You Said It, May 1, 2016

Curt Schilling is out as a JUCO speaker. Great. Bring back those mediocre speakers that no one’s ever heard of. They may be boring, but they are safely not insensitive.

Thank you, Jamie Hamilton! Good decision and good reasoning on cancelling Curt Schilling as JUCO speaker.

 

Our right to free speech is great, as long as no one hears it. Curt Schilling is out. A baseball legend and inspiration won’t be sharing his life experiences at JUCO this year because he shared his opinion. Maybe the JUCO Committee can get Donald Trump for this year’s banquet. But we wouldn’t want the student athletes to remember “that was the year Donald Trump was there.” No controversy there.

 

Everything Curt Schilling said was right. More importantly, free speech now apparently only applies to the ultra leftist in this country. Let’s all rush to protect the rights of the tiny minority, by trampling on the rights of the majority. Jamie Hamilton is spineless. I won’t be attending JUCO after all this year.

 

JUCO rakes in hundreds of thousands of dollars every year. We sure can’t let this cash cow be tainted by the free speech of Curt Schilling, who is foolishly saying what a majority of Americans are already thinking.

 

Shake the slump? The unsaid reason Mesa County is an economic disaster is lack of leadership. We keep electing commissioners who lack vision and have zero leadership skills. They say they are for free speech, but when Ms. Shrader speaks her mind bullyboy Scott has her stay at the podium for a scolding. He was offended by her truthful comments. Well, I am offended by your backward lack of vision for Mesa County, unless it comes to giving yourselves a raise — then your vision is real clear. Let’s clean house.

 

Confused by the county commissioners’ refusal to support the Off Road bike race? The business of this valley is based in access to recreational opportunity. That is in direct opposition to the picture the commissioners keep wishing for and visualizing. Extractive industries do not pay the bills for the majority of employees in Mesa County. Businesses cannot make money without these recreational opportunities, but commissioners can have a 17 percent raise. I am still confused.

 

Are you kidding me? Supporting the bike festival seems a no-brainer. Commissioners seem to be under a rock that needs to be rolled over. How can they not understand what the bike festival will mean to our economy and reputation? I’ve got it: If commissioners don’t support Mesa County activities, we don’t support the raise they voted for themselves.

 

Kudos to the Mesa County Board of Commissioners for not funding the Off Road bike fest. All business enterprises should compete in the free market without government intervention, i.e. corporate welfare. Economic development and corporate welfare are not the same thing.

 

I see in the news that the fat cats are getting a fat raise. As they say, the rich get richer and the poor get poorer. They get a raise that’s bigger than a lot of people are able to make all year in Mesa County. That money could have been used to create jobs, and maybe we would not have so many beggars around on the street corners.

 

County commissioners: I appreciate what you do. I work for $10 an hour caring for our older population, but it pays my heart more than any dollar amount could. I feel you are quite worth your pay due to the fact that your educated decisions provide for the long-term greater good. Doing all this while in a breeze of inappreciation makes for a difficult job. God bless!

 

So revenue generated by the monument increased by $11 million between 2014 and 2015, and yet the “powers that be” continue to squash national park status and major biking events. As long as that is your mentality, you have no right to complain about the depressed economy in the Grand Valley.

 

Thank you to the special person who turned in my purse at the Safeway on Horizon Drive Tuesday evening at 5:30. You are an angel, and may your good deed come back to you a hundred fold. God bless you.

 

Someone from the city should drive down Seventh Street every once in a while, Patterson to North Avenue. It is rougher than an ungraded country road.

 

I have heard many complaints about the VA. I have lived here since 1999. Maybe in some other states it is true about the service. You have to remember that since 9/11 there has been an increase of patients who have to wait longer, but I appreciate the service that I have had in Grand Junction.

 

A big thank you to the Vietnam vet and his wife who bought this Vietnam vet’s and his wife’s dinner at Junction Square Pizza. Welcome home!

 

Once again, it’s another amazing spring in the Rockies! Running, walking, and biking the trails! Pretty darn good here and as a transplant to Colorado, I appreciate how beautiful this state is and do my part to help keep it that way. Unfortunately, there are the trash throwers and pooch poop perpetrators that don’t seem to care. I see the runners, walkers and bikers abandoning their responsibilities all over the trails. Grow up and be responsible stewards of this community.Not only is this completely disrespectful, your pooch’s waste is harmful to the very wildlife we all enjoy.

 

I believe that one of the smartest things the locals said to boost the economy is improve our schools. People would flock here if we were known for our world-class education. It would take raising taxes and leadership, but what a great goal.

 

A big thank you to the girls from Fruita Monument High School for bringing smiles and fresh flowers to the residents of Eagle Ridge.


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Private events deciding who speaks at them is not a free speech issue. People that believe that ought to educate themselves on the basics of our Constitution and civics. The lack of such a fundamental understanding of American freedoms is a bit troubling.

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