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4 I The Lovell Chronicle I Februap 2019 CHRONICLE It's hall of fame week in Lovell, the week we celebrate the ac- complishments of great athletes who donned a uniform for LHS and performed at the highest levels on the court, field, track or wrestling mat. I always enjoy interviewing the athletes, most of whom are humble about their accom- plishments and attribute much of their success to a simple love of the game. It's also toumament time for current lo- cal athletes. The wrestlers have competed in Kemmerer and now head to Casper for one of the truly spectacular athletic events in our state, the state wrestling toumament. It's truly a grand event. Rocky Mountain basketball teams are off to Riverton this weekend, both with high hopes of David Peck advancing to the state toumament the follow- Observations ing weekend. Of course, in yet another feat of incredible scheduling, toumament officials have the Rocky Mountain and Sho- shoni girls playing at 2:30 p.m. today at Central Wyoming College, followed by the same two schools meeting each other in a boys game at 4 p.m. at Riverton High School, forcing a mass exodus of fans with a particular tie to the boys program from CWC to the other gym at a likely critical time in the girls game. Unbelievable. Wouldn't it have been better to move the girls game to RHS and the 2:30 GreybulI-Kemmerer girls game to CWC? It's not like such a move would change much. But I guess that would be too logical. Officials don't seem to mind moving other games. On Sunday evening, for instance, the regional tournament bracket had the Rocky girls playing at 11 a.m and they changed that on Monday moming after many school officials already planned their bus sched- ules and logistics. As for Friday night's hall of fame game in Lovell, it will be good to see old friends Lane Brown and Mike Kidgen reunIted for the fes- tivities. Known as the Gold Dust Twins - a name given to them by statewide media, apparently during the 1962 state toumament in Laramie - the Bulldog duo could light it up and were two of the finest ballplayers in Wyoming at all levels in the early '60s. ~ " YA PAY GOODMONEY FE P A RII)E LtI(E THIS 01115 ATTH' I o Letter to the Editor Democrats use the tactics of dictators D.ear Editor, trol language, use violence in the Thank you for the "Editor's streets, mob rule, terror, coup d' note" for my inspiration. How etat, free social programs, free many lives have been lost through (controlled) education of the abortion? Where is the supportleft s viewpoint, stay in or ob- for abortion coming from? rain political power at all costs, The number of abortions by overturn elections, push voting Planned Parenthood in 2017 wasfor non-citizens, support harm- 332,000 (564 million of your tax ful drugs importation and use, dolllars at work). The number only investigate opposition, strip the list, again showing where the real hate is coming from. How many lives were lost in the USSR under Stalin? In Chi- na under Mao? How long was the cold war? Who was it fought against? The Union of Soviet So- cialist Republics. SOCIALISM! So yes, Editor, I have come to be- lieve my comparison to the Dem- In fact, after Lovell nearly stopped Cheyenne Centrars 34-game since 1970 is more than 8,330,000. the rich of their wealth and give ocratic Party was indeed very winning streak at State in '62, University of Wyoming head basketball The abortions in the U.S. to the poor, claim doom lies just appropriate. coach Bill Strannigan was quoted as saying i%he two Lovell boys since Roe vs. Wade in 1973 is more ahead, use force and violence Let's compare the Ink and than 61 million (numberofabor,to stop dissent, assault people Media New Deal with the Green were the finest in the tournament. They will have Iittletrouble maNng : tionS:eom based on Guttmacher in the streets, believe changeNew Deal. How long would any college team in the nation.' ' Institute, which was formed as a comes through violence and not Chronicle survive if it waS ir - The other inductee Friday night will be Kristen Scheffier Brown, who was as skilled a women's basketball player as I've ever seen play the game. Kristen could do It all: shoot from long range, handle the ball, drive hard to the basket, rebound, pass and play great de- fense with her quickness and long frame. She went on to play for the Wyoming Cowgirls and excelled at the next level, knocking down 70 three-pointers during her fresh- man season in 2008-09. In fact, she remains 15th in three-pointers made in Wyoming history with 119 during a playing career that was cut short by a back injury. I can't find the quote now, but I recall Wyoming coach Joe Legerski telling me that Kristen was the most skilled basketball play- er he had coached - at least up until that time. And best of all, she's really a great person who has always been happy to pass,along what she had learned to younger players or to student athletes as a coach. Like Lane and Mike, Kristen loved basketball and was a gym rat, spending countless hours honing her skills. She loved the game just like other hall-of-famers, including Lane and Mike, loved basketball, baseball, volleyball, wrestling or track and field. In short, it's a fun week in North Big Horn County, and I'll see you fans in Riverton and Friday night in Lovell. Letter to the Editor Dear Editor, Infanticide is the current scourge in our country. It is amazing how we can look the other way, define it in neutral terms or pretend it does not exist. King Herod the Great lived around 2 A.D. and will forever live in infamy. He had many chil- dren slaughtered over the fear that ONE being born at that time would be called king. Herod was so jealous of his throne that he murdered his own family. He will forever be remembered for the wanton slaughter of children. Today we have not only the slaughter of children but the cru- el dismemberment that is con- sidered acceptable and is even being funded by our tax dollars. This is becoming lawful in sev- eral states, the latest being New Mexico. In WWII, Nazi Germany, Jo- seph Mengele, SS officer arid phy- sician, experimented on adults as well as children in Auschwitz. People shuddered at something so hideous as any civilized peo- ple should. How then are abortion clin- ics to be met with