You Said It, March 13, 2016

The city wants to raise taxes to build an arena, even though the jobs it might bring in will be, for the most part, minimum wage jobs once the facility is built. What is it going to cost the taxpayers each year over and above the debt service to maintain this arena? The only positive thing I see out of this proposal is it will give the 40 percent of the people already on public assistance another place to go and spend the money they are getting from those few of us that are still paying the taxes.

Being critical of the Avalon for not hosting more concerts in an economic downturn is like complaining to the airport for having a big runway without flights to every city. If and when we return to a time where we have lots of people with disposable income we will see more of the entertainment options we remember and miss. Until then, what can you do to inspire an economy besides complaining about its impacts?

To the wonderful individual who found my flash drive in a computer at the CMU library on Friday morning ... and kept it: I hope you realize how much your decision cost me. That drive contained countless hours of homework and projects, as well as thousands of pictures. Bravo. I am embarrassed to call you a peer. I would be expecting a nasty visit from the karma fairy any day now.


To those of you who oppose the relocation of the Daisy Center foster home, shame on you. Sounds like you’re more concerned about your cookie-cutter lifestyle than our society’s youth. Out of sight, out of mind is not the answer. Come down off your high horse and let it be. I’m sure your prized possessions will be just fine.


Thank you to all the people who rescued me and my little dog from two pit bulls on March 9 on Lark and D 1/2 Road. I was so shook up I didn’t get the names of the two or three men who stopped and got the dogs off of Toby. Two real estate people had wrapped a blanket around Toby and took him and me to our vet. Hope you fellows read this, and thank you so very much. Toby had a two-hour surgery and the vet thinks he will be OK.


Fruita, wake up. Why would you allow a smoke shop next to a family yogurt shop? What kind of a message are you sending to the children of our community?


I would get CMU suing the parking garage architecture firm if there were engineering or structural issues, but that’s not the case. They’re suing for bad access to the student center and a slow elevator, both of which CMU officials should have been able to easily review and modify prior to the build. That’s how it works, and one doesn’t have to be an architect to evaluate access (i.e. doors, stairs, hallways) or compare mechanical spec options (i.e. elevators and how big and fast they are). I’m sure decisions were made to keep the costs as low as possible, and only now that the people see the silliness of the decisions are CMU officials paying attention. And, as they are prone to do, are passing the buck.


I would like to thank the gentleman at City Market on 32 Road for paying my bill on March 3.


When you purposely let your housecat(s) roam free, you then accept the consequences should your feline enter an enclosed yard protected by dogs. By instinct, most dogs will react protectively and aggressively toward predators and trespassers entering their space.


On behalf of my elderly mother I would like to give kudos to Grand Junction police motorcycle officer John who righted her fence post after a vehicle had hit it. I think most would’ve just told her to “call somebody.” Thanks, Officer John. You’re a credit to the badge and the Grand Junction Police Department.


To the driver of the gray pickup who found it so necessary to pass the three cars waiting behind the GVT bus on Orchard Avenue on Wednesday afternoon: You are an unsafe idiot. What’s the huge hurry? Why are so many drivers these days so determined to ride your behind when you are going the speed limit? Or drive crazy, swerving in traffic to pass others, only to end up at that red light first? Or worse, run the red light? People, please be safe. You are risking others’ lives, not just your own.


I encourage everyone to report burned out or malfunctioning street lights to Xcel Energy or Grand Valley Power or to your city. We as taxpayers pay for these lights whether they work or not. There are street lights burned out from Fruita to Palisade. On a recent drive from the mall to Clifton I counted well over 25 lights out. It’s becoming a safety concern.


Thank you for the beautiful “You Saw It” March 10. This was a refreshing change from the usual “Me, Me” selfies, and a window to the beautiful world that surrounds us. Not that selfies are all bad, but there is so much more to our world than just us. Thank you, again.


Thank you, City Market in Clifton, for the stack of plastic bags. We’re in the process of moving and those bags sure come in handy when packing small items.

Thank you, also, to The Daily Sentinel for plastic bags the paper comes in. Great for wrapping kitchen items (cooking utensils) and other small items. The above makes packing much easier.


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