Printed letters, Dec. 17, 2010

Regarding the Dec. 12, “Lifestyle” section of the newspaper: An article written by Rachel Sauer about using Chinese characters for Christmas gifts is a nice idea, and it is very nice to see people interested in Chinese calligraphy, but the picture shown with the article has inaccuracies that bother me very much.

First, the meaning of the characters on the left-hand side are ” happy,” not “love,” as stated by the author. More importantly, the characters on the right-hand corner are very bad and inappropriate language in Chinese (even in English) and are not something educated people would use.

Sometimes it is very hard to get to know a foreign language, especially one as complicated as Chinese. Just putting characters together if you have not really studied the language and its common-use structure can really confuse and mislead people, especially when those using the words don’t even realize how bad their meaning is.

I am a Chinese-American. I was a formal Chinese teacher. I just want to express my opinion about this issue. Hopefully my note will be helpful in the future. Happy holidays and a happy New Year.

LILY SHANABARGER Fruita

Meis’ excuses don’t make up for breaking law

Craig Meis’ answer to his misconduct regarding the law is that he’s “become a target” and he did not run for office as a career path.

It’s his duty to obey the laws, as the rest of us must. Many laws need changing for different reasons, but not the way he’s doing it.

How dare a public servant try to “get away” with what the rest of us have to live by! Help change bad laws, but not by breaking them like a spoiled little brat.

As Meis said, it’s good to question and challenge law enforcement, but not through the route he is taking.

Look at how many in Washington, D.C., lie, cheat and steal from us because they think they are owed and above the law.

Speeding 61 mph in a 45 mph zone does not deserve a warning, no matter how late you are. The warning is on the 45 mph speed-limit signs.

Letting a 14-year-old drive a boat when it’s not allowed until 16 is the law.

Annoying your neighbors with a loud party instead of being courteous — then naming all the bigwigs who were there, as if that was a legit excuse — is totally lame. And Meis thinks he is getting “paid back?”

Sure, I’d love to do many things I know are against the law. I’d like to speed when I want to, carry a gun without a permit, refuse to wear a life vest in a boat when I don’t want to, etc. Sure, there are many laws we consider stupid that need to be changed, but until then, we are expected to do the moral thing and abide by laws.

Controlling traffic is not a way to “intimidate and harass” anyone. It’s done for safety reasons, whether Meis likes it or not. He should leave a little earlier, as the rest of us try to do.

Oh, by the way, it’s not cool to tell everyone how important you are and all the important people you know. Cheap shot. I wouldn’t give Meis a bye for that reason alone.

JIMMI WILLARD Grand Junction

Bellagio robber chose wrong profession for theft

I just read the Associated Press story about the Bellagio robber who got away with 1.5 million in chips. Here’s a quote from the story: “Experts and police say, for all the risk, the robber may be staring at colorful, but worthless chips.”

We all think the man is an idiot. I think he picked the wrong profession.

If he wanted to be a professional robber where he could easily steal money from the public, he should have become a U.S. senator.

If he were a senator, he could get away with not only millions, but billions, and half the people in this country would consider him to be a hero.

JOHN G. PUCKETT

Grand Junction



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