You Said It, July 31, 2016

Local stories in the Sentinel today included an individual who rammed his vehicle into a police car, a man who intentionally damaged an elderly woman’s auto, a person who threatened to kill an acquaintance, and an individual who fell off a cliff and died. The common denominator in every story is alcohol abuse. Mesa County leaders and many residents, however, seem more apprehensive about the relatively minor social issue of legalized marijuana, while they remain silent on dealing with the vastly more serious problem of alcohol abuse.

Here we go again: Three wildlife employees are charged with poaching an elk. The Sentinel states they are sentenced and they are still employed by the Fish and Wildlife Service. Just like the dope who flew the jet up the canyon so low it chopped down power lines, damaging public and private property. It was all kept hush-hush. A year later, a “ho-hum” tiny news article says the guy has been on probation and his time is almost up. The FBI investigates the airport authorities, takes vehicles from them, later gives them back and never tells us what the reason was. Everything must be kept under “review,” right?

 

To the individual perplexed by my open carry of a handgun at the farmers market whilst volunteering at the CMU booth: Are firearms considered that anathema to academia and family settings that one finds it odd? Would you have found it more suitable if I was wearing a jersey for a rifle/ pistol team? If so, I would like to ask for your support in starting such a team at the university.

 

Colorado Parks and Wildlife wants to raise the hunting and fishing license fees again. It’s already too expensive for many people to get out and do a little hunting and fishing, especially in this horrible economy.

 

Thank you to the Elliott family and all the volunteers for a great week of Taco Bell tennis competition. Great to see friends and families having a wonderful sporting event to watch or participate. You are appreciated!

 

The Grand Valley is beautiful and should utilize their canal systems for bike and walking trails. Other cities do it and it is wonderful. This would allow an increase in recreational activity and less vehicles and bikes on the roads, and lessen the need to widen roads for bike riders.

 

Dear Grand Valley drivers, have you ever heard of a right-hand turn merge lane? Apparently not, because so many of you don’t properly use them. If you are turning right at one of these intersections, you do not have to stop and wait for oncoming traffic. Make your right turn directly into the merge lane and then merge into traffic. So to the lady who flipped me off because I honked at her for stopping and waiting at the intersection of 32 and E roads, you were the one not driving safely.

 

This is for the person who took my solar crystal ball out of my yard, plus my rebar and clamps. This was in memory of my son. I hope that every time you look at it your conscience will bother you. That is, if you have a conscience.

 

I am glad the Utah appeals court backed the nuclear plant’s water request at Green River. It should be pointed out that the Department of Energy is using its water rights to draw water from the river at Green River to decontaminate vehicles at the Crescent Junction mill tailings repository and for dust control. They should turn over their rights when the repository is built. It is good to see a clean, safe energy project moving forward.

 

When I read The Daily Sentinel article about the proposal to change the slogan “Mesa, Monument, and Memories” I was disgusted. When we first arrived to the area I was impressed with the slogan because, to me, it represented my realization of the treasures of the area. We are blessed to live here due to so many things, including the beauty and outdoor marvels. Don’t make changes just for change’s sake, and please take our opinions into consideration.

Many thanks to the person or persons who bought my wife and I breakfast at Lois’ Place Saturday morning, July 23. We are most grateful for the unexpected and generous gesture. May God bless you. Thank you!

 

A huge, heartfelt thank you to the person(s) who was so kind to pay for our meal at the Clifton Dos Hombres on July 2, as 10 of us celebrated a 50th anniversary. Your generosity was no small thing and touched our hearts. May your good deed be returned to you tenfold.


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