You Said It, March 5, 2017

Once again, we have reached analysis-paralysis. Maybe we should wait to bring broadband and any other important issues to City Council after the April election. Four out of five no votes on the broadband issue are currently up for re-election. Then, our community can move forward with a new City Council that is truly energized to address our community’s future.

Something is wrong in Mesa County when the commissioners get a 20 percent raise and the real workers who keep the county running get NOTHING. I’d be angry too.

 

Thank you for the article “No, he won’t apologize,” and thank you, Johnny McCarty, for having the courage to put your job on the line. As a Mesa County employee, I can attest to the dismay of my peers and recognize the fact that many valuable, long-term employees have either already quit or are currently seeking employment elsewhere. Congratulations, county commissioners, for your self-voted pay raises, as it clearly defines you as self-serving “swamp” politicians.

 

It was quite interesting that the day the front page story about county worker pay raises and how the fleet maintenance mechanic basically quit because he was not making a living wage, the county wage report was also published in the legal section of the paper. From what I see, fleet maintenance mechanics make from $38,900 to $49,000 a year plus benefits. I’m sure there are many people in this valley who would love to be making this amount.

 

Mesa County is not yet two full months into the budget year and the numbers aren’t working? Who are the geniuses that put this budget together? The commissioners need to be held accountable.

 

Read another article about the wait times at the county Motor Vehicle Department. We waited for over an hour on a Wednesday afternoon. We finally left. Our number was 16 and they were just getting to 87. Short wait times? Not really. Thanks for the help, Mesa County.

 

The Sentinel reported that airport commissioner Robin Brown said we need a “sexier airport.” Really? Who flies to an airport just because it is sexy? And how does one differentiate between sexy and non-sexy airports?  Don’t people generally choose an airport because it is near their destination?

 

To Bill Marvel and Dave Shepard: Yes, the airport is starting now with zero fraud and clean hands. You both put our airport back three years. Rex Tippetts was never charged and was the only one who knew how to move this airport forward with a new terminal. Federal agencies don’t cover up fraud. You won’t convince me that your moves stopped the new terminal. I hope you lose in court and have to pay for legal fees. The Daily Sentinel was spot on reporting why the public record was sealed during this investigation. It was because of both of you.

 

Does anyone but the City Council and the company paid to prepare the feasibility study really believe that the event center will generate $30 million in annual spending? That equates to $82,000 daily.

 

I was glad to see the “open letter” from our public safety leaders in Friday’s Sentinel. The number of homes burglarized, thefts from autos, shoplifting from businesses, even thefts of automobiles, not to mention the increase in violent crimes, all make me feel unsafe on our streets and even in my own home. Instead of crying for an event center, I think the priority should be to keep Grand Junction/Mesa County safe.

 

We saw “My Fair Lady” at CMU this week. The singing and choreography were fantastic, making it a very enjoyable and worthwhile night. Job well done.

 

I would like to congratulate and thank our local law enforcement and prosecutors for their excellent work at bringing down the 33-member drug ring operating here in Mesa County, as reported in the Monday Sentinel. It is plain to see that drugs are at the root of crime, domestic abuse, and the overall degradation of our quality of life here in our community. We should all thank and applaud those who walk the thin blue line between us and chaos.

 

Closing the lobby of the downtown post office after hours ought to bring a sense of defeat and measure of shame to the city police. The Feb. 17 article noted the reasons for the closure and clearly pointed out only a few people were responsible for the problems that frequently require a police response at that facility. To allow the behavior and actions of a few intoxicated, malicious transients to cause the law-abiding citizens to lose their privileges to access their mailboxes 24/7 is a disgrace. Rather than revoke our privileges, police need to enforce the law. Quitting should not be an option.

 

“Ride — Guidebook to Grand Valley Cycling” was an excellent addition to Friday’s newspaper. Great photography and maps, as well as loads of information on this terrific local resource. Consider the possibility of getting extras for distribution on the Front Range and Salt Lake City.

Congratulations to Kyle Blair and to the entire Central High School basketball team on an outstanding and exciting season. All of Central’s athletic teams have become stronger and more competitive every year. We are very proud of your successes.

 

I loved Robin Brown’s column, “Here’s an easy way to be healthier community.” I am so glad she brought this to light. Wouldn’t it be great, with all the health care changes going on, if someone would push for an incorporation of outdoor activities as a way to save some people money. It’s a great way to keep people motivated to take care of themselves rather than rely on the government to do it.


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