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Speak Out 7/12/11

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Entitlement mentality

I have a comment about the person who called in about welfare children trying to do better for themselves. That is not true. There are generations of families that stay on welfare because they believe that they are entitled to it. Their parents got it, their grandparents got it, they're going to get it and their children are going to get it. They believe they are entitled to the free money, the free housing, the free food, the free everything they get, and they're not entitled to it.

Helmets, books

I was wondering how come Scott City schools can afford new state-of-the-art football helmets that were approved by the school board last week for all their football players but they cannot afford books for every student in the classrooms where students who need them to study with cannot bring them home. How is this possible? Are sports more important than education?


MY father is going through a serious procedure for a serious illness. My family is upset and anxious as you would expect. One of the main problems is people who feel they have to share their horror stories with us like, "Oh, my friend, my cousin or even my dad had this and it was awful and it ended up they didn't make it anyway." My mother is so torn up by all of this, she doesn't even want to answer the phone or talk to people when she sees them. Please, people, if you can't say something positive, don't say anything at all. We will accept your prayers and your well-wishes, not your stories. We are sorry for them, but now is not the time to share them, please. Thank you.

Anthem song

I would like to express my desire, along with hundreds of thousands of other people, to make "America the Beautiful" our anthem song instead of the other one. We need that. It describes our countryside. It is wonderful. Let's go back to "America the Beautiful."

Jackson fireworks

I wanted to congratulate the folks in Jackson that put on a beautiful fireworks display. Only in America can you see something so beautiful that's absolutely free.

'Trashy' yard

THIS is for the people who live north of Winks on Perryville Road. I drive by this house every day, and their yard looks trashy. The pole light in front of the house is hanging by a thread. Put it back up or take it down. And your bushes have been dead as a door nail since last year. Those need to be replaced. They have several people living there, it looks like, lots of cars. So they really need to take care of their yard. This is a nice area. Try to keep it looking good.

Capaha pond

I wanted to comment about Capaha Park's pond, the lagoon as they call it. I've passed by it on Broadway several times, and I've seen the lagoon get uglier and uglier as it goes by. They don't keep it clean. It used to be a pretty pond for a park, but it hasn't been that way in quite some time. So if the city doesn't want to take the time to keep that pond up, why don't they just make it an outdoor ice skating rink so people can at least enjoy something in that park besides baseball? They've torn down the swimming pool. Now we've let the pond go to where it looks terrible. Either keep the park up for something besides baseball or let's make it an outdoor ice skating rink.

Automated phones

I can tell you how they can create more jobs for the citizens of the United States. Get rid of all the automated services. Have the telephone company go back to live operators instead of that automatic system they have. The unemployment office should be in the area where the people work, not in Jefferson City's call center, which takes forever to get through to. They have no way of contacting the office unless it's during their hours, and trying to get somebody on the telephone is ridiculous.

Huckabee calls

I think Mike Huckabee needs to stick to his music and stop bullying people on the telephone, telling them to vote against Obama.

Liquor licenses

I think the city council would be right on in limiting liquor licenses in Cape Girardeau. Many cities, large and small, where I come from have done this for years. We have a perfect opportunity now to make downtown Cape Girardeau a fun, family place. Branson is such a place. Years back Riverfest was fun for the kids until downtown became beer city. Most families were afraid to go. Please, council members, now is the chance to show our youngsters and teenagers that drinking is not cool for teens. If adults really cared they would show a better example and practice what they preach. Beer, wine, any kind of alcohol is mind altering.

Thanks, Debra

I applaud Debra Tracy for her efforts to control some of the alcohol in Cape Girardeau. I urge her fellow council members to do the same. Please don't only look at the dollar sign for your answers.

Thank you

I wanted to call and thank the person who found my coin purse at Walmart in Jackson and turned it into the service desk. Thank you.

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Entitlement mentality: Blood Sucking Freebes for the freeloaders.

Capaha pond: Your tax dollars not at work.

'Trashy' yard: If there is not a law against it, let them be.

