You Said It: Feb. 23, 2014

School District 51 is hiring security officers who can’t arrest, may know nothing of schools, but will carry a gun? What’s the point? Why not hire another school resource officer from the police department or sheriff’s office? How are powerless, part-time security officers better than part-time, fully empowered law enforcement officers? Schools don’t need “a presence,” they need police. Often.

Three questions: Now that the taxpayer is paying Jared Wright a good salary, has he made any attempt to pay back the hardworking taxpayers that were left holding his debts from his bankruptcy? 2. Has he learned the difference between being on-duty and off-duty? 3. Out of all the people in our district with high moral values and integrity, is he really the best man the Republican Party can come up with to represent us?


A big thank you to the two beautiful ladies for buying my lunch at Las Marias on Valentine’s Day. It also was my 42nd anniversary of my 39th birthday.


Went to see the Grand Junction Senior Recreation Center to see if it might be a fun place for my wife and I to dance or enjoy activities there. Why can’t Grand Junction upgrade it? Absolutely awful inside, like an old nursing home. Great disappointment. Sad that this town can’t make a decent center to enjoy.


Hopefully the litterbug who throws mini liquor bottles out his or her vehicle window on 26 1/2 Road between H and I roads will get help soon. Their drinking problem and poor environmental habits yielded at least 60 mini bottles that I picked up on Saturday, mostly of the same brand. Perhaps GJPD should consider having a field day making DUI arrests on 26 1/2 Road. It’s about time this kind of trashing of our valley comes to a complete halt.


A big thanks to Rick Enstrom for sending the toffee to those who would appreciate it. And, in defense of Rose Pugliese, when she ran and lost in her first election, we were late with our support of her. Our check arrived one day after her election loss. Imagine our surprise when we received our uncashed check a week later with a note that stated she was returning it since she lost the election. I wish we had more honest and caring people in politics.


I can’t believe what I just heard — a third-year college student at CMU actually said there needed to be classes given to students about the hazards of drinking. How did these students ever make it to college and not have a brain to think these things through or have common sense?


As new residents of Grand Junction, we were wondering if anyone could tell us why gas prices are higher here than so many other areas of the state?


The business community should be careful when reporting that flatline progress in the economy is the new “up.” The medical community has always referred to the flatline term as being dead. That is more of a downer than an upper.


Hey, you kooky college students. That button for the crosswalk lights on 12th Street is not a protective shield. You have your noise-cancelling headphones on and you are texting while walking, try looking left and right as well. The life you save may be your own.


I was shopping at City Market on 24 Road Tuesday evening. I was looking at Valentine’s cards and began to cry. A young woman and her son were also looking at cards and asked me if she were in my way. I explained that my husband died a few months ago and the cards brought up a lot of emotion for me. She expressed her condolences and we said goodbye. I continued shopping. This same young woman came up to me, bought me an arrangement of flowers and said she hoped this made Valentine’s Day a little brighter. As I was leaving the store, the Girl Scouts selling cookies commented on my pretty flowers. I told them the story and left the store. As I was putting the groceries away, a Girl Scout came up to me, handed me a box of cookies and wished me a good day. Two wonderful acts of kindness that have brought me great joy. Good people are alive and well in Grand Junction.


How can each TV station claim to have the number one newscast in the Grand Valley?


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