You Said It, July 23, 2017

Please visit your neighborhood school. You will see for yourself how antiquated the old schools are and how repair or rebuilding is a must. As a 20-year teaching veteran in District 51, the maintenance departments do wonders with what exists in the buildings. I taught in a small classroom for several years with no closet, no shelves, no cupboards, no ventilation, and 28 desks. It was wall to wall students. Educate yourself about the situation please. Vote yes for the future students of this district.

Schools are the foundation of any stable economy. We have to support our schools if we want to encourage employees and businesses to move to our amazing community.


A sign by Orchard Mesa Middle School states that students “deserve” a new school. What have you done to deserve it? Highest test scores, highest eighth-grade promotion rate? Just exactly what have you done? Look in the museum for a picture of the first schoolhouse in Mesa County, and you will find that the building has little to do with success in school. If you do not have top quality teachers it does not matter if your building is a tent or a monument to wasteful spending.


Hopefully the school district’s mill and bond covers getting rid of the rat infestation at Fruitvale Elementary.


No one has bought us a restaurant meal, but if they do, we’ll donate the meal price to a cause which could improve lives in the Grand Valley — the Democratic Party.


Would somebody please tell the Department of Transportation that patching up U.S. Highway 6&50 between Fruita and Mack is only making the problem worse. Every time they patch it creates a bigger hole. I am not sure why they don’t just pave the bad sections instead of patching. I’m sure it would save money in the long run.


Changing North Avenue to University Boulevard is a stupid idea. Waste of time and money to even discuss it. But since the City Council generally does whatever Tim Foster and CMU ask, it’s probably a done deal.


Let’s not stop the renaming thing with a couple of streets. Rename our city to be Fosterville and our county to be McInnis County.


I have fond memories of driving North Avenue as a teenager. But this iconic street has far outlived its relevance, and it’s time for a change. What a great opportunity for our community and the businesses along North to have the city moving forward with a name change to University Boulevard and showing a good faith commitment to needed improvements. It’s refreshing to see real leadership returning with our City Council.

I love the idea of changing North Avenue to University Boulevard, but the street needs some updating, too. It’s not the most important thing, but we have to start somewhere.


I am in strong favor of changing the street names in Grand Junction. Since Colorado Mesa University is one of the key driving factors helping this community grow, I believe that this is something well deserved. With the CMU 20,000 initiative, there will be more than enough tax dollars brought in to pay for the change. People who are complaining about the cost to make the change should be standing behind the college and the amount of tax revenue they are bringing in.


Thank you for the rays of sunshine in your article, “Stepping Up,” by Kelly Slivka on Sunday, July 16.


Kudos to the staff at Grand Mesa Youth Services Center for their Adventure Club initiative. This is a wonderful effort to give youth with troubled backgrounds and a questionable future confidence in their ability to succeed. If only there were more opportunities for young people to learn that they can change their lives, that they can reach their goals and they can work together toward a common destination. A sincere thanks to Anthony Marah, Autumn Sjölund and center director Cris Matoush for their leadership in this effort.

I absolutely adored the article about the GMYSC Adventure Club. Autumn Sjölund is an amazing woman and a hero in my eyes. Thank you for writing this wonderful article and I hope to see more about this club soon.


Thank you for some positive news. The Youth Services Adventure Club will give those kids an opportunity to hike and work together with staff and peers to get to the top. I pray those experiences will help them succeed when they’re released to the world.


I read the article on the Grand Mesa Youth Services Center Adventure Club and the actions of Autumn Sjölund and her colleagues, and I am very impressed. The efforts that these individuals are making will help turn these kids into valuable citizens. It is always easier to lock them up and walk away. But that bodes ill for the kids’ future and the future of the community. It’s nice to see this extra effort that is sure to pay hefty dividends. More power to them.


As to the complaint that not enough time is allowed for public comment about public lands: I don’t recall any notice of comment before Barack Obama took Bears Ears away from Utah.


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To the 81 year old ogre in the Orchard Mesa neighborhood: on behalf of Miss Kitty and Little Mister I wish a blight on your lawn and a pox on you.

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