Good job on the new format, it’s great. now, back to Roodhouse. you know, when some folks’ first and only concern about school consolidation is about the fielding of the football team, things are pretty darn sad. do I really need to elaborate more? To the parents who wants to know where the so-called parents are. Their hands are tied, thanks to all the laws. A teenager can do whatever they want and there’s not much the parent can do. if you don’t believe me, ask any police officer and they will tell you the same thing. Habits become character. maybe they shouldn’t, but they do. Character gives worth to life. maybe it shouldn’t, but it does. if the president and all the other politicians are serious about creating jobs, then why don’t they bring to Washington the CEOs of Proctor & Gamble, Phillip Morris, Caterpillar, GE and all the other so-called American companies’ CEOs and tell them if they want to sell their products in this country then manufacture their products like washing machines, dryers, refrigerators, toothpaste, without lead in it, in this country. but no, Congress would rather go after baseball players. Guess who has the biggest eyesore and junkiest yard in Meredosia? A town board member, of course. That kid who was a page and says $5 million isn’t anything must have political ambitions. Love the new look of the online paper. if we want to instill in youngsters proper values and habits, we should have the courage of our ambiguities, inconsistencies and contradictions. People who use situations to get pity are sad. Especially when they use others situations and do all they can to let everybody know the circumstances. Self-pity is destructive. God bless the Navy SEALs and their families. Someone asked why the tavern was closed in Beardstown. That’s an easy answer, idiot: Because they were not open. Obammie is going to let us in on his plan for jobs and the economy after his taxpayer-funded campaign swing across America on the new taxpayer-funded monster bus and after his 11 day vacation at a 20-acre seaside resort at Martha’s Vineyard. The guy is a consistent hypocrite at least. Shouldn’t we ponder that a bit? Let’s really let our congressman know that we want to have the same gasoline prices that they have in Europe. down with big oil. you just can’t make this stuff up: Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack told MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” that the Obama administration has a jobs program already in place, and it’s food stamps. When asked about new numbers that show one in every seven Americans now receiving food stamps from the federal government, Vilsack said that’s good news. Food stamps create jobs.Where did Obama get these people? please understand that the Dream Act does not give illegal aliens a free education. it allows them to compete for private scholarships and pay in-state tuition instead of out-of-state tuition, provided that they graduated from an Illinois high school. The “Girls gone Wild” bus was spotted between Nebo and Haypress. how many students are leaving Virginia school to go to another school? I hope our elected officials do the right thing and allow another ambulance company to come to town. I make over $20,000 and I work my butt off to get and keep my job. I lose half my pay in taxes now and fools like you and your Hitler party Democrats want more from my pay. Go to hell. I have a feeling that Obama and the Dumocrats are going to get stomped in the 2012 elections. Rick Perry will don his cowboy boots and will do the stomping. Don’t mess with Texas. Reload, and let’s roll. Everyone who is concerned about the job situation in our country should Google “Job Creators Alliance,” a national organization of employers who are trying to produce conditions that can lead to job creation. I agree with President Obama. He does need to drop his broken distributive politics, stop vilifying his opponents, and do what’s right for the country. He is absolutely responsible for this economy. in Wednesday’s New York Times, an article noted that those convicted of rioting in British cities several days ago are put into orange jumpsuits and made to clean up the wreckage and sweep up. this kind of creative sentencing gives the victims a chance to see the perps paying back to society, and it gives the perps a chance to earn their way back. we all hope to see this creative justice operating on the streets of Jacksonville before long. Someone wanted to know why restaurants that consistently earn scores from the health department in the 70s are allowed to stay in business. another question: why do some people still eat at such restaurants? The “Core Beliefs” page on the Webster of Job Creators Alliance should be read by everyone in business and government, and this organization’s list of speakers on the same page is very impressive. FutureGen 2.0 is moving forward. Work is progressing on the geologic characterization well pad site. The well will thoroughly evaluate the geology to confirm that the area is an excellent match for carbon dioxide storage. it may also serve