You Said It, July 3, 2016

Once again, I will be going to Flagstaff, Arizona, for the holiday weekend. No one in my household (especially the animals) can tolerate the illegal fireworks that dominate the north Fruita neighborhoods. These are not confined to holidays; they occur randomly all year long. If it is illegal for homeowners to use fireworks that “go up or blow up,” why is this such a problem? How many citations have been issued? Why Flagstaff? Because they also do not allow fireworks of that kind. But when they say no fireworks, they actually mean it.

The city’s fireworks displays on Memorial Day and the Fourth of July are welcome signs of respect and celebration for our country. However, the random fireworks being shot off after the minor league baseball games not only disturb the peace, but during red flag fire warnings defy logic. City of Grand Junction, please be considerate of the people who live near Lincoln Park and their safety and serenity and either move the fireworks display to a less populated area or leave it for the actual holidays. Thank you.


I am very supportive of widening bike lanes and installing more lanes for bikes along our roadways. When there is a collision between a bike and motor vehicle, the bicycle invariably loses. But there should be a few caveats after bike lanes are installed and widened. 1. When there is an improved bike lane present, bikes would be prohibited from riding outside the bike lanes. 2. All bicycles must be licensed and pay an annual fee. After all, why shouldn’t bicyclists pay a share of the costs for their improvements?


Why not divert monies for walking and bike trails for a while and fix the roads instead? More people use the roads than trails.


Please quit complaining about the lack of positive growth in Mesa County when you insist on re-electing the same old-school backward-thinking conservative farmers who promise to resist change. Liberal is not a dirty word. We’re really known as progressive in the real world. Progress is essential to keeping up with the world. We are not that different. We hunt and want to keep our guns, too.


The dedication of the restored Colorado-Utah state line marker holds a special meaning for those of us to whom “Utarado” has been home for most of our lives. Being born and raised in Utah, and spending the bulk of my adult life in Colorado, the marker, in a way, defines the path my life has taken. Especially fun are the memories of passing the marker while traveling from Moab to Grand Junction on Highway 50, to go shopping in the “big city.” Thank you, Mesa County commissioners, Mays Concrete and the Mesa County sheriff’s deputies who made this outstanding blast to the past possible.
      This country has gone to the dogs ... literally. In the half-block area where I live, there are 20 dogs. Each dog owner has at least two dogs. All the hype about adopting and saving dogs is a great and wonderful, compassionate idea. But where is this compassion and concern for saving our babies and children? If just half of the effort to save pets were put into saving babies and children, wouldn’t that be wonderful?

OK, Daily Sentinel. How about “putting your money where your mouth is” and sponsoring one of the Centennial Band’s summer concerts? You have done a great job in covering the problems. We older folk still buy the newspaper (42 years in our case), and we are the ones who have attended and truly enjoyed the free concerts in the parks over the years. You would be so appreciated.


I would like to thank the lady who found my bracelet at the Clifton City Market and turned it into customer service. I truly appreciate your good deed.


The VA always gets bad press. I would like to share an awesome experience there. I took my husband to the VA emergency room recently. All the staff were great. He was seen quickly, great nurse, doctors, radiology staff. All of them were very professional, concerned, caring people. Thank you for all you do for the veterans.


We have been talking about the Grand Valley Drainage District lawsuit for weeks now, and we are still waiting for a judge to make a decision one way or the other. What’s taking so long, judge? Make a decision. Get off the fence. Flip a coin if it so difficult, please.


In regard to the need for funds for the Grand Junction Off-Road mountain bike race: Why not ask those who benefit most from the event for support? Motels, restaurants, many others.


To the person who dumped a brown couch off on the side of the road at 22 and I roads: You should take some responsibility and dispose of it properly. How would you like it if we disposed of our trash in your yard? Karma will find you.


We had lunch at Chili’s this past Sunday, and we were told by the server that the family in a nearby booth had paid for our meal. We had not recognized anyone from that booth, and we believe they meant to pay for the meal of another family, who was seated in the booth next to them. So if you paid for a meal at Chili’s on Sunday, and the intended recipients never thank you, we want to thank you for the gift, whether intended for us or not.


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