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Speak Out 4/22/11

Friday, April 22, 2011

Program idea

WE'VE got 54 million people in this country drawing Social Security checks. If they're on Social Security, they're not living on much money at all. So why can't we get them some money to start a business and let them work? They could make crafts or all kinds of things to earn income.

University planning

Why didn't Southeast think about the hotel idea for the arts center a long time ago and do some planning? Then there are the capital improvement projects on the main campus. They should have spread those out a little before hand and not done it all at one whack and relocate everybody.

People need sleep

THERE are stories of truck drivers, bus drivers and doctors working long hours in their internships and getting very little sleep and messing up. Now there are stories of airline pilots, people in the control towers, federal government and businesses working so many hours that they can't get enough sleep. What is it going to take for business, government and everybody else to realize people need to sleep?

Tea partiers

I believe these tea partiers are nothing but troublemakers with too much time on their hands.

Civil War

I keep reading in the paper about the Civil War, but the war between 1861 and 1865 was not a civil war. A civil war is where both sides want to take over the same government. This was a white war for southern independence. The North wanted to put a morale tariff on the South and the South did not want it. As a result, you wind up with a war that the politically correct people call a civil war. But it was not civil and it was not a war where both sides wanted to take over the same government. One side wanted to get away from the other one.

Liberals' view

I'D like to make this comment regarding the Glenn Beck situation. Hasn't anybody ever noticed over the years that when liberals always say they stand for free speech, it's only for their freedom of speech, no one else's?

Paying attention

I have been listening to the Republicans wanting to cut Social Security and Medicare. We senior citizens had better start paying attention to how the elected officials are going to treat us when we go to vote or we may be hunting for a poorhouse soon.

Going to sleep

I guess Congress will have to pass a law that if any of the airline traffic controllers are caught sleeping on the job, they can never again work for the government. They'd be fired immediately and lose all benefits. That would stop most of the sleeping.

Bike paths

I personally think homeownership should give you the luxury of a parking spot in front of your house. There are certain privileges that homeowners have. The typical house doesn't have a way to park two or three cars in the driveway and the street would be a necessity. I also thought it was going to be very foolish to put in all those bike paths, so I'm glad to see the city of Cape Girardeau come to its senses.


ONE of my neighbors has a yard full of dandelions. It's driving my wife crazy. If you want to get rid of dandelions, mowing them with the lawn mower will not kill them, they'll just come right back. What you've got to do is spray them with some type of chemical that kills dandelions.

Bicycle tax

I think the people riding bicycles on our roads and highways who hold up traffic should be licensed and taxed as they are in many states. They may be saving gas if they are used for transportation, but it costs all the rest of us who have paid for these roads through gas taxes.


AMEN to the person who said pray for your enemies.

Help seniors

THERE are many jobs out there but none paying as good as unemployment. We need to stop unemployment. Seniors can't work, and we need to help them instead of ignoring them.

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All 54 million people drawing Social Security do not have it as their only source of income.

What politician ignores seniors? One that doesn't get elected, that's for sure.

-- Posted by bobby62914 on Fri, Apr 22, 2011, at 12:05 AM

"ONE of my neighbors has a yard full of dandelions. It's driving my wife crazy. If you want to get rid of dandelions, mowing them with the lawn mower will not kill them, they'll just come right back. What you've got to do is spray them with some type of chemical that kills dandelions."

Perhaps your wife could spray the neighbors yard since she seems to be the one concerned about their dandelions. She sounds like the neighbor we all try to avoid.

-- Posted by Dec429 on Fri, Apr 22, 2011, at 6:33 AM

Bicycle Tax--Ok, how much would you have me pay? My bike weighs 22 pounds. How much does you car weigh? My bike is slightly over 1 foot in width and 6 feet in length. How large is you car? I burn fat to move around. You burn foreign oil spewing pollutants everywhere you go do you not? I can get across town nearly as fast as you can. Is your stop and go driving really the most efficient means of getting across town? Comparatively speaking, I shouldn't owe much tax. Where do you want me to send my 50 cents?

-- Posted by carsarecoffins on Fri, Apr 22, 2011, at 7:17 AM

People worrying about bicycles, what's growing in someone elses yard,etc. How nice to have nothing more important to worry about. And who says seniors "can't work"? That's not true at all. I'm a senior....I draw social security.....it's not all that I live on thankfully.....I can work and I do work....just because you are a certain age doesn't mean you are through.

-- Posted by Bickiestew on Fri, Apr 22, 2011, at 7:49 AM

Program idea --

Who's got money to blow on crafts?

-- Posted by grisgris on Fri, Apr 22, 2011, at 8:04 AM

Program idea - Remember a guy named Bill Clinton? Yea, he decided it'd be a great idea to "borrow" even MORE money from Social Secutiry to pay off his budget.

