You Said It, April 2, 2017

How much longer are our county commissioners going to complain about how bad things are financially? In every conversation, they complain about their budget. Make the difficult decisions and let’s move on. You were elected to lead this county, and it is time to stop doing things the way you have always done them. The Front Range didn’t create our problems, so let’s stop using them as the excuse. It’s not their responsibility to bail us out. If we want to change things for our community, we have to be willing to do it ourselves. I am a fiscal conservative, but I want to see our community grow and prosper, and if that means we need to tax ourselves to make sure we have great schools, roads, and the amenities to attract new businesses, then let’s get it going.

I would like to tell the old man driving to the VA hospital on March 14 that maybe it’s time to turn in your license. I was on the inside lane on North Avenue and you almost ran me into the median by the light pole. You were turning into a turning lane in front of the VA, yet you pulled into my lane to do this. I had to swerve to avoid you. Just so you know, I was taking my 3-day-old great-granddaughter and parents home from the hospital. Thanks for the scare.

 

What is up with the new “junkyard” located at the north end of the Tiara Radio golf course driving range? This eyesore provides some new targets but defiantly diminishes the beauty of my experience. Is it the city or Mesa County’s jurisdiction? So sad.

 

Wouldn’t it be nice on a Sunday morning to have a cup of coffee and not have to choke on smoke from burning fields and weeds? Makes me want to gag. And don’t tell me to go back to where I came from. I’ve lived here all my life (63 years). So why don’t you go somewhere where the good old boy network will ignore the smoke pollution and ignore the rights of the other 99.9 percent of the local population. Oh yeah, that’s right here. Never mind.

 

I believe it’s a small left-wing coffee klatch that meets to create narratives for You Said It. Concerning temporary spring ag burning, they’re trying to make it seem like a large contingent opposes burning while it is likely just a very small but organized group of cranks. Normal people just shrug it off, knowing that burning is just typical and such a small issue, it’s not worth attacking the farmers who provide food.

 

“Ah, the sweet smell of wood smoke.” According to the EPA, wood smoke contains carbon monoxide, nitric oxide, hydrogen chloride, volatile organic compounds, particle matter, and the toxics benzene, toluene, aldehyde gases, and polycyclic organic matter. Is that what you want to breathe?

 

A few years ago two ballot initiatives to raise taxes for better schools and education were defeated. I voted for both because I believe education is very important. Now the citizens want me to vote for a tax increase for an event center. Seriously? I will vote no until an education measure passes.

It is difficult to know how to thank strangers for their generosity. We had lunch March 4 at Red Robin, and the couple next to us were kind enough to pay for our lunch. We wish to thank them. There are good people in this valley. It is a great place to live.

 

Speed trap alert, Grand Junction to Delta and back. A ton of red lights on police cars. My ticket was 4 points and $170. If I mailed it back within three days, they would take off 2 points. Thank you, Delta.

 

There is a simple solution to the budget problems the local government agencies keep complaining about: speed traps. If everyone who breaks the speed limit had to pay a fine, there would soon be plenty of money to fix roads and pay the needed employees who are faced with the possibility of layoffs. And if everyone who tailgates paid a fine, the roads could be paved in gold.

 

At a recent candidate forum sponsored by the League of Women Voters, Mr. Chazen made a point of correcting himself regarding a vote on the Las Colonias master plan, stating that he actually had voted no. Let the record show that Mr. Chazen also voted no on all of the following subsequent items regarding Las Colonias Park: A grant request for amphitheater design, another grant request for the amphitheater, three construction contracts for the amphitheater, and a Great Outdoors Colorado grant for Phase I.

 

To everyone who thinks the increase in crime rate is due to legalizing marijuana, have you not been reading what the charges are against these criminals? They range from DUIs to serious manufactured drug trafficking to kidnapping and assault or worse. If you need someone or something to blame, how about we hold the criminals accountable for their actions? Marijuana didn’t do it, people did it.

 

What a strange coincidence. On the day that your article on revitalizing North Avenue appears, we learn that the “eyesore” of the Far East restaurant was partially burned. Do I smell arson?

 

People, do you know how lucky we are to live in this beautiful valley? If you can get up in the morning and walk, see, hear, and are lucky enough to have someone to love, say thank you and stop complaining. Bless all those who need help and let’s help them.

 

I would like to thank the two young men who brought our dogs back home safely after they escaped the backyard. We are forever grateful to both of you.


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