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Speak Out 1/25/13

Friday, January 25, 2013

Low-income houses

I think the housing authority needs to make these low-income houses better. Some of the houses on the program don't need to be on the program. If you get the government to help you pay your bills they just want to live with anything, and that's not right. Landlords just want the money. The housing authority needs to be stricter on landlords. Some of these houses aren't fit for dogs to live in.

Letter grades

Children's Educational Alliance of Missouri (CEAM) wants each public school to be assigned a letter grade. Why should this organization care since its goal is to use taxpayer money to establish nonpublic, charter schools and, in my view, destroy public education as we know it.

Obama's arrogance

I have a request for King Obama. Please stop throwing the phrase "the American people" around every time you are trying to support one of your dictatorial ideas. You won by a very slim margin, and there are almost as many people who disagree with you as agree with you. So using this phrase almost as often as you use the word me or my, which is very often, is getting quite sickening. With the arrogance you strut around with, all you need is a crown.

Obama on Fox

I would like to see the president on Fox News where he would be asked some harder questions. These other stations just ask him easy questions and he stumbles around with words and never answers anything.

Mo. Legislature

I guess the Missouri Legislature is filled with John C. Calhoun types, screaming to high heaven that they will vote to nullify any federal gun control measures because they believe the proper interpretation of the state and federal constitution allows it. Apparently these demagogues either don't know that question was settled as a result of the U.S. Civil War or are simply willing to waste taxpayer time and money so that their top priority will forever remain the purist form of political posturing and preening.

Guard in school

I just read that Gov. Nixon opposes guns in school. I wonder if he or Congress would be willing to give up their armed guards. It would be interesting to see these people. They want you to give up your guns but aren't willing to do the same. The president is against private ownership of guns.

Assessing threats

I just read a story in the Post Dispatch about assessing threats of future violence. Maybe that's the way of stopping children from becoming killers. The secret service walks around a crowd and they can pick out the ones who will be threats by watching them. We should train people in our schools to do that. They can tell who will be trouble by watching them. Just watch the children and they can tell. We should train people to do that in school. It would be a lot less expensive than arming deputies and teachers.

Leaf pickup, taxes

Another caller telling people to take personal responsibility and clean up their own leaves. Are they not aware that we pay for this service along with our trash pick up? It's the city's responsibility, and they're doing a very poor job.

Mickelson taxes

Phil Mickelson thinks he's getting a raw deal on taxes. He takes home more than $25 million a year after taxes for playing golf. If someone earns one thousand times more for swinging a golf club than swinging a hammer, he should pay a higher tax rate as well.


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25 million a year annual salary and a person complains right there goes to show you these top cats can't make enough. Mickelson should try to live on $20,000-50,000 annually like many people do and these folks don't swing a golf club either for a living.

-- Posted by swampeastmissouri on Fri, Jan 25, 2013, at 6:41 AM

I am a Christian Conservative - and yes, you are right - it is Revelation! Why can't God be in Speak Out? Are you prejudice?

-- Posted by America First on Fri, Jan 25, 2013, at 7:08 AM

America First --

Why are you attacking me over your mistake?

May I add, I would think that if you have such fervent devotion to a Biblical writing, and you dedicate your whole life to it, I would think you'd know how to spell it.

Is that asking too much?

-- Posted by grisgris on Fri, Jan 25, 2013, at 7:47 AM

Mo. Legislature: Federal law supersedes State law.

Guard in school: Come on caller, if there weren't guards for our state and federal government office holders it would be like a old fashion turkey shooting match.

Assessing threats: How is it less expensive. You will still need somebody to do it, can you image all the "profiling" complaints from the parents and kids.

Roadways are patchy with ice be careful driving and going down outside steps.

-- Posted by semo471 on Fri, Jan 25, 2013, at 7:52 AM

President on FOX news: When FOX becomes a NEWS network rather than the political equivalent of roller derby or the WWE, I am all for it.

Mo. Legislature: All of these people need to be required to read Madison's notes from the Constitutional Convention, and to recite the supremacy clause of the constitution. Obviously they are historically and legally challenged.

-- Posted by foxtrot007 on Fri, Jan 25, 2013, at 8:32 AM

Mo Legislature:

Well at least they aren't figuring out what animal to make the state rodent or naming proposed laws after convicted snipers . . .in 1939 they did pass a law making it illegal for jackasses to run loose (must have been an early form of term limits)

-- Posted by Cogito on Fri, Jan 25, 2013, at 8:34 AM

America First --

Why are you attacking me over your mistake?

May I add, I would think that if you have such fervent devotion to a Biblical writing, and you dedicate your whole life to it, I would think you'd know how to spell it.

Is that asking too much?

Not attacking you at all - why are you so defensive, may I ask? I know how to spell---fingers just go crazzzzzy sometimes!

-- Posted by America First on Fri, Jan 25, 2013, at 8:40 AM

America First

I have been informed personal ideology is not acceptable in Speak Out .

