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Speak Out 7/11/12

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Thank you

I wish to thank the gentleman who gave me red roses in Schnucks this past Saturday. I don't know your name. May God bless you and your wife, always.

Crowe cartoons

I'm really enjoying Taylor Crowe's political cartoons, particularly the ones last Sunday and Monday about the heat. They're great. Keep it up, Taylor. You're doing a good job.

No-call list

The no-call list should also cover all political calls. I am tired of having to go to the phone for somebody telling a bunch of lies. We have phones for personal reasons, not to answer robocalls.

Child work laws

I was reading in the Southeast Missourian about the child work laws and letting kids under 16 work. I think that is a big problem in this country. We've got two generations removed where kids don't know how to work and they don't want to work because our bureaucracy and our government has made them this way. Parents can't take their kids work. They don't see how to work. They don't know where to begin. For only 2,000 some workers to have permits in Missouri is sad.

Carwash attire

Who was in charge of the Central High School cheerleaders' carwash recently? I can't believe a school activity fundraiser would allow underage kids to dress like they did on the edge of Kingshighway holding up signs. A tank top with shorts would be more appropriate instead of bikini tops and short shorts.

Leave the trees

Regarding the new elementary school in Jackson on Lacey Street: this is an appeal to Dr. Anderson and the school board to please leave as many trees as possible on the lot. It would be a shame to bulldoze all of them down.

Is it a tax?

An updated example of being caught between a rock and a hard place might be where Mitt Romney stands on the question as to whether or not the health care mandate is a tax.

Special interests

I can remember a time long ago when our elected representatives tried to do what was best for the American people. Now it seems the will and welfare of the American people are for sale to the special interest groups, who now own most of our representatives. I would like to ask our good Christians, would you deny a child or adult the right to medical care because of lack of money? I believe if you study a little history you will find that in all societies sooner or later the abused will revolt and then the innocent and the guilty will pay a terrible price.

Not teachers' fault

I don't really understand why teachers are always blamed when schools don't perform well on these standardized tests that they take statewide. Just maybe if kids came to school ready to learn, test results would be better.


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"I would like to ask our good Christians, would you deny a child or adult the right to medical care because of lack of money?"

What "good Christian" would relegate their responsibility to a federal government? In all of the Bible that I've read never did any prophet, apostle or Christ himself ever say "give to the government so you don't have to do something yourself" or "salvation is in paying taxes so people can get free health care, food, housing, welfare" etc. Charity comes from the heart, not the government.

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"I believe if you study a little history you will find that in all societies sooner or later the abused will revolt and then the innocent and the guilty will pay a terrible price."

Man, if this isn't a liberal democrat entitlement attitude I don't know what one is. Trillions of dollars have been given to the so-called "poor" over the last 40 years. It's never enough with you people. Yes - there are some that need a "hand up" - most, like you, want a "hand out". Societies "revolt" when you steal their freedoms - not their "free" health care or section 8 housing. Instead of applying for food stamps, why not apply for a job?

-- Posted by Dug on Wed, Jul 11, 2012, at 8:14 AM

Your commentary just proves that government programs just waste the money spent with no progress in resolving its purpose. Government programs just perpetuate themselves to justify their existence.

-- Posted by jadip4me on Wed, Jul 11, 2012, at 8:19 AM

Wheels: Good morning, glad to see you are up and at it.

-- Posted by semo471 on Wed, Jul 11, 2012, at 8:28 AM

Carwash attire...Yep, it was definitely hot that day. Bikini hot.

-- Posted by Hawker on Wed, Jul 11, 2012, at 8:31 AM

Dug...

"Give to Caesar what is Caesar's and to God what is God's." And they were amazed at him.

Food for thought...

-- Posted by Theorist on Wed, Jul 11, 2012, at 9:08 AM

"Give to Caesar what is Caesar's and to God what is God's." And they were amazed at him. Food for thought... -- Posted by Theorist on Wed, Jul 11, 2012, at 9:08 AM

All I got out of that was that Obama = Caesar. That we can agree on!

-- Posted by Dug on Wed, Jul 11, 2012, at 9:44 AM

Quoting the bible does not make one a Christian.-- Posted by Have_Wheels_Will_Travel on Wed, Jul 11, 2012, at 9:41 AM

On this we agree...I directed that quote to Dug, who had asked a question. "What "good Christian" would relegate their responsibility to a federal government?"

