You Said It, Dec. 2, 2012

How do I know the War on Christmas is real? I saw a troop surge Black Friday at Mesa Mall.

I want to thank the person or persons who paid for this old man’s supper at Red Lobster on Nov. 24. What a great surprise that I will not forget. Of course, I will gladly pay for someone’s food. Thanks again — may God be with you.

 

When did cemeteries become a place to walk your dog? I was visiting my parents’ grave the other day when I noticed people walking their dogs in the cemetery. I had the unfortunate experience of watching as one of the dogs went over to a grave that someone had placed flowers on, raised its leg, and peed on them. Would they have liked having their loved ones’ grave disrespected like this? Is no place sacred anymore?

 

Thank you so much for spotlighting the need for more Fruita residents to take advantage of free recycling. I’m a bit jealous, for I live in Grand Junction and my apartment complex does not have recycling bins (a situation I hope to help rectify). So, for now, I put all my recycling items in large bags and tote them periodically to the university, which has bins throughout the campus (kudos to CMU). I sometimes get a bit of good-natured teasing from students (“There goes the bag lady!”), but it’s well worth the effort.

 

Thanks to the thoughtful person who took my prescription glasses into City Market when they found them in the parking lot. I am very thankful for your taking the time and know you are a great person.

 

I am one of the people flying the U.S. flag at half-staff and it is not out of disrespect for the flag or this country. Flying the flag at half-staff is a symbol of respect, mourning and/or distress. I am feeling all three for this country due to the way the current administration has been and continues to change the basic beliefs and tenets of our country’s Constitution. I plan to continue flying the flag at half-staff until this country’s citizens and leaders return to respecting the values and laws that the founding fathers fought to establish.

 

Welcome to Grand Junction, where it’s a more of a crime not to pay for parking than it is to smoke marijuana. I notice the police have time to ticket cars, just not enforce drug laws.

So the school board and District 51 mail out fliers to all parents of District 51 kids warning them of the dire consequences of smoking marijuana. Does anyone see the irony in the many dollars spent on mailing out these pamphlets vs. putting that money to better use in our children’s classrooms?  Most of those fliers will wind up in a trash can, unread.

 

Instead of premature discussions with the district attorney’s office about pot shops, Steve and the new county commissioners should be talking to the local school district. After all, the district will be the one to benefit financially, not the county.

 

Wow! There are still good people in the world. We want to thank the good people who paid for our dinner at Village Inn. Bless you.

 

I complained about the neighborhood dog and her barking to animal services. I received a letter saying I had to video and audio this dog for 30 minutes. This means I would have to buy a machine that will do this. In the old days, the dog catcher would come to the property and watch the dog.

 

Just a reminder to everyone out there. Please don’t forget about tipping your to-go and catering people this holiday season. We are out there serving you when you can’t make it to the restaurant.

 

To the woman driving the silver Xterra over Redlands Parkway into the Redlands on Tuesday night: I was not even near following you too closely. You hanging out your window and waving at me to back off like a mad woman and hitting your brakes was far more dangerous, even if I had been.

 

My husband is a U.S. Marine Vietnam veteran. On Veterans Day, he and I went to lunch at Village Inn on North Avenue. Before we were done with our meal, a young man with two little kids and wife picked up our ticket and thanked my husband for his service and paid for our meal. He also paid for another veteran who was there for lunch. We want to thank this young man and his family for their generosity.


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