You Said It, June 19, 2016

As a longtime member of the Grand Junction Centennial Band I would like to thank Father Jim Plough for his kind, considerate letter to the editor in Sunday’s paper regarding your Parks and Recreation Department’s injustice of charging our nonprofit, civic-minded organization $300 every time we play in a “public” park. We don’t prevent anyone else from using the park grounds at the same time. Anyone is welcome to bring a blanket and picnic and listen, and yet this is the thanks we get. Thank you, city fathers, for proving once again that no good deed goes unpunished.

It’s regrettable that the Centennial Band will not grace Grand Junction with its excellent music this year.

I would love to see members of the band and their families pull together and have a fundraiser. I would certainly donate to help them with their costs as would, I believe, hundreds of other fans and they would probably walk away with enough cash to pay parks fees for quite a while.

 

I understand why the city needs to charge a fee for park use, including the Centennial Band. For some of us, the free concerts are the only live entertainment we can enjoy. Why can’t the Chamber of Commerce help the band pay that fee? Surely one or two construction companies could help out. There are some individuals in the valley for whom $250 is pocket change. Cough it up, please, for the entire community to enjoy.

 

“Creepytings artist” Casey Nocket only gets probation for defacing seven national parks and monuments in a plea agreement? I guess our government isn’t interested in stopping the vandalism plaguing our public lands. They should have sent her to jail for years, made her pay for her time there, then banned her for life from entering any of our national treasures. Instead, this plea deal sends the message that anyone who wants to ruin our lands for everyone else will only get a slap on the wrist and will be free to continue their vandalism. Such a disgrace — both her and our government for not throwing the book at her.

 

It doesn’t make sense that people here don’t support the EPA’s coal power requirements. In the U.S., coal-fired power plants are the number one source of carbon dioxide emissions, in spite of clean technologies, plus other toxic emissions like carbon monoxide, nitrogen oxides, sulfur dioxide and mercury. Natural gas releases only half the carbon dioxide when burned and almost none of the other stuff (solar doesn’t release anything). Grand Junction politicians should get behind natural gas, not coal, since we have an abundance here, and it would help our economy and the country.

 

I truly love our beautiful downtown area and it’s merchants. What I don’t like is the pain-in-the-butt parking situation that has been a problem for way too long. Dig for change? Possibly use a credit card? Drive for blocks to find an available spot? Are you kidding? I could go anyplace else and find free parking spots without the hassle. But I love and support my independent downtown merchants. City Council: Don’t drive them out of business. Get to work and come up with a plan where everybody wins. This is your job.

 

Thanks to the county workers for leaving the pile of loose asphalt next to the spot where they cut out the pavement on upper Little Park Road. Now every time our vehicles hit bottom we can fill it ourselves until you decide to finish the job. Inserting a culvert would be an improvement since it has washed out for the last three years. Maybe you are waiting until it swallows a vehicle to decide.

 

To the owner of the old Choice Hotel on Orchard Mesa (Colorado Canyons Hospital?), please do something with this property. The grass is dying because it has not had one drop of water and the weeds are disgraceful. Take a look at how great Maverick across the street takes care of their property. Shame on you!

 

Great to have Rachel Sauer back with the Sentinel. She was missed, but we were pleased she enjoyed a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Interesting article in last Sunday’s paper. Welcome back — we’ll be looking for more of you every day.

 

I would like to know who is responsible for the care and upkeep of the tennis courts on Peach Avenue in Fruita? The sign says it was generously donated by lottery dollars. What then? The city of Fruita? Someone please do something about this eyesore.

 

Thank you to the amazingly honest kind soul that found my wallet at the Palisade Bluegrass Festival. You went above and beyond by returning it cash and all into my mailbox at my house. Thanks again so much, your kindness is truly appreciated.

Nothing says “Welcome to Grand Junction” or “Welcome to Loma” more than both sides of the highway littered with yards full of old cars, trucks and trash. Come on, people, where is your sense of pride and ownership of the communities you live in. Where are the county code enforcement officers or commissioners when you need them?

 

I want to thank Colorado Canyons Hospital in Fruita. This may be a smaller hospital, but the care I received was above any care I have had at bigger hospitals. I was greeted with the greatest TLC anyone could ever ask for. They not only cared for the health problem I had, but also made sure all my needs were met.


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