Speakout 1/27

Saturday, January 26, 2008

What in the world does the coach have to do with a high school graduate choosing to sell drugs rather than pursue sports in a small college and get a college degree? Is the coach supposed to take him by the hand and walk him to school? Furthermore, it's not just Sikeston where this is happening, it is all of the schools you mentioned. If you're a proud black man, step up and be a brother to these young men and get them into college and off the streets. As for the cop wearing a hat, that may have been unnecessary, but the parents are the ones responsible for the the arrest, not the police. I don't care if it's Easter or Martin Luther King Jr. Day, find them and arrest them. That's their job. I'm sure there were some white thugs arrested too.

I understand where the Democrat is coming from. Those in need are the same vultures that come every year wanting something for nothing, with the exception of a few. Those on welfare don't need it. I have five kids and there have been times when I've had to be on welfare. I ate better then than I ever did. I had steak. I have never spent that much on food before. It's the middle class that needs the help. They are struggling to make ends meet with no one to help them. If you see someone in need, help them. If you can't help them, tell them someone who can help them. People today, year after year, are in the free line, they are takers and not givers. They don't want to spend what they have until they see what they can get. They can afford cigarette, alcohol and gas money, but no gifts for their kids. Buy a $10 ham with food stamps and sell it for $5 so they can buy cigarettes. Forget the kids. There is always help for those who try.

I'm an ex-truck driver and I'm 27 years old. I was born and raised here in the Bootheel. I ventured out, had kids, began my life and things like that. I ran into a situation where a person told a lie on me and I had to go before a judge. That judge stopped me from driving a truck for about two or three years. Now, I'm unemployed. It's hard looking for a job in this area because there are no jobs in this area. I am back in the situation where I'm looking at a judge again. But this time it's for child support. I got to stand in front of a judge, go to maybe four or five court appearances which takes up my time and keeps me from doing things I need to do. They want to make you pay a certain amount for a lawyer, then come to court wasting your time when you got a job. I'm going to court for a criminal case and I really need my custody rights. This is two times I've got to pay a lawyer and go stand in front of the court. Then it's going to be a five or six month period before the case is solved. Don't sound just right to me.