You Said It, May 27, 2012

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The John Otto mystery rock was long before the Nazis. Dave Edwards, perhaps you need to study your history on Native American Indian symbols. Don’t you know it would be hurtful to every Native American Indian to have the 1915 rock removed from the museum?

On my way to work one morning, I was stopped at the light at First Street and Patterson Road and saw a guy walking around in the gutter by the sidewalk. I saw there was a mama duck in the grass and four or five baby ducks with her and several other baby ducks in the gutter. The guy had placed a board over the sewer grate so they could not fall in and was herding little ducks out of the busy street and picking them up out of the gutter. It warmed my heart. Thank you, Duck Saving Guy for making my day —  and that of several baby ducks.

 

So Clifton will turn into Beruit. The rest of the county, watch out: You’ll be next. Fifty years ago when this area had no services, there were special districts formed: water, sewer and fire. We do pay taxes: property taxes, county road, bridge, Colorado River water, mosquito control, Ute Water. I shop in the valley and the city and pay taxes. Don’t our taxes pay the commissioners’ paychecks?

 

What beautiful pictures of the Project Hope Prom. Again, Dean Humphrey did a great job of capturing the very depth of the joy these people felt.

 

I can not believe that Redlands Middle School dropped the Spanish elective and replaced it with History of Rock Music. Spanish is actually a useful skill for our students. History of Rock Music might help them win a Trivial Pursuit game some day, at best.

 

Too much me and not enough we in America these days.

 

How come when a tanker overturns on Colorado Highway 139 and spills a few gallons of chemicals, the EPA, haz-mat crews and everyone gets excited about contamination. But when the same truck delivers thousands of gallons onto a well site and pumps it down near our water day after day, no one cares?

 

I realize that people love their dogs, but please leave them at home during sporting events. I have witnessed countless times when dogs are aggressive toward one another and the owners are pulling them back trying to control them, all around little kids. Leave your dogs at home.

 

It is time to get rid of the blight on our city of ugly yard sale signs tacked to telephone poles, stop signs, cardboard boxes at intersections, etc. These are as unsightly as graffiti.

 

Here is a way to get revenue for the schools. On the yard sales signs that are left up when the sale is over and not taken down, they should be finded $10 or $15. There are usually addresses on them. Then that money could go to the schools, and they wouldn’t have to bleed taxpayers dry. Plus it would clean up the county.

 

There may be no licensing of bikes; however, I do pay to license both of my cars. I would bet that most cyclists on the road also own cars. Every time you see a car with bicycles attached to the top or in the bed of a truck, it would be safe to assume they are paying license taxes just like everyone else. Very few people use a bicycle as their only form of transportation.

 

Just read in the paper there was a hatchet incident at Whitman Park. When is the city of Grand Junction going to address the problems in our beautiful downtown parks?

 

During a recent vacation, we put holds on the three newspapers we receive. Kudos to The Daily Sentinel as you are the only service that got it right. We have canceled a paper we received on Sunday and are very close to canceling the Tuesday through Sunday. Keep up the great service, Sentinel.

 

I would like to thank all of the homeowners for allowing us to tour their beautiful historical homes. Everyone was so gracious and welcoming. A special thanks to the Jordan family. I can’t imagine how hard it was without Kathy there. She was a special person and will be much missed by the entire community.

 

Thank you to the two young men on bicycles who were so considerate to stop and push my car into the Subaru dealership when it stalled on 25 Road. A thank you to the police officer, also, who assisted in the process of moving my vehicle; it was greatly appreciated. It’s encouraging to live in an area where people are so ready to offer assistance.


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