You Said It, Sept. 10, 2017

You just have to read the headlines in The Daily Sentinel every day to know crime is up and we have a real problem here in the Grand Valley. I don’t like taxes, but public safety is government’s job. I am voting YES on 1A.

If you need more money for the police and sheriff departments, just put in a few cameras at intersections to catch those running red lights. Not only would it make it safer at intersections, it would increase revenue substantially.

 

A big thank you to the gentleman and his wife at the Grand Junction Rockies game Sunday who saw my grandson looking for a home run ball after the game and then handed me a ball from their bag to “let him find.” You have no idea how excited he was and the story he imagined of it clearing the fence and rolling under the car. Your kindness was talked about for days in our family. Blessings to you.

 

Much is being said about the proposed tax increase for School District 51, and links have been made between that tax increase and the proposed increase for law enforcement as necessary for our youths staying on the straight and narrow. However, there is one piece of the equation that no one mentions — the parents. When parents show little or no interest in their children’s education, the students’ success is in serious jeopardy. Dollars won’t fix that deficit.

 

Having moved to the Grand Valley from a large city, we are impressed with the citizens of Grand Junction who hold doors open for us whether we are entering or leaving. In a few cases, a child of 5 or 6 has held the door.

 

Changing the name of North Avenue is a good example of how a few advocates and our City Council can waste our time and money solving a problem that doesn’t exist.

 

Now we know where the term “educated idiots” comes from. Change the name of North Avenue, really? How long did it take to dream that one up? Everyone in Mesa County should have a vote on this issue.

I love seeing our American flag on homes around my neighborhood. It’s a beautiful sight. However, if you are displaying an American flag, please check once in a while to see that it is still in good shape. When your flag gets tattered and faded, please replace as soon as possible. And make sure your flag is made in America.

 

I own a downtown restaurant. A few of our female staff who arrive in the dark hours of morning and do not feel safe walking a long distance in the dark would like to park in the nearby paid-for, private parking lot at Sixth and Colorado, but are unable to buy a permit due to illegally parked cars filling up the lot every day. The lot owners are not having these freeloaders towed. Therefore, we who do have permits are parking there even if there are no empty spaces. We park behind or in front of one of the illegally parked cars and leave a note with our phone number that they can call in order to get out. Warning: It may take us quite a time to get away from work to let them out.

 

So the cost of parking meters is hard on some downtown shop owners/employees who now have to park farther from downtown. As an out-of-town visitor, it is easier to drive to the malls and park for free. Because I expect to spend money during my day, I won’t plan to spend part of my shopping money on parking downtown at the increased cost and a shorter period of time.

 

I would like to take a minute to thank the gentleman at City Market on Tuesday for paying for my groceries when I was short a few dollars. That was a genuine act of kindness and I hope to pay it forward when someone else is in need. This is a great place to live with so many helping others. Kindness like this just multiplies itself. Thank you again.

 

It’s amazing that St. Mary’s Medical Center could find $48 million to fund an extension on the hospital but could not find enough to fund the cardio rehab program for patients at the Wellness Center.

 

Thank you, Scott McInnis, for doing your job. St. Mary’s does not need, nor do they deserve, our tax dollars.

 

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