You Said It Aug. 16, 2009

• A huge thank you to the “weed fairy” who cut Papa Bear’s weeds. It’s nice to know people still have generous hearts.

• Apparently not all of the insanity is coming from Washington, D.C., these days. The Sentinel reports this week on a ridiculous plan to establish hiking trails in Fruita through private property, and that would require developers to “donate” land. The last time I checked, requiring something means just the opposite of donating. Smells like more taxes and mandated fees. Let’s have the new public hiking trails run through the backyards that belong to the mayor or the councilmen.

• Greed, once again, from doctors, hospitals, pharmaceutical companies and insurance companies caused our medical crisis. Now look who is whining and fighting the most to maintain the catastrophic status quo.

• My sympathy to Samantha Loy’s parents. She was a beautiful young lady. I personally believe had the driver other than Ms. Loy been black, American Indian or Hispanic, she would have been arrested on the spot whether the officer had a cold or not.

• Students don’t want to make an effort to learn, so we offer alternative programs. Immigrants don’t want to make an effort to learn to speak English, so we offer everything in Spanish. People don’t want to be financially responsible, so we offer bailouts. What’s wrong with letting people face the consequences of their actions? Remember “reap what you sow?”

• Let me see. Now the police are stopping people for not using a turn signal in a roundabout. What’s next?

• Thanks to the city of Grand Junction for passing their fuel savings on to their customers. Every little bit helps these days.

• This is a new idea: Leave Main Street the way it is, and the Downtown Development Authority and the city get together and build a new public service building with all the money they would have spent on Main Street.

• Friday’s Daily Sentinel headline reads “It pays to live in GJ,” reporting on the financial status here in 2007–2008. Ahhh, so nostalgic. We were promised “change,” and we sure got it. Everybody happy?

• How often do we have to read about someone going off their antidepressants and getting a gun?

• It took the Obama family six months to pick a dog, yet our Congress has no time to read the bill that will change health care in America as we know it. Does this make good sense to anyone?

• We are so lucky to have county commissioners who know so much about global warming that they can refute the consensus from decades of work by the thousand-plus scientists of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

• Something is rotten at Sixth Street and Ute Avenue. Is there really no one in the entire Grand Junction Police Department qualified to be an interim chief? So Bill Gardner was the only employee there qualified to lead?
Then hire an interim who has no intention of applying for the position. Not to mention the “severance” package given to Bill Gardner. Severances are usually reserved for layoffs ... not voluntary resignations. Very fishy, indeed.

• Does the railroad right of way have an exemption from the city’s weed control program? I drive the Riverside Parkway five days a week, and some of the weeds along the fenced part of the right of way are taking over the fence.


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