You Said It, April 3, 2011

When we moved here in the early ‘50s, I thought the Colorado National Monument was Independence Rock, and so informed visitors. We also thought the “ol fishin’ hole” was Connecticut Lakes, finding out later it was really Connected Lakes.

If those of you who are in favor of changing the name of Colorado National Monument to a national park and desire Scott Tipton’s support, tell him that President Obama is against the name change and he will support it immediately.

So the NPS believes that “for profit” events that require helicopters and road closures are not compatible with “their” properties? Well, since 1910, Hollywood has been filming hundreds of movies in the parks with their (NPS) blessing. I’m pretty sure these movie sets have involved hundreds of people, helicopters and some closures. How this is different than a bike race?

So we have perhaps the most famous pot smoker in the world coming to play a concert in the town that can’t wait to chase away pot smokers and the show is sold out. How ironic is that?

Our mail-in ballot has two ordinances to vote for. No problem there, but voting for the list of candidates for what office? Nowhere on the ballot does it mention for what office: city council, city planning, dog catcher, dispatcher?

Gary McCallister is one of the main reasons I like to read The Daily Sentinel. His columns are always a real treat. They are so well-written in both style and content. I can’t tell Gary how much I appreciate his articles. Thank you, professor Gary McCallister!

For over 50 years I have climbed Mount Garfield in the summertime for the exercise, the view and to admire our American flag mounted at the top. This year, I see that some moronic vandals tore the flag and flagpole down and pitched them over the side. Shame, shame, shame.

In reference to the comment about getting rid of high school sports and athletic directors: Sports and band and drama and the arts are what keep a lot of kids in school. Quoting a passage from the 1995 movie “Mr. Holland’s Opus”: “You can cut the arts as much as you want. Sooner or later these kids aren’t going to have anything to read or write about. There are people willing to create a generation of children who will not have the ability to think or create.” There is much more than academics to be deemed a “well-rounded education.”

Some slob shooters at the BLM rifle range have done it again. March 26 a group of 20-plus dedicated volunteers cleaned up the range of all the trash left behind by these slobs. Probably over a ton of trash was removed and you can bet that none of those slobs was there helping clean up. What is so difficult about picking up whatever you use to target shoot and putting it in one of the trash bags?

Your patrons don’t owe you an honest living; your employer does. Demand more income. When you don’t get a tip, you did a bad job and you don’t get any “extra.” Pay more attention to those you wait on.

What is wrong with this picture? The Estonians are building an oil shale plant to develop our resource. We can’t drill off our coast, but the Chinese, Cubans and Brazilians can?

A special thank you to Barb Lancaster, manager of the Habitat store on North Avenue. Our daughter bought a used dishwasher there and installed it in her home, only to find out it didn’t work. Barbara was very polite and helpful. Habitat for Humanity does wonderful things for the community.

The humane society wonders why they get more calls about dogs than cats. The answer might be that they don’t respond to cat calls. This is why we have no rabbits, squirrels and pheasants in the valley. We have too many cat lovers letting their cats roam the streets all night.

Thanks to the construction company at 29 Road and the Business Loop for honoring our flag by flying it at the top of one of the pillars. The display of the flag makes me proud to be an American. You are true patriots.


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