You Said It, July 24, 2011

Dear S. Hilkey: I will be in town next week. Is there anyone you need me to catch for you? Your buddy, D. Chapman.

This is for “Dog the Bounty Hunter.” We didn’t ask for you to come to our county. A true law enforcement officer does not make a show out of catching criminals. They are well respected and do their job without cameras, showmanship and conceit.

I love how the Mesa County sheriff can sit there and criticize Dog Chapman for the way he handled this wanted fugitive. Maybe Stan Hilkey is upset that Dog was only here for one day and got this fugitive when he and his so-called officers couldn’t catch this man. I say thank you to Dog Chapman and his crew for taking down another wanted fugitive in Mesa County.

Fancy bounty hunters with attitudes? I prefer having the criminals.

To the people who want to ban fireworks, I have three words for you: Get over it. The majority of us are responsible parents and buy fireworks, not for ourselves, but for our children. It would break my heart to see the disappointment in my 5-year-old son’s eyes if I had to tell him we couldn’t get fireworks.

To the individual who has spent the past 40 years being loud and obnoxious on the Fourth of July: In setting off your fireworks, have you ever considered the results of your actions? I’ve spent the past several years cleaning up the debris from exploding rockets, not only in my backyard, but from the roof of my house. My neighbors have to do the same. Spent rockets are still incredibly hot and are fire hazards. In your wildest loud and obnoxious imagination, have you ever thought about being the cause of a neighborhood house fire?

Picking roses from the bushes in my yard is stealing. Please enjoy them on the bushes instead.

Thank you, thank you to everyone in the audience at the Grand Mesa Chorus Sweet Adelines Concert. Your enthusiasm and appreciation swept over us on the stage in such a huge wave of energy. Every singer on the stage felt it immediately as the curtain opened. The ladies from Sky Line Chorus in Denver kept thanking us for inviting them to Grand Junction. What a wonderful sisterhood is the Sweet Adelines organization. What a wonderful community is Grand Junction.

Has “data” been officially declared a singular noun? It has been a long time since I’ve seen it with a plural verb.

It is a shame that people who are handicapped can get a cart and go all over the store, then are too lazy to put the cart in the return area. It really makes no sense.

An old adage comes to mind concerning the needless fence at the airport. “If there is a question in your mind about the reason for a happening, examine the money trail.”

I can understand the blocking off of streets for the Grand Junction farmers market for about four hours on Thursday. But why are the ugly orange construction cones, barrels and detour signs left on the streets the rest of the week? At the corner of Fifth Street and Colorado Avenue they are thrown onto the planters, take up a parking space, and are just plain ugly.

Thank you so much to the 911 operator and the city of Grand Junction Police Department who helped us when our home was broken into. We received outstanding help from both. The operator and the four officers were professional, but kind, and made us feel very much at ease. Thanks for all you do for our community.

Wow. It’s incredible that the homeless have money for beer, cigarettes and marijuana, and yet Grand Junction police are giving them free rides in cruisers for them to pick up their food stamps at Human Services.

So will the last verse of Fruita’s new theme song go like this? On the 12th day in Fruita, my wife she bought for me: 12 piglets oinkin’, 11 bunnies jumpin’, 10 owls a hootin,’ nine horses neighin’, eight goats a chompin’, seven cows for milkin’, six chickens roostin’, five barkin’ dogs — four feral cats, three strong mules, two buffaloes and a rooster to sit in our tree.


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