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CHRONICLE 4 The Lovell Chronicle I January 22, 2015 ' 'our newspaper" has been judged the best small weekly in Wyoming for the second time in three years, and that makes us very proud, because producing a community newspaper is truly a team effort among our staff, our readers and those in the com- munity who provide us with the information necessary to produce a quality product. It was exciting to receive the Wallace R. Biggs Trophy for gen- eral excellence at Saturday night's Wyoming Press Association awards banquet in Cheyenne, and it was meaningful that the award was announced by former Chronicle publisher Pat Schmidt, a great friend. Producing a community newspaper takes long hours (these words are being written at 2 a.m.) and lots of evenings away from friends and family, so it is rewarding when that hard work is recog- nized by our peers, this time newspaper folks in Utah. We take pride in our product, as many other businesses do, and we share this award with our community whose lives we "chronicle" 52 weeks a year. Indeed, one of the best things about receiving this honor has been the reaction of our readers over the last several days. Folks are thrilled that ' heir paper" has been honored. It's a point of pride for our readers. This is your newspaper. We do the interviews, put down the words, take the photos and design the ads and pages, but we couldn't do it without the cooperation of our loyal readers, our ad- vertisers and our contacts in the schools, local government and various organizations who work with us to provide the news. One thing that has always been a source of pride for me is the devotion our staff has to the product. Our crew takes ownership of this paper and I am amazed every week at the pride they have in the newspaper. It was an emotional evening in Cheyenne for our staff mem- bers in attendance, and we are proud to host the traveling trophy as best small weekly in Wyoming for another year. Thank you to our readers for their engagement with our pub- lication, to our advertisers who provide the financial support for what we do, to our many, many contacts who work with us to pro- vide information, to our crew for their absolute dedication to the quality of our product, to our fellow newspapers in Basin, Grey- bull and Powell who work with us and to our spouses and families who spend many a night alone while we cover games, meetings, concerts and many other events. This honor is yours. --David Peck Letter to the editor To change hiring policy would be hypocrisy Dear Editor, outcry was for the past 26 years, I would like to address all you Bruce Morrison used the very haters out there that don't like same policies in making the ap- our new mayor's decision, but I pointments of the council. Now don't have the pleasure as our ed- that people don't like that the itor does to write as many pages mayor uses the very same proce- as I see fit. dure, the haters want to change I know that the mayor is not it. Can yau say hypocrisy? going to make everyone hap- There were a few that voiced py and I understand that is part their complaint, as to how it was of politics. And if I read the ed- done, but I would like to remind itorial right, the mayor is going them that Wyoming is a right to have to work with a council to work state. Most companies that is there, but not as willing around this area don't give their participants, employees time to get their house First, for all of you that don't in order before they are fired or live here and feel that you still let go. We would all like that lux- have an opinion that counts, well ury. But now that things are be- it doesn't. Why don't you live here ing changed and they don't like it, in Lovell and make your voice now they want to made changes heard in the ballot box? I did not on how it's done. see your name running for any It was stated in the edito- available offices? So whenever rial that the councilmen had an you want to make it count, feel overwhelming support of Lew- free to move back. is. I guess it depends on who you Everyone has an opinion andtalk to. I, like the rest of the peo- here is mine. I have heard a lot of ple that support the mayor, come people sugar coating on how great out to voice our support, but do it Lewis is. You would have thought worrying that there will be reper- that he could walk on water. But cussion. From the very ones that there are those that know him are here to protect us. from growing up in this area and The mayor is going to have a know the other side of him, too. rough road ahead of him and it None of us are perfect, that in- seems like he is going to have to cludes me, we have all made mis- drag his council along with him. takes in our lives. I would like to close by quoting This man does not deserve to the man that got beat within one be put up on a pedestal. He al- inch of his life by our finest Rod- ready lives in an ivory tower. And ney King by saying, "Can we all by having an editor that puts fuel just get along?" to the fire is no help. Vicente Garcia I want to know where the Lovell II= YOU WANT THIS LOAN COME INAPRIL! NUTHIN' LIKE A LITTLE INC NTIV6! How many of you have made a New Year's resolution either this year or in the past few years? Ok, now, how many have made a res- olution for your business or professional life? Let's face it, we all strive to improve ourselves personally, but we are often less driven on a professional level and tend to go with what's comfortable, right? Why is that? When you started your new job, opened your business or took over the leadership of an existing business, you no doubt had a fire in your belly to make a difference and to forge a path for others to follow. Can you still say this today? If so, great! But if not, what happened? It's easy to get caught up in the dai- ly