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Speak Out 5/23/11

Monday, May 23, 2011

Where are signs?

WHAT happened to the "Keep right except to pass" signs? Seems like the right lane on most roads, including interstates, is the new passing lane. A lot of people get in the left lane and stay there. It's particularly annoying at night when they leave their headlights on bright.

Warrantless searches

THE Supreme Court sides with police in warrantless searches. Only in America can your property rights be taken away and nobody cares as long as the government stays out of our back pockets.


DAVID Limbaugh recently wrote a piece claiming he had some bad dreams to the effect that President Obama was doing a terrible job. If it's of any comfort, I can assure Mr. Limbaugh that dreams have no connection to reality. For example, I once dreamed that David Limbaugh replaced Debbie Wassermann-Schultz and became chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee.


WHEN Boeing goes out of its way to try to convince the public that it's not anti-union, one thing is for sure: It's anti-union.

Obama's plan

AS our economy continues to limp along, will it ever occur to anyone that the policies of our radical, left-wing president are holding back the recovery? He whines about how long it is going to take, but the truth is, he thought he would snap his fingers, inject $800 billion in stimulus dollars, and magically unemployment would drop to 8 percent. He actually believed that.

Great teachers

I would like to say thank you to Mrs. Seibert, Mrs. Egbert and Mrs. Mabry. You guys are the best. My child had you all at Franklin Elementary and you are awesome. You can tell you love what you do. Thank you for everything.

Words hurt

THESE are trying and stressful times. Please don't take your stress out on your mate, especially in front of the children. Do you realize how hard it is to kiss the lips at the end of the day that have yelled at you all day? And how loud words hurt your children, for their lifetime? They may be gone tomorrow.

Foolish spending

I heard a report from a food bank that there are 70,000 Americans that are going hungry; they don't have money to buy food. I would say probably 60 to 80 percent of those are spending all their money on booze and other foolishness.

Sow wildflowers

IF MoDOT wants to cut back on expenses, rather than laying employees off, why don't they do like the states of Virginia and North Carolina and sow poppies and wildflowers all along the interstates to where they don't have to mow and upkeep them? Makes sense to me, and it's beautiful too.

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Sow wildflowers: MODOT already does plant native grasses and wildflowers alongside almost every new road project they do. This has been occurring for at least the last 4-5 years near the roadside. Away from the roadside they have been using native plants to avoid mowing for the last decade or two.

-- Posted by Nil on Mon, May 23, 2011, at 6:00 AM

Sow wildflowers, I love flowers too and would pick them over grass either way. Keeping in mind wildflowers have to be mowed twice a year and reseeded too. Will that save modot much, how often do they mow now?

Enjoy the wildflowers! They are popping full of color right now!

-- Posted by peacock111 on Mon, May 23, 2011, at 7:17 AM

why do they mow along the hi-ways ?

-- Posted by Rick* on Mon, May 23, 2011, at 8:43 AM

Anti-union - Well who cares, Unions are just in it for entitlement anyways, GET RID OF THEM is what I say

-- Posted by vf43WRX on Mon, May 23, 2011, at 9:19 AM

I've said for years that there is absolutely no reason to mow the highway right-of-way. What purpose does it serve, other than to look sorta neat? Other cost savings: Don't put the name of the road on each overpass that runs over the interstates; don't put one-tenth mile markers on the interstates; there are probably many other suggestions that we citizens could make.

-- Posted by JoJax on Mon, May 23, 2011, at 11:15 AM

i would rather have the hi-way repaired before the grass mowed ..if we took down the hi-way signs , what would the prisoners do besides licsences plates ? maybe they could mow the hi-ways ?

-- Posted by Rick* on Mon, May 23, 2011, at 11:53 AM

In this area having the right of way mowed gives you a bit of a warning when deer are about to run out onto the roadway.

It can also give those about to pull out of their driveways or side roads a better view of oncoming traffic.

We keep our own right of way mowed, but many don't have the equipment.

We use to grow several acres of wildflowers and they do require work in order to keep them from turning into a weed patch.

-- Posted by Acronym on Mon, May 23, 2011, at 12:30 PM

Obama's Plan

If this country would stop sending Billion in dallars to other countrys and begain spending it on this economy here in the State's there would be more than enough job's for all of the people here to have work and help out are own economy and all the damages here we could begain recoving this country the way it should be .

-- Posted by Thunder1814 on Mon, May 23, 2011, at 1:26 PM

Next time you notice someone blythely cruising in the passing lane . . check out the license plate . . . it may be their state law (well. . . maybe just some kind of sociological phenomenon) that our neighbors to the east feel they must drive in the left lane.

-- Posted by one4kids on Mon, May 23, 2011, at 1:36 PM

"that there is absolutely no reason to mow the highway right-of-way."

Try pulling out of a drive-way or parking lot on-to a narrow highway like 25, without right-of-way being mowed. You won't do it often without getting nailed by another car going 45-55 mph.

-- Posted by hello7777 on Mon, May 23, 2011, at 2:12 PM

umm , the poster says "interstates"

big difference between interstates and hwy 25...

-- Posted by Rick* on Mon, May 23, 2011, at 2:35 PM

Rick, JoJax's comment, which was quoted, says highway.

-- Posted by hello7777 on Mon, May 23, 2011, at 3:20 PM

Acronym: "In this area having the right of way mowed gives you a bit of a warning when deer are about to run out onto the roadway."

The only problem is a deer browsing or walking through nicely mowed grass is virtually guaranteed to panic and dart off in a random direction if scared by car noise or movement. A deer in taller native grass is more likely to feel a bit secure and hunker down if scared, or at least take the extra couple seconds to evaluate the potential danger and figure out the best route for escape.

In general deer like to eat & run in short grass and they like to hang out in tall grass to hide or walk short distance in cover. So which activities would you prefer to encourage deer to do alongside roadways?

-- Posted by Nil on Mon, May 23, 2011, at 3:28 PM

-- Posted by Nil on Mon, May 23, 2011, at 3:28 PM

Interesting, I have "hunted" deer for over forty years and have them all over our farm in various types of cover and non cover including my front yard and have not noticed this predictability. Deer in our front yard or one of our mown pasture area stand and watch cars go by completely exposed and unconcerned. When and why they run across the roads seem to have no rhyme or reason.

I have seen them frightened by a bird landing near them and then pay no attention to a car, truck or train.

I am just a casual observer and you may well know more about them than I.

-- Posted by Acronym on Mon, May 23, 2011, at 5:32 PM

bugjune , the original post titled 'Sow wildflowers' to SoutheastMissourian Speak-out says , "interstates"...

sorry about the mixfusion..!

-- Posted by Rick* on Mon, May 23, 2011, at 5:43 PM

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