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Speak Out 8/14/11

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Respecting SEALs

WE should be a nation in mourning for the loss of our Navy SEALs and 30 of our brightest and bravest patriots that reminded us of the horrific cost of war, both to our nation and much more to the families of those lost. Should we not fly our flags at half staff every time we lose one of our protectors of freedom? Our respect is the least we can give.

MAP's measurement

OUR school administrators were clear in saying the MAP test scores really didn't mean all that much and really aren't a good measurement of overall student performance, except that they are, according to the same administrators.

Good news

I do appreciate the good news that the Southeast Missourian decides to print, especially when something sad happens in a person's life such as Rod Jetton and he re-connects with his Christian roots and repents and turns his life around. How much better does it get? Praise the Lord.

More police

WHAT great news! We are going to have some enforcement of the speed limit laws. Now if we can just get the boom box law enforced. We people on North West End Boulevard are afraid to cross the street to our mailboxes because of the speeders, and the boom boxes rattle our windows. We so seldom see a police car on this street. Are you sure only two more policemen are enough?

Limbaugh blinked

DAVID Limbaugh blinked. He had a chance to excoriate and take to the woodshed tea party members who voted for the raising of the federal debt ceiling, but he didn't. Limbaugh balked at giving the business to tea party members who betrayed their principles and got on board for a bad deal. In effect, Limbaugh is calling for compromise, tolerance and understanding of differences within the tea party. To put it succinctly, Limbaugh sadly succumbed to something very common inside the beltway, that being business as usual.

Obama's market

I watched President Obama recently on CBS and he spoke about the country's downgrade from AAA status. The stock market ticker was in the lower right corner of the screen. The more he spoke, the more losses we took. At one point it had dropped an additional 90 points, just since he started speaking.

GOP crisis

THE U.S. credit rating has been downgraded; the stock market has plummeted; and the Republicans are cheering. They created this crisis and now they can blame President Obama. I hope voters will remember in November 2012 that this is what Republicans mean when they say their number one priority is to make Obama fail -- it is to make our country fail so they can blame him.

MAP scores

HOW could anyone in education say the MAP is superficial? Our district's curriculum is based on MAP standards, as are all the districts in the state. We have good, well-thought-out, research-based curriculums. The MAP gives us general expectations that are the same for all students throughout Missouri.

Obama's appeal

PRESIDENT Obama will be re-elected because of his appeal not to socialists but, hold your breath, conservatives.

Obama's failure

THE U.S. debt was downgraded due to a failure of leadership. Can't say it any clearer. Obama has failed. He has failed to provide leadership. He has failed to provide a framework to resolve this issue. He has failed the American public.

Cape streets

HOW long have we paid into the Transportation Trust Fund? Has any city official seen Lexington Avenue? What has the money been spent on? Now how much to redo Broadway? Would Broadway even be a consideration without the casino? Show us the money collected and exactly how it has been spent. The streets in Cape Girardeau are pathetic, and we pay into a fund just for that?

Mowing lawns

WHY do people cut lawns when it's so hot? Why not wait until the evening when it's cool?

Credit downgrade

IT seems that some folks still have their heads buried in the sand. Our credit downgrade was not caused by Republicans holding out for more spending cuts, that is what is needed. It was caused by reckless spending by Obama, his failed stimulus package, his doubling the federal payroll and other things that drove our national debt above the limit that Standard & Poor's felt was safe.

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MAP's measurement an MAP scores, Thank you for paying attention. Could not agree more.

-- Posted by contagious on Sun, Aug 14, 2011, at 5:16 AM

I mow my lawn when it is hot because that is the only time I can. I work more than one job. Complain about something else or mow my yard for free if it bothers you that much!

-- Posted by joekool on Sun, Aug 14, 2011, at 9:04 AM

Used to live in a neighborhood of mostly retired folk. All took great pride in their yards, mowing at least twice a week, flowers and potted plants galore, etc.

Me, between the long hours at work and the business trips involved, I felt I was doing good hitting the yard once a week and keeping the shrubs trimmed up.

During one of our neighborly curbside 'shoot-the-breeze' gatherings that happened to focus on lawn care, I joked that good neighbors would let their grass grow at least as tall as the guy's next door. The look on their faces was priceless.

Not too long after that, I came home from work to find my yard mowed. While I was walking around the yard, baffled by what had happened, the next door neighbor comes running over, well, OK, sauntering really fast - with a genuine look of concern on his face. He says, "I hope you don't mind, but I was wanting to try out my new mower ... and your yard looked like a better test than mine". Heheheh, underlying message received - time to step up fxpwt's game a little more. :-)

Ah, I really miss that neighborhood - people that would do anything to help out, but fully expecting everyone to do their part to 'support the neighborhood property values'.

From the little 'care' packages of someone's garden surpluses regularly found on my back steps - to the knocks on my door wondering if I had time to share my vehicle or electrical knowledge towards a problem encountered.

-- Posted by fxpwt on Sun, Aug 14, 2011, at 10:59 AM

Obama's failure & Credit downgrade: Obama is to be blamed but also add into the mix the Congress and Presidents since Reagan.

Mowing lawns: Believe there are more serious problems than mowing lawns. I mow mine when I want to because I'm an Independent....my Republican neighbors don't mow their yards, they hire someone to do it....my Democratic neighbors don't mow their yards either, they let someone else do it for free.

-- Posted by semo471 on Sun, Aug 14, 2011, at 11:11 AM

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