God out - guns and leaves in! Oh - excuse me!!!

-- Posted by America First on Fri, Jan 25, 2013, at 8:41 AM

No, the president did not win by a slim margin! He won by 5 million popular votes and by over a hundred votes in the electorial college. He received 51% of the vote....the other candidate received 47%! He has a majority of Americans behind him, quit making excuses and become part of the solution, rather than part of the problem!!

-- Posted by bball15 on Fri, Jan 25, 2013, at 9:05 AM

bball15

If the "solution" is obama's socialism, then I would rather be part of the problem.

-- Posted by Spartan301 on Fri, Jan 25, 2013, at 9:24 AM

Have_wheels

I wonder bball has paid any attention to what is happening in Greece and Spain?

That's our future if we don't stop the slide.

-- Posted by Spartan301 on Fri, Jan 25, 2013, at 9:41 AM

I wonder bball has paid any attention to what is happening in Greece and Spain?"

They don't care. Kick the can.

-- Posted by We Regret To Inform U on Fri, Jan 25, 2013, at 11:37 AM

If you had the same skill as Phil Mickelson I bet you would have a different opinion. Who gave you the right to take from someone else's hard work and skills. Everyone has the same chances at achieving, until the government gets involve and then they pick the winners and losers. I would rather stand on my own two feet as I would having the government dictating the outcome of my life.

-- Posted by chris51home on Fri, Jan 25, 2013, at 12:48 PM

Overpaid sports figures (movie stars, politicians etc etc etc etc): Simple solution, do not support them. Don't watch them on tv. Don't attend ball games. Don't go to the races. Do not buy products that advertise in their venue. Don't feed politicians campaign or causes.

-- Posted by ratiocination on Fri, Jan 25, 2013, at 1:03 PM

Mickelson should not have to pay taxes.

-- Posted by BCStoned on Fri, Jan 25, 2013, at 1:37 PM

We're not Greece or Spain and the socialism card is getting really old!! Look up the word....it does not pertain to the U.S. Also, spread your horizons, there's a whole lot of tolerant and intelligent thinking beyond SE Missouri. The best compliment I received of late came from a new friend who could not believe I had lived in this area my entire 60 plus years, yet I did not fit the narrow mindedness so prevalent in this part of the country.

-- Posted by bball15 on Fri, Jan 25, 2013, at 1:46 PM

Obama won by over ten million votes in 2008 and in 2012 he only won by a shy over five million votes and just a shy over 50% at 51% so he lost some traction compared to the 2008 election.

-- Posted by swampeastmissouri on Fri, Jan 25, 2013, at 1:55 PM

"it does not eliminate the purse from winning the Tournaments"

Dissident., Where do you think the money comes from for those purses?

-- Posted by ratiocination on Fri, Jan 25, 2013, at 2:02 PM

Entry fees are minuscule, sponsorships are the fuel that feeds golf, like most sports.

-- Posted by ratiocination on Fri, Jan 25, 2013, at 2:57 PM

Wheels, insult all you want.....that is to be expected from narrow minded and uneducated individuals. There certainly is a surplus of those type of folks in this area.....I am not one of them!

-- Posted by bball15 on Fri, Jan 25, 2013, at 5:56 PM

I like not being part of the solution. If it means backing Obama.

I have never understood people being jealous of people who are weathy. I would hate to have 63 cents of every dollar I made going to taxes and other with holdings. I hope he leaves California.

-- Posted by scared of the future on Fri, Jan 25, 2013, at 7:40 PM

One thing I have witnessed about "highly educated" people. As a person becomes more "educated" their common sense incrementally decreases.

I heard some sports pundit railing on Phil the other day. His comment was "so what if he has to pay 63% taxes, he will have plenty of money left". Does Phil make too much money for what he does? Should he get millions for wearing an embroidered hat? Should he get appearance fees to play overseas? In reality,probably not,but that is what the market will bear. Pick your sport and all pro athletes are overpaid but as long as people pay exhorbinate ticket prices,drink $8 beers and pay for cable to watch they will continue to get paid. It's all about free enterprise. But to think anyone should fork over 63% of legal wages to any government to waste is the real criminal act.

I think it is pure jealousy on anyone's part to complain about the rich. Everyone wants to be "that guy". If one were so lucky to be that gut they would be just as indignant to think that more than half of their earnings should be taken from them. I find humor in the fact that alot of the people who hate the rich and probably voted for BHO are lined up buying lottery tickets everyday so they can be "that guy."

-- Posted by dab1969 on Fri, Jan 25, 2013, at 10:27 PM

"One thing I have witnessed about "highly educated" people. As a person becomes more "educated" their common sense incrementally decreases."

Just another way to apply your wealth envy aka education envy.

-- Posted by Doctor Zhiv on Sat, Jan 26, 2013, at 4:23 AM

Dab, you hit the nail on the head! All but the first paragraph anyway.

