You Said It Column February 22, 2009

•  To the special person who found my necklace at St. Mary’s in the locker room and turned it in: I want to thank you with all my heart. It meant a great deal to me. Thank you. God bless you and keep you safe.

•  In 2001, George Bush’s tax cut was supported by the Republicans and 28 House and 12 Senate Democrats. The value of the tax cut — $1.35 trillion. I guess the Republican Congress doesn’t think that’s a lot of money when it’s their idea.

•  Sen. Josh Penry and Commissioner Janet Rowland want President Obama to veto the stimulus bill. That’s great. Maybe Mesa County should reject the money for building our infrastructure. Maybe we should implement a tax on anyone making more than the median income in Mesa County to build our infrastructure. A better idea would be to have an idea to get our country back to work. Republicans, you’re stuck in quicksand and there is no lifeline. Remember: Leaders lead from the front and not the rear.

•  Ah, the hypocrisy: Yesterday, Obama actually looked into a TV camera in Florida and was very emphatic in stating that there is no “pork” in this stimulus bill. In Washington, Chuck Schumer also spoke on TV saying there absolutely is pork in the stimulus bill but that the American people just don’t care. I wrote down all the “pork” that has come to light ... directly out of the mouths of our esteemed politicians and stopped after filling two pages. One that came out today really got my attention. Ms. Pelosi slipped in $30 million to protect a species of mice in her district. Also, be very afraid of the health-care plan that was tucked in at the last minute, especially if you’re a senior citizen.

•  Praise Darwin? This phrase is a mockery of the “Praise the Lord” saying in churches around the world. The problem is praise implies worship, as in the religious activity, and this billboard is paid for by a “freedom from religion” organization. Go figure.

•  I don’t mind paying for the expenses of the Obamas living in the White House, or their trips to Camp David. I do object to paying for their relatives to live in the White House, and paying for the kids’ friends, and Mrs. Obama’s friends to fly to Camp David for the weekend, and their expenses there. Why do the taxpayers need to pay for these things? How are these expenses related to running this country? 

•  I cannot believe that the school task force could not come up with a solution. The schools sit empty close to six months of a year. Why not use them for a full year? Students would not mind going to school for three months on and one month off.

•  I have familiar old advice for blowhard, Rush Limbaugh, wishing for economic failure for our new President and citizens. America, Rush: Love it or leave it.

•  For more than 10 years, Mesa County Department of Human Services’ employees have received a cost-of-living raise at the beginning of each year. Last year an e-mail was sent by the director to all Human Services employees, saying that due to the budget cuts employees would not be receiving a cost-of-living raise in 2009. However, he went on to write that upper management, including division directors, would be receiving a cost-of- living raise. Four of the upper management team are new employees within the last year and were given significant raises when they entered these positions, plus this year’s cost-of- living raises. The Department of Human Services’ own golden parachutes. How nice for them.

•  To the people concerned about the church group using the community building at Mesa. What are you afraid of?

•  Unless you have been in somebody’s shoes, don’t criticize people for being down on their luck. If a person declares bankruptcy, (most people, not all) it’s a last resort and it is not taken lightly. Some have overspent (and that’s mostly from all credit card companies luring them in with low interest rates) or have a family to take care of, i.e. feed, clothe, place to live. So the next time you open your mouth ... think. You could be there someday, and the way the economy is looking it could be sooner than you think.

•  For the person complaining about loud pipes on Harleys: Loud pipes save lives. You are the type of person who would not pay any attention to motorcyclists unless you heard them first.


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