You Said It Column November 15, 2008

• It’s finally over — dozens of phone calls, pounds of junk mail, thousands of wasted dollars. Maybe now we can resume our routine lives for another three years.

• If you were energetic enough to put up campaign signs for your candidate, you should have the energy to remove them, regardless of who won.

• In response to the lady who said, “The elections are over and the people have spoken. Regardless if you voted for him or not, he is our president and you should not tear him down; you should support him.” You mean just like you did for the last four years?

• The Grand Valley has long been proud of its conservative ways. For those of us who have lived here for very long, it’s been a badge of honor to be different from the Eastern Slope and the high-priced, hippy-haven ski resorts. As my parents were told 55 years ago when they moved here, “If you don’t like it, there are four roads that lead out of here. Be on one and don’t look back.”

• To all you whiners who can’t believe we voted against more unresponsive government in our wallets: There’s a door to the east and a door to the west ... adios.

• I will not support any school bond until we get a voucher system, which will probably eliminate the need for new schools. Parents should have the freedom and equal support to choose for their children.

• Will someone please convince me that one of the unstated justifications for seeking voter approval to bond two new high schools was not to enable local athletes to play in Division 3A by spreading enrollment over five schools in place of the Division 5A dictated by higher enrollments in the existing three schools.

• The taxpayers were asked to fund a $185 million override because the football players can’t win a game? Are you out of your minds? We need smaller high school so the jocks can be competitive? Who cares about test scores, football scores are more important? Yikes.

• I am tired of hearing the whining from District 51 and some parents about the defeat of the added taxes for schools. I think that the majority has spoken and they said no. I believe that the public would like to see more common sense budgeting and kids that are actually learning something. It shouldn’t be “give us a raise and we will do a better job.” It should be “Do a better job and we will give you a raise.”

• If year round school happens, there will be even more overweight children because in summer they will be in school instead of playing outdoors. And if they have the winter months off, they will be indoors watching TV because it’s too cold to play outside.

• Hey Congress, I have an idea to stimulate the economy. No need to give us more money, just start the rumor that Obama will outlaw, let’s say, GM pickup trucks, or better yet, Christmas presents. Then people will go crazy and start buying them before they are outlawed. It worked for the NRA or whoever started this crazy idea that the next administration is going to take all of your guns away. Come on people, get a brain. There isn’t an army in the world big enough to take away your 2nd Amendment rights.

• To the Obama campaigner who said that he was insulted and called names — what a coincidence. I was a McCain campaigner and the same thing happened to me. Only I was called a racist.

• My impression of the election was summed up in a bumper sticker I saw over the weekend. It said: “I’M STILL A REPUBLICAN — SOMEBODY HAS TO WORK!” Can anyone tell me where to buy one?

• After reading the “letters to the editor” and “you said it,” you’d think the Democrats lost the election. The vile and corrosive comments about how the people of Mesa County voted belie the myth that they are peace-loving and inclusive. You could get the impression that they don’t agree with our democracy, where the will of the people can be freely expressed. What would happen if they had lost?

• Thank goodness for the beautiful natural landscapes that surround our valley and give us endless opportunities for exploration and adventure. We need something positive to consider since the political landscape here is such a nightmare.


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