Huckabee calls: If he is not running for President why is he calling....is he being paid?

Liquor licenses: Just enforce the drinking age...don't we have police walking around during riverfest?

Thank you: There is a few honest people still left in the world.

Debt Ceiling Meeting: Just talk, lets see some action. 2012 elections are not that far away....the voters will remember.

-- Posted by semo471 on Tue, Jul 12, 2011, at 8:11 AM

Helmets, books,

If my child went to Scott City and what you say is true I would be raising 7 different types of h.ell. Perhaps you should run for school board.

Liquor licenses

Beer, wine, any kind of alcohol is mind altering

Exactly why it's so much fun

-- Posted by Producer1 on Tue, Jul 12, 2011, at 9:46 AM


I'm sorry for your misfortune and hope for the best for you and your family.

Capaha Park

Outdoor ice skating park??? You should try frisbee golf.

Liquor licenses

Sobriety is just another state of mind.

Automated phone service

Automated answering really makes me, the customer, angry.

-- Posted by FunkDaddy on Tue, Jul 12, 2011, at 10:06 AM

There would not be any Entitlement Mentality if I was in office. I would mandate that every adult male and female that receives any type of welfare (not counting food stamps), must be fixed so they cannot reproduce to receive the welfare.

-- Posted by CNN_MAN on Tue, Jul 12, 2011, at 10:10 AM

The city was cleaning the Capaha lagoon when I drove by there yesterday.

-- Posted by Data48 on Tue, Jul 12, 2011, at 1:13 PM

CNN-MAN: Why not food stamps users?

-- Posted by semo471 on Tue, Jul 12, 2011, at 1:25 PM

I did not include People on Food Stamps because I know of people working 40 hours a week (at minimum wage) that still qualify for food stamps. Folks like that are trying to support themselves. They are not sitting around allowing the Government to pay all of their bills.

-- Posted by CNN_MAN on Tue, Jul 12, 2011, at 3:22 PM

Has anyone been to OktoberFest in Munich, Germany? What a wonderful idea for the Cape. After all, a very large percentage of Cape citizens are of German origin.

-- Posted by voyager on Tue, Jul 12, 2011, at 4:06 PM

CNN_MAN: Thanks for explaining.

voyager: Since I'm of German origin, I'll second your ideal. Don't forget to include good German style food and German music along with the beer.

Debt Ceiling Meeting: Just heard that after a 2 hr. meeting nothing was accomplished....who would of thought. IMO if the parties don't come up with an agreement by Aug. 2, the American people should fired the President and the Congress immediately and let the Joint Chiefs of Staff run the country for 90 days till we can have a new election. If they knew what was in store for them I guarantee that they would come to an agreement PDT.

-- Posted by semo471 on Tue, Jul 12, 2011, at 5:51 PM

they would come to an agreement PDT.

Posted by semo471 on Tue, Jul 12, 2011, at 5:51 PM

Typo, should be PDQ.

-- Posted by semo471 on Tue, Jul 12, 2011, at 6:20 PM


I've been to Biketober Fest in Daytona.

-- Posted by We Regret To Inform U on Tue, Jul 12, 2011, at 8:22 PM

Right on, Regret! Any Fest would be joyous considering the current climate in Washington. A trip to the Smokies is highly recommended. For that matter, a trip to any of our National Parks before the politicians destroy them too.

-- Posted by voyager on Wed, Jul 13, 2011, at 8:29 AM

Did anyone see the Tour of Missouri Bike flop in 2009?

-- Posted by ho ho ho on Wed, Jul 13, 2011, at 8:32 AM

I would like to hear what some of our commenters have to say about this article "Obama: No guarantee for Social Security checks". See and read here is the link.


It looks like the Republican Party members are being stupid in their thinking.


-- Posted by Retired93 on Wed, Jul 13, 2011, at 9:19 AM


The Dem's have been using the SS as a carrot on a stick for decades. Since Obama is say he will not authorise SS payments instead of other worthless spending programs I would be scared of him instead of the Republicans.

