You Said It, Oct. 4, 2009

Wish we had neat artwork at the roundabouts in the valley like they do in Silt. They would be much more fun to drive through.

Stan Hilkey commented that “he’s heard medical marijuana patients are being charged exorbitant amounts for the drug.” What does he call it when St. Mary’s charges $9 for two aspirin?

The city of Philadelphia, Pa., and citizens of America need to be thankful that the Grand Junction Planning Department and Grand Junction administration have not been in charge of the Liberty Bell or Independence Hall. They would only be a memory.

I wonder what the state budget shortfall would have been if Ritter hadn’t chased all the drilling out of Colorado?

Well, our president becomes an errand boy for Chicago’s corrupt mayor — Richard M. Daley — and the rest of his Chicago cronies: Valerie Jarrett and David Axlerod. Twenty-four hours in Copenhagen, millions of dollars for fuel, Secret Service and all the trimmings. Does anyone think for a second that the Obama (Olympics bid) trip would be made on behalf of any other U.S. city? I think not.

Yard sales are a great thing, especially for people who wouldn’t otherwise be able to afford a lot of items. But to a select few people having them, when your sale is over, get off your lazy rumps and take your signs down so we don’t burn gas and time chasing old leads that don’t exist anymore.

Why, during all the rain on Tuesday, was an employee for the city blowing rain water off the bike/walking path on the Redlands Parkway? I guess the city has too many employees and has to find work for them somewhere and something to do to keep employed. Also, why is the city spending $1.2 million on a sprinkling system for the golf course? Where are they getting this money and why can’t they spend it on a new police station?

Just because PetSmart and Petco allow pets in the store doesn’t mean they are acceptable in Home Depot and Lowe’s. Isn’t it against the law anyway?

Rebuilding Main Street is like fixing it when it isn’t broken. Illogical. The problem with party lines is that it is mostly the fanatics that belong. They’ve fallen and they can’t get back to reality.

Big bucks for city employees? My husband hasn’t received a raise in four years; the last round of wage adjustments excluded his department. Meanwhile, health care premiums continue to rise. Guess he should work in administration.

Isn’t it odd, Mesa County is telling employees that they have to take furlough days to save money for the budget. And then Mesa County announces they’re spending $1.2 million for a park. A park is more important? What a joke. That sure tells the employees where they stand with the county.

Whatever the DDA counterpart was in the 1960s, it was instrumental in ruining downtown Grand Junction. Now, they are about to embark on another chapter of the same handiwork. Is it possible that there is anything to be said for “reinventing the wheel” and restoring our downtown into what it initially intended to be — a straightforward and efficient shopping center? For anyone to imagine that it is now “the shopping hub of Grand Junction” is such a stretch.

Respect for the office of the president should start at the top. Former presidents should keep out of current debates. There is no person more disrespectful to the office than former President Carter. Also, sitting presidents shouldn’t trash former presidents’ names to push their agendas. If you care about civility and respect toward the office of the president, then call out your own party first. This should be an issue that unites us as a people, but by making it a partisan issue it can only divide us further.

Let me get this straight: Wolves were endangered, so they made a study, spent lots of money to introduce them back into the wild. Now they have reproduced and we have far too many of them. So now we set up hunts, and already 10,000 hunters have bought tags to hunt. It sounds to me like we are raising animals to hunt, and get license money for certain states. Now they say grizzlies are endangered, so let’s see how they fare in five years.


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