You Said It, Jan. 8, 2017

There goes the neighborhood. Palisade’s new Cameo shooting range in De Beque Canyon will be located just downriver from Island Acres State Park. While “organizers hope to attract 50,000 visitors a year” — shooting a formidable array of weapons — it’s pertinent to wonder how the many state park campers and other visitors will react to the incessant gunfire racket reverberating off the canyon walls. As for myself, I’ve often enjoyed walking with my dog and the good fishing at Island Acres. And what about the pair of bald eagles getting ready to nest just around the river bend up from the firing range? Contrary to apparent popular belief around here, the sound of gunfire isn’t music to everyone’s ears.

I would like to thank the person who paid for my meal at IHOP on Christmas Day at 11 a.m. I will pay it forward and help someone else. I was alone again on Christmas. Your kindness made my day.
    Trump’s promise to relax regulations on drilling on federal land won’t be putting energy workers back to work. Regulations have nothing to do with this energy bust. Commodity boom and busts are driven by supply and demand (i.e. price), not regulations. An energy-reliant Mesa County should know better by now.

I’m sending my sincere appreciation and thanks to the talented instructors and organizers of the innovative senior learning program, New Dimensions. Both my husband and I have thoroughly enjoyed the variety of classes we have taken since the program’s inception in 2015. We are looking forward to the next term.


The Board of Education is thinking about a tax increase. Often, when reading stories related to District 51, I find myself baffled by some of the titles referenced. There does seem to be a lot of executive directors. I would like to see a table of organization with brief job explanations so that we can determine if this is an effectively managed, right-sized organization before we put a lot more money into it.


Is there no one who can fix the streetlights on Redlands Parkway? How about a consultant from Montrose? Theirs are working.


A big note of thanks to the construction crews and flaggers who worked on Highway 340. It took months of working on sidewalks, some widening and paving, turn lanes, bike lanes, etc. But it is now much safer and a pleasure to drive on. Also, Highway 50 on Orchard Mesa and over the Fifth Street bridge is a big improvement. Thanks again.


Wow, what an amazing Christmas light display on Partridge Court. I know it took many manpower hours to put together for all of us to enjoy this holiday season. It certainly brightens all our hearts to see what you have shared with us. Thank you so much. This guy has done an awesome job for many years now and I want to tell him how much we all appreciate his sharing. If you haven’t been by this display at night, you have missed out. Go see it.


To Marvin, who helped me and my dogs when we had car trouble on Dec. 28, thank you. If anybody knows Marvin, could you please ask him to look in his truck for my lost wallet? Has my dad’s WWII dog tag attached.


I have been reading The Daily Sentinel for over 20 years and have enjoyed the progression from small-town newspaper to award-winning journalism. There is one thing that has always bothered me and I finally have to comment. In the Dec. 30 paper on page 3A, there is yet another picture of a young person riding a bike (this one upside down) without a helmet. Please support wearing helmets.


Since this seems to be the place to thank people who have bought someone a meal, although I wasn’t myself a recipient, I wish to thank Wienerschnitzel and the VFW for providing meals to those in need on Christmas Day. Numerous organizations feed those who are less fortunate during the holidays right up through Christmas Eve, and we should all be grateful they do, but it is quite different for an organization to open their doors on Christmas Day itself. I’m impressed, since that to me is a reflection of the true spirit of Christmas: To give up some of your time on such a holiday and spend it helping others. May God bless you.


Why can’t dog owners be responsible? Many don’t clean up the poop after their dogs. In the Brookwillow subdivision, there is so much dog doo-doo around that I’m surprised the children playing in the green areas don’t track it into their homes. Keep it in your own enclosed area. If you don’t want to clean up after your dog, you don’t deserve to be a dog owner. Simple as that.


Leaving Walmart the other day, I spotted a ticket under my windshield wiper. I thought, “Now what have I done?” Some kind soul had written “Thank you for your service to our country” when they noticed our Purple Heart license plate. Made my day.


To those of you who are still struggling with the closure of the Life Center pool, don’t forget about the Orchard Mesa pool. Contrary to public opinion, the water temperature is 84 degrees, the surroundings are lovely, aerobic classes are uncrowded, lap lanes are always available in the morning and at lunch time. There is a hot tub, lifeguards are on duty, the locker rooms are clean and the rates are good, especially if you are over 65. Also, you will be supporting our city. Give it a try, it is worth the drive.


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