You Said It, Aug. 4, 2013

Although I have no problem with the way the Chamber of Commerce here operates and that it supports business-friendly politics, I do have a problem with Diane Schwenke getting paid almost double what other chambers pay for the same size cities or memberships. That extra $50,000 to $60,000 should go to promoting business in the valley.

Why have an election when we could just go to the Chamber of Commerce and have them pick our supposed leaders for us?


Tuesday, July 23 must have been a “slow news day.” Most of the front page was devoted to Rick Brainard. I was a victim of domestic violence and let me assure Mr. Brainard that the token community service doesn’t begin to pay for the pain and humiliation of being battered. Shame on him for even accepting the job of city councilman. We need more people like Harry Butler whose integrity was unequaled.


We got rid of Brainard, but now we need to get rid of the rest of the City Council, who will do what they darn well want to do.


Sounds like the new City Council members need to contact the city attorney and learn the law. Rules are it takes four members to agree to make changes. They decided a majority would do the trick. I’m beginning to regret voting for the three new members.


Did no one ever tell Jim Doody he would have to work with people who disagree with him? He’s an embarrassment when he storms out of meetings. He should go to anger management and grow up.


Many thanks to the couple that paid for our dinner at GJ Dos Hombres. What a wonderful surprise. You made our day. God bless.


I was amused when reading the You Said Its on July 21 regarding the cost of a GJ Rockies game. I can take my family of four to a GJ Rockies game for less than it costs to go to a movie at the Regal Cinema. Free entertainment before the game, dance party in the stands for the kids.


Great demolition derby this year — five cars and eight drivers! The track was so muddy that the cars were stuck most of the time. When they did move, they were only able to tap each other ever-so-gently. It was like going to an NFL game with only five players on the field and the teams sharing one player as their quarterback. This was not money well-spent on a family outing.


I just wanted to say thank you to the two men who stopped to help me when my trailer came undone from my hitch on Tuesday morning. I will pay it forward!


How many of the news anchors in Grand Junction call the little peachy city Palisades? I would only hope in the future that anyone hiring anchors has them take a local pronunciation quiz before they put them on TV.


I’m just writing to complain about the weeds in the alleyway along B 1/2 Road from 28 Road to Arlington, and also on 28 Road and Acrin. There are weeds that are five and six feet high.


Recently we were faced with a very difficult work challenge. A wonderful couple came to our rescue. When we tried to pay them for their services, the young man declined payment, stating that he was a veteran helping a veteran. Thank you, John and Darlene, for your kindness, help and generosity.


I am impressed with the new addition to the Grand Junction Police Department. The Parks Patrol is a perfect fit for the social aspects of the public parks. With radio contact, their presence makes a big difference. Thank you, city of GJ.


Have you walked down Main Street lately? Restaurants are moving their sit-down space outside so that it is difficult to walk side-by-side on some streets. Single file may soon be the norm. Didn’t we have enough of that in grade school?


The Grand Valley is just that — grand. Having recently moved back to the area after being gone for 12 years, I still say, even with all its problems, this is the best place on earth to live and raise a family. Thank you to all the people of the Grand Valley for welcoming us home again as if we never left.


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