You Said It, June 25, 2017

District 51 must think we are all rich asking for so much money for a bond issue and mill levy override. With the county and city wanting money, don’t all realize us seniors have not had a decent raise in seven years?

School District 51 board, if you can afford to pay top administrators in the district up to $200,000 annually, then you can afford to fix the schools without stealing more of my earnings. Cut the fluff at the top, then I would consider voting for a tax increase. Otherwise, my vote will be for no additional fleecing of the taxpayer.

 

The story about poor little Bethannie Johnson is so sad and touches so many hearts here in our community. This is a grim reminder of all the poor children who have died in our community as a result of child abuse. It is a very sad reminder that it takes a community to raise a child and that child abuse is a community problem that takes a community response to stop.

 

I’m not a dog lover, nor a dog hater. I understand how much some people love their pets. However, has anyone else noticed how many people are bringing their dogs into establishments that sell food? Both in restaurants and grocery stores. These are not “service dogs,” just plain old pets. What’s wrong with people who can’t be without their dogs for the short time it takes to get food for the family? What happened to the rights of people who do not want pet hair accompanying their food?

 

Where is the money for repairing Two Rivers Convention Center? Try looking at the ugly albatross that is on the southwest corner of Seventh and Main. Grand Junction City Council, a lack of proper budgeting in your situation doesn’t create an emergency in my situation.

 

The city and county want more revenue. The revenue is out there, but you have to go get it. I see it every day: Running stop signs, broken windshields, expired license plates, no license plates, parking on the wrong side of the road, talking on cellphones. This is every day, seven days a week. If we would enforce all the laws and not just the ones we want to, we would have a lot more revenue.

 

I’m fairly new to the area. While visiting many small businesses last weekend I had the pleasure of speaking with some of the owners and employees while being helped. Every individual I spoke with reported significant increases in business and a sense of appreciation that Country Jam was in town. Wouldn’t an events center also be beneficial to this community, and especially the small businesses which directly represent the success of our local economy? It takes money to make money. Consider it an investment in the future success of this city, which my family and I are growing more fond of day by day.

 

To the person or persons who paid for my meal at Red Lobster on Father’s Day, I thank you very much.

 

As I was getting out of my car Monday morning at the trail head across from Rimrock Rodeo, a boxer came running up to my dog and me. The dog’s owner yelled from across the parking lot that his dog was friendly and just “curious.” He called it Bailey. No sooner had he said this than his dog began to viciously attack my dog, a small female yellow lab. During this unprovoked attack, Bailey bit my dog in several places and also managed to bite my leg hard enough to break the skin. Once we got his dog off of mine, he took it to his truck and beat a hasty, cowardly retreat out of there without ever asking if we were OK or apologizing for his dog’s aggressive and unacceptable behavior. If you are going to own a dog, you need to man up and accept responsibility for your pet. If you are unwilling or unable to do that, then maybe you shouldn’t have a dog. Get a ferret. By the way, I filed a police report.

 

Suplizio Field: You must get that tower-side drain odor under control. It’s a health hazard at this point.

For Glenwood Springs and Grand Junction in general: Why is it OK, on Red Mountain and Grand Mesa, to gouge out a bike path across the face of these beautiful mountains but not OK to erect a facility that produces a product we all need?

 

I would like to submit a suggestion for the “You Said It” section on Sunday mornings. Divide the existing section into two new ones; a “You Said It” for those writing in with thank you’s, constructive suggestions or information, and “Complainers Anonymous” for those who simply want to spout about something that frustrates them without the risk of being recognized.

 

I want to give a big thank you to the U.S. Forest Service employees here in Grand Junction and the Western Slope ATV Club. Over Memorial Day weekend I, like hundreds of others, camped on the Uncompahgre. Riding my four-wheeler on some of the trails I noticed many improvements and new signs marking the trails. They were in the best condition that I can remember. I appreciate the hard work that it takes to keep these trails open and usable. Thank you again for your time and effort.


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