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Speak Out 2/16/12

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Rally coverage

AS a reader commented, I too noted that no stations other than EWTN televised the largest human rights events, including the West Coast Rally for Life, since Martin Luther King Day. They would rather show all the inhumane actions of the Occupy Wall Street people. Does that tell you anything about the stations? I certainly think it does. I don't remember seeing anything in any of the local papers either about the large numbers of people attending the March in Washington, D.C., including large busloads of area young people making the trip. Even our own state of Missouri holds a March for Life Rally each year.

Limbaugh, Alinsky

I recently reread Saul Alinsky's "Rules for Radicals." One of Alinsky's objectives is to do what is necessary to divide the community in order to better pursue and achieve your goals. There is no better practitioner of Alinsky's rules than Cape Girardeau's own David Limbaugh.

Ballot issue?

WHEN are we going to have the smoke-free issue back on the ballot in Cape Girardeau?

Postal Service

I was glad to see the article about McCaskill discussing the Postal Service proposal, trying to continue six-day delivery and one to three day delivery for first-class mail. People don't realize that if things change and it goes to St. Louis how much it's going to affect business and everybody else. It will be too late once it's gone. Everybody needs to pay attention and try to support these things to keep the Postal Service the way it is. There are also a lot of jobs at stake.

Contraceptive issue

I am a Christian person, but I'm not of the Catholic faith. Now I see on TV where the Army is trying to tell this Army chaplain that he cannot tell the people and the soldiers that he is speaking out against this ban that President Obama has come up with where Catholic hospitals have to pay for free contraceptives and sterilization practices. I stick up for the Catholics for sure. Obama is strictly trying to take away every right that we have in this country.

Utility bills

IT'S a shame they're going to raise the utility bills $15 more. People who are on a fixed income can barely make it as it is. They already raised the water bill. I'm paying almost $100. Now they're talking about raising the utility bill up. We're already paying $200 to $300.

Cellphones, restaurants

I think restaurants should institute a no-cellphone policy unless you are a doctor -- and you'd better be able to prove it. It's ridiculous when some person that's obviously never been taught a manner in their life sits there and talks loudly on the cellphone.

Police laptops

GREAT, the Cape Girardeau Police Department has onboard computer systems in their patrol cars. I hope that I do not drive through Cape Girardeau and see them looking up information or typing on these computers like I see the Missouri State Highway Patrol and the Missouri State Department of Transportation. I hope these computer systems will be used responsibly, only when the officers are parked. If citizens are not allowed to use other electronic equipment in vehicles such as cellphones, then law enforcement should not be allowed to use this electronic equipment either.

Cape bus service

I'M questioning why the bus system in the city is so bad. I've been using it to go back and forth to work for a semiregular basis, but because the buses are never on schedule and because they go places that people don't need to go, I recently lost my job because I was late again. Three times in less than a seven-week period was I late because of the bus being late or not even showing up.

No to uniforms

POOR, rich or middle class, having uniforms will not change your status. Diversity in life is what makes you tough. Here's an idea, life is tough, deal with it. Why do we all have to be the same? Why can't we use our own minds? Let's make it easy to decide what to wear to school. Take the thinking process out of it. Isn't that what is so wrong with our country? Conform to society and not make our kids think for themselves. And we wonder why our nation is so messed up. It's because we want to take the thought process out of everything our children do.

Deer, dogs

I would rather have the deer in my neighborhood than all the barking dogs. At least the deer are nice to look at.

FDR, unemployment

DEMOCRATS should not sweat the unemployment rate. FDR, one of our greatest presidents, got re-elected in 1936 when the unemployment rate was 17 percent.


WE would really have a high crime rate in this country if they arrested folks for adultery, a crime in 22 states.

Super Bowl ads

SOME of the Super Bowl ads were cute this year, but as usual they have to make sure to throw some in there that you don't want your preteen football fanatics to see. When are they going to learn that football, especially the Super Bowl, isn't just for grown men?

