You Said It, March 11, 2012

The Department of Agriculture, Division of Food Stamps, is pleased to announce they are distributing the greatest amount of food stamps ever. At the same time, the Department of Agriculture’s Park Service Division is asking people “please do not feed the animals because they may grow dependent and not learn to take care of themselves.”

A big thank you goes out to the three gentlemen who helped me out greatly with my horse trailer on Saturday by Carino’s. You saved the day.

 

I think they should move the bus station next to Colorado Mesa University. This would consolidate two high-crime areas, making it easier to police.

 

Kudos and thanks to the wonderful cast and crew of “Crazy for You” at Colorado Mesa University. You were perfect, full of energy and very talented. Live theater is such an addition to Grand Junction.

 

Of course spending less time in school will raise test scores in School District 51.  Administration is top heavy. The students never come first.

 

I started school right after my fifth birthday, walked a mile-and-a-half, carried my own lunch, and proceeded to graduate from high school at 16. Then I went to work and after 70 more years finally retired. I’m not on any medications and do not take vitamins. My, how times do change.

 

So the Grand Junction firemen need training on large commercial structure fires. Here’s an idea: Why don’t they train on the Avalon? They get great training, we get rid of a white elephant; two birds with one stone, and we save millions.

 

To the gracious gentleman at Sullivan’s Grill in Fruita who paid the tab for me and my two small, noisy children: Your kindness meant more than you know. While I may not have needed the gift financially, I needed it spiritually.

 

Attention local TV news anchors: Stop using the present tense to report something that happened in the past. Leave the headlines to the newspapers.

 

It’s very sad to lose the greeters at the Walmart stores. Most of them had courteous behavior with polite remarks. They made people feel good. What is the problem?

 

Drug treatment may not be perfect in Mesa County, but Krystyn Hartman took it a step too far to negate the effectiveness of the Meth Task Force. Sorry, as a taxpayer I’m not paying for the alternative treatments she suggested.

 

Recovery? Not quite. Mr. Robinson seems to equate completion of the residency treatment program with recovery, stating that current rates indicate 70 percent completion by those who enroll at the facility with “recovery.” This is grossly misleading and avoids discussion of recidivism.

 

Please keep us posted informed of the Barbara Mae West trial. After all, she was just driving to church.

 

This is to the ignorant bigot at Western Convenience in the Redlands at 8:20 on a Friday morning who told the Hispanic men (who were minding their own business), “If you can’t speak American then you better go back down south.” We don’t speak “American” here, we speak English. You sounded like a complete racist idiot, and I’m only sorry that I didn’t put you in your place right then and there.

 

Anybody been to the Fruita library to find a nonfiction book? It’s a nightmare. Someone decided to get rid of the Dewey way of arranging books and just slapped a bunch of labels on them. Now if you want to find all the books on, say, penguins, they will be scattered all over the animal section, I think according to the title. What a mess.

 

Did it occur to Rick Wagner that maybe all those recent gun sales to women and others might be liberals arming to protect themselves from the crazies with arsenals who get their formal educations from hate talk radio?

 

Please, please, please: Can’t we re-name McInnis Canyons? Consider COPMOBA Canyons.

 

Thank you to the nice man at the compost area for helping me with the tailgate of my truck and the load of leaves and branches. It’s great to know that there are still nice people watching out for each other.

 

As reported in your edition of March 7, 2012, Fruita Monument High School Vice Principal Todd McClaskey stated that an increase in marijuana violations started happening “around the same time medical marijuana dispensaries opened.”  Also “some students were caught at school with marijuana that had a dispensary label on it.” Straight from the front lines. Harmless? Not to our kids. I rest my case.


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