You Said It, Dec. 11, 2011

I would like to thank everyone who came out to enjoy the 2011 Parade of Lights, and all the participants for doing such a great job of entertaining us. Also, kudos to the sheriff’s department for bringing out the bloodhound canine unit. Those dogs are so cool.

Thank you to The Salvation Army for the coat drive as well as the Thanksgiving meal you provided to the community. Your graciousness has given me warmth as well as a sense of family during the holidays.

There are no new ideas or creative suggestions from the Occupy movement. It is just more of what continues to erode our economy and our values: those who cost taxpayers, but are not working to pay the taxes. The millions spent by cities for police and other services are just another example of the nonproductive citizens costing the rest of us, without any contributions of their own.

The Christians who applaud professional athlete Tim Tebow’s public prayers on the football field might want to revisit what Jesus had to say about the matter in Matthew: “When you pray, don’t be like the hypocrites who pretend piety by praying publicly on street corners ... where everyone can see them. Truly that is all the reward they will ever get. But when you pray, go away by yourself, all alone, and shut the door ... and pray to your father secretly, and your father, who knows your secrets, will reward you.”

What an anomaly Tim Tebow is to the typical professional athlete image. Imagine, a man who has values and lives by them. I doubt he will have dozens of offspring spread across the country and he probably has never tried drugs, much less sell them. How refreshing.

On Oct. 21 I had a severe heart attack. Being home by myself, I immediately dialed 911. The operator got an ambulance en route immediately. I would like to thank both operators, the ambulance crew, the Delta hospital emergency room flight- for-life crew and the emergency crew at St. Mary’s Hospital, plus all the people at St. Mary’s who cared for me during my stay.

Thank you, Daily Sentinel, for exposing the reasons behind Tom Chapman’s and Ed Marston’s opposition to the Bear Ranch land exchange. The exchange is obviously a worthwhile plan if those two oppose it.

The service that churches provide to this community by feeding the homeless, running food banks, clothing children, counseling those with anger issues and addictive habits as well as assisting the elderly, to name just a few, put far more into the community than the money a church saves in taxes by being exempt. If we had to pay taxes the overall health of the community would noticeably decline and the taxpayers would experience the burden. Thank God for the tax exemption, We all benefit from it!

If Black Friday is the biggest shopping day of the year, why wouldn’t the downtown stores open before 10 a.m. like the big box stores?  I thought the downtown renovation was trying to lure more business from the mall.

If the sewer rates are not going up in Fruitvale, the water rates are every year. Construction costs and wages are down and the river water is still free but Clifton is bumping its minimum rate 8.5 percent. Ute Water looks to join the party and they just raised their rates a year ago. Are these government-run agencies? They sure act like it.

After reading You Said It for several years, I think we have a whole bunch of people in Mesa County who can’t mind their own business and instead do their fighting with their mouths, their lawyers and restraining orders.

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