You Said It, April 17, 2016

Our best bet for economic revival in the valley is promoting outdoor recreation and attracting retiring baby boomers, yet the chamber and local leaders keep hanging on to the energy industry, which may or may not make a comeback in our lifetime. Other communities with a lot less to offer are moving forward while we’re asleep at the wheel. Wake up.

It is concerning that walkers and joggers are not familiar with a basic safety tenet noted in the Colorado Driver’s Handbook. Walkers and joggers should walk on the side of the road facing traffic. This allows you to see who is coming at you and if necessary to quickly move out of the way if someone is driving irresponsibly. Be careful out there.

 

Two things I know for sure: The Easter Bunny is alive and well and Paul Pitton “intends” to live in the correct district.

 

No surprise that Paul Pitton still isn’t a legal resident of his school board district. Never has been. But as we learned all last year, the rules don’t apply to Paul Pitton.

 

Downtown stores must have more business than they can handle if they are thinking of raising the price to park. The DDA works to bring people downtown, then turns around and drives them away with this kind of foolishness. Still free parking at the mall.

 

To DDA: Thanks on the heads up on the downtown parking meters. When I come to Grand Junction for shopping (from Montrose), I’ll remember to pass up the downtown area and go straight to the stores and restaurants in other parts of town where parking is abundant and free.

 

Now we are to get an amphitheater. What happened to the performances we were promised at the Avalon? The stage has not been enlarged or dressing rooms added to bring in name performers. What about what the local population that pays taxes would like? Where is the rec center, walking trails and more promised at Matchett Park? Time for a change in decision-makers.

 

I see and hear a lot of support for our Sheriff’s Office and its partner, the District Attorney’s Office. But after the severe cutbacks both groups have suffered under TABOR restrictions, wouldn’t it be better to show our support by putting our money where our mouths are?

Let’s take action and fund our county better. After all, we live here.

 

OK, parents, opting your students out of testing last year served a purpose, but this year it just doesn’t make sense. No matter what, your children need to be prepared for the future and allowing them to take state tests does prepare them for other tests they will need to take in the future. Don’t penalize your children by following others who should know better.

Grand Valley Drainage needs to explain to customers regarding the storm water bills why we are sending these payments to Denver. Additionally, an explanation of who and what is the storm water enterprise. And why are we also paying money to the Grand Valley Drainage District on our property tax bills? Answers to these questions may help taxpayers feel more of an obligation to pay the fee.

 

The CMU Water Center should stop offering free beer to attract people to their evening events at CMU. It’s working too well. We were turned away from Wednesday’s Water Center film and discussion because all the tickets, which include free beer, had been spoken for days in advance.

The Water Center cut off admission and turned away the rest of us, many of whom have good reason to access our local university and participate in the water issue discussions. Without the free beer there would be lots of extra room for everyone interested in the water issues to get in the door.

 

Does anybody else find it ironic that the same week The Daily Sentinel started a two-page color spread supporting local business our clueless airport authority forces the closing of a 40-year local business in favor of an out-of-town group?

 

To the woman at Sam’s Club on Monday who subjected everyone to your kid’s temper tantrum: Next time please take your kid outside instead of forcing everyone to listen to blood-curdling screams just because he didn’t get his way.

 

I went to the community concert to see a show, but first was treated to a 25-minute video on a barely visible screen advertising next year’s shows. Now I can stay home next year because I’ve already seen the shows. If they would have spent that time on the lighting for the actual show, the Jive Aces would not have had to play in the dark.

 

A huge thanks to Randy Coleman, his crew, the city’s Forestry Board and all the amazing volunteers who planted replacement trees along Ridges Boulevard on Saturday. Grand Junction, we are lucky to have such a great bunch of people who are excited about the trees in our community.

 

We saw the CMU cycling team picking up trash along Monument Road last weekend. They spent the entire day and did a great job. I know they ride this road often, as do many of us who live here and those who visit.

What a great asset the team and CMU are to this community. Thanks for taking part in a great community project.


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