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Speak Out 2/10/12

Friday, February 10, 2012

Congrats to Essner

CONGRATULATIONS to Cape Girardeau's Danny Essner for winning the Rush Limbaugh award. He is a nice man but at the same time willing to take on entrenched, often hostile interests in fighting for the overall well-being of the community. I am thinking particularly of his unceasing efforts to help bring the casino to Cape Girardeau.

Tax warning

HERE is a caution for small businessmen who fill out their own Form 9-40 federal unemployment tax. The state of Missouri borrowed money for unemployment from the federal government and has not paid it back. Because of that, all small businesses have to pay a surcharge to the federal government and pay extra. It's on a different form. You've got find it and schedule a Form 9-40. You better talk to your accountant and see whether it applies. I don't know whether we have to pay it or not, but be careful.

Cape Splash

I believe it would be good if Cape Girardeau would give some thought of adding a wave at the Cape Splash Family Aquatic Center. That would encourage some that go to the other parks to stay here in Cape Girardeau. If they didn't have the expense of gas, they could use Cape Splash more often. Hopefully the weather will be more normal this coming summer and it can get back to full swing like it did the first year. I believe this could be a win-win deal.

Excellent program

THE Theatre and Dance Extravaganza was absolutely sensational. Such talent in that department. Many of those students have bright futures as actors, and we get to watch them grow in our backyard. Thank you to the faculty in the Department of Theatre and Dance. You have one of the top programs at Southeast. Everyone needs to go see "The Pajama Game" at the River Campus when it opens in late February. You simply won't believe this is being produced in Cape Girardeau.

Truck weights

REPUBLICANS are pushing a new bill for the highways to repair them. But they are also going to allow bigger and heavier trucks. States could permit trucks weighing up to 97,000 pounds -- and in some cases as much as 126,000 pounds -- on interstate highways under the bill. The current limit is 80,000 pounds in most states. Increased weight limits are supported by the trucking industry but opposed by safety advocates. The bigger trucks will destroy the highways faster than they can be repaired.

Insider trading

THEY are talking about passing a bill to stop inside trading by Congress and the Senate. Now Rep. Eric Cantor wants to include the executive branch, as if the people there would be the ones to watch. They can pass a bill but it will do no good. The greedy members of Congress will only pass on the inside trading information to their many friends who are millionaires and billionaires. They will still get kickbacks and their big political contributions.

Broadway parking

I hope Cape Girardeau officials look at the parking problem in the 300 and 400 block of Broadway. I understand 150 state employees have given up a second parking lot to the casino people, so the majority of them have moved to both sides of the street of Broadway, which is taking up parking spaces for the businesses. The state only has one parking lot now, which is full with the overflow parking on both sides of Broadway. If the city restricts parking on the north side of Broadway, then a big parking problem is only going to get worse. Both sides of Broadway need to be available for parking.

Branson shows

I wish they'd show TV shows from the shows in Branson, Mo.

Shorter session

A Missouri senator called for the legislative session to end about two months early to save money. That is a wonderful idea if they are also giving up that two months' pay. If not, then it will be more costly and give them more vacation time. I doubt if they will be giving up anything, as they are too greedy and always trying to figure out how to get more. They should be raising the taxes on the millionaires and billionaires, but they won't as they are benefiting from them.

Deer add beauty

DEER add beauty and grace to this old town. You never see deer going by your house and throwing beer bottles in your yard or littering the parks. The most destructive force in Cape Girardeau is the people who live here.

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Good morning. Is Obama gone yet?

Wait until the deer population grows. It isn't a tad bit as large as it will get. The people that feed them so they will come into their yard will absolutely love them.

-- Posted by We Regret To Inform U on Fri, Feb 10, 2012, at 6:05 AM

Tax warning, Do you mean form 940?


-- Posted by mysterious on Fri, Feb 10, 2012, at 8:24 AM

The overpayments regarding unemployment benefits should be paid by the State back to the Fed since they were the ones that were not properly monitoring these claim payments going out, not the businesses. This adminsration is so anti business never seen this before. Unemployment benefits needs to be reduced down to 20 weeks and not 99 weeks or 50 weeks I guarantee you the unemployment would drop another one percent.

-- Posted by swampeastmissouri on Fri, Feb 10, 2012, at 10:34 AM

The Government's scope is to create Legislation and Laws to prevent Public chaos and tyranny.

It is not the Government's scope to create jobs or decide commerce , this is what the private sector does . Posted by ~~Rick on Fri, Feb 10, 2012, at 12:45 PM

Rick: Agree 100%. We need to hit the re-set button and go back to the rules of trade and commerce of the 60s. Another meaning of the "good ole days".

-- Posted by semo471 on Fri, Feb 10, 2012, at 5:35 PM

Re: Cape Splash - ahhh, another case of someone's belief that a collective group should spend money so that the individual don't has to, using the bandwagon sales approach.

Re: truck weights - suggest the legislation contained language as to the number of axles required, in efforts to distribute the weight. True, heavier trucks would inflict more wear but that would be offset to some degree by the fewer trucks required to move the same amount of freight.

Could take a tip from the Europeans and limit the big truck speeds to a level somewhat less than for cars - IIRC, cars could run in the 110-130 km/h range where trucks were limited to 80-90 km/h, assumably to keep the kinetic (potential crash) energy of the rig somewhat in check. The given truck's speed limit was posted on the back of the trailer for all to see. This measure did have the effect of cobbling up traffic flows and requiring more lane changes as vehicles travelling at different speeds moved around each other going on down the road.

Such a measure would also result in a lower labor cost per ton, the benefits which should trickle down to the consumers of products transported by truck.

-- Posted by fxpwt on Sat, Feb 11, 2012, at 11:01 AM

Truck weights: All you have to do is to get out and drive on any of the interstate highways and feel the road damage done by the 80,000 lb. truckloads. The increased cost in road repairs offsets any savings (will it be passed on to the consumer or into the companies pockets) on cost per ton movements let along having a 126,000 lb. truckload breathing down your back.

-- Posted by semo471 on Sat, Feb 11, 2012, at 11:17 AM

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