You Said it Column February 15, 2009

•  Thanks to the so-called “jack-booted thugs” who protect the citizens on the small bypass of the current bridge construction on Monument Road. What part of “road closed” do those who flout the closure not understand? Certainly not the hooligans who flipped the bird to friends of mine who live on that bypass. This small, residential road cannot handle Monument Road’s traffic, and thanks to the planners for setting that up. If there are enough tickets, can we pay for the cost of the bridge?

•  I drive through the roundabout at Seventh & Main to go to work. I have seen drivers completely ignore the yield signs. Once, I had to stop in the roundabout to let not one, but two cars drive right onto it without even looking left to see if anyone was coming. Today, I yielded to a police car and guess what? The driver was talking on a cell phone, left hand to ear. No, this roundabout is not safe.

•  Last Saturday night, I had a water line break and a drain plug at the same time. I called every 24-hour emergency plumber in the phone book and not one had a worker that was on call. I know it’s not their fault, because I’m in the same hiring situation with my business, but I’m sick of hearing how Hispanics are taking jobs away from Americans.

•  I watched Steve King say on local news that many illegal workers are being paid less than minimum wage. That is an off-the-cuff statement that was never researched. In Grand Junction, nobody is paid less than minimum wage ... nobody. Just talk to any person who is trying to run a business in this valley. Do your research before you jump in front of the camera.

•  The sheriff of Garfield County obviously never met the wise old rancher from the same county who many years ago passed along this advice: Don’t work the breeding stock and don’t breed the working stock.

•  Is it not ironic that the GJ Chamber of Commerce is closed for a week because of a “sewer event.” Perhaps this would be a good lesson for CEO Diane Schwenke. Her anti-union stance rings hollow when you consider if union plumbers had done the work at her office, the fecal flood would not have occurred. You get what you pay for, Diane ... Enjoy.

•  I found an interesting quote from Thomas Jefferson. “It is error alone which needs the support of the government. Truth can stand by itself.” How appropriate for Obama’s Cabinet choices.

•  Whatever happened to that “Rainy Day Fund” from natural gas revenue that our politicians were going to set aside for leaner times? Was It just another one of those “Election Pipe Dreams” that never goes anywhere? It sounded good, kind of like our Social Security contributions being in a trust fund that never existed. Now the state has to raise a great amount of money to operate, but it will not be called a tax. That should make it less painful - the tax that isn’t a tax. 

•  May we all thank God (or whomever/whatever you worship) that we don’t have John McCain (“the fundamentals of our economy are strong”) making the financial decisions, or Sarah Palin (“I can almost see Russia from here”) making the foreign policy decisions for our country.

•  Nancy Pelosi stated Tuesday that America is losing 500,000,000 jobs per month. Man, good thing February only has 28 days this year. With all the moronic things this current Democrat party has said and done, it makes me want Bush and Palin back real bad.

•  To those who didn’t vote for Obama and still wish he had not been elected: Regardless of your feelings toward the man and his party, hoping and even praying for his failure is the ultimate example of “voting against your own self-interest.” Remember: If he fails, so will our once great nation and all of its people ... no matter who they voted for.

•  So oil is bad, but coal, the dirtiest, most destructive to the environment to mine fossil fuel is OK? Great thinking, Dems. This Obama cat is really pushing the envelope of common sense.

•  Sometimes I don’t know whether to laugh or cry at some of the things people say in this column. With any luck, because of this man whom you’d not heard of before a year ago, your kids will be more educated than you.


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