You Said It, May 8, 2016

Attention all graduates: Cashing the graduation check from grandpa and grandma does not equal a thank you card. Just purchase a nice little thank you card. Sit down and, in your own handwriting, write a few sentences and say “thank you.” Then address the envelope, put a stamp on it and drop in a U.S. mail box.  Do it right away so you don’t forget. Have some class, for Pete’s sake.

Business owners and employees, listen up: “Sorry about that” is not an apology for poor service or whatever it is being used for. It is a poor excuse for taking responsibility for an error or problem. “Sorry about that” is condescending, flippant and rude. Please train your employees not to use that phrase.

Our little stretch of businesses downtown on Main Street and the Grand Junction Police Department need to mobilize to figure out what to do to help improve the homeless situation. The plentiful beggars with their sometimes very mean dogs that hang out in front of local businesses are not doing anything to make the tourists or citizens feel safe. What to do? The mall is looking better and better.


I don’t think that I will be attending any of the JUCO games this year. The price isn’t quite right. I think a S(c)hilling would be about right.


Thank you to the lady who paid for my grandson’s kickball at City Market on Thursday night. Not only did you leave an impression on me, but you also showed an act of kindness that my grandson, who is 6, has shared with not only his parents but everyone he met that evening. Thank you. We will pass it on.


So the county commissioners say they won’t take a pay raise, then they take it? And they claim there is no money for economic development, yet run a budget surplus? They use taxpayer money to align the county with a lobbying group that wants public lands sold off to private entities? And they publicly attack anyone who dares to challenge their lack of vision? Most recently one commissioner even expressed confusion as to why young adults are leaving the area. Really? Is there a local group that is any worse than this? Sadly, the answer may be “yes.” How about those who will actually vote to re-elect these clowns?


I feel our police, sheriff officers and firefighters don’t make enough money. Why not take some of the money from our county commissioners and their big raises and give it to the police, sheriff officers and firefighters?


What might go a little way to “help” Commissioner Scott McInnis to rein in his oversized and pompous ego would be to finally rename that conservation area west of the Grand Valley. High Remote Desert Solitaire Canyons, anyone? It would be much more appropriate and representative of our area than rewarding self-serving pomposity.


To the kind lady outside of Michael’s on Friday morning: Your actions and words were just what I needed as I struggled in getting my two screaming toddlers and stroller to our car. I was on the verge of crying right along with them out of frustration and embarrassment. You took the time out of your day to make sure the children and our belongings all got loaded safely and encouraged me that all moms go through this phase and it will get easier. From one mother to another, thanks and Happy Mother’s Day.


I just want to say to the person that hit a small dog on Peter Drive in Fruita on Friday and didn’t even stop: She did not make it.


Thanks to the folks who bought our lunch Sunday, 
May 1 at the Strayhorn Grill. Thank you for your generosity and thoughtfulness.


We almost killed you today, motorcyclist. In heavy traffic you were weaving in and out of cars. There wasn’t much room between us and the car in front of us, yet you swerved right in front of us, no turn signal used. And you wonder why motorcyclists are killed. Not smart.


To the person who ruined the Donald Trump sign on Orchard Mesa: Spray-painting over it and putting a peace sign on it? How ridiculous. I’m sure the person who did it won’t see this, as I’m sure they are too ignorant to read the paper. Go get a job so you don’t have so much time on your hands.


I would like to thank the lady who found my purse in the shopping cart Saturday afternoon in the Lowe’s parking lot.


Many thanks to the folks at the Department of Motor Vehicles on Thursday morning. Everyone was so helpful and pleasant in getting my driver’s license renewed. It was very much appreciated.


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