E-mail letters, August 19, 2010

Traffic situation lacks common sense

Our traffic situation in this town is laughable. The city is projected to double by 2030 and yet our traffic system has gone back to the dark ages.

What is going on is nothing new. Our city has done its best to screw up most traffic matters from not making Horizon Drive all four lanes into the city to the joke it made of our first roundabout, and putting speed bumps on north First street, and leaving it two lanes.

Here are just a few examples:

Why have so many perfectly good four lane streets been turned into two lanes, which is not satisfactory at all?

Why the love affair with left on green arrow only? In Las Vegas, those are needed. Here, a joke and waster of time and gasoline.

Four way stops should be removed; another example of complete buffoonery and inefficiency.

Stop letting the people who live on a street make the decision about number of lanes it will be and putting in four-way stops. It is city property and for the use of all.

No speed bumps on streets. I could kick some idiot’s butt every time I use north First Street.

Spend money on projects that are needed (much of First Street is as rough as a cow path, Orchard from 7th Street to 12th Street has huge problems) instead of screwing up the 7th Street fiasco downtown, which was fine before and ridiculous now.

The way parking lots have to be constructed now is a travesty, with all the space wasted for cute little islands of rocks and trees. It just puts vehicles closer together and sets up accident scenarios.

These examples could go on and on. I am sure that some of these items are now forced down our throats by federal or state mandates, but after while you wonder, where is common sense?

TED GARRETSON

Grand Junction

Benefit was a success due to help from many

I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone that made our benefit possible and a success.

We would like to express our sincere appreciation and thankfulness to Rod and Ava Cogburn and their family. This is a family that gives with no expectations, they give so unconditionally. This family has dedicated so much time and worked many, many hours to make the benefit successful. They as a family work like no other.

We would like to say thank you Grady Hazelton, owner of WingNutz, for donating his business, staff, and food. They also were open for business during our event. Awesome staff team you were great.

Ava made sure that we had everything that was needed, we had entertainment a silent auction and opportunity to visit with friends and family. Thank you to all that donated items for our silent auction. Thank you to all that were not able to be there, but put Roy and his family in your prayers and thoughts. Also thanks to everyone that donated money to help with medical expenses. A huge thank you to Jim Shrull for donating his time to us.

We were also blessed by the Cogburns as they flew us here so that we could be part of this special event and this meant the world to Roy. I’m sure this is just what the doctor ordered for him to be able to see the love and support of our hometown community. Hats off to you Rifle community and surrounding areas.

You can still make donations to RDF in care of Shara Leech 2676 Applewood Place, Grand Junction 81506 or call 970-256-9292.

MICHELE DESHAZER

and Family

Blue Springs, Mo.



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