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Speak Out 8/10/11

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Republican control

IF the Republicans gain control of both houses of Congress and elect a president next November, the decimation of Medicare and Social Security will ensure that the status of seniors and many other citizens will be similar to that of the current condition of millions of Somalians.

Intrusive government

IT is very evident there will be no job growth or economic recovery as long as Obama and his Senate cronies remain in power. Increasing government regulations (a new 608 in the past month) that stifle growth and cause economic uncertainty will prolong the misery. The question in my mind is whether Obama is doing this on purpose to further his socialist aims or because of total economic ignorance. That remains to be seen.

Good run

HISTORICALLY speaking, republics have had about a 250-year life span. In that sense, you could say we've had a pretty good run.

Volunteers needed

I'M a volunteer at the Jackson Senior Center and thoroughly enjoy the time I spend there. It's a great place for senior citizens to socialize and make new friends. Over the past few years, however, I've noticed a big increase in attendance at the weekday lunches. They even have folks coming in from out of town for the very affordable, delicious, balanced meals. How wonderful! However, there's a down side with this upturn in participation. They need more volunteers! So I challenge those of you who are out there to consider giving some of your time to our golden-aged citizens. A few hours a week can make a huge difference in the distribution of the workload and in the way you feel at the end of the day. Their phone number is 243-4241.

High bills

I agree with the caller about the ridiculously high water bills, and every week groceries are getting higher and higher and utilities are going up. How are people going to pay these higher bills in this bad economy?

Credit downgrade

THE first time in our history downgrade of the U.S. credit rating by Standard & Poor was caused by political brinkmanship played by renegade Republicans willing to take us over the edge on the debt ceiling and into default, thus destabilizing the political process and on record as willing to do so again and again.

Bad change

NOW we have the U.S. credit rating lowered. This along with 9-plus percent unemployment, the stock market falling, $3-plus gas prices, out-of-control spending, housing market crashes, bank foreclosures, job uncertainties, government bailouts and who knows what else has really got our country into trouble. The voters asked for change in our last presidential election and we are getting it. I think it is time for change again, and I hope the voters will put forth change when they go to the voting booth next election.

Good job, Jay

JAY Purcell is doing a fine job as county commissioner. I hope someday to see him as a state representative, then perhaps on to Congress. God knows they need a few good men up there on the hill, and I think Jay will be the one to remind them who they work for and serve -- their constituents, we the American public.

Charitable donations

IN the last week we have received six letters from charities. These are all fine organizations that are doing great work, but we senior citizens haven't had a cost-of-living increase for several years and everything we buy costs a lot more. We just can't open the checkbook every time we open the mailbox.

Financial Armageddon

WE Americans have already defaulted on our debts. The United States has no plan to pay its debt, only borrow more and spend more. Financial Armageddon will be here very soon.

Blaming Bush getting old

SOMEONE ought to give Gene Lyons a cracker because he's parroting the party line of "It's all Bush's fault, it's all Bush's fault." The national debt is entirely Bush's fault as Gene Lyons and every other Democrat hard-liner says. This is bull and it's gotten old.

Thank you

I would like to thank the person who returned my billfold after finding it in the street near Perryville Road and Cape Rock Drive. It is nice to know that there are honest young men in our city. Please come back by for a personal thanks.

Fort D

IF you did not attend the free event at Fort D recently, you missed a very good presentation. My favorite part was the town crier, the firing of the cannons at night and the man who spoke about Capt. Jackson in the St. Louis area. I wish these people would do more of these events, because they are history for our town. Thank you.

Prayer event

GOD bless Gov. Rick Perry of Texas and thank you for lifting our nation in prayer and asking for guidance and wisdom in our troubled times. Thank you, Father, for giving Gov. Rick Perry the courage to speak out in prayer publicly for your help in these difficult times. We are a Christian nation and should not be afraid to speak up and not listen to criticism of mixing religion and politics. I pray we will all stand up for our Christian rights and look toward God for help.

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Good Job Jay,


Bad Change,

Everyone start stocking up on your ammo, water and non-perishable foods. It's gonna get ugly

-- Posted by Producer1 on Wed, Aug 10, 2011, at 9:13 AM

Prayer event: Gov. Perry knows where the votes are and the prayer event was the start of his run for the presidency.

