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Speak Out 8/5/11

Friday, August 5, 2011

Programs to cut

SUGGESTION to the senior citizens: Don't worry because they're not going to cut your Social Security. I'll tell you programs I would like see cut, the food stamps program and the welfare program. You have people who have never worked.

Player salaries

I got into a discussion today with a guy about salaries for professional athletes. If you're a capitalist and you're a business owner and you're taking risks, then those players are worth every single penny so long as you're making money at the end of the year. I don't understand why people think they have the right to tell a player how much they should get paid. That's a business owner's decision.

Childish behavior

IF the senators and representatives in Washington want to be re-elected, they better shape up. Right now we would not vote for any incumbent. They're acting worse than a 2-year-old. They're supposed to be working for us, not their special interests.

Canada's debt

I read with interest the guest column that was written about the debt in Canada. Canada had debt, even though it wasn't as large as ours. It was $30 billion. They totally reduced their debt by cutting entitlements and not raising taxes, and within four years went from being $38 billion in debt to having a $3 billion surplus. Unfortunately in this country people do not want to realize they need to tighten their belts in order to have this country be a vibrant giant and job-creating entity.

Credit rating

FOR decades, the U.S. has had a "drinks for everybody" mentality, giving away hundreds of billions of dollars around the world. Now that we're broke and over $14 trillion in debt, I'm hearing that it may be more difficult to borrow money because of our lowered credit rating. Come on now, is that really a bad thing? Whatever the circumstances, we must all be cut off at some point.

Delaying sentence

IT'S been almost two years since the horrific killings at Fort Hood, Texas, by Army Maj. Nadal Hassan. Why has he not been sentenced, giving the affected families some peace? Could it be that lawyers are still making duffel bags full of money by dragging this out? I can't imagine any circumstance that could justify this delay.

Noise ordinance

I am calling to comment on the new noise ordinance. It is unbelievable that you would try to have such a law in a college town. I am 69 years old, but I still partied when I went to Southeast. We made a lot of noise and had a good time. If you honestly believe that they enforce this in Columbia you've never been to the University of Missouri. They party all the time -- fraternities, sororities, everybody. That's the most ridiculous law I've ever seen in my life to try to be enforced.

Rising costs

TO the person who was upset about their water bill, wanting to know if anyone else was upset: Yeah, I'm plenty upset about the water bill. Everything has gone up -- water, phone, cable TV and gas. Everything has gone up except my paycheck. I don't even have a computer and cellphone because I can't afford it.

Great reporting

THANK you for the wonderful article about the Cape Girardeau School Board adoption of a policy on conflict of interest. Many people were concerned or confused as to why you bothered reporting on the routine adoption of the policy. It registered with me. Thank you. That policy points directly back to the previous month. During that meeting of the Cape Girardeau School Board, one member voted on an item that directly benefited his wife, something that appears to be a violation of that very policy.

Jetton explanations

A big thanks to former Missouri House speaker Rod Jetton. After reading his explanation as to why he became stressed as a result of all of the work he did to try to change our state for the better, why his marriage fell apart and why he turned to a life that resulted in a criminal conviction, I am completely convinced that it all resulted from his willingness to sacrifice everything for the residents of Missouri.

Job creators?

THERE'S a lot of outrage at the perception that members of Congress won't accept reductions in their compensation while simultaneously asking the rest of the country to do just that. Are people following the news? This is exactly what Democratic members of Congress are proposing. Removing the Bush tax cuts amounts to a reduction in their own salaries. It's the Republican majority that's blocking this. According to Republican logic, we should start calling members of Congress with generous compensation packages "job creators."

Capitalism not perfect

THE near financial collapse of the U.S. in 2008 and the ongoing economic time of troubles resulted from an over-the-top zealous religious faith in a virtually unregulated free market. Sadly, the response by many is to solve our economic hard times by making the free market even more free. The real problem here is the failure to recognize that capitalism, like every other economic system, has inherent weaknesses that need to be monitored and regulated by society to make sure that the system runs as smoothly as possible. Capitalism is the best economic system there is, but it's not perfect.

Facebook pictures

I'M glad the legislature passed a law making it illegal for teachers and students under the age of 18 to be Facebook friends. Now I challenge Jackson administrators to go on Facebook and look at some popular students' pages and view their photos. On the advice of a friend, I did a check of Facebook to see what pictures my 16-year-old is tagged in. As I looked at various pictures on Jackson students' pages, I was relieved to find none of my daughter. But more than a couple showed Jackson teachers at parties, being very affectionate with students.

Truck laws

I'M the person who wrote about people riding in the back of pickup trucks and someone said I need to know the law better. Perhaps it is the police who need to know the law better. After the children got in trouble, I went to the police station to find out what the law was because the children had been told it was legal. I wanted to know exactly what the law was so I could tell my child why what he did was wrong. The police officer at the desk told me that nobody can ride in the back of a pickup without a special permit, which are for parade use only.

