You Said It, May 29, 2011

Please, please, please remove Ward Churchill articles from the front page. I’m sure someone in your organization is intelligent enough to realize that most people feel Ward Churchill is nothing more than a liar and a cheat. A man with no honor. You are only adding to his megalomania.

The best way to express your opinion of Mr. Churchill’s visit to Grand Junction is to stay away from his “performance.” Hopefully the media (TV, press) will do the same. He needs to just fade away.

Our school district needs to focus on quality not quantity. Instead of cutting reading aides and making classrooms fuller, go to a four-day school week. They would save on buses and utilities.

Talk about misguided public priorities. Cops to be added to the school hallways while instructional professionals receive the budget ax. Maybe law enforcement can multitask and engage the students in literacy exercises with grammatically correct anti-bullying slogans.

There can be police in schools but no Ten Commandments? Very interesting. And one comes free.

Parents, where are you? Where is your outrage over the district cutting teachers and reading aides? Jeff Kirkland shows the arrogance of the district with the “community doesn’t get it” comment he made. Why do we just sit back and let them do whatever they want when we know it isn’t best for our children? Keep the reading aides; get rid of more administrators.

I was recently in the newer Mesa County Administration Building on 29 1/2 Road. Nice building, but why are my tax dollars going to supply signs in Spanish? There are more signs in Spanish than English.

On May 12 my friend and I went to Applebee’s for dinner — my turn to treat. I had my credit card out, but when the waitress came over she said that a couple had paid our bill and that they would not give their name. In all my 92 years, this has never happened to me. It was a lovely thing, a wonderful feeling.

It’s nice that when some people eat out they can also afford to treat a stranger to a meal, but not everyone can do that. Something almost everyone can do, though, is give a compliment or praise to those they meet, and in doing that might make their day. So try it. You and they might like it.

The public pays a huge price for the NFL. Is it really worth it? We pay the players millions a year, the public provides the facilities (and the teams hold the public hostage with threats to leave), and on top of it, we tend to excuse them when they commit crimes. It might be more economically beneficial to keep those billions in the pockets of the public to buy groceries and gas. After all, the best the public gets in return are minimum-wage, seasonal jobs.

Special thanks to the city of Grand Junction for sending someone to pick up a large, heavy, truck tire that someone dumped on my driveway. The city workers were prompt and helpful. Too bad there are people who dump their trash on others’ property.

I am in disbelief that someone stole our leash and choke collar from the dog park Friday.

Golly gee. It is so nice of the atheists and freethinkers to celebrate the ignorance of some Christians. While they mock those who worship God, I think they have created their own personal Gods, such as self-worship, money, materialism or simply idiocy. At least Christianity teaches you to love your neighbor as you would love yourself. You guys can’t even tolerate someone who doesn’t think exactly like you. I wouldn’t exactly call that “free thinking.”


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