You Said It Column September 07, 2008

• The Riverside Parkway was well worth the wait and some of the views we get while traveling the new Parkway are simply superb.

• Kudos to the American oil companies for building oil rigs in the gulf of Mexico that can withstand hurricanes. I wonder when China drills off the coast of Cuba how environmentally friendly they will be?

• Now that Barack Obama has officially accepted the Democratic nomination for president, I am left with this question. He promises to give every single person in this country health care, give every single child an education, make sure retirees get their Social Security, lower gas prices, create five million new jobs, make America truly the land of milk and honey, all without raising taxes. How will he accomplish this? 

• To the person on Aug. 31 who said they were sick to their stomach when they saw the for sale sign at the foot of Mount Garfield: me too. How did that land get in private hands? I thought all the foothills were BLM. Guess I’m not well informed. What else could get sold?

• Apparently Sarah Palin’s political ambition is more important than caring for her special-needs infant or providing her sexually active teenage daughter with birth control. What a pathetic example of motherhood.

• Sarah Palin is a breath of fresh air into this presidential race. Great track record, smart, dedicated, fiercely honest, independent, very likeable, transparent and not a Washington insider. 

• The issue is not a teen pregnancy for a candidate’s daughter. The issue is that the USA has some of the highest rates of teen pregnancy in the industrialized world. Abstinence until marriage programs will not solve our problem of teen pregnancy. We need to stick with our teens and be advocates for their education including delaying sexual onset, as well as providing accurate information about contraception and disease protection.

• Maybe the people that turn right off of Patterson Road at 30 Road could see the flashing school light faster if it wasn’t hidden behind bushes and trees until you are right on it. Or how about hanging it in the middle so all could see?

• Sarah Palin, no experience? Hooray. Just look at what the experienced politicians have done to us.

• Though I hate to be so cynical, it seems to me that with Sarah Palin’s lack of experience and only recently acquired relationship with John McCain, the McCain campaign is choosing her simply in a tokenizing attempt to draw in women (particularly Hillary supporters), whom Barack Obama is winning by huge margins.

• Haven’t we had enough of mavericks already, with George Bush ignoring the world and going to war without the support of our traditional allies? The so called coalition of the willing was a joke and now look at who is standing by us and footing the bills for Iraq.


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