You Said It Column October 19, 2008

• Dr. Fine is truly going to be missed in this valley. He was my family dentist for the last nine years and we will truly miss him. I hope they find out why this jerk did such a terrible thing to him and his family. God bless them and may all the good people of Grand Junction pray for all the families of this terrible tragedy.

• On Oct. 9, you were at the Vectra Bank parking lot at 28 1/2 and North Avenue. Sometime between 2:30 and 4:30 p.m., you hit my older ’96 tan Cadillac on the left rear bumper, causing at least $1,400 worth of damage. Please step up and take responsibility for the damage. Please call my State Farm agent at 523-9700. Thanks.

• Thanks to the GJPD, it is now a joy to drive down Seventh Street without having to dodge all of the kids. Too bad it had to take the time of the Police Department to enforce common sense that the parents obviously don’t teach their children.

• Thank you to The Daily Sentinel for reducing the mind-numbing ballot initiatives into simple explanations in last Sunday’s paper. The initiatives are written in ways to confuse voters and the Sentinel’s clarity was appreciated. For those who missed it, hopefully they’ll run it again.

• There comes a time when a nation, as well as an individual, must choose between tightening the belt or losing the pants.

• What a shame. I’ve just come from the funeral of a lovely 34-year-old woman who died much too young. The cause of her passing is not the issue. It is the way her death was handled by our local media that galls me. Without any research at all, television, radio and newspapers all mentioned a brief blurb about a “homeless” or “transient” woman who died in the park. Then there was the letter to the editor complaining about the delayed response by the coroner, which also mentioned this “deceased, who appeared to be homeless.” Why do folks presume because someone died in the park, she must be homeless? And what exactly does this say about the reputation of those parks?
As a matter of record, she was not homeless nor transient. She was in fact, a longtime resident of our fair city. And judging by the number of folks who attended her services, she was much-loved and will be missed by many.

• What happened to the Pets page in the Sunday Daily Sentinel? It was the best part of the paper — the section I looked forward to reading. Please put it back in.

• How about the abundance of peaches be donated to the organizations around town who feed the hungry, rather than having them just rotting on the ground?

• I just recently moved here from down South and I must say I love the people and your town. But there area few idiots who like to lay down on their horn on the most minor traffic infractions. It takes a stranger a little while to learn his or her way around. Try a little patience.

• Finding a physician in the Grand Valley is hard enough without learning that the one our family has been receiving health care from for years plays favoritism in the office. Shame on this practice for letting good, hard-working people suffer because of one spoiled employee brat. Is there a shot to be given for that? Write us up a RX please.

• The stoplights on the new Riverside Parkway change quickly in response to oncoming traffic. Traffic actually moves. It’s too bad the city can’t apply the same theories of traffic movement to all the other roads in the city instead of the interminably long stop lights.

• Oh, I understand now. If too many speeders, raise the speed limit.

For petroleum company haters. Try walking barefoot or leather shoes on an unpaved trail. Living in a log cabin heated with wood and lighted with a tallow candle. That is what it’s like without petroleum. The civilized world turns on a well-oiled axle. Thank God for petroleum and its many blessings.

To the person who left me a note on my Chrysler (at Mesa Mall recently) about the antifreeze leaking — thank you. I appreciate that.

Gawd, I’m sick of political commercials. Most of them are misrepresentations anyway.

The new low water usage tree lot at I-70B and 31 1/2 Road sure is a nice improvement from the grass, flowers and old apricot trees that used to be there, and it’s so nicely maintained. Clifton folks owe a debt of thanks to all those involved in this project.

Every Alaskan citizen is getting $3,200 this year for the oil taken from our public lands and pays no income tax. How come we in Colorado get nothing from the natural gas being pumped from our area?

The Mesa County Republican party, (read out-of-state gas exploration and production companies) need to heed the result of the McCain campaign’s negative advertising. People don’t like it, they don’t believe it, it turns them off. The big billboards chastising Bernie Busher/Ritter only makes local Republicans look foolish. Everyone knows the sex predator bill was not enacted to allow men in girl’s bathrooms, no matter how hard Laura Bradford carps, that Gov. Ritter is not trying to put gas workers out of jobs just because he wants the industry to pay its fair share, and that without taxes, goverment could not function.


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