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I don't claim to be an expert on raising children, but I have one policy I use that I believe works. When I tell my child someting, I stand behind it 100 percent. If she's told to clean up her room there is no alternative but that she does what shes told. I never once let anything slide. I have watched exes with their children get frustrated that their kids won't do what they are told. If everytime they tell their kids to do something the child doesn't do it, and they don't ever follows up to see that it was done, what do you expect a child to do if everything you say can be ignored? I do blame the parents sometimes, but all that depends on too many variables.

Children raised in two different homes by default have less a chance due to the two parents trying too hard to gain favor. The child suffers in the long run because of the fight between parents. One parent tries to raise the kid right, and the other parent is simply good time charlie that requires the child have zero responsibility in their 4 days at month at their home. All this undermines the child chances of a normal adult life.

Agreed. Seems to me the only proof of wrong doing is on the acuser here.

If you did report it -it would open up an investigation and they would talk to the children as well.  However-if you don't report abuse (if it is happening)-then when they do investigate-you can also be charged for not reporting.-I only know this because I work for the State Hospital in Fulton for 4 yrs and at Woodhaven in Columbia for a year.  If it is happening(whatever it is...I cna't quite fiqure it out by the post) and you main job is the best interest for troubled teens-then how can you not say anything?
From my experience only-teens do not end up in group homes because they have lived a good life.  95% of the time there has been some kind of abuse (physical, emotional,sexual, drugs,alcohol..etc) I have seen this first hand as I have lived in 6 group homes, 2 psyc hospital, and 2 foster homes when I was growing up. So why if their was any forms of these abuse going on would you excuse it to you being the only witness?  The girls there all have voices also.

National News / You asked for it, and here it is.
« on: January 10, 2009, 08:12:03 PM »
A picture of Maynard with Moose knuckle.

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Tell us your favorite Joke / Cartoon Time Kids..
« on: January 09, 2009, 08:08:33 AM »

Thing is I am pretty sure it pales in comparison to the goings on at Piney Ridge. They have had it all go down there to include employees. I won't say how I know, but some of you may recall my connection. You would be shocked. You have said nothing remotely close that would compare to Piney Ridge. Not even in the same ball park..

Yes its on cnntoday, they have already had the funeral. There was a fight on a train, the cops removed suspects, had one cuffed and on his belly, then took out a gun and shot him. I think he's claimed he thought it was a tazer.
Can't see the feed.  Is this new today?  I know there was a shooting last week that evoked violence.

Looks to me like your story is full of hearsay. Hearsay evidence in court isn't allowed. You heard someone say he flipped a mattress, that' inadmissible evidence in a court of law. You heard the girls went right back to their old way, again hearsay evidence, inadmissible in a court of law.. If Judy were to sue you, you'd better have someone willing to help you prove that happened or you'd lose much money quick.

I'd think that we shouldn't allow ex employees of any company come in here and talk about their former boss. But I suppose that's debateable.

I ask you, did you quit out there or were you fired?
As a worker in that industry, aren't you madated by law to immediately report anything you see done wrong to child protection services?

Restaurant Opinion / Re: McDonalds(again)
« on: January 08, 2009, 02:59:50 PM »
Thanks Darrell I missed his response, true it would be best to do your articles on his site and we link into them. Whatever Darrell prefers is ok with me.
Dave, please give me a call at 573.433.6733 after commission ends at noon, or maybe tonight. This was Rick's idea and my idea both.
There are two ways to do this, and I'd like to see both done. I post Rep. Day's columns, Sheriff King's columns, and Ambulance Director Gary Carmack's columns on the Pulaski County Daily News site. Rick Lepard crossposts them on the Pulaski County Web site.
The two separate sites are separately owned but interconnected for "synergy" purposes -- I've hired Rick Lepard to do my web design, he uses my news content as a "hook" to get people into his site to comment on my articles, and I use his site to drive traffic to my site by posting headlines and article summaries. The key point to take away is we run our own separate businesses with a different focus, but cooperate on behind-the-scenes stuff. Opinion columns, however, are an example of an area where we work publicly together.
I understand why there is not and should not be a connection between McDonalds and your views. That won't be a problem. I'd like to include a tagline of what business you own, but a tagline like "Dave Weinbaum is a private businessman who owns four restaurants in the local area" will sufficiently substantiate your credibility without identifying the business.

