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Monday, Sep. 1, 2014
SPEAKOUT (08/30/14)

 I saw in the paper that the teachers are going to start giving the kids tests before they finish the chapters in a book to see what they've learned so far. If the teachers would stay off of their cell phone and quit texting and chatting on Facebook, they could teach the children. ...
SPEAKOUT (08/29/14)
I noticed in the last two Sunday papers that the area schools had their lunch menus in so the kids could see what they were going to eat for the upcoming week. All the schools were in there except Sikeston. Why weren't they published also? It sure would help the parents out to know what's on the menu, that way if it's something that our child doesn't like, we can pack their lunch...
SPEAKOUT (08/28/14)
I just read in SpeakOut the article on putdown of Editor Mike Jensen concerning the death penalty. I assume your compassion goes to the murderers rather than the innocent victims. I don't know if Mr. Jensen would want to participate in an execution, but I want to tell you that I would be more than willing to as you stated, "push the button, pull the switch" or let me add my own - pull the trigger. ...
SPEAKOUT (08/27/14)
Over 90 percent of the killings in the U.S. are blacks killing blacks. The media did not publicize the blacks in Ferguson that went to the shops to help clean up and said they were sorry for what happened. We each could not sleep well if we thought our police were not on the job night and day to protect us, whether we are black or white. The police are working for our safety, not the agitating Black Panthers that are stirring up the crowds. We must keep law and order in perspective...
SPEAKOUT (08/25/14)
Let's talk about the racial issue. Everyone is quick to judge all African Americans from the actions of some. That is what we call being prejudice. I've been a reader of your paper for several years, and I can't help but notice that on the religion page, most of the churches and organizations that are giving free dinners and free clothing and having block parties for the community, those churches are the ones that have mostly members that are black. ...
Speakout (08/23/14)
This is in response to "Food for thought," about people saying something about feeding illegal immigrants. That's called empathy and that's a good thing. If these people in Ferguson, Mo., were working and not on welfare and food stamps, they wouldn't be out there demonstrating would they?...
Some use Ferguson for their own agendas (08/23/14)
On so many levels, I pity the residents of Ferguson, Mo. By most accounts, the city is not unlike countless other communities across the country. Ferguson suffers from higher than average unemployment and a majority African-American population. It has its share of criminal activity but then again, the same can be said for countless other communities struggling with changing social issues and lower income levels...
Speakout (08/22/14)
My sympathy goes out to Robin Williams' family and others who have lost family members due to suicide related to especially depression. Depression is an illness that is very hard to overcome, especially when you don't know which way to go anymore. I have had relatives with depression and they have very rough days in conquering this illness. ...
SPEAKOUT (08/21/14)
I just read Michael Jensen's column on the death penalty about remembering the victims not the murderers. I believe the death penalty should be televised live for everybody to see and I believe Michael Jensen should participate in one of these executions. I want to see him push the button or hit the switch. I want to see it live. I want to see him do it as a Christian, then I want to see him go to church and see what people think...
Chaos in Ferguson is disservice to victim, family, community (08/20/14)
I was a college student in Memphis the night Dr. Martin Luther King was assassinated. And as you would imagine, the events of that fateful day remain vivid in my memory after all of these years. The entire community of Memphis was both shocked and saddened by the tragic event. But the sadness quickly turned to anger which turned to chaos and eventually self-destructive actions...
Speakout (08/20/14)
Hello Southeast Missourians and Americans. Well, I see where we are at it again up there in South County in Ferguson. I'm sorry the kid got shot. It was probably a white cop too. But anyway, that's immaterial. It should be handled properly. Let them investigate it. ...
Speakout (08/18/14)
I don't know what in the world a vigil in St. Louis for that teenager that got shot by the police had anything to do with them idiots vandalizing stores and stuff. They weren't holding a vigil or protest for that boy. They just wanted an excuse to steal. They oughta put their behinds in jail. That is ridiculous. Anything anybody does, they steal and loot when they get the chance and they give them an excuse for doing it. There is no excuse...
SPEAKOUT (08/17/14)
I would like to thank the person who stopped and picked up our basset hound after he was hit on Malone at about 3:30 p.m. Thursday afternoon and taking him to the vet hospital. This was the first time he had ever gotten out of our backyard and we sincerely appreciate you taking the time to care for him when we weren't there...
