You Said It, June 10, 2012

Apparently Sierra Club members and their ilk don’t have to work for a living, but I would hazard a guess they don’t live in caves either … go figure.

If you want to know where all the water is going, drive to north Fruita. A farmer runs his water on dry lots and weeds. For four years, I’ve driven to 18 Road to mountain bike, and I’ve seen water wasted on these large fields of weeds. Doesn’t any agency audit this?

 

Tall signs at interchanges are nothing new, although five or six of them at Fruita might not look good. What I really dislike are the annoying, distracting digital displays. Don’t drivers already have enough digital distractions inside their own vehicles?

 

I read recently in The Daily Sentinel that the city has acquired White Hall with plans on demolition. Is this an opportunity to create yet another roundabout?

 

Public schools cannot and should not be all things to all people. Since it is the parents’ responsibility to make sure their child is ready for school, the school district could and should stop teaching English as a second language. As for cutting physical ed, at least have them get out and walk during a break.

 

We are supposed to have a Mesa County sheriff, but instead we have a Clifton sheriff. According to county records, deputies spend more than 65 percent of their time in Clifton, even though only 25 percent of the county population lives there. That means the rest of us not only have to subsidize Clifton, we have to do without.

 

It’s as if the people in Clifton aren’t even paying attention. If you had bothered to read any one of the dozens of articles written on this topic in the Sentinel in just this year alone, you would know that the county spends more than 60 percent of its funding for roads in Clifton, but the people out there pay less than 25 percent of the taxes. That means that the rest of us pick up the tab for Clifton, and I’m sick of it.

 

Something folks don’t seem to understand: People who work for the city and county are also citizens here. Just remember, they live here (paying property taxes), spend their money here (paying sales tax) and, oh yeah, VOTE here as well. Public sector employees are not sub-humans who live in some underground bunker and don’t have citizenship status.

 

Grand Junction needs a new airline terminal about as much as it needs a new yacht marina.

 

The state of North Avenue is dismal. It needs a face-lift! City council, county commissioners and Grand Junction Economic Partnership: Please look at the future of what was once the prime commercial area of Mesa County. Encourage new business development in the central and east areas so that everyone doesn’t have to drive to the mall area to shop.

 

Thanks to the wonderful young lady who paid for our breakfast at the McDonald’s driveup on North Avenue last Wednesday. It does my heart good to know there are still people like you who care about others.

 

Can someone even justify the use of huge amounts of water for hosing off the front entrance of St. Mary’s Hospital every morning when we are in a drought situation? Is it even necessary when a push broom may be as effective?

 

School District 51 should not be conducting free feeding programs when school is out.

 

We would like to pass our sincere thank you and gratitude to the young man who stopped and changed the tire on our camp trailer between Delta and Grand Junction.

 

After spending quite a bit of money on graduation, shower and wedding gifts this past month I have received several very nice, sincere, handwritten thank you notes. Other young folk think that an email or text is sufficient. In the future I will have no problem being generous to those who took the time to send me a personal thank you note. The texters and emailers … not so much.

 

Great job, Daily Sentinel on the new colorful classified section. Well done!


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Thanks to the Daily Sentinel I was able to stop payment on a check written to “Lions Club” in response to a telephone solicitation.  I did not know that the Grand Junction Lions Club does not solicit donations by phone and were it not for the Blotter item I would have been taken in by this scam.

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