You Said It, May 7, 2017

The solution to the Whitman Park problem is simple. Cover it with concrete and asphalt and turn it into a large Euro-style roundabout. Have you ever seen a panhandler at a roundabout? And as a final visual deterrent add a nice statue in the center depicting our esteemed county commissioners or City Council.

Yes, we definitely have a homeless issue at Whitman Park and hopefully some cleanup of the park can be done. We also have an issue on Dike Road with drug trafficking. We use the road to get to Connected Lakes State Park to walk our dogs and every day we see the same silver Jeep surrounded by old junky cars and not-the-cream-of-the crop people milling around the Jeep. You can’t tell me he is handing out Girl Scout cookies. I have reported this before to the park rangers and the police but it doesn’t appear anything is being done to clean it up.


I would love to see a You Said It column consisting entirely of accolades to the police officers who are there for us every single day and deserve public recognition. Thank you, Officer Rocky Baldozier, for the careful and effective help you gave me, and for your service to our community.


I would like to send a big shout-out to the wonderful people at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Grand Junction. They were always there to furnish any supplies, equipment and care my husband needed even before his stroke. After his stroke they were awesome in their help and care. I will always be grateful that we were able to keep him at home, thanks to the Volunteers of America and HopeWest and Hospice Care Center that the VA provided. Thank you, VA.


Science is not a liberal conspiracy. Bravo to those who marched recently.


The zoning department sure missed the mark when they approved the zoning at the Horizon Drive Freddy’s location. Not enough parking, should have had two pull-in/pull-out lanes due to converging roundabout traffic, interstate traffic and pedestrians trying to cross Horizon Drive to the restaurant. An accident waiting to happen.


The crop of elm seeds this year is a very large clean-up task for home dwellers and city alike. If the city would remove all the old elms in its territory, that would make a huge dent in the workload. Citizens are working at removing their trees. With so many interesting varieties of trees to choose from, we could be a model city.

I want to take this opportunity to thank the very kind lady at City Market in Fruita who was a customer that helped me out with my groceries. She had checked out and saw me waiting for an employee to help me.  That was so very kind of you and so appreciated. There are still kind people in this world, and when I get better I will pay it forward.


Hey potheads, the next time you use the excuse, “Marijuana is no worse than alcohol,” think about this: When was the last time you heard of gunmen traveling halfway across the United States to shoot up the little cow town of Molina for a case of wine? How long ago did a group of thugs drive over from Denver to murder and rob somebody for their beer stash? Maybe we should legalize methamphetamines and heroin, couldn’t be any worse than alcohol? What an absolute embarrassment!


Hmm. Seems to be some collusion going on with the gas prices in the valley. There used to be sometimes a 10- to 15-cent per-gallon difference between the stations. Now there is only about a 2- to 4-cent difference. When the prices in Junction are about the same as what is in Palisade and Cameo, there is something odd going on. What has happened to competing prices?


To the adult (possibly mother) who allowed a young man to hang outside the passenger door across the Grand Junction High School parking lot: Are you nuts? Who is the adult, and did you think that was cute? Great role model.


I wish the lazy owners of the wood rail fence in need of repair on 26 Road between F½ and G roads would either fix it or hire someone to. It is trashing up the neighborhood and it would not take much to look great again.


What on earth is going on at the county assessor’s office? The property notice of valuation for my home says it went up in value 59 percent in two years? You bet I’ll be filling a protest.


To the lady who chastised me for sitting with my dog on a long tether in Sherwood Park: Obviously your walking in circles around the park has made you dizzy and clouded your judgment. You suggested that I go against doctor’s orders after serious surgery. I unfortunately could not tie on my tennis shoes and circumnavigate the park, getting into other people’s business, as you delight in doing. Mind your own life and keep walking.


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