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Speak Out 9/14/11

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Littering problem

TO the people traveling on Big Bend Road and Bertling Street, after living on Big Bend Road for 46 years, it is appalling to see all the trash on Bertling. Trash your trash at home.

America affordability

IF it's true that America is the land of the free and home of the brave, why is it that the majority of us can no longer afford to live here?

Stoplight needed

THIS is about the Cape Rock Drive and Perryville Road four-way stop. I have seen I don't know how many wrecks happen there, and I have lived in this town since 1972. Every time you turn around, no matter what time of day or night, there are always wrecks there and traffic is horrible. You would think by now that they would put up a stoplight.

‘I' reference

THE only reason President Obama uses the word "I" so little is so people will blame him less. If he says "we" and points the finger at the Republicans, all of his followers will believe him. Even if he's lying.

Disapproval rate

CONGRATULATIONS to Congress for making history. For the first time ever, Congress has broken through the 80 percent barrier in its rate of disapproval.

Jackson mascot

I read the defense of Jackson's current name for its teams, but I still think it would be best to refer to them as the Jackson Native Americans.

Generic candidate

I take pride in keeping up with politics. However, I need some help. Not one major Republican candidate currently defeats President Obama in a one-on-one matchup, except for one, and I can't find out anything about him or her. Maybe someone else knows the identity of this Republican candidate. Who is Generic?

Employment and war

EMPLOYMENT grew by about 1.32 million during Bush's six years in office. Yes, but he started a war and that took a lot of national guardsmen out of the workforce, so there had to be people hired to fill those jobs that were left when the National Guard members were activated, which put us into this deep debt of paying for this war that wasn't needed.

Texas jobs

TO argue that our federal government can't create any jobs is flat out wrong. If you don't believe me, ask Rick Perry. Our national government was ultimately responsible for creating so many jobs in Texas for which "Ponzi scheme" Perry erroneously takes credit.

Use bike trail

TO the biker on Route W, you need to be on the bike trail that Cape Girardeau so nicely put in for you and the joggers in this area. If you don't want to be almost hit, don't be on a road that has the curves that Route W has.

Birth announcements

RESPONDING to "Get married": Some brides choose not to change their last names when they marry. That is part of the reason for birth announcements with moms and dads of different last names.

Kudos to Crowell

KUDOS to State Sen. Jason Crowell. Perhaps Crowell has come to the correct conclusion that if it's time to cut back on welfare for the poor, then it's also time to cut back on business and corporate welfare through various tax incentives (meaning tax breaks or subsidies) and the like.

Deficient bridges

WOW, Missouri has the seventh worst percentage of structurally deficient bridges in the whole nation, a staggering 17 percent.

Position promotion

I work in a customer-service related job with a lot of other people. I try to be honest, kind, always do the right thing. Why is it when there's a position that opens up, it's always the person that's given the company grief and caused trouble for years who gets the position over the honest man?

Magazine subscription

IF you have a favorite magazine, you need to see about getting a two- or three-year subscription to it now. If you get a three-year subscription to a magazine, even if the post office triples or quadruples the postage on those in the next year or two, then they still have to deliver that magazine for whatever you paid for it.

Crowell comment

STATE Sen. Jason Crowell has always been nice and polite and just the best person any time I've ever been around him. But I've heard that there's a mean side to Sen. Crowell. Now it's confirmed in the newspaper that he hates the guts of his own party's leadership and they hate him. That's not a good thing to say and not good to be published in the newspaper. He needs to get along with his own leadership and he needs to get along with everybody in the State Senate.

Somalia aid

I would like to know how our government can send billions of dollars over to Somalia but we can't even take care of our elderly people in America. I just don't get it. It's not right.


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@America Affordability- Because this has become the land of entitlements and government dependence.

