Email Letters: August 1, 2017

It makes no sense to change North Avenue’s name

I will be 73 in September. I grew up on 29 Road one-third of a mile north of North Avenue. Almost any automobile trip I took started on North Avenue. To get penny candy or a newspaper, I walked down to the store on North Avenue. When I was six, I had extensive special training on how to carefully cross the main highway (North Avenue) to get to Fruitvale Elementary.

North Avenue has been North Avenue for a long time and I believe it has earned its “landmark” status. It make no more sense to me to change its name to University Boulevard than to change the name of the National Monument to University Monument; to change Grand Mesa to University Mesa; or to change Mt. Garfield to Mt. University. The University is an important asset to the Grand Valley but North Avenue has been the way to access it since it was Mesa Junior College. Perhaps we should consider changing the University name to North Avenue University.


City could repurpose school for recreation center

We have many different groups requesting fees and funds within slim budgets and now they’re asking for increased taxes to achieve their individual goals. It isn’t important to this discussion of how we gradually got into this mess; I’ve written about it along that path. What is important is the
one over the others that has been identified for many years: Orchard Mesa Middle School and the need to replace it. With limited chance to achieve all the goals at once we should look at merging goals to achieve any success with unified support.

There are those who want a recreation center. I have an idea that I have offered around the community with very positive results: repurpose the old school for a recreation center. With minimal remodeling and utilizing what is there, the main components of a rec center could be realized at great savings and quickly. A gym, a pool, lockers, rooms for activities, skate park, walking paths, a pedestrian bridge over the river, Riverfront Trail connectivity, a library, internet access, a cafeteria, offices for the Parks and Rec. Department and cheap seats for the fireworks on July 4th. Infrastructure of access and parking and it’s on the GVT bus route! There could be a cafeteria for rec guests and Riverfront Trail walkers. Maybe a takeout point for river users. It’s an excellent first step to the conceptual design at Los Colonias Park.

It’s a better way for two groups vying for limited resources to be successful together with mutual support.

Grand Junction

Grand Valley’s roads follow a logical and simple pattern

In a recent “You Said It” a person complained about the nomenclature if our streets and roads in the Grand Valley.

First, I would like to say that the road nomenclature of the valley is an extremely logical method of finding your way around the valley. This very logical and simple designation is based on an early survey of the valley by the U.S. Geological Survey.

The east and west designations are based on a one-mile grid starting at the west state line; 27 Road is 27 miles east of the state line. The between numbers are also based on a one-mile grid, such as 27&1/4 Road, 1/2, 7/8 and so on. This is true of all numbered roads running in a north-south direction

The opposite street designations, such as D Road and so on, are based on a survey base line running east and west starting at A and running though K Road. These roads are also one mile apart, with the same interior nominators, (i.e. D&1/2 Road etc.)

Simply put, all numbered roads run north and south. All lettered roads run east and west on one-mile increments. The questionable locations mentioned in the “You Said It ” can easily be found knowing these facts.

The only place I know with a simpler system is Salt Lake City where all the streets are arrayed on a survey with the E-W and N-S bases at the northeast corner of Temple Square, also on a one-mile grid.

Grand Junction

We should support Kid Rock in running for senate

Support Kid Rock’s running for the senate effort, by voting out every one of those old swamp creatures in 2018 and replacing each one with a “deplorable.” All those lawyers, pretending to be politicians, are the reason our whole economy and our healthcare is in such a mess. Rock On.


Satanist would likely give incantation, not invocation

Regarding the Satanist giving an invocation at a City Council meeting. I’m guessing not too many Satanists “pray” or give an invocation. Rather, I would surmise that Satanists would give an incantation (a spoken or sung charm, or magic ritual) to Satan. Is this something we need to hear in our chaotic world? Nope! I know to whom I will be praying!

Grand Junction


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Ms. Ishida, according to your definition, the Lord’s Prayer is an incantation. Christian ceremonies are “magic” rituals, also incantations?

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