You Said It, July 29, 2012

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I understand that what happened in Aurora was a great tragedy. You printed a photo of a young couple who attended the showing, holding their infant child. Fortunately, they were not injured. I found this photo very sad and disturbing. There was absolutely NO reason for the couple to take their child to that movie (rated PG-13), or any movie for that matter, especially in the middle of the night.

On July 21, The Daily Sentinel listed the significant mass shootings over the last 13 years. An obvious emission was the Fort Hood shooting.

 

Colorado has a fine for littering. The fine should be enforced for anyone leaving a yard sale sign posted after the day of their sale. The offenders would be easy to find.

 

I don’t remember anyone in my high school class saying they aspired to be homeless or alcoholic or mentally unstable or living under bridges or panhandling for a living. Maybe that is something for all of those who would like to persecute or prosecute our local homeless persons to ponder very heavily.

 

As I sat in the balcony of the Avalon Theatre listening to “Memory” and enjoying an evening of dance, song and imagination at CATS, I couldn’t help but feel this historic building will give us many more memories as the Avalon Restoration Projects goes forward.

 

I agree with the person complaining about all the red lights in this town. Sometimes I luck out on Patterson with several green lights, but most other places it’s stop for every light — a waste of my gas and time. Apparently the same engineer designed the lights in Montrose.

 

Grand Junction has more money than any city I’ve lived in. They painted all the lines on about 5 miles of streets around me then did chip-seal over all of it then repainted it, all in the space of a couple of weeks, and even worked on the Sunday before Fourth of July. What is their budget?

 

To the newly engaged couple at Chili’s on Friday night around 7: Congratulations! Thank you for dinner and for putting the biggest smile on my dad’s face in a long time. The wonderful advice my 77-year-old dad gave you my husbandswears by. Best wishes for a long, wonderful life together.

 

So let me get this straight. The county decides to expand a welfare program (GVT) and run the buses until 10 p.m. But when no one uses it, instead of stopping the program (and saving money) they give away free rides for two months to encourage more people to use it. I guess they have money to burn?

 

I lost my debit card last week and after two days of searching for it I was contacted by someone who found it on Patterson. I had lost it while riding my bike. It was nice to see we still have decent, honest people in the world.

 

On July 23, The Daily Sentinel had a story about a 27-year-old Front Range lady applying for state assistance in an article on the rising poverty levels. She somehow found the money to have a well-dressed baby and to get a large, expensive-looking tattoo — all while living on disability checks with a boyfriend who is drawing unemployment, and parents who have taken trips to Hawaii and lived in a half-million dollar home and received food stamps. Where oh where does the gravy train stop? I, a hard-working taxpayer, want to get on it.

 

Grand Junction should be renamed “Cigarette Butt City.” Finally a cool morning got me out for my usual walk, and what did I notice along the side of the road? More cigarette butts than I could count. Someday our valley is going to burn to the ground because of careless smokers. Use your ash tray or, better yet, quit smoking.

 

Thank you to the Grand Junction Police officers who asked the puppy peddlers to remove their setup from the Rimrock parking lot area. Go to the Humane Society or pound if you would like to include a man’s best friend in your life.

 

I look forward to Gil Stone’s editorial cartoons in Sunday’s edition. We don’t always agree but they make me think. I would love to see more of his viewpoint.

 

My wife and I want to offer our deep-felt thanks to all of the people who stopped and offered aid when we broke down near Douglas Pass. The incident was a great counterpoint to the Aurora tragedy that day. And we did manage to get it started and made it home fine. It was some problem with the fuel pump.

 

If cars were reliable as computers we would be still riding horses.


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