You Said It, March 30, 2014

The Caprock headmaster missed a golden opportunity: She should shave her own head in support of the student and her cancer-stricken friend. The “Today Show” and everyone else would be flying all three of them to New York, and people around the world would be saying, “I want to move to Grand Junction so my child can go to Caprock!”

Grand Junction is a great town and turning it into a national embarrassment is not an easy thing to do, but somehow Caprock Academy managed to do exactly that. Wow.


As a recent cancer survivor, if it wasn’t for the support of my friends and this community, I believe my recovery would not have been so swift. Shame on you, Caprock. There shouldn’t even have to be a meeting. Isn’t support and solidarity part of the self-esteem you should be instilling onto the children?


Too bad Heather Jensen didn’t get the maximum sentence. She will still be of child-bearing age when she gets out. An IQ of 70 something and she wants to be a grief counselor — I don’t think so.


The proposed Fruita marketing slogan “B——es Ride Too” is fantastic. What a great way to reach out to an underserved niche market. I can’t wait to see what clever, out-of-the-box catchphrase they’ll come up with when they decide to market to African Americans.


In regards to the 4640 video shown at Grand Mesa Middle School, I say hallelujah to the teacher who tried to share an alternative, fun, healthy and safe activity for children outside school. I do not go to church, push my spirituality on anyone or have a problem with atheists, but I do have common sense and I think our children need these kind of activities and teachers/parents/mentors who are willing to show them there are things to do besides use their phones and game toys. What do you do for our community’s children?


So the free thinkers are upset that a local church is providing an activity center for our youth to have a safe place to socialize and have fun. Do they have a better idea? I don’t attend that church but am grateful they provide such activities for my teen. Why don’t the free thinkers and atheists come up with something constructive for our teens to do instead of complain?


It is noteworthy and also somewhat entertaining that the atheists, who proclaim so loudly that there is no God, also object so vehemently when He is spoken of, represented, etc. If He really doesn’t exist, as they believe, what does it matter?


Last month I was in Grand Junction to visit family and attend a funeral. I made a quick visit to a grocery store. As I pulled into the parking space, I accidentally bumped the car in front of me. I waited to tell the owner of the other car what I had done and am glad I did because it gave me the opportunity to meet a very nice young woman. She took one look at her car and said not to worry, there was no damage. After seeing my obvious relief she then gave me a big hug. I did not get her name but am hoping she reads this and knows just how grateful I was — and am — for her kindness that day.


Well, I’m glad the ACLU has chosen to dictate what the local residents and government decide in Grand Junction. Yes, there are some panhandlers in need, and they need to use all resources open to them throughout the community. But there are many panhandlers that are pushy, do jump into traffic, and do gather their money only to go off to the liquor store. So tell me, ACLU, how are we violating their rights to freedom of speech when our local government is trying to protect our citizens’ rights to be free from harassment and threats? Seems to me that the ACLU has its mission wrong.


A Denver judge won’t let the city of Grand Junction limit panhandlers, but we can. Stop giving them money.


Sorry, but I don’t understand the hoopla over changing the status of Colorado National Monument to a national park. I have visited several national parks and while the monument is beautiful, it simply does not measure up to any of the national parks I’ve seen.


They will throw a ticker tape parade when $1,000 citations are issued at the first sign of smoke from an open burn. People who feel they have to burn are either too lazy, cheap or incompetent to manage their property resourcefully. And yes, I’m 62, qualify as a Colorado pioneer and have spent the majority of my life on a 250-acre ranch.


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Thank you Councilman Buescher for laying another residential neighborhood on the sacrificial altar of Tourism. Making streets into cycling racetracks 365 days a year does not create quality of life for the rest of us. Are you removing the stop signs for the rest of traffic? They must be invisible to the gangs of spandex cyclists, or have you just assured them they have no need to obey the law. Encourage bikes on off road trails, and let citizens walk, run, bicycle, and drive in neighborhoods safely. Will National Park status stop this, or make it worse.

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