You Said It Column December 28, 2009
• A trip to the grocery store this week was less painful than I expected. A gallon of milk for less than $3. Could it be that prices on the stuff we really need are going down?
• All those travelers who are stranded in bad winter weather should have stayed home. Duh.
• In a story about their kidney transplant, Oscar and Hector Morales credit “…God, who made it all possible. It was a miracle.” It was nothing of the sort. The credit should go to the dozens of medical scientists whose research led to the breakthroughs which made kidney transplants possible.
• Brady Trucking jumped through the hoops and acquired the new zoning for their property as required by the city of Grand Junction. The WCC opposed the rezoning and have somehow got the issue placed on an upcoming ballot early next year. The ballot is not the place for this issue. This issue needs to be resolved in a court of law and not by mob rule. I say mob rule only because I’m certain that the WCC has figured out that off-year elections are notorious for poor turnout and, this being the case, their membership can carry the day just by the sheer numbers turning out to vote. I can see this becoming a precedent for other rezoning changes such as the highly contested zoning change being asked for by City Market at 12th and Patterson. We elect our officals to run our city, and we should have enough trust in them to abide by their decisions. If there is disagreement, then the court should be the deciding arbitor and not a special interest group.
• I understand that Brady Trucking, in good faith, purchased riverfront property and spent hard-earned money to clean up the property. It is not their fault that a shortsighted City Council, and the city staff that gives the council recommendations, dropped the zoning ball even before Brady purchased the property. Now the Grand Junction Area Chamber of Commerce wants to quash an attempt to allow citizens to voice their opinion through a vote. The city, staff and council need to admit their mistake and buy out Brady, keeping our riverfront clean. The chamber needs to understand that citizens do have a right to vote their opinion in the USA.
• It’s now been more than two years since my family dropped all satellite and cable TV services. What’s left is DVDs, free shows on the Internet and what little is worth watching over the air. You don’t really realize, until you do without, how much much living you can do when you’re not staring into television’s “vast wasteland.”
• It is about time someone or some organization starts kicking out troublemakers and those that have a tunnel vision goal in life to force their do-nothing anywhere, anytime ideas and waste billions of legal dollars and time on mundane problems. Hats off to the Grand Junction Chamber.
• An article in The Daily Sentinel dated Dec. 16 regarding the recent vote on the new police and fire stations quoted the city auditor as saying the city of Grand Junction provides more jobs locally than Halliburton and Schlumberger. This statement shows a lack of basic understanding of economics. The energy companies create a product and pay taxes in contrast to the tax-supported city. All basic, non-inflationary wealth comes from the earth: oil and gas, minerals, timber, agriculture, and seafood from the oceans.
• Hurrah to the person who complained about the property on Dike Road (485) leading to Connected Lakes State Park. For years I have been walking at the park and listened to the people complain about the filthy, disgusting, foul conditions of the Dike Road property. We all wonder why the city or county cannot or will not do something. It’s not only a fire, health and sanitation hazard, but the conditions for wildlife, goats, chickens, ducks, etc., on the property also are deplorable. Until conditions like this are cleaned up, there should be no more checkerboard-type expansion of the river walk trail.
• How crazy is this? County officials have “no idea” how a gas company could build and operate four gas compressors without the required permits for the past four years, but blew it off anyway and approved their most recent permit. Let’s reward the offenders by giving them exactly what they want — sounds just like the Bush administration.
• Wonder how far up Obama’s coattails Salazar’s nose was (politically correct wording) when he got that Cabinet post? Another do-
nothing senator goes to the new do-nothing administration.
• Back-in parking at Seventh and Main is still a stupid idea.