You Said It, September 4, 2016

Another shooting with alcohol involved. How many times do we read about shootings due to the influence of marijuana? Wake up, Mesa County.

I hope the city didn’t pay anything for the study on “Tackling a Transient Dilemma.” The study missed the most important issue regarding homelessness: mental illnesses. You can build low-income housing, clean up homeless camps and offer public education, but until you address mental illnesses including addiction, depression etc., we will always have homeless people in our parks and on our street corners.

 

“Transient Dilemma?” Parks full of panhandlers? How about we quit feeding them, housing them, clothing them, giving them money for cigarettes and booze? In other words, we quit giving them everything the rest of us work for all day, while they sit in the park?

 

It’s hard for me to understand why the foreign trade zone isn’t here in Grand Junction. Here the homeless got a $40,000 boost. That helps one segment of our population. Let’s get our heads out of the sand and grow Grand Junction to its full potential. We keep moving backward, we need to think of the future for all.

 

Whose brilliant idea was it to dump gravel on all the residential streets north of Patterson without finishing the process? Without the final top coat, cars will get rock chips and it’s almost impossible to ride a bike on the loose gravel. We were better off with what we had before the city did half a job. Is Grand Junction going backward to gravel and dirt roads?

 

Congratulations to the contractor and Realtor of the Red Tail Ridge Phase 2 subdivision for winning the weed award of the year. Are you really trying to sell or build homes there? Between the weeds blocking portions of the sidewalks, up to 4 feet high in places, and the trash, what are you selling? I feel for the five homes that have owners or renters in them. And the lack of code enforcement from the city of Grand Junction is concerning. This winter and next spring, I hope you will control or collect the tumbleweeds from our yards so we don’t have to burn them.

 

So nice to see that some of our drunk vagrants have put down their signs on Main Street and now actively approach you on the streets and ask for money. This is some image for all the tourists that visit downtown.

 

My son brought home seven syllabuses for us to sign from his high school. Each one included descriptions of “high standards,” which really just was a set of rules about deadlines to be made and other “not my problem” statements by teachers who think they’re teaching kids responsibility by punishing them for being slackers. How can these people instill a love of learning when their first communication demonstrates no love of teaching? Our signatures felt like we were signing liability waivers that absolved the teachers of their responsibilities to reach every child, and instead they would settle for the compliant ones and called themselves “successful” as teachers. By the way, when’s that next bond issue coming up?

 

I would like to give two thumbs up to the hard working city employees who keep the downtown flowers looking so pretty. And let them know how much it is appreciated. Thank you.

 

The Grand Valley Drainage District needs to take the cotton out of their ears. The Friday Sentinel, as always, states “Most homeowners will receive $36 bills each year.” There has been nothing else reported other than statements such as this. Well, this homeowner’s three-bedroom townhouse received a bill for $90. This works out to $1,000 per acre for me and my neighbors. My friend with a 10-acre farm did receive a $36 bill. Where is the equity in the fee? GVDD needs to come clean and assess a fair fee.

 

Thank you so much for the coverage of the Challenger baseball team. Loved the photos and the names of each team member. Beautiful. It means so much to these athletes who put all they have into playing. Great job, team.

 

To the young lady in the back Lincoln Navigator who needed to get to the Fruita Maverik Station so fast on Sunday that she not only ignored my request that she stop texting while driving when I pulled up beside her, but then extended her finger in an obscene gesture to my family in our vehicle: When your distracted driving hurts or kills someone, extend that gesture to the policeman or the EMTs at the scene and see what they think of your callous disregard for others.

 

Fie on whoever has been stealing the adorable items from the Audubon Trail. Walking the trail everyday I greeted these items each time. They gave me such a lift and brightened my day. I saw children using them as non-electronic Pokemon Go. What pleasure can it give you to spoil other folks’ fun? You should be ashamed.


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