You Said It, August 13, 2017

Shame on you, commissioners — money over people. One of the shining stars in this community is Gray Gourmet. Pushing them into the marketplace by demanding “market rates” shows your lack of concern for the citizen who has far less than you. A shining example of growing narcissism in our society.

A man dragged a dog behind his car and received prison time for it. A man deliberately drowns his neighbor’s cat, which is also a cruelty act against animals, and he gets a citation. He needs prison time, too. Any less punishment would be ridiculous.


Lisa DeShazer, Mr. Ed Haynes’ neighbor, needs to step up and take responsibility for her cat. What kind of person would put their neighbor in such a frustrating predicament? If she had been a responsible pet owner and neighbor, none of this would have happened in the first place. Just because you own a cat does not mean that it can run all over the neighborhood and you don’t have to accept responsibility for what it does.


Why don’t all the cat lovers build cages around their own flower gardens and put the cat in there? When the cat is done destroying it you can take it back in the house.


Thank you, city of Grand Junction Forestry Department, for planting all the trees throughout the city in 2016. The trees on Ridges Boulevard look fabulous. It’s been a hot summer and we really appreciate our trees and shade.


The American flag and the Colorado flag that are flying at the visitors’ center on Horizon Drive are both very old and faded. Can we get some new ones and have these properly retired? They are truly a disgrace to our city, our state and our country.


Is anyone else out there in northeast Grand Junction sick and tired of ear-splitting military jets blasting off from the airport over residential areas? Yeah, I know, it’s “the sound of freedom.” I think it’s the sound of money, and someone at the airport is making it at the expense of homeowners. How about the airport implement an effective noise mitigation program and quit disturbing our peace?


Support your local schools. The research has shown us that District 51 needs a yes vote for the students of our community. Arguing over what is needed could go on for a long time. Be part of a great solution. Students here deserve and need the best education we can find. Give our new superintendent a chance, encourage the teachers. Visit your schools, offer to help, become a part of the educational community. I think you will like what you find there.


District 51 must think we are all rich asking for so much money for the bond issue and mill levy override. And with Mesa County wanting money, don’t they realize we seniors have not had a decent raise in seven years?


The new superintendent makes less than every doctor at St. Mary’s Hospital and is responsible for 22,000 kids, 44 buildings and the largest employer between Salt Lake and Denver. His salary is a ridiculous excuse not to support our kids in this November’s election. Vote yes on 3A and 3B.


The satanist gave an invocation. The Christians prayed outside. The Daily Sentinel had front page coverage, as I’m sure the local TV news had stories. And you know what? The world kept turning and our little valley is no better or worse for it. Now let’s take all that energy, time and money spent on this nonsense and use it for some real good. Real charities, causes and people are out there needing help.


So the City Council sees fit to allow a satanist to speak the invocation. Really? On taxpayer-funded time in a country that was founded on Judeo-Christian principles? When do we start saying no to these publicity seekers and the ACLU?


In response to the question, “From whom do the (Western Colorado Atheists and Freethinkers) invoke their supplications? Could it be that they invoke their supplications from You? From the spirit in you and the spirit in every human alive. Invoking the goodness, kindness, wisdom, acceptance and the love you and all of us hold in our collective hearts for the good of our fellow man?


The anticipation and concern over a satanist’s invocation at our City Council meeting is laid to rest. It brings to mind one of my favorite John Prine songs, “That’s the way the world goes ‘round,” and the chorus line: “It’s a half an inch of water and you think you’re going to drown.”


The clients using Two Rivers Convention Center give a gratuity after they have an event and are pleased with the service. But do they know that not one employee receives that gratuity? The new company from Texas keeps it.


Let’s honor the history of North Avenue and immediately rip up the pavement. We should return it to its original condition of dirt and gravel to honor its original significance. Drive from one end of North Avenue to the other and you’ll see that nothing’s wrong. It’s perfect. Don’t mind the vacant buildings, beat-down infrastructure or lack of investment. Just focus on the good times “dragging” it with your high school buddies. Call your City Council today and tell them they have no business doing anything that might make Grand Junction seem different than 1982.


Why hasn’t anyone brought up renaming 12th Street to University Avenue? Assuredly, this is a less-contentious option — and it appears that 12th adjoins/runs through CMU for a longer distance than does North Avenue.


So, let’s see, the bicyclists want bike lanes on our roadways, which they may or may not use. I’ve seen them two abreast riding in the roadway. And they want the motoring public to pay for those bike lanes. So they cry about having to pay taxes on their bicycles, which could maybe improve those bike lanes. Sounds right to me.


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To the idiot complaining about the noise from military aircraft.  You knew the airport was there when you bought your home.  Get a life!!!

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