You Said It, Dec. 13, 2015

The primary responsibility of our city is to collect taxes and provide services. When did the Avalon and a proposed amphitheater, that will both serve a minority and cost additional money to operate annually, take priority over paving and maintaining our roads?

What a sham. When school district teachers have to jump through hoops to get a few extra dollars in their paychecks, upper administration is tossing away thousands upon thousands to people whose duties don’t directly impact children.

 

Why is it that cars and trucks are required to have mufflers, and yet I see and hear large amounts of motorcycles operating with improper or no mufflers at all.

 

I see that a coalition of northwest Colorado counties is seeking a $380,000 grant to map the greater sage-grouse habitat. These birds don’t need a new map, they already know where they are.

 

I voted for Paul Pitton for the school board. If by some chance he is ruled ineligible, we will need a new election for that district because I was not afforded due process in voting for which candidates I supported.

 

Thank you to Theresa at the 24 Road pharmacy for going out of her way and the kindness that she shows to her customers.

 

The distant location of the county’s animal shelter is far from “perfect,” as described by one of our county commissioners. It is too far for officers to reach repeatedly during the day, so in extreme heat and cold they drive around with pets confined to a metal truck bed.

 

Sounds to me like a downtown bike shop picked the theme for the Christmas parade of lights. Let’s get the theme back to Christmas before the greatest parade in GJ becomes just another downtown failed event.

 

To whomever is responsible for the beautiful blue light display on 26 Road ... thank you! It is just magical. I so enjoy seeing the lights every year. Also, thank you to our city for the beautiful lights downtown. It is the perfect touch to our pretty downtown at Christmas.

 

Our family wishes to thank the extremely kind and generous person who paid the large bill at Texas Roadhouse on Monday night. We were celebrating our dad’s 85th birthday. It was most heart-warming to learn that someone had paid the entire ticket. May many blessings come your way.

 

If Trump is successful in stopping Muslims from entering the United States, does that mean we can stop Texans from entering Colorado?

 

In my day a simple, “No, thank you,” would have been in order. Today, if you disagree, you must create a scene. I am sad for our CMU nursing students who are overshadowed by the fear and prejudice of a few. And I am sad for CMU and its outstanding nursing program.

 

To the person that bought my girlfriend and I dinner at The Local, thank you so very much. We never got the chance to meet you or thank you in person, but know that it will be paid forward.

I have never seen a worse patch job than on B 1/2 Road just west of 31 Road. A county road supervisor needs to drive over this mess. It’s shameful and an embarrassment to the road crew.

 

What’s the point of hiring a new city manager if they’ll just show up and be bullied by the city attorney and other department heads upon arrival? If community leaders want to stop talking and actually do something, run a measure to amend the city charter to become a strong mayor system.

 

Your Friday editorial “Fruita has vision and a game plan” could as easily have read “Fruita Has Leaders.” That would be in sharp contrast to Grand Junction and Mesa County.

 

My husband and I attended the Christmas tree lighting and Parade of Lights in Palisade. After the parade, we were walking to our vehicle when I fell by the Palisade post office. An observant and kind gentleman ran over and assisted my husband in picking me up and saw us to our vehicle. I had left the lights on and our vehicle battery was dead. Our friends at CAVE helped us to get our vehicle started and then brought us home. Thank you for all of the caring folks in this town.

 

On Thursday you had a great picture of some train engines with a lousy caption. The caption should have read, “Circle the wagons, the engines are coming.”

 

If you’re offered a Bible and choose not to take it, use your manners and say no thank you. Just because you don’t want it doesn’t mean others don’t. What about our right to religion?

 

Are you kidding me? Tim Foster was totally correct in losing the Bible part of the pinning ceremony. Do any other students get a Bible?

 

Ironically, all the people whining about how Bibles won’t be given out at the pinning are the same ones who would be staging protests if President Foster allowed Qur’ans or Torahs to be distributed alongside the Bibles. CMU is not a religious institution and is not affiliated with any religion or denomination, and therefore has no obligation to the Gideons to allow their Bible distribution during the ceremony.

 

It is pathetic when only 240 out of 1,000 chamber members took the time to weigh in on what the future plans of the chamber should be. When you only get a 1/4 response and use it to say 90 percent of members are satisfied with their chamber membership, it does not compute.

 

My daughter called me last night to tell me about a little girl in our area who has stage four cancer and is about ready to enter hospice. ... (She) had tears streaming down her face as she asked, “How can she be so cheerful?” This touched my heart ... I just want Delaney to know while there are those rooting for her to meet her celebrity, there are those who are shedding tears and learning from her example of strength. Thank you.

 

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