You Said It, Feb. 19, 2017

The First Street reconstruction is welcome news. I have lived in Grand Junction for 32 years and this is the first upgrade to First Street in my memory (besides Hillcrest). I think the city got its money’s worth. I hope residents will support increased street maintenance. It benefits everyone, and it can’t be outsourced.

Please sue Sen. Scott for his libelous remarks regarding your publication. We need to stop the slander and the real Fake News.


When Sen. Ray Scott tweeted that The Daily Sentinel is “very liberal” and ran a “fake news story” about him, Jay Seaton, owner of the paper, responded with a lengthy “Commentary” denying ever publishing “fake news” in The Daily Sentinel but no denial of its being “very liberal.” Interestingly, that same Sunday, out of eight letters to the editor, six were from liberals. Oops.


I, for one, hope The Daily Sentinel sues Ray Scott for his libelous statement that the Sentinel was reporting “fake news” when it was clearly reporting exactly what happened. As reported, Mr. Scott canceled a meeting by a subcommittee which he chairs regarding SB40 which would amend CORA to make it less burdensome for citizens to obtain government documents.


It would be helpful if District 51 could let us know how many layers of management there are in the district. What are “executive staff?” Does that exclude principals? What are the functions of a lot of the titles that we see mentioned in the newspaper? Most people have some idea of what a “teacher” does, but a lot of the other titles are fairly foreign to a lot of people. I think (and I hope) people are generally predisposed to support education. But I also think that people approach their spending intelligently and prudently. It would help greatly if taxpayers could be better educated by District 51 as to what exactly we are being asked to fund.


Please, people. Don’t be stupid humans. Sure do hope you got a good snapshot of the bald eagle roosting above the Colorado River last weekend before you waddled over the guardrail and scared her away. She hasn’t been back to the day-roost tree since you ran her off. Why can’t you appreciate wildlife from a respectable distance? Maybe Parks and Wildlife will run your license plate number and file charges against you for harassment of a protected species. Cameras work both ways.


I would like to thank the wonderful person that turned my billfold in at the Rimrock Walmart on Saturday. Thank you so much. I will pay it forward.


Everyone, the Colorado Riverfront trail through Grand Junction is a gem. However, I must note that it is a multi-use trail paid for with public funds, and there are some rules and guidelines for its use. So please don’t walk down the middle of the trail with your four dogs or ride your bicycles three abreast. For everyone’s safety and enjoyment, walk or ride in a straight line, stay to the right except when passing and please make your cellphone calls somewhere else. Thank you.


Let me start by thanking the Nordic Council and the Forest Service for providing a superior and spectacular Nordic skiing venue for the outdoor-loving public. Most users know that skiers with dogs customarily use County Line and those wanting a dog-free experience use Skyline. This has worked well for some time, but a lack of signage may explain any infractions of that custom. Please give us a chance to do the right thing before banning us from our public lands. Signage in the trail head area would help educate us in what is expected of us, I believe. Thank you.


There was a recent opinion piece promoting a new event center that seemed to put down the idea of attracting retirees to the valley. In order to be successful, a competitive event center will be very expensive to build, maintain, keep up to date, operate, market and promote. Making wise, smaller investments to improve internet access, recreational opportunities and traffic solutions, and supporting Colorado Mesa University will improve the quality of life for all current residents, attract new businesses and retirees — a large, growing demographic with a considerable amount of discretionary income. 


Please explain why we cannot have a rec center.


I hope voters throughout the city will join me in thanking forward-thinking City Council members like Duncan McArthur and Marty Chazen for voting in favor of the sales tax increase question for the $62 million event center. It’s nice to see them put their rhetoric aside long enough to advance the project.


To the person or persons who stole the bistro set off our porch on Orchard Avenue: Hope you had fun. It was my mother’s, who passed away a few years ago. It was the only thing I had from her. It meant the world to me. If you feel in your heart to return it, I would really appreciate it. Please return it. No questions asked. I just really want it back.


Many Glade Park residents have to pay to get our mail at a downtown post office box because the postmaster would make us drive an extra 1,500-2,000 miles per year out of our way. Now the post office lobby is closed half the week including all day Sunday, making it even harder to get our mail. Fire the postmaster.


On Feb. 9, my husband, our dog, a customer and an employee, Terry at Coronado Plaza in Clifton, helped me through a very tough physical problem. Don’t ever say Grand Junction people aren’t kind and helpful. God bless you all, I’m so thankful for your help.


To the person who paid for an old man’s rib lunch at Rib City last week, I thank you very much. You are very kind.


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