You Said It Column November 30, 2008

• Recently, I drove through Chick-fil-A to pick up lunch for myself and a co-worker. When I returned to work, I realized there was something missing from our order. I phoned the store just to let them know. Much to my surprise, the manager drove the missing item right out and delivered it to us, along with an apology and coupons for everyone that was at our business. I would like to thank them for great customer service and the restoration of faith that some people still actually care if they get it right.

• When gas prices went way up, everybody was blaming evil Big Oil. Now that gas prices are down, I don’t hear anyone thanking Big Oil. When will those that complain about prices learn that oil is a commodity? The price we pay is based on their ability to acquire the base product of crude oil — now at about $50 a barrel — and the rules of supply and demand. It’s called capitalism, and it does work.

• To the person whose feelings are hurt because they lost a friend over the election: I thought I was the only one. A dear friend of 20 years is no longer speaking to me for the same reason. We tried to talk it out, why we believe what we do, to no avail. The most surprising thing to me is that I have always viewed this person as extraordinarily kind and compassionate so I was shocked how hateful, nasty and uninformed this person was — voting purely on emotions instead of facts. I’m hoping by the next election, we will be friends again.

• To the misinformed writer on Monday: Community Hospital is not owned by the city of Grand Junction. Our Board of Trustees is comprised of volunteers from the local medical and business communities. We are a private, not-for-profit organization and do not receive funding from the city or any other local government.

• Each year, the United States burns about one billion tons of coal to generate about 50 percent of its electricity. Natural gas and nuclear power each account for about 20 percent of our electrical power. Colorado gets 72 percent of its electricity from coal. It would take a 120,000-mile-long train to transport all of the coal used in the United States in one year. The thought that coal can be replaced with green power is ludicrous.

• So, the people of Fruitvale and Clifton will probably end up voting on whether they want to be part of Grand Junction or function as an independent entity. That seems like a reasonable approach. My question is when do the residents of Grand Junction get to vote as to whether to accept them or not?

For the person who states that “bicyclists ride on roads with speed limits that they can’t maintain”: The speed limit is the highest speed you are allowed to go. That is the problem with drivers today. They think the speed limit is the minimum speed, not the maximum speed. Who educated these people? Oh, I don’t ride a bicycle. 

Please yield when you are exiting the eastbound parkway lanes to head south on U.S. Highway 50. Traffic from the light has the right of way. The yield sign is hard to see, but it’s there. I’ve almost been hit numerous times.

I want to thank the lady and her daughter who stopped and helped me when my SUV died in the middle of Patterson on Monday Nov. 24 when all kinds of people just flew past me.  I would also like to thank the gentlemen driving the white BJ truck and the other lady in the radiator truck that also helped push my heavy SUV out of the road. I hope the four of you and your families have a safe and blessed holiday season.

“It takes a village to raise a child and a community to educate one.” This is a quote from a teacher in the Nov. 22 edition of “You Said It.” Your tax dollars are paying people who believe that the “village” should be raising your child and the “community” should educate them. What? I do not want the “village” to raise my child nor the “community” to educate him. What a mess that would be. Twelve years ago, Hillary Clinton used that ancient African saying — it was stupid then, and it’s still stupid now. 

Great news, fuel prices are down, but please, please continue to conserve, for this too will not last. You have to know that these oil countries are not going to go very long without doing something to raise prices again, for their own greed. We need to be concerned as well that should this free fall continue, our energy boom may become a bust again.

Someone needs to tell Barack Obama that there is no “Office of the President Elect.” It doesn’t exist and has never existed, and his speeches behind the podium with this logo make him look like just another lying politician. Talk about arrogance.

I’m all for bailing out the big three if we bust the unions. There is no reason to pay workers on the assembly line $78 an hour. Oh wait, I forgot: The UAW has the president-elect in its pocket.


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