Murrvalus's BlogMurrvalus's Blog Site Meister Tue, 08/30/2016 - 17:27
These are entries from Valeda Murr's Blog on the old site that I've decided to resurrect for posterity. I knew Valeda for a long time, well over thirty years. So this is a memorial to her. She is missed and I hope to see her in the afterlife so that I can again enjoy her sarcastic humor, constant wit, and loving presence.
Petitioners in front of Ace HardwarePetitioners in front of Ace Hardware murrvalus Mon, 07/18/2011 - 19:42
So, I went for a job interview down by the Ace hardware on East Harmony. Three petitioners (2 men, 1 woman) for the ballot issue of closing the dispensaries were sitting outside. I was early so I sat outside about 10 feet away and listened to the lies they were telling people. I heard them repeatedly telling people that since the dispensaries opened up, possession of marijuana crime has gone up 300%. They are claiming that drug pushers are buying the marijuana at dispensaries and then selling it to teenagers. This is crap, the drug pushers aren't going to do this because it would kill their profit margin. They are claiming that marijuana use among teenagers has risen. I waited until after my interview to walk over and say something to them.
I started by saying they were unthinking, uncaring and unfeeling. They care only for their own views and not for the people who need the marijuana, especially those in chemo. They replied they were not banning dispensaries only within Fort Collins city limits so people would only have to drive 3 or 4 miles farther (that would depend on where you live). I said that obviously they had not had a loved one in the hospital with cancer that needed relief from the chemo. You put in 30 hour days under these circumstances, Driving just a little farther is just not feasible. They also brought up Marinol, which I said doesn't work (and it doesn't). I again called them unfeeling, uncaring and unthinking. The woman especially got madder and madder, saying they were only trying to protect my grandchildren to which I replied that my children didn't need their help in protecting their children.
The conversation went on for a few minutes and the woman got angrier and angrier. Finally the last time I called them unfeeling, unthinking and uncaring, she was furious and her voice was raised. She told me I just didn't understand and she did too care. I figured it was good time to walk off, my good deed of the day was done.
I only saw 1 person sign in the 45 minutes I watched. Most just shook their heads and kept walking, or told them the voters legalized it, leave it be.
They did say that today was the last day, so I suppose we can be grateful for that. I truly hope that the people of Fort Collins can see past these out and out lies and exaggerations.
Is there a reporter on staff?Is there a reporter on staff? murrvalus Tue, 06/21/2011 - 15:39
Has anyone else been following the story of the young man on the Frontier flight from Dallas to Denver that was removed because the pilot thought it was unsafe (not clear to who) to fly with him on board? If you will notice in the many articles on the Internet, he is from Fort Collins. Nice of the Coloradoan to do a story. Ya gotta wonder if there is still one real reporter on staff. I know for sure there is no proofreader, so maybe they did the same with the reporters.
PoliticsPolitics murrvalus Wed, 04/27/2011 - 18:05
I hope that this time the so-called "birthers" will sit down and shut up. But it is probably a vain hope. These fools are a waste of air. And I am sure that now they will simply say it was forged. Or put in the system later or some such dumb ass idea.
Obama is right, it is time for the silliness to end. This country has major issues to be resolved and for the Republican Party to continue to do this is just ludicrous. And it is the Republican Party, when two of their so-called front runners for next year are talking about it, it is a party platform. Of course, if I had to chose between Palin and Trump for president, I would prefer to move to another country.
The Government, i.e., taxes, defense, take from the poor and give to the richThe Government, i.e., taxes, defense, take from the poor and give to the rich murrvalus Sun, 04/24/2011 - 18:59
Once again the US congress boggles my mind. Here is the simple way to view our "two party" system, the Democrats want to cut the defence budget and put the money in humanitarian programs, the Republicans want to cut the humanitarian programs and put most of it in the defence budget. The rest should go in the pockets of the rich in tax cuts.
If you make millions of dollars, you should be paying more taxes. What we really need is to toss the IRS out the window and start from scratch, if you make 25,000 a year and are married with one or more children no taxes. If you make 10 million a year, lots of taxes. We need one system of taxation. A flat percentage, adjusted somewhat those with children. The less you make the less you pay. No more crazy charts and weird deductions. How about 5% of what you make, add a percentage for Social Security we could massively cut the federal budget by getting rid of the IRS. Think of the savings there!
Republicans in my opinion come in one color, green. People with money vote Republican. Tell me how many poor people vote Republican, because I don't know any. Personally one of my heroes in the 60's was a Republican, Barry Goldwater has got to be rolling in his grave if he has the stomach to watch his party now. All they care about is their wallet.
And all both parties care about is getting reelected!
Lack of snow removalLack of snow removal murrvalus Wed, 02/09/2011 - 21:31
Aren't businesses and homeowners supposed to remove the snow from their sidewalks within 24 hours after it has snowed? I live in the vicinity of LaPorte and Shields. Apparently the home and business owners in this area are exempt from the ordinance. Because at least half haven't lifted a shovel all winter. I guess if you wait long enough the snow will melt on it's own. There is an apartment complex at the corner of LaPorte and Sheilds and its sidewalks are treacherous. I don't think they have done a thing to remove the snow all winter.
These sidewalks are a hazard. So take some time and clear your walks.
RevolutionRevolution murrvalus Tue, 02/01/2011 - 20:29
As I watch the unfolding of revolutionary change in Tunisia, Jordan and Egypt, I wonder when the dictators around the world will figure out that in the 21st century, keeping the populace living in fear and ignorance is coming to an end. A college professor of mine asked a question during a lecture, "What is the most important element needed by a populace to have democracy?" Answer - an educated populace, and in my opinion, the second most important component is communication. In today's world, planet wide communication is available in all countries. Not perhaps to all people, but in all countries. What began in Tunisia spread to Egypt, and now Jordan. With mass communication, it will be harder and harder for dictators to maintain what is needed most to maintain power, ignorance.
Death to ignorance means a birth of democracy. Democracy is not perfect, no government is, but it remains the best we have.
A heartfelt salute to those protestors in Egypt, may you step forward into a better future!
A new decade beginsA new decade begins murrvalus Fri, 12/31/2010 - 12:40
And so begins a new decade, for me it begins with high hopes. A new start in Ft. Collins, a new job, my son newly married and expecting the end of May. My daughter and her family returned from three years in Germany.
I also lost an uncle this year, one of the penalties of getting older, and a high school friend to cancer.
I am grateful for all the good things in my life and chose to put aside the bad and look forward to a new year and a new decade with a positive outlook. Remember to try and make someone else smile every day, this was something my late husband did, and it does send positive energy back to you. Say please and thank you. Tell those you love, that you love them often. Be kind to the planet, it is the only one we have. Be safe and have a great new year!
Freedom of SpeechFreedom of Speech murrvalus Tue, 12/07/2010 - 08:26
At last an intelligent way to battle censorship. As long as the Coloradoan sees fit to ban those whose viewpoint they don't like, may there always be ways to sail around it.