You Said It, April 30, 2017

The recent article regarding body cams was excellent! It’s concerning, however, that one of Colorado’s poorest counties (Delta) has body cams but other area police and sheriff’s departments (who could afford it if budgets were moved around) couldn’t afford it. These gizmos are very important and much needed. Protect our officers, deputies and citizens.

In regards to the Orchard Mesa family pet murders. I can’t believe someone would do such a horrific act. It’s barbaric. The Sheriff’s Office should seriously investigate this, because whoever did this has serious violent tendencies. The chance they are violent with humans as well is a high probability. My heartfelt sympathies to the owner of those two beautiful dogs. So sad.

 

As a health care provider I am sworn to help the poor, the sick and the needy, but I also know that the two people who brutalized and eventually killed young Bethannie got off lightly. Plea deals for 48 years each, really? These animals needed to be penned up for much longer than that. Once again our “system” has failed a young child. When will they learn that the placement of a child with family is not always the best idea, especially when that family member is living with a non-family member? Our “system” should be ashamed of itself.

 

It was a good job, Judge Flynn, to give the women who killed little Bethannie 48 years. But it should be life without parole.

 

As new members of the community we attended the Grand Junction symphony concert on April 23 and were quite impressed with the performance. The Avalon Theatre is a gem for the community, and the symphony a valuable asset.

 

I am shocked that the city approved the proposed subdivision in the Redlands. The city should buy this as open space for the community as it is frequently utilized and a home for wildlife. As a resident of the Redlands near the proposed subdivision. I live there because it is quiet and I can walk the hills. I do not want to hear trucks and hammering for the next few years, nor do I want to live in “suburbia,” looking at the back of people’s houses. The land is not fit for houses as it floods and the ground is not stable.

 

Dear City Council, when city planners want a seven-year warranty, an engineer with the Colorado Geographical Survey says a 10-year warranty and you say you “wish you had more evidence of the soil condition at the site” for road construction, the logical thing to do is ask for more testing of the soil at the proposed site, not just give in to the developer. Have you driven down Mariposa lately and seen the “fix” of the road there, or around Redlands Mesa Golf Course to see the cracked, raised sidewalks?

My car stalled on 26 and G roads. One young lady pulled over and pushed it out of the way for me. Another young lady asked if she could help, one asked if she could call AAA. I would like to thank them for their help. Also while waiting for AAA, several people asked if I was OK. Thanks to them, my car and I are fine.

 

How can you better yourself in this world when all you do is sit in the park all day or stand on the street corner with a sign and expect everyone else to help you? Maybe this is the reason the people who are working two jobs and are not asking for handouts resent being put in the same category as you no-doers.

 

I want to commend the city crews and planners for their outstanding work during the annual Spring Cleanup. Watching their quick, synchronized efforts reminded us of choreography. The workers staffing the trucks, front-loaders and street sweepers were incredibly efficient in ridding our neighborhood (and so many others) of yard waste and refuse of every description. Simply terrific work. Thanks to all for making this happen.

 

Thank you to City Market on 24 Road for removing those two signs at the entrance of their store. I think we often dwell on the negative and forget to thank those that do the right thing. I can now shop there without worries that the sign might again be blown down on someone. You are a great store and I appreciate you removing the signs.

 

On Easter Eve, my granddaughter was at Walmart shopping for stuff to make her two little girls Easter baskets. Her card was declined and the manager was trying to figure out why because the money was there. Meanwhile there was a lady waiting right behind her to check out and she offered to pay for all the things she was purchasing. My granddaughter told her that was very nice of her but she didn’t have to do that. This sweet angel insisted and said she has always wanted to do this for someone. Thank you, you sweet angel, for helping my granddaughter out. It will be passed on by more than one person.

 

One of the rewards of living in the Grand Valley is listening to 106.1 FM KRZX. I tried to turn it off all day today to watch the news channels but it wouldn’t let me loose. Thanks for today and so many before this one.

 

People in this town seem to think when they merge into traffic, they have the right of way. No, you are supposed to yield and wait for an opening. I had a lot of close calls. Slammed on brakes and honked the horn. And they give me the dirty look and the finger like it was my fault.


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