@Magazine Subscription- The postage that huge mailers pay for their mail is a fraction of what you pay for a letter. By a fraction I literally mean .10 or .15 cents a piece. Non-Profit organizations pay half of that. I think that should be the least of your concerns with everything else that is happening around us.

@Somalia aid- I would like to know why we send foreign aid money to Cuba?

-- Posted by foreman on Wed, Sep 14, 2011, at 3:29 AM

Crowell Comment --

Well, of course Jason Crowell has always been nice and polite when you were around him.

Guess what? He's a politician. He has to show you his best side, or you won't vote for him. Similar to preachers, salesmen, and others who want something from you.

Most people are not one-sided, lady.

-- Posted by grisgris on Wed, Sep 14, 2011, at 8:34 AM

Somalia aid: It's food aid not money aid. They are starving.

Magazine subscription: Sounds like a magazine salesperson.

Position promotion: Life is not fair but hang in there maybe the one promoted will fall on his/her face and will open the door up to you.

Birth announcements: Isn't this a butch of c***, haven't seen wedding announcements with Mr. & Mrs. that were different.

Use bike trail: No curves in Cape....that means you can't ride a bike in Cape due to all of the hills and curves.

Texas jobs: During the Great Debate on Monday night, one of the debaters said that the Texas job growth was due to Texas government hiring and not private companies hiring.

Jackson mascot: What's in a name anyway....I'm an alumnus of Chaffee (Red Devils) and thats why my wife calls me her little devil.

Littering problem: Report license numbers of the litters to the police and in the mean time get the neighbors together and have weekly littering clean up day. This will give you something to do.

America affordability: It is still the land of the free and home of the brave even if you can't afford to live in a $300,000 home and own 3 cars and have a 70" flat screen TV.

-- Posted by semo471 on Wed, Sep 14, 2011, at 8:44 AM

-- Posted by Me'Lange on Wed, Sep 14, 2011, at 8:12 AM

Good post. And that is what the university of Illinois did.

However, the issue with the Jackson Indians is a bit different. Many don't like the "Jackson" part of the "Jackson Indidans."

-- Posted by lumbrgfktr on Wed, Sep 14, 2011, at 8:51 AM

I became a Professional Fisherman , but discovered I couldn't live on my net income.

-- Posted by Rick ** on Wed, Sep 14, 2011, at 9:19 AM

Rick: This sounds fishy to me. Rain headed for the heartland today. Needs to quit for the fair goers tonight.

-- Posted by semo471 on Wed, Sep 14, 2011, at 9:28 AM

America affordability

IF it's true that America is the land of the free and home of the brave, why is it that the majority of us can no longer afford to live here?

The majority of us can afford to live here.

Stoplight needed

Saw a program on discovery channel a while back. Some European cities are expirementing with taking out stoplights and stopsigns at intersections with high accident rates. They have found that with no stopsigns or stoplights at all, drivers are more cautious at the intersections and accidents have been reduced.

-- Posted by FreedomFadingFast on Wed, Sep 14, 2011, at 9:31 AM

Saw a program on discovery channel a while back. Some European cities are expirementing with taking out stoplights and stopsigns at intersections with high accident rates. They have found that with no stopsigns or stoplights at all, drivers are more cautious at the intersections and accidents have been reduced.

-- Posted by DTower on Wed, Sep 14, 2011, at 9:31 AM

DTower: The Europeans use alot of those roundabouts for traffic control.

-- Posted by semo471 on Wed, Sep 14, 2011, at 9:51 AM

Use Bike Trail-In the state of Missouri and the other 49 states, a bicycle is a legal user of the roadways and has all the same rights and privileges as a motorized vehicle. It is the responsibility of an operator of a motorized vehicle to drive in a safe manner and must be in control at all times. If the roadway has curves such as on Rt. W, it is the responsibility of the motorist to use caution and slow down if necessary so as to not endanger other legal users of the road.

