You Said It Column December 06, 2008

• When I was in my 30s, I didn’t mind being asked for ID when I purchased alcohol. Now that I’m over 60, I resent being asked for an ID. If it happens, I leave without a purchase and never go back to that business.

• Young parents: Your baby born with a problem? I wish I could be there and tell you about our baby, and that it is not the end of the world. This could be the one that will always be near you. Never drafted for war, never out all night, never in jail.

• Some folks are looking for a tenant for a certain now- empty theater; other folks are looking for a place to locate a gentleman’s club. Seems obvious to me. Can’t understand why your paycheck falls short? Think about the colleges turning out people with marketing degrees, intent on getting your paycheck. 

• It is interesting that the recent peace officer training in the Grand Valley was a three-month period. We have been training Iraqi policeman prospects for more than five years, and we are told they are still not ready. Are they that incompetent or is there just a guise going on to keep taxpayers feeding the U.S. war-profit machine?

• Packard, Studebaker, American Motors, etc. — Carmakers that failed and did not get a bailout. If your product can’t compete, you belong in the ditch.

• To the moron who rode my butt down First Street on Thursday morning: It was a school zone, you idiot, that’s why everyone, except you, was going slow. I hope the officers who patrol that area get you next time — before your irresponsible driving gets one of our students.

• Hurray for a council member who will actually speak his mind instead of trying to appease everyone. All of the bloggers that literally piled on should be ashamed or at the very least, take note. His feud with a former council member showed me how fragile some egos can be. Good job, Doug.

• It bothers me to see where some think Obama would trash the Constitution. For heaven’s sake, he taught constitutional law at the University of Chicago. He’s going to have to spend lots of time repairing the extreme damage to the Constitution that Team Bush caused.

If the new Congress and administration succeed in silencing conservative talk radio, we will lose an essential voice of opposition to the liberal agenda. That would be a big step in eliminating free speech in this country. History records that it wouldn’t be long before all voices (liberal or conservative) of opposition will be gone.

To those critical of conservative talk radio and TV:Be careful what you ask for. Remember, they were the only media that investigated the backgrounds and associates of all the candidates and made it available to the public. The major media was already campaigning for Obama (they did investigate Sarah Palin — go figure).

Already he is wavering on his promise. He said he was going to create 2 1/2 million jobs, and now he is saying “create or save” jobs. Funny how the reality of the job smacks candidates upside the head when they come down off the campaign trail and really have to do something.

GM built a new state of the art auto plant in Lansing, Mich., a few years ago. The facility makes the GMC Acadia, Saturn Outlook and Buick Enclave. The vehicles were so successful and profitable that the United Auto Workers went on a wildcat strike at that plant for a bigger piece of the pie. Talk about greedy. Now they want the U.S. taxpayers to finance a bailout. Get real.


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