You Said It, May 22, 2011

I can’t believe anyone would want Ward Churchill to speak at a meeting. His topic of conversation should be: “Plagiarism — How I Screwed up my Life by Cheating.”

Why would anyone provide a pulpit for a disciple of evil (by his own testimony)? There has to be a serious disconnect here because the 10 Commandments are still the basis of our religions. Do they smoke in the Unitarian Church, or have they bought into the great American Smoke Out?

Ward Churchill is the Charlie Sheen of academia. Who cares?

Way to go, Justin Kolenc. You beat CMU fair and square. Now we need to stop the cyberbullying by Rick Taggart and Colorado Mesa University. Just pay the guy for his ingenuity and quit your crying.

What Justin Kolenc did may not be illegal (but I hope it is), but it certainly was immoral. Shame on you.

Our School District is cutting positions left and right. Now reading aides, who are incredibly important, are on the chopping block. Yet, there are four postings for administrative positions with salaries starting at $60,000 a year. Why don’t they cut vice principals in most of their buildings? I always wonder what they do anyways.

Apparently the students and staff at Clifton haven’t heard that “you can’t fix education by throwing money at it.” What a wonderful success story and hats off to all of them.

So Palisade isn’t getting the Dollar General store. We are senior citizens who has considered moving to Palisade but now I refuse to move there, eat there or shop there. Not everyone has a lot of money to run somewhere else to shop at more expensive stores.

I’d just like to thank Faith Heights for the do-over on their blue-and-white paint job. The new colors are much more in keeping with the surrounding terrain, and blend beautifully with the mountains. Hallelujah!

So the people on Seventh Street who fought for a year to open a B&B sold the house to another family and are moving.

Photographer Dean Humphrey: I watched you take photos of the last returning Honor Flight. One of the party dropped a carry-on bag. You picked it up. You then juggled position for a good shot, purposely ducking out of the way of others doing the same. You then excused yourself through the crowd as you came down the stairs. All this and lugging your camera. Class act.

Why is it necessary for Mesa College to hold their graduation ceremony on Sunday morning? I’ve been privileged to attend a number of college and university graduations, including Harvard, and they all seemed to be able to arrange for the festivities to be on Saturday. I hope those making the plans will set aside Sunday morning so people may attend graduation and still be able to attend church on Sunday morning.

A thank you to all the people who can afford it for not paying for my meal. Only in a town like Grand Junction can a stranger doing something nice for someone else become such a controversial topic.

A thank you to the young man who helped us at St. Mary’s. He noticed something dark in color beneath our car. We thought it was a dark-colored trash bag. It was not! That kindly fellow crawled under the car and retrieved a pair of dark-colored jeans, hooked on our muffler. It could have been a disaster had it caught on fire.

I really dislike Knit on the Corner. How insulting to the sculptor. If the artist wants a pink skirt or an orange dress on his or her piece, that is up to the artist. How presumptuous to change his or her vision. Please discontinue this silly idea. It has nothing to do with art.

I would like to thank the lovely family, with two beautiful little girls, for paying our tab at Naggy McGees on May 9th. What a beautiful gesture. Thank you so much from three grateful senior citizens.

Isn’t it amazing how quickly gas prices go up at the least hint of a crude oil price hike, refinery shutdowns or for whatever the current reason may be, even though that gas at the station was purchased at a lower rate? But when crude prices go down, or the disaster of the day fades away, gas prices stay high for a much longer time before very slowly beginning to inch downward, never reaching the low point when they began the rise again.

When an interested business person is interested in opening here, they must first be aware how much the city landscaping requirement will cost. Usually in the thousands upon thousands, and then people wonder what caused their demise.

Thank you to Officer Wilson at Grand Junction High School, whose swift action helped my daughter recover her stolen iPod touch.


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