You Said It, Oct. 28, 2012

To the person who thinks children who don’t say thank you are too young to trick or treat: Did you ever even think that maybe those children are too excited or nervous to think about thanking you? The kids dress up to have fun on Halloween, not for their manners to be judged. If it bothers you that much to not be thanked then maybe you should turn your lights down low and not participate with the Halloween tradition.

I visit Grand Junction many times each year and am always shocked by the number of people holding signs asking for money. On my most recent visit, there was a man holding a sign as I exited Interstate 70 onto Horizon Drive. Two more were at the corners at 12th and Patterson. There was a couple and a dog on the corner of First and Grand, and a block away, a man, his sign and a dog were on a median. Panhandling is illegal where I live. I don’t understand why the citizens of Grand Junction permit this unsettling distraction from their lovely city.


To the person who hit me in their truck on 29 Road and Patterson: You are lucky I’m a big guy. Because if I was little or a scrawnier teen I could have been seriously hurt. Also, to the two people who got out to make sure I was OK: I thank you for making sure I was OK, and apologize for snapping at you in anger. I had gotten in a big fight with my grandfather right before I went to walk to Safeway and got hit by the truck.

Thank you to the true American citizen who was passing by and stopped to help someone in need on Sunday afternoon. This passerby stopped because he noticed a man in his car who did not look well. Because he stopped he was able to perform CPR on a man who was suffering a heart attack. Emergency responders were called and the man was taken to the hospital. This man is alive right now due to the quick acts of a true citizen who cares for his community. Thank you, on behalf of his family. You are a hero.


In last week’s You Said It someone commented on the smell of growing marijuana. Talk about smell. If someone walks by your house smoking marijuana, you smell it. If someone is ahead of you on a ski lift smoking marijuana, you smell it. It would be a terrible tragedy for our beautiful Colorado to become a marijuana center. A few enterpreneurs will become wealthy and our state will suffer.


I just read in Sunday’s paper where some idiot says we have the potential to extract 25 barrels of oil from one ton of oil shale. Three barrels of most any product with the weight of oil shale would weigh a ton. Now, how can you produce 25 barrels of anything from three barrels of anything? Where do they find these people?


Attention cat lovers: I’m asking those in area of Teco and Dodge streets to please start feeding your own cats. I’m tired of doing it for you.


I wish parents would stop complaining about the lack of bus transportation to schools. It’s Colorado taxpayers’ fault that we don’t have enough money to transport kids. Do you have any idea how much your kid’s teacher pays out of pocket? Once taxpayers decide that schools are a priority, then schools can provide transportation.


I have taken The Daily Sentinel for years and will continue. However, I am pleased that Colorado Mesa University is now making their newspaper, the Criterion, available in town other than just on campus. I am retired, and have no reason to go on campus, but I enjoy reading the Criterion, which I can now find at various locations near Main Street. I particularly enjoy reading the restaurant critique that appears in the paper. Criterion staff, keep up the good work.


The parents of five Fruita 8/9 students want to thank the gentleman who picked up their dinner bill at the Feedlot in Fruita (prior to their attending the homecoming dance).  Also, thank you to the Feedlot for comping their dessert. You all made us proud to know that our 13- and 14-year-old children know how to behave when we aren’t around. A big thanks to the pink Mini Cooper limo driver (Dave) for taking such good care of them.


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