You Said It, Jan. 2, 2012

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So they want us to believe that you can drink fracking fluid, but when it recently spilled on the asphalt surface of Interstate 70 for several miles between Palisade and Clifton, it had to be professionally contained by a crew of people in full Haz-Mat gear?

When is the city going to get serious about air pollution? We have an individual who works in construction who constantly burns construction wood containing unknown toxins in his wood stove near South Camp and Renaissance. I know everybody says freedom is everybody’s right, but I don’t think freedom means you can do whatever you want, regardless of how it affects your neighbors.

A sincere thank you to the person or persons who bought our lunch last week at Randy’s Diner on Orchard Mesa. We wish you a happy, healthy New Year.

Do you actually think Tim Tebow is praying for touchdowns? Have you ever considered that he could just be praying that he does his best, his feet are planted when he lands, his aim is secure as he practices it, and that the Lord’s will be done? Whatever it is, it doesn’t matter how or for what he is praying. It’s just him and God. And that is all that matters.

Are we the only ones who have noticed the continuing use of profanity by the coaches and players of the National Football League? It just seems to be getting worse. No, we cannot hear you, but we can certainly read your lips.

To the person telling people not to read this section if they don’t like what’s written: Well, guess what? They have the same right as you to express their opinion. “Too often we ... enjoy the comfort of opinion without the discomfort of thought.” — John F. Kennedy.

The City Council needs to be transparent and give the public an explanation. Pushing the city manager out will cost the taxpayers upward of $200,000 after paying off the contractual agreement and the search for a replacement. What are these philosophical differences that the council could not overcome? Are they worth hundreds of thousands of dollars?

Let’s see, we have a new stadium, new baseball team and nowhere to park except in front of people’s homes. The day will come when someone gets hurt crossing the busy streets.

Please keep your dogs in your yard or house and be sure there isn’t any way they can get out. I see all of the lost ads in the paper for animals, and every day I see dogs running loose. Be responsible and take care of your animals.

Want more money for the state coffers? Law officials, open your eyes and check out all license plates on vehicles. There are many on the road every day with expired tags and probably no insurance.

As our veterans return from the wars to free other people, they may find themselves in a Colorado interstate roadblock. There they will find armed state people from the Department of Parks and Wildlife who will search their vehicle without their consent. Under our Constitution, that’s against the law and can’t be done even for suspected drug runners or illegal foreigners. Where are our leaders? Where is the outrage?

To all of you going to the college who use our parking space in front of our homes: How would you like it if we used your parking five days of the week, every week? Yes, we all do pay taxes and feel we’re entitled to use our front parking when we need to. Parking lots are provided and often are not filled. Please consider using them. We would all appreciate it.

Do you really think it is just the pedestrians on 12th Street who don’t have a clue as to traffic? Try backing out of any traffic slot in any retail parking lot in Grand Junction. These pedestrians are totally clueless. True, pedestrians have the right of way, but is it really OK to be so unaware of drivers in parking lots who are trying to be courteous? We all share the responsibility of safety.

How about all the overpaid government people taking a 10 percent cut in wages and passing that amount to the destitute and seniors?

It is really sad that the newspaper did not have many stories about the National Finals Rodeo this year. Even though there is a move away from agriculture and Western culture in the valley, there are still a lot of us who love rodeo and that way of life and we have competitors here in our area.

Outrageous! After reading the proposed water rates around the Grand Junction area, I looked at my bills. November bills: Town of Orchard City, less than 1,000 gallons cost $45; Tri County Water, 9,000 gallons cost $43. I think the crooks run the town of Orchard City.


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