You Said It, Aug. 20, 2017

Editor’s note: You Said It is meant to be a forum for topical, pithy, humorous comments and expressions of gratitude. The shorter the comment, the more likely it is to run. Personal attacks will not be printed.

I was shocked to see the low test scores of all of our area schools but quite happy to see several stand out, with a leader, New Emerson. Take New Emerson leaders, place them in charge, and use their teachers and programs as models for success. The end quote by Tony Giurado, “We know we need to do better and we know we need to change our system,” has been the general answer from school officials for too many years.

 

I am getting pretty tired of businesses that allow people to bring their unleashed “companion” dogs into stores where the dogs are allowed to run around. Today there was one at Pier One. The dog almost knocked down a woman with a cane after charging me as I walked in the door. Neither the store manager nor any employee said a word to the owner of the dog. Talk about a lawsuit waiting to happen. Post store policies and enforce them. Companion dogs are not service dogs.

 

Does the letter-writer who said you have to be rich to afford the bond measure and mill levy override know it will cost the average homeowner less than $10 a month for a $200,000 house?

 

My granddaughter started kindergarten at a 60-year-old District 51 elementary school. She’ll face cold winter days when the ancient boiler stops working, forcing kids to wear coats in class. She’ll have to walk across failing concrete sidewalks and asbestos flooring. My granddaughter — and every student in every District 51 school — deserves a better and safer learning environment. Let’s make this right by voting yes on 3A and 3B.

 

I agree that bicycles should be taxed or licensed, and should obey traffic laws. I have had three close calls in the past few weeks, with stop sign runners.

 

With all of the recent auto accidents involving bicyclists, it is a good time to consider registering and insuring bicycles. When a bicyclist causes damage to me or my vehicle, they should be just as accountable as I am in my fully insured, registered vehicle if I am at fault. All of the signs that remind us to “Share the Road” should also say “Share the Responsibility” and “Share the Cost.”

 

For those of us who have lived in this valley for years, it doesn’t matter what they name it. North Avenue will always be North Avenue to us. Period.

 

The military jets are too noisy? When did the airport move? I will have to update my maps and GPS. They still show it in the old location on Horizon Drive, where it has been for several decades.

 

It happens in every growing city. The planning department approves housing on the flight approach to the airport. As the city grows, more houses are built there. Then the homeowners complain about the airport noise. The mountains ringing our valley and the wind direction dictate flight patterns for take-off and landing. Personally, I enjoy the military jets and others that fly over our H Road property. Sorry some homeowners aren’t happy where they chose to buy.

 

We want to thank the city for all the street resurfacing that has been done this summer. But what about Seventh Street? Nothing has been done for it, and it’s getting to be a mess.

 

Saturday I was at City Market. There was a car parked in the handicapped space with a dog inside. The windows were half down, but I was out in the heat sweating myself so I called the police. When the older couple came out of the store I asked if it was their car. I told them that it was wrong to leave their dog in the car for 30 to 40 minutes and told them I had called the police. They were angry with me and the police never showed up. What the heck?

 

Grand Junction seems to pride itself on quality health care. If that’s true, why do we still (after two years) not have a community health fair? Much smaller communities have them. Why can’t we? It would be a great advertising point for retirees and companies thinking of moving here.

 

Thank you to the person who took such good care of my dog while she was lost up on Lands End Road for 2½ weeks. She is home again, safe and sound. Thank you.

 

Compliments to the state driver’s license office in Grand Junction. I was in and out in 14 minutes to renew my license just after 4 p.m. on a Tuesday this week.

 

I’m shocked at the people who use the computers at the library who talk in loud voices with others, who answer cellphone calls (mine goes straight to voice mail), etc. Didn’t these folks have parents who taught them manners?

 

To my neighbors who shoot fireworks all year long: Imagine someone shooting a gun beside your little girl’s head while she is unable to escape. Do you feel her terror and helplessness? This is what you are doing to my trembling, helpless dogs. They cannot escape your “fun.” Do you have no heart? Please take your fireworks to the desert.

 

I would like to thank the young man on security patrol Tuesday night at the mall. I had the misfortune of having a dead battery in my car. After waiting for a long time for roadside service, to no avail, he gave me a battery jump. He was very pleasant and I certainly appreciate his help.

 

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