You Said It, Oct. 16, 2011

To all the bicycle haters: I would welcome a fee (tax) to maintain the bike lanes. Sadly, less than 1 percent of all roads in Mesa County have a bike lane. If I pay a tax, I would expect all roads to have a bike lane. By the way, almost all bike-lane users have a car and are taxpayers. Get a life, or maybe a bike. You will be happier.

Congratulations to the 300-plus Grand Junction High School Tigers who received an academic letter Thursday. Whenever people doubt the youth of this country, remember there are some outstanding ones that really go the extra mile. You all give me hope for the future. Keep up the fantastic work!

Really, you insensitive grouch? Supposedly you support breast-cancer awareness, but seeing pink shoes,  sweatbands and mouthguards on the football field upsets you. This pink warrior, who fights for survival every day, applauds the effort of the football players and everyone else who wears the color pink to bring support and awareness to our fight. My thought is, you are not tough enough to wear pink.

To the person complaining about NFL players wearing pink: The effort for NFL players to publicly support breast-cancer awareness was mainly started by Carolina Panthers running back DeAngelo Williams. The issue of breast cancer is a very personal one: His mother is a breast-cancer survivor and three of his aunts died from the disease.

The easiest and cheapest way to avoid student/auto collisions around Colorado Mesa University is to have mandatory assemblies two or three times a year to teach adult students the proper use of crosswalks and the “look both ways” philosophy of crossing the street.

Let me see if I understand this: You are in college but are not smart enough to cross the street at a crosswalk or intersection? I would love to see those SAT scores.

Another student crosswalk on 12th? The college/university has spent millions on new buildings and facades, but no real dollars or ownership for the pedestrian problem generated by them. Meanwhile, drivers continue to lose a major north/south traffic artery to stop ‘n’ go traffic. Let’s get past the archaic solution of crosswalks and build some nice overhead pedestrian/bike walkways with shrubbery below to stop jaywalkers.

To the man who yelled at me and had the nerve to tell me it is illegal to text and drive: I was not texting and I don’t appreciate you accusing me. I happened to be trying to change the radio channels on my phone that was hooked up to my radio and I was at a red light. It is not against the law to change the radio channel.

Commercial vehicle accidents vs. personal vehicles: Check stats and see that trucks are not the “bad guys.” How sad that you were “held up” waiting for the accident to clear rather than concerned for the driver’s welfare.

Many thanks and gratitude to the wonderful lady who turned in my green wallet at Kohl’s. Bless you.

Let us get the compressed natural gas story straight. There was a CNG outlet at 10th Street and North Avenue about 15 years ago, used mainly by the Mesability vans. There.

Thank you to Pat Olson for the beautiful, thoughtful, caring memorial sculpture to 9/11. I’ll always remember that day. How could any of us forget? You certainly do Grand Junction proud.

Shame on you to the person who stole the eagle statue during a charity fundraising event. What a nasty ending to a wonderful evening.

To the gentleman who paid for our lunch at Thai Chili: Thank you very much for your kindness. We were taking our severely handicapped kids into the community that day and your kindness is greatly appreciated.

“Getting it right” appears as needed to correct erroneous information that has appeared in The Daily Sentinel’s news columns, to add details that should not have been omitted from a story or to correct typographical errors that changed the meaning of the story.

A story on Page One of Saturday’s paper should have said a suspect in the Aug. 20 attempted robbery of Palisades National Bank entered the bank after confronting the bank president in the parking lot around 8:15 a.m. The story included an incorrect time.


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