Unfortunately he doesn't understand...True wealth is not measured in money or status or power. It is measured in the legacy we leave behind for those we love and those we inspire. -- Cesar Chavez

-- Posted by Theorist on Wed, Jul 11, 2012, at 9:53 AM

And apparently your legacy will be filled with stories of higher taxes on others so they can fulfill your dream of government programs?

Now answer your own question. By your Bible quote and your response above, did Jesus mean "give to Caesar what is Caesers so you don't have to help others personally"? Is this what you are saying Jesus meant?

That quote has absolutely nothing to do with shirking your own responsibility and relegating it to a large, inefficient, wasteful federal government. Did Jesus worship Caesar or see him as a solution? You are insinuating as much.

-- Posted by Dug on Wed, Jul 11, 2012, at 9:57 AM

Let me clarify this for you Dug...

True wealth is not measured in $. In the end, you (IMO)will be measured by other means. I would not presume to know exactly how, but can only do what I believe is right, good and just. You do have to help others, but this of course, is my opinion.

You are also to give Caesar (government) what is Caesars. If God is indeed all powerful, do you not believe he is guiding everything? Do you not believe God is in control?

Romans 13:7 Give everyone what you owe him: If you owe taxes, pay taxes; if revenue, then revenue; if respect, then respect; if honor, then honor.

And before you answer, please don't try to spin this as...I don't owe it! That is between you and him...

-- Posted by Theorist on Wed, Jul 11, 2012, at 10:16 AM

My opinion is you don't have to help others, but sometimes maybe you should. Help can mean many things to many people and I have seen times in which helping meant letting someone suffer the consequences of their own actions.

-- Posted by 356 on Wed, Jul 11, 2012, at 10:33 AM

Wheels...I don't think you are reading what I post.

Answer this...do you think everyone helps others? Can YOU help everyone? Do you think there are more people who need help than you are capable of assisting? Would you rather help family than strangers?

I am not confusing God and government. I believe God is control :)

-- Posted by Theorist on Wed, Jul 11, 2012, at 10:36 AM

Rick, I have worked in poverty designated areas with our nations poor in urban and rural areas and seen billions thrown at them with no discernible difference. I use to know all the answers, but don't anymore.

-- Posted by 356 on Wed, Jul 11, 2012, at 10:59 AM

Maybe if the focus was on reading writing and arithmetic we would all be better off. Why did we spend 3 million on a football stadium when we cannot graduate our student? Why are Teachers Union more concern about passing kids from grade to grade rather than teaching? When will our primary concern be the educating of kids?

-- Posted by chris51home on Wed, Jul 11, 2012, at 11:06 AM

oh my the crap is getting deep in here

-- Posted by whom on Wed, Jul 11, 2012, at 12:35 PM

The wealthy do not have an issue as they have the money to pay medical bills and provide the medical needs for theirfamilies......the "lower" income don't have to worry as the government will provide for them OR programs through hospitals will write off a big portion of their bills braces for children are even covered by Medicaid....the ones who truely suffer with the medical care issue is the average middle class working person and that is where the issues come in at for me. Why should the ones who get up and go to work some working multiple jobs be the ones doing without while the ones who won't even attempt to better their lives have it all handed to them on the backs of those working.

Wish I knew the answer on how to fix the mess but all I know is it is a mess!

-- Posted by semoangel70 on Wed, Jul 11, 2012, at 2:12 PM

It's even worse than that.

Unions are getting waivers out of Obamacare so they can keep their golden health insurance policies. Then union members go out and push for Obamacare to be forced onto the rest of us costing many of us benefits and coverages.

So now illegals will get free health care - no hospital will deny them

The "poor" up to 400% of the poverty line will get credits for free health care

Unions will get to keep their golden health care policies with waivers

Rich folks don't have to worry

The Obamacare payers will be the ones that are left to carry the burden. Sad.

-- Posted by Dug on Wed, Jul 11, 2012, at 2:19 PM

and deeper!

-- Posted by whom on Wed, Jul 11, 2012, at 2:21 PM

If you want to get "deeper" try reading the health care bill.

