You Said It, June 11, 2017

Saturday I took my out-of-town guests downtown. I had been telling them how beautiful and relatively safe this community is. Well, within three minutes of our arrival a man was ranting about willing the tap roots of the flowers to turn into angels. We got by him and went down to the next block, where an officer was dealing with another ranting and combative individual. Got by that scene when a man came flying by us on a bicycle. He accidentally dropped a large bottle of beer on the sidewalk, then proceeded to get off the bike and slurp beer off of the sidewalk using the broken glass as a spoon. It was heartbreaking to have this be the first impression that my company had of our beautiful downtown. I understand that our homeless population is a very complex situation, and compassionate, thoughtful solutions will be needed to create change, but we have got to do better for the sake of the businesses and people that frequent them.

Fruita, if you have to sell the reservoirs, please transfer them to the Forest Service so they may remain open to public use. I enjoy hiking, camping, fishing and hunting there. We cannot afford to lose scarce public lands in an area which is almost entirely private.


Just want to thank the Grand Mesa Jeep Club for another great Rock Junction. Trails were great, as were the leaders. Everyone was so friendly and helpful. Sorry you don’t get more media coverage, as this is a great group. They do so much to keep our trails open for everyone to use. Thanks again, guys!


Raise downtown parking fees. It might be the only government-commissioned study recommendation that administrators have ever jumped on board with. Raising fees is so typical of public thinking that it makes one wonder why a study was needed to think of it in the first place.


Can we talk about how awesome the Sunday, June 4 paper was? Especially the articles about the friendship between Officer Rocky and Fred, the lady from Durango who picks up trash, the obituary for Perry Rashleigh, and the commentary by Robin Brown. The first three articles demonstrated excellent concrete examples of people helping people and/or taking action themselves voluntarily above and beyond a “job,” which I think is the antidote for the crazy we’ve collectively slipped into highlighted in Brown’s commentary.


I did not support the events center but I will knock on doors in support of a community and recreation center. Thank you, City Council, for supporting the effort.


While I was watching the NCAA Division II Colorado Mesa baseball team play their last game I kept wondering where all of the fans were. That beautiful stadium with only a handful of spectators. This made me appreciate all the time and effort that the JUCO World Series Committee puts in in having an awesome tournament. Great job, folks.


The McClennan team scratches names on a rock at Colorado National Monument, and their coach dismissed the vandalism as “nothing permanent.” If the coach is so casual about vandalism that will take years to erase, maybe that’s why the team has the same lack of integrity. Shame on them for the vandalism, and shame on the coach for not taking it seriously.


Shame on the Highlanders. Too bad they felt the need to deface our Colorado National Monument. They should be disqualified from future JUCO series. There is no excuse for this kind of behavior.


The only thing more despicable than college ballplayers vandalizing our national monument is the coach seemingly endorsing the excuse that the boys “didn’t know” that the vandalism was illegal. By the time they are in college, these students should know that defacing public property is wrong. The coach should have come out and said that the action was unacceptable, instead of making the excuse of “they didn’t know any better.” Please don’t invite this school back to JUCO, since neither the coach nor the students appear to have any respect for our community.


It would be nice if the homeowners at the intersection of F 1/2 and 29 roads would trim their trees and bushes. Between the foliage and the Dutchman motor home stored on the street, westbound traffic on F½ has to pull out well beyond the stop sign to see if there is any oncoming traffic. This is dangerous.


So why are the vagrants allowed to set up their encampment down by the river once again, and who is responsible for letting this happen? Whoever is responsible for this should be fired. Weren’t the taxpayers on the hook for the first cleanup of garbage, human waste and other trash? Stop enabling these vagrants, stop giving them money and free stuff. It takes away from people who really need help. These vagrants do this as a lifestyle. Someone put a stop to this nonsense.


Animal rescues that charge an intake fee have every right to do so. Though you may not realize it, these compassionate groups take care of that animal since you clearly can’t or won’t. CLAWS specifically has a guaranteed adoption policy. This means that if you throw away your poor cat, they will care for it for the remainder of its life whether it finds a home or not. If your animal is not fixed, they fix it to prevent more homeless animals. That isn’t cheap.


Thank you to the 99-year-old woman who joined us on the March for Truth. She was in-utero when her mother marched for the right for women to vote. She is an inspiration for all of us who love our country!


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