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CHRONICLE 4 I The Lovell Chronicle I March 15, 2012 A special moment in Las Vegas The Mountain West Conference col- lege basketball tournament in Las Ve- gas is always a fun event, and Susan and I were able to join other family members at the Thomas & Mack Cen- ter this year for three days of college hoops. We enjoyed the efforts of the Wyo- ming Cowboys and Cowgirls, the spirit- ed rivalries among top seeds New Mex- ico, San Diego State and UNLV and the general atmosphere at the arena, with David Peck UNLV fans singing their trademark "Re- bles, Re-bles" answered by the "woof, Observations woof, woof" of New Mexico Lobo fans. Both groups were there in droves, along with many SDSU and Wyoming fans, a contingent of TCU fans, a smat- tering of Colorado State fans and a few Air Force support- er. It was all great fun. But perhaps the best moment of our trip took place Sunday on our way home. Susan and I were waiting at the gate at McCarran International Airport for our flight to Denver when'we noticed a mother and three children ap- proach the desk bearing posters and balloons. They were clearly waiting for someone who was on the flight soon to arrive. Looking at the welcome home posters and overhearing the conversation, we realized we were about to see some- thing commonplace but yet special. A soldier was coming home. We heard the wife say she hadn't spoken to her husband in a week and hoped he had made his connections and was on the arriving flight, and she dabbed tears from her eyes as passenger after passenger came down thejetway and emerged from the doorway. A look of nervous excite- ment was on the faces of the kids. No arrival yet. A buzz went through the crowd as word spread of the expected serviceman arrival, but still he didn't arrive. More waiting, more nervous moments. We all craned our necks to watch. And then it happened. A tall young man in fatigues emerged through the doorway, and the waiting area erupt- ed in applause. The woman threw her arms around her man, an older boy was fighting back tears, a middle boy gave Dad a bear hug that I thought would choke him and then the most special moment: a little girl hugged her dadL neck bearing the biggest smile rve ever seen. Forget the commercials. That was priceless. I have no idea who they were or where the soldier was serving. I don't know if he had been in harm way or had a desk job in Germany. But clearly he had been gonea long time - and his family missed him. There have been emotional scenes like this as long as there have been soldiers returning home. In this case there were no TV cameras, just a family with balloons and post- ers, tears and smiles. And an appreciative public. What struck me the most was the reaction of the crowd of airline passengers - a spontaneous, heartfelt applause. How different it was than the reception many Vietnam ' veterans received when they returned home in the 1960s and "70. How marvelous for this soldier and his family. There seems to be a growing war weariness spreading across our nation after 11 years of fighting in Afghanistan and almost as many years in Iraq. But unlike Vietnam, peo- ple aren't taking out their frustrations against the soldiers, who are simply serving their country and often facing many dangers. On that Sunday, one family in Las Vegas, at least, expe- rienced the appreciation of the American people, a bunch of strangers in an airport, yes, but surely a cross section of America - proud citizens who felt a bond with that family of five and what they sacrificed. Forget the basketball. That was special. Letters to the editor The Lovell Chronicle welcomes let- ters 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. Writ- ers are limited to two letters in any 30 day period. 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 St., Lovell. A strict 1:00 p.m. Tuesday deadline will be enforced. Letters to the editor Family use of a county vehicle? Dear Editor: It has been a few months, pr- haps more than a few months, that I and others have noticed a situation that makes us wonder, "why are we taxpayers paying for these goings on?" I know this has been ad- dressed to the Big Horn County Sheriffs Department more than once and perhaps more often than I know. I would hope so, for on the surface it looks entirely Out of order. I have heard, "there are reasons," but what reason could there be for this erroneous and wrongful way of running the de- partment? In 2011, after seeing it hap- pen time after time, I finally asked someone that I thought would be in the know about it. I asked, "Why is the van that the Sher- iffs Department owns sitting in Lovell?" I was told because, "she has to drive between Basin and Lovell." OK, I can handle that. My next questions was, "Why does she take her family with her? I see her at the grocery stores, at convenience stores, etc. in both lo- cations." Moment of silence - the question should be asked! Not too long after my snoop- ing began, I heard this van was in an accident in Lovell; come to find out, she was taking her son to a sports event or something simi- lar. Now, this no doubt means an- other van that we pay for and all that goes with it; perhaps this ac- cident will change things. Not on your life did one thing change! We are back to seeing the family be- ing taken to and from, stopping to eat at convenience locations, etc. I do wonder why the Sheriff defends this practice? The van is for county use, not her personal use; taxpayers pay