You Said It Column March 07, 2009

• People, please. You look intelligent, respectable and normal and then … You haul off and blow your nose in a restaurant where other people are eating. This is so disgusting and just plain gross. Go to the bathroom for crying out loud. Next time you might be picking up the tab for my meal that you just ruined.

• In light of recent events, I plead with all parents to buckle their child in their car seat every time they are in a vehicle.  They can’t do it for themselves.  It is their best chance of survival in an accident.

• I was shocked when I read in the Sentinel that Bill Haggerty was telling bike riders to use South Broadway as a “great ride.” First, South Broadway is a wandering, two-lane road with blind curves and no shoulders. The fences come 2 feet from the road all the way from Wildwood to where South Broadway meets Broadway at 19 Road. Second, there is no way a car can stay 3 feet from a biker when it meets another car on one of the curves. Third, I have long thought that bikes should not be allowed on South Broadway from Wildwood to 19 Road. All of my neighbors feel the same way. It is just too dangerous.

• I have a simple solution for runners who are upset that the Rim Rock Run has been lengthened to marathon distance. When you’ve run 22.6 miles, the distance of past runs, stop and go home.

• Is anyone else tired of being told we need to understand and tolerate Muslims and Islam better?  Maybe if they would quit committing 99 percent of all terrorist acts around the world, we would.

• To all the critics of conservative talk radio. You might be interested in what they have to say about the flurry of new policies. They are probably the only ones who have bothered to read them. You need to be suspicious when the sales pitch for a new program is pushed so hard and fast. As the old saying goes, “the devil is in the details.” There had to be some reason they were pushed so fast that even the congressmen didn’t have opportunity to read them before they voted.

• To the “teacher” who said there should be consequences when kids hang over a neighbor’s fence: It was a little boy, and little boys have been hanging over fences since fences were first conceived. It’s what children do, be children. I don’t think that calls for them to be chewed on by an out-of-control pet that’s reportedly a neighborhood menace.

• Stop blaming the officer for the 17-year-old driver’s death. She made a choice to drink, to drive, to text/talk on a cell phone, and to not buckle up. Better yet, the people who supplied the alcohol to an underage person should be the ones held responsible  in contributing to her demise.

• Wonder where I go to sign a petition for Brady Trucking Co.? They are getting a raw deal.

• I am disappointed in the lack of advertising for the Lions Club Carnival. I noticed it in the Out & About and that’s it. I work online mostly and could not find one piece of info about it. I would have been so sad if I had missed it. Why was there nothing online about the carnival?

• It’s a shame that the entire world is now suffering economically because a few U.S. banks thought they had to give everyone and their dog a loan: “It’s a kickback, Freddie Mac, give the dog a loan.”

• The older man in a white Dodge Durango on Orchard and 29 needs to take a chill pill. Honking at a person who is stuck behind a stalled car does no good. Honking again shows no brains. Pulling out into a turn lane without looking is absolute stupidity.

• In response to the bumper sticker I recently saw on a truck, which read: “Republican because not everyone can be on welfare.” Mine says: “Democrat because not everyone can be oblivious” ... signed a (working) never-on-welfare Democrat.


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