You Said It Column December 13, 2008

•  We would like to thank all of the kind people who helped us. Our car battery died and two nice gentlemen helped us, someone loaned battery cables and a policewoman helped us out of the road and then followed us to the garage. We are so grateful for all your help and hope you have a wonderful holiday season.

•  To the person who said they would not throw change into the red buckets unless they heard the words “Merry Christmas:” Please rethink this. I go to the same stores you do, and I hear “Good day to you, ma’am,” “Have a Blessed Holiday,” “God Bless You For Helping,” “Merry Christmas” and also a lot of respectful, nonintrusive smiles and eye contact. These people are standing out there in all kinds of weather doing their part to help those less fortunate. What is your problem? You should be ashamed.

•  Of all the silly ideas. Turning Lincoln Park into a kiddie facility to teach them a game that 80 percent of them won’t be able to afford to play when they get out into the real world.

•  I’ve played golf for 45 years and I don’t know of one person who would like to play six holes of golf rather than nine. Ridiculous! Why not just change the name of it to Lincoln Log Park while we’re at it?

•  Before the city invests any money, in any park, they should complete the “Burkey Park” on F Road. It takes more than a fence to make a park. The Burkey family donated the land, and I am sure they had no idea it would take the city so long to fulfill their dream of a park  in that area for all citizens.  If the city did not intend to use the land as designated, they shouldn’t have accepted it.

•  So, Oprah said she would not have Sarah Palin on her show until after the election and now Sarah isn’t interested in going on her show? Maybe Oprah is finally getting the message that she doesn’t have any influence over 48 percent of us.

•  Way to go, Glenwood Springs and Olathe football teams. You make us very, very proud over here on the Western Slope. Congratulations on your championship wins.

•  The only thing I have against bicyclists on the road is their silly butt-hugging, alien-bug-people attire.

•  The CEOs are not the overriding problems with the big three auto companies. It’s the hopeless situation they find themselves in due to the UAW union. I say file for bankruptcy, then break up the union. Then concentrate on energy-efficient cars. I’ve been very happy with my last two GM cars; their quality is exceptional. But they can’t compete with the Japanese cars because of the labor costs.

•  When the airlines were in bankruptcy protection, people still flew on their flights. I suspect the same thing would happen for GM. The best thing that can happen is for them to enter bankruptcy and use the protection to completley restucture and get out from under the contract that got them into this mess in the first place.


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