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Speak Out 2/6/12

Monday, February 6, 2012

Uniforms, drop outs

IT doesn't matter what the students wear or don't wear if they aren't getting a good education and the drop out rate is still high.

Jackson stoplight

THE new stoplight on East Main Street in Jackson is a great idea but was most definitely put up at the wrong time. If there were actually businesses out there or a neighborhood, I could see putting the light up. But there aren't. It is pointless for a flow of traffic to stop for one car that just happens to venture out of that side street when they could just wait for the intersection to clear and then go.

Supporting uniforms

WHEN our daughter was in junior high school she tried to keep up with the latest trends in clothes. But we could not always afford the popular name-brand clothing. This led to her being teased and even bullied. At her request we finally pulled her out of public school and placed her in a private Christian school. I was concerned that she wouldn't be happy there because they wore uniforms, and I knew how she loved looking like the "in" crowd. It was the best decision we ever made for her. She said it was great wearing uniforms because everyone dressed alike, which stopped the teasing and tormenting she had endured when wearing regular clothing. Getting dressed for school each day was a simple task because her choices were limited. She actually became a much happier child and her grades improved.

Utility bill

I'D like to know why my utility bill is for 34 days. That's not fair. Three more days makes a big difference on your bill.

Distracted driver

I refuse to ride with my best friend anywhere ever again. She is constantly on her cellphone while driving and is distracted. It's very scary. She doesn't realize that she is risking her life, her vehicle, my life and everyone else's life on the road. Maybe she will see herself if she reads this and stop being irresponsible. Hang up the phone and drive. Pull over if you want to talk.

Faulty logic

PROPONENTS of school uniforms claim that uniforms will make buying those expensive jeans unnecessary. There's something far simpler that will do the same thing. It's a parent with a backbone who tells their child they will only give them the money for the inexpensive brand. That's so simple that only a school district or a government agency would overlook it. The use of such faulty logic to push through the uniform policy is a clear indication that the idea is not logical to begin with.

Bond issue

THE good folks in the Jackson School District are about to be taken to the cleaners again. Dr. Anderson is proposing that we pass a $16 million bond issue to build a new elementary school. This supposed overcrowding is mainly caused by the 268 students attending the preschool. I can't see me supporting a bond issue for a preschool. Also, Dr. Anderson says it will not result in a tax increase. Someone needs to ask him how much our taxes will decrease if we don't pass this.

Perspective needed

THE mainstream media has focused on three alternative energy-related companies that faltered following their receipt of government-back loans and grants. The price tag for these mistakes is yet to be determined but could be as high as $600 million. If you do the math, this amounts to approximately two days of the cost of the now-ended war in Iraq. Most government expenditures consist of big numbers, so a little perspective is always helpful.

Marriage threat

THERE'S a threat to traditional marriage sweeping this country. If nothing is done, the institution of marriage will lose it's cherished meaning. Of course, I'm referring to divorce and unfaithfulness. These practices should be banned by a constitutional amendment in order to protect marriage.


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They got to have that cell phone stuck in there ear before they ever pull out of the driveway or pecking on the key board, many are addicted to it may be some day the fad will fade away and they can start on something else.

-- Posted by swampeastmissouri on Mon, Feb 6, 2012, at 7:10 AM

Adultry destroys more families than anything else. If there was a way to calculate the cost, it would probably be one of the most expensive wrong-doings there is to society. Adultry should be a felony with mandatory jail time for both guilty parties. It should also mean forfeiture of ALL assets going to the victim.

-- Posted by lip service on Mon, Feb 6, 2012, at 8:27 AM

Jackson stoplight...Dude, follow me here...let's pretend that the traffic lights are not installed until, say, 10 years from now. So, 10 years from now I would bet the house that you would be writing in sighing that "It's about time! Those stoplights should have been put in 10 years ago!"

So, you see, there's just no pleasin' folks like you.

Uniform, drop outs, Supporting uniforms, Faulty logic...you people are pathetic and spineless piles of purple martin poop.

-- Posted by Hawker on Mon, Feb 6, 2012, at 8:37 AM

Supporting uniforms

Uniforms are not what makes the difference between public and private schools.

-- Posted by 356 on Mon, Feb 6, 2012, at 8:50 AM

Distracted driver: Believe that there should be a device on all cars that will block the use of a cell phone while the car is in motion.

Marriage threat: Don't think that the caller was referring to divorce and unfaithfulness for a constitutional amendment but for a marriage between a man and a woman....just my thought. If you lived in a Muslin country, adultery has a punishment of stoning the person who committed adultery.

Next year the Rams in the Super Bowl.

-- Posted by semo471 on Mon, Feb 6, 2012, at 9:05 AM

Once again, I'm reduced to using this forum to lodge my complaint against the online version of this paper. When I enter this site, I'm already logged in, as evidenced by the words "Welcome Raunchy" at the top left of the page. But when I try to read certain stories, I'm prompted to log in. When I do that, I still cannot read that story, as I'm once again prompted to log in when I make that attempt.

Y'all..........please straighten this stuff out. We're paying for the right to read your paper on line, but it's less efficient than it once was, when we viewed this online edition for free.

-- Posted by Raunchy on Mon, Feb 6, 2012, at 10:39 AM

I too grew up in a household where we didn't have the money for name brand clothes. We were poor. When I was bullied, I bullied back. When I was teased, I teased back.

My mother made sure I always left the house with self confidence and self worth. No one would ever take those away from me especially about something as stupid as my clothing

-- Posted by Producer1 on Mon, Feb 6, 2012, at 4:11 PM

I agree with Producer 1 on uniforms-- but go further to say that MOST KIDS do not care about name-brand clothes--nor are they teased or bullied for wearing "ordinary" clothes. To the extent that such teasing does occur, the solution is an anti-bullying code--NOT punishing good kids too by a uniform code.

-- Posted by klahr123 on Mon, Feb 6, 2012, at 10:59 PM

Why would wearing a uniform be a punishment?

-- Posted by SWBG on Tue, Feb 7, 2012, at 9:18 AM

FEB7...voting day-- Posted by ~~Rick on Tue, Feb 7, 2012, at 4:10 AM

Rick: Since the vote won't count, why vote? Waste of 7 million dollars that could have went to SEMO and other colleges in Mo. or any other worthwhile program.

-- Posted by semo471 on Tue, Feb 7, 2012, at 9:47 AM

Local issue , Fruitland annex-- Posted by ~~Rick on Tue, Feb 7, 2012, at 12:39 PM

Rick: Don't live in Jackson or Fruitland and don't have any local issues.

-- Posted by semo471 on Tue, Feb 7, 2012, at 1:09 PM


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