You Said It, July 28, 2013

How about the GJ Chamber of Commerce’s transition to a political action committee? Diane Schwenke: the Karl Rove of Grand Junction.

Wow. Local woman beater swallows large bucket of sour grapes and continues to talk while instructing others to shut their mouths. That’s my kind of guy. I’d take a beating for Brainard.


The county fair was great, but maybe next year organizers can spend some of the zillion dollars they collect and hire someone who actually has some demolition derby experience. More cars, less water.


As I walked away from the sorriest demolition derby ever with a much lighter wallet due to the woefully overpriced tickets, it occurred to me that we were taken again by an insurance company. I wonder if there will or even should be one next year. This one was entirely disappointing.


I see a bad car accident coming. The weeds on the southeast corner of 31 Road and E 1/2 Road are so tall that they block vision of E 1/2 Road. This is a busy intersection and it is only a matter of time.


I would like to highly commend my neighbor “Sam.” In the midst of a rash a bicycle thefts in our neighborhood, “Sam” found a bike leaning against the back of our house. He checked around and called the Grand Junction police, who came and got it. “Sam” made one little girl very happy.


Why does the GJPD consistently ignore the fact that Orchard Mesa exists? Speeding on Unaweep at all hours, illegal fireworks, drivers not stopping for pedestrians in crosswalks and speeding thru school zones. The list goes on and on. Yet when you call in a report, you get an excuse that they do not have enough officers to send out. Guess the citizens who live up here are not affluent enough to worry about.


So county commissioners are going to forget almost half of their constituency and ban pot sales. Too bad half of their constituency is going to make the trip to neighboring counties to bolster their revenues. Banning sales won’t put a dent in consumption, duh.


The Riverfront concert should have been canceled. Instead we were like sardines in a venue where someone should have called the fire marshal. Big bust.


Shame on you, Riverfront Commission. The Bruce Hornsby concert should have been canceled and our tickets refunded. The venue did NOT work for that many people.


I do begrudge the Riverfront Commission. I didn’t pay $90 to stand for hours in a place with no ventilation and watch a benefit concert. Fifteen minutes after the doors opened, there was no place to sit, and I’m sure the fire code capacity was exceeded. We have given many years of service and financial support to the Riverfront Commission, attended their concerts since the beginning and sometimes experienced bad weather. By the way, the weather in Fruita was perfect. Were other venues like Two Rivers explored? This was a bad decision, and I’m done supporting the Riverfront Commission.


Congratulations to Chris Tomlinson of this paper for capturing in his outstanding picture in the July 8 issue God’s rare moment of split lightning and a rainbow above our valley. Thank you for sharing.



The weeds on the other side of your fence are still your weeds. Pull them, cut them, spray them. I don’t need your weed seeds migrating into my yard. Plus it’s ugly. It doesn’t matter if you are a property owner or a renter, clean up your yard, it’s your responsibility.


I want to give a huge thank you to the nice person who turned in my burgundy-colored cellphone to the City Market in Fruita. God bless you and I hope that God has done a “pay it forward” for you. It is so wonderful to know that I live where people are honest and care about their neighbors.


As an independent very unhappy with Gov. Hickenlooper and the “State of Denver/Boulder” Democrats, I have been looking for an alternative to vote for next year. If the Republicans’ only options are Tancredo, Brophy or Lafferty, all ultra right-wingers, I may have no choice but to vote for Hickenlooper, if for no other reason but to keep the lesser evils out. Please Republicans, isn’t there a moderate interested in the position that the rest of us could vote for?


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