You Said It, Sept. 18, 2016

Good for Shane Place, who filed a lawsuit against employees of the Mesa County Department of Human Services. When this case first hit the news, I couldn’t imagine why the department would place a baby with a very young mother who already had two little children. Now that this column told of other stress factors, I am incredulous. Angel paid the price of stupid decisions and Sydney’s children are without their mother. Angel could have been adopted by the foster mother and still be alive and Sydney could have been helped instead of facing 30 years in prison.

Ah, fall is in the air in Happy Valley! The cooler air, golden leaves on the way, crisp apples, pumpkins, long walks along winding trails, mountain bike rides among the aspens, feeling the “burn” in those tired muscles. Wait, what is that? Smoke, plumes of acrid smoke, nose-clogging smoke. Gaaa! Stop the smoke.

 

Happy to see the positive comments in the paper about the canals turning into trails. Other areas have done it and it’s wonderful. The Grand Valley could really benefit from creating a trail system with the use of the canals. There is no more increase in liability than allowing walking, biking and running along the Colorado River.

 

To those who think the ditch trails should be used by everyone: I purchased my house that backs to a ditch trail for the sole purpose of the privacy it is supposed to give me. There are already those of you who disobey the no trespassing signs that the ditch company puts there, but to imagine having more people, more three-wheelers, more horse-
riding, etc., I would have bought my house at Canyon View then. Grand Junction is full of trails. Use those, not private property that abuts people’s homes.

 

Thank you for the great article last week about the citizenship celebration at the monument recognizing immigrants who come to this country and become Americans the correct way.

 

It is ridiculous not to sell the 45,000 penned-up horses for food to countries that love it. That billion dollars a year should be helping underprivileged children be clothed and eat better. Keeping the horse population to desired levels is more humane than letting them starve from overgrazing public lands.

 

To the person in favor of yet another stupid roundabout, I say enough is too much. There are so many of those stupid things already in Colorado. And they don’t ease traffic. They’re dangerous and unbelievably confusing, especially the double ones. Don’t believe me, look at the one in Rifle. I have to go around that one every day, and most days I have to sit and wait for traffic twice as long as when they had stoplights there. The new ones on Horizon Drive are nearly as bad. Roundabouts are asinine, a waste of money and resources and just plain ridiculous. And just for the record, I’m a very good driver: only two speeding tickets and zero accidents in 45 years of driving.

 

If someone comes to your door and says, “You have hail damage on your roof,” check with two or three other people who you really can trust to make sure that it is really true. I live on the north side of town, off of Patterson and 28 Road. Several of my neighbors have been talked into a new roof, when it may not have been necessary. It is hard to know who to trust these days.

 

Congrats to District 51. You’ve agreed to subject all of our children to propaganda in order to avoid paying the illegal drainage “fee.” Thank goodness Mesa County and the chamber know what leadership is about.

 

My sister and I would like to thank the friends and relatives of our father, Delbert Borrelli, who so graciously offered their condolences, prayers, flowers, cards and food when we lost the patriarch of our family on Aug. 17, 2016. The care and attention that Daddy received from the amazing staff at Walmart on North Avenue, the EMTs, the ER doctor and medical staff at St. Mary’s, the compassion from Martin Mortuary and the incredible church family at Crossroads Methodist Church will always be appreciated by us. The great memories that we now have of our father will be with us forever.

 

On Sunday, Sept. 11, my family and I went to eat at The Egg & I. I was wearing a shirt that talked about disrespecting the flag. I wore the shirt partially because it was 9/11, but also because I like the shirt. We ordered, and shortly after we had placed our order, the waiter came and told us someone who had read my shirt had paid for our meals. What a pleasant surprise. To whoever it was who paid for the meal, thank you, it was much appreciated. There really are some kind and generous people in the Grand Valley.

 

It is very sad to hear how cruel people here in this valley feel about the homeless. They are human beings that life’s unfortunate circumstances have made them this way. Only cold hearts can look at another human being in such a cruel manner. Shame on every one of you.


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