Tea partiers - I believe the far left has their head up their rear

Liberals' view - yyyyyyyyyyyyyyup

Paying attention - See comment (1) The liberals just take it and tell you they're "helping" you, also known as stealing.

-- Posted by vf43WRX on Fri, Apr 22, 2011, at 8:19 AM

tea partiers

I am sure that the original Boston tea partiers were just regarded as trouble makers...I don't agree with everything they say but i do think that it was time that voters began to show that they could question what was going on in D.C. when the Congress voted in a bill that they admitted they had not read and did not know what it contained...and then we heard how much in debt our nation is...maybe our kids should learn to speak Chinese in school to prepare for their future...

As to Joe Biden sleeping...if he is as intelligent as I think he is...he probably sleeps to avoid the reality of the crash which is looming as a follow-up the Obama lack of leadership...I think it is a shame that a good man like Biden is being made the butt of jokes etc...he is our vice president and should be shown a modicum of respect at least....as to sleeping during Obama's speech...I don't see how anyone can stay awake during that monitone...I print out the speech and read it....

-- Posted by walela on Fri, Apr 22, 2011, at 9:33 AM

People Need Sleep: **** right! It's because of this capitalist "Survival of the Fittest" system that we continue to perpetuate. Part of the reason the employment rate is so terrible is because the government, businesses, etc. are hiring less people to do more (too much) work. Why not hire more people and give each of them a reasonable workload? The way it is right now, a person has to sell their soul to their employer or they're on the streets in a heartbeat.

Program: I agree with "grisgris" - seriously, no one buys crafts...

Civil War: "Bloody" has a good point. But you are right. It's too bad American history books have been calling it the "Civil War" for over a century now. What is going on in Libya right now, on the other hand, IS a civil war (as defined by the majority of people). The rebels and Gaddafi both want to govern the same territory/people.

-- Posted by DonT15 on Fri, Apr 22, 2011, at 10:07 AM

I have seen no evidence that Joe Biden is particularly bright.

I do know an Amtrak employee that told me that he was always a polite passenger and got to know the empoloyees when he rode the train a lot.

-- Posted by bobby62914 on Fri, Apr 22, 2011, at 10:49 AM

Spraying your neighbors yard to kill dandelions is not a good idea.

Maybe the want them there; some people like them. Maybe they want them there to bother their neighbor that seems to need bothering. I could see myself doing that.

It's not like a barking dog, which is a nuisance. Weeds in my yard is really none of your concern.

-- Posted by bobby62914 on Fri, Apr 22, 2011, at 10:53 AM

Civil War: The offical orginal name was War of the Rebellion.

-- Posted by semo471 on Fri, Apr 22, 2011, at 11:45 AM

There is a common misperception that the Civil War was fought over slavery. It was actually fought over state's rights.

State's right to allow slavery, that is...

-- Posted by bobby62914 on Fri, Apr 22, 2011, at 3:19 PM

The "morale tax"?

-- Posted by Lumpy on Fri, Apr 22, 2011, at 4:16 PM

Trying to figure out why VP Biden fell asleep during a speech?

Probably the same reason that VP Cheney fell asleep during cabinet meetings and speeches.

-- Posted by grisgris on Fri, Apr 22, 2011, at 4:42 PM

TAX ON BICYCLISTS?? REALLY ?? do you really think these people (myself included) don't also drive cars and pay taxes too?? lets also then if you don;t have kids you don't have to pay for schools....whay a dumb and flawed logic...

-- Posted by hugo on Fri, Apr 22, 2011, at 5:17 PM

It is reasonable to point out that Joe Biden is not the first VP to nap during speeches.

-- Posted by bobby62914 on Fri, Apr 22, 2011, at 10:08 PM

Tea partiers drink too much of their own tea.

Dandy lions are pretty flowers; enjoy them, too many chemicals in the world now.

-- Posted by Dexterite1 on Sat, Apr 23, 2011, at 7:30 AM

Bloody: We are know who is VP and P, the writer was giving examples of other nappers. Reagan was also known for napping during cabinet meeting.

-- Posted by semo471 on Sat, Apr 23, 2011, at 8:18 AM

Bloody: Can't you take being wrong?

-- Posted by semo471 on Sat, Apr 23, 2011, at 10:18 AM

I;m just curious as to how the caller talking about the bicycle riders figures the riders are costing everyone else money? Is it because he may have 2 slow down a little? Maybe someone should tell him u use more gas at high speeds than low I both drive a car & ride a 50cc scooter Yes I'm slower on the scooter than I am in the car But I also get 100mpg Mr Road Rage needs 2 take a chill pill or something

-- Posted by justagranny on Sat, Apr 23, 2011, at 1:20 PM

Btw Mr Road Rage I've been paying taxes for 35yrs now I've paid my share on those roads your so protective of & if I want 2 roller skate down them (& willing 2 accept the consequences of that decision) I Will!

-- Posted by justagranny on Sat, Apr 23, 2011, at 1:24 PM

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