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Speak Out 9/14/12

Friday, September 14, 2012

Thank you

I'm calling from Scott City. I would like to thank the person who put my mailbox back on its post Sunday morning. I appreciate it very much. Thank you.

Ryan's experience

I find the Speak Out in a recent paper humorous and misinformed about Paul Ryan's age. Yes, Ryan is young, but he has written some important pieces of legislation that could help our country become a little more sane in its spending versus the runaway spending we are facing with the administration. Ryan looks at the cause, effect and solution when writing legislation with a common-sense approach.

Convention bounce

President Obama got no post-convention bounce, and the emperor is wearing clothes.

Economic election

Surely folks around here realize that in its very essence, this presidential election is a monumental economic struggle between Keynesianism and Friedmanism.

Football, economy

They claim that with the drop in the NFL football ticket prices, that is a sign that the economy isn't strong yet. They do not realize that they have been overpriced the past several years. I will never pay the prices they charge for a game, as well as the cost of food if you go to a game. The economy is recovering but will take time since so many people were put out of work by the Bush years.

Romney, tax cuts

Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney on Monday said Chicago teachers are turning their backs on thousands of students. What have Mitt Romney and his fellow Republican Congress done the past three and half or more years? They have turned their backs on the people of America with their Bush tax cuts that they will not give up.

Scooter laws

It is sad that a woman was hurt on a scooter involving a pickup truck. But these people are not required to wear a helmet, have a motorcycle license, or carry insurance. These scooters should be illegal on our roads. So if they hit you or you hit them, you are liable. If they want to be on our streets, the law should be changed to have all the requirements above.

Scooter lanes?

I have yet to see one person riding a bike in any of the bike lanes throughout the city. Maybe those lanes would be better suited for people riding those scooters.

Wealth gap

The wealth gap between the richest Americans and the typical family more than doubled over the past 50 years. In 1962, the top 1 percent had 125 times the net worth of the median household. That shot up to 288 times by 2010, according to a new report by the left-leaning Economic Policy Institute. That trend is happening for two reasons: Not only are the rich getting richer, but the middle class is also getting poorer. And Congress wants to keep it that way.

Cape Splash

The Southeast Missourian recently published the revenue for the Cape Splash water park and proclaimed it to be a success. Revenue is only half of the equation. What were the expenses, including depreciation costs? Is it making money? Maybe it is, maybe not. It is a great addition to our town, but let's be transparent about the true total financial picture.

Due diligence?

Apparently any fast talker can come to Cape and convince our city officials that they are going to do great things for our town. First it was the airplane factory. That fiasco is still costing the taxpayers. Then it was the big dental complex. Now we find out that the guy who was going to save the Esquire was all smoke and mirrors. Does anyone ever check out these people before we make all these grand public claims of future growth and prosperity?

Ryan budget

I'm tired of Paul Ryan's budget proposal getting praise from right-wing politicians for being so specific when a portion of the budget bill provides for nearly $1 trillion in unspecified budget cuts, which neither Ryan nor Mitt Romney have the courage to identify from where those cuts are coming.


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Rick, baseball and softball.

And don't you know.. Obama does no wrong. He inherited it all...

-- Posted by redhawkstudent on Fri, Sep 14, 2012, at 6:16 AM

Convention bounce: All candidates get a bounce after their Convention and then some will get a bounce after Nov.

Economic election: The election is between what you have now and the possibility of what you could have.

Football, economy: Football prices are over done and not affordable.

Scooter laws: Bike, Scooter, Automobile laws are only as good as they are enforced by LEO and observed by those who operate them.

Wealth gap: If you work you will be rewarded.

Cape Splash: Like the caller said show us the expenses so we can see if there were a profit or loss of operation.

Due diligence? There will always be snake oil salesmen.

Ryan budget: Show us where the cuts will be.

Another windy day in the Muslin world.

-- Posted by semo471 on Fri, Sep 14, 2012, at 7:29 AM

Convention bounce

Nah, you got it wrong. The suit has no Emperor... it is empty.

-- Posted by Have_Wheels_Will_Travel on Fri, Sep 14, 2012, at 8:14 AM

Obama did get a big bounce after the convention, and it will increase after the debates for sure!

-- Posted by bball15 on Fri, Sep 14, 2012, at 8:38 AM

bball,

Clint Eastwood spoke to an empty chair. Romney will be speaking to an empty suit.

-- Posted by Have_Wheels_Will_Travel on Fri, Sep 14, 2012, at 8:57 AM

Appearently you have not heard President Obama debate nor have you been listening closely to the "real" empty suit in this race. Obama\Biden 2012!

-- Posted by bball15 on Fri, Sep 14, 2012, at 10:39 AM

Rick puts me in mind of *rick

-- Posted by howdydoody on Fri, Sep 14, 2012, at 11:35 AM

Me'Lange, I agree with you 100% that bicyclists should wear helmets when operating them on the street. I certainly do. I feel the same way about scooter operators. It should be common sense but sense doesn't seem to be as common as it once was. In Illinois, motorcyclists are not required to wear helmets and most don't. We call them "Organ Donors".

I have been unable to find an insurance company that will provide me with liability coverage specifically for my bicycle. I do carry $2,000,000 of umbrella liability insurance so hopefully that should be adequate if I hit someone with my 18 pound bicycle.

-- Posted by Cyclista on Fri, Sep 14, 2012, at 3:08 PM

Scooter Lanes?

I use the new bike lanes and sharrow streets all the time on my way to and from work or when running errands. I guess we don't have the same schedule or you'd see me at least. I see other cyclists using the lanes quite often.

-- Posted by Cyclista on Fri, Sep 14, 2012, at 3:13 PM

Why won't Obama meet with the Israeli PM? Crazy not to speak to a long time ally.

-- Posted by semo471 on Fri, Sep 14, 2012, at 3:55 PM

Rick, yes I do down to about 28 degrees. An hour is all I can ride at that temp before my toes freeze and fall off!

-- Posted by Cyclista on Fri, Sep 14, 2012, at 4:15 PM

All of the countrys that are burning our flag and killing our diplomats should not receive one cent of forgein aide from our country.

Talk about respect!

They take our money and burn our flag.

Step up Mr. President cut them off.

-- Posted by Ramfan#1 on Fri, Sep 14, 2012, at 4:38 PM

Teachers get breaks during their workday just like everyone else.

-- Posted by FreedomFadingFast on Sat, Sep 15, 2012, at 8:22 AM

Cape Splash...just enjoy it. I wonder, how much money does Capaha bring in? Where is the spread sheet? Does it turn a profit when considering upkeep and additions?

Teachers posting during the day? Well...not during a planning period, agreed. But hey, a break is a break. If a teacher wants to use the restroom, get a drink or vent online, I have no problem.

-- Posted by Theorist on Sat, Sep 15, 2012, at 8:31 AM

Concerning the Republican congress; they have passed legislation but Harry Reid will not let any of them reach debate or vote in the Senate. Wealth gap: Some people just work harder than others and get rewarded. Ryan's Budget: At least he HAS a budget proposal; the current administration and Democratic Senate has never presented a budget for a Congress to vote on.

-- Posted by ccmsolutions on Sat, Sep 15, 2012, at 8:46 AM

Appearently you have not heard President Obama debate nor have you been listening closely to the "real" empty suit in this race. Obama\Biden 2012!

-- Posted by bball15 on Fri, Sep 14, 2012, at 10:39 AM

I didn't realize they allowed teleprompters at the debates.

-- Posted by Have_Wheels_Will_Travel on Sat, Sep 15, 2012, at 10:08 AM


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