You Said It, Oct. 8, 2017

I see the signs all over town saying “It starts with our kids.” That actually is not true. It starts with the parents. If parents are not teaching their children respect and morals and behavior, children will be less inclined to succeed and excel. While many parents are involved and it shows in their children, there are many more who don’t. Children do not learn anything in school when the parents are not involved. When parents set bad examples, the children often follow in their footsteps. Let’s encourage parents and make them responsible for their children’s upbringing. Then our schools will be able to function properly with less stress.

Thank you, Thunderbirds, for the huge heart you made in the sky this afternoon (Friday) while practicing. Wish I’d had my camera. We were at our patio watching you practice. What a joy it is to watch you all fly. Thank you for coming to Grand Junction.


Those of you who enjoy the loud noise and “sound of freedom” of the annual Grand Junction Air Show may not know taxpayers are footing the bill, and it’s not cheap. In these times of severe austerity due to government budget cuts, education, health care, infrastructure repairs and public safety should be a higher priority than air shows. Furthermore, the noise is intolerable. It frightens children and animals and annoys the rest of us.


As a North Avenue property owner who would be forced to spend money on the practical specifics of an address change, I appeal to reason. The “University Boulevard” idea may seem charming to some, but an unfair, unwanted, unplanned expense for many. Driving people out of business will not beautify North Avenue.


In answer to the obnoxious person who wrote the letter calling anyone who doesn’t agree with them “North Avenue-cruising, mullet wearing, Let’s Keep Junction Redneck Friendly mob,” being against the name change is not about nostalgia. It’s about cost. It’s a stupid, expensive idea.


I heard someone call Grand Junction a cow town. I have never seen a cow in the city of Grand Junction and I was raised on a Hereford cattle ranch. What I do see is town with a beautiful university with 10,000 students enrolled, including my grandchildren. I’m older now and those kids are the future. I see a town with art on Main Street and coffee cafés everywhere. New business, nicer roads, newer houses and so much more. University Boulevard sounds like a breath of fresh air. North Avenue sounds small and tired. Let North Avenue retire. I’m ready to wash the cow muck off my boots.


Grand Junction education philosophy 2017: Change a street name to University Boulevard to reflect a “college” town. Potentially deny a minimal tax increase to fund K-12 education. Yep, this makes complete sense.


Ballot Issue 1A will determine the quality of life in Mesa County. It needs to pass to maintain the quality of life that we presently have.


What an awesome photo of the Fruita Monument High School football team standing for the national anthem next to the American flag. That is the kind of respect the USA deserves. Thank you.


So how is it that Dan Thurlow can return to the legislative session and do his job, yet Ray Scott votes no to correct a legislative error? It only cost these special districts about $3.5 million. Why do people keep voting for this guy?

I have heard this said in this commentary section before, but I want to reiterate: If you are driving slower than the surrounding traffic, stay in the right lane. If you are driving in the left lane and someone is behind you, move to the right lane. The right lane is the driving lane and the left lane is the passing lane. Whatever happened to common driver courtesy?


Thank you to the Tour of the Moon organizers, volunteers, Colorado National Monument staff, drivers of cars and riders of bicycles who worked hard to make last Saturday’s bike event enjoyable and safe. Monument rangers and Mesa County sheriff’s deputies patrolled and numerous volunteers with signs warned of steep descents and road damage. My heartfelt sympathy goes out to the family and friends of the woman who wrecked and died.


It would be helpful if the food banks in Grand Junction could set up boxes at different sites in Grand Junction. Maybe some of our local grocery stores would be willing to help with this. Would make it much easier to give food during the year.

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