You Said It, March 26, 2017

Somehow, someway, the City Council and county commissioners have to come into the 21st century. Burning first, human health second, minority first, majority second is backwards. Put all outdoor burning on the ballot and see what Mesa County citizens think about burning paired with human health. Legally, morally and ethically they are exclusively and collectively responsible for mandating clean air.

The valley had the worst inversion and air quality all year from burning fields on March 16. There are other alternatives to burning of crop residues. What can we do to help farmers so they don’t have to burn anymore?

 

Real farmers do not burn their fields every year. It kills the nutrients in the soil. The burning you are mostly seeing is people with weeds who are too lazy to mow or trash that should be going to the dump. The burning of ditches and the trimmings from the vineyards and peach orchards is a necessity. The people of this valley have a right to breathe and enjoy going for a bike ride, hiking or having a barbecue without choking to death on smoke.

 

Burning is out of control in the valley. Burning without a permit should have a higher penalty than just $250 to $1,000, it should be twice that much. How many other people are burning without a permit? Furthermore, it would help if there was only one month of burning anywhere in the valley. We need a break from burning. Montrose and Delta don’t seem to have a problem this bad.

Wouldn’t it be nice on a Sunday morning to have a cup coffee and open the morning paper and not read the gripes of some imported old lady who hates smoke? Makes me want to run out and find some wet brush to set on fire. Not spring until you smell that smell.

 

How much of the smoke in our air is actually caused by farmers for agricultural reasons versus landowners or homeowners who are too lazy to get on the business end of a mower and weed whacker or spend the time and effort to take their garden waste and tree branches to the compost facility where it does some good?

 

To those of you who think Mesa County is doing a good job of road maintenance, please come out to the Redlands and take a drive down Independence Valley Drive. Let us know if you then require a trip to the chiropractor or the dentist.

 

Until our community elects responsible leaders that can live within our means and make public safety a real priority and not just an election year slogan, I will not vote for an incumbent or any tax increases.

 

When the Grand Junction Rockies play at home, how many people are there to watch? How many tickets do they sell on average? How much do they make on the concession stand? Grand Junction does not need another white elephant.

 

I would be more inclined to vote yes on 2A if I could be assured that we would all be able to afford the admission prices. I would hate to see all our taxes go up, but only a select few would be able to attend functions there due to high cost.

 

Grand Junction wants to build an event center funded by the taxpayers. How about selling Grand Junction assets that the taxpayers can’t (won’t) use, such as Whitman Park, and using that money toward something the taxpayers can use, such as an event center?

 

I remember when the public library was trying to obtain support to build a new $19 million facility. Instead, many of us pushed for some extensive design/common sense remodeling and we were able to achieve the great facility we have now for under $6 million. I really think that the proposed Two Rivers/event center needs this same kind of re-evaluation. I think we could save millions of dollars and end up with a great, affordable, community-supported venue.

 

If drilling wells close to schools is so safe and wonderful, it would seem the top 100 executives of drilling companies would all be extremely happy to have a well in their front yard.

 

Just took my dad to renew his driver’s license. Super-nice people working, no wait and no disgruntled customers. Awesome!

 

Thanks to Sen. Michael Bennet for showing up in person at a town hall. Where are Sen. Cory Gardner and Rep. Scott Tipton? Are they afraid of their constituents? Showing up in person is a lot different than a “telephone town hall.” Come on, guys. Show some courage.

 

The picture of the young boy on Thursday’s “You Saw It” letting the American flag drag on the ground was disheartening. I was brought up to respect the flag and never let it touch the ground. I even thought the flag should be destroyed if that happened. Please bring the new generations up to respect the flag so many have fought for.

 

If you don’t think CMU is an economic driver and worth the money the city gives it each year, check this week’s traffic against spring break’s. Quite a difference.

 

I would like to thank the young ladies that put on the basketball camp for the young girls at Central High. The girls were all having so much fun. I know ours did. That’s all they have talked about. So again, thank you. You ladies did an awesome job.

 

The crime rate in Grand Junction is up. Do you think marijuana could be the problem? Legalizing marijuana in the state of Colorado is one of the dumbest things this state has done.

 

To the kind stranger who paid for our dinner last Tuesday evening at Chili’s, these two senior citizens would like to say thank you. We will pay it forward.


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