You Said It, September 11, 2016

“Liability” has always been the convenient excuse the local irrigation companies have used to block any proposal for pedestrian trails along their canals, even though other communities have already solved that problem. Phoenix, for example, proudly boasts of over 50 miles of canal trails. So it’s great to hear a community leader such as CMU President Tim Foster exposing their fear of “liability” for what it really is: a red herring. None of the problems associated with canal trails are hard to solve, we just need some irrigation board members who are willing to make a more positive contribution to the communities their canals pass through. Personal egos and false distractions need to be set aside so that advantages can be gained by all parties involved.

Denver Water has opened its High Line Canal to recreational users since the 1970s. Not so here in the Grand Valley. More effort and consideration should be put into developing a vision of Grand Junction and the Grand Valley as a year-round outdoor hub, replete with outdoor activities, but first our local leaders need to step up to the plate.


I see some folks say that using the funds to construct the roundabout in the Redlands will increase the federal deficit as a reason to not build it. The $3 million-plus slated to build that roundabout is such an insignificant amount in the whole federal budget. I, too, live in the Redlands and go through that intersection nearly every day. Sure, it will cause some delays or slowdowns while it is being constructed. The roundabouts on Horizon Drive caused delays. But all those businesses and folks using that road survived. What kind of road construction doesn’t? In the long run this will be a great asset to the folks living in this area. Full steam ahead.


High school coaches: When you curse and call your charges down, it doesn’t make them respect you. Grow up and act like the role models you wanted to be when you signed up to coach.


Many thanks to the people outside Boston’s last Saturday who came to help me when I fell. They were kind, considerate and very helpful. I did go to Urgent Care with my leg wound. This a great place to live!


Dear Grand Valley Drainage District: Mesa County residents are not sheep. We aren’t going to pay illegal taxes without a fight. And your propaganda video District 51 just forced our kids to watch in school won’t influence our families like you hoped. They have parents at home who teach them about something called the Constitution, the law of the land, which you know nothing about.


Trashy Horizon Drive. Millions were invested on the new roundabouts and landscaping. The project was completed just a few days ago and already the litter is piling up under the overpass, in the landscaping and along the entire length of Horizon Drive. Why isn’t the city or the Horizon Drive business community taking responsibility for keeping the area clean and welcoming? No wonder our town is called Grand Junktion.


The mother of Michael Manzanares states her son is “not a risk to our community at all. The only thing he wants is to be at home and at school.” What? After he “stole a gun from a house near his own ... shot his friend ... fled the scene ... gun has not yet been found ... already on probation after pleading guilty in February to stealing a gun that is also still missing.” With two missing weapons that he could recover and do harm with again? How about he starts assuming some kind of responsibility and tells the police where the guns are so another child doesn’t find them and repeat the horrible scenarios we’ve been seeing around the nation and in our own city?

In response to the “parent” who received seven syllabuses from their son’s teachers and felt like they were signing a waiver absolving the teachers of their responsibilities: Sorry you don’t have a clue about education and are so cynical. As far as the next bond, who cares. It won’t pass anyway because of people like you.


Memo to the folks in charge of the market at Cross Orchards: Turn down the volume!


I am concerned about the lady who writes every Sunday about bringing marijuana to Grand Junction. It appears that she has a serious problem and her need has gone well beyond recreational use. Even her weekly screed is becoming increasingly incoherent. Let’s hope she will seek help soon.


On behalf of the residents of The Atrium, I would like to thank the person or persons who donated the luscious Palisade peaches to us. Thank you so much.


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