You Said It, Nov. 17, 2013

I read the article in The Daily Sentinel, “Desert Dumpers,” with interest and disdain. It’s totally disgusting that people will dump their trash in a beautiful desert environment. The interesting part is I didn’t realize it is no longer trash if it can last 50 years, due to antiquity laws. So now, if you can’t properly date the trash before picking it up, “The Gov” can get you. Trash by any age is still trash, so don’t dump it and pick it up if you can.

Tell me how it’s in the interest of fairness for the Grand Junction City Council to cut $20,000 from public transit — which benefits low income families, students and seniors — but sees fit to dump millions into an outdated movie theatre designed as an events center for the elite. And you call this leadership?

 

City Council is having trouble making budget ends meet but still had funds for the Avalon? How smart is that?

 

If the city is in need of cutting the budget, why are they still funding Colorado Mesa University’s expansion and the remodeling of the Avalon? Neither one would appear to be in the city’s mission statement. One is state funded and the other should be private enterprise or nonprofit. Just because it feels good does not make it right. Does the city have a mission statement?

 

Why would the dity consider cutting funding for CMU expansion considering it’s the only thing growing in our local economy? Sure, both people slated to use the renovated Avalon are thrilled, but I can’t understand how a project like that gets precedent over helping Mesa keep growing.

This is a big, hearty thank you to GJ Sentinel columnists Erin McIntyre and Gary McCallister. My weekends start with a cup of coffee, reading your columns and then invariably a smile (sometimes an outright laugh) and something new to think about. Hurray and thank you.

 

To the drunk driver in the dark colored Jeep Grand Cherokee with the car-top carrier who ran a stop sign and cut me off in the Ridges last Friday night around 10 p.m. I followed you on Broadway toward Fruita and watched you veer all over the road for miles. And yes, I called the police and reported your plates. I hope they caught you before your bad choices could hurt someone.

 

I want to thank all of the kind, wonderful people who gave “thanks” to my grandpa at the GJ veterans parade this past Saturday. You all made a 93-year-old Navy veteran who sat in his wheelchair feel so very special. Thank you.

 

I am so thankful for all our vets and what they’ve done and given for our country. Also a big thanks to the lady in Walmart who donated toward the Christmas decorations for the vets.

 

The Central High students that hang out during the day in Long Family Park instead of attending classes are getting out of control. Panhandling, harassing senior walkers, littering, smoking (including marijauna), etc. Why doesn’t the school administration, sheriff’s office or the parks department take action before something serious happens?

 

I want to say thank you for your “Student of the Week” feature. It is so refreshing to read about these quality teens each week. Andy Bowen was the best ever. His responses were so enlightening, interesting and showed the depth of his spirit and soul. I am certain his parents are so very proud of him. What an outstanding young man.

 

To the person complaining about free lunches and the weekend backpacks for kids: There are a lot of kids out there who would have nothing to eat if it weren’t for those programs. My son happens to be a free lunch recipient due to the fact that my husband underwent major surgery last year and we lost everything we had, yet he still works everyday from dawn until dusk for little pay to provide for us. A lot of good, honest, hardworking people benefit from these programs, so enjoy your good fortune but don’t look down on those of us who don’t have it.

 

To the guy who helped me when me and my wife were dealing with a flat tire on 30 and D roads on Saturday, we really appreciate it. God bless ya.


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