You Said It, Nov. 3, 2013

If you like the fact that the graduation rate is low; the number of students needing remediation before college is high; the dropout numbers are high; the test scores of most schools are low; the school calendar gives teachers days off for three- and four-day weekends; that more students are successful in charter schools; and the teachers union openly supports three candidates, then by all means vote for the status quo. But if you want more for our children, perhaps you should give the challengers a closer look.

The Republicans’ anti-union ad is untrue, ugly and demeans the hundreds of excellent teachers working hard every day for the children of this community. The members of MVEA work to make District 51 the best it can be.


If Jeff Leany thinks they’re losing good teachers now, wait to see if he implements his pay for performance plan — it will be a mass exodus. Teacher pay should never be based on how many applicants there are for a position. That could be attributed to any number of factors, not just whether it’s a “hard to fill” job. Why are math and science teachers worth more than reading or language arts teachers?


In response to the counties that want some of the tax revenue from the retail marijuana sales when they elected to prohibit the sale of marijuana in their county, I feel they don’t deserve any. It’s going to take a lot of hard work and diligence to ensure this operation runs smoothly and safely. If you do none of the hard work, why should you reap any of the rewards? Sit back, let everyone else do the hard work and be rewarded. I don’t think so.


To the nice lady who gave me $5 to get in to the regional marching band contest on Oct. 17, thank you so much. I was able to watch my grandson perform from Montrose. I didn’t realize you needed cash to get in.


Once again demonstrating their supreme hypocrisy, politicians in Mesa County and Grand Junction voted to ban the sale of recreational marijuana but don’t have a problem trying to suck up revenue from pot sales in other parts of Colorado. Mesa County should not get a penny of this revenue unless it agrees to deal with reality and allow the legal sale of marijuana.


While I’m sure we’re all saddened at the high price the Colorado Mesa Criterion writer paid for her breach of journalistic and academic integrity, she should take solace in the notion that she may still have a chance to hit the big time in the local Republican Party (i.e. Janet Rowland, 2007; Scott McInnis, 2010). Plagiarism seems to almost be a virtue to some.


Once again demonstrating Hispanic couple at El Tapatio on Sunday afternoon who paid for the older white couple’s meal for no reason, my wife and I would like to thank you for your random act of kindness and we make you this promise: Next weekend we will pay it forward.


A big thank you to the Sentinel for their series on suicide in Mesa County. Also to the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office and Crime Stoppers for their three-part community classes on teens and prescription drugs and heroin abuse. I just wish that as much effort and attention was used to talk about all the heartache and pain and loss that happens from alcohol. How many kids start out with a few beers, then go on to other drugs?


I hope when Pete Hautzinger decides to sue the Mesa County commissioners he won’t be using taxpayers’ money.


I want to thank the gentleman who paid for my purchases at Walmart on Friday. It was unexpected but I’m grateful. God will bless him for his kindness and generosity.


Kudos to the CMU marching band debut last week! All the members had obviously worked very hard and the display was quite impressive. Thank you. Your show was a real treat for us all.


To the TSA person at the Grand Junction airport that threw away my manicure set. Thanks. For some reason that same set made it through several airports from the West Coast to the East Coast but was too dangerous to leave Grand Junction.


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WHAT A CHOICE———MCINNIS OR PALMER. Is this all they know-politics. Get out and get a REAL job.

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