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Speak Out 4/1/12

Sunday, April 1, 2012

@sco:A month early

THE dogwoods, redbuds and azaleas are already blooming and it's still March. I mean they are almost a month ahead of time. What does this mean for our summer? Is it going to be cool to make up for the warm weather now? Or is it going to be really hot?

@sco:Thoughts on Ameren

A lot of workers don't get employee benefits. So why should we have an increase for Ameren to provide them benefits? Also, quit sending out individual comparison fuel usage from one year to the next. The electricity and postage will save you a lot of money. Start using common sense.

@sco:Leave deer alone

I think we should leave the deer in Cape alone. At least they are gathering their own food, and they are not relying on the government to give them food stamps.

@sco:Deer problems

I'VE been very interested in the controversy over the deer control in Cape Girardeau. Living on a farm, I am aware of crop damage from deer. However, the dangers they present on streets and roads is much greater. These collisions can result in not only material damage, but even death.

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@sco: The speak out editors version of an April Foolz joke?

-- Posted by April Foolz on Sun, Apr 1, 2012, at 6:33 AM


You are the dispicable one, sounds like you like a little between the ears, sorry but have to tell it like it is, have a nice day and try to get up tomorrow with a little better outlook on life.

-- Posted by grandpa3 on Sun, Apr 1, 2012, at 9:09 AM

A month early --

"What does this mean for our summer?"


I'm already chasing mosquitoes away from my door. I've tried different remedies over the years, but nothing seems to work any better than just plain old spider webs.

Does anybody have any suggestions for keeping mosquitoes away from my back door? I keep the gutters clean and no standing water.


-- Posted by grisgris on Sun, Apr 1, 2012, at 11:51 AM

Been tracking average daily temperatures as part of my energy awareness thing. Below are the yearly averages of the daily average temperatures, and the standard deviation - a measure of the range of the temperatures.

The statistical purists may cringe or even pitch-a-fit at the use of parameters meant for Gaussian distributions (the classic 'bell' curve) without supporting evidence that the data satisfies the criteria, but taking a cue from the process engineers at a former job as well as others who don't appreciate the concept of garbage-in, garbage-out - eh, it's close enough for government work. :-)~














At any rate, interesting (to me, anyway) that the average daily temperature seems to be creeping upward over the past few years, but more interesting that the deviation may be decreasing - suggesting to me that the hot days aren't quite as hot, and the cold days aren't quite as cold.

Not sure what this means, other than being another possible contributor as to the decrease in electric consumption here at the house, since not as much climate control is needed.

-- Posted by fxpwt on Sun, Apr 1, 2012, at 12:07 PM

grisgris: Try taking a quart of water in a spray bottle and putting in a teaspoon of vanila. Spray around the door frame about every other day.

-- Posted by howdydoody on Sun, Apr 1, 2012, at 3:51 PM

howdydoody --

Thanks. I'm going to try it.

-- Posted by grisgris on Sun, Apr 1, 2012, at 4:36 PM

"Why didn't the skeeters disappear with the dinosaurs?"

I believe it's because, unfortunately, they are a superior species. Just like roaches!

-- Posted by grisgris on Sun, Apr 1, 2012, at 6:20 PM

Back from our trip to the re-enactment of the Battle of Shiloh. A great experience. A sad result of a battle 150 years ago with the Union suffering 1,754 killed and 8,408 wounded. The Confederates loss was 1,728 killed and 8,012 wounded. Was able to visit the 4 different battle markers of the 2nd Illinois Light Artillery Battery D that my Great grandfather served as an enlisted private.

-- Posted by semo471 on Sun, Apr 1, 2012, at 8:57 PM

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