You Said It, Dec. 18, 2016

My husband and I are an elderly couple who got to experience the joy of knowing that thoughtful and caring strangers had paid for our lunch at Applebee’s last Sunday. We have sent a check to The Salvation Army in appreciation.

On Dec. 10 in the Safeway parking lot at 5:15 p.m. somebody took a 240-volt, commercial-type electric heater out of the back of my 2008 Silverado pickup. It was brand-new in the box. I guess I should’ve put it inside my pickup, but I guess I learned again how dishonest people really are. So if you get home and it won’t plug in anything you’ve got in your place because it’s 240 volts, then please bring it to 2904 Bonita Ave. and leave it on the porch so I can use it. If you have 240 volts in your home wired for the use of it, then you must have a pretty nice home. And if you had a nice home, I guess you really didn’t have to steal it.

District 51 students have breakfast, lunch and a free education. To compare them to the children of Aleppo is offensive. The children of Aleppo live in bombed-out buildings under constant fear of loss of life or limb. They search for food in a war-torn country instead of going out for recess. Gil Stone missed the mark on Sunday’s cartoon. Nothing funny here.

 

Just before dinner on 
Nov. 25 I found my husband lying in the backyard. I’ve always known that Grand Junction was a great place to live but had never realized what truly wonderful public servants we have here. Special thanks to deputies Sandell and Blackmon, advocates Mona and Kat and Coroner Yahn. There were more people too numerous to name who came through my life that night. Thank you all from the bottom of my heart for helping me through the worst night of my life. Blessings to you all.

 

Wow! The City Council must be smoking some high-grade stuff from De Beque. Otherwise, why would they even consider building a hockey rink and expand Two Rivers without considering a parking structure there? Lots of parking downtown, they said. C’mon, get real. Nobody will walk more than two blocks anywhere, especially not around downtown late at night. And what happens if the Avalon plans an event for the same night? Or if a hockey event happens on First Friday? The available parking downtown is pretty much already being used most of the time.

 

So long as the county commission refuses to get on the right side of history when it comes to recreational marijuana, I don’t want to hear them whining about budget shortfalls and tax increases.

 

If Colorado Parks and Wildlife wants to increase the number of deer, perhaps they should eliminate the number of hunters, or as they like to say, “harvesters.” I have yet to see a cougar or a bear with a deer above the mantel.

 

Thank you, Maestro Latshaw and the Grand Junction Symphony and guest vocalists, for a delightful evening of holiday music at the Avalon. The theater and symphony are two of the very best things in this community.

 

Hi Cory, Debbie and all you other wonderful folks who came to my rescue when I fell in front of Kohl’s on Sunday, Dec. 12. You kept me warm, calm and distracted from my situation. Kohl’s brought me a blanket to keep me warm while I was laying on the ground. Debbie and Cory held my hands, and everyone else who came by offered help. I went to the ER and got stitched up and was able to come home that evening with no lingering effects. I’ve been in love with Grand Junction since I first laid eyes on it in 1997 and so far I’ve seen nothing to change my mind. From the bottom of my heart, thanks to you all. I hope your holidays are super and you have a wonderful new year.

 

To the person who thinks that goose and duck hunters should take their disruptive noise elsewhere because they are unable to get to sleep: I have to ask, who was there first and why would you move near those activities if they bother you? The hunters have been hunting there for 100-plus years, but people like you move into these areas and want others to change to your needs. That’s like moving next to a busy highway and then complaining about the highway traffic noise.

 

I had the pleasure of attending the Palisade High School winter concert this week. All the students were wonderful. A great concert. There was a young man who played the kettle drums. He was so good, it was great to see how much he loved what he was doing and how he really got into the music. Kudos to all the students and the teachers for a job well done. Can’t wait until next year.

 

Shame on you, Montrose. I just watched 36 cars speed through a downtown crosswalk at Cascade and Main Street while two little girls around 11 and 9 years old, walking home from school, waited for cars to stop so they could cross. They looked frightened as they held hands and stepped out and then back when cars did not slow down. Not one car stopped. I hear that citizens of Montrose are nice people. Really?

 

A big thank you to the compassionate woman who fended off the two aggressive dogs on 29 Road and the Colorado River on Wednesday. Your action allowed my dog and me to escape them. Without your help our day may have turned out very differently. Thank you for stepping in and helping.


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