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Speak Out 4/12/11

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Cruise control

THE price of gas is going up. People are wanting to conserve. I'll tell you how you can really save a lot. Use your cruise control. That will save you a bundle of gas on the highways. Whenever I drive from here to St. Louis, I pass a lot of people and they're not using their cruise control. When it rains I can't use it, but when I can use it I use a lot less gasoline.

Tanning dangers

I would like to make a comment on all these health care professionals claiming how much the health care costs are for people that smoke. What about suntanners? I know two ladies that ended up getting cancer on their faces and it spread to their eyes. Surely that can't be any cheaper than lung cancer.

Dress code

I commend Scott City, the parents and the school board for reaching an agreement on the dress code issue. If you want professionalism, you must encourage it. The students will benefit from it. I would like to see Jackson move to that limit and enforce it. Teachers must dress accordingly as well. There's no need for anybody to wear flip flops to school.

Costly ventures

SOUTHEAST Missouri State University somehow found enough money to partner with the city to make a new Broadway and a huge front door. Surprise, tuition went up. Now Southeast wants to partner with a hotel company to build a hotel, and where will the money come from? You guessed it, tuition. Who supports these ventures?

Unions' demise

WITH the way things are going, unions will be dead in this country soon. Then we will return to the workplace of the 19th century. Say goodbye to work safety and child labor laws.

Child president

TO the person who was criticizing George Bush because he spent too much on HIV in Africa, we are testing out your theory that a child could do some good with unlimited funds. We have elected a child and given him unlimited funds. He has spent more money than all the other presidents combined. No good results yet.

At-risk students

I challenge the public and board of education to ask for specific at-risk programs that are being implemented at the junior high and middle school levels. Students do not become at-risk and drop out in high school. They become at-risk of failing at a much younger age. Why aren't there at-risk classrooms at the elementary and middle school levels?

Planned Parenthood

I cannot believe in 2011 there are still some groups that would speak out against Planned Parenthood. Women are so fortunate to live today where we have so many options. It makes me sad that someone would want to take us back to the 1940s -- I'll call it the dark ages -- when we didn't have choices and we didn't have the contraceptives that are now available.


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The government does not need to be funding planned parenthood they should receive there funding from private donations.

-- Posted by swampeastmissouri on Tue, Apr 12, 2011, at 5:26 AM

Dress code- There is no need to stop people from wearing flip flops. Who needs more rules?

Tanning- fake tans are obvious and unattractive. Add the cancer factor and I have no clue why people choose to use tanning beds.

-- Posted by FunkDaddy on Tue, Apr 12, 2011, at 7:12 AM

Re: Union's Demise,

Truer words were never spoken.

-- Posted by redpen on Tue, Apr 12, 2011, at 7:20 AM

"He has spent more money than all the other presidents combined."

I'm not defending Obama, but I'm pretty sure this is a false statement.

-- Posted by SteveM on Tue, Apr 12, 2011, at 8:54 AM

Dress Code: I agree with FunkDaddy. It's not a business it's just school. Who cares if students wear flip flops, heals, boots, etc. If you want your child to have a dress code send them to a private school not a public school.

-- Posted by Baby Girl on Tue, Apr 12, 2011, at 8:54 AM

"The government does not need to be funding planned parenthood they should receive there funding from private donations."

Makes perfect sense. Why fund a health organization that serves millions of people when the money could be used for much more important endeavors, such as bailing out large banks and funding wars? Priorities, priorities...

-- Posted by wgs2016 on Tue, Apr 12, 2011, at 9:51 AM

Tanning Dangers,

Actually, it is cheaper. Also, unlike the tobacco industry, the tanning industry adapted and made changes when presented with evidence their product was unsafe.

Costly Ventures,

Wow, you mean tuition went up over a 5 year period? So infatlation and rising costs do not matter, its all the fountain. Thank god we have smart people like this caller. I had no ideas that the price of gasoline, the rising costs of my food, my clothes, my employees was all releated Broadway improvements.

I guess you have the records to show that SEMO was the only school in the country to raise tuition over the five years? And when compared to other schools, I am sure you can prove its at a higher rate correct? Oops! Did I just blow your unreasearched, jump-to-conclusions theory out of the water?

Planned Parenthood,

I have no problem with Planned Parenthood. It actually probably saves money in the long run.

-- Posted by lumbrgfktr on Tue, Apr 12, 2011, at 10:18 AM

-- Posted by Have_Wheels_Will_Travel on Tue, Apr 12, 2011, at 10:30 AM

Good point. I would be interested in seeing if it actually does save money. If it does, I am in full support.

Lets say for the sake of argument it does save money. Why would you not support it?

