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4 I The Lovell Chronicle I May 27, 2010 www. LovellChronicle.com Some interesting races brewing as filing deadline approaches What an interesting political year it is shaping up to be. Citizens interested in running for political office have through tomorrow (Friday) to file for office at the local, county or state level, but there are already some fascinating races brewing, especially in some of our smallest communi- ties. It's a veritable stampede to the mayor's chair in Frannie, where four hopefuls have riled to run for mayor, perhaps spurred by a belief that Mayor Gerry Dart will not run for re- election. As of Wednesday, Dart had not riled, but four chal- lengers have filed for mayor, along with four for town coun- cil. Frannie leads the area in political enthusiasm. There are also interesting races in Byron and Deaver. Deaver Mayor Rod Wambeke is not expected to seek re- election, so councilmen Fred Yates and Don Wenstrom Jr. are running. Town Clerk Vana Camp said there's almost nev- er a contested mayoral election in Deaver, but there is now, with both candidates being experienced, previously-elected councilmen. Intrigue in Dearer. In Byron, Mayor Milton Meier has been coy about his re- election plans, not filing as of Wednesday, but that hasn't prevented others from throwing their hats in the ring. Bret George and Gary Gruell are running for mayor. This all points to a healthy level of fnterest in local poli- tics and the operation of our government at the grass roots level. There is less interest in town government in Cowley, ap- parently. As of Tuesday, only two candidates had riled for three seats in Cowley, and only one of them is an incumbent - councilwoman Carolyn Barnes running for mayor. Does that mean Mayor Roland Simmons is not running? We'll rind out later this week. Lovell has the barest of races going. Jim Szlemko is challenging Bruce Morrison for mayor, but there were only two candidates for two council seats as of Wednesday: in- cumbent Bruce Wolsey and Rick Banks. Considering all of the difficult issues the council has been dealing with, from open burning to utility rates - and the accompanying com- plaining - you'd think there would be more interest from folks in having a say in Lovell municipal government. But there's still time. Here's hoping some more candi- dates will emerge by the end of the week. Letters to the editor Thanks to RMHS students Dear Editor: We would like to thank Rocky Mountain High School in Byron for their outstanding generosity and kindness by raising $700 to benefit the Make-A-Wish Foun- dation of Wyoming. These amazing students worked with compassion and unselfishness during their "Kids for Wish Kids" week to support Wyoming Wish children. We are so proud and thankful for these wonderful stu- dents who opened their hearts to other kids. The Make-A-Wish Founda- tion of Wyoming grants wish- es to children between the ages of 2 and 18 with life-threaten- ing medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength, and joy. The Make-A-Wish Founda- tion of Wyoming celebrates 25 years of granting wishes - our or- ganization began in 1985. If you know of a child with a life-threat- ening medical condition, please contact the state office located in Casper at 888.WYO.WISH, or our web site at www.wyoming. wish.org. Gayle Irwin Special Events/Volunteer Coordinator Casper Proud to be of the 'Stone Age' Editor, Re: New Arizona law is rac- ist, Lovell Chronicle, May 13 I am so sick and tired of the gratuitous use of the race card and our total slavery to that po- litical correctness! Diane Badger's letter was well thought out and dealt with a law that has not been adhered to. If our Marxist mentored Chief Executive had been doing his job, the governor of Arizona would not have been forced to take that action. The individual who submit- ted that article seems to have no concept of the value of our Con- stitution, Bill of Rights, particu- larly the 10th Amendment, which deals with States Rights. Our Chief Executive raised his arm to the square and swore to protect these things from enemies, for- eign and domestic, as do so many of our elected officials. Their be- havior shows utter contempt for that which they have sworn to defend. You say she belongs in the Stone Age? Then so do the found- ing fathers who purchased this Republic, our freedom and lib- erty. It cost them dearly in every way imaginable; their lives, their fortunes and their sacred honor. Would you please read about the terrible winter they faced at Val- ley Forge? Would you please con- sider the immense suffering of the soldiers in the Continental Army? Do you even know about it? While you are identifying people of the 'Stone Age', consid- er me one also, proud to be one! Robert Yorgason Cowley, WY Going out with a final note Folks, I've come to the end of the trail. This will be my last Ag Chat with you. It's been a wonderful adventure through time, I'll tell ya! The column has been made pos- sible by the very special people associated with the paper you are reading. My thanks to the publishers, editors, special assign- ment personnel, printers and all who make this paper happen each day and or week. Most importantly, a special thanks to you who have been faithful readers of my column over the years. I think agriculture in the Big Horn Basin is stacking up to have a very special year. Why, these million dollar rains por- tend to it. Those calves and lambs should come off of summer pastures fatter than "Porky the PiE' this fall. These sugar beet farmers will be going to their fields in limousines next year with all the money they'll put in the bank from this year's crop. Now all of this hinges, of course, on not having vistiular stomatitis, curly top, or other obnoxious Jim E;ill Ag Chat spring, nor hail pounding the beets into smithereens as well. I could go on and on, but you get the picture. If I have had any success in my life and career, it is only because I had the most wonderful wife taking care of busi- ness at home. Connie has endured a lot with my shenanigans and I'm a lucky man that she put up with it. My son, Chris, is still flying regional jets out of Sky Harbor in Phoenix. My daughter, Carey, is back home and recently started a job with the Wyoming Work Force Ser- vices Office. One of the guys I will really miss in the outfit is Ron Cunningham. Ron is the Extension educator in Fremont County. Many of you know Ron and the special dedication he brings to the job and the people he works with. Ron will be helping to take up the slack in this area after I leave. We do area work now and cover the Northwest Area, which includes Park, Big Horn, Washakie, Hot Springs The county level is a mixed bag. The incumbents serv- diseases showing up. My assumptions include grass- ing as assessor, coroner, attorney, clerk