You Said It, June 29, 2014

It’s applaudable that Steve King wants to wear the big badge in the county, but you can’t go around emulating your favorite movie bandito with utterances to your boss that ” We don’t need no stinkin’ timecards.”

Please, Mr. King, step aside. Your character and reputation are now irreversibly flawed even before entering a law-abiding role model position in our city.

 

So the Grand Junction Chamber of Commerce can buy out-of-town products and/or services if it saves the chamber money. However, the citizens of Grand Junction are supposed to support local businesses because it is the right thing to do no matter the cost to their wallets? Talk about being out of touch with reality.

 

Regarding Grand Valley hospital wars, why do Mesa County and School District 51 employees have “special” types of medical options that all the rest of the customers do not have? Simply because they have larger groups should not be the answer, as that is very discriminatory. Had this policy not been instigated in the first place, we would not have these problems now. This has really created such dissension between the two hospitals, which never happened in the past. Another situation where government creates more problems than solutions.

 

This hospital squabbling is nothing new. About 30 years ago, Community Hospital had an agreement with area ambulances. Someone passed out cards for your wallet that said “In case of an accident, please take me to St. Mary’s Hospital.”

 

This is the worst time of year for your animals. The Fourth of July holiday is the time when more dogs and cats that are outside run. They are terrified of the fireworks and their instinct is to run from the noise. If you are have animals, please keep them inside at night from now until the 4th of July celebrations end! And since it’s on a Friday, it will last all weekend. Take care of your pets — protect them.

 

What a relief to see that the Grand Junction VA Hospital is finally going to be investigated and exposed for what all the employees working there already know — that top leadership is using various methods such as intimidation, feigned ignorance and hegemony to keep under wraps a severely dysfunctional organization. As a recent employee directly involved in patient care, I can assure you there are amazingly dedicated staff working long, arduous hours to give our vets the care they deserve, but senior leadership needs to be removed. I urge you, keep digging, you won’t have to turn but a few shovels full of manure to find the real dirt.

 

Are the students and teachers at Fruita Middle School and Grand Junction High School less important than the other students and teachers in District 51? Apparently so. In the shift of principals, why are Fruita Middle and GJHS left with the poorest examples of leadership in the district? District 51 administration should not be done with moving administrators. School Board — there is more work to be done.

 

I would like to express my gratitude to Principal Bilbo of Grand Junction High School for his hard work and dedication. He’s extremely supportive to staff and he inspires us to grow as educators.

 

It is in poor taste for men to not wear shirts while playing at the new Lincoln Park tennis courts. For some of you, it is also in poor judgment.

 

To the man who publicly berated a checker at Safeway a few days ago, I have had this person serve me for many years and he has been nothing but pleasant and helpful. You should be ashamed of yourself for your behavior.

 

How come the Grand Junction VA Hospital can spend millions of dollars to build a state-of-the-art solar array in the parking lot, which very nicely shades cars, yet my grandfather and his comrades located not 100 yards away are forced to sit on hot metal benches in the blazing sun without shade if they want fresh air. At least they have a view of the shaded cars. Disgusting and incompetent.

 

If you came by a “yard sale” on Normandy Drive on Saturday, June 21, and took my son’s blue and gray “bouncy chair” when we were not home, please return it. We had a yard sale the day before, but there were no yard signs up on Saturday. You left my daughter’s chair but took the matching boy’s chair and left $3. That might have made you feel good, but my son is in tears.

 

Do you think Mayor Phyllis Norris would have supported a sales tax on groceries when she was in charge of City Market?


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