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4 I The Lovell Chronicle I May 26, 2011 www. LovellChronicle.com Students must learn to appreciate the little things A popular self-help book came out about 1 5 years ago entitled "Don't Sweat the Small Stuff - and It All Small Stuff." Written by Richard Carlson, the book is designed to help people re- duce stress by teaching them to not worry so much about a thousand lit- tle things at once that they may have little or no control over. It good advice, and the book has been a best-seller, teaching people David Peck how to relax, keep their emotions in proper perspective and cherish each other. But as our local high schools celebrate commence- ment this week, I want to leave a pearl of wisdom with our local graduates: Do sweat the small stuff. Well, maybe not "sweat" the small stuff, but I would advise our young people, rather, to pay attention to and appreciate the little things in life - the small stuff they encounter every day, and then act on it in myriad ways. It kind of like the "pay it forward" philosophy we've heard so much about lately where, if you receive a good deed from someone, do something similar for someone else. It easy in our busy lives to get all wrapped up in school, work, projects, social occasions and the busy- as-a-bee lives we all seem to experience thesedays. I once heard the humorous phrase "the hurrier I go, the behinder I get," and there something to be said for that. We rush about in a busy, rushed, almost pani- cked state - awash in stress. Our graduating seniors have experienced this in school, from the stress of ho- mework and tests to the pressure that comes with ath- letic competition and other activities. And so I encourage our students to remember to stop, take a deep breath and carefully take in the world around you and the important people in your lives from time to time. Bake cookies with your morn or sister, go fishing with your dacl, or go on a hike with your brother. Spend some time at home rather than hanging out with friends every night. Plan some quality time - and mean it. Spend a few extra moments with that nice lady at church who seems so interested in your activi- ties and plans. She has probably watched you grow up and truly is interested in you. Remember and appreciate the quality of life you have enjoyed growing up in Lovell, Byron, Cowley, Deaver or Frannie. No, it doesn't seem nearly as exci- ting as growing up in Chicago or New York, but there is a bond and a caring among people in small towns that you just won't find in the big city. Most kids want to leave skid marks as they leave town to seek excitement away from where they grew up, but in a few years most will come to appreciate the simpler, perhaps even relatively carefree life they enjoyed growing up. I hope students will appreciate their roots even as they reach for the sky. Strive to always be kind. If you really want to make a good impression, a smile and a kind word to someo- ne will go a long way toward making someone day - and it will make you feel good, too. Pay attention. Listen. Think. Slow down rather than blindly charging forward. There is so much to appre- ciate in life. There will be plenty of big moments on your journey, but how rich your life experience is may depend more on the little moments. So don't sweat the small stuff, but do pay attention to and learn to appreciate the little things. Details in life do matter. 2011 MEMBER 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 News Editor: Brad Devereaux Staff: Gladys McNeil, Pat Parmer, Dorothy Nelson, Marwyn Layne, Teressa Ennis, Jason Zeller, Cheryl Jolley, Stormy Jameson Letters to the editor Town complainer at it again Dear Editor, The town complainer is the ti- tle some residents have given me; I prefer town complainer in chief. Regardless of what people call me or whether they agree with me or not, I will continue to voice my opinions and the opinions and concerns other residents have asked me to address so they will not be labeled as complainers. At last December's council meeting I presented to the may- or and each council member a list of concerns from several residents and myself. A few months later I received a reply letter from the mayor. The letter did not show copies going to each council mem- ber and most of the replies re- ferred to I (meaning the mayor), so I assume this letter was from the mayor only. One concern listed was why there is a 20 mph speed limit by the elementary school 24/7/365. The reply stated that children use the playground at times oth- er than school hours and on week- ends and in the summer and the mayor felt 20 mph was appropri- ate for the safety of the children. I agree that protecting the children is foremost, but [ have never seen any children using the playground or on their way to it at 2 a.m. in the morning. The playgrotind is fenced and very few children live adjacent to the school grounds. Most have to travel some distance to reach the school yard, so if20 mph is appro- priate there then the entire town except for Main Street should be 20 mph or less as I have seen more children riding their bikes and scooters in the streets in all parts of town than I have seen using the playground in the eve- nings or summers with the excep- tion of the junior organized sports programs. Of course, most residents will disagree with my thinking, but I am just trying to make a point for a posted speed limit that to many residents makes very little sense. Another concern I listed was about the number of police offi- cers in Lovell. Residents, includ- ing myself, have seen three po- lice cars on Main Street within a three-block area at the same time and it was not a special event. The reply was that it is nec- essary to have six officers full time and extra officers to cover all the shifts 24 hours a day to keep the town safe. Then I read in the Chronicle how the sheriffs de- partment had only nine deputies and the sheriff to cover the en- tire Big Horn County plus provide coverage for the seven towns that do not have their own police de- partment. A person might conclude .that the sheriffs department is under- staffed and the Lovell department is "overstuffed. Jim Szlerako What Memorial Day is all about Dear Editor, As Memorial Day quickly ap- proaches, before that picnic or road trip kicks off summer's start, I would like to remind the people of Lovell what this holiday is all about and to let them know that Lovell has one of