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Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016
Speakout (02/08/16)
Hillary Clinton is the epitome of a corrupt government official, a liar and a thief. She and Bill stole precious antiques including china, statues given by world leaders, infamous paintings and numerous other items too many to mention. Simply google what Bill and Hillary stole from the White House when they left in 2000. ...
Speakout (02/06/16)
BMU is asking for a rate increase again. Why don't they put it toward the people? I'd say 80 percent of the people living in Sikeston come here for the low electricity. I can't see how the trash, the water and the electricity have all gone up. This is getting ridiculous. ...
Trip to Capitol is full of legislative lessons (02/06/16)
I just returned from the State Capitol in Jefferson City having spent a couple of days mingling with fellow newspaper folk and rubbing elbows with politicians. As always seems to be the case, you can't help but stand in awe as you gaze at the majestic Capitol and Governor's Mansion perched high above the Missouri River...
Speakout (02/05/16)
I'm calling in concerning Sikeston Kindergarten. We love the fundraisers, but they are so expensive and it's back to back. We can't even purchase stuff for our kids at school because of all these expensive fundraisers. Can they do something with these fundraisers and make them a little less expensive for the people?...
Speakout (02/04/16)
On Jan. 22, KFVS-TV had been telling people not to travel the roads, that they were too bad. Then that night on the 6 p.m. news, their last statement was, "We will continue to travel up and down the interstate to keep you informed on the weather." I'd like to speakout against Holly Rehder and Kathy Swan, Republicans representatives in this state, on their misguided efforts on pain medicine. ...
Speakout (02/03/16)
I just heard where Chaffee and Oran played ball. I cannot understand this. The schools cannot have school when it is slick, but they can have ballgames in the evening. That doesn't make a lot of sense. If kids cannot get on a bus to go to school in the morning, how can they board a bus to go to play sports in the evening? When I went to school, my superintendent said if they could not have school in the day, they could not have sports in the evening. ...
Should the USA roll up its welcome mat? (02/03/16)
We American taxpayers are on the verge of shelling out $400,000 to help the state of Minnesota persuade young Somali refugees not to join ISIS. The money is just a drop in the bucket of the $50 million Obama administration program to fight domestic terrorism...
Speakout (02/01/16)
I live in Heckemeyer Acres. I've been out here 30 some years, and it keeps getting worse and worse because we have these lovely renters who don't care anything about their property. They throw their trash where ever it can go. We have people who have dogs and they let them run loose, tear up other people's yards, poop everywhere so we can carry it in our houses. ...
Speakout (01/30/16)
We were wondering why Martin Luther King was being honored on Jan. 18? What about President Franklin Roosevelt? They don't have a day set aside for him. If it hadn't been for him, we wouldn't have unemployment benefits and Social Security benefits. Hey, if you're gonna honor Dr. King, then you need to honor President Roosevelt also. I think there's more people that would stand beside me on that comment...
Spud photos aren't just a half-baked idea (01/30/16)
There's no shortage of serious topics for newspaper columnists these days. In far too many ways, the world we once knew is disappearing in front of our eyes. It's abundantly obvious that everything from ISIS to the dismal Obamacare are in the headlines and creating ample stress for weary Americans...
Speakout (01/29/16)
I want to speakout about changing Main Street to Martin Luther King Drive. I think it's wrong. They've got a street over there in Sunset named Dr. Martin Luther King. I just don't wan't Main Street to be changed, because if you do that, all the businesses located there will have to change their addresses. Don't change Main Street...
Speakout (01/28/16)
I'm calling in regard to the SpeakOut article on Jan 17 of "What do they stand for?" and the caller wants to know what the Republicans are going to do for us, the people, and if they are going to get jobs for us here in the United States. May I remind him that if Obama and the Democrats hadn't destroyed the economy over the past seven years, the Republicans wouldn't have to do anything...
