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Speak Out 2/14/11

Monday, February 14, 2011

Unaware smokers

WHAT if I, as a non-smoker, quit eating at restaurants where they allow smoking? What if all my non-smoking friends join me? Wouldn't that be just as detrimental to restaurant owners as losing all the smokers? The problem is that a great deal of smokers seem unaware of how obtrusive their cigarette smoke is.

Drug testing

I think it is a good idea for drug testing in order to get TANF benefits. It's sure not going to hurt the children. If the parents are on drugs, the children are probably not getting what they should have anyway. This way someone will see to it that they will get help.

Global warming scam

WITH all the recent snow storms and cold weather, this should put to an end the talk about global warming. Or would some have us believe we have to go through an ice age first. Global warning is nothing but a money making scam and something to make the far left happy.

Drug test politicians

I believe welfare recipients should be drug tested in order to qualify to receive tax-dollar-funded aid. I also believe that our politicians should be drug tested, as they, too, receive tax dollars. They should be tested when they announce their candidacy, when they win their election and randomly while in office.

Mideast turmoil

LAST Sunday's editorial cartoon depicted President Obama saying, "We side with freedom in the Mideast," with a list of exceptions. I believe the cartoonist forgot to add in the faces of Reagan, along with Bush Sr., Clinton and George W. Bush, as Mubarak has been around for about 30 years and none of those presidents seem to have had any problem with him being in power, Republican or Democrat.

Oil fiasco

THANK you, federal government for killing off our domestic production of oil and increasing our reliance on foreign sources of oil, including a significant portion from the Middle East. The strategic vision of our leaders will only result in higher costs for all. I can't wait to pay $20 for a gallon of milk and $10 for a loaf of bread.

School closings

IT'S amazing that many schools cancel school based on the threat of snow rather than actual accumulation of precipitation. Could this be the reason many children lag behind their peers? One to two inches of snow is not worth closing down the entire town.

Limbaugh's diatribe

MAYBE I'm wrong, but I don't think David Limbaugh will garner too much support for his diatribe defending Bristol Palin's right to receive $20,000 to speak at a university on the topic of, believe it or not, sexual responsibility.

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School Closings: No, but it takes one accident to endanger the wellbeing of a student for a family to sue the district. So it is better for the school system to be out for safety issues than to put the lives of thousands of kids in danger.

-- Posted by kristi on Mon, Feb 14, 2011, at 8:25 AM

@Global warming scam

"Global warning is nothing but a money making scam"

Seems to me that supporting Mideast oil is definitely making Someone money, and that someone is not us. Even if the temperature never goes up, I strongly support American made renewable sources of energy, and so should you. You don't have to care about climate change, at least care about American profits and national security.

-- Posted by SteveM on Mon, Feb 14, 2011, at 8:26 AM

Regarding the comments on global warming, another talking door knob heard from.

-- Posted by wrcactus on Mon, Feb 14, 2011, at 8:29 AM

Im not here to argue about whether climate change is real or not, but dont use the snow this winter to make your point. Do you not remember this past summer was the HOTTEST ON RECORD!!! People really dont remember things from one year to the next.

-- Posted by Ashy on Mon, Feb 14, 2011, at 9:07 AM

I support buying as much oil as possible from foreign sources. I prefer to keep ours for future needs. Someday the world will fight over oil and other natural resources. It takes fuel to move a military and the Country with the most will vanquish more than likely. Let's continue to keep ours safe and sound because, we will need it dearly in the not so far off future. JMO

-- Posted by GREYWOLF on Mon, Feb 14, 2011, at 9:13 AM

My wife and I had the opportunity to eat lunch at our local river front cajun place on Saturday. The front room was packed with smokers and the main room with the rest of us. The second hand smoke was unpleasant and we left with to-go boxes about halfway through our meal. We will choose the carryout option from now on. Our choice.

There is a difference between weather and climate.

If there is a way to drug test everyone I am for it . . .the current proposals will NOT test everyone. Every legislator that votes for this and their staff should be tested also.

David Limbaugh is a buffoon.

-- Posted by one4kids on Mon, Feb 14, 2011, at 10:30 AM

We missed Turnip's birthday Saturday.

