You Said It, August 6, 2017

Shame on Ed Haynes for drowning a cat. Shame, shame, shame on you.

The words I’d love to use toward the 81-year-old man who has no problem drowning neighbors’ cats on Orchard Mesa can’t be put in the newspaper. A life is way more important than your lousy yard.

 

I got my paper this morning. Made me sick about that monster who killed that cat. And he used to be a cop? I could call you a lot of things, mister. One of them is a creep. I hope you can sleep at night.

 

Riddle me this: If my neighbor’s kid kept throwing his baseball into my lawn, could I catch him and drown him? No? So then why is it acceptable to do that to a cat who had no way of knowing any better?

 

Here we go again. Ray Scott will prove that taxing bikes is a way to get a revenue stream going. Ha! Serious riders will pay, everyone else will park or sell their bikes or, heaven forbid, ride without a tag. This has come up in the past and once again is a poor idea. Most if not all the serious riders also own a car or truck and already pay registration. The fees are based on weight because the heavier the vehicle, the more damage to roads. I will be glad to pay a weight-based tax on my bike — 26 pounds. How about next time we elect a lawmaker with common sense?

 

We are not giving our kids a chance to compete in the real world. They go to school 15 days less per year than the average American kid. That means by the time they graduate they are an entire year behind their peers. It is long past time we gave our kids the same opportunities afforded to every other American. Vote yes for the bond and mill levy.

 

Don’t be fooled by the “we need more money for schools” speech. Ken Haptonstall is the second-highest paid government employee in Mesa County. How many of you get $1,000 a month for your car and $140 a month for your phone on top of your regular pay? District 51 needs to spend the money they have more effectively.  Cutting overpaid and top-heavy administration can save millions. Listen up, school board: no cuts, no bond.

 

In our kids’ textbooks the Twin Towers are still standing, Bill Clinton is president, and Pluto is a planet. We owe our kids better than that. Vote yes for the bond and mill levy in November.

 

The article about Pathways Village was a tear-jerker for sure. It contained valuable pearls of insight into the difficulties related to coming in from homelessness. Thanks to those who worked so hard to bring something like this to Grand Junction.

 

What a great idea Pathways Village is. Would it be possible to start a community pay-it-forward fund for more of these type of villages? Homelessness seems to me a dire crisis.

 

Though Gunnison Avenue sure looks and rides nice now that the re-pavement has been completed, I am wondering why the city and Elam Construction have not bothered to clean up the sidewalks, cross streets and gutters. This just is not right. The tar and asphalt chips are everywhere and when I called the city I was told “it’s Elam’s responsibility” to clean up. So I called Elam and was told they had cleaned up. Not! Councilors? City workers? Why do citizens have to walk through nasty construction debris every day in areas where construction was completed weeks ago?

 

I don’t normally go to fast food restaurants, but I happened to go to the Wendy’s at the mall and went through a drive-thru and the lady in front of me paid for my meal. I was shocked. It was such a nice gesture. I waved at her as she drove away, hoping she saw it. I was hoping to let her know I will pass it on.

 

I say no to higher taxes for public safety at this time. There are so many people willing to donate their money to our law enforcement agencies. I see them every day: excessive speeding, texting and aggressively driving, and it is a rare sight to see them get pulled over and ticketed. Our roads and highways are a very big part of public safety issues, and enforcing the traffic laws would easily bring in thousands of dollars a day.

 

I’ll keep reading the Thursday edition, but it won’t be nearly as fun. Thanks for all the laughs, Steve!

 

Thanks, Mr. Beauregard, for providing chuckles every week. I never read your column first — always saved the best for last!

 

Having moved to Grand Junction a year ago, I am now having fun with my former friends in the Denver area where I-25 and I-70 have continuous rush hours from morning to night.

 

Orchard Mesa Middle School smells like a sewer. We need to replace it.

 

Can we change You Said It to a Missed Connections-style forum? I feel like a lot of the anger in these would be solved if these guys had a little romance in their lives.

 

To the young lady with a vicious dog Thursday morning at Main Street Bagels, you are not a responsible dog owner. Your dog almost attacked two different people. Muzzle the dog or don’t take it in public. Shame on you.

 

Oh my goodness. Just wiped tears of laughter from my eyes. If G 7/8 Road and 25 1/2 Road does not compute for you, please go back under the rock from whence you came. Our comprehensive grid system makes so much sense, and you always know where you are and where you are going ... unless you are recently from someplace else.


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