You Said it, March 31, 2013

We would like to thank all the following organizations for going above and beyond to help out during the evacuation of Seventh Street: American Red Cross, Salvation Army, city of Grand Junction, Xcel Energy, Grand Junction Fire and Police departments, Grand Vista Hotel, Pantuso Restaurant, Seventh-Day Adventist Church, School District 51, Primerica Financial Services and all the wonderful volunteers. A heartfelt and sincere thank you for all your hard work, concern, generosity and prayers during this very trying time.

I am so proud of the CMU women’s basketball team, and I hope the whole community can get together and show their support. Way to go, girls. Congratulations on your amazing season!


Since the Sentinel is giving “grades,” how about one for it. For balanced reporting: C-. Large headlines, articles and editorials when a school has an issue, and almost nothing when three schools get state-level awards. Maybe C- is too high.


If industrial experts are not allowed to be on the oil and gas agency boards, then we should not allow any lawyers to be in the legislature. (Or lawyers on the judicial oversight committee, doctors on the BME, etc.)


In response to last Sunday’s You Said It about what can be done about the “poor dogs that are being used by homeless beggars to get pity…” My query to the person is: “What can be done about those millions of dogs that are left at home all day with no stimulation or camaraderie and fed dry dog food twice a day?” These dogs with the homeless have a companion and they have purpose, which is far superior to having nothing to do all day! These homeless “pity mongers”  just happen to have dogs, and I’ll wager, happy ones.


I recently met a friend traveling into Grand Junction on Amtrak. The city, chamber of commerce, city council, Downtown Development Authority and whatever tourist bureau we have should be embarrassed that this gateway into our area is so deplorable.


When at a restaurant tip, and tip well. Your waitress or waiter only makes $4 an hour, and we bust our butts to get you everything you need. And by the time we get your drinks, refill them, get you napkins, make sure your food is out right, get you a refill again, and then we clean your table, we expect more than a $3 tip.


I was sorry to read in the paper that the 9/11 memorial will be moved. Was so hoping it could be moved somewhere downtown so I could see it when shopping. I’ll definitely miss it downtown.


Thank you to the people in the black car last Saturday for buying our Starbucks coffee drinks. Made a very nice start to a very busy day. We will pass this thoughtfulness forward.


I attended the Fruita talent show on March 22. Seeing talent of all ages was so much fun. The last number had kids from 4 to 94 having fun together. Kudos to Fruita for an amazing night of entertainment.


The chamber types would drill us citizens that all government regulation is “job-killing legislation.” Now that we have evidence of safety and health concerns from the Parachute Creek and the Seventh Street devastations, shouldn’t we reverse the terms and associate a lack of industry oversight as potential “resident-killing” legislation?


The oil/gas proponents protest regulations and spend big to talk about how good they are for the community, but two companies can’t wait to shift the blame on a leak affecting Parachute Creek.


I went to Wendy’s in Delta for lunch. Upon arriving home I found my wallet was missing. Panic set in. I can’t thank the person enough who found it and turned it in.


Last Saturday I left my purse in a shopping cart at the North Avenue Walmart store. I did not notice it missing until I got home. I want the person/s who turned it in to the service counter to know that you saved my day. My week had not been a good one, and this made me realize it could have been worse, and instead all the worries of the week were gone. I am so grateful I live in a community of more good people than bad.


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