You Said It, April 1, 2012

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You Said It readers: One of you wrote last month about having a wooden bear stolen from in front of your home. It recently was brought to our attention that police recovered a wooden bear. If you are the owner of the bear that was stolen, please call the Grand Junction Police Department.

What is with that train near U.S. Highway 6&50 and 23 Road blowing the horn every afternoon for what seems like hours? How annoying. I was riding my motorcycle by it one day and almost crashed because it was so loud and startling.

 

If affordable health care for all goes down the drain, I will renew my driver’s license without accepting the organ donor provision. My body parts will not be available only for the wealthy and powerful.

 

Joe Namath thinks bringing Tim Tebow to the Jets is a big mistake. He states Tim’s sideline antics are ridiculous. This is the same Joe who advertised women’s pantyhose by wearing them for all to see. So who is good at antics?

 

When television neglects to “do its homework” (no pun intended), the picture of a situation can be skewed. The reported stomach flu outbreak at Orchard Mesa Middle School, wherein 20 percent of the student population was reported absent, included students who attended the Thursday midnight showing of “The Hunger Games.” A number of the students were allowed to stay home and sleep on Friday.

 

We know one thing for sure. John Elway will not tolerate a first-rate quarterback who is a committed Christian kneeling and praying in the end zone. God speed, Tim Tebow.

 

Burn permits are never monitored. People up here burn their trash, mattresses and whatever else they want to get rid of. This is so toxic to our air and health. Please stop this madness.

 

People who bash teachers have no idea the time and effort it takes to teach. I figured out one year, the extra hours I worked above and beyond my “contract” hours was over three weeks. This in unpaid time. This was time away from my own family so that I could be all that I needed to be for my students. I am so tired of everyone thinking that teachers are lazy, have a job that is so easy anyone could do it, that we get paid too much, and that we are unprofessional. The majority of the public wouldn’t last a month in a classroom.

 

Just a reminder to all dog owners: Long Family Park is not a dog park. There are signs posted stating dogs are to be leashed. My family and I were at the park Saturday to enjoy a nice walk with our dog and we counted six dogs not leashed running the park, one of which ran up to our dog. It was not appreciated.

 

Do we really need to fill Jeff Kirtland’s job? The District is looking for money to save and $75,000 a year sounds like a good start.

 

So the school district is not going to replace their spokesman. I wonder how long they kept him on as a luxury, and how many teachers lost jobs during that time?

 

I just wanted to say thanks to Mesa County Animal Control.

 

A couple weeks ago, I was in the turn lane on Patterson, waiting for traffic to clear. It was just dusk. At the last moment, I saw a small white car with no headlights and driving pretty fast. As I later drove to my destination, I noticed at least 10 other cars driving with no lights on yet. Please, folks, whenever visibility is even just a little compromised, morning, evening, weather, just turn on your headlights. It is a simple thing to do.

 

It makes me want to laugh and cry at the same time to suffer through a four-way stop with many local drivers. Today a young woman was facing me, had stopped before I did, and I had my blinker on to turn left, so I waited for her to go. She just sat there. And sat there, even when I gestured for her to go. Folks, “courtesy” causes confusion. When it’s your turn, take it.

 

I eagerly read the latest Ivy Parnasius’ fashion advice column in Out & About. The denim jacket belongs in every closet. Her advice about what to wear with it was questionable, in my opinion. What not to wear was even better: Do not wear a denim jacket with more denim. Of course I did just this recently on a cool, spring morning. I guess I’ll (unfashionably) wear my denim jacket as a jacket. But I look forward to her column next week.


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