Recently, my wife and I had occasion to celebrate the demise of our 28-year-old washing machine, a Speed Queen Model HA6001, which we purchased in California in 1983. They just don’t build ’em like that anymore.
It survived a move to Phoenix, then here to Battlement Mesa upon my retirement in 1997. Obviously, for the past several years my wife’s been holding her breath with every load.
Naturally, our loss prompted us to reminisce back to the ’80s, before this nation became “green,” back when “the good old U.S.A. was red, white and blue.” There was no energy rating or requirement for only HE detergents, but most incredible, there was no warning in the instructions not to put children or pets in the washer.
That decade produced the Reagan Revolution with a popular patriotic president who demonstrated pride in our country and respect for its citizens, and there was a minimum of government interference in our lives. We chose our own light bulbs, ate tasty greasy foods, bought gas-guzzling autos, and conducted ourselves as if we were responsible citizens.
Facing the challenge of making a purchasing decision on a new washer naturally subjected us to culture shock. In keeping with today’s social demands, we wanted to be politically correct, energy conscious, obedient citizens. In accordance with the Obama administration’s energy priorities, we spent countless hours researching viable options, assuming wrongly that we’d end up buying a solar-powered or wind-powered washing machine.
Now, we are embarrassed about admitting our naivete, but hope this information serves a useful purpose either by alerting consumers that there are no solar or wind powered washers yet, or maybe by alerting some ambitious entrepreneur that this might be a stimulus startup opportunity.
I read in this paper on Aug. 24 that the Garfield Re-2 School District is asking for a mill levy override that would raise property and business taxes in that district.
It caused me to think back to the last time such a tax increase was proposed. If I remember correctly, we voted it down twice, but instead of respecting the wishes of the voters, they “overrode” what we wanted and raised taxes anyway. This time, I hope that sort of thing doesn’t happen.
This is a school district where most pitifully low wages have been frozen for some time, despite the fact that when the new superintendent took her job, her already-bloated salary was increased.
In this district, test scores continue to be consistently below state average, and state average is very low. At a recent board meeting, I heard a representative raving about minimal increases in test scores, but when I looked on the district website, it was easy to see that the majority of our scores are abysmal.
Yet we spent how many millions of dollars for a so-called reading program that the state of Texas abandoned years ago? It is not really a reading program, but a behavior-modification program akin to cult brainwashing that flat out doesn’t work.
Furthermore, this district is asking to heap more taxes on property owners and businesses that are already struggling. I believe that if we vote not to support this proposed mill-levy override in the coming election and if it shows up on the ballot again, we should exercise our rights as citizens of America and recall the elected officials who do not respect our wishes and install ones who realize they are put into office to do what the people want.
I am writing in response to Cheri Brandon’s letter of Aug. 24, “Logging trucks a hazard on the highways.” I too am saddened by the recent accident involving a log truck. My heart goes out to the young woman’s family.
Ms. Brandon stated that log trucks are “speeding down the freeways and roads” and that “the logs are stacked on these rickety old trucks and how they sway as they travel.”
Have readers ever followed behind a truck hauling a box trailer, such as a Wal-Mart truck, a Swift truck or a Domino’s Pizza truck and seen how much the trailer sways and rocks back and forth as they travel? No one can tell me that these types of trucks don’t speed, too.
A few years ago my husband was run off the road by a Sam’s Club truck. The driver of the truck was speeding and decided to switch lanes without checking his mirrors, and my husband had to veer off the road.
In the Post Independent letters of Aug. 25, Christine Singleton wants the editor to drop me from the list of acceptable letter writers because of my comment on the bicycle races, even though my comment was submitted in answer to the paper’s Question of the Week.
In these times of local and worldwide turmoil and strife, it is difficult to keep even a small piece of one’s sense of humor. I recommend Ms. Singleton try to regain hers. It might help if she could put her tongue firmly in cheek and post her own attempt to lighten up the mood of the populace.
Jack E. Blankenship
The Forest Service claims to have shot and killed a bear matching the description of the one that jumped on a tent by Crater Lake. What did they mean by “matched the description?” Was the bear wearing a hat and carrying a shovel?
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