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Friday, Sep. 19, 2014
SPEAKOUT (09/18/14)
I was wondering who won the prize money in the Jaycee parade? They said there would be a $200-$300 prize. I haven't seen it in the paper and I just wanted to know who won the prize money. The Sikeston Area Humane Society was awarded $300 for first place and Life Church received $200 for second place...
Doomsday words are just partisan politics (09/17/14)
"The end of civilization as we know it." Those are powerful words. Frightening words. Doomsday words. Yet those were the words used by former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi this week to describe the results of a Republican victory in the United States Senate this November...
Speakout (09/17/14)
I noticed in the paper the other night that Noranda and Ameren UE had agreed to a 14 percent pay cut. But some of our government idiots from Jefferson City decided we didn't need this. What are they trying to do run Noranda out so they can get it in their town? What we need to do is get all the people in Jefferson City that make stupid decisions like this and get the rest of them out of Washington, D.C., and elect us a bunch of brand new idiots. ...
SPEAKOUT (09/15/14)
Regard Earl Ringo on death row, you think life in prison is enough punishment. Well, I don't! One reason is that I don't want to pay for murderer to live out his live. Even death row takes 15-25 years. Even worse is the victims family and loved ones have to pay to keep this scum alive. ...
SPEAKOUT (09/13/14)
SHS School records? I hope that Sikeston Public Schools keep better student records than they do historical records. During the previous decade an effort was made to determine when the high school on Tanner Street was built. The school system could not find any record of when it was constructed. ...
SPEAKOUT (09/12/14)
I live on Highway 60 and I wish the farmers would quit driving their tractors and combines across my front lawn. It makes my lawn as rough as a washboard. Or is this the thanks I get for helping to pass the right to farm law? This is to the lady who put in Speakout about the garage sales of the week. ...
SPEAKOUT (09/11/14)
I would just like to remind people how bad things are going to get. I just got a call from my doctor's office reminding me that I have an appointment tomorrow. It came across on a machine because they don't have the courtesy to take the time to call their patients and remind them in person. This girl that sits behind the desk isn't doing anything. That is all I wanted to say...
SPEAKOUT (09/10/14)
Does our president have a conflict of interest and need to recuse himself from his office as president and commander in chief? He was raised as a devout Muslim and mentored by a Communist. He can't commit to the Pentagon plans for winning against ISIS. ...
Speakout (09/08/14)
I'd like to speakout about a certain company around here that is expecting others to bail them out because of their bad decision-making on their electric bill. I own a business myself. We have not nearly made the profit they have over the years, but I didn't go out to other people and ask them to pay a higher bill to help me when the economy crashed. ...
SPEAKOUT (09/05/14)
I take my first grade grandchild to Matthews Elementary in Sikeston every day. The bus monitors open the car door and wait for her to get out of the vehicle. Not once has either he or she failed to say, "Have a good day." That's so sweet, and I just wanted to let the school officials and the school monitors to know how much this is appreciated...
SPEAKOUT (09/04/14)
I would just like to know this. If Sikeston BMU had not bought the old Bootheel Golf Course, would the electric rates still gone up? I know our electric would go up after that great big building went up and here it goes up again. What are these elderly people gonna do that just have Social Security? I would like to see a profit margin put in the paper for the last five years of the company...
SPEAKOUT (09/03/14)
I would like to say something about the in-home health care that is usually paid for by Medicaid. The people that really, really need it can't get it, and the ones that do are just laying on the couch not doing anything. They are up running all over town. ...
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...