You Said It, Sept. 17, 2017

I am at a loss. It appears that an overwhelming number of Grand Junction residents are opposed to changing the name of North Avenue. So why is it happening?

What if all of the wound collectors who can’t sleep at night over a street name being changed actually channeled their hate and bile toward something positive? Instead of collecting signatures to cling to nostalgia, what if they stood in front of the post office to collect donations for foster kids, CASA, homeless youth, etc.? My neck hurts from shaking my head so much.

 

Changing North Avenue to University Boulevard makes as much sense as calling a pigeon a Colorado dove. It’s still a pigeon and doesn’t make it more lovable.

 

If our city wants to attract tech companies or manufacturing, we need to fix our school system. Young tech professionals will not move here to send their kids to low-performing, junky-looking schools, and unfortunately we don’t have many great private school offerings, save for Holy Family. Bike trails and wine grapes alone are not enough.

A leader of the group promoting the school tax claims that “the tax increase will pay for itself.” That’s just silly. If we can tax ourselves into prosperity, why not give ALL of our money to the government so we can be rich? There may be a reason to support higher taxes, but this isn’t one of them.

 

I support education. One of the most important skills developed in a good education is critical thinking. My critical thinking skills tell me that including “house payments” as an example of people putting their money back into the local economy shows pretty shaky reasoning. My mortgage payments go to the Denver area and a lot of people send theirs out of state. Using this large dollar amount to bolster an economic argument for a tax increase is an example of why people distrust education and science. The case for supporting the local tax increase for education is strong enough without making questionable economic assumptions.

 

Can anyone think of a tax increase City Councilwoman Phyllis Norris has not supported? Asking for a friend.

 

Why in the world would I vote for any major increase in taxes when for over three years my Social Security income has stayed stagnant? Where am I supposed to get the money to pay for my bills?

 

What is the matter with people? I was riding my motorcycle on Broadway today and a car was tailgating me. I brake checked the car and it veered right and then went right back. I brake checked again and the car barely slowed. Finally, I slowed down and rode the yellow line, inviting the car to pull abreast. When it didn’t I rode ahead, only to be tailgated again. When I turned off the road at 20 1/4 Road, I watched as the now-revealed middle-aged female driver went past, her left hand pressed to her ear, seemingly on her phone. Motorcycles have a lot of maneuverability and we can get to speed faster than a car, but we can’t win in a collision.

 

Health seems to be a top subject that everyone is concerned about. You can read about it and hear about, but what can be done about it? For the past several years the citizens of this community have gone without a health fair, leaving those that can travel to go to Delta or Rifle. Here we are trying to promote our wonderful community. It is time to provide the services that all of our folks need today, so hope that 2018 has a spot for a health fair again.

 

How is it that the road going to the landfill has less trash on it than 29 Road going onto the desert by Interstate 70?

 

I just wanted to say thank you to the person who turned in my wallet at Safeway on Aug. 25. There are still genuine people out there who are honest. It probably doesn’t get said enough or to people like this. All I can do is pay it forward from here.

 

Why do many mountain bikers, when going downhill, not slow down adequately to allow hiker(s) and dog(s) to get safely off of the trail? Is their spandex too tight?

 

We had breakfast at the Village Inn on Horizon Drive. When we finished eating and went to pay our bill, we were told that a couple at a table next to us had already paid it. Thank you and we do so appreciate it. We will pay it forward.

 

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