You Said It Column February 07, 2009

•  I want to thank whoever puts the pretty designs on the windows during each holiday at the Alpine Bank on Horizon Drive. Beautiful!

• The person who recently wrote complaining about the Sentinel showing photos of hunters with their game must be a PETA (people eating tasty animals) person. Hunting is a legal legitimate recreational activity along with the many tasty meals the game provides. If this person thinks the population of Canada geese is down, he or she must have blinders on and ear plugs in. The geese are everywhere, just go and look!

• When I took my driver’s test (yes it was years ago), if you came up to a yellow light, unless it was hazardous to stop, you were supposed to stop. Nowadays, not only do quite a few people drive through the yellow light, they drive through even when it first turns red. What’s your hurry, people? Do you have to get in an accident before you’ll learn your lesson?

• First: Holy cow! Was that an open bathroom at Columbine Park in the wintertime? Did the city finally realize people use the parks in the winter — and also need to use the potty too? And by the way, city of GJ, putting up a split-rail fence and pooper scooper station with a trash can does not now make Burkey “Park” a park ... but it’s a good effort.

• To the gentleman in the red dually who stopped to help my daughter and son change their tire Friday after their sidewall was cut by a metal scrap on the Highway 6 & 50: Thank you! You are truly appreciated!

• City officials and council members: regarding the article of xeriscape. Yes, it would be nice to review just how we’re spending our money in these areas. It seems like there has been a lot of extended expenses going on in the makeover on both Seventh Street and Colorado Avenue when shrubbery are put in then haven’t been taken care of after planting. Also, there is an out-of-town company doing this landscaping. What happened to keeping our service need in our own home town?

• With all this school crowding and traffic, I can’t help wondering why there are paid staffs here to lure more people to the valley.

• No, cell phones are not the same as talking to a passenger, messing with the radio, etc. Read the scientific studies and data showing what the cognitive differences are, and how cells pull you from the here and now. And, the dangers should be obvious to all when a hand is no longer available, or even if an ear to a shoulder is utilized. There are a lot of cell users out there driving like drunks. Call before you leave, or after you arrive, or stop somewhere, or get a handless.

• The sound of silence will be deafening as the rigs leave and the economic strength they provided disappears. Not a year ago you could count 25 to 30 rigs between Rifle and Parachute, but now it is less than a dozen. Amazing to see that there is still life, considering the claims being made by the anti-drilling folks.

• Is Kathleen Parker saying that because “half the nation” is breaking the law by smoking weed, we should just make it legal so there won’t be so many lawbreakers? That is like giving the banks more money so they can have bigger, more lavish “retreats” and raising the driving age so there won’t be so many underage drivers.

• Someone wrote that traffic would definitely increase at 12th and Patterson with a new City Market because the First and Orchard City Market would close. I imagine Albertsons would close also. This has been a bad idea for years and remains one. City officials, please disregard business greed and your build, build, build tendencies just this once. The lot would be a great place for a rec center or family park.


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