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Cape bus service: Sorry to hear that you lost your job but after the 2nd late arrival you should have planned better.

Cellphones, restaurants: Cellphones and cigarettes should be banned in restaurants because they are both annoying while you are eating.

FDR, unemployment: Don't believe the voters had much of a choice. Remember my Dad years later saying if he would have voted Republican that he might have lost some of the benefits during the Depression and he couldn't take the chance.

Adultery: The worst offense against your life partner.

Contraceptive issue: It's a woman's choice and nobody else needs to be involved.

News Flash: Agreement reached over extension of payroll tax cuts and unemployment benefits with no cuts to pay for both, oh well.

-- Posted by semo471 on Thu, Feb 16, 2012, at 7:11 AM

Cell Phones in Restaurants:

If someone is talking loud on their Cell Phone and it is bothering people, help them out and join in on their conversation. If you are of the opposit sex them say something like this: "Hang up the phone and Kiss me!" Hopefully they will be talking to their Spouse when you say it. Remember: If you want a Private Conversation, then don't have it in a Public Place!

-- Posted by CNN_MAN on Thu, Feb 16, 2012, at 9:15 AM

Utility bills

Everyone needs to write the Public Service Commissioner complaining about the high cost of out electric rates. AmerenUe wants a raise to cover the cost of updating, upgrading equipment and sevices. If I need to update or improve my home, my auto or anything at my home I can't go to Social Secuiry or my Pension Plan and say I need a 15% increase in my pay to remodel and update my home. The problem here is we all sat back and complain instead of taking action. PEOPLE YOU NEED TO BE HEARD, WRITE TO THE PUPLIC SERVICE COMMISSIONER AT:


200 Madison Street, PO Box 360

Jefferson City, MO 65102-0360

-- Posted by grandpa3 on Thu, Feb 16, 2012, at 10:27 AM

I think some people should just stay home and stop complaining. ☻

-- Posted by Turnip on Thu, Feb 16, 2012, at 12:19 PM

Deers, dogs

And deers don't bark, or so I've been told by some of my hunting friends.

-- Posted by voyager on Thu, Feb 16, 2012, at 1:52 PM

Current AmerenMissouri rate schedule - http://www.ameren.com/sites/aue/Rates/Do...

Proposed rate schedule - https://www.efis.psc.mo.gov/mpsc/CommonC...

Current expected charges for 1100 KWH consumption, including the 8.25% usage tax -

* Summer - $125.29 plus any fuel adjustment charge and corresponding usage tax.

* Winter - $82.52 plus any fuel adjustment charge and corresponding usage tax.

Expected charges under proposed rate schedule for 1100 KWH consumption -

* Summer - $142.60 plus any fuel adjustment charge and corresponding usage tax.

* Winter - $94.73 plus any fuel adjustment charge and corresponding usage tax.

The summer rates are in effect for the four monthly billing periods of June through September, with the winter rates being for the other eight months.

Excluding the seemingly wild-card fuel adjustment charge amounts, the proposed summer rate represents a 13.8% increase with the proposed winter rate representing a 14.8% increase.

Current expected annual charges, again excluding the fuel adjustment clause amounts ==> (4 x $125.29) + (8 x $82.52) = $1162.32

Expected charges with the proposed rates - $1328.24, representing a 14.3% increase on an annual basis.

Interesting to note the amount of proposed increase for the relatively new energy efficiency charge - up by a factor of about 9x.

Good luck with consuming exactly 1100 KWH each and every billing period to match the example given, especially with billing periods varying from 28 to 34 days in recent history.

-- Posted by fxpwt on Thu, Feb 16, 2012, at 6:53 PM

Deer may not bark but let a couple roam around the neighborhood and every dog out side of the house WILL bark.

-- Posted by Retired93 on Thu, Feb 16, 2012, at 7:31 PM

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