You Said It Column January 25, 2009

• The city has instituted a hiring freeze. That’s a good start. Now they should enact a wage freeze for several years. That way they will know what the rest of us are going through. And with the money saved they can pay for the new police facility as they go instead of returning to the voters to ask for a fat tax bill.

• Please stop putting pictures of dead animals in your paper. The magnificent elk and geese are more beautiful when they are alive. I’m already tormented daily by the sounds of gunfire morning and evening, resulting in diminishing numbers of geese flying overhead. I don’t want to see this disgusting “sport” glorified in the morning paper.

• It will take four months to complete the 70-foot Monument Road bridge, whereas it only took a year to complete the 1,200-foot Interstate 35 bridge over the Mississippi River in Minnesota. All folks who have to endure this long detour should add up all the extra cost and send the bill to the city for not being able to use streets that we all pay taxes to drive on.

• It is funny that in the story on Lewis getting development council incentives to move to a new building that they name Boeing and Lockheed as customers but fail to mention that most of the work they do is for Sundstrand who sells this product to Boeing and Lockheed (not Lewis). Yes, the same Sundstrand that took development council money and then closed the facility leaving more than 250 workers looking for a new job. Now the former Sundstrand manager and engineer castoffs run Lewis, and they again have figured out a way to talk the city out of money. I wonder how long it will be before they take the money and run.

• When somebody forces you to pray, then you will have a legitimate complaint. Until then, mind your own business.

• To the citizen concerned about a strip club coming to our city: If a man wants to spend his money at a strip club rather than be a mentor and be with his family, assuming he has one, that is his choice. And let me tell you, Grand Junction is so different from everywhere else, what with our crime, meth, criminals and all. They call it Spun Junction for a reason. Adding a strip club is not going to make Grand Junction worse than it already is. Your so-called God created the female body; why can’t people look at it and enjoy it?

• To the citizen offering profound words of wisdom in regards to a gentlemen’s club: 2009 or 2050, it doesn’t matter the year, there will still be attractive women with the desire to be in “servitude” to others. The pornography industry is a multibillion-dollar-a-year industry; the chances of it stopping are slim to none. There is no use fighting it.

• To the lady who wrote to the editor complaining that Mesa County needs emissions: All you need to do is step outside and take a deep breath to know what the real pollution problem here is. I never smell car exhaust when I walk out my door, but I always smell wood smoke. If Mesa County wants cleaner air, someone needs to enforce a no-burn policy. I’m sure everyone knows someone who burns every day, no matter what the air quality.

• For an eye-opening experience on our health-care system in America, I encourage everyone to watch the movie “Sicko” by Michael Moore.

• I just saw President Obama on TV sign legislation left-handed and upside down, the same way I write. I like him even more now than I thought I did.

• Even though I voted for Barack Obama, Tim Giethner’s nomination should be withheld until he pays the penalties regarding his unpaid taxes. He has paid the taxes, but you and I would not have been given a pass on the penalties as he has. A potential treasury secretary should have known better.


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