as a monitoring well for decades to come. well drilling will start in the next few weeks and it will take about three months to complete the drilling and installation effort. No CO2 will ever be injected into the well, it is for characterization and monitoring only. Kids who start kindergarten knowing their colors, shapes, numbers, and have “please and thank you” habits, and are able to follow a sequence of instructions have a huge advantage in school over kids who have not learned these things. I am sensing a double-standard with the tattoo things and women. why is it when women do it, it’s not OK but it’s OK for men. That screams double-standard to me and I have nine tattoos and I don’t care if you see them or not. I cover them if I need to, otherwise I allow them to be seen. Get over yourself and find something more productive to argue about such as bringing the troops home, something worthwhile. When you redesigned the newspaper on here, why didn’t you leave out Open Line and if people want to make a comment, do it in a letter to the editor where they are required to sign their name, not hide behind a computer? Really? this nation is imploding and people are complaining about tattoos? why don’t we talk about how people can help each other? The government won’t help anyone but themselves. I’m wondering why the president and family didn’t go to Camp David, which is already paid for, rather than paying in the vicinity of $30,000 a week for a Cape Cod Martha’s Vineyard home. also, why was $1.2 million spent for two buses for them to travel on? That is just too much. Let’s be honest. if a bus tour looks like a campaign, sounds like a campaign, blasts the Congress like a campaign, makes more promises like a campaign, spends more tax payer money to the tune of millions of dollars, Mr. President, it’s a political campaign tour. I give up. I’ve been across the Meredosia bridge three or four times in the last three or four days. No one is working there but one lane is shut down on the west side. Can somebody please tell me what they’re doing? I think the Scott County commissioner should ask the county clerk to resign. Poor actions of a public official. if the politicians want to mess with pensions, why don’t they mess with their own? they only have to work a few years in order to earn a full pension. some of them are earning multiple pensions. Let’s cut them down to one, like the rest of us. some people don’t even get that. some people can be very cunning and use every situation they can to get pity from other people. It’s sad when they use family situations, post it all over the Internet just to get pity. All I have left out of the hope and change is the change. and I’m definitely scared to death that he’s going to tax me on that change. I think it’s a travesty when a local government official with low morals can even think about aspiring to a higher office. I’m sure there’s at least one person who agrees with the caller that President Clinton did a good job while in office: Monica Lewinsky. Obama has no plan with regard to withdrawal from Afghanistan. He’s going to walk out on those people and throw away everything we’ve invested there. I wonder what happened to the unity for the community prayer meeting? Thank God that one person doesn’t stop the knee mail, it goes faster than email. be blessed, we are praying for you. The paramedics at LifeStar Ambulance are the best, but the nursing staff at Passavant are very unprofessional, they need to take lessons from LifeStar people on manners. Kudos to the Moose Lodge for opening its doors to Brandon Perry’s family and friends in a time of need. The Moose Lodge is a caring, fraternal organization that has strength in numbers. I hope more people are willing to join this classy organization. would one of you liberals explain this: Obama is going to lay out his jobs plan, after his vacation. Republicans are the ones creating jobs. The corporation that bought ACH came from Florida, which is controlled by Republicans. this is right up there in the ‘top 10 Stupidest things Ever Printed in Open Line.’ Gov. Perry talks about the economy; Obama says “you’ve got to be a little more careful about what you say.” Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan says “Fort Hood shooter is not a terrorist, just a good Muslim who was driven crazy by the terrorist American soldiers who rape Muslim men, women and families.” Where is Obama’s response? oh, I forgot, he is on vacation. The call for civility is one-sided. Our “elected” representatives and officials have seen fit to have relaxed rules to allow illegals to circumvent the rules and regulations, which we must follow to the letter. Let’s show them in the next election how “we the People” feel about their actions. Does anyone know how much the proposed “shovel-ready” jobs project will cost the average American taxpayer? “Lincoln kids” can be bused all over town but my kid, who doesn’t go to Lincoln, can no longer be picked up outside our house. I hear it costs too much in gas for the school district. it sends our youth a fine message. those