You Said It, April 9, 2017

On April 1 I was one of several volunteers who helped the BLM clean up the trash left at the rifle and pistol ranges north of the airport. You would not believe the amount of trash left behind by some slot target shooters. Parts of the range looked like the area behind the tall fence at the landfill. Trash was everywhere, even though there are large signs at the range that encourage shooters to haul out their target trash or place it in provided trash bags at the site. It’s just too bad that some of these trashers don’t get caught. A good sentence for each would be to have them clean up the range once a week for a whole year, plus a hefty fine.

The county commissioners are very vocal about necessary spending cuts to all departments, disregarding quality of service, etc. but they are strangely silent about their own very generous pay raises. Perhaps those salaries should be cut too. After all, the people in the trenches are feeling the hit. Shouldn’t the commissioners also take that same hit?

 

It is comforting to know that Commissioner McInnis is fervently working on his secret ballot issue to raise our sales tax to fund Mesa County law enforcement. I bet the sheriff and the district attorney are sleeping soundly knowing that McInnis has their best interests at heart.

 

I can’t remember anything that lost as badly as the event center lost, with 71 percent voting no. But I’m amazed to read that a few of the arrogant supporters want to try again, because the voters just “needed more information.” Quit wasting our time and money on these elitist dreams.

 

The Sentinel may not be giving up on the event center, but I hope the City Council is smart enough to realize that when more than 70 percent of the voters say no, they mean no.

 

My husband and I are almost 70 years old. We have been riding our bikes for years. Recently we found it difficult to navigate some of the uphill areas so we purchased electric bikes. We love being outside using our own power and when it gets difficult to get up the hills we use a boost from the e-bike. I sure hope they do not restrict e-bikes on our trails. Make Grand Junction friendly for seniors.

 

It seems to be a steady pastime in some circles to malign municipal and county employees. Well, what’s fair is fair, and I must say that my recent experience at the City Clerk’s Office was just the opposite. I was involved in an open records request filing and found the ladies involved to be uniformly courteous, competent and helpful. In a small way, they made my day. Accordingly, a public tip of the hat to the City Clerk’s Office and staff.

 

With all the complaints about our city government, why do we not have a strong mayor system? Perhaps the next ballot question should be a reform of the city charter. An elected mayor would be directly accountable to the voters, while the city manager is not. Our City Council members are all essentially volunteers earning a token wage. If Grand Junction aspires to be the capital of western Colorado and eastern Utah, we need to move to a big city model where the elected mayor is responsible to all.

 

I would like to thank the young man who came to my aid when I fell at St. Joseph Catholic Church last Friday. Many, many thanks.

 

I applaud the city for not allowing early deposit of trash curbside for the Spring Cleanup. However, I think it is utterly ridiculous that rubbish will clutter our streets for two or three weeks prior to pickup. Even 24 hours is far too long.

 

Has anyone noticed the lack of advertising for tires in the Grand Junction market area? Try to shop for a sale on tires. And the prices don’t seem very competitive when you visit the various retailers. Just wondering why there appears to be a lack of competition.

 

How nice it is to drive by Pomona Elementary School and see the wonderful sayings they put up on the fence. The tribute to the police officers was especially appreciated. Thank you for making the children and all of us aware of pleasant thoughts as we drive by.

 

A big thank you to the VA Medical Center. I recently had cataract surgery on both eyes done there. On Feb. 24 I had a final check-up to see if my eyes were doing OK and to order a new pair of glasses. When I checked my mail on March 7, guess what — my new glasses had arrived. How wonderful is that? Thank you again.

 

Kudos to the VA emergency room team which helped staunch my bleeding episode when I was waiting to have three prescriptions filled on March 29. Thanks, too, to the VA driver who transported me back to my civilian dentist to monitor my condition. Lastly, immense gratitude to the dental assistants who ensured I arrived home safely to continue my surgery recovery.

 

We attended the CMU Music Department presentation of the opera “Cosi Fan Tutte” and enjoyed it immensely. The opera was so well done, the performers all extremely talented. Excellent acting and wonderful singing voices. So thankful to have such talent in our midst.

 

For those who don’t believe we have a speedway in Grand Junction, I beg to differ. It is actually one of many and I call it the “30 Road Speedway.” Racing is usually seven days a week, begins around 8 p.m. and lasts until around 2 a.m. Only thing missing are the ticket sales and the checkered flag.


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