You Said It Column September 28, 2008

• How great is the Riverside Parkway for Grand Junction? Bicyclists and motorists alike can breeze from 24 Road to Orchard Mesa or to 29 Road. What a way to avoid traffic. Hats off to the city of Grand Junction.

• The demise of most nations is because of high taxation and too much government. The government already is the biggest employer in the nation, and there are those who want to raise taxes and grow government more. Wake up, people.

• Attention Western Slope: If you want to keep Western Slope water in the Western Slope, do not vote for John McCain. John McCain will cancel the regional water compact and “renegotiate” (or deregulate if you prefer) it to send our water to Arizona. Barack Obama has pledged to honor our regional water compact. Definitely something more important for us to think about than lipstick.          

 •Let me see if I understand this. It was imperative and cost-effective to get rid of the independent ambulance services and have the city respond to all calls. More responders needed to be hired and trained, and trucks needed to be purchased. Now, we don’t have the facilities to cover our growing city and need more vehicles and manpower and taxes to cover the cost. It is cost-effective to the city, that’s for sure, but how is it cost-effective for the citizens? Bring back the private services. And why does the firetruck go on all the EMT calls when it isn’t needed?

• I am glad that a Division of Wildlife official was on hand at the Obama rally. It will help with all those supporters with that “ deer in the headlights” look.

• I am a firm supporter of our schools and funding education even though I no longer have children in school. But I can’t seem to bring myself to vote for another mill levy when a million dollars was given away to Mesa State College (which I also support). What were you thinking, school board members? How do you justify giving away $1 million and then asking for more money from local taxpayers? Taxpayers who even in the best of times may have trouble agreeing to any kind of tax increase, even for our children, our schools, but we agree to that because we know it’s what’s right for our community.

• For those of you who leave dirty diapers in the parking lots of our stores and other places, shame on you. If you can’t take the time to dispose of dirty diapers in the proper receptacle, maybe you should have thought twice about becoming a parent.

• Thanks a million to the public servants and volunteers who made it possible for Sen. Obama to speak to us in Grand Junction.

• What is that terrible smell on Redlands Parkway just after you cross the Colorado River bridge going to the mall? Smells a lot like an open sewer.

• Let’s hope the woman at Rocket Park watches her children better than she watches her off-leash dog.

• Memo to Sarah Palin: Yes, she’s a female and yes, she’s no Hillary Clinton. Thank God for that.

• After the last school bond election, the district evidently had some money left over. We got Chipeta school, and as the spokesman said it was a “bonus school.” If the pencil pushers of the district cannot figure any better than that, do you really want to approve another bond issue? When the test scores come up, and when the buildings are utilized by the community year-round, then maybe I will vote for a bond issue. But a new building and smaller classes do not make teachers improve at all.

• A woman. Not a lawyer. Successfully derails the good ol’ boys. Not in debt to her political hubby. Believes that if you are big enough to make a baby, you are big enough to have it. The press hates her. Finally, someone I can vote for.

• I attended an event at Longs Park on Saturday and ended up with a parking ticket because of the unavailability of parking on the entrance side off of Patterson. That’s another problem. I understand the officer doing his job, but he needs to brush up on how to speak to people. He made me feel like I robbed a bank or something. Please talk to people, not down to them. We are not all criminals.

• To the person asking about hiring Obama, would you hire Palin?

• Yeah for Jody Frost, principal at Central High. Good for you for the dress code. You parents need to rethink this freedom you are allowing your children to have during their rearing years. This kind of behavior, including tattoos, is influencing and jeopardizing their future. They will be branded for life. Whether or not the person will turn out badly, they will be judged by the way they act, dress and look. They will be unable to obtain and/or retain a decent paying job. 

• If I were an employer reviewing Obama’s resume, yes, I would hire him in a second. I’m not an employer so my only other option is to vote for him in November.

• So tell me why the feminists aren’t fawning over Sarah Palin. She’s attained high political office, is a working mom, is not afraid to take on the establishment, speaks for herself, brings home the bacon and fries it up in a pan. Come on feminists. Step up and praise her. Hasn’t she accomplished all you worked for?

• Republicans are not scared of Obama, only what he will do to this country.


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