You Said It July 26, 2009

• For all the roundabouts, pretty signs and repaving of existing parking lots, Walker Field, err Grand Junction Regional Airport, still has some serious problems. An unsecured runway, a roof that leaks over expensive electronic equipment and no customer services (food, drink and flight info board). You can put all the lipstick in the world on that pig and still not make it kosher.

• I heard that the fire department has adopted a new slogan. It is supposed to help change the people’s mind about a sales tax hike to build a new fire house. The new slogan: “We’ve never lost a foundation yet.”

• We already have a version of government health care — called Medicare. Mr. Obama says that preventive health care is the way to go. Medicare pays for one physical exam, which must be done within six months after eligibility. No more paid for after that. And no payment after that for any laboratory screening tests. Doesn’t sound like preventive care is their concern.

• I walk my dog in the Corn Lake area. We enjoy the beauty of the lake — the walkways, trails and benches provided for our use. But it seems the fishermen do not appreciate this wonderful area. They leave their trash all over the banks. Someone has to clean this mess up. Be more considerate. If you pack it in, pack it out.

• The parking garage could sure use some cleaning up. The stairs and elevators are usually dirty, never swept on a regular basis. It could sure use some security; get rid of the skateboarders and young kids hanging out. Just my observation as I park there every day.
I travel through Ninth Street and Ute Avenue a lot and have noticed kids playing in the old schoolyard across from the park where the homeless hang out. Is this safe? These are offices, not a school, and I wonder why kids are there. When I went by the other day, a child jumped off a building.

• Here is a new and revolutionary idea: Instead of raising taxes yet again to pay for the baubles that the police and fire department want, how about if every city employee takes a 1 percent pay cut? I bet that would raise more than enough money.

• Big town of Grand Junction, but no hometown entertainment at the fireworks on the Fourth at Suplizio Field.

• Why is it that every City Council member runs “for the people,” but as soon as they get elected they forget who the people are? It is like some of them woke up in a whole new dimension.

• The economy is so bad that in Arizona, a group of women house cleaners are cleaning windows while they are topless. My husband listened, and then the only thing he said was, “Do you think our windows need cleaned?”

• Hey, seniors. Did you get your senior exemption notification? No help with property tax and I hear no cost-of-living raise next year on our Social Security. Maybe we should all stand on a corner and beg for money to subsidize our income.

• If it’s true that Mesa County has the best politicians money can buy, we need to start spending a lot more.


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