You Said It Column November 22, 2008

•  I think it’s nice that people want to help kids overseas. I do think they should help the children of Grand Junction, the food bank and here locally. I can’t afford much, but I can at least get my grandchildren presents and a few kids I know who may not have a very good Christmas. So I think next time you want to donate, please give to the food bank or one of several organizations helping our children. Or you might even think about our soldiers overseas that won’t be home for Christmas. A card to let them know they are being thought of would be nice.

•  As a teacher, I wish those who are critical of teachers in our area would come shadow any teacher at any school for a day.  Only when you walk in someone else’s shoes do you have the right to be so critical. In fact, schools need more parent volunteers — it takes a village to raise a child and a community to educate one.

• Regarding the meth bust of the week: Where are the 13- and 17-year-olds’ extended family and how can they sleep at night knowing that no one is protecting these innocents? How could neighbors turn a blind eye? How do people with extensive criminal records get responsibility to care for these young ones? Why, with so many resources being pooled to help meth-endangered kids, do we keep hearing about these victims? I’m praying for you all.

•  The name for big three automakers is a fallacy. They have squandered their market share from 90 percent to 45 percent. Why don’t we hear about Honda or Toyota in this mess? That’s right, because Honda and Toyota have good management and use the best practices related to their industry. If the “not so big three” go bankrupt, they will still be selling cars. Let them go bankrupt, reorganize and become competitive again.

•  With all the drilling in the area, we should be getting impact funds for schools and services such as fire and police. Are we getting these funds? If not, why not? If yes, what are they being spent on? Roundabouts, parking garages, tearing up streets (Colorado Avenue).

•  The writer’s suggestion that dedicated teachers who would conduct conferences, prepare lesson plans and engage in training for free as part of their “dedication” is onto something. Let us also have dedicated doctors who do housecalls, dedicated cops who walk the beat, dedicated gas stations that pump gas for you and dedicated workers of all sorts who never retire and work until they drop. What an elegant idea in its stupidity.

•  It doesn’t surprise me that our charitable organizations here in what we refer to as “happy valley” are in dire need of supplies. It is evident we do not believe in sharing the wealth. I’ve got mine; what’s your problem?

•  To the pitch black painted car with black tinted windows with the bumper sticker on the back window that says ‘Baby Inside:” If you really care about that “baby inside,” maybe you should stop driving like an idiot — speeding, swerving in and out of cars without a signal down North Avenue, etc. Good luck to that baby once it’s on the outside.

•  Let me see. The rich guys who made millions from the fraudulent financial instruments are the ones managing the governmental bailout by giving billions to the corporations who facilitated this mess so they can leverage loans of trillions to recipients who (because of the economy now) will probably default on these debts later. Are red, blue and independent taxpayers so mentally numb on the absurdity of all this that they can’t start an income tax rebellion or storm their elected leaders’ offices?

•  We have been friends for years, and now we get snubbed because we voted differently than you. Politics really had never been a subject to us before — and we are not any different than before — we just didn’t agree with this vote this time. We could be mad, too, — you didn’t vote like us — but that doesn’t matter to us. We had no idea that our friendship depended on our political beliefs or opinions.

•  It sounds like the city wants to get all the political signs cleaned up. I was wondering to all the libs and Democrats who had the “He’s not my president” sign in their yards for eight years, could I borrow your sign for four years?

•  Big thanks to the city of Grand Junction and the BLM for the Tabeguache trailhead improvements. And to Mesa County for the bike lanes on Monument Road. Thank you all. The road is safer and the paved parking lot and addition of the potty make it a much cleaner experience for all.


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