You Said It, May 21, 2017

Just read on the front page that our new District 51 superintendent will have a contract for $205,000 a year. I find it interesting that we can afford to pay our superintendent approximately five times as much as most of the classroom teachers I know. Rather interesting when you think about how important those classroom teachers are in the scope of the educational process.

I have been a volunteer for many years at our area schools. I feel it is the teachers who have the biggest responsibility and a huge job, not the superintendent. When was the last time our teachers received a decent raise?

 

For a lot less money you can solve the De Beque canyon road problem. Hire six patrolmen who will consistently enforce the speed limit through the canyon. That is all you have to do. Three on each side of the road every day. Not only would the road be safe, but the fines collected could buy another patrolman. Just enforce the law consistently and fairly.

 

Today, Friday, my wife and I were taking our boat to get some service completed in preparation for the summer season. It was raining quite hard as we crossed the 29 Road bridge and a young lady with her son pulled next to us and motioned for us to lower our passenger window. She told us we were about to lose our bimini top as one side of it was not secure and about to fall off the boat. She pointed out a convenience store, where we stopped to check it out. She followed us into the convenience store and offered further assistance. She even offered us an umbrella. We did not catch her name, but her kindness, thoughtfulness and generosity are very much appreciated. Thank you!

 

So tired of the overly loud car-sized boom boxes blasting through downtown neighborhoods. Why are they allowed? The idiots do this all hours of the day and night, waking us up as the house rattles from the decibels usually found in outdoor concerts. Why, City Council? It obviously isn’t happening where you live.  Enough already!

 

In regards to the person making remarks about the Safeway Monoply game: If you read the back of the Monoply board it clearly stated that the game ended on May 9 or when the tickets ran out. You have until May 30 to turn in your Monoply coupons and gameboards. Next time, read the fine print before mouthing off.

Only in Grand Junction: My husband left his driver’s license at the airport. I received a call from a U.S. Airways employee named Stephanie letting me know they had it. She was worried that he may need it to rent a car so they had an employee on the plane he was flying in let him know he had left it so he wouldn’t worry. I was able to pick it up 30 minutes after his flight left. Such wonderful, caring service. Thank you!

I have newfound respect for Tom Spicer, who must have finally stood up to the coaches at CMU. If you have “philosophical differences” with Tim Foster, odds are you’re a good person.

 

I would like to thank the person who found my dog last night during all the commotion after the shooting on Lombardy Lane. She got hit by a car on 33 and F roads, but Grace is OK. Thank you so very much. You are an angel.

 

A word of warning: The downtown parking lot on the northeast corner of Colorado Avenue and Sixth Street is clearly marked “private parking.” It is for use only by those who pay the monthly lease fee. If you choose to “steal” and park there without a permit, we who have parking permits will park to block you in if there is not a parking space for us (or if we simply feel like it).

 

Well, I found out why we are overrun with feral cats. I called all the “services” available, only to discover we have none. I have four feral cats around my house. Three had babies and let them die. After picking up 10 dead kittens and newborns, I wanted to fix the situation. Found out I can’t without throwing hundreds of dollars into it and I can’t. The vets want $100 to fix a cat. CLAWS says they will help but want you to donate $100 with the cat. This is just greedy and stupid. What is wrong with this damn town?

 

This may be getting a tad picky but would the local television news people please try harder to use better English and show us that they really do have an education? I am not a teacher and don’t always get it right, but I do know and it makes me cringe when I hear “Me and my mom.” Please try harder to set an example for those hopefully younger people that may be watching you.

 

For Mother’s Day, after church, we ate breakfast at the Dream Cafe on Main Street. Upon leaving the cafe, we noticed a young couple with their arms full of roses and their very cute, young son giving them to the moms and grandmas walking by. We were wished Happy Mother’s Day. Such a sweet thing to do.

 

I want to thank the person who returned my purse when I left it in the grocery cart at City Market on 12th and Patterson May 16. May God heap many blessings on you.

 

Hats off to Shawn Howe for all he has accomplished for youth soccer. Shawn came on the scene when many were skeptical because of the empty promises of some who came before him. Shawn also made promises to advance the soccer programs. Not only has he done so, but he has done it with great integrity and kindness. The city of Grand Junction is lucky to have him.


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