You Said It, Nov. 22, 2009

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Thank you for all the beautiful colored pictures printed of autumn foliage this year in the Sentinel. It was a glorious autumn, and it was nice to see so many pictures of it.

How many of you have noticed how Gov. Bill Ritter has spent money putting signs with his name on them below all of the “American Recovery Act” signs around our state? How much did all those signs cost?  And what was the purpose?

It is irritating to hear people complain about barking dogs from the animal shelter. The shelter does a tremendous service for all of us. It’s like people who buy a house near a pig farm or a golf course. They were here first, so live with it or move.

One in seven children going hungry? If the anti-abortionists would put their time and money into helping these hungry children instead of more unwanted ones, everyone would be better off.

I for one am sure glad the post office has rearranged the mail route for “improved” service. Now our mail is even later, often as late as 6 p.m. or after! Kudos to U.S. Postal Service management.

City to cut 40 positions in 2009 and up to 25 in 2010 through retirement incentives and reduction in force. What a joke their program incentives are. Hopefully, they’ll eliminate enough positions to have enough money to build the emergency services building.

We went into Afghanistan after 9/11 to destroy al-Qaida. Shortly thereafter, al-Qaida disappeared from Afghanistan and fled to the hills and into a back door to Pakistan. Only now are we talking about going into Pakistan to shut down al-Qaida. Why didn’t the last administration and the current one come up with this concept some time ago? I think Joe Biden is onto something.

So, Hamid Karzai says he’s determined to have his own troops ready in five years. That’s far too long a time for the U.S. and its allies to continue to shed blood to support his rotten, corrupt attempt at government.

Why is it Republicans worry so much about the trillion dollars for health care, but they ignore the trillion being wasted in foolish defense programs such as the F22 Raptor? With all the money being spent on war preparation, it is small wonder why other countries fear for their safety. We create the need for other countries to spend more money on defense, thus depriving millions of people better health care and food.

If the swine flu vaccine shortage is our first glimpse of Obamacare ... no thanks.

I guess the old adage is true that if you repeat a lie often enough, you begin to believe it’s true. Evidence the letters to the editor from Goldberg (what right does someone in New York have getting into our local issues anyway?) and Tallarico regarding the oil and gas industry. Next to the nuclear industry,  oil and gas is probably the most regulated and studied industry in this country. Emotional claims absent fact only appeal to the uneducated, and our state government is making sure the general public remains uninformed.

Have you seen the commercials put out by the 5-2-1 drainage district, warning us not to sweep our grass clippings into the street? Then they show you a beautiful mountain lake. Did you know the Colorado River ran uphill? In the winter when the city puts tons of magnesium chloride on the streets, where do they think that ends up when the snow and ice melts? Wonder where the city can cut the budget? How about misleading advertisements?


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