You Said It, May 15, 2011

This is for the guy who had his wife drive him to a place midway into the Grand Valley half-marathon so he could run through the banner and appear to finish in second place overall. Shame on you! In most races you would be banned from entering that event in the future. Thanks for messing up the final results for all the people who ran an honest race.

It is nice to know that Colorado has all these precious minerals that will never be used. As long as we allow advocates of “never drill or mine anywhere, anytime for any reason” to control our future they will stay unused. Let’s all just be happy to keep enriching the Arabs and Chinese for what we have right here under our feet.

I am writing this on May 10. By my calendar, Mr. Bobby has 44 days to procure and finalize stage, equipment, security, vendors and, oh by the way, “major country talent” for his bash. From my experience you just don’t swing by Concerts R Us and pick this stuff up. I don’t see this Country Jam alternative being more than a kegger with a local bar band.

The current federal administration and Congress have allowed the oil companies to jack up their prices for gasoline and diesel fuel about a dollar per gallon over the past six to eight months. Now the media reports that the prices will probably go down about 50 cents per gallon over the next couple of months. This leaves 50 cents unaccounted for. And we are supposed to pat them on the back for this favor?

Congratulations to the CDOT workers and/or volunteers who keep Interstate 70 clean between Grand Junction and Fruita. I drove to a meeting in Fruita and noticed the lack of trash and litter. Clean highways benefit the environment, the people who live here and the tourists who choose to visit our lovely Grand Valley. Thanks to all involved. Keep up what you are doing.

A big heartfelt thank you to the wonderful person who turned my lost Bed, Bath, & Beyond gift certificate in to the service desk at City Market downtown last Saturday.

You can play sports for life. You just might not get paid for it. Playing sports teaches many lifetime skills. Playing sports builds character. It teaches how to work within the rules, win or lose. It emphasizes setting goals and trying to achieve them.

Could it be that the suicide rate in Mesa County is due to high rents and a surplus of low-paying retail jobs? I would encourage our city leaders to invest time and energy on bringing to the Grand Valley large companies that choose to take advantage of all our sunshine and wind, creating green jobs that provide more stable and higher incomes.

As one of the “tottering old folk,” I disagree with the person last week. Thank you, City Council, for banning dogs at the farmers market and parades. I don’t like being sniffed, pawed and tangled in leashes while trying to shop or watch an event. I particularly worry about the food that, by the way, isn’t good for animals, but the big dogs just put their heads on the tables.

Thank you to the very nice gentleman who paid for my meal at Thai Chili and also thank you for the conversation.

The new road construction at the mall area continues to use recessed manhole covers to jar your teeth and body frame. You would think these road engineers could calculate a second-grade math equation to make the covers flush with the road. After having seen some hardhart, white collared supervisor come out of the PortaPotty with a roll of blueprints in hand, it dawned on me that this is the workroom and source of all their engineering.

Thank you, Delta, for remembering VE Day (Victory over Europe – 1945). Thank you for displaying all of the flags in such a wonderfully patriotic way in remembrance of our soldiers’ and country’s sacrifices.


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