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Grinding/freaking at Grand Junction High School at the school dances is so bad that my children and their friends huddle in groups to try to create their own environment, or have “anti-dance” parties where they can avoid the aggressively sexual situations. Why has the school allowed this behavior to take over school dances? The jazz band manages to prevent it at their swing dances and those are well run and fun for all.

Why are legislators immune from getting traffic violations because they are going to or from some legislative meeting? That means they can drive drunk, speed and a whole host of traffic violations and not pay a penalty. It is time to revoke this law for legislators, but do you think any of them would have the guts to do that?

 

The recent announcement by Kroger to close the City Market at 1909 N. First St. is very sad, but in this sad news I think is a great opportunity to get a store that we really need: a Trader Joe’s market. The First Street location is perfect for the store. If you have never heard of Trader Joe’s, go to their website and take a look. If you agree that they will make a much-needed addition to our town, click on “about us” and you can tell them you want a Trader Joe’s in Grand Junction.

 

Why do all the churches use their signs for the dumb, cutesy sayings instead of giving information about the church, such as worship times and special events?

 

Of course there is opposition to the proposal to relocate the Greyhound bus terminal to the Mesa Mall area. It attracts “those people.” Now the homeless shelter wants to relocate to a larger facility somewhere in the community. No doubt, there will be opposition to that proposal as well. Here’s a suggestion that could solve the problem for both organizations and the community. Let’s relocate Greyhound and the homeless shelter to the vacant Grand Junction Steel property. There is plenty of land and infrastructure (with some remodeling needed) to accommodate the needs of both organizations.

 

Has anyone considered the old train station in downtown Grand Junction for the Greyhound bus and GVT depot? That could serve as a hub for a lot of travelers.

 

So an illegal immigrant from Mexico should pay in-state tuition, but a legal resident from New Mexico must pay out-of-state? If we reward bad behavior, should we not expect more of it?

 

The Simply Science column is sometimes a challenge to my old mind, but I cut out the articles each week and send them to a nephew who is an attorney in Southern California. He loves them.

 

I sure would like to see a gas station in the valley start to carry a non-ethanol fuel. The alcohol blends are ruining the small engines found on ATVs, motorcycles, lawnmowers, etc.

 

Thank you to the good Samaritans who rescued our dog from Interstate 70 near Fruita on Jan. 26. Your kind act was truly appreciated. You are a testament to the good people in the Grand Valley.

 

A young mother holds her 3-week-old baby in her arms. The article is talking about food stamps. The caption says the single mom “has received food assistance intermittently since her first child was born two years ago.” I understand that “things happen,” but if you cannot feed yourself and your first child, does she really think a second child is going to help the situation?

 

To the guy in the charcoal-and-black Kia sport utility vehicle. I saw you in the Rite-Aid parking lot on 12th Street vigorously cleaning the interior of your vehicle. Then you threw the dirty paper towels and some other trash on the pavement, looked around and kicked them under your car before you drove away. Really? Do you think it composts into the asphalt?

 

Riding with my daughter of 16 with a driver’s permit, she was entering a roundabout on G Road and using caution. You in the red sport utility vehicle behind us honked because you couldn’t get where you were going fast enough. I was given the chance to explain total jerks like you.

 

I would like to express my deepest gratitude to Jamie, the heroic and humane man who rescued my dog, Bliss, from the horrible spot she was stuck after falling through the thinning ice on the pond at Canyon View Park. While playing, she bolted onto the ice, skidding across the thick part and crashing through on the other side. This brave man responded very quickly, plunging into the water and navigating the ice until he was able to grab her and pull her back to shore. He is my hero, and Bliss’s too. Many thanks.


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To the questioner about the law preventing law makers from being “accountable” while driving to or from legislative meetings.  While I’m sure it wasn’t intended to prevent a DUI charge, imagine what could happen were a legislator (or 10) stopped and arrested, when they could be the ‘deciding’ vote on a particular piece of legislation.  I believe that was why the law was put in place.

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