You Said It, Oct. 14, 2012

OK. Time to change the speed limit back to 55. Save gas and save lives.

I was quite pleased to see that the Shell station at First Street and Grand Avenue had posted the recent Amber Alert for Jessica Ridgeway on their big digital billboard. What a perfect use of that resource.


I am so tired of cigarette butts being flipped out of vehicles and on the ground everywhere in Grand Junction. Why isn’t there a law saying this is litter and a fine to go with it? If anyone wants to smoke do it at home and don’t litter everywhere.


I have seen young boys who say they are sick and cannot work put on marijuana by some doctor. Yet I have seen them with pick and shovel in hand preparing the ground to plant marijuana, and care for it and process it to sell and for their own use. Yet the fruit farmers cannot find immigrants to bring in their crops.


Why is the canal company turning the canals into concrete viaducts through neighborhoods, resulting in the killing of cottonwoods and other trees that have been growing there for over 40 years? Why not limit seepage in canal areas where they traverse hillsides and create seepage problems in low-lying areas? They should look to Denver Water, who has figured out how to limit seepage and still retain lovely old trees along the canals.


Oct. 6 we had a garage sale fundraiser for our friend Natalie who is awaiting a double lung transplant. We advertised in the Sentinel and had a tremendous turnout. Not only did the community support this event, they were also genuinely concerned about Natalie. Many said she would be in their prayers. One woman even gave us an extra $10 for a 25-cent book. In total, we raised $305 for Natalie’s transplant fund. We just wanted to extend our sincere gratitude to our community for supporting this event and for being so kind and thoughtful.


While attending a private barbecue last Saturday, some knucklehead unlawfully entered my car and left a typewritten note for me. His note basically called me an idiot because of the Obama sticker on my car. I wonder who the real idiot is here?


Thank you to the Knowles truck driver (truck No. 114) who came to a complete stop and allowed my three daughters and me to pass while we were horseback riding in Battlement Mesa. You were very courteous.


To the parents of the middle school children who every day walk down 27 Road on Orchard Mesa on their way to school: Could you please have a talk with your children about manners and respect? I am tired of every morning watching them open all the mailboxes and look inside, take people’s newspapers out of their boxes and throw them on the ground, and throw trash and soda cans in our yards.


Will the police department’s new camera that monitors license plates be able to catch all the expired licenses and give out tickets?


The BLM just put a new roof on the shooting area at the rifle range out beyond the airport. At the volunteer range cleanup I noticed that some idiot shooters already have blasted at least 11 holes with a shotgun and over 25 with rifles in the roof. What gets into someone to vandalize such a nice new facility? Do they shoot holes in their house roofs, too? It’s too bad they can’t be caught and punished.


Gas dropped a penny one day last week and TV actually made a story out of it saying consumers would get some relief at the pump: 30 cents saved on a $135 tank of gas. Don’t know what I will do with all that extra money.

If you missed the Grand Junction Symphony’s Saturday night show last weekend, you missed a wonderful night of music. The show was called “Trumpet Invasion” and featured the father/son duo of Rich and Brandon Ridenour.  They played a variety of music and ended with a show-stopping rendition of “Rhapsody in Blue.” Our Grand Junction Symphony is the best!


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