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4 I The Lovell Chronicle I February 25, 2016 CHRONICLE It was shocking to see a Shoshoni basketball fan aggressive- ly confront and shove a Rocky Mountain student during Satur- day night's Rocky-Shoshoni boys basketball game in Cowley, but school officials, fans and the students themselves are to be com- mended for not overreacting and escalating the situation. The incident took place early in the second quarter after a Sho- shoni player took an accidental elbow to the face and was bleed- ing, As school officials cleaned up some blood on the court and coaches tended to the young man, an angry relative of the injured player took offense to something from the student section and at- tacked a student with a forearm shiver to the chest Adults quickly intervened and separated the man from the students, but there was an angry standoff and the agitated man made two more moves toward the students before he could be escorted from the school. This was, no doubt, a highly embarrassing display of aggression for Shoshoni fans, no matter what the man perceived was said by Rocky students, various versions of which have been bandied about for several days now, but it is no doubt also causing local school officials to examine how far a student section can go in "cheering" for their team. There's no excuse for a man attacking a student in that fash- ion, no matter what set him off or what he thought he heard, and school officials have interviewed numerous students in an attempt to find out if anything offensive was said. School officials and many in the crowd wisely kept their cool for the most part Saturday, and as a result, the incident didn't blow up into a fist-fight or worse. Some angry words were exchanged, but there was no physical action after the initial shove The fan in- volved clearly didn't appear to be in his right mind. Let's hope school officials react properly to the incident - and we believe they already are doing so - to promote sportsman- ship without clamping down too hard on enthusiasm. We've seen "school spirit" ebb and flow over many years of activities depend- ing on student body enthusiasm and administration rules regarding behavior. It's a thin line, of course. Sometimes students appear to get a little too boisterous, causing officials to clamp down, but recently it appears principals and athletic directors have loosened the reins a ..... little bit, allowing some "chants" that might not have been allowed ..... a few years ago such as the college favorite Wou can't do that!" following a foul. Most of the chants are all in good fun, but some border on poor sportsmanship. Mind you, this behavior isn't like, for instance, Cody or oth- er larger schools, where student conduct is allowed to get out of hand and downright rude, but as students across the state see what happens at pro and college arenas, many are tempted to push the envelope, despite the Wyoming High School Activities As- sociation's attempts to get students and fans to ' join the ride" and exhibit good sportsmanship. We have been impressed by the school spirit displayed at both Lovell and Rocky Mountain in recent years, and we would hate to see the clamps put on too tightly again. But Saturday's event should also prompt school officials to examine what is all in good fun and what goes a little too far. In general, students are often better behaved at games than many parents. We trust school officials will examine student be- havior and take the necessary steps to maintain the proper bal- ance between spirited cheering and behavior that pushes the envelope. We all need to remember that it's just a game. - David Peck LOVELL Publishers: David & Susan Peck News Editor: Patti Carpenter Production: Karlie Voss Dustin McClure Staff: Marwyn Layne, Dorothy Nelson, Teressa Ennis, Leonora Barton, Paul Roland, Sam Smith In person or by mail: 234 E. Main, Lovell, WY 82431 or Box 787, Lovell, Office Hours: Monday- Friday, 8 am - 5 pm Phone 307-548-2217 ..... FAX 307-548-2218 Email Editor ................. dapeck00@tctwest.net News .................. Icnews@tctwest.net Advertising ........ Icads00@tctwest net WY82431 SUBSCRIPTION INFORMATION: 307-548-2217 Big Horn County $30/year In Wyoming $44/year Out of state $50 Single copy 75 Mail your check with address to: Lovell Chronicle, P.O Box 787, Lovell, WY 82431 Postmaster- Send address changes to: Lovell Chronicle, P.O. Box 787, Lovell, WY 82431 Published Thursdays in Lovell, Wyoming Periodicals postage paid at Lovell, Wyoming. USPS 321-060 LETTERS POLICY: The Lovell Chronicle welcomes letters from its readers and will make every effort to print them. Letters longer than 400 words may not be printed. Letters must be signed and include the address and telephone number of the writer. Unsigned letters will be discarded. All letters must conform to the law of libel and be in good taste. They may be mailed to The Lovell Chronicle, Box 787, Lovell, WY 82431, or delivered to our office at 234 E. Main, or emailed to Icnews@tctwestnet. A strict 1 p.m. Tuesday deadline will be enforced, WHAT PO YOU LIKE BESTABOuT LIVING AROUNP HERE? EVER'BOPY KNOWS EVER'BOPY... WHAT IX) YOU LIKE Letter to the Editor Our area Dear Editor, opportunity to serve them. We- Rod Winland, Athletic Direc- In January and February, our heard many great comments from tor, coaches and the entire school community was honored to host the out-of-towners on how great administration. both basketball and wrestling they had been treated by our WHSAA (Wyoming High tournaments that blessed us with community and other businesses. School Activities Association). many opportunities to show what We would like to extend spe- On behalf of our employ- this area has to offer. During these cial thanks to the many people ees and other businesses that two weekends we saw