance and a pension. Also, they only go to work whenever they decide not to go campaigning.


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The "Wise Health Insurance" is quite popular in California and New York. For example it offers the low income health plan. Also offers health insurance for individual with pre-exisiting conditions.

-- Posted by pauldowns on Tue, Jan 25, 2011, at 12:45 AM

Right to smoke:

It is not necessarily about the "rights for a smoker to smoke", instead is about the right for a business owner to decide on his own to allow or not allow smoking in his/her facility without "governments" involvement! If the person wants to own a business that allows smoking then he/she then has to follow certain legal guidelines set up by the government! If customers are not pleased with the environment then there are plenty other facilities in cape girardeau that cater to their needs! I.e. I hate WALMART, so instead of complaining to government about rude people and dangerous driving in the parking lots, I chose to go to another store that caters to what I want!

-- Posted by Commonsense2010 on Tue, Jan 25, 2011, at 7:31 AM

I have severe allergies to smoke, but chose to patronize a private club that allows smoking.

Add severe allergies to common sense to the list.

-- Posted by FreedomFadingFast on Tue, Jan 25, 2011, at 9:16 AM

@Smoking Sickness - in honor of the soon to be appearing Bill Engvall - "Here's your sign!"

-- Posted by one4kids on Tue, Jan 25, 2011, at 9:43 AM

WHINY PEOPLE

I am so sick of whiny people. Do they have any idea how ill they make me? My skin crawls, I become nauseated. It's terrible. Can we ban them as well?

-- Posted by Turnip on Tue, Jan 25, 2011, at 10:33 AM

So, it is my understanding that 'private' clubs are labeled as such and that an example of a private club would be the Elks Lodge.

So, then, restaurants are not private clubs, correct? They are in fact, open to the public. Restaurant owners rely on their patrons to pay for the operation of the establishment. Their doors are open and unlocked to the general public. At least, this is my take on the idea of restaurant.

A restaurant could not prosper and remain open without its patrons or could it? So, does this not make a restaurant reliant on the public? Thoughts?

Maybe I'm way off base here.

-- Posted by scadgrad23 on Tue, Jan 25, 2011, at 11:43 AM

whining people whining about whining people

can we say pecksniffian?

-- Posted by peacock111 on Tue, Jan 25, 2011, at 11:50 AM

I'd like my ban to include people who hang on my every word.

Rick, my guess would be because she was his target.

-- Posted by Turnip on Tue, Jan 25, 2011, at 12:21 PM

Again, responding to the second Speak Out above, Congress gets the same pension as all other Federal employees, not any special "lavish" pension that they voted themselves to have.

And as to why the Congresswoman's shooting is considered an "attempted assasination", it's because she's an elected Federal official.

And yes, there sure are a lot of whiners who tune into this site.........

-- Posted by JoJax on Tue, Jan 25, 2011, at 12:33 PM

Wheels . . . ding ding ding we have a winner . . .

-- Posted by one4kids on Tue, Jan 25, 2011, at 1:14 PM

JoJAX: You are right on!

-- Posted by semo471 on Tue, Jan 25, 2011, at 5:33 PM

An assassination is "to murder (a usually prominent person) by a sudden and/or secret attack, often for political reasons."

-- Posted by suefrommo on Tue, Jan 25, 2011, at 8:55 PM

Politicians are pecksniffian, Turnip is stating a fact.

-- Posted by LiveAnotherDay on Tue, Jan 25, 2011, at 11:05 PM

Turnip, stop complaining and have a smoke! And then another and................................................................................................

-- Posted by thewonder on Wed, Jan 26, 2011, at 1:42 PM


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