of district court and hopp er infestatins not happening due to the cool treasurer are unopposed, and that's disappointing. Good county races almost always lead to a discussion of issues that need to be dealt with and/or better ways of doing busi- ness. There are races for sheriff, county clerk and county com- rdissioner, with three candidates, including incumbents Keith Grant and Scotty Hinman, seeking two seats on the com- mission. On the state level, the races for the top five elected of- rices are getting crowded, but most of the activity is on the Republican side of the aisle - not surprising for our GOP-leaning state, but still frustrating in terms of politi- cal discourse. A totally one-sided election is not healthy, nor interesting. Host of the Democrats running are political unknowns, except for Sen. Hike Massie of Laramie, who is running for State Supt. of Public Instruction. On the other hand, there is a great race for governor on the Republican side, with four highly-qualified individuals running, along with two relative unknowns. Matt Head, Rita Meyer, Ron Micheli and Colin Simpson all have the experi- ence and qualifications to be governor, and this race is too close to call. It will boil down to whoever can run the best campaign. If you've been thinking about serving your communi- ty by running for office, it's not too late. Many have found serving to be a rewarding experience. Locally, see your town clerk, and on the county level, visit the county clerk's office in Basin. It looks like we will have a lively summer in Big Horn County and throughout Wyoming. --David Peck 2016 ltIEIMBEl{ 2009 AWARD-WINNING NEWSPAPER 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, Erin Henson, Marwyn Layne, Kymbre Moorehead, Teressa Ennis, Jason Zeller. and Fremont counties. Happy Trails one and all .... 00no00ner erosion of personal freedom In an era of supposed transparency, Congress has sneaked another one past us. A recent bill, S. 3217, called the Re- storing American Financial Stability Act of 2010, contains a little known provi- sion which gives the federal government the authority to examine our financial re- cords, and to make that information pub- lic. The newly created Consumer Finan- cial Protection Bureau can follow any- one's banking and credit card purchases without permission! Everything from how much we spend at the grocery store to an ATM withdrawal can be tracked by the very government that is supposed to pro- tect our individual rights. Senator Mike Enzi proposed an amendment which would have required written per- mission from an individual before the bureau could look over that person's banking activities and credit card purchases. Majority leadership refused to even allow a vote on the Enzi amendment and passed the bill by a vote of 59-39. This is an absolute outrage! It was passed un- der the pretense of "protecting the consumer". I'm a consumer, and I sure don't feel protected, do you? In fact, I feel more violated by the actions of this bill than I ever did by a bad purchase or banking regu- lation. Why in the heck do they need to have this in the deceptively named Restoring American Finan- cial Stability Act of 2010? Don't be fooled into thinking that it has any- thing to do with protecting the consumer. The truth is the more they know about our finances the better they can restructure their actions to take advantage of another opportunity to control and tax. They can't achieve redistribution of wealth if they don't know who they can take it from and who they want to give it to. If they truly wanted to restore American finan- cial stability, they have to start with getting their own spending under control. They should utilize the money that still hasn't been touched from the stim- ulus package in a way that benefits the Americans who paid for it, creating an atmosphere conducive to job creation. They need to rethink the bailouts and handouts that they are so benevolently granting. And for crying out loud, they should pass a budget this year. I know that in Washington a budget is actually a farce, but that doesn't give them the right to skip it this year. We, as individual American citizens, can't do that. We are required to file our taxes by April 15 Diane Badget View from the soapbox of every year and face tough penalties for not doing so. Most Americans understand our financial responsibilities and follow the rules. One of the rules set forth for Congress is to have a budget every year. The only reason I can think of for not do- ing so this year is because they'd have to face their unsustainable spending, and they might need to finally face the real- ity of what they have done with the mon- ey that the taxpayers have entrusted to them. Why, in an age when it's especially important for America to present a strong image to the rest of the world, are Con- gress and the Administration pounding so hard on American citizens and eroding the freedom those citizens are supposed to enjoy? This intrusion into our personal lives ex- ceeds the scope of their governmental powers. They are abusing the people they are sworn to serve, and instead are serving the interests of foreign govern- ments. I am sick and tired of being told that global is more important than American. I'm disgusted when I turn on the news only to hear another American official apologizing for the existence of America. It's frightening to me that every time America takes the blame for the sorry state of the world; our enemies see it, hear it and feed on it. By the grace of God I am an American citizen, and I refuse to be ashamed of it. That doesn't mean that I can't be ashamed of those who are supposed to be leading us. I fully un- derstand that we are all part of a global landscape. I get that. But what message does it send to every single country on the planet when American leaders place the blame for the world's ills squarely on the shoulders of people they have sworn to serve? Part of that message is clear to them - those in charge in Washington don't respect or trust their own peo- ple. If the President of the United States says that Americans are greedy, ruthless, bigoted and wrong, how can any other nation feel any differently to- wards us? This act, which allows federal intrusion into the personal financial dealings of Americans, tells the entire world that our own government has no faith in us to be honest, honorable people. Well, I have faith in us. This act is dangerous and needs to be stopped. We are a nation of laws. Those laws are supposed to be proposed, written, and passed with the consent of the people, in order to protect our pos- terity and our freedoms. This law fails miserably all the way around. 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 82431, or delivered to our office at 234 E. Main St., Lovell. A strict 1:00 p.m. Tuesday deadline will be enforced.