You Said It, July 10, 2011

I for one wish Grand Junction or the state of Colorado would outlaw fireworks. If you want to see them, go to Fruita or Grand Junction and watch their display.

So, how many fires, injuries, freaked-out lost pets and innumerable police calls do we need before we ban loud, toxic fireworks here? How many nights in a row must we listen to fireworks going off after midnight from inconsiderate neighbors? I would love to celebrate freedom, inalienable rights and independence with some “justice.” Anyone else with me?

We have a very dry climate here, so maybe, city leaders, it might be best to consider banning all fireworks for fire safety and prevention of injuries. Then we would not have to ban those silly people who shoot them off until one in the morning for days on end.

My husband and I want to thank all the people who displayed the American flags this Fourth of July weekend. We took several walks and our hearts were filled with so much pride when we saw all the flags.

Colorado, the thinnest state in the nation? This study was obviously not done at the local Wal-Marts.

To local hiring managers: Please consider stepping outside your comfort zone and hire qualified people over age 55. Owing to the value of a good job, the scarcity of them, and the fact that people are having to continue working much longer than in the past, they will most likely be with you long past the younger job-hoppers, seeking better benefits and career-climbing opportunities.

Tent cities for the homeless with bathrooms and showers? Then the city will need to hire more employees to clean up the mess. Every morning the city cleaning crew is at one of the parks cleaning the bathrooms and picking up the trash that the homeless leave in the parks. Find them a job. If they refuse the job then escort them to the county line.

Let’s vote all our City Council out. They want to establish more than one place to help the homeless who are living on the banks of the river because the groups cannot get along? Have they been partaking of the medicinal marijuana available in the city? Better yet — buy them all tickets and send them all out of the state.

It is a well-known fact that aggressive traffic enforcement reduces crime. It puts police in contact with those who commits crimes. Visibility also reduces crimes, including traffic crimes. Slower speeds save lives. So give traffic officers a break. They’re doing what you pay them to do.

To suggest someone who can’t see or hear motorcycles shouldn’t drive is offensive, but to suggest loud motorcycles improves traffic safety is absurd; loud bikes only add to the many distractions. What loud bike riders want is attention — not safety. If they truly wanted to be safe, they’d all wear helmets.

To the person crying about the loud bikes: How old are you? Do you realize that loud bikes (Harleys) have been around for a hundred years? I ride a Harley; I also look and listen for motorcycles when crossing through an intersection. If you cannot look and don’t like to listen, I suggest you get off the road.

To the motorcycle rider concerned about being heard ...and seen. The National Transportation Safety Board states that an emergency vehicle — police car, ambulance, etc. — will outrun its siren at speeds over 35 miles per hour. And that’s with the sound from the siren projecting forward.  As far as being seen, last time I checked, black leather isn’t too high on the visibility chart.

The Sentinel favors increasing the property tax to pay for union teachers. They argue that the tax will be small for property owners. Why doesn’t the Sentinel tell how much a business property valued at a million dollars would pay? Local business may not be able to give raises to their employees or hire new ones with more property tax. When the test scores go up, property tax can go up.

To the young woman in the waiting room at the Mesa County Animal Services Building on Thursday: When you heard we were euthanizing our sweet, 17-year-old kitty and saw my tears, you said, “Oh, you need a hug.” I did. Bless you, dear.


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