You Said It, Oct. 16, 2016

Thanks, School District 51. Now I have to alter my message to my kids. Instead of “do the crime and you’ll do the time, I’ll preach to the new morality of “do the crime and get promoted on the taxpayers’ dime.” For this measly personnel action, you have buried any chance of us taxpayers agreeing on future bond issues.

Isn’t the “time out” for Hal Templeton, former principal of Mount Garfield Middle School, somewhat expensive? He retains his high salary and is relocated, where a new job was created. Another person is brought in at a high salary to finish out the year. And this money-strapped district is getting these funds from where? Sounds like the green stuff is available, but just for particular situations.


I can’t understand why we need to spend money on an amphitheater when the city wants to cut jobs to save money. An amphitheater is the last thing this city needs. It will just be a white elephant, just like the theater on Main Street. Also, once it’s built, it will be a wonderful place for tent city and all the homeless to live.

The county is facing a shortfall as is the city. I know the answer. We need another festival. That is just what we need. Or an amphitheater that will cost millions and sit empty 90 percent of the time like the Avalon and Two Rivers.


We may not make the budget for 2017, but by golly we will have monies to spend on Las Colonias. Oops, not enough for the Avalon. Oops, not enough for Two Rivers. The roads are going to pot, but we all can gather at Las Colonias and sing about our many things the council of Grand Junction has thrown away our hard-earned money on.


The city spending millions on an amphitheater when they are cutting salaries and the streets are in a complete mess is another stupid decision by this council. About like the school district always wanting more money, but they can add $98,000 filling a position that all of a sudden has to be filled by a principal that should be terminated, or at least not still getting his $81,000 salary in full! Go figure.


Just got my notice regarding premium increase for my Obamacare health insurance bronze plan. For 2017 my rate will increase from $552 to $810 per month. I read in your paper that expectations were for a 20 to 25 percent increase. Mine just went up by 46.7 percent. The United States middle class and our country cannot take this abuse any longer. Hillary Clinton’s loyalty to sticking with this program is unacceptable. Changes must be made.


To the driver of the truck moving household goods on G Road last Sunday: If you are wondering what happened to your mattress, it made like a kite and flew off the truck near 2470 G Road and landed on the road in front of me. Another driver and I pulled it off the road and propped it against the wooden fence. By that time, you had disappeared heading east. Sorry for your loss.


The Republican National Committee is in disarray and on the verge of imploding and our locals are oblivious. Is it just a matter of time before the same happens to our local party?


Mesa County Deplorables! Deplorable indeed! They are hardly a political force, but a group of rude, angry individuals lacking a clear understanding and/or appreciation of their inept and unfit candidate for president they support. Even to expose a 5-year-old girl to such a demonstration of hate, “lock her up” or signs of a Clinton doll hanging in effigy! Such class. They are deplorable.


To the person who has positioned (in their backyard) a huge Trump sign directly facing the playground at Wingate Elementary: This mother is teaching my daughter who plays on that playground that the behavior of this person is abhorrent. What are you trying to prove by facing this toward an elementary school playground on which hundreds of young children play? Most people put their political signs in their front yards.


We all need a bumper sticker: TRUMP = yuck. CLINTON = yuckiest.


Yahoo. Donald Trump is coming to Grand Junction, a bastion of Republican family values: racism, bigotry and misogyny. A tribute to our local conservative political leadership that has kept us mired in the recession for far too long in hopes of the next big thing while discouraging innovation and new ideas. What a contrast to the inspiring and hopeful message of Barack Obama when he visited in 2008 and 2012.


Scott Tipton uses only melodramatic attack ads. Probably because he has accomplished nothing in Washington that would make us want to re-elect him. A trained monkey would be just as effective and cost less.


Thank you, Grand Junction Area Chamber of Commerce, for listing your endorsements in the upcoming election. As a blue-collar, middle-class worker, I will vote the opposite.


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