You Said It, Feb. 16, 2014

Too bad Enstrom’s had to go all political over the fruitcake remark. It could have been taken as a compliment, comparing it to one of the biggest icons of Christmas. I sent three Collins Street Bakery fruitcakes for Christmas and just one 1-pound box of Enstrom’s toffee.

What will we gain with Lyle Dechant’s departure? More responsible use of our tax dollars, more open and honest communication with everyone, and fewer (if any) ego-driven agendas. It’s a move that’s long overdue. Thanks so much, Rose.


If Colorado National Monument is a national park, what is Yellowstone or the Grand Canyon? If all parks reach national park status then none of the parks have national park status. I have been to most of the national parks and Colorado National Monument is not a national park, which is not to diminish CNM. It should not be reclassified in order to sell more fast food and T-shirts.


It’s time to take the Christmas lights down along Main Street. It’s February!


SB191 is not the solution to a better education. The solutions rest with upper administration and board members willing to step up to teachers not up to the task and tell them schools don’t exist for their personal fulfillment. It’s a job. If you’re unhappy, leave. If you choose to stay, it’s about the kids, not the comforts of adults. Accountability has arrived because you’re not getting the job done. Deal with it.


To the person I pulled out in front of at the corner of D road and 30 Road on Saturday afternoon: Thank you for being quick-eyed and prepared to brake. I apologize for not paying attention.


Why is CMU spending more and more money on bricks and mortar when the ever-increasing trend in higher ed is distance learning via online courses and degrees? Rather than the CMU board members going giddily along with President Foster, they should be investigating the costs of online offerings versus creating an empire for the chief.


Despite all the bad news you read these days, there are good, kind people in our town. I recently fell in front of a local grocery store. The manager of the store and another employee, Patty, came to my immediate aid. Also, a customer, Lisa, stopped to help. They all stayed with me until they knew I was OK. Patty even drove me home. Lisa called my daughter later to see how I was doing. Some of the kindest and caring people can be found at City Market in Clifton.


There is an answer to the panhandler problem — quit giving them money. The agencies and churches provide so much with meals, lodging, gas money, day center (for job search), etc. Why do they need your money on the corner — alcohol and smokes. Please stop giving to them and donate where it does the most good.


The other day, I was informed that I had a low tire. I went to my mechanic, the wonderful folks at TDS on North Avenue. It turns out that my tire had a tear. I’m a single parent, recently graduated from grad school. I was in a week earlier and had two bearings replaced. Needless to say, I had no funds to pay for a new tire. There was a gentleman, also waiting for his car to be finished, who offered to pay for my new tire. Whoever you are, thank you.


I have always been under the impression that a portion of our taxes goes toward paying for emergency services. You don’t receive a bill from the fire department if they have to come to your house. The cop doesn’t hand out invoices to those in a traffic accident. Most of us vets don’t expect a free ride from anyone, but what’s up with the $1,000 bill from EMS for a ride in the ambulance whose salaries, supplies and vehicles are paid for by taxpayers?


While out on Feb. 6 I lost my debit card. I retraced my steps from the morning and ended up at Big Lots. A woman was there discussing with the employees finding my card in the parking lot. With all the problems in the world today and in our town, it was most heart-warming to hear there are still honest people in this world! I would like to thank the woman who was most kind and tell her I will surely pay it forward.


Thank you to the person with the ATV with the blade that plows the snow off the sidewalks on 29 Road. It really is appreciated. Thank you. 


What great pride and respect for the young man voted “Student of the Week,” who will be spending his spring break in Mexico helping build homes for the less fortunate.


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