You Said It, July 11, 2016

I am so grateful, in relation to the Dallas police shootings, that our community has shown continued support for our law officers. Even though it was a couple months ago that we lost an officer, people still have the blue stripes and ribbons on their cars for our fallen officer. Thank you, Grand Junction, for supporting our law enforcement! It is so important to support these people who risk their lives for ours.

Glad to see the article about Enoch Lake. What a mess it has become. Took the family up there last year and quickly decided it wasn’t a family friendly place. It looks like the city dump, and the people obviously living there did not make us feel welcome. Enoch Lake used to be a pretty place.

 

Wow, what a wonderful fireworks display the city of Grand Junction put on. Thanks! On the other hand, what a mess the watchers left in Eagle Rim Park. There was even a full-size kettle BBQ cooker left for the park workers to haul away. What does this teach the kids that were there — that you can leave your trash and someone else will pick up after you?

 

Today is Friday, July 8. July 4 was last Monday, and every night I still hear fireworks. The last two nights, the noise didn’t start until after 10 p.m. If law enforcement can’t enforce the ban on fireworks that “go up,” and enforce the noise ordinance, maybe it’s time to ban fireworks altogether in Mesa County. I know that my dogs would appreciate it, and I would sure sleep better.

 

When are the Fruita police going to patrol and ticket people setting off aerial fireworks? They are illegal in the state of Colorado. It sounds like a war zone for three to five days before the Fourth of July and any other holiday there is. The area north of Ottley and Comstock subdivisions are horrible.

 

I really get irritated when I read that people are complaining about the fireworks after the baseball games and especially the 4th of July, our country’s birthday. No doubt no one is around to celebrate your birthday and that is why you have a sour outlook on any celebration. I’m a transplant from Southern California and you remind me of the whiners that purchased houses by the Los Angeles Airport and then complained about the noise. Best thing to do is to find a country where people don’t celebrate anything and move there.

A small group of bicyclists are not satisfied that a one mile stretch of Colorado Highway 340 will be widened with taxpayer dollars to standard shoulder width. They want the county and city to kick in to help fund a bike lane instead? When have you ever seen a cyclist on the Redlands using a bike lane or riding inside the fog line? They don’t. They use the traffic lane, sometimes riding double wide, forcing traffic to creep along at a crawl. It is not uncommon to be flipped the bird when attempting to pass them safely. Pay attention, Redlands residents! There are miles on the Colorado National Monument bike loop that don’t have a bike lane. Is that what you want through your front yard? What will the cyclists want next? Unused bike lanes on the Palisade and East Orchard Mesa Fruit and Wine Byway loops?

 

I am retired from the U.S. Air Force and have been going to the Grand Junction VA Medical Center for 34 years. I have received nothing but the best of care there. I give the Grand Junction Medical Center 5 stars.

 

To the woman on the mountain bike with the four dogs on 27 1/4 Road on July 4: I saw you ride behind the hill just in front of me but didn’t see your two black dogs until they were on top of us. My dog was just behind me and was lying in the trail not showing any aggression to your dogs until they attacked him. I ran waving and hollering at them and finally had to kick one of them to get them off of him. There is no way that you didn’t hear this. After checking my dog and rounding up your old yellow lab, I walked to the top of the hill to see where you were and you had headed the other way. I had to call and walk your dog toward you until he finally noticed where you were. No concern for me or the injury to my dog. If you can’t show any more concern for others or control your dogs, they have no place in public.

 

Smarten up, all you “good drivers” out there. Roundabouts are here to stay and a few of us like them, but we would all be better served while driving them if you would take the effort to activate your brain and left arm and use turn signals to indicate your intentions. Waiting to access a roundabout while a car approaches from the left, only to have the unthinking driver turn on the prior exit, likely delays overall operations by a good 25 percent. Be smart and courteous and all drivers will benefit.

 

Let’s see now. The new marker is inside Colorado and hidden by the “Welcome to Colorado” sign as you enter Colorado. Did someone give away 15 feet of Colorado by placing the sign “inside” the border? Hey, what can you expect? McInnis was the lead on this fiasco.

 

Thank you so much to the nice young lady who helped me get two 25-pound bags of Sheep and Peat into a grocery cart at the Clifton City Market on July 1.


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