Every day here on our stations, I'm thinking about different ways to interact with you.  I know this whole radio thing isn't just me out there talking to myself.  So it's very important to me that I get your input on stuff!  That's what the weekly Enquiring Minds surveys are all about, picking your brain and seeing what you think about stuff. 

On Monday, I asked about a new survey about the Pledge of Allegiance. Some people are saying that the Pledge should go back to the way it was originally written in 1892 - with no mention of "under God". I asked what you thought, and some of it was a little confusing.

They should stay because that's how it was in the first place. No reason to change it because people don't believe in god.

Well, see, that's just the problem. The Pledge of Allegiance never included the phrase "under God" until 1954. Dwight Eisenhower encouraged congress to change it, and for some of us, that's all we've said. But it wasn't in there originally.

I believe that when you say the Pledge of Allegiance, if you don't want to say "Under God" then don't say it. The fact the Knights of Columbus had it added in 1957 needs to be known, because everyone is assuming that it was written that way. And that's what they're defending. Other than that everyone needs to quit being so damn sensitive about everything...Grrrr...sorry to vent...

You've got a good point there. And it is important to know the facts of the situation.

On Tuesday, I asked about a study I read about our pets. Some scientist dudes say that dogs and cats respond better to being petted or touched rather than being spoken to. So that led me to ask if scolding your dog for bad behavior worked - or if some other method of training was better. How do you praise and punish your pet? Does one method work better than another?

I give them treats and let them stay inside, and take that away if they dont listen it has to be continuously if i took it away!

Being consistent is key with training any of our little pets, that I know.

To reward good behavior i verbally praise and pet.

That seems to be the way that works best! According to science, anyway.

Usually talking in a mean tone of voice to them gets the job done. I give them treats everyday, anyway! However, one of my horses doesn't appear to ever learn so he's a hopeless project! I call them "pasture ornaments"!!!

Silly horse! That is pretty cute, though.

On Wednesday I thought we'd get a little silly and speculate. If you were suddenly named the KING or QUEEN of America, what would you do with the power?

First thing I would do is input a one hour afternoon nap law

Heck yes! Mandatory nap time would make EVERYBODY a little easier to get along with.

There is alot of things I would do different! Dont really wanna say!

I'm a little mystified by this answer. No idea.

Then some of you got pretty serious!

Start paying off the national debt and try to balance the budget

Jobs and education would be priorities

Equalize the pay and benefits the congress, legislature and especially state governments get. It is not fair that a Missouri Senator serves only one term and receives more retirement and benefits than someone that has worked for them 20-30 years. All state & government employees should have the same health insurances--it would probably save money all around for the U.S. and each state.

Dang, you guys definitely put more thought into this than I did. For me, I think I'd have to make my new kingdom a Twerk Free nation. No more twerking. You're welcome.

On Thursday, I asked you about this thing I saw on Facebook a few weeks ago asking people to list ten books that have stayed with them in some way. So Facebook analyzed the responses from 130,000 people to figure out the 100 most influential books. So I thought, 'HEY, I wonder what books are the favorites of our listeners?!"

As a child I loved Skelllig. My daughter is reading it currently now. I love Absloam by local author Kelly Coleman - it's deep and intriguing with a fantastic plot.

Ooooh, I might have to check out that one. I'm all about supporting local creativity!

I love anything by John Grisham and I also like the John Jakes series of books profiling the lives for many generations. I believe it's the "Americana" series.

Aah yes, I love some genealogy. Looking back at history is always very intriguing.

Loved the 50 shades of grey trilogy. And how could they not stick with you..they are kinda unforgettable! !

Um... no comment? I keep hearing about those books from time to time, but I never have read them. Still, I'm glad you liked 'em!

Anyway, that's it for this week's Enquiring Minds. But, I'll have a bunch of brand news ones next week, so come back and take some more surveys. Make sure you go back and take any of the other surveys you may have missed and you'll get points to win prizes!

Curiously yours,