You Said It, March 2, 2014

While Rep. Wright may still be POST-certified, I doubt if he’s legally a “peace officer” as he’s not employed by a law-enforcement agency. He is certainly not a first-responder either; he should remember that he’s just a civilian now. I wonder if he has a concealed-carry permit?

Now Colorado Republican Rep. Jared Wright knows how long it takes for an irresponsible gun owner to leave a loaded gun where a child can discover it and accidently discharge it.


Why did it take bold print and an article clear across the paper on the front page to say Jared Wright didn’t do anything illegal?


Recently I required an emergency blood transfusion. Because I will never know who donated the blood that improved my health, I would like to thank all of you blood donors who so unselfishly give your blood for others. Thank you so much! You definitely do make a difference in people’s lives.


A few people in De Beque want to start gambling casinos there. They say it will help them economically. But what about the rest of Mesa County? We’ll end up picking up the tab for the increased crime and costs of the family deterioration that always comes with gambling. The only “big winners” will be the casino owners. Is that what we want for Mesa County? Let Sen. Steve King know you don’t want this.


It seems to me there are vastly more important issues facing this city other than panhandling. In exchange for the money spent on all the police calls and time wasted in council meetings, why don’t we just secure a post office box for each panhandler and see that they are well-stocked with envelopes, paper and postage. That way they can beg in a proper, acceptable fashion like St. Mary’s, Catholic Outreach, Hospice, United Way and Colorado Mesa University. Once they have the technique down pat, maybe the city can teach them how to seek grants.


If our legislators really cared about our health they would ban the use of tobacco by anyone over the age of 21 and then spend their time doing something meaningful.


I wish to thank the young man and his family for making my husband’s and my Valentine evening so very special at Tepanyaki by paying for our meal. I do not know your name but we are blessed to know that there are still wonderful people like you. Bless you.


Bill Haggerty writes a great column today touting the beauty of the Riverfront Trail system. My friends and I walk the Audubon Trail daily. And we know we must share the trails with bikers. So here is a heartfelt request: Bikers, please pass us on the left, say “On your left” audibly and give us some lead time. Today we were almost run over several times by people out for a bike ride. Just follow this simple request so we can all safely enjoy the trail. Thank you.


Regarding the big controversy over changing the name of the Colorado National Monument to a park: Let’s put it on a ballot and settle it for once. A few people want to change it, the majority do not. We don’t need any more smog in the valley from more cars.


A couple of years ago we had friends visiting from out of state. We took them to see Colorado National Monument. Their 12-year-old son wanted to know “how can this be a national park,” of which he was very familiar, having visited several. His father explained that it was a national monument, not a national park and that it didn’t have the attributes to make it a national park. We agreed. (Not enough campgrounds, too close to an urbanized area, not large enough). Let’s not sacrifice our credibility in the interest of economics.


On Feb. 13 my husband and I went to a restaurant to celebrate my 87th birthday with my granddaughter, her husband and family. As we went to pay, the waiter said, “Your dinners have all been paid for.” We don’t know the gentleman who did that but we want you to know we really thank you so very much. Grand Junction has some really great people!


First we lose the national news early in the morning and have to watch two hours of local news on three stations with two stations using the very same reporting and stories. Now the local stations are taking off any “adult” news and programming on Saturday mornings. Just wondering why any business would want to advertise on local news.

The GJ Chamber called the CU study on the local economy “a broken record.” No, the broken record is that of the chamber and its leadership. I will continue to shop at non-chamber stores and out of town. If I wanted to contribute to the Republican Party, I would write a check to the local Republican Party in Mesa County.


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