You Said It, Sept. 25, 2016

I would like to applaud The Sentinel for an informative series of articles on child abuse in Mesa County. While I knew we had a serious problem in the county, I was appalled by the graph in Wednesday’s paper showing the incidence of abuse here to be twice the state average. Perhaps The Sentinel could delve deeper into the root causes of this disparity. I think the investigative report would likely pinpoint aspects of our community that we would rather not hear.

Your series on “Failure to Protect” was very disturbing. The rationalizations and excuses by Social Services personnel for the deaths were disgusting. Five days to follow up on a doctor’s report of an infant with a suspicious broken arm? C’mon! Numerous findings by the state that mandated rules were not followed by the department. Human Services Director Tracey Garchar needs to be gone, now. A question for the “kinship crowd:” When was the last time you heard of a child killed in a foster home? Yeah, I don’t remember either.


After reading the newspaper article about the two women that Bethannie Johnson was given to, I believe that the judge that gave them custody should be on trial for aiding and abetting child abusers.


I do not understand why the mothers to the abused children that were killed by boyfriends or stepfathers were not charged with accessory to the crime. Several of the mothers knew abuse was happening and family had informed them of the abuse issues, but the mothers did not listen. They need to be held accountable to protect their children.


Charter/Spectrum (aka The Cable Co.) is raising our bill by more than 48 percent now that the “promotional discounted rate” has expired. What a swell company. I’m glad that all we buy from them is the internet, as I can only imagine what the bill would be if we had their cable TV, too.


I have just returned from a trip to Italy and found it interesting that there are roundabouts everywhere — in the small towns and the cities. The Italians are aggressive drivers and it is a wonder how they get around without more accidents. They say the roundabouts keep them aware of other cars and 80 percent of the cars are little. So, in our town of big, loud trucks and road rage, maybe we should accept things that will help make our roads safer. Stop complaining because you can’t maneuver a roundabout with your big truck and let those who are trying to make us safer do their jobs.


Lately, there have been several things in my neighborhood that have needed the city’s attention. A big thank you to the “Fix It” team for their fast and total service. It’s so nice to have something taken care of in a very timely manner and I wanted the city of Grand Junction public works to know they are doing a good job of making this a pleasant place to live.


Can anyone at the city public works department give us an estimate on how long can we expect to have these delightful little tar-covered rocks tracked onto our driveways, garages and into our homes from our “chip-sealed” streets this summer?


A relative of Angel Place filed suit for wrongful death against the workers of the Mesa County Department of Human Services? What unmitigated gall! Where was that relative when the child was being beaten to death? What was that relative doing to see that Sydney White was taking care of the child? This relative expects to land a windfall by being a biological relative of the child, but where was that relative when the child was alive? Disgusting!


Why not geld as many of the stallions as can be caught each year? That would help and no one would be upset.


While the GJ City Council evaluates whether the pot industry fits into a desired “new jobs, economic gains and capital introduction” scenario, other elected officials are touting extending the life of our radioactive waste dump. The “dead” economic nature of a facility like this just characterizes the economic leadership we seem to get from many of our entrenched officials.


Sure would like to see many more “Thin Blue Lines” on our vehicles’ back windows. It’s a small thing but means so much.


About five weeks ago I crashed my bike at the corner of Kansas Avenue and South Rim Drive. I went down like a ton of bricks. With a concussion and possible broken bones, I was immediately attended to by an Xcel Energy crew driving down Kansas Avenue. They got me out of the road and confirmed that my bike was OK. Their care and concern were above and beyond the call. Three days later, one of the crew called my home and asked how I was doing. After recovering from a partially torn groin muscle, a concussion and my damaged pride, I am back on my bike a bit more cautious and ever thankful for the caring Xcel crew that helped in my hour of need.


We would like to thank the Pathfinder Club for the incredible amount of hard work for cleaning up the stretch of 32 Road. We want to congratulate you all on a job well done. It is not always easy to give of your time when we know you have other activities you would rather be doing. It is refreshing to see the youth assisting the community. You are all future leaders and we commend you for it.


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