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Speak Out 1/18/13

Friday, January 18, 2013

Middle class burden

Greedy Republicans want it all to be paid for by the poor and middle class. Cutting income taxes and shifting the overall tax burden to consumption through higher sales taxes is a long-standing goal of some tax theorists. Critics argue that approach is regressive and unfairly burdens the middle class and the poor, who spend more of their earnings on items subject to sales tax.

Cost of health care

On TV and in the papers there is a lot of talk for women to get mammograms to fight breast cancer. That is good. But remember to give working women the information on how they can afford to get the needed test. A woman, just like a man, can have a job and still not make enough to pay the weekly bills and have money left over for health care. She can make too much for government help but not enough for extras. The crack working people fall through keeps getting wider and often help is found too late.

Kinder's generosity

The Richard D. Kinder Performance Hall is a beautiful, state of the art facility for which Cape Girardeau Public Schools specifically and the immediate and surrounding community in general will benefit immensely. It is nice to know that a successful businessman like Richard Kinder has not forgotten his roots and indeed strives to make his positive experience in Cape's public school system an ongoing one for those who follow in his footsteps.

Cutting taxes

If taking the knife to state taxes is the key to prosperity, then one wonders why Mississippi and Alabama (they've done this) are not prospering relative to, say, the state of Minnesota, a state with higher taxes doing quite well, economically. I share a view expressed by the Kansas City Star that the Missouri Legislature should not join Kansas in a tax-cutting "race to the bottom," in hopes of improving Missouri's economy. The things that seem to matter most to prospective businesses include the overall quality of life, such as cultural opportunities, the strength of the educational system and so forth.

Just say 'no'

I sit and scratch my head when I read comments from liberals regarding those mean Republicans just saying no. Are they listening to the person they put back in the Oval Office? He will not compromise. It is his way or the highway, and when his ideas are threatened, he throws around his executive privilege. Republicans, please continue to just say 'no.' That way when things continue to get worse, our divider in chief, I mean commander in chief, will have no one to blame but himself and those who mistakenly voted for him.

Mental illness

Our government does not see mental health as a priority. Insurance companies do not see mental health as a priority and it is paid less attention than other problems or sicknesses. There is a stigma if someone gets depressed or needs help. They are automatically a monster and abused by society.

Ticket revenue

I was reading an article about California and its cash-strapped counties. They started enforcing cellphone bans on talking when driving and in one month they have over 1,800 tickets at over $250 each. Sounds like a good way to raise money.

Trail expense

It's hard for me to understand how the city and MoDOT can spend $500,000 on a sidewalk trail on William Street when they can't widen the turn lanes on Kingshighway for safety factors. I'd like someone to explain it to me. We need the turn lanes widened; it's easy to get mirrors knocked off, hard to pass and there have been several accidents lately. Why are we spending money on a *** sidewalk we don't actually need?

Doubt no more

I was one of the doubters. Since early November, the leaves have been raked to the curb and blown back into the yard. We've raked numerous times. I've been doubting, but I saw a leaf truck that came by today and now the yard is clean.

Great troop

Dear Speak Out. It is a distinct privilege to pay tribute to Troop 50204 and their leader Jodie Rouse of the Girl Scouts. The have been superb, humorous, good, sweet, kind and loving and always outdo themselves. They called up a sick person in Colorado and sang to him. Many, many thanks.


I think we have become a nation of hypocrites when we take prayer out of our schools and a tragedy happens and everybody says to pray, pray and pray. If that's not hypocrisy, I don't know what is.

School shootings

Guns aren't the problem. My grandfather's generation could buy guns through the mail and didn't have school shootings.

Obama, spending

I am an independent voter. I try to vote for the best person for the job. Right now I do not like how President Obama wants to raise taxes but is not interested in cutting spending. He still wants to spend, and that's what has gotten us in this mess in the first place. My family and I are using all of our money and instead of asking for loans or increasing our credit line, we just cut back. President Obama is spending our money and not his. He doesn't seem to care. We should pray for our country because we are getting into bad stakes.

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Kinder's generosity, Do you realize $8+ million dollars of a $40 million dollar bond aka taxes paid for the Central High School auditorium?

Kinder donated a balcony (not the facility), which appears to be enough to buy his name on the building.


-- Posted by piscary on Fri, Jan 18, 2013, at 2:27 AM

My children were taught to pray anywhere at anytime. No one has taken prayer out of the school. Do you truly believe God wanted all the children to stand and pray by rote? Do you believe he wanted hypocrits grandstanding in his name?

School shootings, did your grandfather order high powered assault rifles through the mail?

-- Posted by Reasoning on Fri, Jan 18, 2013, at 5:48 AM

Greedy Republican? How about a society that wants to sit on their butts and have everything handed to them? Since when does the government have the right to take all this money? When will they balance a budget? It is not a republican problem. It is a government trying to buy re-election problem.

