You Said It Column February 14, 2009

•  Alex Rodriguez vs. Michael Phelps. Alex used performance-enhancing substances. Michael used performance-crippling substances. Alex lied. Michael told the truth. Alex cheated to win. Michael had a moment of youthful indiscretion. Alex should have the book thrown at him. Michael should be cut some slack.

•  It was interesting to read about the Mesa County Commissioners’ retreat last week and the outcome of the personality testing the commissioners took. With the strong personalities shown in the test, I can’t think of a better reason to expand the board from three to five members.

•  There are many people concerned about Grand Junction’s future. Sin City, here comes Grand Junction. You as citizens need to ask, “Who are the two professional men that are the owners of the new Hooters?”

•  Outplayed, outhustled and outcoached. Fox should learn that if he focuses on the third one, the other two will go away.

•  To the Harley rider and his rights: Definitely, two wheels have rights and your safety is a concern. What you don’t have is the right to shatter ear drums, stop conversation and escalate heart rates. Use factory pipes; they’re somewhat less obnoxious and safer. Everybody’s safety suffers when car drivers are startled half to death just so you can feel like a bad hombre. This is probably the winter break another writer was referring to. 

•  To those who feel the Bush administration took away people’s rights: Just wait until this new group gains full control. This new administration has no concept of what made this country great, warts and all. All they see and want is control of every facet of our society.

•  Is Dick Cheney’s condemnation of the current administration’s actions for counter-terrorism just another way of keeping the government paying exorbitant fees to Halliburton and Blackwater to feed his own coffers?

•  While I’m not a fan of all the things stuffed into the current economic stimulus package, let’s remind the Republicans that for the last six years they endorsed George Bush’s Iraq war spending off the books for the tune of about $1 trillion. His war that they approved was financed by adding to the deficit, without any thought of how it would be paid back. The only ones that profited from the war were the Halliburtons and the Blackwaters of the country.

•  So what is the change in the first two weeks of Obama’s administration? Cabinet members cheating on taxes. Tax dollars going to fund abortions in other countries. A bailout package that includes socialist programs that do not help our economy but do help liberal ideology. Terrorists destined for U.S.A. prisons. Please tell me this is a nightmare I will wake up from.

•  Both parties spent way too much on this election. A man of modest means has no chance to run, much less win the presidency. It requires a rich person (or one who has a lot of rich “friends”) to win the office. Wonder where Obama’s millions are coming from? It would be nice if most of it was used to buy health insurance for the uninsured.


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