You Said It Column October 12, 2008

• Thank you to the man and woman who helped me at the Stop and Save in Orchard Mesa, when I was having trouble getting the cap off the radiator of my car. I was having a bad morning, and knowing that there are people out there willing to give a hand to those in trouble made my day. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

• Just received a mail-out from Mesa County entitled “A new city in the Easy Valley, or part of Grand Junction,” that listed two options regarding the Clifton area. One, become incorporated as a new city, two, be annexed by the city of Grand Junction. What about option three, which is the status quo? Leave things the way they are. Why must we try to fix something that isn’t broken?

•  It’s about time a politician put America above his/her own desires. Thank you, McCain, for caring about America more than your desire for president. Too bad Obama’s self-gratification is more important than the future of America.

• On behalf of those of us parents who live near Rocky Mountain Elementary School and have small children, can the city please fix the “swamp” problem at the RMES park? Every time it rains or the area is watered, the ground underneath the playground equipment looks more like a small lake. We can’t take our kids on the school grounds during school hours, so where are they supposed to play? You’d think the city could come up with a solution for this problem, like a drainage system. Just a thought.

• Well, George W. Bush wanted a fine legacy for his eight years as president of the United States, and he really has one now. He has led us into an unnecessary war and mismanaged it throughout, and now he has brought this great country to its knees by ruining the economy. Way to go George, better yet, just go.

• In one day, I have watched three adults throw burning cigarette butts out their car windows. Grow up and take some personal responsibility. If you choose to smoke, suck it up, buy an air freshener and use your own ashtray. No one else should have to clean up your mess and have to pay for the fire risk you pose.

• A belated thank you to the Mesa County crew who took all the weeds down along Patterson Road around 29 1/2 and 30 roads. I think it was probably to beautify when Obama came. No matter. Thank you very much.

• Unbelievable. Sen. Salazar can hardly wait to reimpose a ban on drilling come January. Colorado needs to wake up and show him the door when he runs for re-election.

• It’s that time of year again where drivers are cruising to work with no lights on. Here’s a clue: If all the cars but you have their lights on, it’s dark and you need to turn yours on, too. You may be able to barely see the road, but the rest of us may not see you. Get a clue.

• Let’s see if Obama can get beyond his esoteric theory and do the work of getting his party to step up and participate in the solution to this economic crisis. I look forward to seeing leadership instead of the party pawn and pretty face.

• The Bush Administration says we must bail out the Wall Street bankers or the economy will collapse. I’m sorry, but their falsehoods, re: Saddam’s nuclear weapons, their wiretapping of Americans, condoning torture and numerous other activities have reduced their credibility to zero. Every congressman, citizen and media reporter should spend weeks analyzing any proposal that spews forth from these neocon men.

• I think the media has been denied access to Sarah Palin for way too long now. Honestly, I think they are afraid they might snap a photo of her reading “Vice Presidency for Dummies.”

• I have decided to do my share to help the government deal with the mortgage bailout plan. To save them some money and time, I will just deduct my mortgage payments from my taxes. If everyone just bailed themselves out, it would save hundreds of millions of dollars on government administration costs. Since I am going to be paying my mortgage and part of the mortgage of somebody who cannot honor a contractual agreement to make payments on their home, I figure I could use some bailing out myself.

• How does attending five colleges before finally graduating and acting as the local “weather girl” qualify Palin to be vice president? Oh, right, she was also mayor of a small town that had no debt prior to her becoming mayor and which was debt-ridden by the time she left.

• As we face the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression, voters should think carefully before voting to raise taxes in any form. So far, we have been fortunate in the Grand Valley, but those who were here in the early ’80s know how quickly that can change.

• So some of the Palisade peach growers don’t want another grower advertising prices of peaches from the road. Wow, if I had the choice of letting 100 boxes of peaches rot or selling them for what I could get for them, I would do the same thing. If there is a glut of peaches, then you must do something to get them sold or risk losing them to rot. I understand the boxes being advertised and sold were $2 less than normal. If that brings buyers in, more power to the seller. This has a smell of price fixing with the peach growers who are objecting.


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