You Said It, July 21, 2013

The county commissioners should honor the legal contract and fund the agreed-upon county share of the Orchard Mesa Community Pool without further delay. The fact that the county has ignored its obligation, in part or full, several times in recent years is inexcusable. I don’t imagine that Ms. Pugliese, Mr. Justman, or Mr. Acquafresca would ignore non-payment from a business/individual with whom they had a legally binding contract.

Do we all remember Janet Rowland’s campaign of “How Are The Children?” I think the answer to that is “drowning” or “bored” because who the heck cares if they have a pool and swim lessons. The Orchard Mesa Pool is the closest thing GJ has to a year-round rec center. I worry about its future and wish the leadership of the city and county actually gave a damn about the children of the taxpayers.


Again the city is asking residents to conserve water due to lack of rain. Again I ask the city, when building Riverside Parkway, etc., why plant so many trees and shrubbery that “need” to be watered? Many of the trees and shrubs are dying. We do live in the desert.


Does anyone else notice that Mesa Mall waters their grassy areas two to three times each day? Rain or shine, those sprinklers are gushing water — and it usually runs off the grass and across the parking lots. Sometimes there’s so much water I see ducks swimming on the tiny ponds that have formed on the grass. We live in the desert and should all practice water conservation.


I have attended the two concerts put on by the Centennial Band this year and both have been totally ruined by the presence of family pets. Please leave your dogs, cats, mice, etc. at home when attending these fine performances done by a very dedicated group of community volunteers. Both times the evening was trashed by yapping hounds.


There are no stop signs for east and westbound traffic on Colorado Avenue at Third and Sixth streets. Even though I live on Colorado, I go out of my way to avoid these intersections after almost being hit almost everyday. Those signs have been gone for at least a year or more. Same applies for stopping when there is no stop sign. You will cause an accident.


My wife and I absolutely love the music and sound effects at the GJ Rockies games. Especially like the crashing sound used when a foul ball or home run is hit to a parking lot. Keep up the good work.


To the person complaining about sound levels in a theater, really? You go to a movie and complain about the noise. Maybe you should just stay home next time. Why do you think they call it surround-sound?


Sunday morning I woke up to discover someone had taken a baseball bat or a similar tool of destruction to my mailbox. I painted my mailbox red, white and blue because I am a patriot. I am proud to claim a father who fought in World War II. My father recently passed away. I have very little money to replace a mailbox.


Why is it I can get oodles of discounted tickets to see a real Rockies game, but our local merchants are silent in offering us families any incentive to fill the stands? All this talk about buying local is more hot air than heat coming off the desert. Blue Band, say hello to my scissors.


If you’re running on a trail and are passing someone with a dog, I might suggest that you warn them that you are coming from behind. That’s much more productive than barreling past with no warning and then yelling at them to “keep your blanking dog away from me!” That just doesn’t set a good tone for the encounter.


I had just come back into town from vacation when I went to the grocery store on July 4. I tried to use my debit card and had trouble with it several times over. An unknown woman behind me in line offered to purchase my groceries for me. I asked her not to, but she politely insisted that she do so. I thanked her for her kindness and I once again thank you, mystery woman. I will be sure to pay this uncommon courtesy forward the next time I have the chance.


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