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Speak Out 4/19/12

Thursday, April 19, 2012


A recent Speak Out caller described the Democrats as a "do-nothing party." I'd like to know how they could possibly do anything significant when the GOP, "the party of no," obstructs progress on all fronts by unitedly voting "no" on absolutely every piece of legislation that could possibly make the Dems look good -- including legislation that they themselves drafted. Let's not forget what the GOP is on record as stating its purpose for the last four years has been: make Obama a one-term president.

Pristine state of nature

CAPE Girardeau is not mowing, emptying lots, etc., because we are (correctly I think) attempting to return to a pristine state of nature.

Limbaugh column

IF David Limbaugh can refer to Attorney General Eric Holder's opposition to voter ID laws as corrupt, then certainly it is within the bounds of appropriate political discourse to refer to Limbaugh's approval of voter ID laws as appallingly anti-democratic.

Spring surprise

A welcome spring surprise: Gas prices are dropping.

Poor supervision

I have several serious conditions and am undergoing chemotherapy for cancer, which causes me to spend a lot of time in doctors' offices, immediate care and recently the dentist. Ever present are loud children often just waiting for others and not there for treatment. Many of these facilities include a particular diversion for the children, a wooden device with every sort of noisemaker attached. These facilities should be sensitive to just how torturous it is for a sick person to sit for long periods through banging, hammering and screaming by poorly supervised children. These facilities should remove loud toys and devices and restrict the presence of children to those needing medical attention.

Romneycare success

CONGRATULATIONS to Mitt Romney. His implementation of Romneycare (the model for ObamaCare) in Massachusetts has cut health care costs by 5 percent.

Cynthia King

WHAT a wonderful Southeast Missourian tribute to Notre Dame Regional High School legendary educator, Cynthia King. As if her labors of love with the wildly successful school plays weren't enough, King's dedication to individualized instruction in the variety of classes she teaches leaves one wondering how she has had the time to make such a positive impact on so many students while serving as a model for other teachers as well as a valued and much sought out repository of advice for the administrative and support staff. Kudos to Cynthia King. May she continue to serve the school she loves for years to come. We love you, Cindy.

Gas prices

CONGRESSIONAL Republicans want to drill for more oil, as if that is what will bring the price down, when all the tanks are so full of gas now and they are shutting down the refineries. They are holding the gas to make it cost us more. It doesn't make any difference how much we don't use, as we are using 15 percent less now than in the past year. They are going to do everything they can to make the price go up. Just look at the big bonuses they paid out. Probably most Congress members have stock in the gas and oil companies and are getting rich off us. They don't care. The big oil people are the ones financing their campaigns.

Pets, rental housing

LANDLORDS, please tell me the difference between pets and people with children. I have three children who are now grown, but I know when they were younger I caught them coloring on walls or accidentally spilling something on the carpet. There are some renters who don't care what their children do, or pets for that matter, but everywhere I look it says no pets. I have been looking for a three-bedroom home to rent in the area for six months now. I really feel discriminated against. This is why our Humane Societies are so full.

Santorum, NRA

FOR Rick Santorum to proudly announce that his ill infant daughter is now a proud member of the NRA is to me the penultimate in attempting to make political hay out of exploiting your child.

Electronic payments

THE federal government, which issues 73 million payments a month, is phasing out paper checks for all benefit programs, requiring people to get payments electronically, either through direct deposit or a debit card for those without a bank account. This is pure stupidity. If someone gets their debit card they can get all their money before they even know it. Then they wouldn't have anything left. They will be out of money for a month. Not the government.

'Dignity of work'

ANOTHER flip-flop. A few years ago, Mitt Romney argued for federal assistance to stay-at-home moms so they could experience the "dignity of work." Really, Mitt? Did you mean to say at that time that your own wife lacked dignity?

Historic tax credits

I think historic preservation tax credits are a complete waste of taxpayer money. Not surprisingly, Missouri ranks No. 1 in awarding them. We need to take the long view of history and realize that in a few billion years or less, no one will be around to enjoy the historically preserved buildings because our species will be extinct.

Starvation policy?

I once made a facetious Speak Out comment about a Stalinesque forced starvation policy being adopted locally, but now it seems to be coming to fruition in respect to Cape Girardeau's deer.

Voter ID

THE Department of Revenue will issue a photo ID to anyone who applies. There is no reason for anyone not to be able to vote if they show this ID. To be able to vote is not an inconvenience, it's a privilege. Our voting system is becoming corrupt; either you have the right to vote or you don't.

Renovation or welfare

IT'S so sad to read that millions of taxpayers' dollars were wasted in downtown Cape Girardeau. I run a small business, and if I need something I pay for it with my money.

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obstructionist... antagonist, impedimenter, opposer, adversary, opponent, thwarter, resister

good post...

Hadn't heard about Santorum and his daughter being part of the NRA, is this true?

-- Posted by Theorist on Thu, Apr 19, 2012, at 5:51 AM

Obstructionists: This is why we need a 3 party system to keep things moving in Congress. It would require 2 parties of the 3 to unite on issues.

Gas prices: The laws of supply and demand doesn't work when you have outside forces such as "speculators" bidding on oil which vetoes supply and demand.

Electronic payments: Treat your debt card like cash, if you don't lose your cash you won't lose your debt card.

Historic tax credits: We won't have to wait for a billion years for the end of mankind.....12/21/12.

Voter ID: Show the election judges your photo ID or hit the road.

Dick Clark is now spinning his records with the other rock and roll stars that are gone.

