Speakout 10/2

Thursday, October 2, 2003

To the person looking for the musical candle, I have them. Call me at 471-4185. We will be getting a new shipment that will play Christmas carols.

I read the articles about the Weed and Seed program. This is a much needed program that Sikeston needs and the officers deserve their hours of overtime for the duties they perform. The money needs to go in that directions, not for vacation. For them to say a trip to Albuquerque was not a vacation is an outright lie. She knows that is uncalled for, to stay at the Hyatt-Regency and spend that kind of money that Sikeston and other communities need for their officers so they can get rid of drugs and build up their communities.

In the Sept. 28 paper you had Jeff Cunningham to be the new co-anchor for Heartland News on KFVS-12 at 5 and 10 p.m. What happened to Mike Shain?

Mike Shain is still at KFVS. He has been on vacation.

Mike, you may lack information about Wesley Clark, but I promise you a lot of Americans do know about him, and like what they see. This is only a brief synopsis of General Clark's background: He graduated from West Point first in his class, has a masters degree in economics, philosophy, and politics from Oxford University, where he studied as a Rhodes Scholar. He commanded three companies in combat in Vietnam. He received three Defense Distinguished Service medals, four Legion of Merit awards, two Bronze Stars, a Purple Heart, just to name a few. This barely scratches the surface, but you may be more interested in shoveling manure on this man than showing him basic respect for his incredible service to this country. Voters are excited about having a candidate with such impeccable credentials.

Parents in a local small town, you should know what your 13- and 14-year-olds were doing on the night of Sept. 27. They were at a party getting drunk and making out (just like mine was) with liquor furnished by a local 21-year-old man. The party was held at his house in the country. Isn't this against the law? What is he getting out of this? We better keep a closer tab on our children and find out what kind of company they are keeping before something bad happens. Don't they have better things to do? If you have a child this age, you better start asking questions.

It would also be advisable to contact the sheriff of the county in which this incident occurred.

I have read a lot lately about bullies in our schools. When I was in the school system, the bullies were always boys. Not so anymore. There are a lot of girls who are bullies too. These little girls who are in junior high and think they are grown and falling all over the boys have vicious tongues. They make and poke fun of the girls who are overweight, or maybe they do not dress as nicely as the others do. They have no respect for the feelings of others. Put yourself in their shoes. Parents, I hope you do not see your child upset like I do almost every day. I wish you could be invisible and watch the actions of your children when you are not around. Wake up and listen. We are all God's children. "What goes around comes around" is a good old saying. I knew a girl who did this very thing, and now she is overweight and very depressed.