You Said It, April 16, 2017

For those of us who had to go to other places (Rifle, Delta, etc.) to participate in the 9Health Fair for the last several years, I find it disturbing that our community of Grand Junction cannot come forward to have one in our own town. We have so many things that folks want to see coming into the community, but I believe that with our many medical units and others that somehow this should be a priority for our own hometown. We shouldn’t have to travel to other places to get this service.

We don’t need the big “venue” when we are getting the business/activity setting on the riverfront. What a great plan. I’m sure it will bring tourists as a secondary activity. Families who stay for all of JUCO and biking will have something else. Good job, whoever facilitated this project.

 

I’d like to thank the young lady who helped remove the sign off me at the City Market on 24 Road. On April 7 as I was leaving the store, one of the 12-foot sheet metal signs blew down and hit me in the thigh. It was very painful and left me with a welt. I informed an employee of what happened and asked them to tell management. The next day I ran into City Market and noticed the sign was still there, crooked as I left it. I went to customer service and told them what had happened and asked again that something be done to secure the sign. On the 10th it is still sitting there, unsecured, waiting to blow over on another unsuspecting customer. If I had been 2 inches closer, it would have split my head open. Perhaps if it hits a child or an “at-risk adult” something might get done.

 

With Spring Clean Up starting April 10, what is the excuse now for people to still dump huge amounts of yard waste, which are not native to the area, on the BLM lands?

 

Money in this town is in such short supply, the event center is the last thing we need. We are still paying for the Avalon. Where are our priorities? The safety of the residents of Grand Junction should be the number one priority. Increase the police force.

 

So local business guru Mike Anton has twice insulted the citizens after the event center vote. Too bad his business is not retail, otherwise he too would feel the pinch most everyone else feels when he’s boycotted. Again, if the event center is such a cash cow, then he and the rest of the “all-knowing” can form an LLC, secure private financing and build, maintain and operate it themselves. Mr. Anton’s been working on this for 10 years? Guess that speaks volumes of how “profitable” it would be.

 

Walk your dog, but do not use my yard for it to relieve itself. You are trespassing, leaving trash and bacteria on my yard, killing my grass, and making my yard unsanitary. Dogs do not need to “go” every few minutes. They are leaving a trail for other dogs. I will be calling out to you when I see it. It’s rude.

 

There are several groups of senior citizens that routinely hang out at the Barnes and Noble coffee shop and play board games. This is all good and fine, but they need to be more considerate and respectful of the other patrons who are there to read, enjoy a quiet cup of coffee, or study. These seniors are loud, rude and borderline obnoxious. My wife and I went in last weekend and observed this group “saving” tables for their friends who did not show up for over an hour. Then, once they got started playing their games, it was so loud that several patrons left due to the noise.

Wednesday evening, the northbound traffic at 24 and G roads stretched to the entrance of City Market. Today, before 5 p.m., it stretched to Market Street. Soon it will be blocking 24 Road and Patterson. Why is this road two lanes with a worthless mile-long turn lane? And they are going to reduce First Street from four lanes to two?

 

A huge thank you to the couple in the dusty blue Subaru that helped me out of a vicious dog attack. It was on the corner of P and 16 roads in Fruita on Sunday the 9th. If you had not stopped to help me, I am sure that the Australian shepherd would have bitten me or worse. Your assistance will never be forgotten. It warms my heart that great people like yourselves are out there. I sincerely hope my gratitude finds you.

 

Shame on whoever stole our Spring Valley neighbor’s handmade lawn decorations. They were a delight for our grandchildren to visit, not to mention the sadness felt by the gentleman who spent his winter making these delightful wooden structures.

 

Reading the paper March 15, I was so disappointed to read about all the violence, crime and hatred that has arrived in this valley. As a senior, we were taught to care for others, which in general was the atmosphere here. We have people moving in who need anger management classes.

 

Yes, the boy pictured in Thursday’s You Saw It let our flag drag a bit. Perhaps he was tired. More importantly, shouldn’t we all be thankful that he was bearing the American flag and not one from ISIS?

 

A big thank you to the lady who turned in my stolen purse, to the lady who got a license plate number, and to the quick and caring work of the police.


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