You Said It, September 3, 2017

I live near Lincoln Park, above Grand Avenue, and the music level from Las Colonias is as if the venue was at 12th and Grand. Annoying, yes indeed, very much so, but not as critically obnoxious as it must be for all those folks south of Main Street. How they must suffer. We can put a man on the moon (and bring him back), we can manage the most sophisticated technological wonders the world has ever seen, but we can’t control the volume of the music at Las Colonias?

The old St. Mary’s Occupational Medicine building on Patterson Road would be a perfect location for Grand Junction’s new community center. The old building is comparable in size to Fruita’s center, and could easily be renovated to save on costs. Parking is about the same as Fruita, too.

 

People are so worked up over the North Avenue name change. It’s ridiculous. Why is it so important to keep the name North? Tradition? History? It’s just a street. Get a life and let it go. There are bigger things to worry about.

 

With the senior voting block being a dominant factor in our elections, it should be interesting to see how this group accepts a slap in the face over the Gray Gourmet program and then is asked by the same elected official to dig into their fixed-income pocketbooks for a tax increase.

 

It will take more than changing street names to ensure a positive future for this valley. This is a lovely place to live, but there is a mean spirit hanging around and voicing itself against educating children. They are your future. We all struggle to find extra money, yet those who complain always want their services kept intact. These children will be providing your services. Educate them in the best possible manner. Support teachers and children and this valley’s future by passing the bond issue.

 

District 51 wants a tax increase. Mesa County wants a tax increase. Clifton Fire wants a tax increase. Which one do I choose?

 

As a fiscal and social conservative, I’m not a fan of tax hikes of any kind, but I support the Back the Badge initiative to fund our critical public safety departments, and it was not difficult for me to conclude that it’s the right thing to do. Public safety is a key role of government, especially local government, and it has to be prioritized over non-essential expenditures.

Sen. Ray Scott is alleged to have been involved in shady business dealings and threatening to use his senatorial position against a manufacturer. One must assume he graduated from Trump University with a business degree.

 

Thank you, city of Grand Junction, for repaving Ridges Boulevard. It is very nice. Now it would be great if they would do something with the path next to it. I have fallen on the big cracks three times. It is a safety problem. I have lived here 20 years and nothing has ever been done on the path. Thank you.

 

To the person who had an accident on Aug. 24 or 25 and wiped out 40 feet of split rail fence along South Broadway at Riggs Hill, this was an Eagle Scout project. It would be nice if you came back and fixed the damages.

 

Thank you to Erin McIntyre for her wit and humor in her columns. I do enjoy her chicken coop saga immensely.

 

I own two bicycles. The 1967 model has a license from when I lived in Grand Junction. Now I live in the country. I own two trailers, pay $43 a year each for licenses and use each a couple times a year. I cause no damage to the roads. Some bicyclists use the road 200-plus days a year. They pay no license fees. Fair? License the bicycles.

 

I would like to thank all the great people at Grand Junction Parks and Recreation for getting Nitro Circus in our town. They did a great job and the event was the best I have seen in 10 years here. Thank you for all your hard work.

 

I got a good chuckle from the You Said It that asserted that people should control their cats. We might have better luck managing the way the wind blows. Thanks for the laugh, cat-herder.

 

I want to thank the young man who stopped and picked up my flag. I didn’t know the hook broke on top of the pole. He folded it and put in my mailbox before I could get to the door to thank him. There are still a lot of good people out there.

 

I just returned from a very entertaining evening with the Centennial Band and the Grand Junction Symphony Orchestra at Sherwood Park. Thanks to the symphony for their magnificent rendition of “The Star Spangled Banner.” It was so wonderful to hear.

 

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Controlling cats would be kind of like controlling GJ City Council or MC Commissioners.

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