Speakout 7/12

Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Anybody out there needs a big satellite dish cut down, leave your number in SpeakOut. I will do it for free.

This is for the caller who wrote "Can't mow in Benton" about the mowers burning the fields in Benton and wishes the farmers would all burn in hell. That is pretty sad that he is wishing other people to burn in hell. I'd like him to know that what goes around, comes around. What he wishes for others will happen to himself. And if it wasn't for farmers, he wouldn't have any food on his plate. And yes, this is a farmer's wife.

Whatever happened to good grammar? In the July 5 issue of SpeakOut somebody was complaining about the burning fields and they said, "It's a shame it ain't against the law." And another person didn't receive a newspaper and they said, "I ain't got no paper." How long have you been out of school? Surely you learned some grammar in school.

On the 4th of July, at Meet the Candidates, in East Prairie, the master of ceremonies announced that the incumbents would speak first. In his misguided belief that there was no incumbent for the office of Prosecuting Attorney, he tossed a coin to see who would speak first. I would like to set the record straight, there is an incumbent for that office. According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, the definition of an incumbent is: 1. the holder of an office or ecclesiastical benefice 2. one that occupies a particular position or place. Also, the Cambridge Dictionary states that an Incumbent is: 1. (adj.) Officially having the named position. 2. (n.) The person who has or had a particular official position. 3. (n.) The period during which someone held a particular position. The office of Prosecuting Attorney is not empty, therefore, there is an incumbent. Mr. Cann has been the prosecutor for two years, therefore making him the incumbent. It is a shame to have his title of incumbent tossed around like the coin they used after all the hard work he has put in. Maybe it would be wise for the master of ceremonies to check with the dictionary before speaking in public again.

If there's anyone out there who has those burn barrels, would you please leave your number and price in the paper?

This is to the person who says that the dogs being walked around are doing their business in her yard and she hoped the people read it in SpeakOut. You honestly think they're gonna care to read it in SpeakOut? They know what they're doing. I suggest you go get a little pooper-scooper and a plastic bag and when they do their business in your yard, go outside and hand it to the owners and say, "Please clean it up." At least you are providing the tools. Or you could clean it up, follow them home and dump it in their yard. Then see what they do.