Speakout (01/27/16)
Gas is $1.59 in Charleston. - - - For the last couple of months, I have not bought any gas in Sikeston. I do not buy gas where I live because they are as much as 20 cents a gallon higher than Dexter, Poplar Bluff, Cape, Jackson. I filled up at Jackson on Jan. ...
Endorsements hold little sway with voters (01/27/16)
There was once a time when politicians courted newspapers in search of an editorial endorsement of their candidacy. Long before technology overwhelmed society with a minute-by-minute news cycle, the public would often rely on newspapers to give them an inside view of issues and candidates to help guide their votes...
Speakout (01/25/16)
Here's a question for you and our illustrious town council. Why would we spend $25,000 to get a Kansas City firm to erect visitors' signs in Sikeston? All of Sikeston's visitors or from local towns and a few local counties. Who are these visitor signs aimed at? Everyone who visits Sikeston knows where everything is, so in my mind, that's a waste of $25,000. ...
Noranda has played vital role in our region (01/23/16)
Change is virtually the only thing assured in our world. The problem, of course, is that change can be for good or bad depending on your viewpoint. And here in our small neck of the woods, even the discussion of a shutdown of Noranda Aluminum is a most unwelcome and unwanted change...
Speakout (01/23/16)
I am grateful but humiliated for Christmas. It's a concern for lots of people here in Sikeston. I don't know who's behind it or what, but different organizations give us, the less fortunate, gifts for Christmas. And what it is, about giving people items for Christmas, but you are having children passing this out and that's very humiliating to have children giving to the less fortunate. ...
Speakout (01/22/16)
I wanted to speak out about the raises that the policemen got. I realize that it said they had gotten a $3,000 raise already. I notice that you didn't print how much of a raise they were going to get that was approved by the city council. When they were asking the public to vote on the sales tax I noticed that they were quick to put the salaries of all of the other police around were getting but they didn't put the Sikeston police salary in there. ...
Speakout (01/21/16)
Today my friend and I both received a call saying they were the Internal Revenue Service and we were being sued; to contact them at 1-908-621-0018. Please do not take this call or give out any information. It is not the IRS. Should you receive such a call, hang up at once...
Legislature set to pass voter photo ID bills (01/20/16)
A bill in the Missouri Legislature to require photo IDs to vote has passed the House Elections Committee on a straight-line party vote. The bill now moves to the Senate where it is expected to pass despite a major push back by the Democratic members...
Speakout (01/20/16)
I am so thankful that we had other channels to watch instead of that stupid State of the Union every channel had from 703-710. So thankful for other stations other than that dumb Obama we had to listen to. I recently had some out-patient surgery done at Missouri Delta Medical Center. ...
Speakout (01/16/16)
All these Republicans want to do is down all the other candidates, especially Hillary. I want to hear what they stand for and what they are going to do for us people. Are they going to get jobs here in the U.S. for people? Do they plan on keeping Social Security and Medicare for the elderly? I'm sick and tired of them putting each other down. ...
America needs divine guidance even more (01/16/16)
Most of us were probably tied to our televisions this week watching the State of the Union address, the Powerball drawing or the Republican presidential debates. But while our attention was focused on these somewhat important events, a group of atheists on Monday filed suit to remove In God We Trust from our currency...
Speakout (01/15/16)
This message is for Mr. Obama. Why don't you just go and play golf for the last 11 months you have in office. Quit messing up my life. If you don't lie about your golf score, you could possibly make a real tear come out of your eye. Thank you so much to the sweet lady that helped me pick up grape tomatoes off of Ruler's parking lot. It was in the rain on Saturday morning. That was very sweet. You don't know how much I appreciated that. That was so sweet of you...
We've got a bad case of Powerball fever (01/13/16)
At long last, the coffee shop conversation has shifted away from politics. For now at least, Trump and Hillary's names are unspoken. And there are 1.3 billion reasons for this shifting dialogue. If you don't have lottery fever by now, you must be hibernating. There's no other excuse...