You Said It, July 17, 2011

I went to the farmers market on Main Street and how pleasant it was. I didn’t feel like I was attending a dog show, like in years past. Three cheers for the ones who decided to exclude dogs from this well-attended (crowded) event.

For the past 40 years, I have bought fireworks, had a barbecue and celebrated Independence Day with my family. This only comes once a year, and now some whiner wants to ban the way we all celebrate our great nation’s birthday. Next year, I am going to buy fireworks that are louder and even more obnoxious. God bless the U.S.A.!

To the Caprock parent who suggested mandatory parent volunteers would solve the school district’s budget woes: Public schools can’t set conditions for enrollment. They can’t even deny enrollment to illegal immigrants or kids with violent histories. Only private schools can truly “require” anything of parents because you can impose a consequence that works.

It’s time for a school tax on all men and women and do away with property taxes for schools. That way, everyone pays for schools — very simple to implement through the tax code. That way, renters cannot vote on raising my property tax.

While I was shopping at Wal-Mart, I saw an act of compassion from a Wal-Mart sales associate who was a checker in the garden center. An elderly women was having difficulty trying to pay her for her merchandise, so the checker used her own money to pay the difference between the money the elderly women had and what she needed.

To all the people who use the self-checkout in stores: Do you realize you are keeping a clerk from a job? The stores are trying to force you to use the self-checkouts by having fewer cashiers on duty. Don’t play their game. Complain to management.

The point that the district administration is not getting is that the public does not want the people who work directly with our children to be cut before administrative jobs. If you look at the job posting on the district website, you will find that they may have restructured somewhat, but there were about six to eight job openings for new jobs in the curriculum department after the newspaper article saying what a great job they were doing cutting those positions.

In surveys about school district budget cuts, one subject is omitted. Why should sacrifices be only for teaching staff, students and parents? What would the savings be if salaries and benefits for administrators were limited to no more than $100,000 a year per position? Also, how many administrative roles could be eliminated in lieu of teaching positions?

Does anyone else like the sign on Patterson Road right before the right turn into St. Mary’s that says “Traffic Enforcement ahead”? Does this mean I do not have to worry about ticketing anywhere else, only where they tell me now that there is a traffic-enforcement area?

When are people going to wake up? We don’t have as much of a spending problem in this country as we have a revenue problem. We keep cutting taxes, especially on the rich and the corporations, and wonder why we’re broke. After 30 years, we know it doesn’t trickle down.

Looking at the city of Grand Junction’s website, I was surprised to see huge pictures of the city manager and her assistant on the main site. They’re not even pretending that the City Council is in charge anymore.


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