-- Posted by chris51home on Fri, Jan 18, 2013, at 7:22 AM

Well fare is a very important program, but it was never meant to be a life long program for people that need assistance. I have no problem with assisting anyone, but we have segments of our society that have no intention of ever getting a job and are abusing the system.

-- Posted by chris51home on Fri, Jan 18, 2013, at 7:28 AM

Rick: Gee, thanks for helping unite us this morning.

-- Posted by foxtrot007 on Fri, Jan 18, 2013, at 7:41 AM

Middle class burden - if you ever keep up with current events you would know the poor get thousands of dollars in food stamps "free". And Obamacare will provide "free" medical up to 150% of the poverty level - nearly $80,000 of income for some with many children. Maybe the "poor" could get rid of cell phones, cable tv and other "poor" luxuries before they get free stuff?

Hypocritical - great point!

Obama cares nothing about spending. He likes his lavish golf outings, vacations and campaign-style of leadership (a failure). He considers himself and Michelle as "royalty". I can't wait for the next 4 years to pass and push this no-skilled bum back out on the street.

-- Posted by Dug on Fri, Jan 18, 2013, at 8:31 AM

Middle class burden: A flat tax with no deductions is the only fair tax system.

Cost of health care: Do you not have any insurance.

Kinder's generosity: Is this the same man who padded his government expense accounts.

Cutting taxes: The key to a healthy state is to have more money coming in from taxpayers than going out to the Blood Sucking Freeloaders.

Just say 'no': Both parties have played this card, that is why we are in debt up to our a**.

Mental illness: Need to check out the members of Congress to see how many of them have mental illness.

Trail expense: It's actually for use by those little "smart cars".

Hypocritical: You can pray at anytime at any place, just not as a joint school prayer.

School shootings: That solves the problem, return to mail order guns.

Obama, spending: Everyone in Washington is to be blamed for the mess that we are in.

I'm proud to be an American where I am free.....at least for the time.

-- Posted by semo471 on Fri, Jan 18, 2013, at 8:43 AM

Found a couple of interesting things today.

2011 statistics:

323 deaths from semi-automatic guns

496 deaths from hammers

650 deaths from knives

12,000 deaths caused by drunk drivers

195,000 deaths from medical malpractice

That means you are 600 times more likely to die using Obamacare than from a semi-automatic firearm.


When I watched Obama at his gun control news conference and had the 4 kids there it reminded me of this:

The state must declare the child to be the most precious treasure of the people. As long as the government is perceived as working for the benefit of the children the people will happily endure almost any curtailment of liberty and almost any deprivation.

Mein Kampf

Adolf Hitler

-- Posted by dab1969 on Fri, Jan 18, 2013, at 12:33 PM

School Shootings

My first rifle was ordered through the mail and picked up at the train station; different times different kind of people I guess.

-- Posted by 356 on Fri, Jan 18, 2013, at 6:05 PM

Rick, those children wrote the President and requested his help.

Dab, there were 8,583 murders by guns in 2011. Source www.guardian

Mr. Wheels, There is prayer everywhere, unless of course, you have no faith. What is Theo?

-- Posted by Reasoning on Fri, Jan 18, 2013, at 7:21 PM


-- Posted by Reasoning on Fri, Jan 18, 2013, at 9:00 PM

Reasoning- quoted semi-automatic gun figures numbn*ts.

-- Posted by dab1969 on Fri, Jan 18, 2013, at 9:32 PM

School shootings, did your grandfather order high powered assault rifles through the mail?

-- Posted by Reasoning on Fri, Jan 18, 2013, at 5:48 AM

That's were my .410 and .22 came from but it was my dad that ordered it. I also took the .410 to school for show and tell.

-- Posted by We Regret To Inform U on Fri, Jan 18, 2013, at 10:30 PM


Montgomery Ward or Sears cateloge ?

Folks can order fire-arm weapons on-line these days , I really don't see the difference of now and then ...

-- Posted by .Rick. on Fri, Jan 18, 2013, at 7:10 PM

Rick, it was from Sears. Firearms you order now must be shipped to a FFL owner where you pick it up after passing a NICS check, I have bought some that way also. None other than muzzle loaders and kits can be delivered directly to you. This was brought about by the 1968 Safe Streets and Crime Control Act.

-- Posted by 356 on Sat, Jan 19, 2013, at 6:27 AM

Wheels enjoying that southern warm weather?

-- Posted by swampeastmissouri on Sat, Jan 19, 2013, at 5:22 PM

Too sad about Stan. True gentleman.

Saturday trivia: It's gotta be 3 Musketeers.

How did Snickers get its name?

-- Posted by dab1969 on Sat, Jan 19, 2013, at 8:34 PM

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