-- Posted by We Regret To Inform U on Wed, Jul 13, 2011, at 10:14 AM

Perhaps the paychecks and expense checks for those that cannot do the jobs they were elected to do should be withheld so everyone on SS can get that which they already paid into. That should include all the czars, staff, etc from the white house to the capital building. I can't see where any of them need the money or deserve it since they all seem to have more self-interest instead of what is really best for the hard working, taxpaying Americans.

-- Posted by LiveAnotherDay on Wed, Jul 13, 2011, at 12:27 PM

I'll be watching!! Along with ALL the RICH POLLITIONS what ever party they belong to. I am also not to bent out of shape about the Soc. Sec. checks being on time but about all of the other things and the people that depend on thier checks. As a WW2 vet and paying into these programs all these years, I am not wholly dependent on them but they do keep me paying my bills on time.

-- Posted by Retired93 on Wed, Jul 13, 2011, at 1:05 PM

At the city of Jackson, Rodney Bollinger would not take the time to return either of my calls today. Unfortunately since the City of Jackson is too important to return an old man's trash cans to him, even when Bob** admitted he remembered taking this morning, I wanted to be sure to make everyone in the Cape/Jackson area know about this disgrace. We need to get the word out there that we need new administration personnel working at the City of Jackson. I hope the Mayor reads this as well, she will know why she is not getting another vote from me & hopefully I will reach many other people. I hope that is worth is for a $29.97 trash can. Thanks so much for not replacing it Rodney Bollinger and the City of Jackson. I am so glad that I hate living here now and have a bad taste in my mouth for the professionalism of him. I do hope the current way this was handled is not the way of the future. I also hope it was not a discrimination issue. This renter simply wants his trash picked up & nothing else. I would like something more, for him to not get stolen from, etc. anymore. Maybe that is to much to ask from Barbara Lohr and the City of Jackson.

-- Posted by Shutterbug_2006 on Wed, Jul 13, 2011, at 3:22 PM

Did anyone else get the AARP call saying the republicans are going to cause you check to be late?

-- Posted by We Regret To Inform U on Wed, Jul 13, 2011, at 4:54 PM

I seriously wonder how many of those that are awaiting an ssi check are truely disabled to the point they can not do any kind of job to support themselves or their families. There is no telling how many millions go out each month forthose that their only disability is being LAZY!

-- Posted by semoangel70 on Wed, Jul 13, 2011, at 5:51 PM

"I seriously wonder how many of those that are awaiting an ssi check..."

How many of those who complain about those receiving SSI for disabilities have applied and were turned down? And manage to go to work after they were turned down?

-- Posted by contagious on Wed, Jul 13, 2011, at 5:55 PM

Shutterbug, it's spring clean-up in Jackson, perhaps they thought you wanted to get rid of the cans. Especially considering cans are not suppose to be put out, just bags.

You guys missing me again, huh? ☻

-- Posted by Turnip on Wed, Jul 13, 2011, at 9:32 PM

It's alright, Wheels, you can say it. You miss me. ;o)

Rick, I no sooner get my crap out on the curb and someone comes and takes it.

-- Posted by Turnip on Wed, Jul 13, 2011, at 10:07 PM

Rick: That was probably someone trying to steal your identity or the IRS snooping around. Was tied up with the grandkids today so did not get to do any posting.

S/S checks: Talking about a rebellion, just mess with the seniors checks. Washington would be flooded with protesters and I would be there with them.

Me'Lange, Rick, & Wheels: Respect each other for you all have alot of great posts.....just don't get personal.

-- Posted by semo471 on Wed, Jul 13, 2011, at 10:17 PM

Nite guys. I have to get up early. I have devised a plan to clean out the garage as soon as my husband leaves for work. If all goes well, it will be gone before he gets home. Shhhh, don't tell. ☻ ☺ ☻

-- Posted by Turnip on Wed, Jul 13, 2011, at 10:49 PM

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