anything short of outrage? Will America be held as accountable in history as the Germans were, letting those death camps exist in their time? Bob Yorgason, Cowley Postmaster: Send address changes to: The Lovell Chronicle, USPS 321-060 234 E. Main, Lovell, Wyoming 82431 307-548-2217 Published every Thursday Periodical postage paid at Lovell, Wyoming Editor and Publisher: David Peck www.lovellchronicle.com 2017 Award-winning Newspaper SUBSCRIPTION RATES In Big Horn and Park Counties $34 In Wyoming $50 Outside Wyoming %8 Single copy $I division of Planned Parenthood of America). Who have you heard calling the right "fascists" and compar- ing the right's opposition to the Nazis? The radical left, MSNBC, CNN and the Democrats. Just try to compare fascism to the left and what do you get? Who uses the tactics of dic- tators? Create an object of hate, control the press and thus the news, spout propaganda, con- elections, make people afraid of the left, intimidate and create fear, believe they are above the law, destroy the will to resist by stopping freedom of speech and believe only accusations made about their opposition. Of course, if you only watch quired to deliver copies to every address in town even to those who do not subscribe? Free even to those unwilling to subscribe? See the difference between so- cialism and capitalism/free en- terprise? What would the edito- rials look like then? ' The sanctity of life " " Issue fake news you might not be able to think of examples of how all would be dead. A nation may of these tactics have been used. share that fate if they abandon I can. Now we apparently can add that belief in life. staged fake news hate crimes to Jim Staebler Guest column One of the more striking political devel- opments of the last few years has been the par- tisan sorting of Amer- ican voters. It used to be that both the Repub- lican and Democrat- ic parties covered some ideological ground. Now, it's so habitu- al for conservatives to make their home in the GOP and liberals in the Lee Democratic Party that party and ideological labels stand in for one another. Still, you have to be care- ful, Because when you're talking about something as complex as Americans' political beliefs, there's really no such thing as uniformity. Sure, liberals put a lot of em- phasis on collectively helping in- dividuals who are in trouble, and they tend to be more inclusive and open to change. Conserva- tives, as their name suggests, are more likely to support tradition and authority, and to support conformity to traditional val- Hamilton themselves. In truth, though, even inde- pendents usually lean one way or the oth- er, sometimes quite noticeably. They're much more liberal or conservative than they think of them- selves as being. The divisions that separate liberals and conservatives are real. On social issues, many find themselves sharp- ly divided: over same-sex rela- be helpful. But even here, the divisions are not as sharp as they used to be. You hear a good number "of conservatives open to govern- ment assistance and govern- ment involvement in social and economic issues. I've been sur- prised by the number of times I've run into conservatives who support particular government programs, and liberals who take a libertarian view on some ques- tion or another. Over and over, I'm reminded that learning a voter's views on a tionships, the place of marriage given issue may tell you next to and family in our society and, of nothing about his or her views on course, abortion. This last may be the most divisive issue of all. Liberals tend to have more toler- ance for abortion; very few con- servatives I encounter have that feeling, although a few do. And they are sharply divided over the role of government and government intervention in the lives of Americans on econom- ic matters. Conservatives tend to others, or could actually mislead you. It's pretty common these days to bemoan the ideological divisions evident in our politics, especially when the differences are weaponized for partisanpur- poses. But I'd argue that far from being debilitating, ideological di- visions are fundamentally a sign of the vitality of our politics. The believe strongly that government political debate they give rise to regulations do more harm than is a sign of the vigor of the polit- good, and that government itself ical system. ues. Both have strong senses of is wasteful and inefficient. The Sure, trying to deal with right and wrong - they just de- differences are especially stark deep-seated differences is ex- fine them differently, on health care - conservativestremely difficult for a politician. Yet I often run into conser- vatives who hold surprisingly lib- eral positions on one issue or an- other, and vice versa. So while we tend to place both ourselves and others within particular boxes, their sides are porous. It's very easy for political elites to over- state the degree to which ideo- abhor the mandate on purchas- ing insurance policies; liberals see it as a necessary step to- ward the larger goal of expanded coverage. This is part of a broader divi- sion over welfare and the degree to which government should be involved in programs to alleviate logical categories actually apply : poverty or to protect working to real people, people from the bumps, bruises, Then, of course, there are all and hardships dealt out by the those Americans who don't be- national economy. Conservatives But it's also part of the attraction and the challenge of politics. And if you see voters as the complex opinion-holders they really are, common ground may not be as impossible to find as it can seem at first glance. (Lee Hamilton is a Senior Ad- visor for the Indiana University Center on Representative Gop- eminent; a Distinguished Scholar of the IU Hamilton Lugar School of Global and International Stud- lieve they fall into either cate- tend to think those roles ought ies; and a Professor of Practice, gory, liberal or conservative, and to be taken up by the private or IU School of Public and Environ- who don't identify with eithernonprofit sectors and by indi-mental Affairs. He was a member party.We tend to labelthese peo- viduals themselves. Liberals, of of the U.S. House of Representa- pie independents - as they do,course, believe government cantires for 34 years.)