Wednesday, February 28, 2007

A few more from Speak Out!

I couldn't resist. From the past few weeks in Speak Out!, the column in Cape Girardeau's Southeast Missourian that prints the concerns of citizens, however personal their gripes might be. And if you don't want to read any of them, I urge you to read the first and the last, both completely out of left field and kind of strange:
A better place
Ice storms in Missouri have knocked out power to thousands of homes and businesses. Many people are sleeping in shelters to keep warm. I don't hear any stories on about widespread looting in the streets or assaults in the shelters. Maybe Missourians are just better people. After all, we did have two kidnap victims rescued in Kirkwood.
Season of lights
If Christmas is from Dec. 25 to Jan. 6, Christmas lights should only be up during that time. But since people put their lights up the day after Thanksgiving, a month before the Christmas season, it is only fair that Christmas lights come down Dec. 26. Fair is fair.
Parking-lot lessons
APPARENTLY YOU can learn from social lessons in parking lots at retail stores. When I was at a store today, I learned how lazy people can be. There were quite a few carts that were not returned to the nearest cart-return center, and there were tons of people driving around looking for the nearest parking space when they could have parked farther away and completed their shopping. No wonder the French find us despicable.
Deflected siren
HAS ANYONE noticed the weather warning siren on East Jackson Boulevard? Isn't it aimed at a billboard? Will that billboard deflect the sound?
Music memories
I WAS disappointed with the Grammys program. Whatever happened to the days when we had premiere acts like Wilson Phillips, Michael Bolton and Color Me Bad?
Sirens in Cape
I AM still waiting for storm sirens in Cape Girardeau, rotating or not. I don't even care if they are fixed facing billboards.
Heating up
I HAVE a son who overheats and he rarely wears a coat. A hat would be completely out of the question for him. He rarely gets sick. Our bodies regulate differently.

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