You Said It Columnn November 23, 2008

• A big thanks to John, the good Samaritan, who put out orange cones and redirected traffic while I changed my flat tire on a very busy F Road. Coming to a perfect stranger’s aid like that shows there is still a lot of good will left in our valley.  

• To the person who stole my bike on Halloween in Spanish Trails on Willow Creek Road: How can you take something that doesn’t belong to you and use it as if it does? What do your parents say when you bring it home? By the way, that was my birthday present, so you not only stole my bike, but you also stole my present.

• I find it terribly frustrating that our health insurance rates continute to climb and obese people are covered for gastric bypass surgery. Our weight and physical fitness for the most part is something we can control. But we all end up paying because these people do not want to put down the fast food and go for a walk.

• What a nice facility Long Memorial Park is. The county knows what they’re doing in park construction and operation. Imagine my surprise on Saturday in November when at the park I discovered the bathrooms were open. Holy cow, this is something that the city cannot accomplish, only keeping their park bathrooms open four months of the year — meaning when I took my preschool-aged daughter to the park and she needed to go potty, park time was over. I’m so glad I live near such a wonderful, logical facility as Long Memorial Park.

• Enough already with the Sentinel’s sensationalized front-page headlines predicting gloom and doom for our region. The Sentinel has a responsibility to report the facts but doesn’t need to create pumped-up hysteria to sell its newspapers. 

• This sharing the road law is not common sense. These bicyclists ride on roads with speed limits that they can’t maintain and they impede traffic. They run stop signs and stoplights daily. I thought they had to obey the same laws as a motorist? Guess not. If they want to share the road, then they need to have license plates and pay taxes to help create safer roads.

• Can someone show me where the affordable housing would be? I can barely afford my little over $500 a month; it is tough to meet all my bills. I am sure there are a lot more like me. Or maybe I can do like the gentleman in the classified ads and ask for donations of up to $10,000 to get a house.

• To the person on Kannah Creek Road that has been flying your flag at half-mast since the day after the election: Maybe you should look into the reasons a flag is flown at half-mast. You are dishonoring all of those that have fought for our freedom. Secondly, get over it.  

• Give me a break. The city put in crosswalks to help with students crossing 12th Street. I went to school here for four years, and we did not need crosswalks. Goes to show you that you cannot trade education for common sense.

• Smokers have such a dirty habit. Everywhere you go, you see them flipping their cigs out of the car or just dropping them on the ground. Why can’t you keep your dirty habit to yourself and dispose of your cigs properly? Everywhere you go, there lay those dirty little butts.

• Are the people who constructed Seventh Street the ones who are still working on Colorado Avenue?

• OK friends, the election is over. Let’s accept that the people have spoken, for now, and respect the views and choices the voters have made. Let’s not act like a bunch of spoiled children who have to throw a fit because we didn’t get our way. There always is the possibility that you are wrong or you haven’t made a good case for what you want.

• Those American taxpayers in home foreclosure and unemployed, take heart. As a taxpayer, you are an integral part of the bailout programs and you are too big to fail. Your check is in the mail. Unfortunately, it is scheduled to arrive April 15, postage due.

• Seems the rich people are concerned that the government will put too many restrictions on their way of business with this $700 billion bailout. Think some are worried they won’t be able to take their $10 million bonus from a bankrupt business now? Go figure.

• Thank you so much for including news from Garfield County. There are many of us who live here and just until recently saw local coverage only when it was a “jaw dropping” event. We appreciate that you have started including everday news items for Garfield County. You are finally acting in capacity as the largest newspaper publisher on the Western Slope. Keep up the good work.


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