You Said It Column December 27, 2009

• Kudos to the Grand Junction High School 10th grade Honors 10 English class for collecting 18,000 canned goods, which were donated to The Salvation Army.  It’s students like you who make the world a much brighter place. Merry Christmas.

• Thanks to the gentleman who drives his ATV snowplow up and down Lancelot Place, Regal Court and Kings Court after a snowstorm. Us older retired folks appreciate it so much. If we knew who it was, we would help with the gas bill. Thanks, thanks again and again.

• I am all for the gentlemen’s club. As an “empowered woman,” I enjoy all types of entertainment and would enjoy an adult place to go with friends. And really think about it, women serving men? Who’s paying who at a gentlemen’s club?

• To the person who says he/she and others in a predominately seniors-occupied subdivision near 12th Street are waiting for a City Market and its convenience: Albertsons and Safeway aren’t close enough? The rest of us need to suffer through congestion and looking at another strip mall because you’re old? I can empathize, but I also get tired of the elderly’s feelings of entitlement, especially making everybody else on the road drive below posted speed limits and put up with their deteriorated abilities.

• To the person complaining that George Bush called the shoe thrown at him a size 10 and not a size 43: Bush is from the U.S.; he doesn’t need to act like he is from foreign countries just because he is visiting them.

• Please join me in attending the next City Council meeting. If we all bring along a large bag of shoes, maybe we can finally get them to listen to us.

• In its efforts to construct the new police station, the city will send about $7 million of design fees to out-of-town firms in lieu of hiring local architects and engineers. If the city were to hire local consultants, it would increase the local expertise in these companies and then they could use that experience to attract more design business to the valley. That way, our tax dollars create future commerce here. But, once again, the city just doesn’t get it.

• Now we have a writer complaining that Main Street shops do not provide restroom facilities for city functions. Let’s start by saying that shops normally have only limited facilities for staff and an occasional shopper in distress. If the city is having a downtown function, it should provide facilities to accommodate expected needs. This just indicates poor planning by city and DDA. If shops are not open for downtown events, what are people to do? Whoever puts on the event should be responsible to meet the needs of those attending.

• It is heartening to see people nominated and appointed to high government jobs because of their expertise and ability and not for an adherence to a particular ideology.

• Can you believe it? Our next president is already talking about more public money to bail out businesses when the first pile of cash has yet to be fully distributed. Doesn’t sound like “change.” It sounds like more of the same to me.

• Right-wingers denouncing financial system regulations is pure fantasy. Greed, self-
interest and power have always created injustice and problems for others when not contained. Would you have a football league that had games with no referees and just trusted free-play of the participants to produce fair outcomes?

• It disgusts me that the Grand Junction Area Chamber of Commerce is fighting to stop a vote and not allow the citizens of Grand Junction to speak their mind through a vote on the Brady Trucking zoning issue. I understand since I live one-quarter mile outside the city limits I would not be allowed to vote my opinion. What I can do is note those businesses that support the Chamber and give a second thought as to if I really need what that business offers. Shame on the Chamber and its supporters for trying to stifle democracy in action.

• Wonder why the Grand Junction Area Chamber of Commerce and the Mesa County Commissioners are afraid to allow voters to express their thoughts on the Brady Trucking problem?


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