Cutting OSHA

IF we want to cut Big Government, we could start with OSHA. All they do is shut down small business. Talk about a joke.

Sullivan column

I applaud Joe Sullivan for his recent column in the Southeast Missourian entitled "The social knot." It is a shame what our future generation is coming to, no communication between people. Very good column. Thank you, Mr. Sullivan.


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Jetton explanations

"I am completely convinced that it all resulted from his willingness to sacrifice everything for the residents of Missouri."

Wasn't the victim a Missouri resident?

-- Posted by FunkDaddy on Fri, Aug 5, 2011, at 2:35 AM

To much social networking going on with our kids and adults as well. Every time you look around somebody is pecking at the keyboard on the cell phone even while you are trying to talk to them in person. Americans have become addicted to these gadgets like a cigarette smoker. The media promotes all of this stuff the local TV station has been promoting there new gadgets for the past month to the viewing public.

-- Posted by swampeastmissouri on Fri, Aug 5, 2011, at 8:40 AM

Player salaries: You have the right to not to attend the ball games in St. Louis. I haven't been to the new park because their prices are too high.

Canada's debt: Comparing Canada to the USA is like a cherry to a watermelon in comparison.

Credit rating: The cops arrested the USA for public drunkenness and is on probation till Nov. of this year.

Noise ordinance: Is there more to going to college than partying?

Jetton explanations: Don't do the crime if you can't do the time.

Job creators? Lets try a new approach....give free money to anybody making over $250,000 and see if that will solved the jobs problem.

Capitalism not perfect: You first need capital for capitalism to work.

Facebook pictures: Be careful when a camera is pointed at you. You could be on facebook or you tube.

Cutting OSHA: Also, cut out Depts. of Education and Energy.

-- Posted by semo471 on Fri, Aug 5, 2011, at 9:27 AM

Americans have become addicted to these gadgets

Posted by swampeastmissouri on Fri, Aug 5, 2011, at 8:40 AM

How true.....what makes me mad is when you're in a store and somebody in front of you stops and starts texting and you have to walk around them or sometimes even have to stop for them.

-- Posted by semo471 on Fri, Aug 5, 2011, at 9:37 AM

mercantilist or fascist economy.

Posted by BCStoned on Fri, Aug 5, 2011, at 9:27 AM

Believe we are close to being a mercantilist economy but in no way even close to a fascist economy.

semo471, the FDA, Homeland security.

-- Posted by BCStoned on Fri, Aug 5, 2011, at 10:02 AM

Why would you want to do away with these two depts. Please enlighten me.

-- Posted by semo471 on Fri, Aug 5, 2011, at 10:30 AM

Your right to make noise ends where my ears begin. Next you'll want to come in my livingroom and crap on the rug.

-- Posted by ArcticFox on Fri, Aug 5, 2011, at 12:22 PM

and yes, the "sewer tax" is outrageous. Someone else should have paid for the Sewer Water Treatment Plant. And while I'm at it are we also paying for Cape Centrals new field? and The minor league baseball team they want to get in Cape??? Not everybody enjoys it, why should everybody pay for it??? So much for my Whine List.

-- Posted by ArcticFox on Fri, Aug 5, 2011, at 12:26 PM

Truck laws;

I think the police officer you spoke to should know the laws better. I don't know how old the person in question was but it's perfectly legal for anyone over eighteen years of age to ride in the back of a pickup truck. There are also several exceptions for persons under eighteen other than parades. Look up Missouri revised Statutes Section 304.665.

Missouri Revised Statutes

Chapter 304

Traffic Regulations

Section 304.665

Riding in open bed of truck prohibited, when, exceptions, penalty.

304.665. 1. No person shall operate any truck, as defined in section 301.010, with a licensed gross weight of less than twelve thousand pounds on any highway which is part of the state or federal highway system or when such truck is operated within the corporate limits of any city when any person under eighteen years of age is riding in the unenclosed bed of such truck. No person under eighteen years of age shall ride in the unenclosed bed of such truck when the truck is in operation. Any person who operates a truck with a licensed gross weight of less than twelve thousand pounds in violation of this section is guilty of a class C misdemeanor.

