You Said It, Feb. 14, 2016

Anyone who has to wear a bulletproof vest and a gun strapped to their hip just to go to work is a true hero.

If a 17-year-old can carry a gun and willingly shoot anyone, especially a peace officer, he should definitely be prosecuted as an adult and given the death penalty. He obviously had something in mind or would not have been carrying a gun. Why wasn’t he in school?

 

I am angry and heartbroken over the loss of our deputy. If the shooter is a “boy,” where were his parents and whose gun did he use? They are responsible and should be held accountable.

 

Really? You put a large picture of Holzer on the front page of the paper and a small picture of Deputy Geer, whose life was taken protecting our community. Quit glorifying the bad guy. Shame on you.

 

My dogs and I live in west Fruita and would like to thank the Snow Fairy who shoveled our driveway and walks early in the morning on Feb. 1. What a mouth-dropping surprise to be ready to head out to shovel snow, only to look out the window and see that some good person had already done the job. Wow. Thank you so very much for your random act of kindness. It was much appreciated.

 

Oh my, Walmart forgot to notify everyone it was pet play day at their store on North Avenue. People are bringing in therapy dogs and companion snakes, and a lady brought in two big, black labs and she could hardly control them. Next time, I will bring in my pet monkey and miniature donkey so we can all have a pet play day at Walmart. Yeah.

From pulling all-nighters to spending holidays away from the warmth of your families, you snow plowers are to be commended. The sacrifices you make to ensure the community’s safety do not go unnoticed or unappreciated. Deep respect and gratitude to each and every one of you.

 

To the person driving the tan SUV who plowed into my fence on this last Monday night on 29 Road, I am looking for you and checking with the body shops to see if I can find you that way. It’s too bad you are not a decent human being. Leaving the scene of an accident is a big ticket.

 

After 30 years, we bought a new car. With only 3,000 miles on it, some cretin has done a “hit and run,” denting our left front wheel well and leaving long scratches. Obviously can’t drive and a jerk of the first order.

 

I believe Krystyn Hartman is delusional if she thinks the downturn in the economy caused the demise of the Grand Valley Magazine. The shoddy, propaganda piece regarding Elizabeth Tice put the nail in the coffin. No respectable business wants to be associated with journalistic trash.

 

We pay restaurant bills for people who don’t need it, yet we begrudge the homeless (who might otherwise freeze to death outside) a square meal and warm shelter. We want to drive homeless people from a park, which is far from any children. Shame on us. This town has a mean streak a mile wide.

 

You recently ran a story about several horses that were found wandering away from a pasture at 26 Road and Patterson. I wonder if they escaped their enclosure because they were so miserable. I live nearby and see these horses grazing outdoors day after day in the frigid weather, some with blankets on, most without. I can’t believe this is a healthy or pleasant environment for them, and wonder if their owner can conjure up enough compassion to keep them inside when the temperatures dive to below zero. I consider their present circumstances a perfect example of animal abuse.

 

We law-abiding citizens, who pay property taxes in this county, are getting tired of law enforcement not doing their job in enforcing the firework laws. Some could say that it’s OK because it’s a Super Bowl win, but it gets worse every holiday or event. Our small children, pets and livestock get spooked because of these most likely drunk and stoned individuals. Every one of them should be cited and have their name put in the newspaper police blotter for all to see. Right now, I’ll bet no one gets cited for it. Only that way will this problem be solved. Otherwise it’s just going to continue to get worse.

 

On Sunday, my husband and I had lunch at Red Lobster. A gentleman approached, put two $20 bills on our table and said, “I want to pay for your lunch.” We were so stunned and barely got to say “thank you” as he walked on. (I thought things like that only happen to other people). I would like him to know that we added $60 and sent it to The House in appreciation that those young people have warm beds to sleep in and are being cared for.

 

I am glad the big game is over. It was anything but super. The halftime show was not up to par and the commercials were terrible.

 

My wife and I had breakfast at Denny’s on Feb. 7. After we had ordered and were eating, the waiter came and said our meals were paid for. The waiter then came back with a note that said, “I admire the years of love you two have obviously shared. Truly something to aspire to. Have a great day.” We thank you very much, whoever you are, and will pay it forward.

 

My gratitude goes to the generous couple who paid for my lunch on Jan. 21 at Village Inn on Horizon Drive. Thank you very much.


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