who can, do and those who can’t wait for everything to be handed to you. Who is this equal opportunity for anyway? I wonder how much money Michele Bachmann has gotten from the state for fostering 20 kids? I’ll bet it is in the hundred thousands. I wonder if it was a big heart or big checks that got her into fostering? I just love the Nazi thinking of you people on the Open Line who think we should take the entitlement programs away from those who need them. Once again, blaming the debt on entitlements instead of on the politicians who cannot balance a simple budget. stop the wars. we are not the world’s police, and if we are we should be the one’s being paid by other countries to do so. put the entitlement recipients out in the pasture like the Nazi Germans did and machine gun them to death if they aren’t college educated and making some righteous bucks and a contributing, able bodied citizen. Exterminate them. they have no reason to live if they are sucking off the system. I’d have to say some of you on here eugenists. recently I had the good fortune to read Open Line. but then I realized that there sure are a lot of idiots in Open Line online. Thank you for letting me be myself again. Illinois Girls Little League just won the Little League World Series. Can’t do much better than that. Can’t we all just get along? Shame on the Journal-Courier for making headlines of the Scott County clerk being arrested. maybe you should do your research and learn the facts before running such a headline. so, every time someone is arrested I want to see it highlighted and a separate article on the arrest. Get a life people. maybe you should get some real news. I just attended the school board meeting and was once again appalled at the antics of the board president. She is nasty at times when addressing others. during the open floor forum she continually winces, tosses her head and looks at her watch. this is in total disrespect of the attendees and she needs to be held accountable for her actions. after being elected to this position she should be attentive to each and every person that speaks at the meeting. Leonard Pitt’s comments concerning whites becoming a minority in America make me nauseous. His in your face gloating is way over the top. what a racist, white-hating jerk he is. The idiot talking about European gas prices should understand the price he is referring to is per liter, about a quart in this country. this means a comparable price for a gallon is four times the price quoted from Europe. this venue should be renamed to Idiot Line. it sounds like the Roodhouse aldermen have a lot more pressing problems than what is going on out at the campground, which by the way is doing very good now. this is the angry Taxpayer. I see that several people have commented on Open Line online about welfare recipients who abuse and take advantage of the health care system. It’s gratifying to see that I’m not alone in my views, and that there are lots of fellow angry taxpayers out there. welcome aboard, folks. Reload, and let’s roll. Obama is now going to police Syria. we will invade them, wait and see. He is way down in the polls so he needs another staged event, a crisis, to show he can still lead the country. so Hillary and him will send your youth off to fight yet another foreign war we should not be involved in. Bring the troops home and put them on our borders. Pardon my ignorance, but I’ve seen several references in Open Line concerning “tramp stamps.” Could someone kindly tell me, what is a tramp stamp? I’ve never heard of this term, although I gather it’s not complimentary. Editor’s note: It’s a derogatory name given to a tattoo a woman has on the small of her back. I knew without a doubt that the school board was going to vote to close the schools by the looks on their faces. they had already made up their minds before anyone said anything. one of the members was sitting there rolling her eyes. how sad. this is to the North Greene teacher at the Roodhouse council meeting Wednesday night. Outstanding job, hats off to you. not only did you save $8 a month in our trash pick up, you saved the city and us taxpayers $30,000 on trash pick up per year. I think you ought to consider running for office, maybe even mayor. Let’s get the old out and get some people in their with some sense. I hear that the college wants the ground that Turner is on. I’d sure like to know how much that played into the decision for them to close down these schools. The school board is doing very wrong and we’re just letting them. until the scores come up on best Buffet and El Rancherito, don’t eat there. Just because someone is elected to a position on the school board does not mean they know what’s best for the community. Way to go District 117. You’ve just closed the two best schools in the district. you were really thinking about our kids when you did that. if these people can’t play golf without liquor until noon then that’s a shame. also, if the school board can afford new schools, then why not use that money to fix up these great neighborhood schools.