for not only the van but also the maintenance including the insurance. Being the snoop that I am, I called a couple other county sheriffs. One said, "That is a no tolerance" in their county, the other, "That is not a practice al- lowed." Again, why does it hap- pen in Big Horn County when counties around them deem this wrong? Barbara Anderson Editor's Note: The Lovell Po- lice report on the crash aforemen- tioned shows no passengers in the vehicle. The sheriffs vehicle was stopped at an intersection and the crash was caused by a drunk driv- er who has been charged. Cur- rently, county employee policy does not prohibit family members riding in county vehicles. Scanned as delivered? Dear Editor, The electronic age of scanners has saved some time and suppos- edly lets interested parties know that, and when, items have been delivered and accepted. All well and good if the item was actually delivered, when it was scanned, to the proper ad- dress. If the item was not received by the intended party, yet "scanned as delivered," there is no recourse, just tough stuff. Well, this time it was VERY EXPENSIVE. So if someone has seen a small, white box, mistakenly delivered to the incorrect address, please let me know. It will save us thousands of dollars. Jerome Leech Lovell Time to reduce government Dear Editor, We need to reduce the cost of federal government and size. We have 535 members of Congress and it is growing in number. Cut it to 200 total, saving on 335 times minimum expense of $6 million per member. $6 million times 335 is $2,010,000,000 a year. Have term limits, no retire- ment and no lifetime medical ben- efit. Do away with all agencies ex- cept for Defense and State. One member of the House of Represen- tative and one member of the Sen- ate to co-chair any agency needed. Supreme Court judges han- dle all legal matters of the nation. They get paid the same as Con- gress and are appointed for life. The Supreme Court and Congress need to work. If they can't handle the job, get out. Limit the number of aides to the President to four. Again, if they can't handle the job, get out. Roger Hiser First farm safety training a success We had a very successful first Farm Safety Training in Big Horn County. We had 20 participants that learned how to safely operate a four-wheeler and utility tractor and many other safety aspects of working on the farm. I had forgotten how many it takes to put on an event like this. A big thanks goes out to all those that helped with this training. Steva Dooley was tremendous in helping. She led several of the sessions, helped cook lunch and helped write out the awards. Phil Boreen and Sam Smith helped run the driving courses on the spur of the moment. The Farm Bureau sponsored the lunch and Butch and Bon- nie Krause did a great job cooking and ca- tering the lunch. Thanks goes out to the fair board for the use of their facility and the tractor. The Big Horn REA sent Fred Sher- burne and Warren Adams to teach us how to deal with electricity safely. REA also sent over a four- wheeler and helmets for the hands-on four-wheel- er course. Dale Clark from the Slim Ranch also brought his four-wheeler for use. Brent Godfrey from the Basin fire department came and taught about the different kinds of fire extinguishers and how to use them correctly. BNSF Railway sent Roy Harper from Sheridan to teach us about how to safely cross railway cross- ings. Did you know it takes 200 feet for a car trav- eling 55 miles an hour to come to a complete stop under normal conditions, it takes a semi 300 feet or more, depending on the load, and a freight train takes a mile to stop once they apply the brakes. The Utah Farm Bureau, the Wyoming Off-Road Vehicle Safety group and Wyo-Ben provided teaching mate- Dallen R. Smith BHC Extension Agent rials and handouts for the training. I would also like to thank Lorraine Gonzalez, my staff as- sistant, for all her help in helping us pre- pare for this training session. I was asked some questions by some of the participants that I was not able to answer. One question was, "How does this training help those between 14 and 16?" Under the current law it is unlaw- ful for a farmer to hire someone between the ages of 14 and 16 to operate tractors and four-wheelers. Under the current law those that have been trained and cer- tified through the course we taught be- tween the ages of 14 and 16, may work for farmers operating tractors and four- wheelers. I was also asked if there have been any fines given to farmers for non-compli- ance. A.J. Ferguson, the safety coordina- tor for Utah Farm Bureafl, told me that one farmer in Utah was audited and fined $3,000, because he had three workers under the age of 16 working for him and operating tractors and four- wheelers. I do not know if there have been any fines levied in Wyoming dealing with farmers hiring of youth under the age of 16 to operate tractors and four- wheelers. I asked AJ how successful the training program has been in Utah. He told me in the 10 years that they have been doing the training none of those that have been trained have died from a farm accident. The law is currently under revision so we do not know what will be the law next year. I have four-wheeler safety videos produced by the Wyoming Off-Road Vehicle Safety group that can be picked up at my office at 4782 Highway 310, in Greybull. I The Lovell Chronicle advertising deadline is Tuesday at noon. Please plan accordingly. UPSP321.060 234 E. 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