And on the flip-side
In response to the letter in Your View from Lourie Burke. I would just say to Miss Burke, if you believe what you've written here you are woefully naive. If you are a Republican voting for Obama, then you like all the rest that helped this phony charlatan get in the White House, you will have nothing to be proud of. I'm glad you're proud now, but I'm ashamed of you. I think you will be hanging your head in shame if this phony gets in the White House.
Every year I can remember since 1972, the paranoid Christians have came out and said the anti-Christ is coming and always call one of the candidates the anti-Christ. They are just really paranoid. I don't know what to say about them.
The person who was talking about being a Democrat and would not vote Democrat this year was referring to Revelation Chapter 13. I read it in my King James Bible, I read it in two different study Bibles. I do not see where it read the man would be in his 40s. I did not see where it read he was of Muslim descent. Obama is not Muslim and he's told the world he's not Muslim, he's Christian. I don't see how you say it's going to be Obama.
The Bootheel boys
I know that we are so proud of both our boys from Sikeston, Blake DeWitt and especially Neal E. Boyd this week. The Heartland is so talented with our football and basketball championships that we win. No one can say that you can't be something from this small Bootheel area in Missouri. We are so proud!
Not a pal of Palin
I watched the vice presidential debate. Seems like Palin rambled a lot. She had a slow start when they asked her questions. She had to look it up or think about it. She was well trained at her McCain training boot camp. She had it memorized it seemed like. She didn't impress anyone. She sure didn't change my family about her. She's not the one for our country. She claims to be religious, but it didn't hurt her a bit to tell lies did it? I don't believe in her. We need a change!
In headline news. . .
I didn't see anywhere in the article about him (Neal Boyd) saying "I love you Sikeston, I love you Missouri." That should have been the headline!
Boyd's love far-reaching
Congratulations to Neal E. Boyd for winning top prize at "America's Got Talent." Mr. Boyd's talent, enthusiasm and love for his family have now reached all corners of our great country. His family, friends and the town of Sikeston should be very proud. Though my immediate family moved away from Sikeston when I was five, we were all cheering Neal on throughout the competition. Now, my son Benjamin (12) and daughter Emma (9) are having fun telling classmates their Dad was born in the same town as Neal E. Boyd. Thank you Neal for the opportunity to share more of my family roots with my children. Just one of your millions of new fans, Darren R. Bailey, son of Arnold Ray Bailey and Verla Fay Killian.
No unsolvable problems
Politicians are the only people in the world who create problems and then campaign against them. Have you ever wondered why, if both the Democrats and the Republicans are against deficits, we have deficits? Have you ever wondered why, if all the politicians are against inflation and high taxes, we have inflation and high taxes? You and I don't propose a federal budget. The President does. You and I don't have the Constitutional authority to vote on appropriations, The House of Representatives does. You and I don't write the tax code, Congress does. You and I don't set fiscal policy, Congress does. You and I don't control monetary policy, the Federal Reserve Bank does. One hundred senators, 435 Congressmen, one President, and nine Supreme Court justices! Five hundred forty five human beings out of the 300 million are directly, legally, morally and individually responsible for the domestic problems that plague this country. I excluded the members of the Federal Reserve Board because that problem was created by the Congress. In 1913, Congress delegated its Constitutional duty to provide a sound currency to a federally chartered, but private, central bank. I excluded all the special interests and lobbyists for a sound reason. They have no legal authority. They have no ability to coerce a Senator, a Congressman or a president to do one cotton-picking thing. I don't care if they offer a politician $1 million in cash. The politician has the power to accept or reject it. No matter what the lobbyist promises, it is the legislator's responsibility to determine how he votes. Those 545 human beings spend much of their energy convincing you that what they did is not their fault. They cooperate in this common con regardless of party. What separates a politician from a normal human being is an excessive amount of gall. The Constitution, which is the supreme law of the land, gives sole responsibility to the House of Representatives for originating and approving appropriations and taxes. Who is the Speaker of the House? She is the leader of the majority party. She and fellow House members, not the President, can approve any budget they want. If the president vetoes it, they can pass it over his veto if they agree to. It is inconceivable to me that a nation of 300 million can not replace 545 people who stand convicted - by present facts - of incompetence and irresponsibility. I can't think of a single domestic problem that is not traceable directly to those 545 people. When you fully grasp the plain truth that 545 people exercise the power of the federal government, then it must follow that what exists is what they want to exist. If the tax code is unfair, it's because they want it unfair. If the budget is in the red, it 's because they want it in the red. If the Marines are in IRAQ, it's because they want them in IRAQ. If they do not receive social security but are on an elite retirement plan not available to the people, it's because they want it that way. There are no unsolvable government problems. Do not let these 545 people shift the blame to bureaucrats, whom they hire and whose jobs they can abolish; to lobbyists, whose gifts and advice they can reject; to regulators, to whom they give the power to regulate and from whom they can take this power. Above all, do not let them con you into the belief that there exists disembodied mystical forces like 'the economy,' 'inflation' or 'politics' that prevent them from doing what they take an oath to do. Those 545 people, and they alone, are responsible. They, and they alone, have the power. They, and they alone, should be held accountable by the people who are their bosses provided the voters have the gumption to manage their own employees. We should vote all of them out of office and clean up their mess!
Read and understand
I want to answer someone who put in the SpeakOut about Cast not the first vote, about Chapter 13 of Revelations. Apparently the lady does not know the Bible as good as she thinks she does. Apparently she's listening to what people say and not reading the Bible for herself. What it says about the anti-Christ is that he will come from Egypt or Jordan and he'll have no desire for women - which means he won't be married and he won't have any kids. He'll be a single man. Before you exaggerate and slander somebody, I think you need to get your story straight. What you all are putting in here about him being a Muslim is slander because he is not a Muslim, he's not all black - he's half white and half black. If you want to listen to the slander part you go right ahead, but when you don't have any health insurance because you absolutely cannot afford it, vote Republican. If you want to understand the Bible, you ought to read Daniel. Daniel will describe Bush right down to his teeth. You're looking at the wrong person. And Mike Jensen, your article put down the Democrats and was slander. You are just a Republican hypocrite just like McCain. I feel sorry for you because you are going to get what you deserve.
E for effort
I am a business owner along Malone Avenue. I would like to commend and thank Sheriff Rick Walter, his deputies and the Scott County inmates who participated, for the effort put forth to pick up the trash and litter left by the Cotton Carnival Parade this year. They also did the same thing last year with the assistance of Scott County commissioner Dennis Ziegenhorn. Additionally, I would like to thank the City of Sikeston for putting out the trash receptacles along the parade route. These trash containers seemed to cut down on the amount of litter this year, however, in the coming years I would hope the City could double or even triple the number of containers along the route. In past years, business owners and private property owners were left to cope with the exorbitant amount of trash and litter left by the parade attendees. Now with the help of the aforementioned individuals and the City of Sikeston, everyone including the private property owners, can watch and enjoy the parade. Now all we need to do is come up with biodegradable wrappers and sticks for popsicles.
The whole is bigger than the sum of its parts. If you are going to believe in the decades long political and philosophical musings of Mike Jensen, you must do so completely or not at all. There is no middle ground. Me? Today, I accept all of his teachings - all of them. Tomorrow - who knows?