You Said It, Dec. 15, 2013

In the mythical town of Lake Woebegone all of the children are above average. Now Mesa County claims that 90 percent of its employees are above average and entitled to substantial bonuses. Tom Fisher, county administrator, claims to not keep any below- average employees. Is this not logically possible? Then again, logic does not apply to Mesa County local government.

Of course MVEA members won’t shy away from pay-for-performance. For his members, President Cook will contest any box checked anything but “exemplary.” Unless district administrators and the board stand up to him, only union members will benefit. It’s not about which teachers are best. It’s about who works hardest to look good. And Darren works hard at that, for sure.


Apparently the Grand Junction Visitor & Convention Bureau is not impressed by the GJ Chamber’s “buy local” campaign. Otherwise, why would they send $160,000 to a Florida company to manage its website and another whopping $375,000 to a Denver advertising agency? That’s more than a half-million dollars of consulting work leaving the valley. Anyone wonder why our local job market sucks?


I live in Fall Valley subdivision in the city, and I would like to remind dog owners to please provide a safe place for your animals. When you are not home, the animals you claim to love are freezing outside, crying and whimpering. They deserve to be treated kindly, since they provide your family with protection and unconditional love. Are you honestly that heartless? If so, you should not have dogs.


What has happened to the once attractive Palace Estates neighborhood in Fruitvale? Dogs running loose, trash cans blooming like a marijuana patch, abandoned vehicles and sidewalks being used as parking lots. An increasing number of both for-rent and for-sale signs confirms the vacancy availability. Even the neighborhood website is eight months out of date. A pity.


On Dec. 6, my friend and I went to the Fruitvale post office to mail more than 100 books as part of our Grand Junction High School Class of 1963 50th reunion. The lady behind the desk, named Tia, just rolled up her sleeves and went to work — with a smile. The customers behind us in line were smiling, too. I just wanted to say, great job. It was a joy to be there.


Let’s see: If we cut out all the comments from angry, cynical liberals, the ignorant comments from low-information types who have no idea how business or governments work, or old people who get free meals from total strangers, there would be no “You Said It” at all.


Recall John Justman and Rose Pugliese. They do not represent all of us, just the tea party. They were elected to serve all of us, which they are not doing. The Riverfront Trail benefits all of us and beautifies our city. Show up and protest at the next meeting. And vote next election for people who care about everyone.


Thank you so much to the man who helped me get my car out when it was stuck in the snow on Crossroads Boulevard.It was freezing outside and I am so grateful for your help. It’s great to know that there are still selfless people out in the world that are willing to help a stranger. You are awesome.


The city is concerned about the loss of sales tax revenue from Mesa Mall. You are not going to get increased revenue from a mall that continues to lose retailers because of its overpriced rents and decreased foot traffic. This mall should have been replaced 10 years ago. The Western Slope would support a new mall here in Grand Junction.

A few days ago there was a gas leak at my meter. I called Xcel and in just a few minutes, the repairman was here and had it fixed. Thank you, Xcel and your repairman, for such prompt service. If only other companies could do the same.


Would love to thank the manager at Chili’s Restaurant for his random act of kindness. After having a rough start to our morning with our van breaking down and having to pay for towing and repair, we decided to split a meal at Chili’s to try and soothe our wounds. Our hostess asked how our day was going, and after my husband told her just a little of our morning experience, the manager Scott came to our table and said he would like to pick up the tab for our meal. Wow! Totally unexpected and definitely made for a much better day.


From a fan’s perspective, it is interesting and somewhat disturbing that a small portion of the student body at CMU drifts in near the end of the women’s game and usually stand cheering throughout the men’s games. The women’s team is ranked number five in the country and deserves much better support from their fellow students.


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I would like to send a big THANK YOU out to the students of Central High School. This past weekend they put on an event that families that needed things during this holiday season could attend. I did attend and wanted to let you know what a wonderful thing that you did. You put a smile on many peoples faces that day and all your hard work showed. A young man seen me struggling and helped me to my car when I was finished. Each of these students had a smile on their face and really spread the holiday cheer. Thank you from a family you helped.

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