the cleanest, most beautiful little cemeteries I have ever been to. i deeply appreciate the cem- etery caretakers, who give our loved ones such a beautiful, se- rene place in which to rest. To them, a job well done. Go out Memorial Day and pay your respects to a veteran at rest and remember, from the tomb of the unknown soldier to that long black wall, each one was loved by someone. ' In remembrance of those fall- en: "As I knelt before that long black wall, I still wondered, was it worth it all? As my warm tears fell to the ground, I felt a presence and turned around. There stood a mama and her boy, So young - to him a gun was still a toy. He asked his mama, Why is that man crying? Hush, my child, I think he is praying. Like mine once was, he had a strong young face, I asked, O Lord, let this boy remember this place. I ask he not have to see thou- sands fall, That he will not have to face his wall... Lest we forget." Letter and poem by Jim Mayes Lovell One thing I will never forget,.. Dear Editor, I find myself with a lot of free time to do a lot of thinking. I also find that thinking gives me a head- ache. As I have only a few hours a day to do any type of physical ac- tivity, such as spreading gravel in my yard - a three-week job for me, one day for someone else and then the rest of the day flat ok my back. Or the day spent on Main Street waiting for the Jim Szlemko Day parade to start. But my favorite time to think is by a lake, fishing pole in hand, a good book, blue skies, no wind and waiting for the fish that dropped out of school to pay my line a vis- it. There's a lesson for the young- sters. I have come to realize that I have half-heimers. I will write my- self a note and then forget where I put the note. I will go to the store only to forget what it was I needed. I enjoy meeting new people only to wonder a few minutes later what their name is. It's not serious yet, I don't think. I sometimes forget to remind people that I may sound grumpy but that it's just a voice re- flection from pain. And sometimes I forget to say thinks. But I do my best to remem- ber the good things in life versus the bad. Such as remembering to re-order Dr. Pepper in the bottle made the original way or how the wind and rain today is making my trees, plants and garden grow like gangbusters. I sure do hope some- one did remember to order some sunshine for us this year. Or how the Post office delivers hundreds of my letters, etc., without a hitch, yet it amazes me how people only remember the one that didn't get delivered. I watch from my window in my warm house as our postal workers continue the tradition. 'Neither rain nor sleet or snow.' The same with our law enforcement and fire fighters. Yes I remember the ticket but that was my fault. Yes, it may take a minute or two longer wait- ing in a line sometimes, but it's nice that I'm alive to do it. I remember receiving the call when my brother was shot in the line of duty, but I remember more being by his side as he recovered. I hope, when my time comes, that the good Lord remembers the good things I did in life r I may never get my wings. But there is one thing ! hope I never forget. The saddest thing of all. Reading or hearing about how we lost a soldier today. I may forget your name or forget what it was I was supposed to do, but I hope I never forget the men and women who gave the ultimate sacrifice so we can enjoy the beauty that is America. It is a debt we can never repay. To the men and women of our armed forces, thank you and God bless. Gary Noth Lovell What is county thinking on grants position? Dear Editor, This is the first in what I ex- pect will be a series of letters that will be entitled: "What were they thinking?" It is high time the general public became aware of how policy and procedures really work in Big Horn County. The commissioners of our county put in place a hiring freeze presumably to support bud- get constraints. That should mean no new hires. But wait. There are exceptions that must be made. At the May 17 county com- missioners meeting, the commis- sioners hired a part-time county employee who will now become nearly the highest paid person in the county, and that includes elected officials, and full-time em- ployees. The new part-time grant writer who will start work July 1 has no experience in the grants process, will work up to 30 hours a week and be paid $30 an hour plus benefits. Keep in mind this is public money and you have a right to know how the commissioners are spending public funds. According to Big Horn County policy, employees who currently work for the county should have been given an opportunity to fill this position or at least apply for it. They were not given the chance to apply because the commission- ers advertised for a contract grant writer, not a county employee. We do indeed have people working in the courthouse who have experi- ence working with grants. The commissioners may give a myriad of excuses for doing what they did, but it comes back to the question posed in the beginning of this let- ter: "What were they thinking?" And the answer is, they were not. Linda Harp Basin Government by law, not men To be governed by the whims of men is to be subject to the ever-chang- ing capriciousness of those in power. Nothing is dependable. No rights are secure. Nothing fixed and predictable for the future. The Founders had a different point of view. The law was intended for the rulers as well as the ruled. It was de- signed to give society a stable frame of reference so people could feel secure making plans for the future. This se- curity provides a high degree of free- dom from fear and therefore freedom to act. Such a society gives people a sense of liberty - liberty under law. John Adams agreed. "No man can contend that a nation can be free that is not governed by fixed laws," he said. The Founders considered that law was a positive good rather than a nec- essary evil. They agreed with John Locke who wrote, "Law is not to abol- ish or restrain, but to preserve and en- large freedom. Where there is no law, there is no freedom. For liberty is to be free from restraint and violence of others, which cannot be where there is no law." Joyce Collins Principles of Liberty Letters to the editor 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. Writers 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 8243 I, or delivered to our office at 234 E. Main St., Lovell. A strict 1:00 p.m. Tuesday deadline will be enforced.