You Said It, June 18, 2017

Kudos and thanks to the crews, company and city for the work on First Street. Great job with minimal disruption to traffic. Smiles and waves from the flaggers were nice too. Looks great!

Allowing electric bikes on the Riverfront Trail when “motorized” vehicles are clearly prohibited is the wrong decision to make. What makes bicyclists so special they are exempt from the rules? E-bikes will go down the trail much faster than the others. When they cause injuries to other trail users, will they have liability insurance?

 

Recently while doing my morning walk around the Primary Care Partners building and HopeWest and Hospice Care Center campus, an older maintenance man riding a motorized vehicle pulled up to the side of the building, cut a beautiful tangerine-colored rose, walked over and gave it to me. I told him I had just placed my husband of 62 years in a memory care place and was feeling very low. He said, “Have a good day” when I thanked him. Yes, angels do walk among us.

 

More handicapped parking spaces are needed downtown as Grand Junction increasingly becomes a retirement community. The new parking plan ignores the handicapped.

 

Our Main Street is not so large that the employees of said businesses can’t find parking elsewhere and walk to work. I would think if the business wants more customers then they need to tell their employees to park elsewhere. Prime parking is for paying customers, not lazy employees.

 

To the person who was driving the black Nissan Sentra at a high speed around the corner of 22 1/2 Road on the evening of June 12: You took a mailbox and part of my fence out and left. How do you know you did not hurt anyone? You didn’t even stop to apologize or take responsibility for the damage that was done. There are too many inconsiderate people like you. Thankfully, there is a thing called Karma.

 

To the person complaining about vagrants, I see you doing a lot of complaining about people who haven’t been able to pull themselves out of a tough situation for whatever reason and no solution. What do you want to do with these people? Where should they go? You obviously have not done any research about these people or what happened to them, you just want them removed so things will be pretty like they don’t exist. It would be cheaper to find them pods to live in with a place to shower and porta-potties. You have no idea how they got to where they are. They are human and we should remember that. Let’s solve the problem instead of complaining about it.

 

Strolling around our beautiful downtown, I noticed a time capsule marker on the steps of the old courthouse, set to open in 2083, the 200th anniversary of Mesa County. A child born today would be 66 years old when they open it. Those of us reading this will all be long gone. I wonder if that building will even be standing then. However, there is a time capsule a few feet away on the grounds of City Hall that is set to be opened in 2032. We might get to see that one opened.

 

Does anyone else find it a little ironic that the same day people are blasting a young college-age kid for defacing a rock in the monument, the front page has a story of the president considering changing the boundaries of our national monuments? Please go after the president with the same vigor if his ignorance comes through.

 

A local TV station just did a segment on happy dogs. Evidently studies indicate that walking your dog 22 minutes a day has a positive effect on senior health and cognitive thinking. Imagine the additional health benefits it could have on also bending over and picking up pooches’ poop.

A group of kids in our neighborhood came to the door and asked if they could set up a lemonade stand on the sidewalk in the shade of our mulberry tree. My wife agreed. They set up their stand. After they were done, they came to the door and thanked us. My wife asked if they had made any money. They said they had and were going to send it to St. Jude’s Hospital. Great kids, and good to know there are some around.

 

To the yokel who said local yokels have no idea what a superintendent’s job entails: Do you have any idea what a teacher’s job entails? Have you not seen in recent news that there will be a teacher shortage in the near future. Many are choosing other professions due to low wages and tremendous workload. And yes, you will start getting a crappy pool of applicants. Studies have shown that teachers have the biggest impact on students.

 

To the person who turned in my car keys to Lowe’s on June 3, thank you, thank you!

 

I see that one can buy an entire pallet of beer for one’s use during Country Jam. So if one does that and consumes it all, and the music does not sound better after than it did before, does one get his money back?


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