You Said It, Oct. 9, 2011

Steve Jobs, an example of the American dream, went from the bottom to the top in the economic scale of things, i.e. became one of the 1 percent that are being demonized by the non-producers. The irony of it all is that they are organizing with the assistance of what he produced.

The recent rash of accidents on Interstate 70 illustrates that there are a lot of incompetent truck drivers on our roads. Regulations for truck drivers need to be enforced and tightened. Too many people are injured and too much time is lost when an 18 wheeler accident ties up the road for many hours.

I couldn’t agree more with the person who thinks all bicyclists should be required to show some type of registration or identification on their bikes. If we vehicle drivers must abide by these laws, the bikers we must “share the road” with should be identifiable as well.

It’s not unusual to find overweight drivers who smoke, text and blast their radios during their two-block drive to the grocery store for another quart of ice cream. Instead of criticizing those who exercise and enjoy a healthy lifestyle by biking on poorly designed bike routes, find positive solutions. Penalizing with taxes and fines to eliminate animosity is a figment of the imagination.

The importance of breast cancer awareness notwithstanding, does the NFL really have to wear pink shoes and sweatbands? Really? Who on earth is not aware of breast cancer and that it is a bad thing? Does it help the cause for football players to wear pink? Really? I doubt it. Every game I watch only reinforces the fact that pink clashes with every color in the spectrum.

Did we learn nothing from the Kent State affair in the ‘60s? The organizers of revolutions are always in the back pushing the ignorant out front to take the heat. What is happening on Wall Street has the same agenda. Cause a serious crisis and get the authorities to react in a way that will get someone hurt. If our government wasn’t complicit in what is happening, they would be rounding up the organizers, not the stupid people on the front line. Who is John Gault?

It’s no secret that history proves Native Americans were the victims of what can be compared to a holocaust. Their food source was eliminated for sport; the calvary murdered, raped, and cleared the way for railroads and settlers, while politicians plotted and broke treaties. Now after years of being relegated to reservations in remote areas, Native Americans have adapted new ways to generate revenue and create jobs by opening casinos for those who enjoy gaming. Hopefully, they will not ignore their culture and remain true to their beliefs.

Hooray for the Western Slope. We had a great weekend with all the festivals going on. Teller Arms Farmers Market is still going on, and there are great fall fruits and vegetables. The gourd festivities were wonderful at Botanical Gardens with fun demonstrations, friendly people and great gourd crafts to buy. And then we went downtown to the Octoberfest. Cannot understand why it is now crammed into such a small area. I remember when it took up all of Main Street. Last on our list of wonderful options was the Cedaredge Apple Fest. I know why we live in the area when we have weekends so full of things to do while we enjoy the delightful weather.

It is 1:30 a.m. and I have been awakened again by insensitive goons cruising the neighborhood with wall-shaking music. When are the cops going to crack down on these people? We need a more aggressive noise ordinance to stop this nonsense. It goes on in the Hawthorne Park area, day and night. Please, enough!

A special thank you to Officer Tifft of the Grand Junction Police Department for your actions on Orchard Mesa the night of Sept. 2. The compassionate way you handled our tragedy helped make things a bit easier for us. The same goes out to everyone from the police, fire and emergency response departments who came to our assistance. It isn’t said enough: Thank you.


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