You Said It, Feb. 28, 2016

Who is the school board kidding? They say the new calendar options are a result of the community and staff input. In reality, almost all staff and community members have requested more summer in August and to end the school year at the end of May. That is what most normal and successful school districts do. They never listen. It has a heavy impact on our community, but they obviously do not care and make up their own minds.

An events center? What are the Avalon and Las Colonias Park for? They just can’t stop spending, can they?


Regarding the news article concerning the misfit of society who shot and killed Sheriff’s Deputy Geer: Hopefully it was a misprint stating that eight of his public defenders appeared for his hearing before Judge Gurley. If, in fact, there are 8 or more, what a travesty of justice. More proof that, in our society today, the perpetrators of horrible crimes receive far more “justice” than the victims.


Colorado can’t find money to pay its bills, be it schools, roads, the list is long. But they find money to pay to have eight public defenders in a Grand Junction courtroom to defend the (accused) killer of Officer Geer. And for good measure, these folks say they may try to get him tried so the max sentence he could receive is three years. Our tax dollars at work.


The human brain is not physically developed until age 25. Tough love is not working — Austin Holzer is the perfect example of that. We need to take the marijuana sales revenue and build free rehab centers. These kids — and just as many adults — need help and need to know they have a place to go, and that there is hope.


I want to thank the young woman who was coming off her shift at the postal annex on Saturday afternoon and took my priority package inside for me. I had just learned my son was down with the flu. The package contained OTC meds and chicken soup. The compassion this young person showed to me is a reminder that a large entity can show compassion through the real people who work there. Thank you, and thanks for the hug.


Just witnessed an example of bad parenting at the McDonald’s playground. A much bigger boy deliberately pushed a little girl hard enough that she hit her head on a support pipe and had a huge bump as a result. The mom of the boy told him he should say he’s sorry when he hurts someone, then let him go back to play. She then called him over to give him some ice cream. Talk about teaching a kid how to be a holy terror. If it had been my kid we would have apologized, bought the little girl ice cream and he would have been on his way home, no more play time. It’s never OK to be a jerk.


Not all angels have wings. The one who paid for our dinner at Red Lobster disappeared before we could say thank you. What a wonderful Valentine’s gift. We’ll pay it forward.


Thank you so much to the wonderful and entertaining couple (we later learned your names were Mike and Bonnie) for paying for our meal Friday night at W.W. Peppers. It was such a wonderful and pleasant surprise. We will pay it forward very soon. Enjoy your trip.


I would like to say thank you to the committee for One Book, One Mesa County for all of their work over 12 years finding a good new book each year for us to read and putting together programs each year with panels of interesting people. You have brought well-qualified authors to Mesa County to speak to us. We have been enriched. Thank you.


When will we be large enough? Over the past decade or so the west end of the valley has grown enough that Fruita now has a number of fast-food chain restaurants as well as numerous independent ones, several banks, coffee shops, a bookstore and a seemingly robust downtown business area. A Dairy Queen is supposed to open this summer. When are we going to score a Wild Oats, a Sprouts or even a Safeway or Albertsons? Anything that gives those of us who consume groceries a choice other than the single monopolistic one we currently have. If I had a choice, I would exercise it.


How come Walmart didn’t build that store that is near Central High School in Fruita? We really need another decent store where we can buy groceries. Fruita would have been a perfect place. I know I’d have shopped there.


The Grand Junction Regional Center is going to eventually close. Why not move the homeless shelter there? GVT Route 6 meets North Avenue at 29 Road. Reroute the bus down D Road off 29 Road.


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