You Said It Column January 31, 2009

•  The lady and others pushing for a law against use of a cell phone while driving (not hands free) is trying to group all people into the same group — inability to safely drive while talking on a cell phone. There are numerous folks who are in that group, but to say all folks are the same is very narrow-minded. To make such a law would also warrant making it illegal to talk to others in the vehicle while driving, eating, drinking or changing the setting on the radio, heater, A/C, windows, door locks, headlights, etc. There are many of us who have the ability to think, watch and comprehend other traffic and signs, and do multiple functions while safely driving. Don’t group all folks into the same category by making that kind of a law.

•  My gosh! A group of Grand Valley business owners showing optimism at the hopes for a favorable economic recovery from our new president? Maybe Josh Penry should take a cue from these normal citizens and quit his “doom and gloom” Republican fear tactics that he learned so well in Washington as an intern for then Rep. Scott McInnis. That would serve him better if he wants to represent all the people of Colorado as our next governor. Listen to your coaches, Josh!

•  Members of Congress seem to agree with Obama on his nominee for treasury secretary. They all concur that Tim Geithner not paying his taxes for four years was “just an oversight.” Sounds like good news for everyone. We now can not pay our taxes and when contacted by the IRS (the agency that Geithner will oversee) we only have to tell the IRS that, like Geithner, it was just an oversight on our part.

•  Wow, what a sight: George Bush in the rear-view mirror.

• Regarding the detour controversy on South Broadway: There are “no thoroughfare” signs on both ends of Oxbow Subdivision, but people north of here fly through here so recklessly that it’s literally not safe to be on the sidewalk. There are tire tracks through people’s yards and all over the sidewalks. We’d love some law enforcement like the people on South Broadway are getting.

•  To the Harley rider and his rights: Definitely, two wheels have rights and your safety is a concern. What you don’t have is the right to shatter eardrums, stop conversation and escalate heart rates. Everybody’s safety suffers when car drivers are startled half to death just so you can feel like a bad hombre. This is probably the winter break another writer was referring to: Use factory pipes. They’re somewhat less obnoxious and safer.

• Let me see if I’ve got this right. A so-called madam gets bagged and her bond is set at a quarter of a million bucks and she sits in jail for quite some time before being able to make bond. Wow, a real desperado she is, eh? Now then, let’s take a look at the dirtbag who has broken his 1-year-old son’s arm not once, not twice, but three times —and he is out strolling around under a $50,000 bond. Folks, I don’t know ’bout you, but I’ve a feeling someone in our judicial system has their head in a different place than on their shoulders!


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