Credit downgrade: If I would have loss money in the market Monday, I would sue Standards and Poors for false information that made the stock exchange lose over 600 points.

Good run: With the shape the country is in, I wouldn't be boasting about 250 yrs. life span.

It's funny at the number of cowboy wannabes there are in Sikeston at this time of the year.

-- Posted by semo471 on Wed, Aug 10, 2011, at 9:22 AM

I don't like being one of those "doom and gloom" types, but its certainly not looking good

-- Posted by Producer1 on Wed, Aug 10, 2011, at 9:40 AM

Several of the Speak Out Commentors this morning are worrisome to me.... these people are highly likely to vote in upcoming elections.

-- Posted by Have_Wheels_Will_Travel on Wed, Aug 10, 2011, at 9:59 AM

S & P gave the Government an ultimatum on how much spending needs to be cut. It would have been met with the House's "Cut, Cap, and Balance Bill", but Senator McCaskill and the rest of the Senate decided not to pass that Bill. That make this the Democrat's Down Grade!

-- Posted by CNN_MAN on Wed, Aug 10, 2011, at 10:32 AM


We haven't seen anything yet.

-- Posted by 44044 on Wed, Aug 10, 2011, at 11:25 AM

Why all the doom and gloom, have a little faith in our leaders in Washington. They screwed it up let them fix it.

-- Posted by semo471 on Wed, Aug 10, 2011, at 2:26 PM

I would like to offer my apologies to Mr.Wheels and Rick. It has recently come to my attention that while I was away from my computer a "friend" posted some comments on the "Obama the Rooster" thread. Just wanted you two to know that those were not my opinions.

-- Posted by Producer1 on Wed, Aug 10, 2011, at 2:27 PM


Don't worry about it, I had forgotten all about it, and if I said anything nasty to you... sorry, just tell your friend I mean it double for him/her since they should not do such things. ☺ ☺ ☺ ☺ Kind of like counterfeiting I guess. But all is well and just consider this an acceptance and answering apology. You have a good one and thanks for the note.

-- Posted by Have_Wheels_Will_Travel on Wed, Aug 10, 2011, at 4:02 PM

Rick: Check out the Frank and Ernest comics in today's paper.

-- Posted by semo471 on Wed, Aug 10, 2011, at 4:05 PM

Got to remember this "We The People" have the last say in the November 2012 election. This is a mess were in but we have went through worse since being a nation so we will get through this one. We have had a 60-70 year run, time to re-adjust again and set it to sail for another 60-70 years.

-- Posted by swampeastmissouri on Wed, Aug 10, 2011, at 4:15 PM

We have had a 60-70 year run, time to re-adjust again and set it to sail for another 60-70 years.

-- Posted by swampeastmissouri on Wed, Aug 10, 2011, at 4:15 PM

Swamp: You are correct....but we have to be on the watch for any icebergs as we sail.

-- Posted by semo471 on Wed, Aug 10, 2011, at 4:21 PM

Volunteers Needed: My experience when volunteering at the senior center in our area ... as well as for Meals on Wheels in St. Charles ... was that most of the volunteers are senior or almost-senior citizens. Guess this might be because so many more women are employed now? Must say that I always, always enjoyed 'working' for those two agencies ... The employees & other volunteers all wonderful ... and the 'customers' a total delight.

Saddest thing about MoW was that so many homebound were lonely, wanting to visit with us ... and us needing to get to the other homes to deliver the meals. Next-saddest were the people whose families lived with them (or vice versa) but couldn't be bothered to provide them with meals ... including some spouses who also got the meals.

-- Posted by gurusmom on Wed, Aug 10, 2011, at 5:30 PM

Well Producer...to be honest, I thought you finally were gaining some perspective. Laughing...

Encourage your friend to post more!

Just kidding Rick and Wheels...

-- Posted by Theorist on Wed, Aug 10, 2011, at 6:38 PM


Don't feel bad. Ike said he wished I would die one time. I can't help that I am usually 98.9 percent right.

-- Posted by We Regret To Inform U on Wed, Aug 10, 2011, at 10:09 PM

Republican control...If SOMEBODY doesn't do something about reining in social program expenditures, nothing will be left of our economy. It cracks me up when I hear people say that the Republicans took the nation to the brink of default. Hmmm. All by themselves? Was no other party involved in the negotiations? Ah well, let's just keep on blameshifting and namecalling and see where that gets us.

