You Said It, Oct. 27, 2013

To the gentleman who donated and delivered 60-plus cases of Girl Scout cookies to the VA hospital, thanks but no thanks. While we love Samoas, Tagalongs and Thin Mints, we prefer them without mealworms. The cookies were well over a year past expiration. Our vets survived foreign conflicts but would not have survived your stale offerings.

Know what I like about the new proposed roundabout on Horizon Drive? Absolutely nothing. Going to the air show looks like more of a hassle and going out to eat, forget about it.

 

I appreciated reading the article and now understand what a difficult situation Mesa County has created in not adequately funding the District Attorney’s Office. I hope the county will rectify this situation because I do not want to see them lose these valuable and experienced attorneys. P.S. I think some people who are no longer raising children may have forgotten how hard it is to “rein in the budget” with expenses going up, up and up, including food and utilities.

 

A great big thank you to the nice people who helped me with my trailer when it came off of the hitch on Patterson Road. There really are good people in Grand Junction, and your kindness help saved this grandma a lot of stress and possibly an accident.

 

The teachers’ union, MVEA, has given over $9,000, plus more than $3,000 from the Public Education Committee to three candidates running for the school board and that is not political? Have these three candidates, Williams, Parrish and Mikolai, taken a pledge that they will not be influenced by these contributions when the next union contract is up for negotiation in three years? Makes me wonder.

 

District 51 schools are too good for post-Amendment 64 lucre but feel just fine about accepting money from sources outside our valley. Wise up and embrace the biggest cash crop in U.S. history or be left in the dust by other areas.

 

I’m glad the editor thinks the proposed Amendment 66 tax increase would be a “small” cost to Mesa County homeowners. This week I have assisted two families struggling to buy groceries and gas and they are working families, not on any government “programs.” Any hike in their property taxes means a higher house payment, which they cannot afford. Taxes need to decrease, not increase, or we don’t stand a chance of economic recovery.

 

Kudos to the editorial staff for writing about Amendment 66 on Sunday. I had intended to vote “no” but changed my mind after learning the many benefits its passage would mean for District 51. Proponents should have done a better job of educating voters.

 

The ads for Amendment 66 give the impression that art, music and gym classes have been eliminated due to lack of funding. I called several schools in District 51, and the answer was unanimous — they all presently offer art, music and gym classes. Therefore, the programs can’t be “brought back,” as the emotional ads incorrectly indicate.

 

My heart goes out to Harry Easton. As a retired teacher and present substitute in the district, I understand the frustration of trying to teach a class that refuses to stop talking and disrupting the lesson. We often aren’t given any warning about difficult students and how to respond to them. These students destroy the learning process for others in the class who do want to learn. How sad that such a fine educator understandably “lost his cool” with a disruptive class. It’s no wonder the district is having such a tough time getting substitutes to cover classes this year.

 

To the girl who barreled around the corner at the intersection of 28 1/4 and Patterson roads on Wednesday night when I was crossing on the walk sign, you better slow down and pay attention before you hit somebody.

 

I have been living in Grand Junction for 11 years and in the last two months I have come close to being hit by a car six different times at the four-way stop at 26 1/2 Road and G and at 27 Road and G. Some drivers never stop or slow down. I know the police are busy, but I would really hope they could dispatch someone to sit in these areas from time to time.

To the person who returned my purse to customer service at City Market on 24 Road, I carelessly left it in the cart. May good blessings surround you forever.


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Amendment 66 will not increase property taxes. It will increase state income taxes, so all income earners will have “some skin in the game”, not just property owners.

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