You Said It, July 24, 2016

Really, two convicted U.S. Fish and Wildlife officers are still working after breaking the law they are sworn to uphold. Are all government employees related to Hillary?

The Park Service wants to double their fees at Colorado National Monument. First, they need to give a full accounting of their current revenues/expenses and capital improvement proposals as part of their town meetings this week. If fees are raised, there needs to be a give-back, such as letting national bicycle races be held across the monument. This will generate a lot of national exposure, increase the visitor count and generate more funding. It is evident that the focus is not on the locals with the proposed increase.  Where does this end?

 

So, the city/county fines those who have an overabundance of junk in their yards. Fair enough. However, who fines the city/county for the weed-infested sidewalk medians east of 29 Road on Patterson Road? This main artery into our fair city is anything but attractive. And let’s not forget the goatheads that thrive on these medians that will be the bane of cyclists within the coming weeks. Is it possible to make this area both eye-pleasing and cycling-friendly?

 

I’d like to thank the person or persons who have been using Cortland Avenue as their own personal dumping ground. Last Christmas it was a large TV set. Last week it was a pair of old, worn-out truck tires and a Sunbeam BBQ grill that looked like it had survived Armageddon. To whoever is doing this: I’m not sure if it’s because you’re lazy or you don’t want to spend a few bucks going to the landfill, but this action is not only selfish on your part but very disrespectful to the homeowners who take pride in their properties and would like to keep the streets presentable. Thank you to whoever picked up the tires and the grill.

 

Another Sunday and another article about “buying local.” It’s tough to buy local when local businesses price their products like we live in New York. We bought a brand new RV recently, made a 360-mile round trip and saved over $5,000 for the exact same RV. Thought we’d shop local to finish LED lighting the new RV. $12 each. We bought 20 of the same LED lights online for $23, including two-day shipping. Cars, trucks, RV, boats, all-terrain vehicles, (insert product) are overpriced here in “Happy Valley.” Local business owner, look in the mirror before you start blaming the customer.

 

I can’t believe the disrespect of traffic laws that drivers have here in Mesa County. I can remember the day when driving was enjoyable. Now I hate to have to go anywhere in this county. The speed and aggression of drivers today is out of control, but this is what happens when there are no consequences to deal with. Why is there such a lack of enforcement?

 

What carelessness! Speeding bicycle Nazis on the Riverfront Trail, overtaking and passing without warnings. Someone is sure to get hurt.

 

Been by the post office annex on Patterson? The large lawn is dying due to lack of water, morning glories are taking over and, in general, there is no care.  Where is the management at this facility?

 

A big thanks to the young lady at Golden Corral for her help when our car’s battery died. There’s still lots of good people around Grand Junction.

Would the owner of the shopping center on Horizon Drive that has the Safeway store, My Favorite Muffin, Cost Cutters and Nick & Willy’s Pizza please cut the weeds down and fill in the potholes?

 

To the naive hiker who thinks all people should be thrilled encountering dogs on hiking trails: Not all people like dogs. That does not make them “miserable, lonely people.” Some people may have been scared out of their wits or attacked by strange dogs running up to them, which has happened to me more than once. You need to respect other people’s desire to be able to hike a trail without being confronted by strange dogs. Not all dogs are “cute little puppies” and all dog owners need to get over their belief that their particular dog won’t hurt anybody. You don’t know that for sure.

 

To the person who said people who complain about dogs on the hiking trails are unhappy and miserable: I am neither miserable nor unhappy. I don’t have pets of any kind and I prefer to keep it that way. I don’t like dogs, cats, birds or any other animal living in my house. I’m not an animal hater, but animals belong outside in nature where God intended them to be. And I don’t want your dog licking me or sniffing at me with their cold, wet nose, and no, I don’t want to pet them. I’m quite happy being pet-less.

 

Why wouldn’t CMU allow someone who works for them to carry a gun? I’m sure it was a legal carry. If it had been someone mad at the world and didn’t care who or how many people he shot, you wouldn’t have seen his gun until he started shooting. The man from CMU might have saved lives by being prepared.

 

I’m not a regular attendee of the farmers market, but now I will be. I will be sure to hang out at the CMU booth, which is apparently the safest place in Grand Junction.

 

To the person complaining about Redlands Parkway getting repaved: If you’d driven that road on a daily basis, you would know how asinine that remark was. It was like driving on a washboard, it was so uneven and rough. Thank you to the city and county for making it a smooth drive now.


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