You Said It, August 27, 2018

Regarding the tax increase requests that will be on the ballot this year for Mesa County and School District 51, I would like to say first and foremost, yes, our kids deserve good schools, and yes, our sheriff’s and district attorney’s offices deserve support, and I also deserve to be driving a Mercedes Benz. When was the last time anyone working and living in Mesa County received more than a 2 or 3 percent salary increase? Is the problem really the need for more money, or is money management the problem?

The staff at New Emerson is amazing, but it is the parents of that school that should be a model to other parents in this district. It is the parents’ devotion to their child and their education that earns the results on those tests. The common theme at New Emerson is that parents are involved. My child went to Dos Rios, Orchard Mesa, and Grand Junction High School and is now entering CMU as a sophomore with a scholarship that pays all of his tuition. Thanks to those teachers’ hard work, alongside my own, and my son’s perseverance, he has his best chance at success.

 

The county commissioners’ decision regarding the rent for Gray Gourmet is just another example of how you cannot and should not run government “like a business.” A government’s responsibilities are dramatically different than those of a business. While business is designed to make profits for owners and shareholders, government has social obligations related to health, safety and education. Gray Gourmet provides health and safety services and should be welcomed by government rather than kicked to the curb.

 

Thanks to the man who delivers the meals on wheels to my mother-in-law. When he stopped by Monday he asked her if she wanted to look through his eclipse glasses. Result: A happy senior. Thanks, Gray Gourmet.

It is apparent the city has declared war on the staff and employees who work downtown, the very people who generate and collect the sales taxes that fuel the city. By more than doubling the parking meter rates and eliminating all the 10-hour employee parking in the lots, the workers in the downtown area are being pushed onto side streets, blocks from where they work. Now female staff must walk blocks at night to get to their cars. This policy needs to be rethought.

 

Had occasion to take our 3-year-old great-granddaughter to Columbine and Rocket parks today. Extremely disappointed in the number of bums/homeless people living in these public places. These parks are for kids and families. One can’t even find a shady place to sit or enjoy the equipment there due to the riffraff living there. Can’t the Grand Junction Police Department do something about this?

 

Many people are reluctant to sign their names to items voicing their opinions, me included. Why? There is always a lunatic fringe that will take exception to one’s opinion and take some sort of action against an individual, e.g., egging a house, assault, or violence with a gun or other weapon. If this “You Said It” is printed, it will be an example of free speech, even though it is anonymous.

 

It has been entertaining to watch the valley progressives unite and whine about how an average person can submit a You Said It and remain anonymous. Guess we now know who truly opposes free speech in the valley. Thanks, progressives, for showing us once again who you truly are.

 

Please don’t get rid of You Said It, just change the name of the column. That seemed to really work well for the local airport.

 

Whatever punishment is meted out to Mr. Haynes for killing his neighbor’s cat must also be meted to the cat’s owner. Cats must be controlled exactly as all other domestic animals are, subject to controlled confinement and kept from inflicting damage to other’s property.

 

This is in response to last week’s You Said It about the dog in the car at City Market. We were the couple mentioned. That Saturday it was 73 degrees outside. The woman was soliciting in front of the windows outside the store (for how long, we don’t know) wearing black clothing and no head covering, evidently not used to being outside. Go figure.

 

The photo and headline for the eclipse was fabulous. I will keep it forever.

 

We went to the Downtown Farmers Market on Thursday, Despite having a no-animals sign at every entrance, we saw two separate incidents with dogs, one which took place within 10 feet of the security people who did nothing but continue to talk to a vendor and then walk off. I’m glad to see we’ve hired some quality security to enforce the rules.

 

I am happy for all the new street surfaces in town with the new striping. Among the new stripes are those delineating bike lanes. Those lanes were painted with paint that costs money and by workers that were paid. So who is to say that those who benefit from that expense shouldn’t help to pay for that expense? I am totally in favor of having an annual fee for bicycles to help cover those expenses.

 

After seeing misspelled words on the local evening news many times, I must say something. Please. In this day where we have spellcheck, I just don’t know how a local TV station can allow and not fire someone for not spelling correctly. And it’s simple words. Said TV station spelled North Avenue “Norht.” Same station spelled school “skool” and they put it on at 5:30 and 10. Are our people really that uneducated?

 

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