You Said It, March 6, 2016

On the heels of an ill-
advised idea for a $62 million events center, we get three full-faced economic reality punches: Union Pacific shuts down in Grand Junction, another Western Slope coal mine ends operations and United cancels its route from Grand Junction to Houston. We need to recognize and accept the reality that we need a long-term plan for economic growth and stability involving tourism, recreation, transportation, agriculture, technology and manufacturing. Maybe it’s time for some new leadership in the city and greater Grand Valley?

Legal, recreational marijuana has been a huge economic boon to towns that have allowed it. It’s brought many good-paying jobs and revenue to places that have permitted sales and cultivation. The Armageddon many predicted from legal marijuana has never come to pass. Grand Junction’s economy has been hurting so badly for so long, City Council should be doing everything possible to turn it around, including taking advantage of the new marijuana economy, like so much of the rest of the state is doing. It’s time to allow retail marijuana in Grand Junction.


To the city of Grand Junction: I just left the front end alignment shop, $69.99 and your taxes, total was $76. Then I’m driving down Orchard Avenue, and all of sudden — BAM ­— I ran over one of many, many manhole covers that sits down 4 inches. I live paycheck to paycheck and I saved my money for my alignment. Now it’s out of alignment again. Please, city of Grand Junction, fix the manhole covers.


On a busy Friday afternoon, Feb. 26, my mom’s car broke down at the Maverick store on 29 1/2 and Patterson roads. My passengers were my 89-year-old mom, her 88-year-old friend and my dog. Not one young man bothered to ask if we needed help. To our surprise, a lovely young woman with a Texas Roadhouse shirt holding her baby asked if we needed to use her cellphone and said she wished her husband was there to help. Also, the young male cashier at the store was very kind and got a bowl for my dog for water. We did get the help we needed. I will never forget these two acts of kindness which made a big difference to us. Thank you.

We hear a lot about young people and the things they do wrong. I would like to thank the two young men who helped to unload my truck on Feb. 28. They were just passing by and offered out of the blue. Young men, you and your mom are doing things very right. You are much appreciated. Too often, acts like yours are taken for granted. They shouldn’t be. Thank you.


I am dumbfounded that CMU could not have seen with its own eyes no access to the University Center from the parking garage. Who, exactly, is in charge there? And they must have gotten a quantity discount on slow elevators; the other one is at the stadium.


I fail to understand why everyone is so upset with the school board members for their calendar and proposed curriculum. The teachers have been running their union-endorsed candidates for years, you keep voting for them, and you continue to reap what you sow. Did you really think that leaving the foxes in charge of the henhouse would result in any different outcome?


When will the city of Grand Junction and/or Mesa County repair Monument Road westbound between Mariposa and South Camp Road? I feel like I’m catching air like the Dukes of Hazzard.


If the public defender’s office can commit eight lawyers to a court hearing, they are overstaffed. No wonder the public defender’s office didn’t want to reveal how much they spent on the Blagg defense. The state Legislature needs to reduce their funding.


Wasn’t the goal of the Avalon Theatre remodel to attract national acts? What happened? It seems like it’s become a very nice movie theater, since movies are the main attraction. Now we’re told we need an amphitheater and a new convention center so we can attract more business. Really?


I would buy more groceries, and therefore stimulate the local economy, if I did not smell the pungent odor along 12th Street as it passes Safeway. My appetite is stymied as I near the grocery store. It is unclear whether this is a city issue or Safeway’s, but I hope they solve this long-lasting problem before I waste away with the rest of the skinny people north of Horizon Drive.


I would like to thank the person who turned in my phone on Valentine’s Day. During a perfect day at Powderhorn, I absentmindedly left my phone in the bathroom. An unknown skier gave the phone to guest services. They tracked me down and returned my phone to me. It’s so nice to live in a place where honesty prevails. Thanks to all who helped me enjoy a perfect day.


When is the Colorado Department of Transportation going to block the median crossings just south of Whitewater on U.S. Highway 50? There are two signs saying “keep off median,” but the people that have driveways in this area abuse the median and it is becoming very dangerous to the increasing traffic. Please do something.


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