You Said It, May 12, 2013

Airlines are charging hefty fares — charging for checked baggage, carry-on baggage and now carry-on drinks. When will they start charging us for riding inside the airplane?

Good job, city workers. The spring cleanup was well done.

 

Legally, how can Grand Junction city revenue, Mesa County revenue and federal BLM revenue be used to support a political organization such as the Grand Junction Chamber of Commerce?

 

Think the chamber had too much influence in the council election? Don’t criticize the chamber for participating in the process. Criticize everyone who didn’t.

 

How to deal with the chamber bullies? Don’t buy locally.

 

To the person who returned my purse last week: Thank you very much. There are lots of good and honest people in this valley. God bless you.

 

Congratulations to Rachel Sauer for her wonderful article on April 28 about coping with tragedy. It was inspiring commentary and excellent research badly needed these days. I’ve kept a copy and loved the quotes she included. My compliments. More please.

 

I am a “germaphobe” and I cannot eat around animals. I feel that people who bring their dogs to restaurants make it difficult for someone like me to eat in public. I recently saw someone with a small dog in a dog carrier at Kentucky Fried Chicken and asked about the dog. He said it was a “service dog.” Really? How is a very small dog in a closed carrier a “service dog”?

 

So, the NRA has now declared a “culture war” on those of us who do not wish to live in the 19th century. So much for the originating clause in the Second Amendment about “a well regulated militia, being necessary for the security of a free State.” I’m sure more afraid of them than I am of our duly elected government, but I will persist in my right NOT to bear arms, even against their unregulated bullying.

 

We would like to thank the Grand Junction Fire Department/Ambulance response team who came to my mother’s aid on April 20 when she fell and broke her femur. She is 90 years old with Alzheimer’s, and they were just fabulous with her, so patient and kind. She is recovering and we are so grateful. Thank you for all you do.

 

A big “thank you” to the gentleman who paid for our meal last weekend at Denny’s on Horizon Drive.

 

I hope the Garfield County Sheriff’s Department and the Colorado State Patrol will actively pursue and charge the adult(s) who purchased the alcohol that 18-year-old Brianda Zavala drank before she died and killed two others in an accident on Interstate 70. When are people going to learn that you cannot purchase alcohol for minors and not be responsible when things like this happen?

 

As a user of the Tabaguache Trail system I am appalled at the amount of litter people are leaving on the trails. These are your trails folks, paid for with your tax dollars. Pack out what you pack in. Today I headed up to Mica Mine with a trash bag. Unbelievable that I even have to do that.

 

I sure hope the busy and worn out 24 Road bridge is on the list for a major overhaul. Part of the reason it is constantly covered with debris is because the pavement is rough. The bumps bounce junk right off trucks. Can this situation be improved?

 

Help me understand why my 15-year-old daughter cannot legally get a job, but it’s OK for people to put their children on the corner at First and Grand asking for handouts. When is the city going to do something about this? The same people are in front of Home Depot and Rite-Aid.

 

After a cold and rainy morning of paying medical bills and an afternoon of doctor visits, the wife and I decided to splurge and eat out at the International Buffet. (Some good news: the wife’s cancer is in remission.) When we went to pay the bill we were told it had been taken care of and this note was handed to us. “5/7/13. Hello. You don’t know me (or my husband). I want to say you two are lovely. You make me miss my mom and dad, who are now gone. Bless you both. I love you, Joanne of Lake City, CO.” Thank you, Joanne of Lake City, for making a couple of senior citizens glow with love.


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