SpeakOut 8/5

Monday, August 5, 2002

Call 471-6636

To the person who called SpeakOut about the blue truck being parked in the alley. Why don't you ask the owner of the truck to move instead of putting it in the paper, saying you're going to call the police? Have enough nerve to just to and ask him to move his truck so you can get out.

I'd like to SpeakOut about Proposition B. I have been checking it and it will cost my wife and me more than $200 a year. I don't believe I want that kind of taxes, and I for one, will be voting against it. Voters need to know what it's all about.

How can some of these people who own these old houses just let them stand there and not tear them down, when the property could be used for something else?

Does anyone know the day and time the leather repair shop is open at 105 Kingshighway in Sikeston? I need to pick up my son's boots that have been there for a few weeks.

Call Ann at 471-7774.

Sonny's Solid Waste is picking up trash between 3:30 and 4 a.m. at the new Malone Street through-way is and they're waking up the entire neighborhood. Can you please do this at a more decent hour? We hear the compactors and the cans banging against the truck. We would appreciate it.

Do you only put comments in the paper that suit you or do you put all comments that are called in to SpeakOut, to give everybody a chance to be heard?

The majority of all SpeakOut calls are published. On occasion, however, we are unable to print calls that could be potentially libelous to the Standard Democrat. Other comments are held for answers. There are comments that are not printed because the caller is hard to understand, which is why we ask callers to speak slowly, clearly, spell words that could be misunderstood, and turn off background noises such as TV and radio. The calls are recorded on an answering machine and transcribed from a recorded tape.

To the person who called in about the city mowing your grass. I don't care where you live or whether you're white, black, purple or green. I've lived here 23 years and my neighbors and I have managed to keep our yards neat. Would you also like the city to burp your babies for you or, perhaps, paint and reside your house?

I would like to SpeakOut about our city streets. The debris is just terrible. I'm not opposed to welfare or people getting welfare, but it seems to me there are people drawing welfare who could be out there cleaning our streets. They are a disgrace. Secondly, the health department has chosen a perfect spot to build its facility. I wish the people who are opposing this would just back off and let the health department get its building built so they can serve our county. The west end would be a disastrous place for the facility..