Restaurant Opinion / Re: McDonalds(again)
« on: January 08, 2009, 01:31:59 AM »
Did you hear this person say this?
My son has been job hunting so I sent him to McDonalds in Waynesville (closer to home and he can catch a ride with a friend) and they told him they "Weren't hiring his kind" wtf is your kind anyway? At least he is trying to get a job and willing to work~ He's going to Wendy's and Subway today> I won't be going to Mc Donalds any time soon since i'm sure i'm not their kind...

Restaurant Opinion / Re: McDonalds(again)
« on: January 08, 2009, 01:24:40 AM »
Dave, would you like your own space on the boards where you can post your columns like the sheriff and state rep do? Personally I have never read theem, but if they were here I would. Besides, it might be fun to get you in the arguements on here.
LOL!!  I'm listening....Let's not get the column mixed up with the restaurants, shall we?

Business Opinion / Re: Other Mothers Closing
« on: January 07, 2009, 04:42:07 AM »
You should open a shop selling cosmetics and see, but I don't recommend it..
Not everything. ;-)  Especially for women.  During the depression two "luxury" items that maintained ok sales were tobacco and facial powder.  In fact if you ask a Mary Kay, Avon or Beauty Control Rep that really works their business like a business, their sales have not declined.  When women find products they love and see results with they'll do whatever it takes to get them. :-)

Ask anyone who uses Clinique or Dior they aren't going to go to Wally world to shop for cosmetics. :-)

Local News / Re: Holiday Inn & Ramada Inn Rumors
« on: January 07, 2009, 03:38:51 AM »
Here I told you months ago what's being built by the Holiday Inn. It is another Holiday Inn. The old Holiday Inn will be changing names. I talked to Paula Farris and she verified this today.
Some form the Horses Mouth and one Hearsay, then again, people can change their minds... Thought I'd share this because you all love to know this stuff..  :yahoo:
Ramada will be literally bulldozing their hotel complex and building a new hotel on the property by the interstate, and selling off the rest of the land in lots..  This motel may be up to 4 floors, it will house about 80 rooms.. They have also bought the Rockin R Building, and will be opening it under the name Area 151.
The Farris family aka Holiday Inn is building a new Holiday Inn Next to McDonald's, they will be keeping the existing Holiday Inn Express also. The New Hotel will be much larger.

Fortunately for me I am not a Journalist so I can write dumb stuff like this and not lose Journalistic credibility..  ###$$#@!

Business Opinion / Re: Game exchange in St. Robert
« on: January 07, 2009, 03:11:49 AM »
Post is going to open as many things as they can. They will slowly destroy St. Robert.. Watch for Hotels in the future.

Jesus freakin Christ!!! They got a gamestop on post now too? That is freakin ridiculous. How many things is the post going to open that could potentially hurt local businesses or  prevent future businesses from opening? I love gamestop, and now post made it significantly more unlikely we will get one off post. Why does Fort Leneord Wood insist on destroying my dreams?

Pulaski Enquirer / Re: ROLL CALL!!!
« on: January 07, 2009, 02:03:53 AM »
I only read the political stuff usually.
Where IS everyone?
The board needs some livening up and some diversions away from 'politics as usual'.

Local News / Re: JT Roberts letter to the editor.
« on: January 06, 2009, 06:34:50 AM »
JT writes. Maybe the voters will remember this in two years, we shall see.

I write.. It is Ransdall who is up for election in two years for sure.  Dianne is also, right?  Wonder who he is refering to.. I'd think Dianne..

