You Said It Column March 01, 2009

•  As a teacher, I see how kids nowadays think they are above the law, invincible, and they are not afraid of consequences. For example, the 7-year-old with the dog. Now, I am not saying that it was right for the dog to attack, but when there is a kid hanging on the fence and over the fence and most possibly provoking the dog, should there not be a consequence for the child hanging over the fence in the neighbor’s yard? When I was a kid, that was called trespassing. What has happened to our society?

•  Radio ads say that if previous Cabaret customers who had prepaid for three-year admissions would attend the “Guys and Dolls” show at the Avalon Theatre, they might give a discount for future shows to those persons. When management called us several months ago and practically begged us to help them out by purchasing a three-year plan, we did so. Last year they closed their business and we heard nothing from Kirk nor Kevin McConnell to offer us a refund for 15 unused tickets or to offer their regrets, and they know who we are. We shall pass on “Guys and Dolls” unless we purchase tickets just before entering the theater.

•  Jeff Leany is right. Senator Bennet stole his money, as well as mine, yours and our children’s and our grandchildren’s. Wake up, people! Your money is no longer yours.

•  During the Obama speech to the joint session of Congress, it was wonderful to see lawmakers from both sides stand and clap. Maybe they’ll start reaching across the aisle and find some solutions for us in the middle, instead of each staying too far left or right.

•  Why can’t the “You Said It” page be devoted to pleasant things like the “You Saw It” page?  Aren’t the editorials set aside for people with important opinions? If you have a genuine problem with the community, write something substantial and sign your name to it. Anonymous whining is over.

•  Of course we all know that loud pipes on Harleys are there for safety reasons, and because they make their owners more visible to other motorists. That, no doubt, is also the reason that many Harley riders wear black clothing and ride black bikes. It’s all about safety, not vanity, don’t you know, and why can’t other people recognize that?

•  Don’t be taken in by full-page ads by the Sierra Club et. al., another Washington, D.C., based elitist organization with an anti-development agenda that will not bode well for western Colorado. What we really need is the input of all interests (local!) that will be impacted. They think that now that Obama is in power that they can push the local interests around to get what they want. A united voice is the only thing that will withstand the big money influence of these organizations.

•  I’ve always heard that you could have a relapse at any time from the stuff taken by the “free thinkers” back in the 1970s and ’80s, and Bill Grant has confirmed that claim. If he thinks that unless the “free thinkers” (i.e. social non-conformists) have control of our local governmental scene we can’t attract businesses, he needs a basic course in economics. There are no free lunches or the stuff he is relapsing on.

•  To the writer saying the presidential candidates spent way too much: So true, but a lot of fault lies with the voting public. Our society is obsessed with glitter and immediate gratification, i.e. flashy commercials and quickie sound bites. Few read papers anymore, or take the time to flesh out facts and the meat of things. Our superficial-media-based selves share a lot of blame for the ridiculous money spent on getting through to and impressing voters.

•  Our new U.S. Attorney General, Eric Holder, is claiming that America is a nation of “cowards on matters of race.” Apparently he does not recognize the hundreds of thousands of Union soldiers who gave their lives in a bloody and brutal Civil War, in part over the abolishment of slavery, as an advancement of black civil rights. Is it appropriate for the attorney general to be making such inflammatory remarks?

•  I suggest that School District 51 implement a two-year freeze on pay increases and bonuses for all earning over $75,000 a year. Otherwise they will be no better than the thieves on Wall Street.


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