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Speak Out 10/26/11

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Cairo comment

TO the critical caller who saw the beehive activity at the liquor store and carwashes, barbecue grills in use and the police giving tickets in Cairo, is that any different from any other town? All the liquor stores have plenty of traffic. The arsonists are busy everywhere and the police hand out tickets everywhere. And when has it become bad to keep your car clean or grill?

Bike licenses

I am in 100 percent agreement with the guy who wrote about bike licenses. They should have to take a test to get those licenses just like people who drive motorcycles have to.

Wild animals

WILD animals are exactly that, wild. I see no reason for anyone to put them in cages. Leave them in the wild.

Drug testing

MISSOURI'S decision to scapegoat and stigmatize the poor by requiring drug testing before receiving government assistance will reveal the rate of drug abuse among this group to be lower than the population as a whole. That is why if we're going to do this we must at least do it across the board and require all who receive public stipends to be drug tested, including members of Missouri's General Assembly, members of the executive branch, the Missouri Supreme Court, all who receive subsidies and tax credits, et al. What's good for the goose is good for the gander.

GOP and deregulation

REPUBLICANS have conducted a campaign built on the false principle that the federal government and not Wall Street caused the Great Recession. Thus, they want to repeal all legislation designed to better regulate the very financial industry that took us down and return to, say, the good old pre-Enron days. The American people may have short memories but not that short.

Owner's profit

OUR great local economist Mike Jensen thinks that Albert Pujols making more than $250 million is a wonderful investment for the city. He correctly states that the team is a business, so the decision of how much to pay individual players is made by management within the salary cap limits. Regardless of how much we love the Cardinals, the actual fact is that any major league city's investment in a sports stadium is not a profit maker. There are many reasons to have such a franchise in your city, but profit on investment is not one of them. The only ones who make a profit on investment are the owners.

Soldiers coming home

WHAT a Merry Christmas it will be for those families with fathers coming home from Iraq. Thanks to all those people who fought to get them home and clean up Bush's mess. But I am sure Republicans will take a negative turn on this. God bless America.


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bike license-get a grip people. I ride bike and also run. do you want me to put a lisence on my rear too. this ignorance is getting rediculous. come ride sometime and the you would see how stupid you sound.

-- Posted by RN1 on Wed, Oct 26, 2011, at 3:25 AM

whears mob mentalty this morn

-- Posted by ho ho ho on Wed, Oct 26, 2011, at 7:32 AM

So should my 5 year old have to get a license as well to ride a bike?

-- Posted by Miller21 on Wed, Oct 26, 2011, at 7:40 AM

Bike licenses: I'll get a license to ride a bike when people get a license to breed.

-- Posted by A Tattooed Biker on Wed, Oct 26, 2011, at 7:58 AM

If you ride your bicycle on the road then you should be at least 16 years old and be requird to have both a bicycle driving license and a license plate ON YOUR BICYCLE. And to RN1 if they think they need a license plate on their rear then by all means tape one on. All bicycles should be banned from roads that cars travel on.

-- Posted by grandpa3 on Wed, Oct 26, 2011, at 8:06 AM

grandpa3 - Wrong again. Please refer to http://mobikefed.org/files/bicycle-statu...

Nowhere on this document is there written anything about licensing. Sorry, Grandpa3: I guess you'd better stick to the bingo hall.

-- Posted by A Tattooed Biker on Wed, Oct 26, 2011, at 9:35 AM

Drug testing: Anybody on Welfare or Unemployment who are NOT WORKING and living on money provided to them should have to be drug tested as a requirement, if you don't like it get a job and don't tell me there aren't any, just check the want ads.......can you flip a burger, try the fast food places for employment.

GOP and deregulation: Regulations are like the Unions, you have to have both to protect the public....but both have to be fair and balanced.

Owner's profit: All professional sports players should have in there contracts performance standards any deviation will lower or raise their salaries.

Soldiers coming home: Welcome home from a job well done.

-- Posted by semo471 on Wed, Oct 26, 2011, at 9:53 AM

Many business drug test before hiring . If someone on unemployment is rejected for testing hot , they will test hot when applying for work too .-- Posted by stuff. on Wed, Oct 26, 2011, at 10:17 AM

Stuff: My point was and I probably did not explain myself right was that those on Welfare and Unemployment who are on drugs should get off of them and be productive citizens of this country.

-- Posted by semo471 on Wed, Oct 26, 2011, at 10:39 AM

Agreed, many employers drug test prior to hiring, but most only do tests thereafter when there is an incident such as an accident or erratic behavior rather than as an ongoing policy.

I agree some occupations need random drug tests as I took them where I worked.

I suspect the demand for drug testing of those who receive public assistance is more of a way of harassing than any legitimate connection to employability.

