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Speak Out 6/22/12

Friday, June 22, 2012

Police work

I find it a shameful waste of the Cape Girardeau Sheriff's Department resources that they cannot resolve any of the mischief occurring out and around the Tanglewood Estates Subdivision and Cape Rock Village. They can, however, use two parked patrol cars to pull over the same people on which said mischief is being perpetrated who are going to work. Speeding is speeding, but from where we sit it looks like an easy money grab instead of doing real police work, which is what we need out here.

Median cables

This is about the third wreck in a month that has involved the median cable posts. I will still say they are way too close to the highway and they could have been put enough distance away that a car could get off the interstate. I do not believe the excuses of the ground being too soft or the buried cable is a good enough reason. They could have been put in concrete or put in deeper. Just as the 10th mile marker's was a waste of money, as you could not read them and a lot were knocked down. Guess it will have to take somebody's life first. I don't buy their excuses.

Jury trial

As an educated, informed citizen, I am beginning to believe it is time to get rid of jury trials. I watched Roger Clemens' testimony before Congress; he specifically denied using performance-enhancing drugs, being at specific parties, etc. Later, numerous pictures surfaced proving he was at the party and proving that he lied repeatedly in his testimony. Yet today, a jury found him innocent of all charges. The case of Casey Anderson is yet another example of total failure on the part of a jury.


It is mid-June, so any day now the calls will come in about fireworks. Here's a simple two-part solution that will eliminate most of the complaints. On one hand, parents of kids of all ages, monitor your kids' use of fireworks. You control their access to fireworks if they are not yet driving and able to buy them on their own. If your kids can drive and buy their own fireworks, tell them if they get caught breaking the law you will not bail them out -- and then follow through. By the way, if you've been following through all along, this should do the trick. The second part of the solution is geared toward those people who complain every year about the use of fireworks. Go on vacation, put in earplugs, go volunteer somewhere. Do something to remove yourself from the situation or to minimize its impact on your life.

Frank book

"Pity the Poor Billionaire" by Thomas Frank is less than 200 pages in length but will tell you everything you need to know about our current predicament. I highly recommend it. As an added incentive to read it, on page 125 of the hardback edition there is almost an entire page devoted to Cape Girardeau native, syndicated columnist and author David Limbaugh.


A note to all aspiring politicians: Put an end to these harassing automated phone calls and you can be assured of my vote.

Broadway work

With all the millions they are spending on this Broadway corridor project, which doesn't look like it is improving a whole lot to me, I hope they spend a little bit of that money on North Main Street when you actually turn off Broadway to go to the actual street that goes to the casino. If they haven't noticed, that area looks bad and hopefully they are going to address that.

Graduation rate

Cape Girardeau 's public shouldn't panic over Central High School's low graduation rate. It will all be resolved with the rigorous enforcement of the new dress code.

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10th of mile markers help 911 responder to arrive at a better and accurate description.

-- Posted by Dexterite1 on Fri, Jun 22, 2012, at 5:49 AM

Police work: Police will do what they do when they do it and how they do it.

Median cables: MODOT doesn't make mistakes.

Jury trial: All you need to have is a good high paid lawyer to get you off of any charges.

Fireworks: The city controls when the fireworks stands can start selling the fireworks....call them up to complain.

Frank book: Page 125 is the reason I wouldn't buy the book.

Robo-calls: Any candidate using this nuisance will not get my vote.

Broadway work: A couple of years from now the citizens of Cape will be saying what a good looking area Broadway and N. Main is due to all the money spent and the new casino.

Graduation rate: Whatever works.

Like the late Rodney King once said "Can't we all learn to live together".

-- Posted by semo471 on Fri, Jun 22, 2012, at 7:16 AM

The Jury found that Roger was the only honest man in the den of liars.

-- Posted by BCStoned on Fri, Jun 22, 2012, at 8:37 AM

A Jury is suppose to rely upon the evidence presented to them not pictures in the newspaper, which is left to personal interpetation.

As far as the laywers go, it doesn't matter what their payroll looks like, if they present a good case causing doubt, they will win. I've been on a jury where the plantiff's attorney was so sure they won, they didn't show up on the day they lost. Then they called some of the jury members to find out why they lost.

-- Posted by LiveAnotherDay on Fri, Jun 22, 2012, at 12:12 PM

It would be difficult to find Roger guilty of lying to professional liars.

-- Posted by BCStoned on Fri, Jun 22, 2012, at 12:25 PM

If lying in congress is a crime, there are 535 criminals running loose.

It might help to remember that our criminal justice system is biased in favor of the accused. In America the burden on the state is a very high level of proof to convict by a jury of regular citizens. Of course, another alternative could be to have a government tribunal like France where the accused is presumed guilty.

-- Posted by Cogito on Fri, Jun 22, 2012, at 2:20 PM

I want to thank all the law enforcement officers who responded to the shooting in Jackson last week, especially the two Jackson Police Officers who were first on the scene and the first to take fire. Your willingness to put your personal safety at risk in order to protect and serve is extremely admirable and appreciated. The situation could have been so much worse had you not arrived on the scene as quickly as you did. Your job is dangerous and so often unappreciated by some. However, know that there are those of us who are extremely grateful for all of your sacrifices. Thank you so much!

-- Posted by Breadawn on Fri, Jun 22, 2012, at 5:22 PM

\hey rick how many days in a row has gas gone up

-- Posted by whom on Sat, Jun 23, 2012, at 7:10 AM

Until it is illegal for congress to lie to the American people, I see nothing wrong with a person lying to them....especially about something so insignificant as steroid use in professional sports. If the league has a problem with it, the league can do something about it. Congress has more important things to be doing rather than wasting taxpayer money on such trivial things as what goes on inside professional sports.

So yeah, I would have acquitted him too based upon the fact that Congress was sticking it's nose in where it didn't belong.

If you think the right to a trial by jury is outdated and should no longer be available, you are not as educated or informed as you think you are. It is a check we the people have over an out-of-control government run amok. It is called "jury nullification". If the jury thinks the law is wrong, or that the government is out of line in any way bringing the charges against the individual on trial, whether the members of the jury think the person did what they were accused of or not is irrelevant...they can still acquit the person.

-- Posted by dixietrucker on Sat, Jun 23, 2012, at 3:18 PM

That is why they took out the 1/10th mile markers and put mile markers every 2/10ths of a mile. They cut the number in half. The posts are designed to give to keep you from slingshoting into oncoming traffic. They help you slow down that way.

-- Posted by joekool on Sat, Jun 23, 2012, at 4:01 PM

-- Posted by Rickʘ on Sat, Jun 23, 2012, at 5:40 PM

There is a pretty good chance though I haven't seen one of their catalogs lately.


-- Posted by 356 on Sun, Jun 24, 2012, at 8:00 AM

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