You Said It, June 30, 2013

As I travel around Grand Junction each day, I am amazed at the drivers on cellphones who seem to be oblivious to the traffic signals at our most congested intersections. Too many times I see vehicles entering the busy intersection after the light has turned red and the opposing cars are starting out on the green light. Please pay attention and use your phones when it is safe to do so, because this is a great city in which to live.

Have you been to Moab or Estes Park? These national park gateway cities traded their peaceful beauty for a “jobs increase” in waitresses, hotel maids and tourist services. We’re being led down the pathway to tourist buses and congestion. Speak up. We don’t want to be a must-see destination. Tell Udall and Tipton.


Council believes the Avalon, which may or may not be able to be completed for the use of a narrow segment of the area population, is worth an investment of $3 million or more But in their very next breath they announce they can’t afford anything to improve either the Las Colonias or the Matchett properties into parks and recreation areas that could be enjoyed by thousands for generations to come. Have the council members never understood the principle of return on investment?


So, we need, and the city has funds for, the Avalon (used only by the upper income few), but not for two parks with planned expansions, which would benefit all citizens and especially those families who cannot afford luxuries of events at the Avalon?


Why should anyone fear lying to Congress when there is no penalty? You keep your job and maybe even get a promotion or bonus. If the attorney general can lie to Congress without penalty, what’s to worry?


A big thanks to the Western Slope Harley Davidson Motorcycle Club and Mantey Heights Care and Rehab Center for putting together a wonderful day for the residents. The day was full of motorcycle rides, good food and the biggest smiles from everyone enjoying the day. What a great group of caring people.


To all you thoughtless people who insist on taking your dog with you in the car on hot days: I am your worst enemy. I will not simply walk by while your dog cries in the heat, I will alert the store managers to call you over the intercom and I will call the police if that gets no results in a timely manner. I will wait until I see that you have returned to your vehicle. Leave your dog at home, please.


Here’s to you “alley walkers” who walk up and down my alley at all times of the day and night, making my dogs go nuts. Alleys are for trash pickup and utility crews. The sidewalk is in the front of my house. Use it.


Instead of the money being spent on the Avalon, which would be used sporadically, wouldn’t the city benefit everyone, everyday, with the building of a recreation center, such as that in Fruita?


A heartfelt thanks to the wonderful individual/s who paid for our anniversary dinner at Texas Roadhouse on the evening of June 19. May God bless you abundantly.


Be a good neighbor. Don’t throw your grass clippings in irrigation canals. It clogs water lines downstream.


To the person who thought it disrespectful for Americans to use their rights and freedoms to launch boats on Memorial Day, maybe you should think about what you were doing. The ceremony at the Blue Heron boat launch was advertised to honor not only those who died in service to this country, but the umbrella was spread to encompass law enforcement and firefighters. That is disrespectful to what Memorial Day is truly about. There is no argument about that.


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“I will alert the store managers to call you over the intercom and I will call the police if that gets no results in a timely manner. I will wait until I see that you have returned to your vehicle.”

Keep up the good work, you may just save a dog’s life.

Normally I would agree that the money would be better used for parks rather than the Avalon; however it seems our wonderful parks are being taken over. Myself and many others for years have enjoyed Sherwood Park, and now it is being run over by the homeless taking away the attraction of running, walking, or playing with our kids in the park. We need a think tank to come up with a solution that will care for the homeless and yet keep our parks for our citizens, visitors, and their children to enjoy.

Congress can’t afford to pay us what we paid in cash to Social Security. Over your working life at an average $30k a year you paid 15% into social security, that’s over $220,000 without employer contributions. Where’s my Money? let’s start an Obamacare and Social Security for Congress movement.

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