You Said It, Sept. 24, 2017

Fruita Monument High School is on Wildcat Avenue. Grand Junction High School is on Tiger Avenue. Central High School is on Warrior Way. North Avenue runs east and west and is no longer the avenue that runs on the north end of town. It really does put a question in people’s minds as to why you would name it North Avenue. We need to be proud of Colorado Mesa University. Look how far our college has come and grown, not to mention the revenue it brings to Grand Junction and jobs. Let’s support our college.

Anyone stop to think what message our Johnny-come-lately North Avenue community organizers are sending the 10,000-plus students who chose to enroll at Colorado Mesa University?

 

Now that there are proposals in growing our economy by increasing the number of visitors to the Grand Valley, would it not be a good idea to finally change the name of the monument, leaving aside the idea of making it a national park? Would tourists brag to their friends that they had visited the Colorado National Monument (a blah, non-descriptive name)? Or would they be more excited to visit Ruby Canyons National Monument (my favorite name upgrade)?

 

It does not matter how new the school is or how many bells and whistles it has. The age of the building has no correlation to test scores or achievement. The school district needs to fix the achievement scores, the attendance and the retention rate, then ask the voters for more money. Asking for more money to arrive at the same test scores is a waste of money.

 

I am sad that I had to remove my third-grader from her school this week. She had to leave her friends and her teachers that she loves dearly. District 51, these kids have been in school for a month, and all they have done is testing, and they still have a few more weeks of testing to go. When do teaching and learning happen? She will no longer be attending District 51, and as for my family and myself, we will no longer be supporting the bond and levy tax. Isn’t it time to put kids first? Not testing? Thankfully there are other schools in the valley willing to do what is right for kids.

 

All the hand-wringing, crying and hysterically yelling, “Won’t somebody puh-leese think of the children?” has made for some mighty entertaining theater. However, it has not swayed this voter one single bit. My vote is still NO and I cast that vote with no question that it is the correct one. If almost $150 million isn’t enough to do the job, no amount is.

Oh, how exciting! Palisade opened the first recreational pot shop in the valley. Goody. Now we’ll be dodging more pothead/stoned drivers as we drive merrily along Grand Junction streets. And don’t forget the tweakers/meth-heads out there, weaving their way through traffic. Makes one want to drive an Army tank for safety.

 

I’m not waiting for a major event in our community to make us do something about our rising crime rate. I’m going to vote yes on 1A in November.

 

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