Local News / JT Roberts letter to the editor.
« on: January 06, 2009, 01:13:40 AM »
Several hundred Pulaski County citizens have approached me wanting to know the outcome of the Nov. 4 election recount. Unfortunately, I have to tell them that on Dec. 11, the Pulaski County Commissioners met and agreed to dismiss Prosecuting Attorney Deborah Hooper and hire a St. Louis Attorney, Ivan Schraeder to represent Sheriff J.B. King, and County Clerk Diana Linnenbringer and to oppose the recount. I feel that it is time that I clarify a few points. First of all, Sheriff J.B. King in his weekly article continues to tell the public that I have sued the county. That is totally false. I have not sued anyone; I only filed a petition requesting a recount of the Nov. 4 election results. The word lawsuit does not set well with most citizens and the purpose behind the continuation of Sheriff Kingís use of the connotation, law suit is to degrade me personally. On Dec. 16, Attorney Schraeder filed a response to my petition in which I had requested a recount. In his response, he has requested the Court hold me liable and pay all attorney fees for Sheriff King and County Clerk Diana Linnenbringer, pay all expenses and fees for any recount if the Court should grant it, and pay all costs for a re-election, if the Court should decide one is needed. Additionally, he requested that I post a bond with the Court for any and all expenses that may be incurred. Ladies and gentlemen, this constitutes a lawsuit. It is leveled against me personally and they are asking for monetary expenditures. Sheriff King has not released this fact to the public and only wants the public to think I have filed a lawsuit, which is totally false. In December 1994, Rolla Attorney John Beger, who had run against Circuit Judge Douglas Long, filed a petition for a recount in Circuit Court in Pulaski County. The recount was conducted in a short period of time and the results released that Judge Long had been the winner, but no other details were released and no elaborate news articles published. In my case however, that was not the case. Within minutes after I filed the petition, I received telephone calls from the local radio station and the Daily Guide Newspaper, as both had copies of my petition, which they obtained from the Circuit Clerk. A few hours later, Judge John Brackman from Union, Mo., Franklin County, was appointed to hear the request for the recount. On Dec. 11, after the County Commission had hired Attorney Ivan L. Schraeder, my attorney requested Judge Brackman recuse himself and he did so. Now, an out of county judge, has been assigned to hear the case. What started out to be a simple request for a recount now may turn into a very expensive court battle if the County Commission, Sheriff King, Clerk Linnenbringer, and others have their way? I will now have to defend myself at my own expense, just for following the law and requesting a recount that I am entitled to receive at no expense to me. The past two weeks, the County Commission has tried to borrow $150,000 to balance the budget. They have been successful and the money taken from the building fund. Even with the short fall they found $10,000 to fund St. Louis Attorney Ivan Schraeder. It makes me wonder why those office holders want to oppose the recount so vehemently. November election results for the office of Sheriff as reported by Pulaski County Clerk, Diana Linnenbringer, have varied. Some showed me losing by 27 votes and some with 40 and some with 38 votes. Regardless, the vote margin between me and J.B. King is less than one percent. Under Missouri Law, RSMO 115.601, I am legally entitled to a recount, no question about it, since that statute mandates that if the vote margin between two or more candidates is less than 1 percent then there shall be a recount, if I ask for it. I asked for one. In this case, 12,844 votes were cast with the difference being 38 votes, which is considerately less than 1 percent. Three other Missouri Counties had recounts, and in all three cases the counties paid for the recount. In Johnson County, constant, Jim Jackson requested a recount but contestee, Hoskins ask him to pay for the recount but he quoted RSMO, 115.601, which entitles him to a recount. He did however; figure the cost of the recount in Johnson County. They hired four judges and four poll watchers at $10 per hour, for 16 hours, for a total of $1,280. The rumors of $40,000 for a recount in Pulaski Count are greatly exaggerated. Clerk Diana Linnenbringer stated the county spent $44,000 for the November election. If she had 60 election judges at $10 per hour for 15 hours that would amount to $9,000. She only had two poll watchers and I am not sure they were paid. That leaves $35,000 which she claims was spent for something. With 15,165 votes being cast, that amounts to over $2.30 per vote. More reason to count every ballot. She has publicly stated that she has several absentee ballots that have not been counted and several absentee ballots that have not been opened and counted. In my petition I requested the Court issue an order that those ballots be counted. It is the right of the voters to have their ballots counted. Under Missouri Law, RSMO 115.601, any candidate is entitled to a recount if the vote difference is less than 1 percent. The law sets out it to follow the guidelines in RSMO 115.577, and 553. Those laws state that the candidate or any one or more registered voters may request a recount. A petition is to be filed with the Circuit Clerk, stating all points that the Court is to look at to determine if a recount is in order. In the petition, I followed the guidelines and pointed out several voting law violations. Under RSMO 115.593, I asked the Court to consider a re-election if the Court decided that the violations were serious enough to change the vote totals. I also requested the Court consider a hand recount. I feel that a person is more accurate than a machine. In all recounts held this year in Missouri, the machine has been inaccurate. My main area of concern is the absentee ballots. I have no problems with the election judges or their ability to do their job accurately, I just donít trust the mechanical counting device to be 100 percent accurate and when you are dealing with 38 votes out of 12,844, you want to be accurate. If the difference was on Sheriff King, I am sure he would feel the same as I. Since I have been paying my own attorney fees for the recount, I may have to make a decision as to how much money I want to invest in a recount. I too am a taxpayer and it infuriates me when my tax money is wasted. It frustrates me that a few office holders have the authority to put someone in office they want, regardless of what the voters want and regardless of what the law mandates. It makes one wonder if perhaps some wrong doing may have occurred and they donít want someone to find out about it. Voters have rights and I feel that if they take the time to go vote then their vote should be counted and counted accurately. Maybe the voters will remember this in two years, we shall see.
J.T. Roberts Waynesville 

