You Said It, Oct. 30, 2011

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Remember, children, it is supposed to be trick for a treat. So when you come to my house, be prepared to recite a nursery rhyme, sing a song — I prefer “Mairzy Doats” — or turn a somersault. Earn your treat.

Our xeric demonstration garden at First Street and U.S. Highway 6&50 was beautiful with mature shrubs, perennials, cacti and young trees a couple of years ago. Now the garden is a deteriorating spot, strewn with broken bottles, torn cacti and destroyed plantings. Master gardeners who, like myself, worked hard starting and maintaining the garden are now afraid to work there. Vagrants have taken over the garden. Can’t something be done?

Here is an idea for the school district to save money: Quit giving free lunches to kids with parents who have big screens, expensive cars and cellphones.

Yes, your bicycle has a right to be on city streets. Its usage falls under the same laws for motor vehicles. So, if you choose to ride in the middle of the street at 12 mph and there are vehicles behind you, you could be impeding traffic. And if you fail to come to a complete stop at a stop sign, you have broken the law. So please, come down from your “high and mighty” bike seat and obey all the traffic rules.

“Share the road.” “Share the cost.” I think those riding bikes on public roads should pay to get a license plate each year like motor vehicle drivers do. This would be a great source of income for Colorado, add jobs, and would be fair to all sharing the road.

While we are tinkering with the tax laws, how about a change in the lottery rules? All that lovely lolly now goes to parks and recreation. A little change in the rules could effect a three-way split: a third for education, a third for roads, and a third for parks and recreation, of course.

Why does the tea party rely on its own resources, whereas the Wall Street occupiers rely on aid from others?

Thank you to the young man who turned my purse in to Walmart on Friday. I would like to know who you are and buy you a Happy Meal or steak of your choice. I thought it was gone forever. God Bless you for your honesty.

This week 311 students were celebrated for the commitment to excellence at Central High School. The 19.4 percent of the student body earned a 3.5 GPA or higher for the school year 2010–2011. Of these students, 84 earned a 4.0 to receive the Superintendent Scholar Award. Congratulations, Warriors!

I’ve noticed more and more reports on the uselessness and/or danger of using vitamins and supplements. They certainly are to be used wisely. However, I wonder if maybe the “big money” (pharmaceutical companies) aren’t spearheading these efforts to preserve their vast fortunes. Do your own research.

I love garage sales, but people who post signs all over the street corners should be fined for not removing them after the sale is over. This is a great way for the city to make some money from the garage sales.

I know how to reduce or eliminate property taxes for Mesa County: Install a radar camera at the base of the 29 Road bridge. With all the speeders on that section, we might even get a tax rebate.

Remember, the next time you see a veteran or a soldier, a “Thank you for your service” goes a very long way.


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