-- Posted by ssnkemp on Sat, Jan 26, 2013, at 5:34 AM

Not feeling superior at all, I am just open to other viewpoints. SE Missouri is ultra conservative, so resistant to change! While I like living here, I always keep in mind that this area is not truly representative of America. Education and travel has increased my vision to look outside this very opinionated and unyielding community to see all options.

-- Posted by bball15 on Sat, Jan 26, 2013, at 11:07 AM

Such a strong reaction Diss, I was making no accusations! We do all have freedom of speech, thank God! I do know that living in this area for over 60 years does give me personal insight of the leanings and philosophies of those living here. I am trying to suppress no one, hardly, I am just hoping for more tolerance and education of the issues. I apologize if that is so threatening to you!

-- Posted by bball15 on Sat, Jan 26, 2013, at 1:14 PM

Diss, you make no sense, what empty arguments! I see no reason for your being so defensive! Why are you so threatened by opinions that differ from yours? I in no way am trying to suppress or despise anyone....you truly are the one over-reacting and applying labels to me that are false. I would imagine that you follow native son Rush and believe everything you hear on Fox, by the way you refer to me.

-- Posted by bball15 on Sat, Jan 26, 2013, at 4:31 PM

You certainly need to take a step back, no one attacked you and I did not accuse you of anything, I said I imagined you watched Fox. Big difference between those two words! Exageration like this is exactly what the Republicans used in the last election, which did not bode well for them. So, if you're going to write on a public forum, stick to the words others use and don't distort them as you have attempted to do to me, otherwise you won't be taken seriously.

-- Posted by bball15 on Sat, Jan 26, 2013, at 9:56 PM

The American people elected Obama president, didn't you see the election results? You are going to be one angry dude for 4 years, get your republican party together or you will become extinct. He is our president for 4 years, get over it.

-- Posted by Dexterite1 on Sun, Jan 27, 2013, at 5:29 AM

The American people elected Obama president, didn't you see the election results? You are going to be one angry dude for 4 years, get your republican party together or you will become extinct. He is our president for 4 years, get over it.

-- Posted by Dexterite1 on Sun, Jan 27, 2013, at 5:29 AM

No the American people did not elect Obama or any other president. The electoral college elected him. He could have won without the popular vote. At least that is what I was taught in elementary school.

-- Posted by joekool on Sun, Jan 27, 2013, at 9:19 AM

Being gone yesterday and away from the computer, I was surprised after reading the comments of all the love out there for your fellow man. Nothing is accomplished with verbal attacks on each other so lets keep the comments civil or shut the f*** up.

-- Posted by semo471 on Sun, Jan 27, 2013, at 9:52 AM

Mr Wheels, President Obama is your president as long as you live in the United States as a citizen. I suppose you could consider leaving as you suggested Bball do when he pointed out the cohesive mindedness of this area.

I remember years ago when someone referring to our President the way some have on here, would have to answer to the FBI.

You don't have to agree and like what the President does, but you could respectfully disagree. Or perhaps you could suggest a different way to handle things. Do you have a suggestion for say, school shootings?

-- Posted by Reasoning on Sun, Jan 27, 2013, at 6:55 PM

Substance abuse, depression and suicide is higher than it ever has been in the military, and you choose to put them in another extremely stressful position.

Law enforcement is much the same. An incredibly stressful and thankless job which results in a huge percent of depression.

No, I respectfully disagree.

-- Posted by Reasoning on Sun, Jan 27, 2013, at 7:18 PM

Arming teachers or administrators is not the answer; their plates are too full as it is.

What makes the most sense is a full time law enforcement officier at every school; split the funding between the township and school district.

There is a need to screen backpacks, school bags and over sized clothing to assure concealed weapons do not enter school buildings. The most efficent method that I am aware of would be metal detectors. Which would be manned by the law enforcement officier at the beginning of the school day.

-- Posted by persnickety on Sun, Jan 27, 2013, at 7:25 PM

The most efficent method that I am aware of would be metal detectors. Which would be manned by the law enforcement officier at the beginning of the school day.-- Posted by jane05265 on Sun, Jan 27, 2013, at 7:25 PM

jane05265: Good idea but where does the money for the security officer come from? School budgets are already maxed out. The Federal government is in debt up to our eyebrows.

Aren't you doing the same thing you are asking others to do?-- Posted by Dissident. on Sun, Jan 27, 2013, at 4:16 PM

Dissident: No, just trying to cool some commentators down a bit.

-- Posted by semo471 on Sun, Jan 27, 2013, at 8:38 PM

I sure do miss the Christmas holidays,especially the lights. I think of them as Obama supporters. They all hang together. Half of them don't work and the other half aren't too bright.

-- Posted by dab1969 on Sun, Jan 27, 2013, at 9:19 PM

Hangin' off the neighbors eave.

-- Posted by dab1969 on Sun, Jan 27, 2013, at 10:44 PM


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