-- Posted by Dug on Wed, Jul 11, 2012, at 2:31 PM

I answered your question...in the post before you asked it....you also answered your question when you answered mine :)

-- Posted by Theorist on Wed, Jul 11, 2012, at 2:49 PM

I also wanted to respond about this health care plan. I read the article about the Republicans attempt to make changes. Oh just a side note, I currently pay premiums for 2 medical care coverages which are increasing yearly that I am afraid I will be among those deciding to eat or have coverage. I just learned today that this new health care plan does not cover treatment for cancer or life threatening diseases once a person has reached 70 years old. Just think about how many of your older relatives and how you will feel once you get to that age. Scarey isn't it. It will be even worse when we find out all the other provisions. Sounds good that you cannot be turned down for per-existing conditions, but if you are over 70 will it help anyway??????

The Democrat Majority in the Senate will stall any changes to this health care plan which explains they don't want it on their back when we go to vote in November. If they are that afraid of it, does that not tell us that it is wrong for the majority and will only make it harder on everyone. I was a Caseworker and saw how the system worked before this health care plan. If they couldn't cover families with children because there was not enough funding, how is this going to work????? It will not and from the middle class down people will suffer the consequences of this bill.

When they talk about back door deals most people have no idea what kind of promises were made to congressional members to get them to vote in favor of this plan. This means big time funds and concessions made to the states whose congressional members sold their vote. This means that not all states are treated equally. Some states will be getting so much more than other states simply to get this plan passed.

If it is such a great plan, why did the concessions have to be made to buy votes? If it is so great for our country as a whole, why are some states benefiting more than others?

AS concessions, I am not talking about a preference here or there, I mean major money, funding, projects, etc. that do not benefit anyone who does not live in that particular state. Maybe someone should investigate how much each state is given from the federal government and how it is proportionally divided. Supposedly since we are all taxed similarly, shouldn't the funds be distributed equally per person?

-- Posted by Kac on Wed, Jul 11, 2012, at 3:16 PM

Kac, cite your source please.

-- Posted by Cogito on Wed, Jul 11, 2012, at 3:49 PM

I read somewhere, one difference between God and Obama is that God does not think he is Obama.

-- Posted by Have_Wheels_Will_Travel on Wed, Jul 11, 2012, at 9:37 AM

Wheels: Amen

I have lived in poverty designated areas and worked my butt off to get out...why anyone would not try to improve their own life , just lay around and wait for Entitlements , is beyond me..

-- Posted by Rickʘ on Wed, Jul 11, 2012, at 12:31 PM

Rick: I grew up in poverty and while not rich, didn't take any Federal or State handouts. IMO How can you pull yourself up and be a citizen if the government is giving you a handout to keep you down in the poverty level.

No-call list: Robocalls should be made illegal. Who listens to them anyway.

Carwash attire: Bet all the teanage boys in Cape had clean cars.

Leave the trees: Plant a tree not cut a tree. Some trees do need to be cut for the building and parking lot locations, agree with the caller save as many as possible.

Special interests: Last Sunday 60 minutes did a report on this from one of the biggest lobbyist of then all Jack Abramoff.

Not teachers' fault: Sounds like a new No Fault Insurance to me.

-- Posted by semo471 on Wed, Jul 11, 2012, at 6:20 PM

1.) Do you believe that a person should be forced by government to help others?

You do have to help others, but this of course, is my opinion.

-- Posted by Theorist on Wed, Jul 11, 2012, at 10:16 AM

If everyone helped as they should, the government would not need to help. As you said, "No, I do not think everyone helps others". So I can't do it alone, and neither can you...we need the government to help! Answer to question one, yes if you are not doing this on your own...(That's why charitable donations are tax exempt )

2.) Should a person be helping others because it is the right thing to do?

You do have to help others, but this of course, is my opinion.

-- Posted by Theorist on Wed, Jul 11, 2012, at 10:16 AM Again...answer yes.

3a.) Should the government be in the charity business?

The government should aid in humanitarian efforts. They have the contacts and means to do this that individuals do not have. I do not consider this charity business. Hint...some charities have not done such a great job with the money given to them...

As I pointed out, I answered these questions. Please apologize to the other posters now Wheels, for making me take up their time reading repeats :)

-- Posted by Theorist on Wed, Jul 11, 2012, at 7:57 PM

Some banks, automobile manufacturers, many farmers, the military-industrial-complex, steel mills, and many other businesses depend on their government welfare checks and regulations to survive. Productive Americans are forced to provide for these also. I say end all welfare.

-- Posted by BCStoned on Wed, Jul 11, 2012, at 8:36 PM


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