You Said It, July 2, 2017

We just heard a series of firecrackers go off on this dry, windy night on the South Rim Drive entrance to Connected Lakes. If it’s illegal to light fireworks right now, why isn’t it illegal to sell them?

Shawn Quintana is my new hero. He’s the traffic flagger who has made lemonade out of lemons by coaxing smiles from annoyed drivers. Imagine if we all could find a positive spin for negative situations. Good feelings are contagious, just like irritability is. Let’s all try to look for a good side and take control of our attitudes. Thank you, Daily Sentinel, for the article about him, which reminded me to look for some good in everything!


No wonder the U.S. Postal Service gets a bad rating. I have had a package delivered in a box I can’t get open. The mail carrier couldn’t open it with her master key so she took the key and filed a work order. I tried without success to reach a local number given by the Fruita post office. One week later, after waiting on hold for 53 minutes, I talked to someone somewhere who said they would get back in two to three working days! Of course the shipper thinks I received it, since the post office scanned it as delivered, so they’re home free. What if this were medicine or any number of items that are cooking in this 100-degree weather?


I recently had a battery stolen off of my RV parked in the driveway. Whoever stole it was apparently dumber than a bag of hammers. Do you really think I’m stupid enough to leave a good battery that vulnerable? My only hope is that you got into the mountains before you realized it was totally dead, and your camping buddies really enjoyed making fun of you for stealing a dead battery.


I can appreciate the school district needing money for schools. I would love to support this. However, when you add $5 million for Palisade High School to receive a new gym, I’m out. Palisade is the newest high school in the valley. It was built with two gyms, they just choose to use one of the gyms for other things. It was also built for security to keep the students safe. Take the $5 million and upgrade the other high schools’ security. Since you added Palisade High School to the list, I will not vote yes.


The Mesa County Library is thriving. The Montrose library is literally disappearing with huge staff cuts, several days closed each week, limited Bookmobile stops — all due to inadequate funding. Mesa County seems to be thriving and Montrose is still stagnant. Is there a correlation? Libraries are a good indicator of the health of a community. Professionals with children, like doctors, leave communities that don’t support important institutions like libraries and schools. Come on, citizens of Montrose! Contact the county commissioners and City Council members and ask them to make saving our library a priority.


To the unidentified lady seated adjacent to us on June 14 at the Horizon Drive Village Inn who graciously paid for our breakfast, thank you, and the surprise was passed on to another couple by us immediately following. 


What’s up, Parachute? Your welcome center (and restrooms) has been under construction for six months now. That’s not very welcoming.


When is the foster care program for children going to be revamped seriously for a change of the better for everyone concerned?


Thank you, County Clerk Sheila Reiner for ensuring that all departments that you are responsible for operate within the reduced budget that has been given her by our county commissioners. We need more public employees like her.


People, texting and driving is hazardous to “my” health.


Really nice crowd at Farmers Market on Thursday. Nice to see boarders and bikers walking their boards and bikes. Too bad the mounted Grand Junction police officers chose to ride their bikes through the crowd.


I was happy to read the comment last week about the kindness shown by the maintenance man at Primary Care Partners. Perhaps if he is made aware that his 7 a.m. grass cutting on Thursdays and his 6:30 to 6:45 a.m. leaf blowing on Sundays disturbs his neighbors (many senior women), he will show us equal consideration and compassion.


Wednesday night, there was a rotten egg smell out on Orchard Mesa that lasted into the next morning. We had to shut off our swamp cooler because it was so bad! Where is this smell coming from? The river is still moving rapidly, so there shouldn’t be a standing water smell. Help get rid of this sulfur-like odor, please.


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