You Said It, June 24, 2012

A toddler is beaten to death and someone is outraged about the balloons being released? Compare this with an animal that is dragged to death when people lined the streets in protest. Let’s get our priorities straight: People first, animals second, and then latex balloons.

Research has shown it takes about six months for a balloon to biodegrade, about the same amount of time as an oak leaf. Horrors! Let’s get working on all those leaves.


Wouldn’t it be cheaper and easier for the city to buy the old houses to the east or west of Whitman Park, raze the houses and make a big parking lot? The parks cannot be used because there is no parking. If the city has too much money, maybe they should lower the sales tax.


Kudos to the caretakers of the Crown Point Cemetery. It looks fantastic, and now, or soon will be, as beautiful as Orchard Mesa or New Elmwood.


Duh, in watching a woman ahead of me not using any turn signals at all, it finally hit me why very few people use turn signals anymore. The right hand is for steering and the left hand is for the cellphone. In six turns, she did not signal once.


Here we go again, another idiot who doesn’t have a clue about motorcycle riders. We don’t wear black leather because we think it’s cool. It’s for protection when we end up laying our bike down because you didn’t see us. It wouldn’t matter if we wore neon green leather; you still wouldn’t see us. Get your Big Gulp Mocha Latte out of your face, pull your cellphone out of your ear and pay attention.


We should all be hugging the fishermen, hunters, dirt bike riders and ATV riders because these people all pay for the free trails for hikers, bicycle riders and horseback riders.


Why is the city going to repave Patterson from First Street west when we have been running in ruts on Patterson from 28 1/4 west for more than a year?


During a recent trip to the Natural Grocers store, I lost my wallet. Thank you very much to the angel who found it and gave it to store personnel.


Raise your hand if you are sick of our city officials advertising to get even more people to move to our once-beautiful town.


Looking back at all the great entertainment that we have enjoyed at the Avalon Theatre since Mr. LaFountain became general manager, I was saddened by the recent Daily Sentinel article regarding this very talented young man who has done an outstanding job.


I see too much political bitterness in our country and our valley. Abraham Lincoln said it best: “We are not enemies, but friends. We must not be enemies. Though passion may have strained, it must not break our bonds of affection. The mystic chords of memory will swell when again touched, as sure they will be, by the better angels of our nature.”


I appreciate our public employees, but I’d like them to step up to a reality. There are plenty of highly talented, highly trained, unemployed private sector employees. When discussing raises for public employees, why doesn’t any city or county elected official recommend public jobs be put up for bid? If the current public employees can’t outbid the equally talented former private employee, so be it.


The weekend edition of USA today reported that Denver, Philadelphia, Atlanta and several other cities have followed in the footsteps of 50-plus cities around the country in passing anti-camping and anti-food sharing laws for the homeless. So we will continue to experience an influx of homeless who are aware that Grand Junction is welcoming them?


To the girls who stole our shoes from the Lincoln Pool on Thursday: May your karma be as hot and angry as the asphalt you forced us to walk on that day.


I would like to thank the person who found and returned my purse last Sunday at Walmart. I appreciate it so much.


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