You Said It Column January 18, 2009

• Our jack-booted city Gestapo are now ticketing law-abiding citizens for driving on public right-of-way roads and charging exorbitant fines. Is this the first step in Grand Junction becoming a police state?

• The city is being absolutely unreasonable in thinking that it is OK for people to take a 20-minute detour just to please the neighbors on South Broadway. Those people can share in the inconvenience, too, especially since that is the way a lot of us have been taking for years. Poor planning and a poor way of handling it.

• Since when do the police have the authority to fine motorists for driving on public roads?

• I hope none of the valley residents who fiercely oppose Hooters subscribes to cable TV, rents movies or attends the local cinemas. In the event they haven’t noticed, Hollywood and the TV networks have been producing sexually exploitive and violent trash that makes Hooters look like preschool playtime.

• Yes, Kirk McConnell, there are a lot of seasonal ticket-holders from the Cabaret cursing you. The night before the Cabaret closed, I asked the stage manager and three employees if you were staying open to which they all said, “yes.” Needless to say, the next day you were closed and left a lot of working-class supporters with worthless seasonal tickets. Now here you are with a new production at the Avalon with evidently no shame for what you did.

• It is a shame that people only look to their opinion to guide them. Sexually oriented businesses, as stated in our own city code, “blight and deteriorate” neighborhoods. Crime statistics prove this. One person said when Cheers closed crime did not decrease, but there were 711 dispatched police calls to Cheers in an 18-month period. You are very selfish and do not care about the community if you want these businesses here.

• The Grand Valley is overwhelmed by ponderous hordes of pompous stiff-lipped pious purveyors of propriety. The strip club, Hooters and additional titillations are desperately needed to counter the suffocating overbearance.

• To the guy who wants to own the strip club that will not come to town: Nobody wants it in our town, so why don’t you face it that you have lost the competition? Have a great day.

• I am sick of hearing appointees of our government being prefaced by “the first Hispanic,” “the first woman” or the first whatever. When will we hear “the most qualified” for the job? No wonder we are in the shape we are in; we are more concerned over the person’s gender or race than qualifications.

• Dick Cheney should have little trouble packing as he leaves Washington, D.C. Other than personal items, nothing he did in office was recorded anywhere.

• Hunters Enlightenment Course 101: Recently the Sentinel devoted a half-page article showing the demise of a beautiful enormous elk from a Utah hunter, possibly the largest one ever killed in the wild. All I felt from looking at this picture was ego energy. What a trophy for you! Hunters, this is not the Stone Age where we need to kill other living things in order to survive. While you have the right to hunt if you desire, I have the right to bring some spiritual enlightenment in to the world. The truth is that when you kill another living thing, you also kill a part of yourself. Why? Because it is called the Spiritual Law of Cause and Effect.


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