Texting drivers pose real threat on roads (08/16/14)
Though I don't spend a great amount of time traveling Missouri's interstate highways, I had occasion this week to make a quick trip to Columbia and back. And what I observed on that trip amazed, frustrated and confounded me. Texting and driving is not just a problem, it's an epidemic...
SPEAKOUT (08/14/14)
I was just reading "Can't get over the bump." I've got another one. How about the weatherman that thinks he's playing basketball? Just wondering. I want to speakout about the war between Israel and Hamas. Israel is being blamed and Washington said we were appalled at the disgraceful attack on the school by Gaza in Israel. ...
SPEAKOUT (08/13/14)
I am sick and tired of going into places to do business and seeing people with their heads down looking at their cellphones. They barely will even look up to see that you are there. How can businesses expect to get customers when they let their employees put their texting and web surfing first and the customer second? Everyone is talking about how bad the economy is but if they showed you a little respect instead of acting like you are bothering them, it might make a difference. ...
SPEAKOUT (08/11/14)
Hurrah for the Arizona's law for the execution of inmate Woods. How can anyone feel pity for him because he suffered for 90 minutes before he died, in comparison to the suffering he caused his victim(s) and their families that caused him to be on death row to start with? I, for one, hope Arizona keeps their law as is - and if more of the inmates had to suffer like their victim(s) do for days, months and years - instead of rewarding them with a fully equipped gym, high dollar basketballs that are left out in the rain to rot, three meals a day, free clothes and laundry and charged on one or two dollars to see a doctor or dentist - he should be thankful it took only 90 minutes and 12 seconds to die.. ...
Speakout (08/09/14)
I just wanted to shout out to the big wigs in Charleston, the city manager and so forth, why they can't bring some places to eat like Hardee's or a taco place. All we have is McDonald's and the rich man's place to eat. They can tear down everything, why can't they bring some businesses to town? That's all I got to say and that's enough...
Remember victims, not the murderers (08/09/14)
The state of Missouri is on pace to conduct one execution per month this calendar year despite impassioned pleas from capital punishment foes. Quite frankly, I have never understood nor accepted the argument that the death penalty is cruel and unusual punishment. Yet opponents of the death penalty spend massive amounts of taxpayer funds to fight the issue in every state including Missouri...
SPEAKOUT (08/08/14)
In order to use Scripture as a foundation for one's opinion, we must first have it correct in word definition and in context. The speakout on "Helpmate" was incorrect in both regards. Although it is in the Webster's Dictionary, "helpmate" is not in the Bible. ...
SPEAKOUT (08/07/14)
Hey out there. I need a burn barrel. Can you respond to the paper? I'd just like to say something about all these people that have these tummy tucks, butt lifts, their lips poofed and their face poofed and all that crap. When something goes wrong they always want to sue somebody because they did something wrong to their body. ...
SPEAKOUT (08/06/14)
Thanks to the writer of "The masters of the game," my thoughts exactly. Amendment Freedom to farm is not, repeat, is not for the busy farm families happily pictured In ads promoting the Farming amendment. It is for farm animal production factories banned in some states for ruining countrysides with enormous amounts of animal waste and excessive needs for water supplies not to mention odors pestering neighboring communities. ...
SPEAKOUT (08/04/14)
I just read the July 27 Mike Jensen's article, "Changes in our world not all for the best." I totally agree with the article. I'm not against gays, not anti-gay in any way, but I do not want to hear about any woman's sexual preference. I'm tired of people cramming that down our throats. ...
SPEAKOUT (08/02/14)
I just saw a story on the Breakfast Show that is the dumbest thing I have ever heard. This 30-year-old woman has had trouble with her heart since she was 15. She's flatlined. She can't work. She has to have another surgery. She's had gobs of surgeries. ...
Speakout (08/01/14)
This nation and the church had better wake up. This thing is about to come to a close soon. The Bible says when you start seeing Israel with armies you know that it's really at the door. You can't even trust your leaders anymore. The President needs to stop going to rock concerts and fundraisers and stay in the White House and do his job. ...