You Said It, May 28, 2017

In this small community of depressed wages and lack of opportunity, the new salary of Superintendent Ken Haptonstall is laughable. Maybe if he was coming with something bigger on his resume than running Parachute schools it could at least be argued, but honestly, it cannot be argued. I am ashamed for the complete ineptitude of our school board. How many teachers reading this right now could have used $35,000 to bolster learning?

Have not had a cost of living increase in the last four years. After the contract given to Ken Haptonstall, don’t come asking me to vote for more money for anything.

 

As you enjoy the Memorial Day holiday weekend with its picnics, camping and sales, please take a moment to pause and remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice so that you could enjoy your day in this great country. Better yet, attend a Memorial Day service. Contribute to a veteran organization or help place flags on veteran graves.

 

Again, did District 51 consult the teachers about administration being able to put them in any school the administration sees fit? Let’s keep telling teachers what, when and where to do their profession. Underpaid, no voice and few teachers to go around. They are there more for the students than anybody! Wake up!

 

It is very sad and frustrating to see in the Bangs Canyon Area how the partygoers have continued to spread graffiti, human feces and the trampling of vegetation ruining such a beautiful place. Now even hiking with your dog puts them at risk due to the careless actions of people using edible marijuana. Two dogs recently got seriously ill from ingesting discarded edibles. Marijuana can be toxic to animals. The medical bills and suffering these dogs went through is a sad consequence of careless, disrespectful people.

 

So the Colorado Legislature passed a bill requiring transparency on utility bills. Great. But have you ever tried to figure out what the $4,000 “operating room” charge was for when the doctor took a five-minute biopsy in his office? Good luck. Why doesn’t the Legislature require transparency for something that really matters, like medical bills?

 

I am confused. Palisade said they have lots of extra water so pot shops have access to water to grow their plants. Yet our water rates are the highest in the valley. Give the residents a lower water rate if we have all that surplus water. On the pot shops locations, why are there no locations south of U.S. Highway 6 and Riverbend Park. Lots of land south of highway. There is a big parking lot that is seldom used on Main Street.

 

A heartfelt thank you to those responsible for re-establishing a flag pole and flag atop Mount Garfield. I and the remaining members of the “Filthy Few” established the original one on May 27, 1988. It stood there 18 years until it was vandalized by morons in July 2006. We’ve often thought of putting up another one but the valley has changed so and we’ve grown too old to attempt it again. We gladly, though, pass the baton to a younger generation in hopes they’ll continue the tradition, honor and duty. Again, thanks.

 

Several weeks ago someone lamented that the harmony of a neighborhood had been disrupted because one neighbor had shot the cat of another when the cat was in the shooter’s yard. The “harmony” of the neighborhood was disrupted long ago when an irresponsible pet owner decided that he or she didn’t want to clean a litter box, but instead left it to his or her neighbors to clean up after the animal. I wasn’t going to write — until today, when I tripped trying to chase a neighbor’s cat when it was crapping in my garden. Fortunately, I only twisted my ankle, but if it had been my elderly mother who fell, I would have sued the cat owner. I like and own cats — but they stay inside.

 

Thank you to the young man and his wife who rescued me and my friend last week out by the mall. My car ran out of gas right at the exit of the mall. As a senior citizen with an elderly friend along, I was horrified and scared to death as the lady behind me continued to lay on her horn. Thank goodness for the young couple and another man who stopped and took the time to push us out of the way. Then he went in to Home Depot, bought a large gas can and returned with gas to help us. And he wouldn’t take a dime for it. He asked me to pay it forward. So this afternoon, while at Walmart, a family was taking donations for CLAWS. I wheeled the buggy to them with a large bag of cat food and large bag of kitty litter. It was my pleasure.

 

Thank you to Redlands United Methodist Church for the great job of cleaning up Redlands Parkway on May 13. It looks great.


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