-- Posted by MoMomma on Thu, Aug 11, 2011, at 12:34 AM

Gurusmom's comment about Meals on Wheels: We used them for my mother-in-law and were so thankful for their services. I feel "she" needs to understand that this service provided five meals a week; while I provided 16 meals for her. I was providing 3 hot meals a day plus all the other services to our homebound loved one. Having one of those meals a day was such a blessing for my husband and me since we worked 24-7 taking care of her (with the help of Hospice) instead of putting her in a nursing home.

-- Posted by mo4md2fl1sa3 on Thu, Aug 11, 2011, at 8:10 AM

Theo, I didn't say he wasn't right. I just wished he would've posted under his own name instead of hiding behind mine and leaving it up to me to explain:)

-- Posted by Producer1 on Thu, Aug 11, 2011, at 10:11 AM

If I would have loss money in the market Monday, I would sue Standards and Poors for false information that made the stock exchange lose over 600 points.

-- Posted by semo471 on Wed, Aug 10, 2011, at 9:22 AM

You would lose. The error was not the determining factor, it was Congress and the Government's lack of a real plan to deal with the mess they created over the last 50 or so years that caused the downgrade.

-- Posted by Have_Wheels_Will_Travel on Thu, Aug 11, 2011, at 12:14 PM

Rick, It seems we are now voting for the best bullsh@tter. The candidate that most convincingly makes us believe its not HIS fault. Im sure this isn't revelation for most of you.

How do we stop this blame game cycle that is killing our country? It's easy to say "vote them all out"--"lets start over" but can we realistically do that.

-- Posted by Producer1 on Thu, Aug 11, 2011, at 1:16 PM

Still waiting for an accountability report on our illustrious Cape Public School systems illegal campaigning techniques (fraud) for the open checkbook $40million bond issue, the illegal mixing of foundation and general fund public money as well as blatant conflict of interest within that foundation - both have violated school and state policy -

-- Posted by bogus on Thu, Aug 11, 2011, at 2:43 PM

The US Credit Downgrade was caused by the government borrowing so much money for programs and freebees. This problem was created by both parties. Democrats and Republicans are equally guilty. What matters now is that the US needs to cut spending, reduce waste and get out of the way of the private sector to provide goods and services that will increase tax revenues/jobs. Also, if everyone paid taxes and jobs increased this situation would correct itself. We need to get rid of NAFTA & GAFTA, cut OSHA fines and bring jobs home to Americans. This situation is like your checkbook, you can only write so many checks against what you have in your bank account before you are broke. It does not have a never ending balance.

-- Posted by CommunityC4 on Thu, Aug 11, 2011, at 6:01 PM

Just a reminder - Rick Perry was the director of the Green Czar "Al Gore" watch what you vote for and do extensive research on this candidate. He could be a wolf in sheeps skin.

-- Posted by CommunityC4 on Thu, Aug 11, 2011, at 6:04 PM

Watch London England riots. These are people who were given government subsidies. They became slaves to the entitlement system. Now the government is going broke and can't afford the every increasing recipients. The people receiving entitlements are now angry and rebelling as the government scales back the programs. The government made a mistake. These people needed work and an opportunty not a handout. These programs keep people and their families poor.

-- Posted by CommunityC4 on Thu, Aug 11, 2011, at 6:13 PM

Perry / Palin 2012

-- Posted by Rick** on Thu, Aug 11, 2011, at 12:20 PM

I would hate the hear the liberals whining about that. It would be like fingernails across a chalkboard.

-- Posted by We Regret To Inform U on Thu, Aug 11, 2011, at 6:17 PM


The Republicans better be really careful who they nominate. Failure to do so could very likely mean four more years of this loser!

-- Posted by Have_Wheels_Will_Travel on Thu, Aug 11, 2011, at 7:04 PM


I am not pleased with any of the ones that have a prayer of being nominated. It will boil down to the lessor of the two evils again.

And I do not think the country can afford four more years of Obama either.

-- Posted by Have_Wheels_Will_Travel on Fri, Aug 12, 2011, at 12:00 AM


It is 12:06am and I have already checked the obits and I am not in them, so I think I will go to bed.

-- Posted by Have_Wheels_Will_Travel on Fri, Aug 12, 2011, at 12:08 AM

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