You Said It, Jan. 24, 2016

Talk about “between a rock and a hard place.” District 51 schools can’t seem to win. As a public entity, providing information about community activities for kids is a service through Peachjar greatly appreciated by students, parents and community. Thankfully, they do not discriminate the information, providing access to Girl Scouts, 4-H, art competitions, after-school church events, etc. If the Western Colorado Atheists and Freethinkers want to advertise an event for families, they have equal access to the forum.

The recent outcry over the legal email put out by the school district prompted me to wonder, which would be worse for our nation’s young women: persecution for being a Christian or living under Sharia law? Merely a thought.


So, if the school board has dropped intercession during the two weeks of spring break (which is the main reason it was switched to two weeks), why don’t they re-adopt the calendar for the next school year? This year, the kids get out on May 19 and that is ridiculous. Why not extend the school year and start later in August, which is way more convenient for all people involved. It has ruined many summer businesses and opportunities for students’ employment. Wake up, people.


I went to the Carmike movie theater on Jan. 16 at 1 p.m. Unfortunately, a coughing, hacking lady did so also. Not only did she drown out most of the dialogue, but she spread her foul germs throughout the theater. Come on, please have some consideration for others and stay home if you are sick.


I want to nail weatherproof signs advertising my business on local telephone posts and highway signs next to the “old motorcycles wanted” posts that keep appearing. This is OK, isn’t it?


A big thank you to The Daily Sentinel and Greg Coffman of Insurance Planning Alternatives. I was about to give Martin Duarte of Premier Signs a check for my sign. Thank you for not letting me become another business owner falling prey to this business and its owner.


After reading the article about Premier Signs and its owner, Martin Duarte, and as a former law enforcement investigator, I have one question for Mr. Coffman and the other business owners who have been injured financially: Why haven’t you gone to the district attorney’s office? The amounts involved here are more than enough for them to investigate this business.


I wonder if the motorcyclist who likes loud pipes for safety reasons also wears bright-colored clothing while riding. I live on a busy street and most of the loud pipes that go by are driven by people wearing black or denim. Not exactly the best way to be noticed. Oh, and I also wonder if a helmet is also included in your safety equipment.


My wife wanted to walk down Main Street the weekend before Christmas. All the stores we went to had signs that read “no public restrooms.” I went to the public restrooms on Fifth Street in the parking lot, opened the door and there were about five homeless guys and two dogs in there sleeping. Are you kidding me? I just slammed the door and we left. I guess I will stick to the malls.


If you found (or your child made it home with) a gold wedding band on Friday, Jan. 22, in the child welfare waiting room on 29 1/2 Road, please return to the child welfare receptionist area. “KAK” are some of the initials on the inside. This ring has tremendous sentimental value. Honesty and good karma go hand in hand.


On the topic of the city declaring abandoned buildings a public nuisance and having them torn down, what about the old restaurant on 15th and North? The place is literally falling apart. And with all the drunks and junkies that hang out there all day, I can’t see how something hasn’t been done already.


Say what you will about acts at Mesa Theater. At least Mesa Theater is not subsidized by taxpayers like the Avalon and Two Rivers.


To the person dissing the newly reopened Mesa Theater for booking rap and hip hop acts: Just because it’s not your type of music doesn’t mean it has no value to others. It’s not my cup of tea, either, but I’m glad it’s open and trying to bring live music to Grand Junction. This town needs all the entertainment we can get. Hold tight. I’m sure the Avalon will be bringing back the Oak Ridge Boys real soon.


To all the people who are upset about the empty Safeway on the Redlands: They may want to visit First and Orchard, where an empty City Market has sat for many years disintegrating. It is quite an eyesore with the plywood-
covered windows. Does it make any sense that City Market is now building a new store only a mile away?


Shame on the Redlands Lions Club for continuing to ignore the Martin Luther King holiday with their flag program. Maybe it’s time to put bigotry aside and honor a great American. This narrow-mindedness keeps many Redlands residents from joining your flag program.


Thank you, Blue Star Construction on 12th Street. We pass by your office and magnificent American flag on the giant flagpole two or three times a week. It is beautiful whether flapping in the wind or slack, waiting for a breeze. Thank you for all of Grand Junction and my fellow veterans.


My hat is off to the CDOT road maintenance crews who work Highway 141 between Whitewater and Gateway. This has been a tough winter season so far, and these folks are doing a great job keeping the driving conditions on the highway as good as possible. Great job, people.


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If the rest of us were as “persecuted” as Christians, we wouldn’t have to pay property or income tax, Congress would change the Pledge of Allegiance to reflect our views, and we could get City Council to host prayers to the Flying Spaghetti Monster at public meetings.

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