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Friday, October 26, 2012

Food for thought

I work at a small restaurant with very limited tables. When customers come in to eat and stay for an hour or an hour and a half after finishing their meal, I don't think they realize that the waitress has just lost wages for the day. If you are going to stay and visit for a long time, that is fine, but then you should tip appropriately for taking a table that could have served several more customers. I love to go to lunch and visit for awhile, but I always leave a much better tip for the server. Just a little food for thought.

Great mail service

One of my neighbors is a United States Postal employee. Rain or shine, snow or sleet, zero or 100 degrees, he pulls out of his driveway no later than 6:25 a.m. to be on the job, arriving home at various times due to the volume on that particular day. Anything that will not fit in my mailbox is brought to my front door with absolute courtesy. Personally, I believe that the U.S. mail is one of the most economical items in my budget. And what a joy to receive letters from loved ones far away, at a total cost of 45 cents.

Bush to McGovern

When it comes to foreign policy, Mitt Romney has been able to successfully channel everything from his inner George W. Bush to his inner George McGovern.

Walking in school

Recently, someone brought up the idea of walking to school. I didn't walk to school, but over the years logged more than 26,000 miles walking through the hallways to and from the principal's office.

World Series

Most readers abide by Southeast Missourian editorial recommendations in knee-jerk fashion. However, a recently published screed that I predict will live in infamy, be ignominiously ignored and cause readers to scream in anger is the one encouraging us to watch the World Series.

Gas prices

Why is the gas so high in Cape? I travel and pay $3.09 per gallon just south of St. Louis. I traveled to south Chicago and stayed for two days and saw gas range from $3.33 to $3.45 per gallon. Why is this part of the state so high I ask?

Homecoming cleanup

After seeing all the sororities, fraternities and alumni at the Homecoming Parade it seems to me a great community service project has arisen: Clean up Broadway the next day.

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Bush to McGovern - when it comes to channeling his inner-self, Obama goes from Moa Tse Tung, Karl Marx to a Navy Seal - remember? "I killed bin Laden"? No Barack, you stepped off your golf cart and signed the "kill" order that morning. Then proceeded to play golf until the moments before the operation got under way.

-- Posted by Dug on Fri, Oct 26, 2012, at 8:28 AM

Posters consistantly complain about unemployment and/or those who receive aide. The solution is not find another job, the solution have a little respect.

-- Posted by Reasoning on Fri, Oct 26, 2012, at 8:32 AM

The solution to unemployment is "not find another job"? Sounds like one of Obama's plans. "Ask not what you can do for your country, ask what your country can do for you".

John Kennedy is rolling over in his grave with the entitled attitude of this president.

-- Posted by Dug on Fri, Oct 26, 2012, at 8:48 AM

They HAVE a job. Some want them to quit and find a new one. I believe that people should respect their time and treat them accordingly.


I must be mistaken, I thought you were the one saying that government should not interfere and we should take care of each other. So tip the poor girl/guy!

-- Posted by Reasoning on Fri, Oct 26, 2012, at 10:46 AM

-- Posted by Have_Wheels_Will_Travel on Fri, Oct 26, 2012, at 11:16 AM

I married a former waitress and the funny thing is - when service is good she pushes me to tip well. But when service is bad she is tougher than I am on a tip. She is more likely to push for "0%" than I am.

I live in the 10-20% range.

She lives in the 0-25% range.

It hasn't broken us up in 35 years though... :-)

-- Posted by Dug on Fri, Oct 26, 2012, at 11:18 AM

Food for thought..just a little food for thought , you have options , there are other jobs .

-- Posted by .Rick. on Fri, Oct 26, 2012, at 12:29 AM

She has a job, so I won't knock her for it.

And she was very respectful of it. Just bringing up a point or etiquette that most people are not aware of.

-- Posted by Rational.Thought on Fri, Oct 26, 2012, at 2:09 PM


So , I'm rude for waiting to see how good my service is instead of just handing my money over because...

Oh well , what can I say ?

-- Posted by .Rick. on Fri, Oct 26, 2012, at 2:18 P

No. That isn't the point.

If I were to invite you over and you hang around and not leave, that would be rude. Similar situation. Don't over stay your welcome, but if you do, compensate for it.

Good point on the 'she'

-- Posted by Rational.Thought on Fri, Oct 26, 2012, at 2:44 PM

Homecoming cleanup

After seeing all the sororities, fraternities and alumni at the Homecoming Parade it seems to me a great community service project has arisen: Clean up Broadway the next day.


-- Posted by FreedomFadingFast on Fri, Oct 26, 2012, at 3:17 PM

I am trying to be heard about the dog article from bollinger county. Obviously no one has payed attention to the Revised Mo. Statutes on killing a dog. Please study up. The young man that killed the dog was just protecting himself. The stuff thats been told is just good ole boy justice at its finest. Not to mention a grievance that a certain law official seems to have with the young mans father. You know, mad at dad, take it out on the kid.Oh and by the way he did not burn or drag the dog the other boy did that. He was charged payed his fine then left town because of all our fine media coverage on this case. Seems to me theres more important things to be worried about.

-- Posted by Frank Lee on Sat, Oct 27, 2012, at 12:39 PM

Hospitals and employees of such places are by far the worst tippers. Every single day people from St Francis and Southeast health services stiff our establishment.

-- Posted by steak66 on Sun, Oct 28, 2012, at 9:01 AM

Enough with the guessing. Lets wait until the election and then see who wins. Who cares what the polls say today that is different then yesterday, blah blah blah.

What will the media talk about then?

-- Posted by LiveAnotherDay on Sun, Oct 28, 2012, at 10:22 PM

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