You Said It Column October 25, 2008

• While practicing civil disobedience, protesters do not know that the Secret Service responds to any obstacle in the road as a threat and are under orders to drive over or through them. 

• I would like to know who decided to put “First Student” on the school buses. It looks so stupid.

• Congratulations to the 12th Street protesters. You got your 15 minutes of fame.

• To the person who yelled at me and my children as we where returning to our car after attending the Republican rally: You are a grown man, and it looked as though you had children of your own. Was there really any reason to yell curse words at us? 

• As a Democrat, I don’t care if the RNC has spent $150,000 and up for Palin’s wardrobe, hair and makeup. As a woman, however, I just wish they had spent it on a grammar tutor or classes in constitutional law instead.

• Thank you for a wonderful display of how dumb Grand Junction residents can be. What more could you hope for? Don’t forget whoever you vote for and whatever your views are, it doesn’t really matter unless you’re dumb enough to stand in the middle of the street. You deserved to be pushed out of the way. 

• Kudos to Mesa County Sheriff Hilkey. As a firsthand witness to the protest incident Monday night at 12th and North, he acted with class and restraint. He continued to greet and shake hands with legitimate and legal protesters asserting their constitutional rights. 

• There is an image in my mind I can’t stop thinking about: thousands and thousands of veterans standing up or raising their hands, Men and women, elderly, middle-aged and very young — too young perhaps. If I could have taken a picture at that moment and encompassed all of them, it would be the kind of photograph you never forget.

• Thank you to the few individuals who clean up after your dogs along the sidewalks and walking trails around South Camp Road. And shame on the majority of irresponsible pet owners who do not. 

• It’s a shame that the entire world is now suffering economically because a few U.S. banks thought they should give everyone and their dog loans that they couldn’t repay: “It’s a kickback, Freddie Mac, give the dog a loan.”

• Why the big deal about the 16 Dane pups? That is a very common number of pups for a large breed dog. The breeder should have done more research on her breed, and she should have had homes for those pups prior to breeding. 

• My deepest apology to the woman last week who was coming off the new Riverside Parkway onto 6&50 going east on a late afternoon. I was turning west from 25 Road, and I was unaware (which is no excuse) that the two lanes that were always in use were no longer available. I reacted badly and I know I frightened you. Again, I am so sorry.

• Would somebody explain how you make poor people rich by making rich people poor? How does that happen? This is what Obama has to answer.

• Measures 3A and 3B are unfair to homeowners in School District 51. What about all the people living in rentals who use our schools? They should have to pay their fair share once in awhile and this is one of those times. Homeowners shouldn’t be asked to pick up the tab for everything. 

• Democrats control Congress, Obama is likely to get elected and has said he will select Supreme Court justices based on their credentials and record of fairness, but nothing about upholding the Constitution. 

• Vote no on everything? What a cop-out. If you don’t want to take the time to know the issues, don’t vote on those items. That is your right. Voting no could kill a good item as well as a bad item.

• Portland,  Ore., is a very bicyclist friendly city. Why? Because bicyclists there obey the rules, riding single file on the right, stopping for stop signs, showing as much respect for motorized traffic as motorized traffic shows bicyclists. Is there a lesson to be learned here?

• I just got one of those automated phone calls from Bob Beauprez urging me to vote Republican. Well, where was he when John McCain needed his guidance about the inadvisability of hanging an albatross around his neck?

• Joe the Plumber flushed out the real plan. Obama isn’t just targeting “the rich.” If you achieve, you’ll pay for it. If you dream of achieving, they’ll come up with policies to make sure you give up that quest real fast. 

• We don’t need a rookie like Barack Obama whose weakness invites aggression. We need a Reagan who our enemies won’t dare mess with. McCain: Peace through strength.


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