National News / Re: GateHouse Media stops retirement plan contributions
« on: January 06, 2009, 12:16:48 AM »
Buy 10,000 shares right now.. Trust me.
I bought 250 shares of Gatehouse @ .17 cents a share a few months back thinking I couldn't lose.
Yeah right!! *****  It's down to .04 cents today :crying:    :crying:   ::)

Business Opinion / Re: Other Mothers Closing
« on: January 05, 2009, 02:44:18 AM »
Walmarts got that covered.
I do understand.  For someone wanting to run their own business the best thing to do is to find a high demand consumable product.

Business Opinion / Re: Other Mothers Closing
« on: January 05, 2009, 01:57:22 AM »
It could make money, but retail is a nightmare way to try and make money. Expect to make absolutely nothing in the first 5 years. Prepare to have another way to pay your own bills for these 5 years. The business will not pay for squat. I do not reccommend retail business. The businesses who succeed more often are service businesses. In retail you are lucky to make a 30 cents on each dollar sold. Then from that 30 cents you pay rent utilities advertising etc. It's seems really simple from the outside looking in and many people give it a shot thinking it is the answer to their dreams. I was in the shoe business for 25 years and it was nothing but a struggle every day to pay the bills. At one time I was grossing 800,000 a year and had a zero profit at the end of that year.. Markdowns are the killer and you cant compete with corporate stores. I could go on for hours as to why.. Find a SERVICE business to get into, because when you take in a dollar the entire dollar is profit to then start paying your bills, not 30 cents. My family owned the H&R Block stores in Waynesville and St. Robert before the shoe business, it is a service business and it made money.
I lost about 300,000 in the shoe busines in the last 4 years..
Oh by the way, I am back in the service business!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I just made money while I was typing this..
Yes but she closed due to the fact she had to go back to germany to take care of her mother and she said that with other mothers it was too much competition. However now that they both are closed... it should make money?? shouldnt it?
come on Rick you have the know how. Can it be done?

Business Opinion / Re: Other Mothers Closing
« on: January 05, 2009, 01:46:43 AM »
It appeared to be thriving, I saw the books, it was not Thriving.
Poor management.  It was open and thriving with the previous owner. It has spiraled downward since.

Business Opinion / Re: Other Mothers Closing
« on: January 04, 2009, 08:13:26 PM »
Wiggles closed too. Someone may but it may not make money.
Why couldnt someone open up a store just like it without it being a franchise? Like giggles and wiggles did?
We have to have a store like this.