You Said It, July 14, 2013

Once again, the rules are for “the other people” here in Happy Valley. There was a very sound and somber reason for the ban on personal fireworks this year, but countless Orchard Mesa morons flaunted the law and ignited airborne incendiary devices on the Fourth of July. Whatever happened to a “neighborhood watch” system? Why did this go on for hours?

We would like to thank the individuals who paid for our breakfast June 29 at IHOP. Be assured we will pay it forward.


I enjoyed seeing a front page story and the photos of the pilot who called TSA for help when he lost radio contact while flying from Delta to Grand Junction. And I disagree with a complaint that this is a non-story. Of course pilots are trained to fly and land a plane by sight only, and of course he could have been given the number to the tower, but it was the TSA agent he reached, and he welcomed a calm voice and might have been reluctant to give him up. A more refreshing story than the gripes and complaints that there is never any positive news in our paper.


What a beautiful new library we now have, but who designed the parking lot? There are not nearly enough parking spaces for staff and users. Way too much concrete and planter boxes outside that make driving in and out interesting. If you have a large SUV or a pickup truck, forget it. What will it be like when there is a special program or event there? Oh well, the inside is nice.


In its infinite wisdom, the Grand Junction City Council votes to approve $3 million worth of lipstick for the Avalon Theater pig, while refusing to approve a $109,000 grant for our homeless shelter. This at a time when we have one of the worst economies in the country, according to the Brookings Institute. Can’t wait to find out what kind of economic stimulus a renovated movie theater will bring. Talk about a lack of leadership!


To the person who hit the gold Avalon in the parking lot of the downtown Alpine Bank building on June 17 — shame on you. I saw what you did and gave your vehicle make, model and license plate number to the owner of that car.


How about printing a list of those 13 “craft brewers” who want the oil and gas industry out of western Colorado so we can avoid buying their beer?


Since our do-nothing Congress will let student loans double, I think Congress should halve their salaries to level the playing field. They were more concerned with their 4th of July holiday than helping students.


As I was reading the You Said It column in Sunday’s paper, it reminded me of something all of our mothers have told us when we were kids. “If you have nothing nice to say, say nothing at all.” It amazes me how negative people are when given a chance to express themselves. What would be wrong with just saying something like, “Good people of the Western Slope, here’s wishing everyone a wonderful day!”


The look of Redlands Parkway is much improved on the river side where the tamarisk have been removed. Now that the tamarisk are dying on the other side of the road, let us hope the scenic beauty is not marred by allowing more industrial development. A smart developer should put in well-designed office spaces and restaurants with patios alongside the ponds. Then, during off-time, the employees could ride or bike on the Connected Lakes trails across the parkway.


Those who say they “forgot” they had a gun in amongst their luggage is a poor excuse for being stupid. If a gun is found, the patron should immediately be removed from the airport by police. If people don’t know it’s illegal to carry a gun onboard a plane, they’ve been living in a cave since 2001.


Kudos to Boy Scout Troop 384 in their diligence and efforts displaying our country’s flag on the appropriate holidays in the South Rim area of the Redlands as well as other areas involved in the program. Many thanks to the scoutmaster and his team!


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