You Said It Column February 08, 2009

•  Thank you to the 85 plus volunteers who attended our “yard sign Saturday” Fruita Community Center kickoff. It was great to see community members of all ages with so much enthusiasm helping educate the Fruita Community on voting YES on “Issue A.”

•  The city of Grand Junction police never cease to amaze me. One Thursday morning as I was approaching the Colorado River, traffic was starting to back up and cars were trying to get into the fast lane. I assumed a wreck or broken-down vehicle was ahead. I slowed down and when I approached the bridge, I couldn’t believe it. Two police cars were parked in the slow lane and were setting up cones. A little farther down, a very dead deer lay in the slow lane. I chuckled, thinking what would they do next, draw a chalk line around the poor thing? I seriously thought about stopping my car, getting out and dragging the poor thing off the road. City boys!

•  Grand Junction has been slapped in the face with the rapid population growth, and now everyone is feeling the effects. You can’t schedule a doctor’s appointment without being told the next available date is in six months. You can’t get into a restaurant without waiting 30 minutes to eat a meal. The police, dispatchers  and fire department are working in buildings older than the majority of citizens in this community, and their response time is horrible because they don’t have enough personnel. When are we going to stop acting like this is a town and recognize this as a rapidly growing city? We’re 10 years behind the curve. How much longer do we have to suffer?

•  Now I know why the Democrats don’t blink an eye at raising our taxes. They don’t pay them.

•  Finally, the orange cones and barrels are gone from the Broadway overpass and River Road under it. However, now there is so much traffic on Broadway that it is a long, long wait to be able to turn left onto Broadway from the Ridges to the intersection of Redlands Parkway during the “rush hours.” The traffic lights at either end of it are not set very well. By the time one set of bumper-to-bumper traffic goes by, another set of traffic is right there going in the other direction.

•  Doesn’t our Gov. Ritter watch TV or read the newspapers? The new stimulus plan includes “infrastructure, road and bridges repairs” to create jobs. Does Ritter think that this does not include Colorado? Why is he trying to charge us drivers more in registration fees to fix our roads and bridges when it is already covered? 

•  So tell me, please: Why is the Eighth Street Gym on 11th Street at Pitkin?

•  How dare you take my hard-earned money as a bailout and turn it into a fat bonus for yourselves after you ran your business into the ground. When you’ve turned your business around and paid us back, then you can take a bonus.

•  Discrimination: Seniors who have owned their own home and paid property taxes in Mesa County for more than 20 years move (to another owner-occupied home) because of failing health to less yard and property upkeep do not get the 50 percent tax reduction.

•  In their final insult to the American taxpayer, the previous administration gave billions of our money to bail out the bankers without any restrictions or oversight as to how the money would be spent. Now the bankers have given themselves $18 billion in bonuses for helping tank our economy with their greed. When will it end?

•  That popping sound you heard recently was the City Council members collectively pulling their heads out of, well, you know the old saying. Deciding not to go back to voters for a tax increase for the $98 million monstrosity was the first sensible decision they’ve made in a long time. Now if they can continue to remember that they’re working for us and not the power-brokers that run City Hall.


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