You Said It January 11, 2009

• The city of Grand Junction calendar is really nice this year, so much more so than other years. How can a person submit a photo to put in it?

• With his presidency almost over, George Bush will be looking for donors for his presidential library. He’ll probably do well. How much can a few coloring books cost?

• While running for office and while watching the breakdown of the housing market and Wall Street, our president-elect promised to balance the budget. Now, he says we will have several years of trillion-dollar deficit. The left accuse the right of being shortsighted. Does that mean they saw this coming? Maybe they understand why we do not trust him.

• Obama: So far, your economic ideas make sense. Your ideas on how to deal with terrorists are, well, terrifying. Do us all a favor and read several dozen Louis L’Amour books. The only way to deal with bad guys is to strike first and fast, let them know without a doubt you are not to be messed with. A strong leader does not invite ambush; he approaches the threat head-on, takes control and neutralizes the bully — protecting home, family and country.

• What pinhead at the city is responsible for the absurd detour around the Monument Road Redlands Power canal bridge replacement, and why must it take four months? Now, I hear the Grand Junction Police Department is threatening to issue $200 citations to drivers using Glade Park Road, Rosevale Road and Mariposa Drive-Ridges Boulevard to avoid the extra 10 miles of the designated bypass. What a total waste of limited police resources. If this turns out like the other Monument Road bridge replacement nine years ago (when Glade Park Road was the detour) instead of four months (with weeks of no workers on the job), it will take six to eight months to complete. Brilliant.

• There seems to be many people who mix personal moral choice with forcing others to do what they personally feel is right. There is a sort of natural religion that has existed throughout human history that worships the naked female body in numerous ways. Strip clubs are one such manifestation. Restricting such clubs to appropriate neighborhoods is one thing, but determining for the entire community what is allowed is a kind of religious persecution by a vocal minority.

• Michael Bennet probably can’t even spell “Western Slope” and thinks that it is just another state park for eastern slope recreation needs. They have taken our water, the profit from our natural resources and take us for granted. So what’s new?

• What a hoot. I had no idea there are so many insecure people in Grand Junction complaining about a “gentleman’s club” and “Hooters.” If they had a solid home life, then they shouldn’t have a thing to worry about because hubby wouldn’t want to patronize these establishments. I, for one, probably won’t go to either business, unless the food is better than the scenery at Hooters. But then I have a happy relationship with my family and have no desire to run to these establishments. At least I don’t have someone always nagging and complaining at me 24/7. If the people complaining about these places spent the same amount of time working on their relationships, they wouldn’t have anything to complain about either.

• I find it rather ironic that we try to teach our children good moral values, fight to keep the Ten Commandments and the nativity in sight, yet some would allow things like the gentleman’s club to be OK. I know we are talking about freedom of expression, but when that expression causes powerful physical feelings of lust and unfaithfulness, how could it be godly? Please do not allow this type of business to add to our city’s already burdened problem of drug and alcohol addiction and crime.

• It’s a good thing George Bush wasn’t a doctor. They take an oath to do no harm.

• I’ve noticed a growing trend in the increased number of people who pull right out in front of me. (What, am I driving my invisible car today?) And now, we have a city bus driver exhibiting this same strange sense of entitlement. Thank God no one was seriously injured, but I bet it sure ruined that person’s day. Please, people, start doing what they taught us in kindergarten: Wait your turn. Don’t pull out in front of me, make me hit my brakes and cause me to be close enough to you to read your “Don’t Tailgate” bumper sticker.


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