You Said It, June 12, 2016

The rec center again. For a city of 60,000 residents, somehow a single recreation center is going to solve all of your entertainment needs. Are you not aware of all that the city already provides? Ever heard of the Bookcliff Activity Center, Orchard Mesa Pool, Moyer Pool, the golf courses, the numerous ball fields, playgrounds, parks, boat ramps, STARS and tween camps, etc.? Maybe we should just change the names of these facilities to Rec Center 1, Rec Center 2, and you’ll finally start using them.

The four-car pileup with serious injuries at the intersection of North Avenue and Seventh Street appears to be the result of someone running a red light. The issue of people running red lights, especially turn signals, has been commented upon several times in this paper. I have taken note myself to watch at every light while I’m out driving. According to my informal estimate, eight out of 10 drivers run through red turn signals in this town, many of them accelerating as they do so. How many accidents, injuries, or fatalities will it take for the council and law enforcement to take action? Red light cameras would seem to be a sensible solution. They would absolutely help discourage people from running lights and probably bring in a pile of cash to the city in the meantime.

Although I am a big advocate of shopping locally, I find it hard to shop downtown with all the vagrants wandering around down there, shoving their signs in your faces, hanging out in front of eating establishments, playing music for tips. Grand Junction has become quite a circus downtown. I can spend my money online and not have to deal with the sideshow. Now, don’t get me wrong, we should help people who genuinely need help, but some people choose this as a lifestyle, like the guy downtown holding a sign saying he was “homeless and hungry” while smoking a cigarette and talking on his cellphone behind the sign.


I would like to thank the members of the Monument Quilting Club for the amazing quilts they handed out to the patients at my dialysis unit. You made my day brighter with your caring and your generosity. Thank you.

I wonder why the EPA is ignoring the most significant and environmentally destructive source of smoke and haze: western wildfires. Clean coal technologies have reduced pollutants emitted by power plants in Utah, Colorado and elsewhere to nearly indiscernible levels, yet wildfires put millions of tons of smoke, soot and carbon dioxide into our atmosphere each year and cause haze that can span thousands of miles. EPA employs a fascinating double standard targeting the domestic energy industry while ignoring the real environmental threats coming from bad forestry policies in national forests.


Thank you to the young lady for letting me know that your little dachshund (Noah) is doing well after being attacked by two pit bulls. It is always good to know when prayers are answered and God’s purpose is revealed. You and Noah have been on my heart since that day. God bless you.


I thought the intent of the 38 Road project in Palisade was for the ease and safety of bicyclists, walkers and joggers. There was a lot of money spent and the sidewalk even has a nice yellow stripe in the middle for two-way traffic, yet there are still a lot of rude people who won’t use it and still snarl the traffic up by riding their bikes down the middle of the road and won’t follow the rules of traffic. Maybe a ticket or two would help.


Why doesn’t the city of Grand Junction, as well as Mesa County, enforce their laws regarding vehicles idling?  It not only makes vehicles attractive to car thieves, but greatly increases toxic air pollution from the engines. Diesel engines, which most are, are much more toxic. This is worse, or at least as bad for people, as burning fields.


It is incredible how many accidents are caused by distracted drivers. I was involved in an accident on Friday afternoon. I was hit so hard by a lady who was “distracted,” it flopped my car into a 360-degree turn. We were sent to the hospital with injuries. I want to thank all the people who witnessed this accident and helped us out, along with the officers of the GJPD and our quick-responding firefighters. My advice: Stop being distracted and drive.


On Monday the 6th I had a flat tire. I turned off Patterson Road, as did a pickup. The man in the pickup changed my tire, but he and the woman refused any money. From there I headed to Big O, where I received more than courteous help. What could have been a nightmare of a day was a day of being thankful for the kindness of everyone. Thanks to all who helped.


This mom’s heart was warmed by the numerous folks who went out of their way to thank my career Colorado Army National Guard son for his service, a couple even buying our lunch. Such kindness.


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