You Said It: April 24, 2016

When I read the commissioners decided to give themselves a pay raise and I looked at the numbers, I was highly pissed off. Why? Simple: The majority of the Grand Valley can hardly afford rent, let alone a house. Then you look at a $70,000-plus salary and that is not enough. Bull dung. What they need to do is bring down their lavish living to the constituents they serve. Come election, they are fired.

So, our Mesa County commissioners feel they deserve to take a big raise when Mesa County employees have had no increase in their paychecks in almost seven years. Do you care that many county employees must now have second jobs or food assistance just to make ends meet? Shame on you, our “illustrious” elected officials, for thinking only of yourselves and your own personal gains. Hopefully, the citizens of Mesa County will vote out these self-serving bunch of hypocrites in the next election.

 

There is a huge lack of leadership at Mesa County. Over the last few years, the county commissioners have cut staff and frozen wages, but now they have given themselves and other elected officials a pay raise. There is much talk of oil and gas tax revenue falling in the near future but nothing on how to fill the gap except more cuts to staff. There is no discussion of how to turn this around. The commissioners are not asleep at the wheel, they are absent. Mesa County deserves much better than this.

 

Will our city and county governance please respond to the American Cancer Association failed air quality report for our county? This issue has been avoided and neglected forever. How much longer? Our health is at stake, and hopefully this matters.

 

Thank you to the sweet girl in the North Avenue Dairy Queen drive-thru window. Thanking me for my service took me by surprise and stumped me how you knew. You then told me you saw my veteran’s license plate. Thank you for noticing; you made my day.

 

OK, please tell me this isn’t true about a roundabout at the corner of Broadway and Redlands Parkway. Really? What is the infatuation with the roundabout? No one knows how to drive on them anyway. That intersection is a mess already. Why not spend the money on improving and widening Broadway? A two-lane road is not enough anymore — too much traffic, especially with the schools on Broadway. Make the changes and improvements where they need to be.

 

A proposed roundabout on Broadway and Redlands Parkway? This town is nuts. Worried about the grade at the light and now you want people to negotiate a turn going downhill heading east. Wonder how many people will roll their cars? And I’m sure they will obstruct the vision by planting trees in the center.

 

I and a lot of people that I have talked to think that the average person feels left out of the election process. We have no say in Colorado. Let’s go back to the primary.

 

Yes to the primary. Let the people of Colorado, the majority, have a say.

 

I would like to have the choice to buy a bottle of wine at the grocery store. I like to support the local stores, but I should have the choice.

 

We would like to say thank you to the people that bought our meal at Rib City on Saturday night. We went to pay and the server told us that it was paid for and thank you for your service. Unbeknownst to whomever paid for (our meal), it was also our 66th wedding anniversary. Thank you again.

 

On April 20 I was shopping at the new City Market on 12th Street and Patterson Road. I was in a huge hurry to get to my elderly dad’s house to fix his dinner. I left my purse, complete with very important documents, credit cards and cash in the shopping cart. A Good Samaritan turned it in to the store with everything completely intact. I cannot thank you enough for your honesty and integrity and wish you a future filled with good karma. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

 

To the moaner and whiner who complained about the recent concert put on by the Mesa County Concert Association: We are glad you now plan to stay at home next year. The preview of next year’s series was nowhere near the exaggerated 25 minutes you complained about. My family enjoyed the presentation and it heightened our excitement for next year. Because of it, a family we invited has signed up for next year’s series. The association is a totally volunteer group who serve with no pay. The cost of each show averages to only $10 per show and every show is well worth the money. The lighting you complained about is the best available for a high school venue. Next time, add $100 to your $10, travel to Denver and watch a show that suits your refined and snobbish tastes.

 

Jive Aces was a fantastic concert. Great Las Vegas-style show, but here in Grand Junction. Thank you again, Community Concerts, for bringing us six top quality shows every year.

 

Congratulations to the person whose dog left something special UNDER the doggie bags in Long’s Park. Not only are you lazy and inconsiderate but a poor pet owner as well.

 

The article on housing the homeless presents an attractive option to reduce the cost of services, which was stated as $75,000 per person compared to $15,000 to $20,000. This sounds like a no-brainer. Does the lower cost include all the services that are currently covered, such as medical services, potential emergency medical, detox, mental health? Does it include the cost of an on-site manager and the family navigators? It sounds like the right direction to take, but we should be sure all costs are included when citing cost comparisons.

 

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