-- Posted by semo471 on Thu, Apr 19, 2012, at 7:55 AM

wrcactus: Concerning your statement yesterday and "moral issues"

The exceutive branch does not ditate moral issues - that is a legislative issue (Supreme Court-ex. abortion). If Obama is our standard for morality we are in more trouble than we thought. Actually, if any one politician is our moral gauge we are in trouble - that is dictatorship!Obama holds the highest federal office in our country and should limit his comments about specific issues in which all the facts have not been revealed. Even then, he should be very cautious due to his position!

-- Posted by America First on Thu, Apr 19, 2012, at 8:46 AM


Wow imagine that, Republicans want to make a Democrat President serve only one term while Democrats are content to let a Republican serve two terms, oh wait, they don't either.

I don't have much use for either party.

-- Posted by 356 on Thu, Apr 19, 2012, at 8:47 AM

To the poster regarding children and poor supervision....

I too under went chemo and spent many hours in doctor's offices just as you are. I agree with your comment and still don't understand why so many members of a family need to accompany the person who is ill. But, I also know that part of the way I felt was due to how really awful the chemo made me feel....I hated everyone and every sound they made. Trust me...this too shall pass and you will get your tolerance for just about anything back again. Good luck to you!

-- Posted by Bickiestew on Thu, Apr 19, 2012, at 9:23 AM

When voting please consider voting conservative. We do not want the government to own and run our companies. We do not want to have our Constitutional and Bill of Rights trashed. We do not want judges appointed by this President who will override rule against the Constitution. We do not want a government shutting down or overtaking our farms with the authority of Agenda 21 (Green Movement) We do not want our economy to collapse because the government keeps printing and spending money we do no have. We do not want a president disarming America to make Russia happy. China is paying Social Security, Medicare, medicaide. Each of your children already owe $46,000.00 debt right now. Our health care will diminish with Obama Care and increase in cost. Do you need more reasons?

-- Posted by CommunityC4 on Thu, Apr 19, 2012, at 9:49 AM

I got my kids NRA memberships when they were young and I was not running for office nor exploiting my kids; well they are grown now.

-- Posted by 356 on Thu, Apr 19, 2012, at 11:30 AM

Read the original post Wheels...

-- Posted by Theorist on Thu, Apr 19, 2012, at 11:59 AM

Poor supervision....some people can't go anywhere w/o an entourage! ☻

Pets, rental housing...great idea, become a homeowner...landlord..and have pet owners' as tenants. Lead by example. ☺

Why would you get a NRA membership for a child?

-- Posted by Turnip on Thu, Apr 19, 2012, at 12:11 PM

You and all your squawking. ♥

-- Posted by Turnip on Thu, Apr 19, 2012, at 12:50 PM

wth? what is that?

-- Posted by Turnip on Thu, Apr 19, 2012, at 12:53 PM

-- Posted by Turnip on Thu, Apr 19, 2012, at 12:11 PM

Our sons were always interested in firearms and hunting and NRA offers a Junior Membership with a magazine "Insights", geared towards individuals twenty and under.

-- Posted by 356 on Thu, Apr 19, 2012, at 1:19 PM

Obstructionist...regretably must be taken seriously as part of the cause for the sad and miserable state of our nation's affairs.

-- Posted by voyager on Thu, Apr 19, 2012, at 1:37 PM


I wish I could be a homeowner, but unfortunately when my husband was fired from his job of 22 yrs, while on medical leave, after almost dying. We lost everything. So like others in the same situation we are forced to rent. So are you saying I should take them to my local animal shelter because I can't find a place to live that will allow pets? I would much rather rent to someone with a pet than say.... oh someone who smokes 2 packs a day.

-- Posted by Smartlady on Thu, Apr 19, 2012, at 2:44 PM

Sorry my comment should have been addressed to TURNIP!!!

-- Posted by Smartlady on Thu, Apr 19, 2012, at 2:46 PM

No, Rick will take it, he loves strays. This is what I'm saying: It should be up to the property owner. My, your opinion of what he 'should' do is irrelevant.

-- Posted by Turnip on Thu, Apr 19, 2012, at 3:22 PM

Limbaugh Column: We are a Republic, not a Democracy, anyway!

-- Posted by swift on Thu, Apr 19, 2012, at 4:34 PM

Gas Prices:

So now I read that the increasing gas prices are not the fault of the President but Republican Congressmen, speculators and the oil companies who are lining their pockets with profits. I'm assuming of course the person is excluding Bush and Cheney who were at fault when they were in office. I guess we might as well also try to blame the Supreme court and wealthy taxpayers since they must also be involved in some way for the high prices.

Does anyone see a trend here? Trickle down from the President is working.

-- Posted by rightwinger2 on Thu, Apr 19, 2012, at 11:02 PM

Gas prices:

So now I am reading comments that say the high gas prices are not the president's fault unless it is Bush and Cheney in office of course. Oh I seem to have forgotten that gas prices have doubled since Bush left office. However the fault now is blamed on big oil, Congressional republicans and speculators that are lining their pockets with profits.

Maybe we can also blame the wealthy who consume too much, the bankers who are somehow responsible, the supreme court for what ever reason and on and on. Let's not blame Obama who inherited this mess.

Trickle down propaganda works quite well for the democrats.

-- Posted by rightwinger2 on Fri, Apr 20, 2012, at 8:27 AM

I heard on the news that Senator Joe Manchin (D) W. VA says he might not support the President for re-election. Senator Manchin a conservative democrat has voted against many of the democratic bills submitted on the floor of the Senate. Senator Manchin is a good man but just cannot support this Modern Day Democratic Party, I don't blame him one bit because I can't support this party either.

-- Posted by swampeastmissouri on Sat, Apr 21, 2012, at 6:30 AM

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