You Said It Column November 16, 2008

• Thank you Daily Sentinel, for printing Mike Gallager’s story. It gave me chills and made me cry. My heart goes out to him and Linda Fine. What an awful day. I can’t imagine what it was like. Just know you are in my thoughts and prayers.

• Even I, as a 14-year-old, disapprove of the graffiti on a fence at a home at Hover Court and E 1/2 Road. I feel there has to be some stepping up by the culprits and consequences issued. (Sandpaper would work.)

• I am amazed at the number of Xcel work trucks that do not obey the traffic laws on
F 1/2 Road between 25 1/2 and 25 roads. Many trucks turn out into traffic in front of oncoming vehicles, and some do not make a complete stop at the four-way stop on 25 Road. If those big trucks hit someone, it wouldn’t be pretty. Shame on them.

• Would the people who walk and run their dogs at Wingate School please leash them? We are not out walking our dogs to meet your dog; we are walking for health reasons. Besides, it’s the law.

• I think we all should go back to taking the driving test every four or five years instead of being able to just mail in for a renewal. The driving habits and lack of following the rules is evident every time you are on the road.

• To the person who doesn’t want Utah drivers in Grand Junction: Have you looked around at the local drivers? They’re just as bad. I recently moved to Moab after living in Grand Junction, and I will tell you that the drivers around here are much more courteous than the drivers in the Grand Valley. So stop pigeonholing us. There are plenty of bad drivers in Grand Junction, and a majority of them have green license plates.

• The Public Safety complex garage to keep employees from getting rained on? Be serious. Perhaps it’s to keep public safety employees safe by keeping out of their parking lot criminals who have removed lug nuts from patrol and personal vehicles. Or allowing young, female dispatchers to safely get to their car without being accosted by a group of local transients. Maybe if it was your wife, mother, sister or daughter it would make a difference. One employee had her car blown up. Another had a fire started on the hood of her car. While you’re home safe in bed, these people are at work, giving up time with their families to help you. Holidays, weekends, overnights, they’re still there.

• Government schools need to provide and focus on teaching math, English, history and science. By teaching just the core subjects, schools could have two sessions per day and not have to handle lunch. If parents want their kids to participate in art, music, P.E., football, etc., then pony up.

• Why Some Kids Go Bad: This is not to say that all parents are to blame for bad behavior, but this is clearly an example of a bad one. My son, a teacher, called a parent to have a conference with a student who was having a problem. The student attended the conference, too. During the conference, the student broke down in tears and was deeply upset. While the student was crying, the parent got a call on her cell phone. Instead of consoling her daughter who was still crying, she answered the cell phone call and began text messaging a reply to the sender of the call. I hope that this is a wake-up message to all parents.

• The Grand Junction Veterans Day Parade was absolutely wonderful. I wanted to recognize all the young people who took part — the Central and Fruita Monument High school bands, all the Scouts, ROTC members and many others. So nice to see that they are interested in thanking our former service members who assure the security of the U.S.A.

• To the person in the white truck who almost ran the stop- light at 3233 I-70 Business Loop, then put it into reverse and rammed my car, and then took off and ran the red light anyway. I want you to know that I know what type of truck you were driving, and I have a partial license plate number. You caused over $4,000 damage to my car, so if you want to contact me, you can send me a letter to P.O. Box 1342, Palisade Colo. 81526. Eventuall,y the troopers will find you.

• To the person that feels that we are “letting down” our students because we, the voters, didn’t pass 3A and 3B. Have you ever thought about all the days the students are out of school, because the teachers need to “plan,” the weekly early release days, the days off for parent-teacher conferences? We are “letting down” our future generation, but not utilizing core teaching time. I was once a teacher in Florida. We never had all those days off. We, the teachers, planned before or after school, or on our own free time. Our parent-teacher conferences were held after school. Teaching is a rewarding profession, but it comes with some sacrifice on the teachers’ part, and in District 51, it seems to be the students that have to sacrifice by missing all these days, not the teachers. We don’t need 3A and 3B; we need some more dedication.


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