You Said It, Feb. 12, 2017

I feel horrible for Junior Bueno’s family. They need to grieve, just as I grieved during the many losses in my life. But I don’t agree that they need a memorial in a public place. I also don’t agree with the memorials that dot the roadsides and highways. Letting go of that physical place does not mean you’re letting go of your memories, your love. Let the space go and keep Junior in your heart.

I read about the family who demanded a permanent memorial be made out of a parking spot in honor of the teen who committed suicide. To which I ask: When does it end? With thousands of suicides, murders, overdoses and traffic fatalities each year in Colorado it is ridiculous to think that you can or should create a memorial, temporary or permanent, at each place of passing. All lives are important, and some are tragically cut short, but you should hold them close in your heart and memorialize them in how you carry on and live your life after they are gone, not because of a roadside creation or in this case their own special parking spot.

 

If a vagrant has the ability to haul in and stuff a culvert with 3.37 tons of trash, they should be capable of helping clean it up. If the officer knew the person why didn’t he hand him a garbage sack and tell that person to get to work and save the city $2,000? I thought there are laws against littering and unauthorized dumping? Or are vagrants exempt?

 

I have a question for the Mesa County GOP vice chairman who was quoted in the paper describing Islam as an “extremely violent religion”: Have you read the Bible lately? Ever? Talk about violence — murder, assault, human sacrifice, torture, genocide and on and on.

 

I would like to thank the administration at Taylor Elementary for always putting kids first despite some loud parents who are caught up in their own drama.

 

Boo to the three bully parents at Taylor Elementary, you don’t speak for us. We love our school and we love the administrator. Shame on you!

 

I was glad to see that District 51 staff attended the chamber banquet and supports an organization that benefits our students.

 

Quoting Cory Gardner spokesperson Megan Taylor in the Wednesday Sentinel, “Senator Gardner carefully considers whomever is nominated for a Cabinet position on their merits and their merits alone.” I fail to see any of Betsy DeVos’ merits. She has absolutely NO public school experience as a teacher or administrator. It’s very obvious the nearly $49,000 contribution to the Gardner campaign are the “merits” Megan speaks of.

 

$enator Cory Gardner $ays that over $4,000 in donation$ from Bet$y DeVo$ to hi$ own campaign had nothing to do with hi$ $upport for M$. DeVo$ being confirmed as $ecretary of education. I gue$$ we’ll ju$t have to take him at hi$ word and not que$tion hi$ hone$sty, ethic$ and $incere love for the U$A. Be$t democracy money can buy?

 

Kudos to Anna Stout and the staff and volunteers of Roice-Hurst who, as caring and passionate individuals, better the lives of animals and the wonderful people who provide them with forever homes. As a volunteer for the organization, I am honored to be part of this lofty mission.

 

I want the city to build the rec center. I want my exercise free. While we’re at it, how about a community restaurant? Free food. Gas station? I’m entitled.

 

I don’t understand the comments about a recreation center instead of an event center. Why one instead of the other? Both are great. One brings activities to town and economic development, which we need. The other is a great place for a swim or a work out. We need both. Why settle for just one?

 

People who want to increase taxes do not realize those of us on limited incomes cannot afford any increases. A dollar here and three dollars there from all those seeking money adds up. Please think about seniors.

 

I was lukewarm on the events center until I attended a presentation for the proposal. It’s not about a rec center versus an events center — two totally different issues, mostly due to funding sources. And it’s not about “just hockey.” There are many positive issues, and more to come. Looking at the big picture, I think it’s the right thing to do!

 

This past weekend I was out to dinner with friends. When I returned home there were several police cars and my out-of-town house guest was having a discussion with the officers about an incident that was called in by neighbors. I want to compliment the officers on how well they handled the situation. We in Grand Junction should be very proud of their professionalism.

 

My husband left his black leather jacket with a blue embroidered emblem of an excavator on it in the booth at The Egg and I two weeks ago. We have called and called to no avail. They do not know what happened to it. It was the only place we went that day. We know it was left there. It was a retirement gift from his son and very special to him. We would plead with the person who took his jacket to return it to the manager of The Egg and I so we can retrieve it. If you need a coat, we would be happy to give you one. But this one is very special to his heart. Please return this to its rightful owner.

 

To whoever paid for my wife’s and my meal at Dos Hombres on Feb. 3: Thank you. We will pass it on.

 

Upon further review, Grand Junction residents are incapable of negotiating roundabouts.


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