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Speakout 9/12

Sunday, September 12, 2004

What is the legal age for a girl to get married? The argument has been at 17 or 18. Can someone answer this please. I have a 15-year-old granddaughter who became pregnant by a 17-year-old boyfriend. He is a terrible young man. How can I keep him away from my granddaughter after he has done this thing?

According to the Scott County Recorder's Office, anyone age 18 or older can get married without parental consent. Anyone under age 18 must have the written consent of the person's parent or legal guardian. As far as keeping the baby's father away from your granddaughter, you need to contact the Missouri Division of Family Services in Sikeston (472-5222) or an attorney for guidance.

I saw an ad in the newspaper where someone said they would clean out attics, garages or basement. I lost his phone number. Please put it in the paper again.

For the fourth time this year alone, Alan Greenspan has warned that the United States government faces a major problem concerning Social Security. He says the White House and Congress need to come up with a plan to fix the Social Security problem. Why doesn't he suggest the government come up with a plan to pay back the trillions of dollars that has been stolen - yes, stolen, from this fund? That doesn't belong to the government's general fund. It belongs to the millions of people who have worked and paid into Social Security for years. This is the greatest theft of the government of the United States. It is shocking to know it has been going on for years, but nobody did anything to stop it. Both the Republican Party and the Democrat Party are responsible for this crisis. I call it a crime.

A bad idea

Your article in the paper about reforming Social Security, I am all for that. The people seem to forget that the paid into Social Security has been paid by the working people for all these years. It doesn't belong to the government but your favorite President Bush said he told the Mexicans they can come here and live in the United States for six months, then go back home and draw part of their Social Security. Now why is it we can give our Social Security away to Mexicans so he can get free votes and take it away from people in American who have worked and paid in all their lives? Bush is nothing but a liar and hypocrite and people who vote for him are as low as he is.

Why should people get overtime pay when others are without pay? They need it too, you know.

A lot of people have said they are voting for Bush because he is against gays and abortion. But Dick Cheney's daughter is a lesbian and he announced it on TV. So I won't be voting for Bush and Cheney because of that.

In response to "Politics: Bush" in the Aug. 30 paper, first of all, I normally would not respond to such an off-color, immature and ignorant article. But it amazes me that after all we have been through, after the gates of America were opened to terrorists, not only to come in but to come in and learn all the necessary things they needed to know to carry out their plans of destruction against us, after 9/11 and after continued threats with anthrax, etc., etc., etc., there are still people out there who would vote for another Clinton. Don't you people realize that eight years of Clinton is why we are where we are today? He is the one who let them in. We still have closed-minded people who call themselves Americans (I call them "generics") who are still more worried about their pocket books than their very lives. Wake up, people. Overtime pay will not do you or your children or your grandchildren any good if you are lying 6-feet under. If you think Kerry is going to protect you, you need to read your Bible. God brings inner peace. Because of sin, there will be no peace on Earth. Kerry will (no doubt about it, he will) desert Israel and when America turns her back on God's people, look out. The only reason I decided someone needed to comment on this particular article is anyone (and I mean any-one) who cannot see the real issue here (America's safety) should pack up and leave the country.