Do I notice you making a veiled threat to cyclists that you would hit someone intentionally? If so, you could very well be charged with vehicular assault, assault with a dangerous weapon, and in the worse case, cold-blooded murder. A bicyclist is very vulnerable and great care should be taken when encountering them legally using the road.

-- Posted by carsarecoffins on Wed, Sep 14, 2011, at 12:47 PM

why would a bike rider use dangerous roads with hills and curves in it anyways ?

-- Posted by Rick ** on Wed, Sep 14, 2011, at 1:03 PM

Rick: Maybe the bike rider lives nearby.

-- Posted by semo471 on Wed, Sep 14, 2011, at 1:12 PM

Rick, the roadway with hills and curves is not what is dangerous. It is the motorist using the roadway that can make the roadway dangerous.

Hills and curves are what cyclists look for. Rt. W is not that crowded. We routinely ride Rt. W and will encounter just a handful of motorists. It is not our preferred route, but sometimes we must use it to get to our destinations. Also, I know for a fact that cyclists use Rt. W to get to and from work, shopping, and many other legitimate reasons for being on the roadway.

-- Posted by carsarecoffins on Wed, Sep 14, 2011, at 1:20 PM

Rick, I never said cyclists have MORE rights than motorists, just that they have the SAME rights.

I might argue however that cyclists might be due more consideration because of their inherent vulnerability. Just as a semi-truck driver should give more consideration to automobiles as they are more vulnerable as compared to the size and weight of an 18-wheeler.

-- Posted by carsarecoffins on Wed, Sep 14, 2011, at 2:22 PM

Wheels, my vehicle weighs 20 pounds. A car weighs 2000 pounds. A car license is $54.50. Since my bike weight is 1% of that of a car, where do I send my 55 cents for this license. Seriously though, I do not have a problem with bicyclists purchasing a license with proceeds used to educate both cyclists and motorists as to the rules and rights of the road. At this time however, there is no such requirement to do so.

I also agree with you that cyclists have the same responsibility to obey all traffic laws. Just like motorists, you will have those that do not always obey these laws and it irks me no end. However, simply traveling across Cape will reveal numerous instances of motorists running red lights, speeding, texting, yakking on cell phones, applying makeup and more while operating a 2000+ pound vehicle with the capability to kill or maim. A scofflaw cyclist endangers himself more than a motorist when not obeying traffic laws.

That said, there a several states that allow cyclists to treat stop signs as yield signs as they are far more difficult to regain momentum from a full stop than for a motorist that only has to press down on an accelerator pedal.

-- Posted by carsarecoffins on Wed, Sep 14, 2011, at 3:41 PM

You guys are right about the need for license for bicycles. Anything on the roadway must be licensed, even prostitutes and hitchhikers.

-- Posted by semo471 on Wed, Sep 14, 2011, at 7:20 PM

Let's get tags on cement trucks before we start talking about plating bicycles.

-- Posted by Pete Kerr on Wed, Sep 14, 2011, at 7:38 PM

Saw a program on discovery channel a while back. Some European cities are expirementing with taking out stoplights and stopsigns at intersections with high accident rates. They have found that with no stopsigns or stoplights at all, drivers are more cautious at the intersections and accidents have been reduced.

-- Posted by DTower on Wed, Sep 14, 2011, at 9:31 AM

DTower: The Europeans use alot of those roundabouts for traffic control.

*snort* People don't know how to use the one on Gordonville and Silver Springs, so how would they ever figure out one at a major intersection?

-- Posted by LiveAnotherDay on Wed, Sep 14, 2011, at 9:18 PM

That intersection of Bend and Bertling and the surrounding area, in the 16 yrs I've been living there, has gotten steadily worse. There's a family that picks up trash there every weekend or two. And I pick up mostly on my frontage, but it it's bad enough, I've gone out with a couple of plastic bags and didn't come home until they were full. Sadly, it didn't take that long!

-- Posted by cyclingartist on Fri, Sep 30, 2011, at 1:12 AM


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