You Said It, March 19, 2017

Thank you for bringing attention to the “dog debacle” that so negatively affects the cross-country skiing experience on Grand Mesa. Dogs have no more business being on ski trails than they would running around on the downhill slopes at Powderhorn. We finally abandoned the wonderful sport of cross-country skiing on Grand Mesa several years ago as the trails became festooned with uncontrolled dogs that trashed the normal skiing experience. But we would certainly return to the sport if the marauding dogs were removed from our ski trails. I look forward to the possibility of dog-free skiing in the future.

If the human is not skiing in control, whose fault is it? Colorado has a law, you must always ski in control. It is the skier’s fault if they run into another person, tree or dog. Many of the Nordic Council members are rude, overbearing, and downright hateful. What do they do if they see other wildlife on the trail? What is my dog supposed to do when one of these out-of-control skiers runs into him? Ban the Nordic Council.


To the guest who visited The Egg & I on March 3 and had an item published in the paper on March 12, we stand with you. It breaks our hearts that anyone anywhere, especially customers in our restaurant, would feel the need to bully or shame another human being. The struggles of chemotherapy and its effects on the body are undoubtedly painful in many ways, and we applaud your strength and perseverance. We vow to do everything we can do ensure that you absolutely always feel welcome at The Egg & I. We hope you’ll join us again.


Rose Pugliese, John Justman and Scott McInnis are pictured in a column in the Sunday Sentinel. They discuss the financial situation of the county and the fact they can’t offer raises to hard-working, deserving employees. Why weren’t they concerned about these problems last fall when they voted themselves a 20 percent pay increase? $15,000! When is Election Day?


Dear commissioners, have any of you been to the clerk and recorder’s office lately? The lines are long, very long, due to the fact that the satellite offices in Clifton and Fruita have been closed. You seem to want everyone to make budget cuts everywhere except in your own salaries. That would be a great place to start!


Unbelievable: Commissioner Pugliese stated to Sheila Reiner, “I don’t think people realize how difficult of a position this is to have to worry about the whole county. It’s nice to be able to worry about your own office.” Maybe the role of commissioner is too much. Or stay in town as opposed to flying to Washington, D.C., for a bill signing. Who paid for that trip, anyway? With the county in such dire straits financially, hopefully not Mesa County.


Voters in the city, please get realistic on this ballot. Grand Junction’s priorities must be 1. A community center, 2. A modern, efficient airport terminal, and 3. A long way down the road, maybe an event center. The Avalon is underutilized and Las Colonias is not even open for events yet. The event center promoters appear to have very self-centered ideas. Vote it down.


To those in opposition to the event center, I hope you went to the presentation at the Avalon Sunday afternoon to have your concerns addressed. I was there and was very impressed with the degree of research and time so many have put into this worthwhile endeavor. This should be a no-brainer. It’s such a small commitment from our residents to reap such a valuable benefit. Please consider how this will benefit the entire community. Vote yes on 2A.


If the business community is so certain of the value of an event center, then build it the entrepreneurial way. Form a corporation, sell stock and build it. Don’t come to the taxpayer for a handout to support your enterprises.


I want to thank my Fruita neighbor who has a field directly west of my home. Saturday, you burned the overgrown pasture with a hot, quick fire that returned needed nutrients to the soil without using chemicals and diesel-spewing machinery. I look forward to seeing your lush green pasture in a few weeks. It would be wise for some critics to remember God’s natural way is the best.


Give me a break. Every spring we have to hear people complain about the “smoke.” You people need to get better educated about this process. It’s part of farming — getting the field and irrigation ditches ready for the growing/water process. This helps put food on your table. You moved to this beautiful country. If you don’t like it, leave.


Open burning is posing a worse problem now than before the new ordinance went into effect. I know City Council was trying to help, but with the burn season condensed into a shorter time period, more people burning more intensely, fouling the air even worse for the rest of us. The smoke filling our neighborhood and the pall over the valley in the afternoons is insufferable. We can’t breathe. The air reeks. The new burn ordinance turned out to be a public health disaster. City Council needs to grow a spine, come into the 21st century and ban open burning completely. It’s a terrible scourge.


I would like to thank the Grand Junction and Lower Valley fire departments for saving my property when a tiny garden fire blew out of control into a half-acre fire. Thank you, thank you.  My advice: Don’t burn if you don’t need to, make sure you have water and helpers, and check the weather reports.


I found The Sentinel article on increasing crime in our community to be both alarming and interesting. I wonder if anyone else took notice that the increased crime rates over the last three years track almost exactly with Colorado’s yearly marijuana tax revenues?


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