many "non that put in so much time and el- had success from all of your hard niner" plates as well as a large fort to organize these events. Not work to make these events great, amount of busses traveling into limited to but special notes to: thank all involved for your time our neighborhood. Lovell High School - Joe Korit- and effort. With so many individual fam- nik, Athletic Director, coaches and Craig Trumbull and ilies and schools that were in- the entire school administration. Bonnie Nation volved, it was great to have the Rocky Mountain High School Brandin' Iron Restaurant Letter to the Editor Fourth graders seek information on Wyoming Dear Editor, it would be fun to receive post- Our address is 4th Grade at The fourth grade at Aviston cards, souvenirs, resources or Aviston Elementary, 350 South Elementary, located in south- any information about our great Hull Street, Aviston, IL 62216: ern Illinois, is learning about the country from each of the 50 A sincere thank you to anyone United States and the different states, who is able to contribute. We ap- environments, climates, resourc- We hope that people who preciate the excitement you will es and highlights found in each read this letter will be interest- add to our learning experience. region, ed in mailing our class items per- Aviston Elementary 4th The kids in the class think tainingto their state, graders Guest Column The political fates of our nation and of Wyoming are being de- cided right now across the country through a series of presidential primaries, debates and caucuses, Here in Wyoming, we are merely observ- ers. Or are we? I was recently in Nevada, one of the bat- tleground states, and got to follow some of the national candidates and make some observa[ions on the nation- al scene. On the Democratic side, l al- ways assumed Hillary Clinton would be our next president. She is not my choice, but with all the strife on the Republican side, if she can get through the primaries and her convention, she could easily win the general election. This is not good news for Wyoming. Although not as shrill as President Barack Obama, she would continue the legacy of her husband Bill iand his Interi- or Secretary Bruce Babbitt) to wreak havoc on the Wyoming en- ergy industry. Gov. Matt Mead, former Gov. Dave Freudenthal; the Wyoming Business Council and legislative leaders have been aggressive in the last 12 years trying to diversi- fy the state's economy away from fossil fuels. It has worked well in certain places around the state. In other places, more work needs to be done. Hopefully, the current legislature will expand on those diversification efforts. With Hillary in there for a po- tential eight years after Obama's eight years, the national war over fossil fuels could be over - and Wyoming will have lost. While in Nevada, we saw folks Bill Sniffin My Wyoming swooning over that Don Quixote character Ber- nie Sanders. He is right that the middle class has been slaughtered over the past 20 years. But common sense would indicate Sand- ers is unelectable in the general election against any of the Republicans. Ah, the Republi- cans. This is where the craziness is located. Back in August of 2015, I heard Jeb Bush speak at the Iowa State Fair and he was im- pressive. I always liked the con- cept of former governors run- ning for president, as they know what it is like to hire lots of good staff and make lots of important decisions. First-term Senators like Mar- co Rubio and Ted Cruz just do not have that kind of experience. Those two, plus Dr. Ben Carson, could all be ineffective if elect- ed president. After eight years of an ex-senator being president, I do not think the country can en- dure another bout with a presi- dent going through on-the-job training. That leaves Bush, who is the former governor of Florida but who has suspended his cam- paign, and John Kasich, the gov- ernor of Ohio. Both impress me. Oh yeah, I left out the 600-pound gorilla named Donald J. Trump. l am a huge fan of Trump... but just on the TV show The Ap- prentice. As a candidate, I am not so impressed by the way he is running. Smarmy, snarky and petty for someone running for the highest office in the country. But, and this is a big but . . some of what he says makes sense. I always loved the concept of a businessman going into a po- litical situation and applying busi- ness principles. Trump is right in that it has been amateur night at theWhite House for the last sev- en years. That nuclear deal with Iran stinks and other dealings with Europe, China and Russia have not been handled well. The Republican primary cam- paign has really been hijacked by Trump and turned into a reality TV show. It really has. Does he really want to be president? Even if he loses, his Trump brand has gained billions of dollars of exposure. Some fear he would be a cra- zy person to have his finger on the nuclear trigger. That is the least of my worries. He is a cau- tious and strategic thinker. Our country would be in safe hands with him as president, but again, that lack of governmental experi- ence could be a disaster. Hillary tried to turn her na- tional campaign around in Ne- vada. Sanders comes from a tong line of philosophical candi- dates like Eugene McCarthy and George McGovern. Democrats are expected to come to their senses and turn down the lure of Sanders and make Hillary their candidate. The Republicans will hopeful- ly turn to Kasich, my personal fa- vorite. If Trump wins, that will be a great show to watch. When it is all over in early No- vember, it is easy to predict that Hillary Clinton very well could be elected our next president. If so, that is really not good news for Wyoming's fossil fuel economy. (Check out Bill Sniffin's col- umns at www.billsniffm.com. He is a longtime Wyoming journal- ~st from Lander who has written six books.) VJLk: *.