You Said It, April 10, 2016

Parking? You’ve got to be kidding me. I’m one of the overthe- hill crowd who doesn’t go downtown because there is no parking even close to the places (restaurants) I would frequent.

Event parking is terrible now also. You can’t get within four blocks of the convention center when there is anything happening there. By the way, I carry change. Use a credit card for a dollar? Really? I guess the DDA doesn’t want my discretionary spending.

Putting parking meters on Main Street downtown will discourage shoppers. It was nice to have free parking on side streets downtown, but meters reside there now. It’s so nice to have some free parking downtown, very convenient, please don’t take that away.

In reading the article regarding the consultant’s recommendations on how to increase user fees for downtown parking, I found the suggestion to charge for the handicapped spaces ludicrous. I believe the handicapped parking places should be at no charge. The city should be able to come up with better ideas to increase revenue.

Mr. Ray Scott, Governor Hickenlooper did come out for the pipeline, and if you remember several of your local politicians went to Calgary to a conference held last summer to show support. Would Mr. Scott and the rest of those politicians sitting on that stage please write an article in the paper as to what their accomplishments have been so far this year as to the many jobs they have brought to Grand Junction? I noticed a lot of criticism about state government but nothing said about their local accomplishments. I would say that’s because there aren’t any.
Anybody else have a guess?

I will gladly buy Sen. Ray Scott a one-way ticket out of state whenever he needs it.

If you eat local peaches, drink local wine, enjoy local produce, or even play golf on a nice green golf course, your family benefits greatly from decent water drainage. Without adequate water drainage, the water table rises and brings our valley’s salty soil to the surface. Grass dies, produce dies, grapevines die — all the valley’s agr culture suffers. That’s why the Drainage District was formed in the first place. Doesn’t the Chamber of Commerce see this potential problem? Imagine the impact on our local economy and jobs if the agriculture began to suffer. Come on, Grand Valley. Put on your big boy pants. It doesn’t sound that unreasonable to pay $36 to keep our valley’s agriculture economy thriving.

A $36 fee imposed on all homeowners by the Grand Valley Drainage District. This is just another way of raising your taxes and ignoring TABOR. Property owners are already taxed for the Grand Valley Drainage District.

Unbelievable. Three guys try to get nearly the entire valley to pay a few million dollars to their organization by exploiting a 100-year law. I’m sure the meeting was poorly attended and barely advertised. Maybe I’ll partner with my two neighbors and pass a new “law” that says we don’t have to participate in other people’s fees since it’s a free country. If they wanted to do this, it should be via mill levy and property taxes with a ballot vote.

I would like to thank the gentleman who served in the Air Force and paid for my husband’s and my breakfast at Wrigley Field on Sunday morning. What a nice surprise it was for us when we asked for our bill and were told it had been paid for by the gentleman who had just left the restaurant. Thank you, we will pay your kind gesture forward.

What was the person smoking who has not seen a single liquor store close down since the Sunday opening law? I invite them to shop at Cottonwood, Crossroads, Hilltop, Last Chance or Mount Garfield Wine & Liquors. Or maybe they just prefer to buy beer at the grocery store where they work.

To the individual in You Said It who has lived here for 30 years: If you don’t like the quality of air because of weed burning, move to Denver or Salt Lake City. I bet you enjoy the fresh produce every year. I have lived here for 65-plus years and was raised on a fruit ranch. Farmers have to clean the ditches so water runs freely for irrigation so you can enjoy the produce.

To the people opposed to agriculture burning: Please don’t eat! Where do you think all that wonderful food at the farmers market comes from?

A big thank you to our Grand Junction Fire Department in the Redlands. A week ago this last Sunday we brought my father and mother home from Arizona. My father was not well. We needed the help of the Fire Department. Thank you. Three times we had to call for their assistance and they were so helpful and kind.
Also, thank you to Hope West and all their great staff. Thank you to the wonderful nurses and CNAs at the Grand Junction Veterans Affairs Community Living Center. Everyone was so caring to my father in his final hours. May God bless you all.

I would like to thank the ladies who put on the prom dress giveaway. It was fantastic. Seeing the look on my girls’ faces as they found their dresses was priceless. I would also like to thank the ladies for all the alterations they did for the girls.

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