David E. Steiner

Retired USAF, Teacher, Dad, Grandfather, Curmudgeon

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A New “Yield” Sign

 

There’s a new “Yield” sign at the junction of County Road 82 (Big Owl) and 82E (Cabin Creek). As signs go, I like “Yield” signs; they’re directive without being pushy. I got tired of nearly being hit there, so the County inspected it and agreed that a sign was probably a good idea.

Government strikes again, with another rule. Like most rules, laws, regulations, ordinances, this one was the result of people not using common sense and courtesy and general kindness in their behavior. That’s why we have speed limits, leash laws, noise laws, etc., and, of course, all those lawyers.

We don’t like laws much, or lawyers, or big government. We don’t like any of them unless they’re on our side. A young woman in Denver, an honor student and gymnast, failed a calculus course because she missed more than 10 classes. She wants an exception made in her case. Another young woman wants to attend the Citadel, but doesn’t want her head shaved. She wants an exception made in her case. On the other hand, a man in Boulder, who probably hates cops, lawyers and big government, called the police during a big storm last month to remove a tree blocking the doorway to his house. The cops told him to use a window or the back door. And we all know how loved the government is when there’s a hurricane, tornado, flood, drought or earthquake. We don’t talk much about the hated Big Government when we want to be declared a disaster area.

We all break laws. We ignore speed limits and stop signs. We cheat on our taxes. We take our neighbors to court in land disputes. We pass cars in double line areas. We cut in front of people in lines with our bodies and our cars. And we all want exceptions made in our case if we get caught. We complain that it’s a speed trap, or just a cop filling a quota. Why don’t they catch the real criminals who are dealing drugs or murdering their parents? “We’re not criminals, we’re victims.”

The President’s $33 billion crime bill has had all kinds of trouble, but crime is on our minds. And we think we don’t have any crime up here. We don’t have any gangs and I laugh when people from Denver or Boulder drive up here, park in front of my house and lock their doors. Still, the signs are there. We let our dogs run loose. Margaret Walter had her old milk can stolen from her front yard. At the Hilltop Guild bazaar, a charity event, someone stole an antique watch. We cut corners on our taxes. We challenge every property tax hike but we want the county to maintain our roads. We call the sheriff when we hear noises at night or see suspicious people. We all lock our houses when we leave. Fifty years ago we didn’t do many of those things, and we sigh and talk about how times have changed. It’s the dissolution of the American family. What we need is what Pat Buchanan calls a return to Bible-based concepts of right and wrong in our schools or whatever it is the Promise Keepers are preaching in Folsum Stadium or more social workers or 100,000 more police officers.

Will 100,000 more police officers make us be kinder to one another? I don’t know, but I sort of doubt it.

Soon after the new “Yield” sign went up I was nearly hit again by someone in a Jeep at that intersection. He took off up the road at about 40 mph (the speed limit is 20, but in fairness, nobody drives 20). We both stopped at Meeker Park Lodge. When he got out I noticed he had a small child with him and neither was wearing a seat belt. I said to him, “I guess you didn’t see the “Yield” sign at the intersection of Cabin Creek and Big Owl?” “Was that you in that little blue car? Oh, I was way ahead of you.” And he turned away.

A few days later I asked someone who lives on 82E what he thought of the new “‘Yield’ sign,” he said, “What ‘Yield’ sign?”

I should have known.

 

 

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© 1985 – 2003, David E. Steiner

Allenspark Wind Columns:

Introduction

Why Allenspark?

Going Riding [August, 1985]

Electricity

Used Cars

Peace and Quiet [1986]

Liberals & Conservatives

Going to the Movies

The Screened Porch

The Beginning of The Season

The Weather

The Hilltop Guild Bazaar

The End of The Season

The Gift of Time

The Beavers

Addresses [1987]

Hiking

Watching the Trees Grow

Postal Rates

Changes in Estes Park

Square Dancing at the Pow Wow

Back to the Hilltop Guild Bazaar

The Solstices

Bird Feeders

Elevators

The Estes Park Hardware Store [1988]

Visitors

Limousine Service

A Memorial Service

A Hummingbird

Garbage

A Hiking Trip

The Estes Park Public Library

Wild Life

Riparian Rights [1989]

Weather

Fences

Commuting

Mountain Friendliness

A Motorcycle Trip

Satellite Television

“Weaving Mountain Memories”

Hotel Rates in the Old Days

The Price of Propane [1990]

The Front Range Almanac

June

Modes of Transportation

Miller Moths

My 50th Column

Modern Conveniences

Rock Climbing

On the Death of Otto Walter, Postmaster

Otto’s Memorial Service

A Big Owl Pot-Luck Dinner

A Whine About Telephone Service [1991]

After the Persian Gulf War

Some Changes in the WIND

The Trip to the Mountains

The Mountains in the Summer

Visitors

Of Dogs, Music, and Children

Muhlenburg County

To My Grandson

The Sale of Longs Peak Inn

World War II  [1992]

Murphy’s Law and the Computer

The South St. Vrain Canyon

“Whiteout”

The Hazards of Volunteering

Crime in Our Valley

Infestations

On the Death of Charles Eagle Plume

Can We All Get Along?

A Partridge in a Pear Tree

Lost Horizon [1993]

Walking

Rumors About a Visit by the Pope

Progress?

More About Fences

Woodpeckers

The Visit of Pope John Paul II

Forest Fires

The New Sewage System

The Snow Pool

The Good Old Days [1994]

The WIND’s 20th Anniversary

The Bunce School

The Shooting Gallery

The Estes Park Museum

Our Government

U.S. West Takes a Hit

The Year of the Hummingbirds

A New “Yield” Sign

Growth in Allenspark

Private Telephones?

The Salvation Army

Creation Science [1995]

Devolutionizing Big Government

Risks

Airports

Fort D.A. Russell

Domestic Terrorism

Old and New

Barney Graves

Life in the Wilderness

What’s In a Name?

Arthur C. Clarke

 

The Estes Park Trail-Gazette Columns:

July 1983

Carpentry

Estes Cone

Johnny Grant

Observations in Estes Park

The Bath House

Waving

The Sutherland’s Ice House

How Old is Charles Eagle Plume?

Dogs

Christmas Trees

Tree Murder

Mountain Driving

Garbage

Mail Boxes

More About Mail Boxes

“Are you related to ....?”

Spring

An Accident

The Wild Cat

A July Reunion

A Visit to Baldpate Inn

Opening Cabins

Summer

The Times, They Have Changed

Death and Transfiguration

The Population Explosion

The March of Time

Faith-Based Social Services

Looking for Pitch

Recent Writings I

Recent Writings II

Recent Writings III

Recent Writings IV

Recent Writings V

Recent Writings VI

 

 

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