You Said It, July 7, 2013

So, I return home after a week’s vacation from my private sector job in the oil fields. I pick up the paper to learn that since I choose to wear spandex shorts when I ride my bike I am a leftist trying to destroy rural culture and traditional values. You can’t make this stuff up.

To the grumpy poster: I am one of the “spandex-clad leftists” who is trying to bring “urban ways” to this community. You are still 100 percent free to choose your “traditional values.” Me and my fellow spandex-wearers want the people you don’t identify with to at least have the choice to have a lifestyle you vilify. You have the freedom to follow your values; please afford the same courtesy to others.

Thank you to the couple from Kentucky/Tennessee for buying our dinner at Uncle Nub’s on Sunday. We had a great dinner, and thank you for being so kind. God bless you. We will pass it on.


To the clueless environmentalists who did such a great job protecting the beetle-killed trees (because of no logging): Now the trees are fuel for the many Colorado fires. Doesn’t the smoke from the fires cause pollution to the environment? Seems there was stupidity involved somewhere.


Wow. Didn’t realize I was privileged until I read the paper. Guess I’m entitled because I goto $5 movies at the Avalon. Guess I’m rich because I go to an occasional concert. People have no idea how much the Avalon is used. It would be wonderful to have it remodeled and saved. I have never been to a park here. Guess that makes all of you special.


While attending the matinee performance of “The Altar Boyz” by the Mesa Repertory Theater on campus, my friends and I were unable to enjoy the performance because of the rude, disrespectful, inconsiderate behavior from students sitting behind us. Throughout the show they continually screamed, yelled, stomped, whistled and clapped as if they were attending a football game. I have always supported performing arts in GJ but I will not return to any production in the Black Box Theater unless there is an adult-only performance.


We had a yard sale this weekend and put our signs out in boxes. We put a piece of my pink marble in one box. When we went to pick up our boxes Saturday evening, someone had taken the marble, box and all. Those who took it have our address because it was on the box. I would appreciate your returning the marble. When you steal from the elderly, you have very little respect for others.


I, for one, do not need to hear every piece of Rick Brainard’s life. Let the man move on, and I suggest the Sentinel do the same.


Hats off to the Grand Junction Parks and Recreation Board. They build pickle ball courts, tennis courts, walking paths, install new playground equipment, but they just can’t seem to find the money or the talent to repair the broken toilet(s) in the women’s restrooms at Lincoln Park Golf Course. Come on, people, two months of a filthy, smelly mess is enough.


To Martin Mortuary: If you insist on watering North Avenue with your sprinkler system, then you need to pay for my car washes every week. Where do you want me to send the bill?

Mr. Snowden leaked that the IRS is spying on U.S. citizens. Shouldn’t we pat him on the back?


Why is the noise level in our cinemas so loud? The other evening, watching the latest “Star Trek” in 3-D, I felt I needed ear protection as well as the special glasses. The sound level was well above OSHA standards. The cinema would be in violation if any of their employees wandered in while the movie was being showed.


I want to give the biggest thank you to the Grand Junction Fire Department and St. Mary’s Hospital ICU staff and emergency room staff. On June 7, I had a seizure and my daughter called 911. Everyone made sure that she was calm and made sure that she knew her mom was OK and took great care of me.


Senator Wendy Davis successfully filibustered for 12 hours to allow late-term abortions and is being praised as a heroine in the national media. Who is filibustering on behalf of the unborn children?


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Limited resources to deal with beetle kill needs to be directed around homes and communities where it makes a difference in fighting fires.  Much of this is private land where homeowners and homeowner associations need to take personal responsibility.  Science shows pretty conclusively that as forests dry out they burn.  We are a few years into a serious drought and all our forests—living or dead—are dry and very combustible.  When the conditions are right, which the are now, ‘green’ forests burn with ferocity.

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