-- Posted by lumbrgfktr on Tue, Apr 12, 2011, at 10:59 AM

The numbers on Planned Parenthood are staggering. In 2009, 97.6 percent of pregnant women going to Planned Parenthood were sold abortions while less than 2.4 percent of pregnant women received non-abortion services including adoption and prenatal care. They performed over 325,000 abortions in 2009, almost 30% of all abortions in the U.S.

Planned Parenthood is an aboriton factory. They can afford to fund the miniscule amount of other services they provide from their abortion profits.

-- Posted by bobby62914 on Tue, Apr 12, 2011, at 11:10 AM

You've got to quit drinking that SEIC Kool-Aid. The demise of unions will not eliminate OHSA or other federal watchdog agencies and it will not eliminate predatory trial lawyers willing to sue over any workplace slight, real or perceived.

-- Posted by bobby62914 on Tue, Apr 12, 2011, at 11:32 AM

SEIU

-- Posted by bobby62914 on Tue, Apr 12, 2011, at 11:33 AM

-- Posted by Have_Wheels_Will_Travel on Tue, Apr 12, 2011, at 11:15 AM

And I agree with that. However, when we are an industrialized nation I do think we have an obligation to the most vulnerable part of our society -- Children.

I don't think children should go without food, shelter or medical care because of mistakes made by their parents.

I agree with you that most welfare programs need an overhall. They have proven to be a way to keep people down instead of striving to improve. If people can own cell phones, a home, buy steaks, have cable, what is the incentive to put out an effort?

So if we have programs that are proven to be preventive (and not just planned parenthood. If Faith based programs prove they work and can save money as well), which saves money in the long run, I fully support it. In a way, like the Terminator theory. But replace John Conner with 18 years of assistance.

So in essence, it should not be in charge of as many programs as it is, but it still has an obligation to its children.

-- Posted by lumbrgfktr on Tue, Apr 12, 2011, at 11:41 AM

Lumber,

One more thought... if it did save money, what money would it be saving? I will answer for you, the money the government is putting out right now, in programs that were never intended by our forefathers to be a function of government.

-- Posted by Have_Wheels_Will_Travel on Tue, Apr 12, 2011, at 11:18 AM

The money spent on paying for 18 years of child support because we have a population of selfish parents.

Our forefathers also feared a proffesional millitary and also thought blacks and indians were slaves and only 2/3rds a real person.

Do you think the government should be responsible for any social programs. I consider Military Disability and VA to be social programs. Some consider that military.

Social programs I support (not an all-inclusive list):

Children services

VA/Disabled Veterans

Schools

Affordable Public Universities

Food - but not current system

Certain Job Training programs

Disability services

-- Posted by lumbrgfktr on Tue, Apr 12, 2011, at 11:48 AM

The Greeks, The Persians, The Tzars, The Romans, The French, The Brits. There has never been a government in any form that has not eventually collapsed. Some are rebuilt and some change entirely but they all fall. Usually from overspending, over reaching militarily and debauchery. We cannot stop this from happening to us. All we can do is hope to pick up the pieces and start again.

-- Posted by LEGION63 on Tue, Apr 12, 2011, at 12:34 PM

What a way to misstate the 3/5 compromise.

-- Posted by bobby62914 on Tue, Apr 12, 2011, at 2:26 PM

wrong . the Indians were considered savages , not slaves or real people . they were worth zero , nothing .

-- Posted by Bloody.. on Tue, Apr 12, 2011, at 11:53 AM

Actually, they were also used as slaves. Infact, for a while some states actually exported more slaves than imported.

The practice stopped, not for humanitarian reasons, but for financial. It was more difficult to maintain Indian slaves than African.

-- Posted by lumbrgfktr on Tue, Apr 12, 2011, at 2:56 PM

Posted by lumbrgfktr on Tue, Apr 12, 2011, at 11:48 AM

Our forefathers also feared a proffesional millitary and also thought blacks and indians were slaves and only 2/3rds a real person.

I often think of this sad but true fact when I hear people talk of "our beloved forefathers", and wonder if they in fact wish it were still true today.

Can anyone tell me what all this "birther" business means? It's not in the dictionary. I know I'm dense, but don't remind me.

-- Posted by exmissourian on Tue, Apr 12, 2011, at 3:32 PM

It's not a true fact. Not all of our forefathers approved of slavery but there would never have been the USA if they insisted on abolition.

Had slaves been counted for apportionment of congress (the only thing the 3/5 compromise affected), the slave states would have been much more powerful. They wouldn't have been able to vote, mind you, so the slave owners would have essentially had their vote carry the weight of not only themselves but each of their slaves.

