You Said It Column December 20, 2008
• Thanks you — for the parking ticket I did not receive. What a nice Christmas gesture — to have a total stranger contribute a coin to my expired parking meter (at the post office) about three seconds ahead of the meter maid’s arrival. I could see both “actors” in motion but would have been too late to forestall the inevitable. I can only hope that kindness made him feel half as good as it did me.
• I didn’t think that high-speed chases were supposed to be carried out in town, especially when it happens to be on the roads where our children are at school. Guess they make their own rules up as they go. Just glad no one was killed as a result from this one.
• To the group that wishes to open a gentleman’s club here in the Grand Valley: I have some profound words of wisdom for you.
First of all, it is almost 2009, and what you are trying to do is based on very “old” male- dominant energy mentality. In case you have not noticed, women are empowered these days and we no longer have the desire to be in “servitude” to others. If by some miracle you do open your doors here in thevalley, do not be surprised if our amazing powerful women do not flock in to entertain you. You might want to focus on something more evolved. I suggest a good spiritual book and a focus on enlightenment.
• The United States Treasury is printing money so fast that it is almost worthless.
I think the city needs to rethink the proposed location of their Taj Mahal and devise a plan that is acceptable to the taxpayer. Why not buy out Brady Trucking at fair market value plus some to cover Brady’s legal expenses and build on that property? That would satisfy the environmental wackos trying to run Brady out of town and would allow for all necessary buildings minus the parking garage. The property now owned where the present police department sits could be sold as valuable commercial property which would help offset the cost of the new facility. I bet the cost would be a lot less than $100 million.
• Once again, George Bush showed his lack of understanding of foreign affairs. As he ducked down from the thrown shoe, he proclaimed it to be a size 10. Size 10 is a U.S. size only. Internationally, that shoe was probably a size 43.
• We are still waiting patiently for the new City Market store on 12th Street to be built. Eighty percent of my subdivision where I live is older senior citizens who would love to shop there as it would be so much closer to us. Please hurry and get it done.
• The city officials stated on radio news that we (the voters) voted the initiatives down because we (the voters) didn’t understand. The officials are the ones who don’t understand. We (the voters) understand, and understood. We (the voters) didn’t want any more taxes. Bureaucrats are so separated from the rest of us (the voters), they don’t know what our lives are like. Read our lips: No new taxes.
• Education would be better if it was run as a business. If cars coming off the assembly line only started 50 percent of the time, someone would get fired.
• Thank you to the woman who assisted my husband last week when his leg started bleeding profusely while he was taking a walk, then called 911 to check on him. You are truly a good Samaritan, and this is the only way we can think of to thank you. I had just come home from the hospital the afternoon before with a hip replacement, so was helpless to do much.
• A big majority of local residents choose to live here for the environment it offers. We are hunters, hikers, skiers, fishermen, retirees, artists, fruit growers, cattlemen and bikers. We value clean air, lack of truck traffic, little congestion, inexpensive real estate and non-toxic waters. If our elected leaders value money and the dirty energy industries more, maybe they should resign from office and move to the industrial areas of Denver or Texas.
• I just returned from a great trip, thanks to a wonderful honest gentleman who found my purse (with passport, money, etc., in it). He did not leave his name when returning it inside the store, only asked they promise to lock it up safely, which they did. I would love to thank him personally but can’t and only hope he knows how thankful I am that such an honest person found my purse. He was a special angel.