You Said It, May 5, 2014

Community Hospital’s new relationship with the University of Utah and the high-tech care it will bring to our area is encouraging. I was saddened, though, to read that St. Mary’s Hospital is no longer cooperating with Community to improve the health of the Grand Valley as a whole. The historically friendly relationship between the two hospitals is a big part of why Grand Junction’s health care system is nationally known. Shortsighted business interests may soon end that legacy of cooperation.

Thank you, Dr. Kurtzman and Dr. Havlik, for serving our community in an exemplary way of peacemaking. I am relieved that I do not have to decide which one of you gets to be coroner through the primary process. It was going to be hard to decide.


Thanks for the article on Valley View Hospital in Glenwood Springs and specifically compensation levels and costs in general. Their charges and physician salaries are absurd and out of line in comparison to the Grand Junction hospitals. Doctors’ salaries of nearly $1 million a year are ridiculous. This is nothing short of greed and excess. Thanks to The Daily Sentinel for shedding light on this issue.


I see another court case gone bad because a juror can’t answer a question without lying. This juror should be jailed for perjury right next to the person that was convicted. What a huge waste of time and money this will be if this person is given a new trial. I know because I was also on this jury and had to sit through three weeks of disgusting photos and testimony that Penthouse or Hustler wouldn’t even print. I feel now that my time was wasted.


I was dropping my child off at Redlands Middle School recently at 7:15 a.m. when I noticed a driver flashing their headlights at oncoming traffic to warn them of the police officer up ahead. The speed limit at that time of day is 25 mph. I find it amazing that someone could be so ignorant as to rather have some moron speeding through a school zone full of not-yet wide-awake children than to have them stopped by an officer doing the job we pay them to do.


In response to the downtown merchants not making up their mind, think about the local businessman for once. They are all small business owners who employ local people. Nobody is backing them except their own pocketbook. You want them open during all of the events that the DDA brings in, but you really only want them open so that you can get out of the extreme temperatures and to use the bathroom. Next time you are downtown spending your hard-earned money with an out-of-town vendor who is only there for the weekend, shame on you! Keep your money working in this community, don’t send it out of town with the vendor of the weekend. These business owners are also your neighbors.


Here we go again! Even after residents of Grand JUnction said no to City Market to a store at one of the busiest corners in town, 12th and Patterson. They don’t need a store within a mile of Safeway and Albertsons, but closed the First and Orchard store, which was great for seniors, and the Eastgate store, which were needed in those areas.


We do not need another grocery store at 12th and Patterson. We do need a store at 29 and D roads, and also a new store in Fruita.


Fruita grocery shoppers deserve better! If City Market won’t invest in our area, let’s call out to Safeway. If you build it, we will come.


I find it a little funny that when there is a tragic accident in the desert that law enforcement is to blame and not the young people that chose to go get alcohol and drive there. I find it tragic and very sad that the young lady that was killed left her baby daughter and it was her choice, not anyone else’s, to go out to the desert and drink. It’s time to stop putting the blame on others. If you chose to go do something stupid, then you need to accept the blame for anything gone wrong, period.


In reply to concerns for panhandlers in GJ. A lot of people don’t qualify for Social Security or disability because they never worked. Those people who have warm beds and food on the table worked for it. Ask a panhandler if they want to work in the orchards, soup kitchen, etc. For those who are thinking about giving to panhandlers, instead please give to the soup kitchen, social services, etc, and they will use your money wisely and give to those who qualify for real help.


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