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Speak Out 12/10/12

Monday, December 10, 2012

Panhandler problem

I was in downtown Cape Girardeau the other day taking a leisurely walk down the riverfront. By the time I parked, I had a panhandler ask for money. Within 10 minutes I had two more approach me. A couple years ago this was unheard of. I guess this was a welcome to Obama's America.

Sullivan column

This is advice for Joe Sullivan. I am a cat lady out in the country. I have nine of them. If you have a cat that won't sit on your lap and will sit near you, it's part of her pedigree. I have a cat that does that. I don't hold him or set him on my lap, but he's right there waiting for me. Mr. Sullivan should read Cat Fancy.

Leaf trucks

Please bring back the leaf trucks. We have never seen Cape Girardeau look as poorly as it does this year. We need a pick-up. Thank you.

Blanchard's success

You would be awe-struck. I have had the opportunity to observe principal Barb Kohfeld and work with some of her students and excellent staff at Blanchard Elementary School. If all of those who are interested in successful educational reform would come to Cape and visit this school, they would recognize that they have discovered a plan that could be easily adapted to all types of schools all over the nation, and would restore American public education to its once prestigious position as the leading education system in the world.

Jobs vs. handouts

We had one presidential candidate that believed in individual responsibility and promised to create jobs. The other candidate promised that the government would take care of you and give free handouts paid for by the taxpayers. Half the people pay little or no income tax, so the American people decided to elect the candidate who promised the free handouts. Capitalism is sick and dying and socialism is alive and well.

No diversity

As I was feeding my face with Froot Loops, I freaked out when I saw (with one exception) a Southeast Missourian front-page-width sea of white male faces, all of whom were mentioned as potential successors to retiring Congresswoman Jo Ann Emerson. That optic was upsetting and so contradicted the increasing diversity of Missouri's 8th Congressional District that I was unable to finish my Froot Loops or take even one swallow of Muscle Milk.

Dems, socialism

A majority of Democrats declare that they have a "favorable view" of socialism. How in the world can Democrats defend that? No wonder they elected Obama.

U.N. treaty

To call the Republican senators who succumbed to the black-helicopter wing of their party and voted against incorporating the U.S. model Americans with Disabilities Act into a U.N. treaty shameful somehow seems inadequate, given their disgraceful kowtowing to the kooks in their own party.

Roundabout yield

Somebody wrote in and complained about two or three cars going through the roundabout before they could go. They said it should be one car at a time. Sorry, but apparently you have never been near a roundabout until this one. Yield to oncoming cars. If you are sitting still waiting your turn and three cars can follow each other through, that is correct. If it is one car at a time, it should be a four-way stop. If you go one car at a time it would slow everything down and that is not the purpose of a roundabout. It's purpose is to speed things up.


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Dems, socialism,

All societies are essentially socialistic, with an attempt to balance the power (away from the elite). Why would anyone have a problem with this? Are you looking for the opposite of socialism?

Authoritarianism?

Fascism?

...or an aristocracy?

If you place the power in the hands of a few

capitalism will do just this!

(Could this be the conservative view?)

Panhandler problem,

You must be mistaken! Cape Girardeau has no homeless or panhandlers, where have you been?

-- Posted by Reasoning on Mon, Dec 10, 2012, at 5:29 AM

Possible panhandler siting in Lowes on Friday. Approached by gentleman who only needed $13 to finish paying for repair of starter on his wife's starter. He left store quickly through contractor's entrance when he got negative response. Sited shortly thereafter on bicycle leaving area. May have been legitimate. May not have been.

-- Posted by whoknows? on Mon, Dec 10, 2012, at 6:38 AM

Panhandler problem: Don't just give the panhandler the money for gas or to eat, take them somewhere to eat or to the gas station. If it is a real need this will take care of it.

No diversity: IMO you have eaten too much "fruit loops".

Roundabout yield: What is the problem with roundabouts, Chaffee has had one before I can remember and haven't seen any problems there when I was growing up there (except for some that went around it backwards;-)

U.N. treaty: The only UN treaties should be to prevent wars or to settle wars.

11 days til the end or the new beginning.

-- Posted by semo471 on Mon, Dec 10, 2012, at 7:16 AM

Wheels: All laws start off in one direction and end up in another direction.

Still working on the 12/21 event and fiscal cliff, did get the Speaker and Pres to sit down together this last weekend, can't comment on it due to the secret nature.

-- Posted by semo471 on Mon, Dec 10, 2012, at 12:29 PM

I worked with a man who soaked up a bunch of 7.62x39 rounds in SE Asia. He lay out in the open taking a round every once in a while as the Vietnamese tried to get his fellow soldiers expose themselves by his screams. He got his job before ADA, but as he got older, his wounds created more and more problems for him and reasonable accommodations under ADA allowed him to remain long enough for a full retirement.

My son is disabled due to service related injuries and because of ADA and parking access is finishing his degree so he can work and make a decent living rather than live off of disability payments.

Maybe in some instances the ADA has been applied in an over broad manner, but in general, I have no problem with it.

-- Posted by 356 on Mon, Dec 10, 2012, at 1:22 PM

Wheels, just returned from a third world full of panhandlers. One on almost every corner and begging at car windows at stop lights. One would think the leader of this place could take care of those unfortunates. Chicago is nice this time of year.

-- Posted by dab1969 on Mon, Dec 10, 2012, at 2:35 PM

Must we do the countdown EVERY year? I can't take the pressure.

-- Posted by Turnip on Mon, Dec 10, 2012, at 2:42 PM

Turnip: Now don't get depressed. Once knew a guy who was at a local bar and was so depressed they asked him to leave so they could start the happy hour.

-- Posted by semo471 on Mon, Dec 10, 2012, at 3:29 PM

Bet good money those pretending to have virtues, denigrating ADA regulation have a handicap plate or hangtag.

-- Posted by Tribune on Mon, Dec 10, 2012, at 4:20 PM

The liberals that are using people like the panhandlers to make up laws and taxes for the rest of us but could care less about them. They don't have money to help for reelection.

I did ask for an "Obama" in this fancy bar while there. The drink menu had a slew of drinks with names so I asked why a Chicago bar didn't have one named for it's favorite son. The barkeep wanted to know how to make one.

Told him no one knows what's in it but it's sorta brown,lukewarm,very weak,served in left handed mug and it comes with enough straws for everyone in the bar. The door didn't hit me real hard when I left.

-- Posted by dab1969 on Mon, Dec 10, 2012, at 7:41 PM

Take a look at the National Debt Clock provided by the Federal Reserve, U.S. Treasury and the U.S. Census Bureau a matter of Public Record it is well itemized with numerous columns we have a tremendous amount of red ink. But like I seen on the local news tonight "Cut his but don't cut mind" a candle light vigil well the candle is fixing to go out if we the people don't get serious about this unbelievable debt on all of our hands. Look at the Debt Clock make sure you are sitting down before you pull it up on the screen.

-- Posted by swampeastmissouri on Mon, Dec 10, 2012, at 10:39 PM


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