You Said It, July 17, 2016

How disappointing. Our own wildlife employees guilty of poaching a trophy bull elk. Paying $200 in court costs, donating $5,000 to the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, and possibly losing their hunting and fishing privileges for the next five years is merely a slap on the wrist for this crime. How about some jail time so these poachers can reflect upon their actions? How about enforcing the up to $12,000 in fines? Their hunting and fishing privileges should be suspended for life!

Why have the Wildlife Violator Compact if it isn’t enforced? Thad Bingham, Josh Fitzsimmons, Brian Scheer and Barrett Rowles got a slap on the wrist by 9th Judicial District Attorney Sherry Caloia for poaching a trophy elk. Shameful! Sick! The public can only hope that these so-called hunters lose their hunting and fishing privileges for their lifetime. I really do not want my tax dollars to pay salaries to Bingham or Scheer, either. They also need to lose their jobs with the Wildlife Service. What a mockery!

One must hope the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service considers poaching grounds for termination of employment.


Barbecue smells good. Mr. Francese’s unwarranted whining does not.


Those playing Pokemon Go should be very careful in their zeal to capture animated creatures that they don’t capture a Darwin Award instead.


Now that the Horizon Drive project is nearing completion as the primary entrance to the city, it is time to address the need for the city and the businesses to step up and keep Horizon Drive from one end to the other free from trash. In the past the city has only swept Horizon Drive once a month. Shameful because bottles, cans, paper bags, drink cups and other garbage have been scattered on the street, leaving a negative impression for tourists and locals alike. It is long overdue for the city to make it a priority to keep Horizon Drive clean and welcoming. Also, why don’t the Horizon Drive businesses get involved and pick up trash when they see it in their front yards? Take pride rather than think it is someone else’s problem.


So now we have horses in the middle of the roundabout on Horizon. Looks like just another distraction for those who still don’t know how to drive around one of these.

To the person who thinks we are electing “backward-thinking conservative farmers:” That’s the typical arrogant and pseudo-intellectual comment we expect from the left. I’m betting you moved here from a place that you and your ilk have already ruined. You can keep the “progress” that your ideology has instilled, like in California and most metro areas. If you really cared about the progress of the Grand Valley you would stop trying to block the industries that fuel this area. The valley could use more conservative farmers and less liberal transplants, if you ask me.


Why did the city have to chipseal 12th Street north of Patterson when it had a perfectly fine paved surface? And who will clean up the littered sidewalks of thousands of little loose stones? The money could have gone toward paving First and Seventh streets. And why pave Redlands Parkway south of Highway 340, which was also fine, instead of putting that money toward paving Broadway west of that intersection? Why? Why? Why?


28 Road north of Patterson needs help badly. It has been patched, patched and patched for years. How about some resurfacing? 28 Road is a disgrace and it’s very embarrassing to those who live in the area.


Glad to hear the commissioners are tackling another tough issue — entry signs to Mesa County. Interesting that some folks in the county feel left out with the current slogan. That slogan resulted from a countywide contest, and was selected as the winner.


The snappiest slogan for the Mesa County line is “Mesa County, Come, Spend Money, Leave.”

To the lovely white house up the hill on Spyglass: Although you seem to be willing to light the way for the weary traveler across the Sante Fe Trail, and faithfully warn the ships at sea of the craggy cliffs below, though you may see yourself as a new star, thrown up into the night sky for all to see, know that those who live around you would rather see the Milky Way, or the moonlight reflecting on the river below us. Please let the darkness fall on the valley as nature always intended.


After attending the downtown farmers market on Thursday, July 7, I was amazed to see a man who appeared to be staffing one of the CMU booths while at the same time taking full advantage of his Colorado open carry rights. I fully appreciate and support that right, but am very surprised that CMU would allow a person to be representing their establishment at a downtown family event with a pistol and two extra magazines strapped to his hip.


I want to thank the adviser at the DMV for using discretion. I came in to renew my ID and referred to the outdated number reading rather than the updated flat screen method (good to know if you haven’t been in a couple years). Though I barely missed my number, she got me right in and taken care of. Great customer service. Thank you, and thanks for those of you that work there and put up with grumpy, unhappy people.


As an avid hiker with dogs I am encountering many very rude people on the hiking trails mostly complaining about dogs being on the trails. You definitely have to wonder about people who do not like dogs or complain about a cute little puppy approaching them. They must have a pretty miserable, lonely life. What has happened to kind and considerate people in this world?


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Forget about the trash and roundabouts on Horizon Drive. What Iis amazing is that after three people have gotten killed in recent years just trying to cross the street, pedestrian safety hasn’t been Job #1 in everyone’s eyes for this stretch of road. Safe crossing for pedestrians should have been assured after the very first death, and the last two should never have happened. It reflects poorly on this community that we put a higher priority on roundabouts and trash than on human life and safety.

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