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Speak Out 3/10/11

Thursday, March 10, 2011


IT'S that time of year when seniors in high school and college students will be applying for scholarships to pay for their college education. Please remember that the students who are receiving Pell Grants do not need extra money to pay for their tuition. It's the students that are not receiving the Pell Grant or other government aid that would very much appreciate funds to help pay for college.

Union insanity

IN a past column, Sam Blackwell said he considered the biased sheriff in Arizona to be a hero because he blasted the tea party conservatives. And in another column he talked about the Wisconsin governor. The Wisconsin governor was elected by the people to do a job, to get rid of this public union insanity.


THE unemployment is way up. The economy is in trouble. We're having all kinds of trouble with other countries. And our Congress is debating gay rights and whether to make prostitution legal or illegal.

Benefit bargaining

GENE Lyons certainly is named correctly -- he is lyin'. The union issue in Wisconsin is only about eliminating collective bargaining for benefits. They will still be able to bargain for wages.

Saying no

IN a recent Speak Out comment, the writer talked about the Republican party that always says no. If a few of these Democratic legislators would have said no, maybe our country wouldn't be in the financial mess we are in today.

Leaving town

I wish the Republican senators would have left Washington, D.C., and not voted on the health care bill like the people in Indiana and the Democrats in Wisconsin did on other issues. Maybe we wouldn't have had the bill.

Crisis response

THE greed on Wall Street and the big bankers are what started this crisis. And yet the Republican House members voted to give the top 2 percent another tax cut extension. If they were really serious about the deficit and balancing our budget, why not go after the ones who caused it and can afford to pay instead of the middle class?

Utility bills

I agree with the people in the news complaining about the high utility bills. Mine is ridiculously high. This needs to be looked into. People can't afford these high bills in today's economy. Please help.

Obama, gas prices

I sure wish President Obama would do something about the high gas prices. For eight years we were told that the president sets the price of gasoline. So it's time for Mr. Obama to act.

'Anything Goes'

I want to congratulate the director and all the vocal and dance coaches involved in "Anything Goes" at the River Campus. This cast was brilliant. They could go to the Fox Theatre and no one would know if they were professional or not. Everyone was in their right place and they did an excellent job. It was delightful.

Owners' rights

I do not smoke. However, I strongly support a restaurant owner's freedom to allow smoking in his or her place of business. You've heard it before. If you prefer a nonsmoking environment, it is your freedom to patronize those establishments and avoid the others. Business owners have a right, too.

Smoke pollution

IF the ordinance for not smoking in public is passed, it is only fair to prohibit wood-burning fireplaces. Burning leaves should also be banned. Talk about pollution. Try breathing that air.

Roller derby

THE recent roller derby event at the A.C. Brase Arena Building was great. What a great time for clean, family fun.

Prescription law

I am thrilled that Cape Girardeau has decided to require prescriptions for certain cold medications. Recently I had a prescription filled. In front of me were five healthy-looking college-age boys, all getting cold medication and all signing the log and showing their ID. They left in the same car.

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Could someone please explain (without being hateful or condescending) as to why Unions workers should not pay more on their health insurance or not receive a raise greater than inflation? I'm puzzled how anyone can justify a large raise during a time like this, especially when it is being paid for out of the taxes we pay. There are many places that have frozen salaries due to the economy.

I think it is ridicules that supposed adult men and women would run and hide rather then do the job they were sent to do. Had the Republican's done that, there would be Hades to pay. Are those 'runaways' going to get their pay docked for not showing up like we would? I think not. Real men and women would stand up and speak and not runaway. Wisconsin isn't the only state that has the minority party hiding. Seems they like to cram their priorities down the throats of others but don't like being treated the same way.

-- Posted by LiveAnotherDay on Thu, Mar 10, 2011, at 6:20 AM

Most scholarships are given based on academic achievement. A student who is eligible to receive a Pell Grant has the same chance of getting a scholarship as the other students. Students have to EARN a scholarship! That's the way it should be! No group hug just because they are Pell eligible!

-- Posted by witchyone on Thu, Mar 10, 2011, at 6:24 AM

Most scholarships are given based on academic achievement. A student who is eligible to receive a Pell Grant has the same chance of getting a scholarship as the other students. Students have to EARN a scholarship! That's the way it should be! No group hug just because they are Pell eligible!

