You Said It, Jan. 12, 2014

Dear “Stoned in Denver,” I can solve your problems very simply: Move to Denver and take your stoned friends with you. Good riddance to stoned rubbish.

To the person going to Denver to get high on marijuana — please stay there. We do not want you to return no matter who you are or what your profession or occupation. We do not need you. We do not need any more impaired drivers on our roads.

 

In response to the individual going to Denver to buy marijuana, get stoned while there, spend all his money there, and then go to a Denver “gun shop.” We would be more than glad to help you find a Front Range Realtor. Sounds like you would be a perfect fit for them. Those of us left on the West Slope would certainly feel safer without you in our valley.

 

Good for Fruita! They have Dinosaur Journey, Kids’ Nature Center, the Math and Science Center and a real recreation center. And what does Grand Junction have? Oh, yeah, we have the Avalon Theatre. Woo-hoo.

 

Yippee. We are getting millions of dollars of tax revenue from marijuana sales for the politicians in Colorado to blow on expanding government. And all we had to do is sacrifice the kids to get it.

 

I walk my dog often at Connected Lakes State Park, and every time there is someone walking their large dogs without a leash. There are signs everywhere stating that your pets must be leashed at all times. I have a small dog and running into a large dog that is not leashed is an unnerving experience. Follow the rules people, it’s not that hard.

 

Good people, please don’t pay for my meal in a restaurant. If I could not afford it, I would not be there in the first place. Make donations where they will help people genuinely in need of your good will.

 

To the rocket scientist complaining about the city’s snow removal after an unusually heavy storm, the city can gear up for doing just that, but the excess capacity will be rarely needed. What is your preference, higher sales tax or higher property tax? Gotta pay for the equipment and personnel, even if it sits idle most of the time.

 

I wonder how many pot-free Colorado citizens will now be subjected to undue police scrutiny, searches and delays while traveling merely because of the Colorado license plates on their vehicles.

 

I haven’t heard anyone state the real reason the government always wants to raise the minimum wage. It’s not because they love us all so much. It’s to get more tax. Minimum wage-earners don’t pay much in state or federal taxes but they do pay 7.65 percent Social Security and Medicare, which employers have to match. So every increase is more money for the government to take from us and waste.

 

Dear bike hater, registration fees are based on weight. Let’s see, $100 per ton, that’s 5 cents a pound. My bike weighs 23 pounds for a grand total of $1.15. I will gladly pay! While you are driving around in your Ram 2500, look at the south side of all the roads, the bike lanes are filled with ice and snow and are unusable. That should make you happy.

 

And another in the series of clueless morons who apparently simply don’t like the sight of bicyclists on the roads. The overwhelming majority of us (who are not underage) own cars and pay our share. You should thank people on bikes who (1) aren’t polluting, (2) are not causing wear-and-tear on the roads and (3) are doing something healthy.

 

Please let your dogs and cats inside, at least at night, if you can. If not, please offer them a warm, dry place to be. It is true that they suffer in the cold just as we do.

 

A big thank you to Tom and his crew for braving the cold and traffic every year to hang the wreaths on Seventh Street. It looks so nice. Thank you.


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