You Said It, October 1, 2017

How many of the North Avenue-cruising, mullet-wearing, “Let’s Keep Junction Redneck Friendly” mob are actually concerned about preserving our heritage? Heaven forbid they put as much effort into supporting our museum as they do protesting a name change of a street. Or even more outrageous, imagine them opening their wallet to support the real preservation of the valley’s heritage. Let’s call it what it is, people who are afraid of change and don’t want “the man” telling them what to do. By golly we’re not a college town, we’re a cow town.

The North Avenue issue is very simple. Who should decide the fate of the historical 136-year-old North Avenue name change? The 2017 Grand Junction City Council and special interest groups or the North Avenue businesses and citizens of Grand Junction?

 

Oh my God! Seriously, the front page? The North Avenue street name change is front page news? City Council, stick to your plan and let the facts speak for themselves.

 

To those of you for whom nostalgia is a reason for opposing the name change of North Avenue to University Boulevard, make the name part of your memories:

“We cruised this street as teenagers, when it used to be called North Avenue.” The recognition of our university’s growing impact in our community is the future.

 

Has anyone considered naming the street North University? That keeps the familiar, nostalgic “North” and also honors CMU and Grand Junction with the prestigious “University.” (By the way, I think it’s irrelevant that North Avenue no longer marks the northern city boundary.)

 

Whoever found the blue billfold on Thursday at Sam’s Club, thank you and bless you for turning it in to the service counter, because you saved my life.

We had bought a small horse trailer and when we got it, it was loaded with trash. So we took it to the Mesa County Landfill. My husband got out and started unloading it, then a guy in a pickup next to us came over and helped him because it had started to rain. That was so nice of him, and now we know there are real good people in our valley.

 

It is amusing that the school district always uses the argument that a bond issue will only raise the taxes by $10 a month. A business in Colorado pays 30 percent on property tax. When the business gets a big tax hit like that, do you actually think that they will just absorb it? No, they will pass it on to consumers. So you $10-a-month advocates get to pay several times.

 

I have thus far been very supportive of the efforts to increase funding for School District 51. However, their lack of due diligence in exploring additional health care options and savings for their employees is extremely disturbing. If the administration and board are unwilling to explore cost savings, this does not bode well for the oversight of additional funds. Very disappointing!

 

Every convenience and nicety in your life is due to education resulting in inventions and marvels enhancing everyone’s lifestyle. This all comes with a price of educating people. Parents are the frontline educators but can’t do it all. Fund education!

 

Palisade High School has 1,050 students and needs a new “auxiliary” gym for $5 million? I attended a high school with 1,700 students and one gym and nobody seemed terribly deprived. We also did not have dozens of executive directors, executive instructional directors, instructional directors and instructional coordinators. No risk manager. No safety coordinator. Maybe those North Avenue nostalgia people are onto something.

 

To the owners of the cellphone tower disguised as a flag pole off of 25 Road behind Hobby Lobby, your Colorado flag is ripped to shreds. Replace it or take it down.

 

My District 51 students (I have two at different schools) have been in class for over a month and have done no standardized testing. They have watched an eclipse, written stories, read books, worked on PowerPoint projects, among many other things. I am not buying the You Said It writer who says her third grade daughter has been testing since school started. State testing is in the spring anyway.

 

Is anyone besides me tired of the public defender’s office almost always asking for a personal recognizance bond regardless of the seriousness of the alleged crime?

 

Recently, I rode my bike on the De Beque Cut Off Road (45 1/2 Road) to Highway 65 and back. I was always a little intimidated due to the truck traffic. On my ride, I was especially overwhelmed by the courteous behavior of all the drivers, especially the oil and gas vehicles. Every single oil and gas vehicle from the small truck to the large water-haulers was extremely courteous. They gave me considerable space even when the shoulder was narrow. I did my part by staying to the far right. More times than not they initiated a hand wave before I could. It is nice to see everyone, especially the oil and gas personnel, so courteous and safety-conscious. It makes me proud to live in De Beque.

 

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