You Said It, June 4, 2017

A huge thank-you goes out to the party that paid for my veteran husband and my dinner at the Clifton Denny’s restaurant on Memorial Day. We had just spent the day at the VFW helping serve our veterans.

Wow! Sure hope the baseball “tournament” brought in enough revenue to the city and county to help cover some medical and rescue costs for the terrified dogs who ran away or injured themselves during the fireworks at almost midnight on Memorial Day. Guess the noise ordinance laws are for all those other folks.


The local economy has taken a hard hit this JUCO season. Rescinding alcohol sales at the stadium is a big fail full of empty seats. The smart thing to do would be limit fans to three beers. At $7 a pop for a small cup, nobody’s going to get plowed. If they arrive blotto, deny entry or kick them out of the stadium. Also, check purses and backpacks at the gate. Most of the decisions arrived at in Mesa County are flabbergasting.


Please tell me how School District 51 can justify the annual salary of $205,000 for the new superintendent? Not to mention his $1,000-a-month car allowance. How many hard-working, unappreciated teachers does it take to earn that amount of annual salary? Teachers are purchasing necessary school supplies out of their pockets on a regular basis. What the hell?


Just read the article on the new school district superintendent. His salary is comparable to a district in El Paso County. I checked the teacher salary for this school district. Imagine my surprise when their starting teacher salary was $38,200. In District 51 the starting teacher salary is $34,000. Not too comparable. Teachers, the ones who make a difference, get shafted.


It’s disappointing to see the local yokels have no idea what the job of school superintendent entails. Nor did they read the data that shows Superintendent Schultz was actually underpaid for all he did. Wages over $200,000 a year are not unheard of around here. They clearly have no idea what some CMU folks make. We pay lower wages, you will get a crappy pool of applicants.

Last week I wrote about the outstanding service we received when my husband left his license at Grand Junction Regional Airport. Well, upon his return, his trip was delayed, which caused the fresh flounder he was bringing home to sit in his suitcase almost 24 hours! My husband reported his concern and again the lady at the airport called and said they had his suitcase, found the flounder and put it in their freezer until he could pick it up. Again, only in Grand Junction. Thank you for outstanding service!


Great speech at the JUCO banquet by Dante Bichette. I’m glad he didn’t say or do anything to offend the snowflakes on the JUCO committee in the past few weeks, or we would have missed out on Dante, just like we missed out on Curt Schilling.


Gil Stone’s cartoon was wonderful, as always. There is money to be made in the marijuana industry. But this valley wouldn’t want to participate because the people here are much more interested in being seen as more moral than anywhere else in Colorado. Wouldn’t it be nice if the whole county didn’t have to suffer for the self-righteousness of a few?


To the family who left the dirty diaper at your IHOP table Saturday afternoon, this was not appreciated by anyone, especially those who bused your table. These folks work hard enough without having to remove dirty diapers from a dining room. Show a little respect.


To the immature and violent Oregon “boy” vying for the same parking place at a Grand Junction medical facility with an elderly lady: We do not treat people that way here. As a witness said, “Man up!” and learn some manners and self-control. To your female companion: If he is that violent to strangers, you will be next. Go back to your skinhead state or grow up. Signed, a former victim of domestic violence.


For several months, I have been asking myself this question: “Why do people think they can drive at 50 or 60 miles per hour on the Riverside Parkway?” Then it dawned on me: They do it because they can.


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