You Said It, Aug. 25, 2013

Great that the city is finally going to do something on North Avenue. Please, city, start at 12th Street and go east for the first time.

Now that our county Finance Department has been told by another government agency that they “legally” stole millions of dollars from the taxpayers of Mesa County, maybe they can cut a few weeds.


The homeless problem here brings out the conspiracy theory in me that says we have our version of an Area 51. The explosive growth of the homeless services, fanned by city policies, eventually spills out to a panhandler begging on every corner. The citizen outrage plays right into the hands of city officials who concoct their solution of roundabouts coming to a neighborhood near you. I know I’ll be investing in jackhammer futures.


Thank you, Grand Junction Planning Commission, for a job well done. The irrigation canals are our livelihood, not for recreation — ever! Too dangerous and it does open up for vandalism. You have shown respect for the private property owners’ property as well as our privacy! The Grand Junction City Council needs to take lessons.


Now that there are two charter schools on 24 1/2 Road, please watch out for students walking down the road. There are no sidewalks for them to walk on. The traffic is very busy, and there are always a lot of big trucks going up and down. It would be great if the city could put some signs up and patrol this area.


I believe it’s admirable to pay for someone’s dinner anonymously in a restaurant or for someone’s Starbucks in line behind you at the drive-thru, but I have to wonder about the wisdom of paying for someone who can pay for their own food vs. donating money or food to the food bank or homeless shelter for those who have no money to pay for food.

Shame on you, professional and back-alley dog breeders! You advertise your “product” in the merchandise section of this newspaper. And you perpetuate health issues and shortened life expectancies of living animals. I invite you and all potential buyers of your “merchandise” to visit Roice Hurst (or any of a dozen other animal shelters/dog pounds) before buying or breeding. You will probably find a homeless full-bred lab, boxer, pit bull or cute purse dog there and they all need a home.


To the owners of “Zeus,” your dog is aggressive and should not be off leash! Last Friday morning at 7:15 your dog aggressively chased and bit at the heels of a cyclist from the Botanical Gardens all the way to the new brewery. Obviously your dog was not under voice control, since you called him to no avail. You and “Zeus” have been reported to animal control as two clueless owners with an unsafe, aggressive dog.


Thank you to School District 51 parents who partner with teachers to educate our children. The curriculum is intense and the school day is relatively short. The “bar has been raised” and what you learned in first grade is now the expectation in kindergarten. The reality is that parents must encourage and guide their kids to study, stay involved and practice at home. The long-term advantages of learning how to work hard will benefit our learners and create problem solvers for our future.


I do not get it: Burn weeds in the spring, but let them grow and reseed during the rest of the year.


There are no “wild” horses in the United States. There are, however, feral horses. Just like stray dogs and cats, these are stray horses. Not wild. It would be easier to deal with the horse problem if the BLM and the tree huggers would refer to them as feral.


Why would we stop drilling and fracking due to a few accidents that get immediate attention when we don’t close freeways due to accidents? Roads kill and hurt 500 times more people than energy-related production accidents. Some people have tunnel vision when it comes to drilling, spotted owls and man-made climate change.


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