Although it took close to 100 years, we fought the bloodiest war in the history of our nation to eliminate slavery. There were leaders fighting slavery the whole time.

Name any other nation that has risked self-destruction to rid itself of the scourge of slavery? Just one.

Your feigned outrage would be more useful if it was directed at present day slavery instead of slavery that was eliminated 150 years ago.

-- Posted by bobby62914 on Tue, Apr 12, 2011, at 3:43 PM

Birthers. People who believe that Barack Obama might have been born in Kenya, making him not a "Natural born US citizen" and unqualified to serve as President.

There is a lot of evidence that he was born in Hawaii, but the Certificate of Live Birth presented is no such proof. Obama himself has caused much of this because he has spent millions of dollars to keep his records prior to moving to Illinois as an adult sealed.

His birth records and his college records are sealed stronger than anything at NSA.

I tend to believe he was born in Hawaii based on newspaper accounts from the time.

-- Posted by bobby62914 on Tue, Apr 12, 2011, at 3:49 PM

Guess what? Abortion is legal. It is against the law to use taxpayer funds for an abortion. Stop with the lies, please. Planned Parenthood is the main provider of contraceptives, breast cancer screening, PAP smears, blood pressure and cholestoral screening for millions of low-income women. But hey, who cares, right?

-- Posted by cznola on Tue, Apr 12, 2011, at 3:50 PM

Thanks, Bobby for that answer on birthers. Guess I'm not one.

-- Posted by exmissourian on Tue, Apr 12, 2011, at 3:59 PM

-- Posted by bobby62914 on Tue, Apr 12, 2011, at 3:43 PM

Your missing the point. Pointing out the faults of our founding fathers wasn't my gist. The professional army and slavery was not aimed at their opinion at the time, but rather the fact they were smart enough to allow for error.

They created a government that could evolve.

-- Posted by lumbrgfktr on Tue, Apr 12, 2011, at 5:31 PM

-- Posted by bobby62914 on Tue, Apr 12, 2011, at 3:49 PM

His birth records and college recors are sealed, just like everybody elses.

Multiple sources have confirmed that he was born in the US. The state of Hawaii and the Justice departmetn.

-- Posted by lumbrgfktr on Tue, Apr 12, 2011, at 5:39 PM

hwwt, little doubt if they are a given you are a taken much like your fellow conservative buddies

-- Posted by Dick888 on Tue, Apr 12, 2011, at 7:06 PM

"Whenever I drive from here to St. Louis, I pass a lot of people and they're not using their cruise control."

1. How can you see inside someone's vehicle to see their foot on their gas pedal?

2. You could also save on gas if you'd slow down and stop passing people.

3. The world would be a better place if there was no Speakout section.

-- Posted by the_eye on Tue, Apr 12, 2011, at 7:24 PM

Juvenile Detention Center

I heard on the news tonight that Missouri Governor went to close lots of the Juvenile Detention Center do to not have the money to keep them going if the Government would stop being like a three year kid maybe they could get something done for Missouri with out cuting out all the job that will be lost and having the money for the Centers that is really needed .

-- Posted by Thunder1814 on Tue, Apr 12, 2011, at 8:01 PM

Planned Parenthood:

Have you read WHY it was started? It wasn't started to help people. It was a way to destroy. And it continues to by allowing children, yes CHILDREN, to be brought in and given an abortion without the parents knowledge, without notifying the police or anyone else of child rape. I recall a story of a mother that found out her daughter was taken across state lines by the boy's mother to have an abortion. The mother was unaware of her being pregnant. As she called out for her daughter, the police were called and this mother, trying to take charge of the situation, was escorted out while her child was given an abortion with only the boy's mothers consent. Now, is that what you want your tax dollars going for? Or protecting a man having sex with a 12 year old? Too much evidence says they, as Acorn did, have abused the law in the name of "caring."

-- Posted by LiveAnotherDay on Tue, Apr 12, 2011, at 11:23 PM

Planned Parenthood is the Walmart of abortions. Their second most important function is lobbying for taxpayer money.

Everything else they claim to do is so miniscule in the scheme of their operations as to be meaningless. They may do a handful of pap smears but they are hardly the dominant place to get a pap smear like they are to get an abortion.

-- Posted by bobby62914 on Wed, Apr 13, 2011, at 12:12 AM

There has never been a President with such secrecy about his past.

There were congressional hearings to determine if John McCain was a natural born citizen and to the residency of Dick Cheney.

We can't even get forged documents about Obama's past...

-- Posted by bobby62914 on Wed, Apr 13, 2011, at 12:16 AM


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