Happy Belated Birthday Turnips!!! You're another year and two days older.

-- Posted by Have_Wheels_Will_Travel on Mon, Feb 14, 2011, at 9:52 AM

Happy birthday Turnip.

Speaking of birthdays, I turned 50 on January 30th, and it didn't take no time for AARP to send me something. Just what to hell is AARP anyway? I've heard of them a lot, but have no clue what it is.

-- Posted by SpankTheTank on Mon, Feb 14, 2011, at 10:32 AM

How the heck are these kids supposed to learn anything when they aren't ever in school? The high school I went to used to brag that they had NEVER taken a snow day. Now, schools close at the slightest threat of precipitation in the winter.

What are working parents supposed to do? Do they leave the kids at home alone and unsupervised and HOPE they don't get themselves into any trouble? Or do they take the day off work and risk losing the job they need to keep a roof over the family's head and food on the dinner table?

People complain all of the time that kids aren't learning anything...but they are never in school for the teachers to be able to have the chance to teach them.

I know what the road conditions are like when I'm listening to the school closings on the radio...I'm out there driving on them. I just sit there shaking my head in disbelief because I have not once this year seen road conditions bad enough to justify closing the schools.

If the school doesn't have heat or water due to the extreme weather, then close THAT school. But seriously...for snow? As long as the buses start, they should run.

-- Posted by dixietrucker on Mon, Feb 14, 2011, at 11:14 AM

And declaring you to be a senior citizen at 50 years old is ridiculous in my opinion.

-- Posted by Have_Wheels_Will_Travel on Mon, Feb 14, 2011, at 11:02 AM

That's kind of what I thought. I'll have to admit, it did make me feel old. The retirement home junk emails I get doesn't help.


...get use to them , your torment is just beginning.

-- Posted by Rick... on Mon, Feb 14, 2011, at 11:12 AM

I hope you're wrong, Rick. I get enough crap in the mail the way it is.

-- Posted by SpankTheTank on Mon, Feb 14, 2011, at 11:31 AM

Global Warming Scam - Let me begin by apologizing for "cut and paste" here.

climate n - (Earth Sciences / Physical Geography) the long-term prevalent weather conditions of an area, determined by latitude, position relative to oceans or continents, altitude, etc.

weather n - The state of the atmosphere at a given time and place, with respect to variables such as temperature, moisture, wind velocity, and barometric pressure.

Weather and climate do not mean the same thing. Therefore, one cold day (or hot day or dry day or wet day) does not, in itself, negate the theory. Even the span of a few weeks does not negate it.

I believe I heard that we've neared record highs for this week, does that mean it is now proven?

-- Posted by Kllrfsh on Mon, Feb 14, 2011, at 1:09 PM

Thanks, guys!

Happy belated birthday, Spank! ☻

Rick, not 40 yet.....not even close! ;o)

-- Posted by Turnip on Mon, Feb 14, 2011, at 1:30 PM

Ooops, I forgot.

Happy Valentine's Day, everyone! ☻

-- Posted by Turnip on Mon, Feb 14, 2011, at 1:30 PM

Happy BD Turn!

-- Posted by We Regret To Inform U on Mon, Feb 14, 2011, at 8:35 PM

Greywolf-"I support buying as much oil as possible from foreign sources. I prefer to keep ours for future needs. Someday the world will fight over oil and other natural resources. It takes fuel to move a military and the Country with the most will vanquish more than likely. Let's continue to keep ours safe and sound because, we will need it dearly in the not so far off future. JMO"

Just what do you think that Gulf Wars 1 and 2 were/are about if not maintaining access to cheap oil? We will continue to fight wars over natural resources as we have done since we started keeping time. There is no someday we are already doing it.


-- Posted by Ray James on Mon, Feb 14, 2011, at 10:26 PM

Ray, I think you missed my point! Our oil should NOT be for sale to any foreign buyer and should also be conserved for future needs as long as oil can be purchased elswhere. I do not agree that the middle east wars or the current conflicts are ALL about oil. There is much more to the issues in the middle east than that.

-- Posted by GREYWOLF on Tue, Feb 15, 2011, at 11:16 AM

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