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Speak Out 5/21/12

Monday, May 21, 2012

No texting

I don't care whether it is a gas station, wherever, you need to have rules that your employees are not texting unless it is an emergency. Then it needs to be proven. I would be looking at the video footage, because everything is on camera these days anyway, and if I saw employees going around and texting while a customer is in the business, I think I would think about letting them go because it is costing businesses business.

Law enforcement

I can't understand why people are either joyful or sad about the deer laws the Cape Girardeau City Council has just passed, because in Cape Girardeau, anybody who has lived here very long knows quite well that Cape Girardeau does not enforce their laws. Anybody who gets out on the street knows that, so there is no worry about this. It will be enforced selectively and sparingly.

Obama's record

Though numerous Speak Out callers are trying to portray our president as being a braggart on his accomplishments, in reality he needs to do much more in touting his record on issues ranging from bringing us back from the precipice of economic collapse to his outstanding record in the area of foreign policy.

Downtown Cape

In one of the most clueless comments I have ever seen in print, someone in the poll results column called Cape's downtown is "dead." This someone obviously never goes near downtown, where thousands of people go every day to the antique shops, specialty shops, restaurants and clubs. On the weekend evenings there is little or no parking for blocks around as patrons seek out the great live music and art available in this area. If the organizations tasked with the job of promoting Cape would put some time and money into promoting this we could quickly become an art, music and performance center for this part of the country.

Limbaugh ceremony

It seems incongruous to me that Rush Limbaugh, the doctor of democracy, a man of the people if you will, would be honored by induction into the Missouri Hall of Fame in a closed-to-the-public ceremony.

Medicaid problems

At my job, I work with people who receive Medicaid funded services, and I have to say, some of the policies sicken me. I cannot stand it when I am not able to help a son or daughter care for their sick parent due to certain policies, but I am able to help a lot of people freeload off the system. Wake up, Missouri. We need to completely overhaul Medicaid and make some huge changes to it. There are way too many people who need help and do not receive it, and there are three times as many people who do not need the help but are just simply lazy.


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That last comment about working "with people who receive Medicaid funded services...." is sorta off-point. If these folks are working, then why are they called "just simply lazy" at the end of the comment? Maybe they qualify for Medicaid simply because their employer doesn't pay them enough to make them ineligible for Medicaid. Sounds about right to me..........

-- Posted by Raunchy on Mon, May 21, 2012, at 7:04 AM

Law enforcement

Can't win; either they do too much or too little.

-- Posted by 356 on Mon, May 21, 2012, at 12:26 PM

I fear law enforcement is like a business...must bring in revenue. There is "shady" (illegal) things happening in town that the locals are well aware of...they are 'watching'. Yet, they will ticket you for a few miles over the speed limit on an empty street. Why is that? My point is...do you think this is because of money?

-- Posted by Theorist on Mon, May 21, 2012, at 1:31 PM

-- Posted by Sioux. on Mon, May 21, 2012, at 1:01 PM

You pretty much have it right. I hate seeing a Police Car in my rear view mirror as much as the next guy, but I have had them help me out enough to appreciate them. I was in a really bad collision a few years ago and was trapped in my vehicle. EMTs and Paramedics were working on people in the other car. A Trooper kept coming over to my vehicle to check on me until another ambulance crew could arrive.

Criminals whine and moan about them, but they are among the first to dial 911 when something goes awry.

-- Posted by Theorist on Mon, May 21, 2012, at 1:31 PM

I honestly don't know, but I sure hope not. I believe Cape has a separate Traffic Unit that concentrates on traffic offenses while other cars respond to calls and also issue tickets, but traffic enforcement is not their priority. They are set up into four zones and just because you see a Police car somewhere doesn't mean they are "working" that area, they may be in transit or awaiting a court date or any number of things.

I know some small towns focus on revenue, but I would never make a blanket statement; just don't know.

-- Posted by 356 on Mon, May 21, 2012, at 2:08 PM

Why would a police officer "watch" a situation when they know it is against the law. My impression was that they were waiting for a bigger fish. But I sometimes wonder if there is hesitation because of the cost of the arrest, and no revenue is recouped....

I am playing "devil's advocate" here....I truly don't know. I just think if they know and see someone break the law...stop them!

-- Posted by Theorist on Mon, May 21, 2012, at 5:37 PM

If I read the statement correctly, the caller probably works as an in-home aid. Having worked in a company that provided such, I, too, have heard of many that qualified thru Medicaid or one of the other funding sources, that was allowed so many hours of services and yet were either never at home or expected the aid to clean up after the patients guests/children which is NOT what they are there to do. Those workers are NOT maids/servants but are treated as such by those who do not appreciate their work.

2nd: There are those patients that need an increase in hours that are not able to get it because the funding sources have only so many hours they can give out. They are not able to take hours away from someone that doesn't use them or abuses them. Instead, many patients must wait and the workers must do everything they can to help that patient, continuing to request an increase in hours.

There will always be abuse with the system by those who know how to work it to their benefit. Especially those that have lived their whole life abusing it. aka lazy ones.

-- Posted by LiveAnotherDay on Mon, May 21, 2012, at 11:24 PM

Could someone be smarting from a freshly issued ticket perhaps?? ☺ ☻ ☺ ☻

-- Posted by Have_Wheels_Will_Travel on Mon, May 21, 2012, at 11:10 PM

Nope! Smarting from notifying, and nothing being done...All I got was "we are aware"...maybe they can't do anything...I don't know.

-- Posted by Theorist on Tue, May 22, 2012, at 6:07 AM


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