You Said It, April 27, 2014

The problem at Grand Junction High School is not an isolated problem. It is widespread in District 51 from elementary school to high school. If the parents don’t want their child to get a bad grade even though they deserve one, the principal will intervene and the teacher has no support.

When is City Market going to quit disrespecting the citizens of Fruita and give us a decent store? We are treated like unwanted “stepchildren.” The staff really tries to make it work but it just doesn’t. The west end of the valley has grown tremendously the past few years and City Market is lagging FAR behind in service to that area. Grand Junction doesn’t need another store but Fruita does.


If GJ needs another grocery store, I say make it a Trader Joe’s.


Last Sunday was an excellent example of comparative human values. Many celebrated Easter. Many celebrated marijuana.


Good Friday, 10 a.m., IHOP in Grand Junction: Seven senior citizens were finishing breakfast and nearly ready to request our bills. Just then our waitress informed us that our meals had been paid by an unidentified lady who was just entering her car to leave. All we could do was wave our gratitude to her, which she returned with a very nice smile. Her only comment to the waitress was that she had noticed one of us wearing a souvenir cap from Alaska. Mystery lady, you warmed the hearts of all seven of us with your generosity and made our Good Friday good indeed. Sincere thank yous from each of us along with big telepathic hugs.


Seems the Grand Junction merchants on Main Street can’t make up their minds. They want people in their shops but don’t want events that attract shoppers. The city did a great job upgrading Colorado Avenue but then refuses to move parades or the farmers market to that avenue. Palisade does a great farmers market on Sunday mornings, and Fruita merchants welcome downtown events. If Grand Junction merchants on Main Street don’t want us looking into their windows or walking through their shops, they should shut down all downtown events and see just how much foot traffic they attract.


I notice the people who complain and criticize about panhandlers have already got a warm bed, food on the table and hope in their hearts. Come on, people, have a little compassion.


To the low-life that stole my gargoyle from my front porch, you have aggravated me and him. Karma is coming for you.


I have this very unique tree in my backyard. Well, it’s kind of unique. OK, it’s not a sequoia or Joshua tree or anything like that. But that doesn’t really matter — I think it should be a national park. People would come and pay money to see it, because it’s now a national park. They will probably be disappointed, but that’s OK — it gets people to come to town and spend money. Sound familiar?


I was following a car in the left lane on Highway 50 on Orchard Mesa and couldn’t understand why a driver wasn’t going the speed limit. She was weaving, going up and down in speed and driving very erratically, so I wrote down her license number to call in a drunk driver. Much to my dismay, she wasn’t drunk but using her phone and texting. She was completely oblivious to her surroundings and put us all at great risk. I did get your plate number and called it in. We should all start doing the same.


A personal thanks to the three gentlemen who pulled me out of my gravel truck when it rolled over Tuesday on the 24 Road bridge on-ramp. Bruised but nothing broken. God bless the three of you! Could have been much worse!


The accident that happened in the desert off 18 Road was a terrible tragedy, but maybe it could have been prevented if law enforcement agencies had done more to stop these parties. They go on all the time out there. Sending a sheriff out the week before this accident on a weekday morning to write speeding tickets was a joke. Try being out there between 9 and 10 p.m. and again at 1 to 3 p.m. when they race back home. Let’s not let this happen again!


Thank you, “Linda in the book,” for paying for my groceries at Safeway so I didn’t have to wait in line. My husband was waiting in the car so he, too, appreciated it.


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