You Said It: April 6, 2014

Making the monument a park is going to limit its potential to make a significant economic impact. Instead, annex and convert it to a real tourist attraction with cycling, climbing, trams, alpine slides, curio shops, bungee jumping, Formula 1 racing, theme parks, gambling, hotels and all the attractions that a place like Pigeon Forge, Tenn., offers. It would become a world-renowned destination site and not degrade its marginal natural features. Watch the money roll in!

We don’t elect a sheriff to “interpret” the U.S. Constitution. That’s what the U.S. Supreme Court’s job is. What is wrong with the right-wing Republicans in this county?


All I can say is when the GOP sheriff candidate says his sole platform is to butt heads with federal agencies, you might as well put a warm welcome banner across I-70 to the drug dealers, pedophiles, meth lab-ers, red-light runners and DUI drivers. The circus atmosphere we cause here from the likes of the Caprock board and Jared Wright will look tame as we become fodder for ridicule in the national spotlight.


Fruita, lighten up. Don’t take yourself so seriously. I think a lot of those biker folks you want to attract would buy pot also. Win win.


To the parents of driving Palisade High School students, please talk to your kids about obeying the speed limit. F Road between 34 and 35 roads has become a speedway to avoid the slower school traffic limit at Mt. Garfield Middle School. We have kids walking and riding bikes to and from school daily. Heaven forbid we should get a sheriff’s officer to patrol once in a while.


This 70-plus-year-old woman needed tax forms at the federal building. ID checked, had no weapons. Told guard I had metal screws in ankle and knee replacements. Each time, the detector beeped when I went through. Got a pat-down, then told to remove shoes. Beeped again! Offered to show her my surgery scars. Later was told the detector shows where the metal is located. Really! Can the forms be put in the foyer to avoid this aggravation? Please?


The fastest way to get our local economy started in the right direction would be to reinstate our county employee wage increases. Having locals spending money here every day is a much better way to build a stable economy than the single event venues that our leaders seem to favor.


This pair of great-grandparents were pleasantly surprised this evening. We stopped in at the Village Inn on North Avenue for a quick supper. When it was time to settle the tab, we learned that someone bought our dinners for us. Folks our age aren’t used to such a thing. But when the news finally sunk in, it brought us both great joy.


It’s sadly ironic that the Airport Authority leadership, who are supposedly blue-ribbon type people, have done more damage to the Grand Valley than all of the meth heads and bad actors and petty criminals that the local news is always hammering our skulls about. It is our own “Walker-Gate.”


Chivalry is alive and well in Grand Junction. On March 18 I stopped to get gas at the Bradley Sinclair on 25 and Patterson. After filling up I tried starting my car and nothing happened. No less than five gentlemen tried to help me. The last one jumped my car and I was able to take it to get repaired. I was overwhelmed that so many tried to help me. No, I am not a 20-something with a gorgeous body and face. I am 68 and my youth has long been gone as well as my figure. Thank all of you that helped me, I am truly grateful!


Priscilla Mangnall does an extraordinary job with “Way Back When.” Each Monday, it is a journey down memory lane for many of us. Thank you for this excellent feature of the paper.


The nicer weather brings more people camping, bike riding, walking and hiking. Living on the road to the Fruita desert, we have already had to start our weekly clean-up walks to remove bottles, cans and trash from our ditches. Please be considerate of others and dispose of your trash properly.


I would like to thank the Grand Junction Parks and Recreation Department and the Grand Valley Disc Golf Club for the new disc golf course at Watson Island that has opened recently. Good use of land that was a town dump years ago. I am surprised at the number of people I see down there enjoying this new park. Thanks again.


I cannot help but laugh until I cry with every article I read of Kami Collins. While she is barely younger than I am, she really understands the trials that life throws at the 30- to 50-something woman. Please encourage her to write more for the Grand Junction Sentinel.


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Not that I am against a wage increase for county workers, but how is that the fastest way to get our local economy started in the right direction?

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