-- Posted by poorteachr on Thu, Mar 10, 2011, at 6:26 AM

Most scholarships are given based on academic achievement. A student who is eligible to receive a Pell Grant has the same chance of getting a scholarship as the other students. Students have to EARN a scholarship! That's the way it should be! No group hug just because they are Pell eligible!

-- Posted by wgs2016 on Thu, Mar 10, 2011, at 8:30 AM

Insanity . . .Ronald Reagan had an answer for Wisconsin

Priorities . . Congress is incompetent and unable to do anything that is not politically motivated.

Saying No . . .it is an easy, single syllable word . . .you really don't want to ask congress to strain itself. Do you?

Leaving . . .really? Do you think they voted for it? Or that abdicating your sworn responsibility is in any way acceptable?

Bills . . .I am told that both Sikeston and New Madrid have their own power plants and their utility bills (compared to Amren) are about half of ours. . . hmmmmmm

Gas . . .He can't. Don't you think he would love to lower gas prices? It would probably guarantee re-election. . .well no not really.

Rights . . consumers should vote with their patronage or witholding it. If a business owner determines it is bad for his/her bottom line smoking will cease without government intervention.

-- Posted by one4kids on Thu, Mar 10, 2011, at 8:43 AM

Once again, commentary proves ignorance about civil and social issues. To think the President can raise or lower prices of anything is just ridiculous. The trading futures market determines fuel prices. When speculators trade up the price, the money flows like oil. Take away oil futures trading, problem solved. Also, the crude supply is more than enough. The unrest in Lybia is being used as a reason and does not effect crude supply. The Saudis do that. The fact we have limited gas refineries available to produce end products restricts supply, especially this time of year when production gradually shifts to summer blends of fuel. Please do not make comments on issues you have no knowledge or education about.

-- Posted by jadip4me on Thu, Mar 10, 2011, at 8:52 AM

Once again, Speak Out readers don't get what a person is actually saying. What the original comment is basically saying is, "HEY ALL YOU LIE-BURAL WHINERS WHO SAID FOR EIGHT YEARS THAT BUSH WAS RAISING GAS PRICES, WHY AREN'T YOU SAYING THE SAME THINGS ABOUT OBAMA?!?" It's supposed to be sarcasm or something, but it's mainly just whining and regretting buying that Escalade.

-- Posted by commenter on Thu, Mar 10, 2011, at 9:27 AM

In the market place, traders/speculators are important to the distribution of goods and services. Contrary to belief, prices are more stable because of the knowledge they offer the marketplace.

The Soviet Union did not have speculators other than by central committee. How well did that turn out?

-- Posted by BCStoned on Thu, Mar 10, 2011, at 10:02 AM

Scholarships.....I am shocked at that. I recieved Pell grants and busted my butt in school and received a scholarship each sememster as well. During student teaching I STILL had to take out a loan to live off of. College is expensive and since when is our socioeconomic background a requirement on an application? For someone in my financial situation I needed all the help I could get or I may not have made it through. However I did and I am the first on one side of the family and still the only one.......so thank you to everyone that did give me a scholarship even though I was poor and needed Pell grants too :p

-- Posted by lovemyfamily on Thu, Mar 10, 2011, at 2:51 PM

Some scholorships are only available for lower income students.

It will cost us $11,876 a year for our daughter to continue her education and she doesn't qualify for any assistance except for scholorships. It is sad that her and another kid can have the same academic qualifications but because we are at a higher income she is dis-qualified for certain scholorships. Scholorships should be given to those that earn them regardless of financial need.

-- Posted by semoangel70 on Thu, Mar 10, 2011, at 4:31 PM

Wilki defined this subject very well..."Scholarships are awarded on various criteria usually reflecting the values and purposes of the donor or founder of the award."

-- Posted by peacock111 on Thu, Mar 10, 2011, at 6:02 PM

I seem to remember caddilacman blaming high gas prices on the President during the previous administration.

If business owners are allowed to permit customers to openly have sex then they should also be allowed to permit their customers to smoke. Both are legal and it should be up to the business owner.

-- Posted by bobby62914 on Thu, Mar 10, 2011, at 6:34 PM

Re;smoke polution The smoke from fireplaces and burning leaves doesn't make you die of cancer like cigarette smoke does.

-- Posted by newman90 on Thu, Mar 10, 2011, at 8:31 PM


You are give her the best thing other than love. It's cost us a bundle also put it is great insurance for her future..

-- Posted by We Regret To Inform U on Thu, Mar 10, 2011, at 9:29 PM

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