You Said It, Sept. 1, 2013

I personally take exception to a statement in Monday’s article: “It’s just going to take a few more years. Every community except for ours has canal bank trails.” Protecting our water rights is paramount. This includes every other right (i.e. private property) associated with it.

Results of the latest round of trails planning involving canals were disappointing but typical of the Grand Valley. Reasonable people could find a way to make it happen — many communities have done so. We pay a heavy price for the absolutist attitudes that determine the outcome of so many important issues in Grand Junction and Mesa County.


The most effective and inexpensive (in the long run) way to manage the panhandlers would be to buy them a bus ticket back to where they came from. It wouldn’t take long for the hobo network to get the word out that they need to find another soft touch.


Thanks to Maestro Gustafson and the Grand Junction Symphony Orchestra for a lovely concert program last Sunday in Lincoln Park. Very nice selection, especially the John Williams suite. One comment though — why all the talking from Mr. Ambrosier and the King-n-Trio? Surely you gentlemen understand a concert is for music — not

out of place, long-winded, dull chatter! Next time, stick to the music, please!


To the person who didn’t see the wisdom of paying for dinners at restaurants for people who could afford their own meals. As taxpayers, we are already paying a big portion of the support for the homeless, either through direct contributions, public assistance or charitable giving. Sometimes it’s nice to give to someone who isn’t expecting it and who truly appreciates the gesture, instead of to people who expect others to pay their way because they are either unable or unwilling to do so themselves.


It’s interesting to note that, following the murder of a white Australian student by black teens, there has been no suggestion that the killing might involve racial motives. However, if three young white boys were to shoot an African student in the back, you can be sure Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton would be outraged. Isn’t that racial bias?


Please — whoever or whatever is in charge of the landscaping on the new U.S. Highway 6&50 project, please don’t plant shrubs and plants when “we” have no water as it is. Money, time and water just are not worth the above. Who will do the trimming and get rid of the weeds? Seems as if “we” are shooting ourselves in the foot. So much can be made of rock landscaping.


Thank you to all the sponsors of the Grand Junction Rockestra concert last Saturday at CMU. What an awesome free gift! I appreciate the hard work that went into pulling off one of the absolute best concerts I’ve ever enjoyed in the Grand Valley!


What’s with all the people driving that don’t signal anymore? Either they don’t know the rules of the road, or they are just lazy. I think just lazy. How did they ever pass the driving test?


Once again a reminder to the property owners of the vacant lots surrounding the Maverick Country Store in Clifton: chop down the weeds, they are only 5 to 6 feet tall! Other property owners should do the same!


I want to give a “way to go” to the woman in the beige Suburban that avoided what I am certain would have been a fatality accident at River Road and Railroad Boulevard Thursday evening. Your paying attention and quick thought saved the other driver’s passenger. I am so very thankful you avoided the accident. To the driver that did not even slow down after running the stop sign, please pay attention, you and your passenger were very lucky.


My deep gratitude goes out to the fine gentlemen at the Lincoln Park track on Monday who found my Colorado license and papers that fell out of a pocket while I was picking up litter on my last lap. I realize it took great effort on your part to alert the park employee who flagged me to stop and go back. Thank you again and may God always bless you both!


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