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Speak Out 2/22/11

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

All good things ...

IT is sad to see that the Capaha Park pool is going to be torn down, but I realize it's old and that all good things must come to an end. Something that would be nice is if Capaha Park would put in more pavilions for people to picnic at and also to construct nicer play areas for the children.

Be fair

ENOUGH about smoking. What about drinking? Drunken drivers kill. Let's get that in there, too. Be fair.

Snow removal

THE city of Jackson does a very poor job during snowstorms. They do not take care of the streets. Nothing is even done in the most heavily traveled area of town. This has been going on for years. Wish they would do as good a job as the city of Cape Girardeau does.

Vehicles in yards

WHILE driving through the north end of Jackson along Greensferry Road, I couldn't help but notice all the fine homes. But why is it that people pull up and park their vehicles and trailers in their front yard?

Great article

I enjoy TBY, and I especially enjoyed a recent article titled "A Special One," by Dolly Dambach. Thank you, Dolly, for reminding us to count our blessings.

Smoking comparison

HAVING a smoking section in a restaurant is like having a bathroom section in a pool.

Tele-town hall

I don't appreciate getting these robo-calls about town hall meetings scheduled by congresswoman Jo Ann Emerson and being asked to participate. They put you on hold and then they come back on after a half-hour or hour and tell you that they're finished. This has happened twice to me and I don't appreciate it. My time is precious, too. So they need to think of another way.

History revisionist

GENE Lyons' columns continue to make me laugh, especially the one recently on Ronald Reagan. Gene obviously knows how great a president Reagan was, and he is doing his best to be a history revisionist. It won't work.

Workplace etiquette

PLEASE don't talk incessantly at work about your pregnancy if you are working with someone who has had a miscarriage recently.

Thank you

THANKS to the lady at the Jackson Arby's for finding my bracelet recently. You are a very nice person for turning it in. This was a gift from my husband. Thank you again for being so gracious.

Smoking conclusion

IF you don't like the smoking in a particular restaurant, your choice is simple -- don't go in. Quit stepping on the rights of others.

Insurance debate

THERE is a huge difference between mandated auto insurance and mandated health insurance. The mandated health insurance requires that people have health insurance on themselves. My health is my business, and how I pay my medical bills -- either with money from my own account or through insurance -- is my business. The only government mandated auto insurance is liability insurance, so that if I hurt someone else my insurance will pay for any damage that I caused them. Two totally different scenarios.

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Two brilliant comments by people that are afraid they cannot twenty minutes without a cigarette.

Be fair

Uh, drunken driving is already illegal. Maybe the nice caller is unwittingly making the case that smoking in public should also be illegal.

Smoking conclusion

There is no right to smoke in public any more than there is a guaranteed right to publicly partake in any number of otherwise legal activities.

-- Posted by bobby62914 on Tue, Feb 22, 2011, at 12:55 AM

Even liability insurance is optional. If I choose not to own a vehicle I have no obligation to have auto insurance.

-- Posted by bobby62914 on Tue, Feb 22, 2011, at 12:57 AM

More inconsiderate smokers, more people who think our overly expensive health system is ideal, more people complaining about lack of public services in a small, conservative town. In other words, just another average Tuesday. Happy Tuesday everybody.

-- Posted by SteveM on Tue, Feb 22, 2011, at 8:21 AM

Just because a person sees that a supposed solution actually makes the problem worse does not mean that they don't recognize there is a problem.

-- Posted by bobby62914 on Tue, Feb 22, 2011, at 8:49 AM

Your health can cost me and everyone big bucks if you don't have insurance. Hospitals must serve you if your butt is hauled in after an emergency. I find it idiotic that some still don't understand this. A pill that will cost you less than a cent at Walmart will cost you $18 or more at a hospital because, WE ARE ALL PAYING FOR OTHERS NOT HAVING INSURANCE.

-- Posted by Dr. Nemo on Tue, Feb 22, 2011, at 8:53 AM

"HAVING a smoking section in a restaurant is like having a bathroom section in a pool."

If it were posted that the pool had a "bathroom section", would you still get in, swim around, and then complain later about how disgusting it was? Once again, it's all about choices.

-- Posted by Fujiyama Mama on Tue, Feb 22, 2011, at 9:24 AM

i just seen on the news that people that don,t have health innsurance cost one hospital 3,000.000,000 in one year to care for meth lab people who blow themselfs up. and guess who pays , yes us

-- Posted by tipsi on Tue, Feb 22, 2011, at 11:05 AM

WE are still gonna be paying for people that dont pay for healthcare. More in fact.

Jackson did OK on removal. You can't clean packed snow and ice. I depends when it snows. I've moved snow for years and still amazed at the people that cant figure it out. Would you like them to shovel your driveway while they are at it. Don't drive if you can't handle it.

-- Posted by We Regret To Inform U on Tue, Feb 22, 2011, at 11:09 AM

If you do not want car insurance you do not have to drive right? So if you do not want health insurance does that mean you shouldnt be allowed in a hospital? Obamacare is not ideal, but we have to start somewhere.

-- Posted by Ashy on Tue, Feb 22, 2011, at 11:14 AM

Obamacare makes the current situation worse; it is not an improvement.

"Do something, even if it is wrong," is bad policy.

-- Posted by bobby62914 on Tue, Feb 22, 2011, at 11:42 AM

Doing something that might be wrong could be bad. Doing nothing about a bad situation and expecting it to get better is foolish. I wholeheartedly agree that Obamacare is not the perfect solution. I hear a lot of people bash it yet provide no solutions to our, beyond broken, healthcare system.

-- Posted by Ashy on Tue, Feb 22, 2011, at 12:55 PM

There have been lots of solutions suggested; most of them ignored.

Obamacare is bad; it makes the current situation worse. I wonder if that was not the plan. President Obama has made clear on several occasions that a single payer system is the only solution he considers permanent.

-- Posted by bobby62914 on Tue, Feb 22, 2011, at 12:59 PM

would the price of auto's go down ?...umm , no..

-- Posted by Rick... on Tue, Feb 22, 2011, at 12:06 PM

I know my auto insurance didnt go down when they made insurance mandatory but at least I have good coverage.

-- Posted by We Regret To Inform U on Tue, Feb 22, 2011, at 8:55 PM

I read in the Missourian where someone had the idea of a museum at Capaha Park once the pool is torn down, I think that's a great idea. My family has visited the park and museum at Farmington and really enjoyed it. There is so much history here that would make the perfect museum.Just adding picnic areas would not last, they would be defaced like the others are now.

-- Posted by pilot on Wed, Feb 23, 2011, at 9:55 PM

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