2. The provisions of this section shall only apply when a truck described in subsection 1 of this section is operated on a highway which is part of the state or federal highway system or when such truck is operated within the corporate limits of any city. The provisions of this section shall not apply to:

(1) An employee engaged in the necessary discharge of the employee's duties where it is necessary to ride in the unenclosed bed of the truck;

(2) Any person while engaged in agricultural activities where it is necessary to ride in the unenclosed bed of the truck;

(3) Any person riding in the unenclosed bed of a truck while such truck is being operated in a parade, caravan or exhibition which is authorized by law;

(4) Any person riding in the unenclosed bed of a truck if such truck has installed a means of preventing such person from being discharged or such person is secured to the truck in a manner which will prevent the person from being thrown, falling or jumping from the truck;

(5) Any person riding in the unenclosed bed of a truck if such truck is being operated solely for the purposes of participating in a special event and it is necessary that the person ride in such unenclosed bed due to a lack of available seating. "Special event", for the purposes of this section, is a specific social activity of a definable duration which is participated in by the person riding in the unenclosed bed;

(6) Any person riding in the unenclosed bed of a truck if such truck is being operated solely for the purposes of providing assistance to, or ensuring the safety of, other persons engaged in a recreational activity; or

(7) Any person riding in the unenclosed bed of a truck if such truck is the only legally titled, licensed and insured vehicle owned by the family of the person riding in the unenclosed bed and there is insufficient room in the passenger cab of the truck to accommodate all passengers in such truck. For the purposes of this subdivision the term "family" shall mean any persons related within the first degree of consanguinity.

-- Posted by Data48 on Fri, Aug 5, 2011, at 12:26 PM

Rick**

Isn't it amazing how the facts sometimes get in the way of a good rant!

-- Posted by Data48 on Fri, Aug 5, 2011, at 12:47 PM

BTW Rick**;

Love your new avatar!

-- Posted by Data48 on Fri, Aug 5, 2011, at 12:48 PM

Player Salaries: Maybe that is what we should consider about any business ... Why should governments tell anyone what they should pay an employee? I know, I know ... People would be working for 65 cents an hour again maybe ... but realize that houses might again cost $10,000, cars $3,500 ... Everything is pretty much relative?

Thanks, semo & BC ... there are a lot of departments that could be cut out, or at least reduced, with little or no adverse consequences to contend with. Isn't Homeland Security an almost-duplicate of a another department instituted about 2 decades ago? A former Director of Dept. of Education suggested years ago that it should be abolished ... Due to our low ranking in the world in education, thinking perhaps he knew what he was talking about.

-- Posted by gurusmom on Fri, Aug 5, 2011, at 1:34 PM

Americans have become addicted to these gadgets

Posted by swampeastmissouri on Fri, Aug 5, 2011, at 8:40 AM

I just found a way to stop people from texting and blocking traffic in stores....my shopping cart caught the back of a heel....accidental of course.

-- Posted by semo471 on Fri, Aug 5, 2011, at 3:55 PM

The bond rating agency Standard & Poor's is thinking about a downgrade of the rating of USA debt from its current AAA rate. Thanks to the boneheads in Washington, everything that the consumer will buy on credit will be at a higher percentage and money borrowed by the USA will also be at a higher rate thus compounding our debt problems....look out for possible tax increases and cuts across the board if the AAA rate is reduced.

-- Posted by semo471 on Fri, Aug 5, 2011, at 4:30 PM

i agree with the person about cuts in government funding. Senior citizens do not need to be cut off there benefits but what about younger people who has come disabled. Also i do not agree with the comment about food stamps. There is people who would not be able to eat our there kids. I do agree with the welfare comment. There is a lot of people drawing welfare on kids because they do not want to work. They need to screen people on welfare, food stamps and disability better. People do abuse all three programs.

-- Posted by dad2011 on Fri, Aug 5, 2011, at 7:27 PM

I want to thank the taxpayers. I want to thank the taxypayers for my existence. I get a disability, food stamps, a monthlie box of food, rent subsidy, my kids get free food at school, free school stuff. Don't know what I am going to do if it ends.

-- Posted by puzzleme on Fri, Aug 5, 2011, at 8:16 PM

Change the laws and we could all be curing ourselves of these cancers without a doctor.If you ingest cannabis oil 3 times a day you can cure even the worst cancers.Our presidents have hid this cure from the people since the late 30's.Only because they want to make big money off the cure.It is obvious that the cancer instututes are not going to be able to make a synthetic drug to take the place of cannabis oil.The people of the world can treat themselves with this and they don't need a doctor to do so.Look at all the people who are dieing every day that something is not done.Wake up people,how many more people have to die before cannabis oil can be used to cure cancer.These new cancer centers are not here to make you permanetly well.They are just putting off the inevitable.It's called death in a couple of years.It does not have to be this way.Cannabis oil was sold in drug store in the 1800's and earlly 1900's as medicane and people used it and it worked.What possibly could be the reason for not using it now.It's called greed.Get the laws change and get well a gain with Cannabis oil(hemp oil)not hemp seed oil either.

-- Posted by no1netfan on Sat, Aug 6, 2011, at 9:53 PM


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