operating of a business or in the daily grind of a job, and we don't always look toward the future and some of those :original ideas you had to make a dif- ference have fallen off the proverbial "full plate" we each have. A few years ago one of our board mem- bers put it in these words - "Each day when I go to work I choose whether to work in my business or on my business". What a difference that one letter makes. Ask yourself how many days in a row you work in your business and how many days a month you work on your business. Now ask yourself how much can change if you commit a portion of each week to work on your business. The possibilities are staggering and the results will be felt not only in your attitude and employee morale, but likely in your profitability. Sue Taylor Consider the possibilities Where do you start? Anywhere really. Nobody knows your business or your job better than you. It doesn't have to be dif- ficult or cost a lot of money to make a dif- ference. Here are a few ideas to get you started. How do your employees dress and answer the phone? Can you improve cus- tomer service, or do you need to create a written policy handbook for employees? How's your website? How do you handle customer complaints? Do you have a re- alistic marketing plan? Are you consider- ing expansion? For those of you with store- fronts, step across the street and take a critical look at your building from a cus- tomer's standpoint. Does your building re- flect the image you want? It's a given that the toughest part about resolu- tions is sticking to them for the long run, but a resolu- tion doesn't need to be for the whole year, it just needs your commitment and action to make it happen. Why not take a few minutes right now to think about work- ing on your business and then write down two things you can make happen in your professional life in the next six weeks. Circle that future date on your calen- dar and let us know how you do. If you need help with any of these or other busi- ness issues, we have tools and resources that can help, so please call to find out how we can help. Grow Big Horn County serves the needs of businesses throughout Big Horn County and we can be reached at 548-6707 or growbighorncounty@tctwest.net. All services are free and confidential. Letter to the editor Dear Editor, During this month the Leg- islature will begin delibera- tions on the question of allow- ing more low income individuals and families to enroll in Med- icaid (Medicaid expansion"). To qualify for MedicAID one must pass a "means test" which in- volves presenting proof of low income in the form of pay stubs and other documentation. Any social benefit program that does NOT require the consideration of income, as part of the ap- plication process, is sometimes called a "universal" benefit pro- gram. MediCARE, Social Secu- rity retirement checks, and cer- tain VA benefits are examples of "universal" benefit programs. Since the end of the 19th cen- tury poverty in America has car- ried a major stigma. According- ly, a successful application to a "means tested" social program, such as MedicAID, often includes a figurative slap in the face. The "slap" being the scorn of many in society who liken the poor to those with a serious communicable dis- camp fear public transportation ease and, for this reason, feel the might push the state's popula- poor should remain isolated away ti0n beyond 600,000. Child care is from the main community, another topic the legislature has The state legislature bears avoided. A single parent cannot, significant responsibility for the lawfully, leave very young chil- exacerbation of poverty. The Leg- dren alone at home even if the islature, through its inaction, has reason is the need for the parent impeded the ability of those with to work. limited financial means to find In the face of the aforemen- transportation (to work, medi- tioned obstacles the poor face cal appointments, etc.). The con- with respect to transportation to tinued existence of the highly work, and child care, a "work re- regressive motor vehicle registra- quirement" has been added to the tion fees and related sales tax has Medicaid expansion bill. Depend- resulted in a scene where rural ingupon howthis provision is en- Wyoming sometimes looks like forced I expect many, who are oth- the streets of Havana, Cuba, only erwise eligible, will be dropped instead of vintage cars you see from "expanded Medicaid" and, in vintage pick-up trucks (40+ years the end, "expanded Medicaid" will old). serve only a very small number. There are 20+ counties in the Representative Harvey is to state and too many of them rely, be commended for her tireless for their existence, entirely on work on the issue of Medicaid ex- motor vehicle registration fees pansion. I hope her efforts will re- and the related sales tax. The leg- sult in Medicaid expansion that islature also continues to resist will serve all low-income Wyo- efforts at funding public transpor- ming residents. tation. I assume those legislators Jack Cordner in the anti-public transportation Frannie USPS 321-060 234 E. Main, Lovell, Wyoming 82431 307.548-2217. FAX 307.548-2218 Email: lcnews@tctwest.net David Peck, Editor and Publisher LOVELL SUBSCRIPTION RATES: I year in Big Horn and Park counties ...................................... $30.00 1 year in Wyoming ................................................................... $44.00 1 Year out-of-Wyoming ........................................................... $50,00 Single Copy ................................................................................... 75 Editor ................................................................................. David Peck Reporter ........................................................................ 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