You Said It, Feb. 21, 2016

What an experience to sit at home and watch the entire funeral for Deputy Geer. Thank you. The song that was sung was exactly right to honor the family.

From hundreds more of us who have not reached out to the family and law enforcement community personally for one reason or another in the death of Derek Geer: Please know the sadness in our hearts. Imagine if you will as you go by a yard full of trees, thousands of blue ribbons covering those trees, as a salute and measure of respect to his family and to all law enforcement who make up the “thin blue line.” Thank you.


Thank you to the Girl Scouts troops from Holy Catholic Family School for delivering boxes of cookies to the staff at St. Mary’s Emergency Department on Valentine’s Day in honor of Officer Geer. The tragic events have affected us greatly. Your thoughtfulness is so very caring.


We continue to see to see more and more horrible crimes like the killing of Officer Geer and the beating death of an infant in the news. Many of these crimes are committed by people whose minds and judgment have been damaged by drug use. How can we continue to call drug use a victimless crime? How can we continue efforts to spread drug use through legalization?


Studies consistently show that sports arenas are a poor investment for cities. Take a look at St. Louis, as a recent example, a city still paying off bonds for a now-vacant sports arena. While it isn’t a bad idea to take into consideration, given the all-around usage potential of an arena, in the meantime there are much-needed and glaring infrastructure upgrades, such as First Street between Grand and North avenues and better broadband, that should be done now and for a much lower cost.


Why is it that when a city authorizes a study for something like a sports arena, they only report what you could make if it is successful and never what it will cost us if it isn’t? And by the way, what did this study cost?


Remember when the Mesa Mall was a beehive of activity between 6 and 7 a.m. during the week with early morning before-work walkers and dozens of seniors there to get their daily exercise or health walk in and most staying to socialize for several hours? If you do, you must be remembering when we had people-friendly owners and management who thought this was a good thing and encouraged it. Now we have new owners and management who are going out of their way to discourage this from ever happening again with arbitrary decisions and practices and a bad attitude when questioned about it. What a shame.


While reading You Said It, it comes to my attention that people have a lot of things they are unhappy about. I would like to be a breath of fresh air. On Friday the 12th, we were shopping at City Market on Highway 50. As we waited for the lady in front of us to finish the sale, the checker did an amazing thing. The lady could not afford all that she had intended to purchase. After taking a couple items off the woman’s bill, Summer reached into her pocket, pulled out her billfold and paid the remainder of the bill. What a wonderful thing it was to see this young lady bless this woman. Thank you, Summer, for being a bright light for others.


On Monday, Feb. 8, I accidentally left my handbag in a store basket outside the Dollar Tree. Imagine my surprise when I returned home and had a ring at my front door to find a mother with two daughters holding my driver’s license and asking if it was mine. They live in Fruita and I in the Redlands. Needless to say, I was very thankful and grateful for this return. I am so sorry I did not get their names and hope they read this column and know how much they are appreciated for taking the time to find me. Yes, we live in a wonderful town, and I am so very thankful for that.


C’mon folks. Complaints on the fireworks because the Broncos won? We are proud of our team. Complaints because someone was generous enough to buy a couple their dinner? Some of us work hard for a paycheck, which gives us the right to do whatever we like with our money, whether it is to purchase a family their dinner or give to the homeless. Who are you to say what we should do with our money?


I thought Tammy Gemaehlich’s Dear John letter on Valentine’s Day was delightful. She sure has a way with words. I hope if you missed it, you’ll find a Sunday paper and read it in the “Your Town” article. You’ll be glad you did.


Thanks to the barbershop quartet members who sang to my lady this Valentine’s Day. She loved it. For the price of a couple dozen roses, we received a memory to share. Only problem is how to top it next year. Skydive? Cruise? Are there any singing pedicurists out there?


A big thank you to the two wonderful and gracious ladies who were driving by and saw me fall down on my driveway on Dec. 30, 2015, and stopped to help me. You even stayed with me until I was taken to the emergency room. I never got to thank you. I didn’t even get to see you, but I knew you were there with me and knew I needed help. I would like to meet you both so I can thank you in person.


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