Why not demand they attend job readiness training, vocational training, complete aptitude batteries or maybe we should just have them all gather in one place so we could drive by and throw stuff at them just to make us feel better.

-- Posted by Acronym on Wed, Oct 26, 2011, at 11:44 AM

grandpa3, so your own grandkids can't ride their bikes until they are 16???? Those poor children would be denied one of life's great pleasures as a child. I truly feel sorry for your grandkids.

There is currently NO requirement for me to obtain a driver's license or license plate for my bicycle. So, you want another beaurocracy established in this state for this? Then you must be one of the bigger government, more regulation, left wing liberals I read so much about here.

-- Posted by Cyclista on Wed, Oct 26, 2011, at 11:46 AM

And just what good would requiring a bicycle rider to be licensed do? It certainly hasn't stopped licensed motorized vehicle drivers from breaking the rules of the road.

While riding my bicycle to and from work yesterday, I observed countless illegal actions by motorists. Not only that but I encountered drivers unable to signal their intentions due to holding a cell phone in one hand. I saw a fool trying to drive while holding a dog in their lap!!! Several vehicles made rolling stops through stop signs and I observed not one but THREE cars charge through a yellow/red light at a busy intersection. And the worst is I saw several motorists TEXTING while driving, endangering everyone around them. And you are concerned about bicyclists?

Maybe the opposite of grandpa3 is the answer....all cars should be banned from the roads that bicycles travel on.

-- Posted by carsarecoffins on Wed, Oct 26, 2011, at 12:43 PM

Tattoo Biker: "I'll get a license to ride a bike when people get a license to breed". I agree!

CarsareC: No Doubt!! I see stupid drivers everyday, often right in front of a police car....to avail.

-- Posted by commonsenz on Wed, Oct 26, 2011, at 1:15 PM

I have seen cyclist on a cell phone too .

stuff--A bicyclist on a cell phone while riding a 20 pound bicycle poses far less of a threat to others around him than a motorist on a cell phone while operating an oversized 3,500 pound steel box with the ability to maim and kill those around him.

It is not always what is seems.

-- Posted by carsarecoffins on Wed, Oct 26, 2011, at 1:48 PM

stuff, I'm certainly not condoning cycling while talking on a cell phone, but again, he poses far less of a danger to everyone around him than the operator of an automobile.

-- Posted by carsarecoffins on Wed, Oct 26, 2011, at 2:41 PM

Collisions often trigger other collisions, so I see riding a bicycle while on a cell phone no different than someone in a car on a cell phone.

-- Posted by Acronym on Wed, Oct 26, 2011, at 3:07 PM

This is why I feel everyone should be drug tested , not just the down and out .-- Posted by stuff. on Wed, Oct 26, 2011, at 11:03 AM

I suspect the demand for drug testing of those who receive public assistance is more of a way of harassing than any legitimate connection to employability. Posted by Acronym on Wed, Oct 26, 2011, at 11:44 AM

Stuff & Acronym: The ideal of public support for people who need help is to get them back on their feet and make them employable....that can't happen if they are on drugs....do you want to use the taxpayer's money forever on these folks?

-- Posted by semo471 on Wed, Oct 26, 2011, at 5:40 PM

-- Posted by semo471 on Wed, Oct 26, 2011, at 5:40 PM

It can't happen if they are alcoholics either, what do we do about that? How about the obese, do we monitor their weight and its affect on mobility? How about mandatory training as I mentioned? Where do we stop?

Actually there are limits on most assistance.

I still remain to be convinced that the motives for requiring drug testing are purely based on making someone employable.

Sending people to prison doesn't stop them from using drugs nor does being homeless.

Now if you want to talk about more welfare reform, I am for that, but I don't really believe drug testing is going to accomplish anything.

-- Posted by Acronym on Wed, Oct 26, 2011, at 5:57 PM

To the person who feels sorry for grandpa3's grand kids, well don't because my grand kids have lots of fun. They start out on go-carts then move on to 4 wheelers and dune buggies and if they are good at these they might go into stock car racing.

-- Posted by grandpa3 on Wed, Oct 26, 2011, at 6:16 PM

Now if you want to talk about more welfare reform, I am for that, but I don't really believe drug testing is going to accomplish anything.

-- Posted by Acronym on Wed, Oct 26, 2011, at 5:57 PM

Acronym: You bring up some valid points. That is why I enjoy reading and taking part in these posts. Mandatory training I agree would be a good step in the right direction. Saw on CBS where there was a shortage of apple pickers at a Washington state orchard. Where there anybody in the area on welfare or unemployment? Why don't the agencies match these short term jobs with these folks? This is only a sample of what needs to be done for certain people to get off the public's backs.

On the subject of bicyclist and car drivers....is that phone call important enough to risk your or others lives?

-- Posted by semo471 on Wed, Oct 26, 2011, at 6:52 PM


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