You Said It, Jan. 17, 2016

Isn’t it about time the city declared the motel at First Street and White Avenue a public nuisance and ordered the owners to tear it down?

To the naive, misinformed individual comparing the city’s grant to the homeless shelter to individuals giving money directly to panhandlers: Are you kidding me? This must be a joke, right? To think giving to those different things are the same. The shelter uses money to house and actually feed the homeless. Panhandlers take the money to pay for their drugs, booze, or even rent (believe it or not, a lot of panhandlers aren’t homeless, just lazy). There’s a big difference. Please educate yourself. Or, at the very least, please stay out of the polls come Election Day.

 

Thank you, city of Grand Junction, for your wonderful calendars; 2015 had spectacular photography and 2016 is good, too. Our valley is a living postcard.

 

To the person who shoveled all the walks in the Arrowleaf subdivision on Christmas morning, we thank you.

 

Thank you for the great article about Girl Scouts and the event which provided them an opportunity to explore careers. This is a terrific example of the goals of the organization which helps the girls develop leadership skills, confidence and character. Girl Scouts is more than just cookies, although cookies are important as a learning tool which also helps support the program opportunities. (Boy Scouts sell popcorn and Christmas trees for the same reasons.) I would like to see more coverage of the Girl Scouts in action in our valley.

 

For everyone who resents Albertsons holding the Redlands Safeway building hostage: Don’t shop at Albertsons or Safeway. I really liked Albertsons (Safeway is too far away) but no more until something is settled. Saves a lot of time each Wednesday not having to read their ads.


    Force private property owners to rent or sell their building? Where did you immigrate from, Communist Russia? By the way, the vacant Safeway in the Redlands has been for lease for several months. If it made business sense for Trader Joe’s to be here, it would be.

 

We would like to thank all the folks who purchased candy bars and donated money for the Grand Junction Gators Special Olympics basketball team for our fundraiser for traveling to Denver for the Special Olympics state basketball tournament. We use this money to pay for our travel, hotel rooms and food. Thanks to our community’s support, the athletes and their partners can participate in this state event.

 

Thank God for the return of the Mesa Theater. How did we ever make it without acts like “Blaze Ya Dead Homie” coming through town? It must have been a real dark age.

 

Instead of flashing expensive, high-tech, modern LED signs, it would be refreshing to see an insurance company run a simple ad in the newspaper saying, “we promise not to increase your premiums 20 percent a year, year after year after year, just because we can.”

 

Thanks for all the wonderful, artistic nature pictures The Daily Sentinel photographers capture. It really gives me a lift to see all that beauty that God created for us to enjoy. Good job.

 

To the owners of large dogs with small backyards in the Fairway Villas: Tiara Rado Golf Course is not a substitute for a backyard for your dog. Leash laws apply — use them or go to the dog park.

 

A big thank you to the lady who gave my friend and me tickets to the Symphony’s “Broadway by Request” concert. It was greatly appreciated.

 

In the private work sector (also known as the real world) employers are discouraged by labor attorneys to enter into employment contracts. Colorado is an employment-at-will state. The city and county would be wise to take guidance from the private sector and not enter into employment contracts to begin with, thereby saving taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars paying out contracts for employees performing substandard work.

 

Thanks to the snowplow workers last week. What a great job. Not only was the early morning commute made easier for all of us, but you also help those with other jobs. Being a rural carrier for years, I believe last week was the easiest day I have ever had delivering my route. I know it’s not easy getting out at 3 a.m. in the cold to do this, but you did a wonderful job. Thanks again.

 

Thank you, Daily Sentinel, for covering the Maverick Aquatics MAValanche Swim Meet. This meet consists of three days of swimming and high hopes for state qualifying times. The Daily Sentinel covered this event almost every day. These kids work so hard all year-round. They dedicate much time and effort to these swim meets, with generally no recognition from the local media. Great job, Daily Sentinel.

 

I think the best way to deal with TABOR is to repeal the whole thing. It causes nothing but trouble and wastes a lot of time for lawmakers to try and figure out a way around it.

 

Rose Pugliese needs to get off her high horse. Does she not see that the Department of Human Services is in a better place than it has ever been? I believe that this is due to leadership. I don’t personally know Tracey Garchar, but as a community member I do not hear of the travesties and horror stories we used to hear about from our local DHS. It seems to me that he has done a great job at cleaning out the riffraff. She also tries to power over anyone who does not agree with her. That is not right.

 

Thank you to whoever made the three little snowmen on the trail to Devils Kitchen. Very cute, they brought smiles.


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