Speakout 4/6

Sunday, April 6, 2003

In your March 26 Looking Back, 40 years you had about races between sailboats and cars taking place at the Kingsway Mall. It's quite a stretch. The Kingsway Mall didn't open until 1978. Also, in SpeakOut that day, there was a comment about a reason about why an employee was let go after 35 years. Employers can let employees go for any reason they want to.

On part one, we sincerely apologize for the error in placing the comment in the wrong year. It should have been listed under March 26, 1983.

I would like to answer "Sacrifice to survive." The caller said you can make it if you put your mind to it. The only problem with this is, you do not expect plans to change as life does. You do not plan to get sick, you do not plan to need a transplant or to be left to raise your grandchildren. You didn't expect car repairs, house repairs, high prices, life to get harder as you get older. Only with God's help can you make it. Your mind can't do it.

Hat's off to our local hospital, Missouri Delta Medical Center. I was in there one day last week for a colonoscopy and had excellent care. I think Dr. Fred Thornton is one of the best doctors we have in this area. With all the bad publicity our hospital has been getting, I want to say I think we've got the best hospital. I couldn't have gotten better care. I also want to applaud Charles Ancell. I think he's doing a great job, and all the staff at MDMC. I'm thankful that I live in a town that has a hospital like Missouri Delta.

I am calling to let Meyers Supply in Sikeston know that they have a very nice and very helpful employee. I want to thank him for being so thankful and so nice. Thank you so much, Doug. We need more people like you.

I saw in the paper where Herb Kitchen lost his job. I saw where there is another home building business smart enough to hire him. Customers can still get the service they need, just at a different location. Hey, Herb, we're behind you.

In response to the wrong that was done to Herb Kitchen, he has waiting on us for over 36 years at the store where he worked. No one was as easy to get along with as he was, and we looked for him to serve us every time. I hope they see this and change their bad decision in this matter. Luke 6:31 "... and as you would that men should do to you, do ye also to them likewise."

I'm looking for a pool table. If anybody knows where I can find one, leave a message in SpeakOut.

I would like to SpeakOut about the big war we're having over in Iraq. It looks like with all those oil wells burning, the smoke from the wells, if enough wells burn long enough, the smoke gets high enough in the air in the jet stream, it could cause a change in the weather in that part of the world. Areas would have rain that haven't had rain in a while and some areas would even have snow that hasn't had much snow in a long time. If I'm wrong about that, I invite some of you weather people to comment about that in SpeakOut and tell me where I'm wrong. It's not a good situation, but it's not real bad, either.

I'm calling about your article about the dolphins sent in to help soldiers get mines in water in Southern Iraq. It says that they are using the dolphins to search out mines. What if a dolphin comes on a mine and gets killed? Is that what they're doing? That would be sad. I'm a big dolphin lover and I think if they did that, it would be very wrong. I'd have one in my back yard if I could. I don't think they should use them to look for mines. I believe it's just awful and I'm just totally against it.

According to news reports, the dolphins are trained to locate the mines. When a mine is located, the dolphin places a buoy at that location and leaves the area. After the mine is located, it is disabled by military personnel.

I am calling about the dog problem in Miner. People should write down the location of the problem and take it or mail it to the city hall, the mayor, one of the aldermen or to the police chief. Maybe then someone will give this some attention and the officers can watch the area, then sign a complaint and fine the owners.